I know that it’s possible to fall in love at first sight because that’s what I felt during my first pre-natal ultrasound. It’s hard to describe how amazing it is to see your baby on that screen moving around, sucking a thumb, etc. Maybe this is the hormones talking, but I felt such a powerful attachment at that moment.
During the early stages of pregnancy, I was so worried about miscarriage that I didn’t allow myself to celebrate or get excited. Until my ultrasound, my pregnancy didn’t feel truly “real.”
I want to preserve that memory for posterity in a pregnancy scrapbook. The first thing I did was scan the paper printout of the ultrasound pictures. The paper isn’t acid free. Plus, the ink used will fade eventually, so it’s a good idea to make a digital copy. I then printed the photo on acid-free paper. If you don’t have a photo printer, you could use a service like Snapfish or Shutterfly.
Next, I selected my scrapbook paper and stickers. One of my favorite scrapbook stores is A Cherry On Top, Scrapbook Shoppe. I purchased several items for the ultrasound page there.
I will use a gray cardstock to mat the ultrasound photo. This will coordinate with the paper and match the color-scheme of the ultrasound.
Karen Foster also sells coordinating maternity stickers with titles like “Ultrasound” and “I Heard My Baby’s Heartbeat.” On the “Mom to Be” product page, you can see a sample page using this paper and those stickers.
In addition to the Karen Foster stickers, I purchased “The Doctor A Touch Of Jolee’s $1.99” stickers. There is even an ultrasound machine sticker! I probably won’t use all of these stickers on the ultrasound page since I’m planning to do another page on all my doctor’s appointments and general health during my pregnancy.
For less than three dollars, I was able to preserve my ultrasound memories for posterity. I’m also not a particularly gifted artist, but- by using the right products- I was able to create an adorable scrapbook page that I’ll treasure for years to come.