I‘ve created a fun freebie for everyone today, but let me back up a bit first. It all started with this adorable new size of album from We R Memory Keepers: 5.5×8.5. I’ve had my eye on it since last year, contemplating what project I could put together in that not-too-big, not-too-small size.

When I initially decided to create an 8.5×11 pregnancy album, I wasn’t quite sure how I would scrapbook the baby from birth on. When I discovered the 5.5×8.5 album in the exact same color, I knew I had a great mama-baby pair. And then something changed. All of my plans and energy to focus on my story were re-channeled into this process of growing a human being from scratch. It’s kind of hard to admit it, but my priorities changed – and so did my intentions for scrapbooking this story.

I’ve definitely documented my pregnancy, but in a simple and more efficient way that still allows me to spend time preparing for baby’s arrival. My photos, they’ve been primarily captured with my iPhone and shared with friends via Instagram. Not fancy, but effective (and artful). Why couldn’t I, I thought, create a set of digital pages for my pregnancy in this fun 5.5×8.5 size? I could bring in a few pieces of memorabilia without being a hoarder of every doctor’s note and advice pamphlet. And I would still have plenty of space for documenting baby’s birth and first months in the world. A few examples are below – click to enlarge.

Once these pages are printed, I’ll share where I’m at with the album. I’m finding 5.5×8.5 so fun to work with, especially since it is half of the standard letter size – 8.5×11! In the meantime, if you’d like to create along with me (on any theme), I’ve put together a download with four different page templates especially for Instagram-sized photos.

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