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Jessica Turner, Scrapbooking

Capturing Memories Through Scrapbooking

I have often marveled over my friend Jessica’s scrapbooking. I wish every one of you could sit on her couch and page through her albums. Since we are reveling in wonder over Charlotte, I invited her to guest post today. I hope you enjoy seeing her work as much as I do.

Scrapbooking is to me as sewing is to Angie.

A healthy obsession. 🙂

When I had my son, Elias, two years ago, scrapbooking took on a whole new meaning.

Suddenly, I felt responsible for telling HIS story. After all, he was too young to do it – or even remember it.

I found myself writing notes about his day on a calendar hanging in his room.

I took pictures of all the little moments – snuggles, diaper changes, playtime, etc.

I scrapbooked.

I have worked full-time since Elias was six-weeks-old, so my scrapbooking style was simple, but incredibly meaningful. I created pages like these:

It was all about photos+words.

Soon people began asking me how I was able to juggle full-time work, motherhood, marriage, church, etc. and still find time to scrapbook.

“You make time for what is important to you,” I replied.

But their questions got me thinking. I began praying for a way to help other moms discover my method for fitting scrapbooking in the midst of a busy schedule.

Soon, I developed an idea for an online scrapbooking class called Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Child’s First Year, and I emailed a proposal to Big Picture Scrapbooking, the internet’s largest online scrapbooking class site.

I didn’t really think they would say yes. Afterall, I’m not a famous scrapbooker – just a scrapbooking mom, who loves putting photos and words together on pretty paper.

But they loved the idea and Don’t Blink was born! The class is self-paced and includes helpful hints, an audio file from me and dozens of layouts for inspiration. It is accessible online and there whenever moms can squeeze in a few minutes.

With Charlotte’s birth, I have once again been reminded of the gift of scrapbooking newborns.

Her birth story.

Her personality.

Her little hands and feet.

I couldn’t help but make a layout with the photos I took after Charlotte was born.

While I know I will never forget being there, this scrapbook page will last longer than me. 🙂 I hope someday it is something Charlotte will treasure.

Do you scrapbook or journal to chronicle your kid’s stories? What are your favorite memories you have captured? I’d love to read them in the comments! And, if you have any questions about my BPS class, I’ll do my best to answer them.

To enroll in Jessica’s Big Picture Scrapbooking class, Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Child’s First Year, click here. While I will probably never be a scrapbooker, I love, love, love what Jessica shares in the class- and all the layouts are simple and amazing. They are also offering a coupon for 20% off – just use the code blogblink at the check-out. (expires 12/20/2010 and is not good on any other classes)


Jessica Turner

Elias is on his way!!!

***7/13 update***Everyone is doing great…I haven’t downloaded my photos yet, so if you want to meet Elias, please go to Jessica’s blog…they have posted several videos and pictures of the sweet pumpkin pie.  We are going to head over this evening with the girls, so hopefully I will get some more photos then.  I just wanted to thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement while Jess was in labor/delivering.  I know I don’t know all of your faces, but you have been my friends for months, and I am so glad you walked this with us as well.  I am grateful for you…each of you.  I can’t wait to squeeze your necks in person one day and tell you what you have meant to me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  

***Elias is here!!!!*** He was born at 5:03 am and weighed 8.36 pounds…he is absolutely adorable. We are all exhausted but just so grateful that he is here and that he is healthy. Jessica is doing well. We are trying to decide who he looks like, but we aren’t sure yet. Thank you so much for your prayers during the night…I will post photos after I get a good nap:)

***12:00 a.m. update*** Jess got an epidural and she is resting..she was on a really high dose of pitocin, and just was not progressing. It was really, really bad pain…she was UNREAL. We are so proud of her hard work, and she is comfortable right now, which we are so grateful for. If you are still awake, please keep praying for her. It is going to be a long night but we are so excited to meet him!!! Come on Elias!!!

***10:40 update*** no baby, not progressing much…wow, jess is amazing. please keep praying…she is in so much pain but she is so determined.
please pray for:
-her headaches
-her labor to progress
-no more medical intervention unless totally necessary for hers/elias’ sake
-her pain level
-pockets of rest
-a baby to come soon!!!!!!
thank you so much for your comments…we are reading them and they are encouraging to all here…i will keep you updated after she is checked again in the next little bit…
(original post below)

Sort of.

My friend Jessica was admitted to the hospital last night to have her sweet baby boy. I got a call at 5:30 am and headed over. She is not progressing as fast as she was hoping, so I am going to ask for your prayer for her labor. She is going naturally (like me…uummm, not really. I asked for the epidural when I hit the 7 month mark. I was willing to drag that thing around for two months if it meant no pain…..:)). Jess is a TROOPER. Here’s the quick version. They had to induce because she had developed hypertension as well as pre-eclampsia. She got into the hospital around 7 and they didn’t get a room for her for two and a half hours. She had to have her IV placed 4 times before it was successful, and then after a few more not so pleasant moments (involving faulty catheters), she got about an hour’s worth of sleep. She was wanting as little intervention as possible, and unfortunately they have had do give her pitocin and magnesium sulfate. It’s not fun stuff. She hasn’t been checked in the last few hours, but at last check she was only 4-5 cm. She has a really bad migraine right now, and it is so hard to see her hurting so much. Her contractions are only coming every 7-8 minutes now…
I am one of her birthing coaches, so I am here for the long haul tonight and I will keep you posted as there are updates. She and her husband Matthew are also posting on their blogs if you want to check in there for updates. If you are new to my blog, Jessica is the friend that kept you all updated while I was having Audrey.
Please pray for her labor, for her husband, and for me as we support her today.
More to come…
Thanks for “being here” with us…you are so appreciated.