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How to – Scrapbooking for kids

scrapbooking for kids

Why Scrapbook?

I absolutely love taking photos of my daughter. I’m the first to admit that I do go a little mad taking hundreds of photos, I just don’t want to miss a thing. I want to capture every milestone, every trip, day out or funny moment. It’s surprising how much you do actually forget. This is why I want to talk about Scrapbooking for kids. It’s not only a great way to document your adventures but it is a brilliant way of getting your little ones involved too.

Photos

So once the photos have been taken, they are no good to anyone stuck on your phone or a portable hard drive! I actually want my daughter to see and look back on all those wonderful moments too. So each month I go through my photos and print a bunch of my favourites. I use two mobile apps that print your pics for free and you just pay for delivery. Each month you get a renewable allowance. I’m sure there are others on the market but these are the ones I use:

FreePrints – you get 45 free 6×4 free prints to use each month. Delivery is £3.99.

Snapfish –  you get 50 free 6×4 free prints each month. Delivery is £2.99.

Using your prints

So once you’ve got packets of photos arriving through the door, what next? I really wanted to involve my daughter so thought Scrapbooking would be perfect. Rather than display them in a boring photo album, I thought a scrapbook decorated by her own fair hand would be so much more personal.

Where to buy

I used to scrap book myself years ago and if there’s one thing I remember, it was super ‘expensive’! We didn’t really have many options to purchase decorations and supplies so it meant the majority of the products were from the USA making it an expensive hobby to have. The shops that stocked Scrapbooking products were also few and far between. Great news is, it’s now cheap as chips to scrapbook! We have an abundance of shops that stock really cheap craft items. Most supermarkets have a craft aisle now and pound shops have a great range of craft and Scrapbooking products. Every time I pop into a pound shop I buy a couple of packs of stickers or embellishments. That means I can add to our ‘stash’ without paying out huge amounts in one go.

Scrapbooking for kids stickers
What you need

Well, when you’re Scrapbooking for kids it’s best not to make it too complicated for the younger ones. We started Eden’s scrapbook when she was just two years old. We kept to using just stickers so she could stick them in by herself quite easily, rather than making a gluey mess!

First off you need a scrapbook album, anything between 8 to 12 inches is perfect. Thicker card pages are recommend rather than paper, but it’s your scrap book so your choice. The one we use was £1 from a pound shop and about 10 inches square. It also has a nice ribbon to tie the book close.

You’ll also need a pen to write what the page is about, a glue stick to glue in your photos and then some packs of stickers or embellishments to decorate the pages. I often save tickets and stickers from our days out and stick them in too.

Scrapbooking for kids what you need
Decorating your pages

Initially the control freak in me wanted to step in, takeover and make it ‘perfect’, especially when Eden was so small! I had to fight against my instincts and just let Eden be creative, in the end this is what makes them perfect. On each page, Eden selects which photos she wants to use, sticks them in and chooses her decorations. I normally just help out with writing the labels for her page, but I’m sure she will be doing this herself very soon.

Scrapbooking for kids Eden sticking

Scrapbooking for kids Eden creating page

Scrapbooking for kids

Scrapbooking for kids Eden with finished page

Some pages are of course more beautiful than others but each one is created with love. I treasure Eden’s scrapbooks and it’s something that Eden loves to do, she regularly asks ‘Mummy can we do some Scrapbooking today?’. I’m only too happy to oblige, I look forward to looking through them all in years to come and treasuring every captured moment together.

Here are some of Eden’s wonderful creations:

Scrapbooking for kids selection of pages
Scrapbooking for kids scrapbook page

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Memories, My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo – A Father’s love

I thought for My Sunday Photo this week I would honour Father’s Day and theme it ‘A Father’s Love’.

This is my favourite photo of Eden with her daddy. I think this photo truly depicts A Father’s Love. The look of joy on both their faces melts my heart every time I see it.

My Sunday Photo a father's love, Eden as a baby with her daddy

From a tiny baby until 4 years on, Eden and her Daddy still share an incredible bond. Sharing smiles, tickles and giggles aplenty.  They are both forever making each other laugh.

My Sunday Photo, a father's love. Eden and her daddy
Happy Father’s Day to a wonderful Daddy to our little girl Eden.  Thank you for everything you do for us both.

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Days Out, Family Life, Memories, My Sunday Photo, Outdoors

My Sunday Photo – Enjoying our beautiful city London!

