American Baby’s Baby Booty: Get Scrappy!

Such a gorgeous baby book!

Did your mother fill out a baby book for you? You know, with a lock of your hair and a description of your “firsts” and all that good stuff? My mom did…and so did Nancy O’Dell’s, as I learned recently. Nancy O’Dell, aside from co-anchoring Entertainment Tonight, is a rabid scrapbooker herself. She’s not faking her love of putting memory books together; she’s been to our offices several times and I’ve seen what she makes and listened to her talk passionately about creating recipe books, photo albums, and so on. Many of them revolve around her young daughter, Ashby. But the sweetest thing I ever heard her describe is her own baby book—I mean, the one her mom made of baby Nancy—and how that inspired the “My Baby Story” book she currently sells via her Creative Memories line.

There are modern baby books out there, and I even received an email about an electronic baby book, but Nancy wanted to imitate the sweetly old-fashioned look of the one her mom filled out. Her “My Baby Story” album has that amazing vintage look, with a soft, thick cover and intricate little illustrations. I wish it had been around for my two kids. (Though I like their’s too; they each have a book from Rag & Bone Bindery. The price is the same or more as Nancy’s but it’s a smaller size.)

Nancy told me that looking at her own baby book makes her aware of how much her mother loved her, right from the start. She says she wants the same thing for Ashby: An album that is concrete proof that she was adored and celebrated. Of course, we’re all busy these days, and finding time to fill out a baby book can seem like a stretch, so Nancy’s made her book more or less a fill-in-the-blanks project. She gives you prompts, and you write in your own baby’s story. If you’re up to it, you can add a lot of personal touches. Nancy promises that by taking a few evenings during your baby’s first year, you’ll be able to fill an album that your child will cherish for the rest of his or her life.

Nancy O'Dell

So, on that sweet note, leave a comment at the end of this post to be eligible to be one of three people who will receive a Baby Bundle package courtesy of Nancy O’Dell and Creative Memories. The bundle includes the gorgeous 12-inch x 12-inch baby album shown above, 32 large-pocked pages, fill-in-the-blank inserts, two pages of pockets you can use to hold keepsakes, diecut embellishments that will inspire you to get creative, an optional adoption-themed page, and instructions, all worth $65. (But if you don’t win: Start a baby book anyway!) You have through Thursday, January 19th to enter by posting no more than once a day. Read the full rules here. Goody luck!

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  1. by amy thomas

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    We love books at our house!!

  2. by Amy Owen

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been looking for a scrapbook/memory book, it would be wonderful to win and stop looking!

  3. by Michelle Kowalski

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love reading to my daughter <3

  4. by Kayla Bosche

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Hi my names Kayla. Have a beautiful 5 month old daughter. who was born a month and half earlier. but for that she brings joy and happiness to my day!

  5. by Kristina

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I love to scrapbook and I would love to have that baby book for my son!

  6. by emily Steinberg

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    My son is getting to the age where I think he will listen more if I read to him! Whenever I try now he just squirms away :( I love reading and would love for him to love reading as well as he gets older! Would love to win this contest :) Love baby bloggers as well helps us mommy’s out in times of need!

  7. by Whittney Gipson

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I want this baby book!

  8. by jennifer sheremetta

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    This would be perfect for us to have for our Great Nephew! I’ve been looking for a baby book but havent found any I thought would be just right for him.
    This would be great! Good Luck, Everyone!

  9. by Kathleen W

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Pick me! Pick me!!

  10. by Ashley

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Pick me pick me pick me!!! I would love love love to have this for my child.

  11. by Lorraine

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I. WOULD. LOVE. THIS……..How Cute. :)

  12. by Amanda clever

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I love scrap books. I’d love to make 1 for my daughter to keep memories of her as she grows up. I wish I would have had 1 from my mother but at least I can start with my children. :D

  13. by April Shenberger

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    My son is six weeks old and would love a baby book to document all the exciting milestones coming up! My grandmother kept a baby book for me and I look forward to doing the same for my son. It’s such a joy to look back on once you’re older.

