A friend of mine created this beautiful one-of-a-kind quilted binder cover many years ago, and it was so pretty I didn’t know what to do with it! She knew I loved warm, bright colors and designed it just for my personality. It sat in my closet waiting for a special occasion. The time finally came when I became pregnant with my little miracle baby. My pregnancy deserved some documentation, so this pretty book became my pregnancy scrapbook.
I’m not so great at detailed sewing projects, but if you have a knack for it, give it a shot. I wasn’t able to find this exact pattern, as it’s an older one that came in a paper pattern. But, there are free instructions available online for a more modern design. Another idea is to ask a talented friend to make you one as a baby shower gift. This is especially helpful if you already have children, as time is much more limited for craft projects.
The pages inside my book are Avery brand three-ring plastic pockets, which you can find at any office supply store. I measured and cut scrapbook paper to fit inside each side as a background for the items I wanted to showcase.
The first page is my daughter’s ultrasound photos at just several weeks old through the end of my pregnancy. Letter stickers (not shown) spell out her name on a complimentary pink paisley background.
The next two pages are of me in each month of my pregnancy. Because I’ve had bad luck with pregnancies in the past, it was important to my husband and me to document each month. While I don’t love my appearance in these photos (I was sick much of the time), I know my daughter will enjoy looking at herself stretching out mama’s belly someday. I was able to find “month” stickers at my local craft supply store, so each photo is marked with a number. I also found some silly caption bubble stickers that say “hmmm,” “say cheese,””help!” and “wish you were here.”
The fourth page features my baby shower invitation, my “mom to be” sash, and my husband’s “dad to be” ribbon. The opposite page holds some of my favorite cards from the lovely shower my mom and sister hosted.
The next pages display items from my daughter’s Dedication ceremony at our church. She was presented with a red rose after having the water sprinkled over her head. My mom wrote and read a beautiful poem and my brother played guitar and sang “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan. These memories bring tears to my eyes, and they had to be included in the scrapbook!
In the future, I’ll add to this scrapbook. We’ll put artwork, school papers, and certificates in there. We’ll also let our daughter help choose things to place in the book as she gets older. Because each page is plastic, it will be easy to toss items in there to keep safe, and then periodically go back and arrange them with pretty scrapbooking paper.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY article and try this beautiful memory-making activity.
Rose Hollo lives in the Midwest where she is a freelance writer, has a degree in Holistic Health and her Masters in Digital and Social Media Marketing. She runs her business Everything’s Rosy Digital Marketing, http://www.everythingrosy.com and cares for her family including a husband, toddler daughter, and Thai exchange student.