A great way to capture what you were feeling when pregnant is to create a scrapbook! Scrapbooks are a great way to channel all of your emotions and memories in a way that is both fun, but also produces a book that you can cherish forever. This article will offer some tips and tricks to help you kick-start your pregnancy scrapbook!
Consider using journaling to capture all of the emotions you were feeling. For those who haven't journaled in the past, journaling is simply a way of writing down all of your emotions and feelings. For example, write when and where you were when you found out you were pregnant. Then begin to build upon this by capturing what you were thinking once you heard the news. You may also want to include the reactions of people once you told them. Other possible journaling topics include baby names you were considering, pregnancy symptoms, food cravings, or anything else on your mind!
Some photos you can use in the scrapbook include mom and dad the day they found out, belly shots at regular intervals (make sure they are taken from the side!), maternity wardrobe, decorating the nursery, and assembling the nursery. In addition, consider including a picture of the positive pregnancy test, ultrasound pictures, and pictures from baby showers. One note: ultrasound pictures are notorious for deteriorating much more rapidly than photos. Consider scanning them into your computer, and then using the print in the scrapbook. Fun lay-out ideas that have worked in the past include “Sneak Preview", “Under Construction", “Baby on Board", and “Coming Soon".
Other possible lay-outs involve poetry, songs or memorabilia. Great songs include Rascal Flatt's “My Wish", Leann Womack, “I Hope You Dance", or Elton John's “Blessed". Get creative in what memorabilia you use in your lay-outs. Past lay-outs have included appointment cards to the doctor, baby shower invitations and/or cards, and wallpaper from the nursery. You may want to include calendar pages, to record special dates. For example, the day you found out you were pregnant, doctors appointments (you can note mom's weight gain, the baby's heart rate, etc). Remember the most important part is to make the scrapbook from the heart!
Materials you will need to begin your scrapbook include an album (if you are doing a pregnancy album separate from the baby album, you may consider using a smaller album, such as a 6"x6" or an 8"x"8 album), adhesive, paper, pens and markers, and stickers. If you are stumped as to where you should begin, I suggest using a scrapbooking kit. They will come with all of the materials you need to kick-start your scrapbooking adventure!
The most important part of this process is to keep it personal, and use the experience to get excited about the upcoming addition to your family!
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