  14. by Lori

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    adorable baby book

  15. by erin

    On January 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    super cute books!

  16. by Michelle

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I would love to have a beautiful book to create for my baby. It’s been 10 years since I’ve had a child and books as pretty as this one weren’t around back then.

  17. by liz livingston

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Would love to start a scrap book for my son & daughter together.

  18. by Misty Holley

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    We had our 4th baby this past year. Many years after the others. I know this time to not blink or I will miss it. I would love to have this to document every part of her baby and toddler years. I want to remember everything.

  19. by mickenzie

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    That is so cute! I don’t have a baby book and he is 10 months old :( ive been writing down his milestones but would love to transfer it to a book!

  20. by Heather

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    My son was born June 20 2011 and I havent started a baby book for him. I never even gave it a thought. I have been doing a blog, but a book would be something fun to look back and read once he is a little older. I love looking back on mine that my mom did for me!!

  21. by perla

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I am new mom I just had my beautiful baby 6 monts ago, he is the most precious gift I could ever got. My cellphone and camara are filled with pictures of my baby nathan. I would love to have a place to store them all togheter. I would really like to start scrapbooking and bring all does beautiful memories togheter for my baby to see later on when he is bigger and for me to remember everything we lived togheter.

  22. by Lauren Betlinski

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Just adorable! Would love to tell my newborn son’s adoption story in this book.

  23. by Colleen Fahey

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    This is adorable! I would love love to win this for my son! I wish I was more crafty, and artsy and this book would be my inspirtation to journal our first year together (I need to do this before he’s 1 :) this will give me the kick in the pants I need!) Thanks!

  24. by Jillian

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I’d love to get scrappy! :)

  25. by Tamara Cooke

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Would love to get a baby book for my little one. Thanks!

  26. by lauraA

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hi, I will Love to have a baby book for my baby girl Giuliana, she is all ready turning 2 years, unfortunately I don’t have one,to put her pictures and gorgeous memorys. I did but i give it to one of my friend for her baby boy, it’s because I buy it wen I was just 3 months of pregnancy, the book was jungle tenet and yellow, and she needed one and so i give it to her and the best part she loves it. For me is better to give than resive,and cens then I been looking for one and I couldn’t find the perfect for my princess,I will Love if I can win this beautiful baby book.

    Thank-you hope every one have a wonderfully day :)
    God bless all.

    ATT: Laura Aguilar.

  27. by Hannah

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    It’s hard to find a cute baby book for a boy without a picture of a puppy in the mud or a race car on the front. This looks like a nice alternative.

  28. by Heather M.

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Would love to win this adorable baby book for my precious son!!! <3

  29. by Nat

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    We love books!

  30. by lauraA

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Hi i will Love to have a baby book for my baby girl Giuliana Annette, she is my world my first baby. She is going to turn 2 on May and unfortunately i don’t have a baby book, to write all of her adventures in this pas 2 year, please pretty please, I will Love love it to have one. I had been searching for one unfortunately i haven’t been lucky :( . I had one it was jungle theme and yellow I buy it went I was pregnant , but one of my friend had her baby boy 2 months after me, and she didn’t have one and i give it to her, I prefer to give than resive, she had been a wonderfully friend and a gift of those are precious. I wish to win one for my little one.

    Thank-you and good luck to everyone :)
    God bless all.

    ATT: Laura Aguilar. : )

  31. by Brenda Davis

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I would LOVE to win this. I have so many pictures of my baby lying around and nothing to do with them.

  32. by Miranda

    On January 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I love scrapbooking for my 3 boys. This is awesome! Woudl love to win!!

  33. by Laura

    On January 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I have a baby book for my first baby my lil momma I got it @ her baby shower BUT I had a crazy time with my handsome lil prince this time around I went into labor @ 27 weeks so they put me on bed rest so EVERYTHING was up to my husband & he totally forgot to get him a baby book! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this for my special lil guy.

  34. by fel

    On January 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Oh cool!

