My paper love

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

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.

Birthday book

Birthday book

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?

Super Busy Mum

55 Thoughts on “My paper love

  1. Some lovely ideas here. I particularly like the keepsake box and my life story. #mmwbh
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  2. Aw what a lovely post and some gorgeous keep sakes. I love things like this but I always think about doing them after the event or when its too late. Or I have every intention of doing it then I forget to do it. Things like this are so lovely to look back on. #MMWBH
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  3. This post makes a valid point everything is digital !! We have become so lazy with it all :-) #MMWBH
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  4. Mummy of Two
    on May 14, 2014 at 9:30 am said:

    What lovely ideas. I especially love the idea of the letters and the birthday book. Although I love having things online sometimes it is nice to sit down with some ‘real’ photos or letters to look through.
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  5. I love all that but I’m just not organised enough to do any of it! Besides, it would be a lot of paper for my lot! #MMWBH
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  6. You are such a great memory keeper! I have great intentions but never end up seeing them through. I have a drawer where I have stuffed the little ones important bits from his first year and I ill get around to sorting it our one day! I also do a photo book looking back at the year for each Christmas, and it is a lovely thing to have and look back on. I love your letter writing idea x
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  7. I also have a big love for paper and craft things like scrapbooks, I love the idea of the life story book, I have not seen that before. I have boxes of things in my loft for the girls as I have three of them and my oldest is 16 I have managed to collect quite a lot of memories! #MMWBH
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  8. I love stationary! Always have – so pretty and just waiting to be filled with ideas, doodles, memories! You have some great ideas here – I particularly love the first birthday book as a way of storing memories of that special day for the future :)
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  9. I love letters and cards and all things that you can hold and keep and treasure. The internet totally has its place but nothing beats a good old fashioned letter. x
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  10. Some great ideas, the keepsake box is one I might copy to keep all those lovely little bits and bobs in. Mmwbh
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  11. The life story book is a fantastic idea, it will make a beautiful keepsake. I have a special box where I have kept scan pictures, cards from special occasions and Joseph’s special school work x
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  12. I love paper and we have some great books for the boys called from you to me x
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  13. i love paper and the written word
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  14. I’ve got so many things to make scrapbooks out of, yet with the digital age I never “find the time” I really, really must!!

    A lovely keepsake you’ve made! x
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  15. i love things like this they make great keepsakes, your ideas are fab x
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  16. thats a great idea, i tend to write things on paper first and only after to type- old-fashioned me, but im not a big fan of keepsake books or baby diaries
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  17. We love looking through our memory box – it never fails to make us smile x x
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  18. lovely ideas, I have keepsake boxes for all my girls x
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  19. What wonderful ideas for storing memories! Apart from a few photo albums I just have boxes and boxes of loose birthday cards and paintings and such. Also many many digital shots, which just aren’t the same as physical pictures. When I get a spare decade I must get as organised as you are ;-)
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    • You Baby Me Mummy on May 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm said:

      Thank you hun. I just knew if I didn’t get organised and stay organised it would end badly! I am rubbish at playing catch up x

  20. Charly Dove
    on May 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm said:

    Oh my word so many amazing things there. I love stationary too but these are such great ideas. We need to go on a sort to find some things of POD’s that are missing like the hospital bands from when she was born. We need more photo books – I love them it’s just finding the time to sort through thousands of photos! Wonderful post, you will have so much for baby x
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    • You Baby Me Mummy on May 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm said:

      Thank you hun. I knew if I didn’t start it straight away and keep it up, it would be so difficult to catch up when she was older. I need to print so many pictures, you don’t print them as much in the age of sharing, but it is nice to have them to hold x

  21. This is such a lovely post. I love how you have got so many memories which are all on paper. We have a wooden keepsake box for Maxwell. x
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  22. I did loads of things like that for my first but just didn’t seem to have time for my second and third. They were both a bit sad that they didn’t have as many keepsake things from when they were born as Aiden has.
    I bought the youngest a memory book that we can fill in together about her school years and the middle one made a scrapbook of the things I had managed to save so they’re a bit happier now. I also recently found both of their sets of clothes that we brought them home from the hospital in. They were very pleased to have those :)
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  23. I have scrapbooked all my children’s birth cards, christening cards and 1st birthday. I ran out of steam after that!
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  24. I too love paper and stationary and am about to embark on creating a scrapbook of our trip to Disney. Love your treasures.
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  25. This is all really lovely. I especially love the letters to your daughter written by hand, wish I’d done something like that. I started a keepsake box for my daughter but with the twins it’s all been too hectic. Although I’m a borderline hoarder and keep loads of the kids stuff so maybe I’ll create something when I have more time :) x
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  26. Wow…I have keepsake boxes for all of my kids but nothing like yours. Wonderful and I love that you hand wrote the letters to Baby as well as post them on your blog. What a beautiful gift to give to her when she’s all grown up!

    Thanks so much for sharing. Lovely post! #MMWBH
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  27. I bought that my life book with such amazing intentions but it has sat empty on the shelf. Saying that it’s not too late to start I just have a lot of catching up to do. x
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    • You Baby Me Mummy on May 29, 2014 at 7:02 pm said:

      I would definitely catch up as I think it will be a great gift for them when they are old enough to take it over x

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