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Memory Keeping: Mother's Journal

Source: Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 1 Special Issue 2000


Before long, most new parents find themselves adrift in a jumble of precious trinkets: tiny shoes, well-loved toys, embroidered gowns, the lock of hair from baby's first trim. With some creativity, you can use these things to create a poetic record of the first years of life.

Dress up a blank book with a simple fabric cover, then fill the pages with your thoughts, dreams, and worries during your pregnancy and beyond. Begin by keeping a list of prospective baby names -- sure to fuel a memorable exchange someday.

Check out our other memory keeping projects for Baby: Book of Firsts, Baby's Time Capsule, Book of Good Wishes, Memory Binder, Framed Memento: Hand over Hand, Framed Memento: Shadow Boxes, Arranging Photographs.


  • Kraft paper

  • Ruler

  • Scissors

  • Linen or similar fabric

  • White craft glue and brush

  • Medium-weight art paper


  1. Use kraft paper to make a template: Measure the book cover. Subtract 1/4 inch from the width and add 2 1/2 inches to the height; cut paper to these dimensions. Place the template on top of the book, leaving a gap of 1 1/2 inches between the spine and the left edge of the paper. Adjust so the overlapped edges on the top, bottom and right side each measure 1 1/4 inches. Trim the upper and lower right corners of the paper on the diagonal, 1/8 inch from the book's corners. Using the template, cut two pieces of linen to size.

  2. Use white craft glue and a glue brush to affix the linen to the book's front cover, folding overlapping edges to the backs of the covers. (The meitered edges should create neat corners.) Turn the book over, and repeat on back cover.

  3. Measure the inside covers of the book, subtract about 1/2 inch all around, and cut two pieces of medium-weight art paper to these dimensions. Glue the paper in place.

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