I’ve had a few questions about the album we started this summer. We intended for it to keep only the notes of support we received. However, it has evolved into an adoption lifebook. (Prior to finalization, we kept an official lifebook for Children Services. It’s no longer necessary.)
This album has three sections:
- Birth stats and some info (including photos) about her birthmother.
- Finalization day photos in the court house.
- Adoption Celebration – notes and cards from family and friends, as well as photos from Moriah’s first 2 years of life.
The first section will be very important to Moriah in the future.
This section is also the most private. (I didn’t take many photos to share here.) We wanted her to have access to this information from a young age — and for her to know that we were not keeping any secrets from her. However, we did not put her birthmother’s name or identifying information — that will come later, when Moriah is ready. We kept it positive. And age-appropriate.
I also included poems and sentiments I found online written by birthmothers and/or about the relationship between birth- and adoptive-moms.
The second section is the shortest.
I included our finalization date and photos of our family with the judge. I also printed What Adoption Day Looks Like . . . and added cards we received that week.
The third section is the thickest and, hopefully, an encouragement to Moriah as she develops.
I merely slipped handwritten notes into the pockets (some had to be cut down to fit the pockets) and hole punched the greeting cards. Done! Very easy. The blank pockets were filled with photos…. I had a TON of photos left over but the album is getting too thick as it is! I had to pick and choose which images to include.
We received 38 notes or cards in total!
- Simple Stories Snap Album
- Simple Stories Mix and Match Page Protectors: five 4 by 6-inch; one 6 by 8-inch; three 3 by 4/4-inch by 6-inch; four 3 by 4-inch
- one Project Life 5×7 Page Protector – Vertical
- album cover: chipboard letters placed to mask area; spritzed with Stampin’ Spritzer (filled with rubbing alcohol + 15 drops of Real Red ink + a little bit of Champagne Mist ink); removed letters and added washi strips; hand wrote PROMISE with size 05 journaling pen; cut Pacifico font with Silhouette on Very Vanilla cardstock.
- Project Life 3×4 grid cards + 4×6 grid cards + Midnight edition + Jade edition
- Pebbles Seen & Noted phrase cards
- hole punch and Crop-A-Dile
- various paper and washi tape from my stash
If you’re an adoptive family, I’d love to see your album / lifebook / notebook!
Feel free to link up in the comments.
Thank you, friends and family, for your support! We appreciate each of you.
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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio. Learn more about Joey and Elaine.