Monday, January 09, 2012

Pregnancy Journal

I cannot believe that I will be 29 weeks pregnant on Thursday.
Where has the time gone.
At times, it feels it was just yesterday that I was freaking out in my in-laws bathroom with a pretty pink-positive-sign-bearing-stick in my hand.
And then at the same time, it seems like the next 11 and a half weeks are going to be the longest weeks of my life.
I am so ready to meet this little person.

When I found out I was pregnant I knew that I wanted to do something to document the pregnancy experience and all of the things that I felt and how our families reacted, etc. I also knew that I did not have enough time to commit to some big scrapbook or mini-book type project.
I also knew that I wanted to use my love of journaling, and digital design to create some kind of a book that could be printed off once the baby was born.
So out of all this was born my pregnancy journal.

I designed my own templates which makes the process so much easier,
and then I picked up a few digital elements:
a wonderful Ali Edwards Pregnancy Word Art and Pregnancy Week-by-Week digital elements kit, as well as an amazing Katie Pertiet digital paper kit called Bunny Trail. All of these can be purchased at Designer Digitals.

Here are just a few examples of the pages I have completed so far.
*Note* I haven't created a cover page yet because I honestly don't know what I want it to say.
Any suggestions?
Should I wait for baby to be born and use one of those or use a maternity photo?

Here is the title page:

And the first 3 weeks. (I started with week five since that's how far along I was when I found out I was pregnant.)




I love that the paper pack has a great mixture of both girl and boy colors. That was really important since we aren't finding out what we are having until the big day!
Once Baby O arrives I will probably use Inkubook for printing. I have used them for a couple other books and they turned out okay. I think I'll probably choose the hard-cover option though because I want them to last for a loooonnnggg time.

I am considering making my templates available as a free download if enough people are interested.
This could easily be modified for any kind of book or random digital scrapbook page.
I'd love it if you shared this idea with your friends and asked them to let me know if they would like to have the templates.
As of right now there are three:
A left side of the spread template
A right side template with a vertical photo &
A right side template with a horizontal photo.

What method did you use for keeping up with all the crazy things that happened during your pregnancies? It has been one of the most exciting times of my life, but to be honest...I'm ready to have this little person in my arms and out of my belly.
And before you say it:
I know, it only gets worse.


  1. Oh my goodness what a precious keepsake and treasure for your sweet baby! I'm so excited for you!!! I think you should wait since it's around the corner and put a precious baby you have a cute pregnancy picture?! That might be super cute, too!!? I'm so excited for you!!! XO, Aimee

  2. Congratulations!!! With a baby due in 2012 this is a great year to be doing project life!

  3. Hi, found you from blog directory and decided to follow you.
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    Ps. I just born my son on Sep. it is great.:-)



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