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scrapbooking is a great way to preserve your memories from this
extra-special season in your life. I have four children and have specific
memories from each pregnancy. Using free maternity scrapbooking
techniques and some creativity, you can easily document your pregnancy in
Paid or free maternity scrapbooking
Which is better? The answer is...both. Creativity is king (or, in this
case, queen) when it comes to maternity scrapbooking.
Here's my best
tip: do online searches and learn from what others have accomplished.
Don't just copy the looks, customize them and make the ideas your own.
money for those handful of scrapbooking items you really love! Consider
contacting a local scrapbooking representative in your area and
attending one of her home parties to get more top-notch ideas and
clever resources for your maternity scrapbooking theme. Better yet,
have a maternity or baby shower, takes digital pictures, print them out
on the spot and do your maternity scrapbooking with your friends.
Digital or hand scrapping
This is completely up to you. Here are the pros and cons of each.
Digi maternity scrapbooking pros
Digi maternity scrapbooking cons
no mess since everything is digital (and flat)
no expense of physical materials like papers, ribbons, etc.
- you can change layouts easily
hard to find quality software for free
- lacks part of that 'handmade' quality
- no preserving of actual items such as tickets, ribbons, etc.
Hand scrapping maternity scrapbooking pros
Hand scrapping maternity scrapbooking cons
- you can preserve momentos as well as photos
- hands-on and very satisfying for crafty-types
- great way to spend time with friends or children and build relationships
- can require a fair amount of supplies
- takes time and space
- can be messy unless you have a dedicated space for your projects
Here are some of my favorite tips for free maternity scrapbooking.
- include photos of pregnant friends along with your own growing tummy.
- do you have a photo of your mother when she was pregnant with you?
- leave spaces to add photos of baby later on right alongside your maternity photos. A sort of 'before and after' effect.
- use themes for your maternity scrapbooking layouts, such as 1st
trimester, 2nd trimester, doctor visits, getting ready for the
hospital, dad's journey, etc.
- use journaling to capture your thoughts and moods during your
pregnancy. Incorporate whole journal pages or just words or snippets to
convey how you felt during your pregnancy.
- record dates of events and thought of others. For example, how do
your parents feel about becoming grandparents? Have you planned for
godparents? How do they feel about their upcoming responsibilities?
- begin a 'Family' theme with your maternity scrapbooking. Your pregnancy can be 'Chapter One".
- end your maternity scrapbooking with a copy of your birth announcement and picture of your precious new baby.
- here are more free maternity scrapbooking tips you might like.
- if you are doing maternity scrapbooking, you are probably looking into decorating your baby's room, too. Here are some great ideas for decorating a baby nursery in lavender that you might enjoy! (Hint: these ideas would work with any baby colors!)
Colleen Langenfeld is a mother with over 29 years of parenting experience and helps other busy moms around the globe at www.paintedgold.com.
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