Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Preserving Memories

I've admitted before that I wish I'd been more faithful in keeping a pregnancy journal with thoughts and especially photographs from my two pregnancies. Once I started a family blog, and made a commitment to keeping it up-to-date for our long-distance family members, I've done a lot better. And someday (when we have more money!), I have a system I want to implement with binders and photo pages and the photos I've stored in Snapfish. It turns out that, although I bought and was given a bunch of scrapbook supplies, I'm not really a scrapbooker. And that's okay, right? Right.

Anyway, I've come across some really cool ideas lately that appeal to me even though I'm not a scrapbooker, and I want to be sure to pass them on to you. These are the kind of easy projects I wish I had done:

Scrapbooking Your Belly Shots and Scrapbooking Baby's First 12 Months, both from Adventures in Diapering.

If you want video inspiration, here is a video from Mothering Media, showing how one mom turned her pregnant belly into a work of art.

If you are a scrapbooker, here is the site for our local scrapbooking guru, Cheryl Freye. I especially want to highlight the FREE Baby & Toddler Webinarscoming up over the next two weeks - what a fantastic opportunity to learn more about preserving your memories.

And finally, a professional archivist's take on digital storage, in case you, like me, are holding on to cd's full of photos. Because as Cheryl wrote in her email, "You'll never reminisce over your zip drive .......albums make the memory."

If you have want to share any of your ideas on how to preserve memories, leave a comment!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine
New Mothers Support Circle

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Anonymous Cheryl Freye said...

I believe it is so important to document not just your pregnancy but the life of your child. It is OK if you are not into scrapbooking. I can understand how Mom’s don’t have time for the decorative aspects of scrapbooking that you see in stores and magazines. I am here to help you find ways to preserve the stories of your child’s life – both the big events and the memorable everyday moments; to help you tell your child how much you love him/her; how proud you are of them; to basically create a legacy that your child will treasure for the rest of his/her life. Being a stay-at-home Mom I can certainly relate to frugality and budgeting which is why I am also able to work with you to find ways to celebrate your life within your budget – both the amount of money and amount of time you have to spend. I have so many options to offer you, including a lot of digital options. Children grow up so fast. It is important to take the time now to preserve these stories because no matter how much you think you will never forget something, if it is not written down I guarantee you will forget a lot of it. Please contact me even if you just want to talk about how I might help you. There is no obligation but if you don’t call you will never know how easy it might be to create a legacy of love for your family.

Cheryl Freye

March 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM  

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