Preserving memories


Before Giving birth to my first daughter, I imagined myself as the very organized type of mother who would write down every new milestone, fill out baby journals and preserving all those little steps and memories that together would form my daughters childhood. Turns out I’m not.

 

I never filled out a single page in those books. I don’t remember the first food Eleanor tasted or when Alma had her first tooth. But I do remember a lot of other things. Like how both my children were obsessed with eating blueberries, how Eleanor could sing her first Rolling Stones song before she was 3, how Alma would fill hers and my pockets with flowers and grass every time we went outside and how she would carry her beloved snuggle pillow around everywhere and cry when we had to put it in the washing machine.

I sometimes regret that I didn’t fill out those journals, but just looking at those little pink books with hearts and romantic drawings all over them that we had been given by family and seemed to be the only thing available 7 years ago, made me put them away in a drawer.

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Instead I done it my own way. For the last few years I have made three photo books every Christmas. A small one for Eleanor, a small one for Alma and a bigger hardcover version for my husband and I. In these books are pictures of all the little memories I want to remember from the year gone by and all of the moments I want my daughters to be reminded of when they are no longer in the middle of their childhood. It’s never their favorite present to open on Christmas eve, and we keep their books in our office so they don’t end all ruined, but I hope they’ll cherish them later on in their lives, and keep them together with the little keepsakes like the first pair of shoes, their first baby toy, their favorite tiny teddy, a baby tooth and a lock of their hair that I’m all keeping in a box.

Weather or not I’m going to fill out a baby journal for my 3rd daughter I still haven’t decided, but come December I’ll be sure to make a photo book from her first year and if I choose to try and get a journal filled out, at least there are several baby journals to choose from in a simple and beautiful design.

baby_journal_promptly_baby_book_little_kin_journal1. 5 year journal. 2. beautifully and simply designed childhood book. 3. Childhood album without any printed words. 4. Baby book in a modern design. 5. Cute children’s book written in Danish. 6. Minimalistic scrap book.

 

Should you want to make your own photo book, you can find several companies online who offer cheaper or more expensive versions in a great variety of different layouts. Since I like a very simple layout and don’t mind paying a bit extra for a better quality I prefer to use this place.

10 Comments

  1. Kristine January 6, 2017

    Lovely post. Perhaps I missed it, but what is the company you use for your memory-picture books?

    Thanks,
    Kristine

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    • kh@kathrinehoue.com January 6, 2017

      Thank you! I used Artifact uprising. There’s a link to them in the end of the blogpost.

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  2. Tuva January 6, 2017

    Hei 🙂

    Kan jeg spørre hvor du bestiller dine bøker fra? Jeg har forsøkt noen varianter, både norske (jeg er fra Norge) og utenlandske, men har ikke vært så fornøyd med papirkvaliteten eller fargegjengivelsen.

    Har du forsøkt med mobilbilder, og synes at kvaliteten har blitt god? Eller bruker du bilder fotografert med kamera til disse?

    Jeg vil også gjerne benytte anledningen til å si at bildene dine (jeg følger deg på Instagram) er så utrolig vakre, stemningsfulle og inspirerende! Takk for at du deler av hverdagen deres!

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    • kh@kathrinehoue.com January 6, 2017

      Tak for dine venlige ord! Så dejligt at høre. Jeg får altid printet hos Artifact Uprising. Der er et link til dem aller nederst i blogposten. Bedste hilsner, Kathrine

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  3. Christine January 6, 2017

    I love my 5 year journal…I am on the last year of my own and the first year of my son’s. It’s not too much to write a few lines down, and it brings back very vivid memories for me when I read through the years.

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  4. Sandra January 7, 2017

    Åh så smukke! Sætter du layoutet op på printstedets hjemmeside?
    Og må jeg hører hvilket kamera du bruger, samt om du redigerer billederne inden du uploader til bogens layout?
    Sådan en bog må være mit nytårsfortsæt for 2017 🙂 Tak for inspirationen!

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    • kh@kathrinehoue.com January 11, 2017

      Hej Sandra, tak for dine søde ord. Layout laves direkte på deres hjemmeside ja. De fleste billeder er faktisk bare taget med min i-phone og så redigerer jeg altid i VSCO. Held og lykke med bog-designet!
      X K

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  5. Emilie Elisabeth Thomsen January 18, 2017

    Hej kathrine
    åeh hvor dejligt at du putter vores produkter i en ‘god stil boks’ <3
    – vi er netop! af samme opfattelse som dig – og vi prøver at tilbyde et mere stilrent, enkelt og cool design i en verden, der ellers er meget pussenusset. Hvis du en dag skulle have lyst til at udfylde en 'Min barndom' bog for dine piger, så sig endelig til – vi sender gerne nogle eksemplarer til dig.

    Hav en rigtig dejlig dag.

    – emilie // specialday

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  6. Anja Christensen March 3, 2017

    Det er da nogle fantastisk lækre bøger, det må jeg simpelthen også prøve at kaste mig ud i. Hvor mange sider plejer du ca at alve dine på, for at det “ser ud af noget”+

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    • kh@kathrinehoue.com March 23, 2017

      Hej Anja, jeg er nok omkring de 75 sider de store hardcover og noget mindre i de små. 😃 ha’ en dejlig dag!

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