I was recently asked by Jocelyn over at Reading Residence to share all the important things in my life that are made out of paper, for her #BringBackPaper feature. I thought I would share the post here, for those who didn’t see it.
I am a big fan of the internet. I am on most social networks (with varying success!), but I do love good old fashioned paper and all things stationary. It is so special, given the electronic age we live in, to create something using paper. I hope my blog provides us with a record of our family life and documents Baby growing up, but I also take time to create other things in ‘hard copy’, mainly keepsakes. Here is a little insight into our paper world.
My Life Story
I think this is fabulous! It was a present for Baby from her Aunty and Uncle. Basically, it is a diary for your whole life, sectioned into seasons. It includes space to add pictures, write about your favourite things/people and provide a snapshot of your life 4 times a year (although you can add to it continuously), forever. As Baby is, well just a baby, I have to update it for her until she is older. I hope she will continue it when she can, as it will provide her with a truly unique insight/record of her life.
If you are a regular reader, you will know that Baby has recently had her first birthday. I wanted to give her a way of remembering this party, so I created a birthday book for her. I bought an A5 hardback book from Wilko and I will personalised the front (just haven’t had time yet!). All our party guests wrote a little message for Baby. I have added photographs of the day and keepsakes, like her cards, party bag etc. So all her memories are kept together and it will be easy for her to look back on when she is older. I will try to do this every year.
Letters to my Baby
Every six months I write a letter to Baby. I publish it on my blog, but I also write it out by hand on some lovely paper. I seal them up to be given to her when she is older.
Keepsake Box & Tags
Baby and I both have a pink hat box, that I use to store our keepsakes in. Every time we go somewhere new on a day out, we buy Baby a little keepsake, usually a keyring. I then attach luggage tags to everything and write the details on each one (i.e. where we went and when). Also in her keepsake box, is the newspaper we bought for her on the day she was born and all Baby’s cards (Easter, Christmas etc). In mine is special items of clothes that I am keeping and my first Mother’s Day card.
I hope you enjoyed a little visit to our paper world. Do you use paper to help you record your memories or are you all technology based?