Watching our offspring grow up is one of the most rewarding parts of parenthood. Yet, it also brings an aura of sadness for those spectating during this process as it symbolises our children becoming independent and no longer relying on us. Although growing up is a necessary, unavoidable part of childhood, we can immortalise this process through keepsakes, photographs, and memory boxes. We can collect and store these pieces of history in many different ways, and this article aims to outline a few and some other unique ways to document your child’s journey from infancy and beyond.
Polaroid Photo Collage
Unlike us, Polaroid’s never seem to age, and they ooze retro style, which never seems to go out of fashion. If you have a Polaroid camera, consider making collages of all the photos you have of your child and storing them in various ways. For instance, you could turn a collage into a scrapbook. Each page could represent a different day of photographs or memories; you could fill one with your family trip to Mallorca, and another could contain photos from playing in the snow last Christmastime. Or, if you fancy displaying the images more prominently, you could consider purchasing some photo clip string lights, which are perfect for layering around the house and displaying memories without the hassle of digging out photo books.
Resin artwork has become increasingly popular over the years and has become a popular way to encapsulate children’s memories from infancy years and beyond. Most popular amongst the newborn community, you can now find resin pieces to suit any individual style for storing post and pre-pregnancy memories such as pregnancy tests, scanned images, etc. Some styles range from resin cast memory frames to resin ornaments and from memorials to wearable pendants or jewellery charms. You can support small businesses on Etsy and other shopping platforms and enlist their help in making a resin piece to store your child’s memories, or you could purchase do-it-yourself kits on the internet.
Custom Made Frames
One of the most traditional ways of documenting your child’s ageing process is through the use of picture frames. However, it can be tricky if you have a particular frame style in mind to source something locally without making style sacrifices. Minimise the amount of time spent scrolling through reams of web pages or in-store by creating your own custom picture frames using made-to-measure services like the one previously mentioned. Input your measurements, choose a style and any other features, wait for it to be delivered, and enjoy showcasing your children’s childhood photos.
Turn Photos Into Magnets
One of our more niche ideas, you could consider sprucing up your fridge or other kitchen appliances by documenting your child’s ageing journey through magnets. Photographs are straightforward and cost-effective to turn into magnets, plus functional at the same time. They are a unique way of displaying photos instead of more traditional means like photo books and wall hangers. It also eliminates the embarrassment your growing child may feel at you bringing out all the old photo albums, as the magnets are already there!