The first thing I did after deciding to make my own was to start researching on Pinterest and by looking at lots of different baby books (our nephew's, mine, my sisters', and most entertaining, my dad's) to compile a list of everything I wanted to include. It's pretty hefty, but I'm okay with that - a lot happens the first year!
After getting a pretty good list, I started story boarding. I get the template off the internet because it is really helpful for me to be able to see everything laid out visually. By doing this I can also think through what images I will have to find (or create) and make lists of pictures and keepsakes I want to be sure to save.
My next step was choosing a style. Soft and sweet like this one? Super modern like this one? Bright and colorful like this announcement? I would create the style/feeling mostly using colors and fonts, but also things like the pictures and their frames. To pick, I made a couple options for the family tree page, because I knew it would have the most stylistic decisions to make because of the tree background. Do I want a full tree? Just a branch? The rings of a tree? Color or BW? Graphic, drawing or a photo? And how do those options work with different font styles?
It ultimately came down to these two trees (rotated, resized and grayscale). Both are just from a Google Images search.
And three different font pairings (covering two options for color use):
Once I had picked a style, the page creation could begin! I'm designing them in GIMP (free photoshop) and then will print with Shutterfly as whole page spreads in an 8x8 book to match our "family yearbooks". I am still deciding if there are any sections that I want to print "blank" and fill in by hand, so I'm making it with blanks and will either add text as layers or leave the blanks. That way I will have a template for any future siblings too.
They are in process now, but I will include the spreads here when I get them done!