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Styling Baby Keepsakes as Nursery Decor

June 25, 2020

I have a love/hate relationship with scrapbooking.

I love making them and reliving the memories, and I love having a physical copy of all of our photos to look at. It’s so nostalgic. Plus, what if Facebook and Instagram aren’t around in 20 years? What if I lose my phone and all of the pictures in it? What if the cloud breaks? Is that possible? I don’t know, but I don’t want to be worrying about my family photos if it does, haha.

I hate that we spend so much time making scrapbooks and keepsakes just to stash everything in a book or box and tuck it away. Memories that only resurface when our kids turn 18 or 25, or whatever age they may actually start to care about what they (and us) looked like when they were born.

We’ve already taken so many pictures the first three months of Ella’s life. Then there’s all the stuff we have from the hospital when she was born. This might go on for the next 18 years, let’s be honest.

Once I started putting things aside from her birth, I decided to wanted to incorporate these meaningful things into her nursery. I hope these ideas will spark some inspiration for you to do the same!

We didn’t pick a “theme.” for Ella’s nursery. We just wanted it to be cozy, and homely. And we used a lot of blush pinks, whites and grays.

We got a a really modern baby book at our baby shower, and my mom gave us a time capsule. I wanted to use them both as decor.

The baby book fit perfectly on a shelf. To go with it, I pulled some of Ella’s other books from her bookshelf with cute titles. The baby book includes pictures and has writing prompts like our birth story and a lot of firsts. It covers everything from when Mike and I met until she turns one.

I added a pair of leopard moccasins on top too.

Crib is Dream on Me Charlotte

The time capsule didn’t really fit into our decor but I loved the idea of also putting it on a shelf.

Instead of leaving it green Winnie the Pooh, I decided to decorate it myself. I used gold and pink washi tape all around it and painted the top of the tin pink.

I loved the way it turned out. Since my crafts never look as good as I expect, I liked this because it was simple and the flaws made it look even better. The overlapping tape adding different shades of pink.

Inside I put a lot of the stuff we got from the hospital, including her first hat, footprints and some of the 3d ultrasound pictures. Next to the capsule is a stuffed dog that looks just like our puppy, Jasmine.

Some other things around her nursery also have a lot of meaning. This vine was at the entrance of her baby shower and this peony is from one of the centerpieces.

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This polaroid I randomly snapped of Mike and Ella is my absolute favorite. I had to frame it.

And just for fun, here are some other pics of her nursery.

Changing pad sheets are Elys & Co.
This exact basket isn’t available but this one is almost identical!

Show me what crafts you’ve done in your nursery! Have you done something similar or creative but different? Let me know in the comments below. I’m always looking for cute ideas to add!

Other baby keepsake finds that I love from amazon are this photo book (We have two!) and these adorable ink keepsake for our babe’s hands and feet.

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