Saving Memories

Portrait Ideas for a 3-Month-Old Baby

Tummy Shots

Lay your baby on her tummy and get a few shots with her holding her head up. You can choose to take photos of her looking straight at the camera or looking ahead or to the side. Experiment with different angles until you find one you like best. Smiling photos are always cute, but you may be surprised how cute a serious face or even a crying face can be.

Prop the Baby Up

Use a Boppy Pillow or a similar pillow covered with a blanket and prop your baby up into an almost sitting position. Make sure that he is steady and cannot fall. Shoot a few photos of your baby in this position. Add a toy as a prop, if your baby is able to hold a toy in his fist. Tucked next to your baby, a stuffed animal is also a cute prop.

Naked Baby Photos

Taking naked photos of your baby is a matter of preference. You may want to take pictures of her backside or some with the baby in only a diaper. You can pose the baby lying on her tummy or propped up on pillows with a blanket strategically placed. You may want to take a few of these photos to save for yourself rather than display them.

Body Part Photos

Isolating single body parts makes for cute baby photos. Take a picture of his chubby fist grasping a rattle or your finger, or his feet cupped in your hand. A close-up of his mouth, nose or eyes can be stunning if done correctly and with the right lighting.

Baby and Family Photos

Photos with Mom, Dad or siblings can be sweet at 3 months. Catch loving expressions between Mom and baby or Dad and baby. Capture smiles when older children make the baby laugh. Baby photos with the family pet can be endearing as well.

Other Photo Ideas

Use different backdrops to get unique shots. Black or white backdrops add a professional look; printed blankets or outdoor shots can give photos a more casual, carefree feeling. Add favorite toys, blankets or stuffed animals to document your baby's preferences at this time in her life. Choose simple outfits that don't detract from the subject.

Scrapbooking Ideas for Teens

Memorable Events

Your teen's scrapbook can focus on her favorite events throughout her high school days. Go through your digital photos and print ones that commemorate such memorable events as the first day of high school, homecoming, prom and graduation. If your teen held onto any memorabilia from these events -- her schedule from freshman year or her ticket to prom -- you can add these items on the same page as your photos from the event. For an added touch, your teen can cut out words that describe these events -- perhaps "anxious" for her first day of school or "beautiful" for her first prom night.

Athletic Prowess

If your teen participated in sports, a scrapbook can also celebrate his achievements on the field or court. You can often find scrapbook paper in the design of a football field, hockey rink or basketball court. Choose the appropriate paper for your teen's scrapbook, and use it as the backdrop for the pages. Mix and match photos of your teen in action with box scores and articles from the school newspaper. If your teen's team was highly successful, you might even have headlines from the local paper to add to the scrapbook to commemorate your teen's accomplishments.

Academic Achievement

High school isn't all fun and games. Your teen also worked hard in the classroom, and a scrapbook can also celebrate her academic accomplishments. If you saved her straight-As report card or that 100 she earned on her geometry test, you can create a section of the scrapbook dedicated to her academic success. Create a list -- handwritten or using the computer -- of her GPAs or honor roll selections. Opt for a scrapbook paper that features books for an academic vibe for this section of the scrapbook.

Social Fun

Your teen's social activities are probably a big part of her life, so a scrapbook should also capture the fun he had during his teen years. Title a page "Best Buddies" and include photos of your teen hanging out with his best friends in different environments, whether they were spending time together at your house, at a high school football game or at their part-time job. If your teen is in a relationship, you could even add a few pages dedicated to your teen and that special someone. Just remember that teen relationships are fickle, and he might not want those memories preserved for eternity.

Family Scrapbooking Ideas

Then and Now

Making a scrapbook album or layout featuring multiple generations can pique the interest of family members of all ages. Include black and white pictures of Grandma, paired with colorful photographs of a younger child to display contrast. Convert colored photos into black and white pictures. Let everyone get involved by encouraging younger kids and older relatives to write out their thoughts on card stock that you send them. Include black and white embellishments for a vintage appearance.

Family Collage

Having a family collage can help you introduce your kids to distant relatives. Cut out pictures of a variety of family members and let your younger kids glue and stick the pictures to the scrapbook page. Using pictures that are the same size in a grid pattern gives the album a uniform look.

Travel Galore

Include pages in your family album that are kid-friendly, such as pages about local trips and longer vacations. Kids can take part in each part of this project. Let a kid take over the photography duties to get candid shots of the family. You may even wind up with photos that have a different angle than traditional shots due to their smaller stature. Let kids write about the places where they have traveled and fast facts about the area. Place small photos around the entirety of the page and then write your impressions of the vacation in the middle of the page.

Family Tree

Making a family tree scrapbook album or layout teaches your kids about their genealogy while also giving them a chance to create a charming layout. Let kids trace the shape of a tree from a stencil and then add pictures of each family member where they belong in the family tree.

Family Reunion

Family reunions provide a rare opportunity to take pictures of all the family members. Include reunion pages in your family album that feature pictures and names for each family member. Place some cardstock and a few family pictures at a table during the reunion to get rare impressions from these individuals to include in the album.

Memory Books Ideas

Themes

Memory books can create memories using more than just photos. Use your child's artwork to create a memory book of the year's progress and creativity. Newlyweds would appreciate a memory book of the cards and well wishes given to them through their engagement and wedding. Travel memory books might use pictures from the trip along with components of the location map, tickets and brochures. A memory book may also be a nice idea when a special one has passed away to soothe someone who is in mourning. These themes and others are made more special when you put some time into the design of the memory.

Designs

How the pages are laid out will help tell a story about the memory. If you are using your child's artwork, a great design idea is to use the art as a matting for a picture. Choose a picture that corresponds with the same time frame in which the art was created.

Sepia or aged-paper techniques can make a memorial book to tell the rich history of someone who has died. Layering old photos with new photos ties generations together.

If you toured Europe by train, train station hubs or maps help describe the location where each picture was taken and invite the book viewer to take the journey with you.

Compilation

Memory books can be compiled in a variety of methods. You can use a scrapbooking method and compile it page by page. Print-on-demand companies can make a professionally bound book for minimal cost. You take the memories and create the design and layout through a desktop publishing program. You provide a PDF to the printer and order the number of copies you want. This is a great solution if more than one person would truly appreciate the memories such as siblings, parents and grandparents. Another idea is to not even use a book, but to create a memory catalogue that organises photos or cards based on categories such as Valentine's Cards or holiday presents.