As a Dad with two young children, I almost always have my camera in hand, capturing all the family fun we have. We take hundreds of photos each month, but rarely have time to look through these, let alone print them out. Instead they stay hidden away on my camera or phone, or only get as far as being posted on Instagram.
It seems a shame to take so many photos never to look at them again, so I started to look for ways I could do more with the pictures of our adventures. I first discovered CEWE Photoworld when I made a CEWE PHOTOBOOK for Christmas, and I was really impressed.
I designed the book with some help from my eldest Etta, and filled it with our favourite family photos. It was lovely to sit together and look through the book, reliving all the happy memories we’ve shared. So with Mother’s Day on the horizon, and a new addition to Team Stanton in baby Ezra, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a second book.
I was a bit more confident using the Creator Software the second time around, but it’s so easy to use that it makes designing a book a doddle. Volume two of our family photo book took no time at all, and it’s now become a bedtime favourite for Etta, who loves hearing stories of when she was a baby.
Making one of these books every few months is such a brilliant way to keep track of all those little milestones and moments that fly by when you’re busy raising a family. They’re just really great keepsakes to hold onto. And when Alice unwrapped her book on Mother’s Day, she was thrilled. Lots of Brownie points for Dad with this gift!
As an extra treat, we also made a personalised photo cushions with a family photo on the back and a picture of the kids on the front. I designed it for a cosy Mother’s Day breakfast in bed, but Etta had other ideas! She loved the pillow, and promptly pinched it for bedtime.
As well as looking for ways to do more with our family photos, I also wanted to find a way to show off some of Etta’s artwork. So I scanned in some of her doodles and drawings, and used them to create mugs for me and Mummy. It’s a great way to turn the little one’s artwork into something you can use and enjoy every day. I think I might reuse this idea for future birthday gifts for the grandparents too.
Whilst I was going through our photos, I also ordered a set of Polaroid Prints, which I’m thinking of stringing together to use as bunting for Etta’s birthday. It’s so refreshing to actually make something from our pictures instead of just leaving them hidden away. In fact, after all this getting creative with my photos, I wouldn’t mind receiving one of these gifts myself…hint hint Alice!
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