I can’t believe it’s almost 2 years since we got married! It’s gone past so fast and a lot has happened since then, but the memory of that day is still clear as day in my mind. That will probably change, however. I have a terrible memory, which is why I’m so grateful for all the photos (and the video) we have of our wedding day.
I remember having a the idea to make wedding photo books before we even got married, but it eventually took me about 18 months to get them done. It’s an investment for sure and we had other priorities at the time, so I held on to the idea and kept looking for the best option for it.
Then, Blurb had their Black Friday sale last year, and I jumped at the opportunity. I’d had my eye on them because they’re based in Europe, which makes production time and shipping easier (and cheaper) for us.
We decided to make 2 types of books. One format for our parents – paperback and standard pages – and a fancier – hardcover and thicker pages – book for ourselves. We love how they turned out! The quality is really good, and the paperback option is really great for gifting, since it’s affordable, but still very pretty.
Now, making these books can get overwhelming real fast. You have to choose your photos, then the layouts, and then everything has to be put in a logical order… Luckily, Blurb has their own book-making software that’s really easy to use and has layout templates + the option to save your own layouts.
At first, I tried to get really creative with my layouts, but I soon realised that this process was VERY time-consuming, so I made a decision to stick to a few simple layouts and use only those. That sped up the process a lot and made decision-making easier as well.
I’m so glad we finally turned this idea into reality. I’ve been flipping through the book more times than I can count, and every time I do, I’m flooded by that sense of pure bliss I was feeling on our wedding day.
I already have loads of ideas for future photo books that I want to make! One day, I hope to make one book per year and gather all our memories into these yearbooks. We’ll see how I manage, but it’s a dream.
Have you ever had a photo book done? How do you organise your photos? I’d love to know how you keep your memories.
Hey lovelies! Didn’t think you’d see me again so soon, did you? Haha! In all seriousness, though, this is a post I planned on posting in December (!), but alas, here we are, at the end of April, and I’m slowly getting back into the game of posting here.
I made a grand total of 2 maternity sewing projects for myself. I know, it’s shocking even for me. When I once imagined being pregnant, I had these visions of having a handmade pregnancy wardrobe and what not. But, when the time came, I had a hard time investing time and fabric into something I would only get to wear for a couple of months. So, I resorted to mostly clothes I already had, could borrow from friends or thrifted.
Pretty early on in the pregnancy I realised how important it was to have a set of comfy tank tops. They’re perfect for loungewear and layering, so I knew I had to make a couple maternity-friendly tanks.
The process of turning a regular stretchy tank top pattern into a maternity one that I share in this post is something you can replicate with any tank top pattern you might have. And if you don’t have any, here are a few options: Zoe has a free camisole pattern, or you could try this or this pattern. I used one from an old Burda magazine that I’ve used countless times before.
You can also adjust this process to any other knit top pattern whether it’s a snug t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt.
First, lay your front pattern piece on a new sheet of paper. I used this parchment paper that I got from a lovely reader (thank you, Geli!).
Basically, what we’re going to do is add 5cm to the height of the pattern piece.
To do that, make 2 marks on the original pattern piece every 10cm from the armpit down. Then, trace the upper part of the pattern piece onto the parchment paper up to the first 10cm mark.
After that, remove the original pattern piece and measure about 15cm down from the 10cm mark (I measure 18cm down, but that was a bit too much) on the parchment (new) pattern and make a mark there.
Then, place the original pattern piece onto the parchment again, so that the 2nd mark on the original pattern piece aligns with the 15cm mark on the parchment. Makes sense? And trace the lower part of the original pattern piece.
I used my french curve ruler to curve the hem of the new pattern piece slightly more than the original hem. All for better belly coverage.
Finally, connect the 2 marks on the new pattern piece. Now you have a new front pattern piece.
All you need to do in the sewing process, is to gather the middle part of the new pattern piece that is now 15cm wide into 10cm (like it was) before you sew together the side seams.
I hope this makes sense to you. I really need to write these tutorials right after making the item, so I can better remember the whole process.
The one thing I’d do differently would be to go a size up with the pattern. I used a size 34 as my base, but I should have gone with 36. Fortunately, both fabrics I used (I made one in black as well) had a good amount of stretch in it, so they both still fit me now that I’m 36 weeks along.
This is definitely one of the maternity sewing projects that is worth investing your time in. I’ve worn these almost every day for the past 4 months, and I’ve missed them a lot when they were both in the wash.
What did you sew during pregnancy and do you think it was worth it in hindsight?
Hey there! It’s been a while. I feel like I’ve been in creative hibernation since the beginning of my pregnancy. I have so many thoughts about this, but I’ll leave them for another post. Today, I just want to share our maternity photo shoot with you.
In true Pearls & Scissors style, we decided to DIY our shoot, meaning we took these photos ourselves, with the help of a tripod and remote control. We we’re thinking of hiring a professional at first, but then thought we’d rather invest that money once the baby was here to do family shoot and keep the costs low for this one.
After all, our main goal was to capture some of the magic of this season in our lives. And I think we managed to do that pretty well on our own. I know this type of solution is not for everyone, but it was enough for us, and we still got some really great shots that I truly cherish.
Actually, this is the second maternity shoot we had on this bridge. You can see the first one here that we did before Christmas as our holiday family photo and pregnancy announcement. But, we did have helping hands to take the photos back then.
The above shot is one of my very favourite, because it captures our love for our baby girl so well. She is so loved and awaited. Her Daddy and I are literally counting the days until we get to meet her.
These were taken when I was 31 weeks pregnant. Now, it’s just 5 more weeks before the due date. Time is a funny thing right now. On the one hand, I feel it’s flying past, but on the other, I feel like the countdown never ends.
I’ll give a more in depth bump update in the near future, in case you’re curious.
Here’s to a new and exciting chapter in our lives. And hopefully, I’ll find more time to write in this space in the coming weeks. I still have a few tutorials to share. And soooooo many thoughts. I’ve missed this space.
I’ll talk to you soon!