Monday, November 18, 2013

Baby Shower Gift Idea - another Pregnancy Journal

Happy Monday! You may have seen the first Pregnancy Journal I made for a dear friend last year.

I loved it so much, I made another one few weeks ago as a baby shower gift. I wanted to give some unique gift that the mom-to-be doesn't end up returning/exchanging because she received too many of them. Seriously, how many onesies, baby blankets, baby toys does a mom-to-be receive at baby shower? I don't blame anyone, there is not much choice. Just a handful of stores and brands for baby items. So I decided to put my newly acquired sewing skills to use and made some burp cloths, which I will show you in a following post, a handmade pregnancy journal and just in time Sada from Casa de Lewis posted about Milestone cards, they were so cute I had to order a pack. I ordered from an online shop called Brimful. They were fast in shipping without charging a fortune.

Now what I used to make the Pregnancy Journal.

SN@P Binder from Michaels
Project Life Mini Kit - Baby Edition for Him
SN@P page inserts that go with SN@P binders
Baby Boy & Pregnancy themed Scrapbook stickers from Michaels and Jo Ann's
Assorted scrapbook paper from Michaels and Jo Ann's
Spray adhesive from Michaels

Here is how it turned out.

I made a little label of MOM's name using alphabet stamps.

This page for any note that mom wants to write. May be something like 'This is a journal of my journey towards parenthood'

 This page for When they found out, Whom they shared the news with first etc.

Some pictures of mom-to-be at the time and may be a picture of the happy couple.

Details during first trimester. I love the Project Life cards. They are standard size cards so you don't have to just use them in their huge Binders with inserts. They can be used for just about anything like love notes, lunch box notes, thank you cards, to send hand written messages to friends and family out of town, in any non-Project Life scrapbook…. endless possibilities. 

First ultrasound picture of the baby and a callout to write a fun message as if the baby was saying Hello.

2nd Trimester - Finding the gender of baby, cravings etc.

Names in consideration for the baby (another ProjectLife card). Mom-to-be's picture with due date.

3rd Trimester - What mommy is thinking, Baby shower details.

Another page for baby shower details, waiting for the baby.

Details of Labor and Birth, First picture of little bundle of joy.

Few inserts that came with the binder filled with Project Life cards (they are standard size cut outs so these cards fit in perfectly) for writing letter to baby, birth story, list of visitors, prices of common baby items/ groceries when baby is born (fun stuff to look at after few years) etc. They can replace these cards with some pictures/ birth portraits. I added some colorful washi tape strips just because.

That wraps the tour of this awesome pregnancy journal. Honestly, I am so happy every time I see the pictures of these pregnancy journals and get a little sad that I didn't make one for my daughter :( May be that is the reason I love to make these for friends so they don't miss it like me. I really wish to see one filled out. That will make it worth million times to see it actually used.

I hope I inspired some of you to make one for your future pregnancies or make them as gifts to your loved ones. Have a great week! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I have to get teacher gifts ready and plan the big dinner.

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  1. This is absolutely beautiful!!! You did an amazing job on this! You are very creative and crafty. I love the design in all the pages. This would definitely be the cutest gift for any expecting mother.
    Stopping by from the "Wow Me Wednesday Linky". Following you via GFC.
    Have a great day :)

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. And Thank you so much for following.

  2. This was so fun to see! You put a lot of hard work in the journal

  3. I really love this idea! So much more personal than so many books. My sister and I started a life style blog and we always love checking out your blog for inspiration! Check out our blog when you get a chance :)

    1. Thank You Paige. You have a lovely blog.

  4. Thanks for mentioning Brimful in your blog post...we are so glad you like the Milestone Baby Cards!

  5. I found your website through Jen at iheartorganizing. This is so perfect! I just bought my first Project Life mini kit this past weekend, and yes, what I love about their stuff is that I can use it in a regular sized album! I'm so excited to start! My daughter is only 10 months old, but I wish i had started an album when I was first pregnant too! Hoping to play catch-up. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
    Sarah @

    1. Oh how I wish I did that when I was pregnant, Sarah. Good for you, you are determined to do it now. My daughter is almost 3 and I still don't have one for her. I am so glad I could inspire you to do this.

  6. Lovely. Me mommy to be. So excited to see him/her. Cant see the sex clearly during scanning. But my hubby was so confident that he was he!