3 Easy Keepsake Ideas for Busy Mamas

Years ago, I got really into scrap booking. I loved it. I bought the whole Creative Memories Kit (being a student at the time, that was a major purchase). There was only one problem. I didn’t have much to scrapbook. I was still a little too young (and broke) to have a very exciting life and, as a ministry student, I didn’t have the traditional college experience.

But, still, I tried. I have a lovely scrapbook with the brand new car I got at 21, New Year’s 2002 when my friends and I stayed at a nice hotel (and then stayed in our room all night because we were afraid of all the drunk people), a road trip to Disneyland, and my friends and I posing with the books we bought at Barnes & Noble (I told you).

I finally gave up on documenting my life and I ended up making a scrapbook as a Christmas present for my mom. My friend and I would meet with some of the moms from church and scrapbook with them. I would frequently comment that I wished I had something to put in my book and they frequently assured me that when I did, I wouldn’t have the time and would fall very behind.

Boy were they right!

When I have a few spare minutes, I almost always choose a shower.

Still, documenting my son’s life is important to me. I want him to be able to look at pictures of himself and read about the things he was doing and saying. I’ve found 3 easy keepsakes to help with this!

3 Easy Keepsake Ideas for Busy Mamas - Click to see these easy ways to document your baby or child's life!

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Words to Remember Book 

I received this book as a gift from a friend at Christmas time and I totally love it! It’s just a journal to remember the things your child has said. I’ve only written in it less than a handful of times and that’s really what I love about it. When I do write in it, I just jot down the new words my son is saying and date it. It only takes a few minutes and I don’t feel like a bad mother for not keeping a daily journal of my son’s life!

Old School Photo Album 

When I was pregnant I decided that instead of a Baby’s First Year book I would just buy a simple photo album, print pictures from Wal-Mart and put them in. (OK, fine, I actually have two books because I filled up one book with the first 6 months!) This is such an easy option for documenting the first year (or any year, really). Of course, it still requires a little work.

My Social Book 

If writing and printing pictures still sounds like a little too much then My Social Book is perfect for you! My Social Book takes pictures, status updates, etc. from your Facebook timeline (or Instagram feed) and puts them into a book. It looks like your timeline… in a book. It’s really cool! I had one made from the time I announced my pregnancy publicly (at 28 weeks. Yes, I said 28 weeks.) up until my son’s first birthday. I could not be happier with the outcome of the book. As you can see from the unboxing video. I will definitely be making more of these books.

Use this link for 25% off at My Social Book. 

Do you have any easy keepsake ideas?

11 thoughts on “3 Easy Keepsake Ideas for Busy Mamas

  1. Julie S. @ Fab Working Mom Life August 28, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    I do wish I was better at keeping these dates and special memories. I can’t remember exactly when he first reached a particular milestone or said something but busy life is busy heh. These are great options and ideas!

  2. Shortsweetmom August 28, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I used to do scrap booking regularly. Those days seem long ago lol. I would love. To catch back up at some point. Thanks for these other great ways to document baby that might save a little time.

  3. Megan August 28, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Love these ideas! Definitely going to look at Social Book 🙂 I also really want to try to get into the habit of writing letters to my kids for them to open when they’re older ❤️

  4. Susan August 28, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Great ideas! I’m not good at keepsake stuff either. I have printed a book from shutterfly, though.

  5. Stefani @ Crafty Christian August 29, 2016 / 5:48 am

    I upload all of my photos to Shutterfly when I put them on my computer, and then every year I do a photo album for each of the boys and just order one of theirs. It’s cheap & easy!

  6. Hil August 30, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    That’s so cool!! I bought my son a baby book and haven’t even filled out anything yet…… he will be two in December. This would have been smarter!

    • inezbayardo September 1, 2016 / 12:43 am

      Haha. That’s why I didn’t even try. I knew the pages would be empty!

  7. Sondra Barker August 30, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    My Social Book looks adorable! I’m glad you included a video too, thanks!

    • inezbayardo September 1, 2016 / 12:44 am

      It really is! Thanks for reading/watching!

  8. Christine - The Choosy Mommy August 31, 2016 / 11:10 am

    I did a social book before and it turned out really nice! I print out all of my pictures and keep them in picture boxes for now. I have them all in our safe, for safe keeping 😉 Hopefully I’ll have time to scrapbook someday!

    • Inez October 30, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      I love the my social book’s! That’s pretty great that you print your pics. I think most of them leave them on cameras and frantically delete when we need more space! haha

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