Scrapbooking my Pregnancy

Kim’s recent post on baby journals and charm bracelets had me thinking about how I journaled my first pregnancy. Around the time I found out I was expecting, a girlfriend asked if I would be interested in coming to a scrapbook workshop/party. Similar to a Tupperware party, a scrapbook consultant brings all her “wares” to the hostess’ house for the party. Guests are asked to bring some personal pictures to the party with the plan that everyone will leave with a “scrapbooked page”. Your page would be ready to frame or to start your own scrapbook. I attended the party, made my page, and had a wonderful time. I also decided this was the perfect way for me to document my pregnancy going forward.





During the months of my pregnancy, every event was viewed through the lens of my camera and documented as a future scrapbook page. There were the pictures of the usual holidays, but there were also unique events like vacations to the Grand Canyon and Bethany Beach, a friend’s wedding in Las Vegas, an entire weekend dedicated to scrapbooking with three friends, and of course the monthly doctor visits to check up on baby’s well being and Lamaze classes. To accompany the pictures, I added weekly progress emails from to show the developmental stages of our growing bundle of joy. I would match the weekly development with the date that the event had occurred. The more I scrapped, the more obsessed I became to try new supplies like printed paper, journal inserts, assorted stencils, patterned scissors, and Oh! the stickers! The stickers were the most fun for me to add a special flair to my pages.

My friends and I would meet to scrapbook and catch up on each other’s lives at least once a month. It was a great combination…laughs, creativity and girl bonding. I am thankful my friend asked me to attend that original scrap workshop at her house. I now have a priceless collection of scrapbooks filled with memories of everything that happened in those months leading up to Baby’s birth and well after.

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5 Responses to “Scrapbooking my Pregnancy”

  1. Tim Robb November 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    Hi Karen, it’s Tim from DYMO. (another Newell Rubbermaid company) I’ve got a couple of young ‘uns and that was just a very nice story. My wife didn’t scrapbook her two pregnancies but for the last year (and when she can) she has put some great scrapbooks together. She also gets the kids to help, so it’s a nice scene to walk in and see everyone busy at work on their own pages.

    I wanted to share this with you (and your readers) – DYMO is running a contest until the end of the year for scrapbook pages where the winner can be featured in a national print ad next year. Info is

    Hope you check it out!

  2. Karen Hartzell, Graco November 13, 2008 at 3:23 pm #

    Thanks so much, Tim! I will check it out for sure!

    We actually just started a little scrapbooking lunch club 2X a month here in the office. Should be a lot of fun. I will make sure all the participants (and others) know about the contest too!

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