I hate scrapbooking.
Actually, I’ve never really tried scrapbooking. So I guess I can’t hate it. But I suppose I could say I strongly dislike the idea of scrapbooking. Too many pages and pictures, decisions and die cut and decorative edges.
But then I stop to think about it, and start to feel guilty.
You know, that “mom guilt” we’re all familiar with. My kids don’t have scrapbooks for each year of their lives. They don’t all have their proper monthly/yearly pictures either, even though I’m a professional photographer. I am starting to forget at what age Callie’s first tooth came in, and what month did Clara start to crawl again? I never wrote down Cooper’s birth story.
Heck, I can barely keep up with their baby books.
I am finding that I remember less, and write down less, about each child as the years go by. As much as I want to freeze them in time, to remember the smell of their baby soap, the squishiness of their little hands, and the sound of their little voices singing around the house, I can’t.
So I came up with The Birthday Book.
This is one tiny little thing that I’ve been able to actually keep up with (so far). I only have to do it once a year, on their birthdays. It is like taking a snapshot of their life right now, their favorite foods and friends. I simply do a mini interview at each birthday (starting at age 3), write down their answers to twenty questions, and tuck the pages away in their baby book.
Easy. No scissors required.
I will print off fifteen of these pages (for each child, starting from age 3 through 18). I guess that adds up to quite a few interviews, but we’ve been doing it for three years already and it is so much fun to look back and see the changes.
I put together a free printable for you to use too, my friend! You can download both the 8.5×11 size, or the condensed size (7.75×7.25, pictured above) below.
- The-Birthday-Book (8.5×11 size)
- The-Birthday-Book-condensed (condensed size – will need to cut to size – book pictures above is a baby book by Ruby Love Designs)
I hope you enjoy this scrapbook-free way to document the details of your child’s life! Go ahead and print-off 15 pages for each child and put the pages somewhere where you can easily get them out each year. Enjoy your Birthday Book!