I am so excited about this project.
What good blogger doesn’t like to have more documentation? I have always been a fan of custom published books, like the one I did for our wedding, so a first pregnancy almost begs for it.
Throughout the pregnancy, I noted sensory stuff I was experiencing each week …what was I craving, how was I feeling, where was he kicking?! Instead of keeping everything in an obscure file on a thumbdrive, I made a completely custom maternity album that I designed in Photoshop and published/printed at Adoramapix.com.
I chose to go with the 8" by 8" format. Scrapbook size seemed too big for a journal, so I channeled the idea of children’s board books (small and almost square), and after researching what was available in custom book sizing, I chose the 8". At the time I started this, there were few companies with this format AND even fewer that had lay-flat pages that allowed fully customized spreads. I wanted each week to span across a 2-page spread so I choose Adoramapix.com. (Note that adoramapix did not ask me to review any of this.)
Some simple layout templates were designed in Photoshop with the intent that I could just choose one each week, modify the text, and then just add pictures as clipping masks, and save. It worked out very well! I chose a picture or two for each week that best summed up my little journal entries. To make the colors appealing, I often used the dropper tool to pick a color straight from the photo in order to fill the background behind the text.
There were, of course, a few weeks where I would make two or so layouts because I couldn’t pick THE perfect photo. Some weeks, I fell behind depending on what I was doing so it was easy to jot down the notes first and then go back and design the pages. It took me about a month and a half after he was born to finally put the order in the system since I wanted pictures from his birth to be included at the end. AND it takes me so long to actually do this.
I just received the album and I absolutely love it. The quality is excellent and every page turned out the way I had envisioned. I started with WEEK 5, when I found out I was pregnant, all the way through week 40. There were two extra spread pages at the end where I wrote his "Birth Story", which went into a little more detail than the weekly entries, and a full imaged-layout of his first hospital photos. I realized going through the pregnancy that I never even asked my mom how she had me. I wanted to remember this always so it was written to the boy from me like the rest of the book was so the birth story was special to me.
Here are all of the pages.
I am definitely going to use Adoramapix.com for my next album. They had the best quality and customer service when compared to MyPublisher.