Last month, Ryder turned 8 and chose to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints .
I have titled the subject of this post, “LDS Baptism Event” because that is exactly what it feels like for the mother! It’s a special day, and one of the big events in life. It takes some planning.
Ryder’s Baptism was scheduled for Saturday May 3rd. In April, we fit in a photo shoot. Ryder had to get behind the camera too.
*disclaimer: I put together this post for those who have inquired. Please do not take this as the “standard” practice. A baptism is about the ordinance. I have resources that allow me to go a little over the top.
This kid has many people who love him. I hope he always remembers this.
I print for a living, which is a beautiful thing when one wants to be creative. To avoid the extra square postage, I created a 5×7 folded card with a 5×12 canvas, not a “standard” product we carry, one I just sort-of, invented.
Most LDS Wards will provide the printed baptism program, since Ryder was the only child being baptized this day, I took it into my own hands to design and print a 6×8 “menu” style program on our Pearl Fine paper.
Each of my boys have a baptism memory album filled with photos and cards from family & friends, along with a digital copy of their baptism certificate. I always prefer a 3 ring album over a bound book. With removable pages and pockets, I’m able to insert tangible notes from friends and family that would otherwise be lost in a bin somewhere in our basement.
I found this 8×8 Burlap Album from the Paper Studio at our local Hobby Lobby for under $10.
Meredith Cardall’s Baptism Boy digital album
This is the 2nd Baptism Quick Page Album I have purchased from Meredith Cardall Designs. She makes it fast and easy to throw together. I used her 12×12 baptism kit and printed as 8×8 to fit into the 3 ring mini album. Meredith’s kit includes a sign in page and other fun facts that I would normally forget to document! I know in 20 years, Ryder be grateful he has it.
The guest list page can easily be signed and slipped back into the album.
Ryder fills out the important facts. His handwriting and misspellings are priceless to me.
THE AFTER PARTY
It’s also been a tradition to enlarge the boys baptism photo and add their favorite scripture. Ryder chose 3 Nephi 11:33. The print & mount makes a great center piece. (16×20 print, mount, texture is $49.99 at Persnickety Prints). We hang it in his bedroom when the party is over.
What’s a party without food? I am a horrible cook. Thank goodness for Kneaders.
…. and Sweet Tooth Fairy!
I used our store marketing signs to display 12×12 prints standing inside of the water and Izze coolers.
After hosting this party, I ran to work to oversee our big semi annual print sale.
Ryder enjoyed his special day, and I’m still recovering!