Scrapbooking is a unique way of preserving memories and recording the events throughout your pregnancy. Although I am on menopause since my teenage, I have helped many of my friends record their pregnancy journey. Let’s explore.
A scrapbook is a kind of a diary but with more photos and profoundly accessorized with comments, quotes, magazine cutouts, sketches, dried flowers, and other moving mementos. Some mamas like to create their scrapbooks by hand with a new album while other more tech-savvy moms want to publish their digital scrapbooks online where friends and families from faraway places can see and discuss what’s been posted recently. Whatever medium is picked, the following tips should help lucky soon-to-be-mamas create a pregnancy scrapbook.
Pick a color scheme for your album design or layout:
Your scrapbook will be composed of several objects that look distinct. The one thing that ties them together will be the scrapbook’s themed layout, such as a sepia-toned background with a handwritten script for descriptions of comments and images on the border. Don’t choose a gender-specific theme unless you’re certain of your baby’s sex. Also, print out your album’s layout if you want a special design for your background. These instructions apply to both a digital album and an actual one.
Use Lomography or Instagram to produce compelling images
These days a regular digital camera seems dull without the additional filters or effects Instagram or Lomography can provide. Lomography is a famous amateur form of picture-taking that uses low-quality cameras from Diana, Holga or the Austrian Lomo. This sub-cultural style of photography has been characterized as candid and spontaneous. Because of the camera’s poorly built structure, the photos often come out with faded colors, slight exposures, and blurry images that create a memorable work of art. In comparison, Instagram allows the same impulse and creative freedom as Lomography, but with a more professional bent using smartphones instead of cameras.
Be creative with Scrapbooking Materials.
You don’t have to buy laces, ribbons, Japanese paper, or stencil paper to make your album beautiful. Work with what you’ve got on your office table, in your drawers, and used boxes behind your closet. Your art deco kit or sewing kit also serves as motivation for designing your scrapbook. Search for cut out images and old magazines or letters to better record what you feel or think during each week that your pregnancy progresses.
Request copies of your ultrasound and colorize them to produce a montage of your baby’s growth. Add photocopies of medical documents from your appointments with the doctor. That your baby is healthy and seems to be generally growing inside your tummy is both a source of comfort and fear as you get nearer to the final week. When you look back at those weeks when you were hardly showing, you’ll be surprised at how far you’ve come to bring a new human being into this world and encounter the happiness of going through the adventure of mommyhood once again or for the first time.