- School and sports awards
- A photo from each holiday
- A photo of them and their birthday cake every year
- A photo from their first day of school
- A birthday card from each year
- Pictures of pets
- Tickets and mementos from events and experiences
- A very select few pieces of artwork
On my shelf in my kids room sits three wooden boxes each with my kids names in it.
It is up on the shelf where they cant reach because the items contained therein are special, keepsakes and non replaceable. But every so often I pull a box down and we open it on the lounge room floor and we go through the photos and trinkets and you can see my kids eyes light up because they know that this box is all about them and they know how much we treasure them.
So where to start and what sorts of items could you put in in?
There are so many beautiful business making memory boxes now and I will recommend a few so that you know where to start. But basically you can opt for an engraved wooden box, a wooden box with decal stickers on it or T-leaf collections have just brought out a stunning tin box
This engraved wooden box was made by This Old Love (linked) and is a blue mountains based small business.
I personally own a box handmade and engraved by Harley co creative which is a duo of besties that recently started their business her in the northern river, NSW. I love the size as it will fit everything in it
There is something about the smell of having a wooden box. It adds to the senses and going down memory lane when you open that box.
My kids boxes are all wooden and sit on their special shelf in their room.
This printed tin keepsake box has me absolutely in love! Possibly if these had been on the market 4 years ago when Luas was little this would have been my pick and I would have these for all three of my kiddos now.
These are made by T-Leaf Collections (linked) who are a husband and wife team who are an absolute joy to watch in their business.
These are a white tin with your personalization printed on the lid and are a beautiful but safe place to store those precious items.
So what things are commonly found in keepsake boxes?
- First shoes
- Announcement plaque
- First rattle
- Soft snuggly that was very loved
- First outfit
- A favourite bonnet and booties
- A hair comb
- Hospital wrist band
- The little card that gets popped on the hospitals crib with their name and birth details
- cards from their birth and first birthday.
- You could also keep a curl from the first haircut!
What else that is special and unique that you could keep?
- Coins from their birth year! The Royal Australian mint has a website here
- An Ultrasound Picture/Pictures
- A newspaper from the day they were born
- Some photos, more on that below
Its pretty special to have a collection of photos in the box. I actually love the thought of having loose photos as they will never date. A photo book is another idea if its the right size. But honestly pop some loose photos in. A great place to buy loose high quality photos is Memorable Moments. they have an easy app too. This Aussie business prints your photos with a beautiful white edging (think the retro polaroid phot look) that you can have text added too or if your like me you will just want to handwrite on with the date and a few words.
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But when its time to pick photos I know you will have so so many and its just plain mean for you to decide which ones to print. But this is where getting all those other photos popped on a usb disc will be good. T-Leaf do a beautiful personalized wooden usb disc boxes! you can check them out here
And remember too the sentimental and keepsake pieces don't just stop when they turn one. I know a lot of mums who have regrets on not having a keepsake box but the thing is you can start collecting things at anytime. I'm sure too that you can hustle u a few things from birth too.
Are you getting ready to welcome your little one?
Announcing your little ones arrival is something we all look forward to and put thought into because you get to do it once and its pretty special occasion sending out photos to loved ones and family to "meet" your little bundle.
I am completely humbled every time I am tagged in an announcement picture with your little one wrapped in a Heritage Blanket. This photo is the exact reason that Heritage Blankets was born. It was to have something that was timeless, beautiful and unique to honour how special and loved this little baby was.
These photos are all taken by the beautiful community or family that has grown here at Heritage Blankets. These photos, plus my tips will help you also take a photo and adore that photo for ever.
What should you take to the hospital to help take your photo?
Go with something plain, soft and fitting so that it shows of how little your newborn is. If you decide to make the outfit a chunky knit or something unique like a hand-me-down dress that you wore when you were born then make everything else plain so that your photo doesn't become busy.
A little floral crown or a petite bow for a little girl is so gorgeous! I love how a bow can draw the eye to the luscious newborn hair. For a little man, try a knitted bonnet. My recommendations for a headband would be Nature Crowns or you can shop actual photography headbands here that are made by Sarah
✨An announcement plaque.
I recommend choosing too complementary blankets. You could use a knitted blanket with a plain Heritage Blanket. Or a plain background blankets with a pretty floral to wrap and lay your bub on top of.
Iron everything before you pack your hospital bag. And consider packing these items into a separate reusable bag to keep them separate and easy to pull out when you take your photos or when your photographer arrives.
Picking a good time.
When your bubs is finished having a little feed or is very content is perfect. Does your midwife come around and do rounds? Consider timing away from that visit. I know when I stayed in with my babies, mornings were filled with paediatrician, midwives, hearing checks etc, whereas afternoons were quiet.
Some simple but beautiful announcement pictures taken by the Heritage Blanket Community.
This one is easy! Plus I think it has to be a favourite of mine. I promise you will love this photo and it will be one you will be taking until that little baby of yours decides to become a Houdini and unwrap herself!
I have a wrapping tutorial too for you so that you can see how easy it is to show of that beautiful lace. Watch that here
Im always having a look on marketplace for a cute baby basket! Baskets make a beautiful prop to take your photos in. Plus they make a good change table mat too! Either lay your baby on top of a Heritage Blanket or wrap up again like a burrito and take this photo
The Heritage Blanket makes a beautiful background too!!! It hides the ugly hospital sheets and give the photo a pretty backdrop. This is actually how I took my own Heidi's picture. Muslins can be really nice for showing of how tiny they are as they wrap more tightly too. The ones I used were made by my favourite Grubbee Kids
Of course this is an easy one. I especially love the photo here of Lily laying under her pink blanket. It really draws attention to the profile of her little face. It has to be a favourite of mine that I have been tagged in
Some photo taking tips for your camera.
Dont underestimate how good a phone camera can be! You just need to help it with picking good lighting and you will take a great photo. Pick a spot near the window in the natural light to move the hospital crib next to. Or use the beautiful white hospital sheets as a white and bright background too.
BEAUTIFUL photos are taken in nice light.
~ pop baby in the natural light
~ do face baby towards the light, baby facing the shadow wont be a great photo
~ be aware of where your standing, you may place a shadow in the photo and this is something you dont want.
If you have a big girl camera, ditch the auto setting and instead pick the aperture priority setting and turn the F stop down to the lowest it can go.
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I'm often asked if I have seen a certain product for someone made by a small business around. I think you all know I spend way too much time shopping via Instagram and I'm also blessed to be in some killer small business circles!
So here are my top gift Ideas for the Dad in your life.