Becoming a parent is a life changing experience. During the first year of your baby’s life, you’re likely to be simultaneously happy, hopeful, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Every day with an infant is an adventure, but it’s easy for all the special moments in your baby’s life to fade into one big blur if you don’t take the time to help preserve your memories. Even when you’re too tired to create an elaborate layout for your child’s baby book or transform special photos into handmade gifts, try to get in the habit of taking the time to jot down the day’s activities in your journal, write in your blog about your baby’s accomplishments, or post baby photos on Facebook. When you’re ready to create, you can use these resources as the basis for your project.
Dana Hinders is a freelance writer who has published several articles on photography, creative writing, scrapbooking, and paper crafting.
Dana has been an avid scrapbooker since 2002, creating her first album shortly before her wedding. Her son Logan was born in 2004 and is the proud owner of a large collection of albums documenting each year of his life. Dana prefers to create mostly traditional paper scrapbook pages, although she has recently been doing some experimenting with digital scrapbooking and hybrid scrapbooking.
In addition to scrapbooking, Dana also enjoys finding ways to incorporate photos and special memories into unique home décor or handmade gift ideas. She’s made candles decorated with photos of her son taking his first steps, wall art combining her favorite baby photos with special quotes, photo slideshows for Grandparent’s Day gifts, ornaments featuring photos from her son's first Christmas, and day planners featuring baby photos of three generations of family members.
Dana has always enjoyed helping people preserve their memories, starting with her work on the high school yearbook. Her interest in writing and photography as a way to document special events led her to major in journalism at the University of Iowa. In addition to providing the basis for her freelance writing career, this coursework offered much inspiration for her own creative memory preservation projects.
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