This may seem like an astounding number, but I know 40 women (besides myself) who are pregnant right now. FORTY. One of them is my college buddy, Sara. She and her husband Jay live in Georgia and are expecting their first baby. Like us, they are not finding out their baby's gender (we are definitely the minority). That said, it can be difficult to decide on a nursery theme, but Sara and Jay have done a great job by choosing a jungle animals theme: cute lions and tigers (and bears? Oh, my...don't bears live in forests, not jungles? haha). Monkeys and elephants and giraffes round out the mix.
Sara and Jay wanted to write down thoughts, dreams, and predictions during the pregnancy and they asked me to make a book they could give to "Baby Blueberry" once he/she is old enough to appreciate it.
I found the most perfect fabric for the cover and created a 6x6 journal with a ribbon bookmark.
I used a neutral burlap pattern for the inside pages and added a place where Mom and Dad could add a personalized note/dedication to Baby.
I also made Sara and Jay a photo album that would hold all the snapshots they are sure to take of Baby's first year (or months or weeks, if they are extra camera-happy!). The fabric matched the smaller journal and included a label holder which will house a name placard with Baby's name once they find out the gender (placards not shown...wouldn't want to spoil the name surprise!)
The album also included a sticker for an inscription/dedication.
The pages hold two 4x6 photos, but the plastic covers could also be removed if Sara and Jay decide they want to have some larger pages incorporated into the album.
It was so fun making these. I feel honored to be a part of Baby Blueberry's keepsake collection...before he/she is even born! I guess I'd better get crackin' on making an album like this for my own Baby! The clock is ticking!
Sara and Jay: Congratulations on your little blessing. Can't wait to see him/her! :)