  35. by Janet Beauprez

    On January 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    We don’t have a baby book for either of our boys, it’d be great to start off with one!

  36. by Allison price

    On January 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I would love I have this beautiful book do my son’s special babybook!!:)

  37. by Jennifer

    On January 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I love this! So cute. :) My son, Reid, could definitely use one!

  38. by Christen

    On January 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I would love to win this! I am having our second baby on Monday and could really use this!

  39. by jen

    On January 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    After 3 years if trying to have children, we were blessed with a beautiful boy. He is 8 months old now and is the best thing that has ever happened to us. I Would love a book to capture all our memories we will make together as a family!

  40. by Kerri Smith

    On January 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I would love this for my second baby! I did a nice baby book and had gorgeous professional pictures taken of my daughter. Unfortunately, with this economy, we cannot afford the gorgeous professional pics for our second child when he/she arrives. Being the second child myself, I want our second child to feel just as special as the first….this would help! Thanks for consideration! : )

  41. by rhibrix2

    On January 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve been using Creative Memories products for years, would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity :)

  42. by Amanda Holdsworth

    On January 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    My favorite item from childhood is the baby book my mom kept for me…I still look at it 33 years later. I would love to do the same for my newborn daughter!

  43. by Miranda Welle

    On January 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Great giveaway! We’re expecting and would use this!

  44. by Diana Mintz

    On January 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I would love this scrapbook from Nancy! This is my hobby! And I would love to fill it with my son Ezra’s photos!

  45. by Aimee Day

    On January 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I am so behind on my scrapbooking since my 2 nd child was born. Can’t wait for a scrap book that is easy, fast and oh so cute.

  46. by Amanda Bartlett

    On January 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I looked for a baby book while I was pregnant but they were not as nice as this one. They were so impersonal!

  47. by Heather

    On January 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    What a nice package! Would love to receive this as a gift.

  48. by michelle santucci

    On January 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Yes.. My grandmother kept a babybook about me while I was young. We have just had our 4th and last baby (girl 12/8/2011) Through the years I have put less effort into keeping the babybooks updated. Instead we have made notes on post-its and scrap paper with info to update “later”. I would love to have this book for our little miracle ! A baby book is one of the things we don’t have for her. I think baby books are such an awesome keepsake to look back on.

  49. by Corinne P.

    On January 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I’d love it, just had baby #3.

  50. by Britt brill

    On January 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    My friend is having a baby in March. This would make a lovely gift for her

  51. by REBECCA STEPHEN

    On January 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I love Nancy O’Dell and have seven granchildren to make scrapbooks for. this would be a great prize for me.

  52. by ping

    On January 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Hope I can win!

  53. by Nikki G.

    On January 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I haven’t found a baby book I love yet for my 3 month old son. I would love to win this.

  54. by lena

    On January 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Very beautiful I hope I win!

  55. by israel y

    On January 15, 2012 at 1:06 am

    very cool!

  56. by Mary

    On January 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    This would be amazing to win for my first child on the way!

  57. by amanda

    On January 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    i would absolutely love to recieve this baby book. i literally save every little thing from my son, and write down every single thing that he has ever done and ever learned. i would love to be able to put it in a book like this to show him when he gets older so he knows just how much he meant to me!

  58. by Heather

    On January 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Lovely book… would love to start using it for my soon arriving book

  59. by Jenna

    On January 16, 2012 at 12:41 am

    This is so sweet!

  60. by israel y

    On January 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

    amazing! hope i win!

  61. by Heather

    On January 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Would love to have a beautiful baby book like this one for my soon arriving baby

  62. by Jane Squires

    On January 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I would love to win but then would have to chose between my 1 year old grandson or my 3 month old granddaughter to do it for.

  63. by sandra

    On January 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

    this kit looks awesome

  64. by israel y

    On January 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    very nice, a daily entry

  65. by Jenna

    On January 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Would love this for my little bunny!

  66. by Heather

    On January 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Darling book!

  67. by Danielle m

    On January 18, 2012 at 1:23 am

    How cute! I am expecting right now and would love this memory book for my baby girl.

