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 Babycenter.com 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.