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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

Story book: Documenting my pregnancy with Edward


| Written by Ronnie |

This is a very special story book of mine that I've shared in the past on my old blog. However, seeing as today is my induction date, it seems appropriate to be sharing this story book again in this space! Essentially, this story book was based on a maternity series that I did on my Pink Ronnie blog. Even though I didn't know it at the time, the images that we took and the words that I wrote for that series turned out to be the perfect content for this precious story book which basically documents my entire pregnancy with our Edward Bear.

Before I dive into the technicalities of creating this mini story book, I think it would be helpful to give a bit of context to this project. Throughout the year of the pregnancy, as Rick and I took these photos for my maternity series, I included the same photos in our family's life album layouts since my pregnancy was a big part of our story as a family for that year. However, some time after Edward was born, it dawned on me one day that it would be quite beautiful to have all the photos collated and printed in the one book, alongside what I'd written for those blog posts. It would quite literally be the story of my pregnancy with Bear...

It was around that time that I discovered Artifact Uprising, and I grew immediately smitten with their soft cover books. It didn't take long for me to settle on the small vertical soft cover book as the medium for this project of mine. The size and format would suit my photos perfect, and I was very much drawn to the recycled look and feel of Artifact's products - especially the raw texture of their soft covers. And for the price that Artifact charges, I honestly think you'd be quite hard-pressed to find a more beautiful soft cover book.

For this particular story book, I decided to use one of my favourite photos from the maternity series on the cover. It's the photo we took for the last post of the my maternity series. I like the fact that I look ready to pop in the photo, and I also like the bright accents of yellow. The title of the story book (Maternity series with Edward) is typeset in a font called Jane Austen. Currently, none of Artifact Uprising's templates allow you to bleed the cover image to the edge of the page, but I don't mind this at all because I think the white border is a nice contrast and adds an element of consistency across my various story books.

For each blog post, I used the first image as a full-page photo, and then I typeset the text from the post on the opposite page. For the title, I simply put the name of that week. The body copy is typeset in Century Schoolbook, and the title is typeset in Times New Roman. (To see the typesetting more clearly, you can click on each image for a larger version.) As for software, I used Adobe InDesign to lay up each page, as it is not easy to format and layout large bodies of text using Artifact's browser app. Additionally for each week, I also included the image of my tummy, as well as the 'selfies' that Rick and I took of ourselves (though these are not pictured here in this post). In fact, the selfies were a simple, fun way to show that he was a part of the journey too. And boy was he ever. I definitely couldn't have done it without him.

The images you see immediately above are from my Week Nineteen pages. This was the memorable week where we revealed the sex of our baby,  and it's the only week with photos of the other boys (and also the only week with no full-page image, since all the photos are horizontal in orientation). Needless to say, these are some of my favourite pages in this photo book. I can't help but smile and laugh when I open up to these spreads, as I remember how hilarious it was to try and get the boys to pose for us. (Especially Jamie. Oh, Jamie…)

For me, having a small photo book like this is akin to having what a scrapbooker might call a 'mini album.' It's a simple, nice way to showcase and tell a particular story that is special to me and our family, and it's something that I have in mind to do for our family road trips and our annual romantic getaways. I'm also thinking of printing my Day in the life journaling in this format.

I am honestly really pleased with how this book turned out. It makes me so thankful for all the photos that we took every second week (or so), and I'm so happy to have documented my pregnancy in words as well. This is something that I didn't do for any of the other boys (nor have I created something like this for this last pregnancy), so I'm extra psyched to have done this for Bear. As I often tell our workshop students, I'm a believer in celebrating what we are able to document rather than feeling guilty about what we don't manage to do.

And in case you're wondering - I have absolutely no idea what prompted me to put chairs in each week's photos, but they sure make for a pretty and interesting book and I like how they tie the photos together as a portrait series!

How have you documented your past pregnancies?

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