  68. by Jenna

    On January 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Very sweet idea

  69. by Heather

    On January 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Nice, looks like it can be used for a boy or a girl.

  70. by israel y

    On January 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    lets get scrappy

  71. by jennifer

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    OH wow, this is amazing!!!! :) I have a one year old and a new addition due in July! :)

  72. by Domenique

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I would love this baby book! My daughter is going to be a year old Feb. 7 and it would be amazing to show her how amazing her first year of life was!

  73. by april p

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hello! I am 15 weeks with my first baby. We are excited beyond joy and would love the scrapbook to remember every minute of it!

  74. by Jessica Jacobs

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I love this… So cute!

  75. by Katina

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Love scrapbooking for my new baby. I try to get my friends on board as well. Would love to win!!!

  76. by Angela attkisson

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I would love to have one of these for my preemie. I have a diary so far of his time in the nicu!

  77. by jennifer sheremetta

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    My mom made sure all 6 of us kids had a baby book!
    we still look at them today and compare how things were so different when we were born/younger. :)
    I would love to have this for my great nephew who’s staying with us.
    I want him to be able to look back when he’s grown and see all of his accomplishments, a little piece of his hair from his first haircut, the day he got his first tooth (was yesterday believe it or not!), first snow photo, on and on :)
    Hope baby Shawnie wins this! :)
    thanks you :)
    Liked and Shared!

  78. by April

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Wow beatfiful book! I have two boys, and my daughter will be six months old on the 25th. Winning this would be wonderful for us!

  79. by Monika

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I agree with Nancy, having a baby book can mean so much. My husband has one filled out from his mother, but my mom unfortunately didn’t get around to making me one. I always go into his and look at how detailed his mom filled his out. I can’t help but notice the love she put into it. I tell him all the time how lucky he is to have a mother that cared so much! She’s inspiration for the baby book I’m working on for my daughter. I want her to be able to look back and know that I had and always will have time for her, to let her know I care, about ALL the details of her life.

  80. by Toni Yaple

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Woohoo I LOVE this!

  81. by Jenna

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Every baby should have a baby book

  82. by nikki courvoisier

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I had my son December 10th. Vincent Pryce was born premature at 32 weeks. I didnt get to bring him home for almost a month. I didnt get the chance to do birth announcements or anything due to the fact he was in the NICU. I would love one of these books to salvage the time that we didnt get to have together.

    Thank you again :)

  83. by Alexis Basso

    On January 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I would love to have this to show my baby that even though I am a young mother that it was a blessing from day one and be able to share my love with my baby one day!!

  84. by Amanda clever

    On January 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I would love to have the opportunity to start a scrap book for her.

  85. by Sarah Struyk

    On January 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I want to win an awesome baby book

  86. by israel y

    On January 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    hope i win!!!

  87. by Kourtney Souza

    On January 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    That would be wonderful to have! I’m really trying to make sure I capture every moment because my husband is currently deployed overseas. He missed the birth and will miss all our son’s firsts, so I take lots of pictures and videos.

  88. by amanda

    On January 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Really Hope I win!!

  89. by Linda J

    On January 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    What a great gift idea for my niece who’s expecting

  90. by Stacy

    On January 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I have a little niece due next month and this would be a great gift for her parents!

  91. by Mary Glover

    On January 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I would so love to have one of these!! My daughter-in-law just had a baby girl and I would like to give her this!! My son is in the Navy & is gone a lot so this would be a great way for him to see things that he has missed.

  92. by Megan

    On January 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Beautiful!

  93. by Heather

    On January 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    My last post entry… hope I win this sweet book!

  94. by Jessica Hartshorn

    On January 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks everyone for entering! This contest is now closed.

  95. by Mary Withrow

    On March 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I can’t wait til I see Alessa zooming around! She is not quite old enough but will be soon! Thanks

  96. by Mary Withrow

    On March 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Im confused, lol I was trying to enter to win the baby walker! I hope this is the right place! Thanks