Our family 2012 album..

It’s so important to me to regularly print photos out. I never really frame them (I can never pick between them!) but holding them in my hands instead of having them on my hard-drive is the best feeling. I have boxes and boxes of photographs.. but I wanted to start making an annual album for each year to document our favourite moments as a family, and to build a collection of them as we all grow up and grow old together. Here is our first ‘2012’ album.. I can’t stop flicking through it..

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Kids’ DIY Christmas Presents..

..One of the best things about having little ones is getting them to make cards and presents on your behalf (only joking.. honest!) Not everyone will appreciate your tot’s efforts but I’ve found this sort of thing goes down very well with family as a lovely little keepsake. Here are two ideas I’ve had Vivienne’s help with this year.

Sharpie Illustrated Mugs

An internet favourite, you’ll have seen versions of this all over Pinterest and lifestyle blogs. I wrote in a mock-‘skinny’ font the name of each recipient (in this case Vivienne’s great grandparents) and asked Vivienne to draw a picture of each of them on the other side of the mug (£1 each from Asda!). Bake for half an hour on high (I used Gas Mark 8) and it’s permanent. Voila!

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‘I love you Daddy’ Print

Vivienne’s started drawing fairly accurate pictures of Dav, and everytime he sees her efforts he looks like he might shed a little tear, so I wanted to create something for his study from her as a memory of one of her first drawings that we can then cherish. I prepared a document in a sort of Tiffany-blue colour with white text saying ‘I love you Daddy’ and ‘2012’ in font ‘Mossy’, then printed out using our own printer. Vivienne then drew a picture of Dav and herself in the space, and a big pink heart at her own request next to them. We then chopped it down and framed it before slipping it under the tree ready for Christmas morning.

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Christmas wrapping..

I love wrapping things up for people to open, whether it’s wedding photos or something roughly wrapped for the kids to tear open. Not sure why…? I also love making making pretty little parcels (usually with hearts, rubber stamps and typewriter-typed address labels). I wrap everything in parcel wrap, I love the colour and the fact that it’s slightly retro.. I’d seen this little rosette DIY on the internet somewhere and decided to make my own in patterned magazine paper, with a nice little ribbon-cut cross underneath. Pretty parcels in time for Christmas (and they’ll look nice underneath our own tree in the meantime..)

Homemade birthday cards..

..are the best. Whether they are fancy or not, personal and homemade is always nice. I didn’t fancy trekking out in the rain and wind to buy a birthday card for my best friend Louise so decided to make one from scraps of a magazine, parcel wrap and a card blank…

Welcome to your mid-20s Lou! At the moment we feel old but one day we’ll wish we were as young as 24 again…