Well it’s a sad ‘My Sunday Photo’ day today, waking up and realising it wasn’t all just a bad dream. It was real, our beautiful city London, that we love and enjoy has come under attack. Scarier still when we were there ourselves just yesterday.

What an amazing day we had in London, travelling on the tube to see 42nd Street. A dazzling show we enjoyed every second of it. We meandered around Covent Garden and strolled through the stalls at the Jubilee Market. We people watched, we drank in the sights, smells and tastes of London, truly indulging in and enjoying our city.

Those people that seek to attack us and bring us down are cowards. They cannot stop us from living, loving and appreciating our beautiful city London.

My Sunday Photo is of a gorgeous family day we spent enjoying London. We had walked for miles soaking in the sights, followed the trail of the Dream Jars last August, celebrating the launch of The BFG. We had walked along the Southbank that day. It was bustling with people young and old. It was exciting and new for Eden, we showed her the sights and we hunted for dream jars and what a glorious day that was.

Dream Jar – Ship of Dreams

My Sunday Photo, dream jar at Tower bridge London You will never stop us from living our lives, there are those that will try and break us but we will overcome them, for they are the weak. The cowards that hide and plan in the shadows and then prey on our innocent and vulnerable. You are cowards, you are nothing.

I am linking up with Darren @Photalife for My Sunday Photo.

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Days Out, Family Life, Home, Outdoors, Parks

The little things in life

little things in life

Planning the big day out

Sometimes we need to remember, it’s about enjoying the little things in life. Now, I’m sure we all love a good day out. I am often one to plan them so far in advance it’s verging on ridiculous. The thing is I absolutely love to have things to look forward to. I think I actually need it, I would go as far as to say I feel quite sad if I haven’t got anything booked in the diary. Quite often I have to wait months and months for an event I have booked. Every time it pops into my head, I actually get an excited little butterfly fluttering around in my stomach. I love it, I am constantly looking for ‘what next’! I even book tickets that I know will throw me into my overdraft, but hey ‘you can’t take it with you’ right?!
Not only do I spend months researching it and waiting for the event to take place… I also have to plan the ‘outfit’ for the event. I don’t know why but my daughter must be themed to that event whether it’s a full blown costume or just a complementary colour. I’m not entirely sure what compels me to do this, but months before I’ll be busy googling away, finding the perfect outfit to match our day out. I’m always thinking what would look like nice in the photos, always anxious to get that one perfect photo to sum up our day…. so if the outfits wrong then so too is the photo. Anyway you get the picture, I research, I book, I plan, I wait…. this is what I do, researching and planning the next fun thing to do.

The big day arrives…

Do you want to know something completely crazy?
Quite often, the morning of the event I won’t even feel like going?! I’d rather have an extra hour in bed, chill on the sofa or have a duvet day in my ‘Jim-Jams’. Even though the event has been booked months in advance, I’ve bought the tickets, I’ve felt the excited butterflies, I’ve compiled the cute outfit (even made it myself on occasion!)…
Unfortunately the rebel in me simply hates having to be somewhere at an actual time!!! Sometimes I feel like I can’t be bothered to physically go? What?! Ultimately I do go, I make the effort to get ready and make the journey there. I always have a lovely time once I arrive. It’s just the thought of it I can’t face, but once I’m there I love it. I have lots of fun, enjoy the time with my family and take lots of photos. One of my favourite parts of the day is the journey home and looking at the pictures I’ve captured. Wondering what ones I’ll get printed, upload to Instagram or add to a photo book!

The little things in life

The point I’m trying to make is actually, sometimes it’s the little things in life that are important. Just as much as the large flashy expensive big days out. The thought of having no plans at the weekend can be pure delight. A free floaty feeling with excitement and a glimmer of spontaneity. As much as I love a fun day out, the idea of no ties, no appointments, no-one expecting me to be somewhere at an allotted time excites me! Well, ‘I’m free’ and it’s a feeling I’ve grown to love. Maybe I’m growing up and learning that the little things in life are just as important as the big things. Often overlooked but in actual fact, those are the things that you and your children remember and love.
So here are some of our favourite little things that we don’t have to plan. We can rock up and do them whenever we like… we are masters of our own destiny!

Brunch at our favourite little coffee shop:

the little things in life coffee shopthe little things in life latte and spoonsthe little things in life coffee shop chairs

the little things in life eden reading
Play time at a local park:
the little things in life eden at the parkthe little things in life eden parkthe little things in life eden park
We browse some books at the library:

the little things in life library
We might even hunt for fairies:
the little things in life eden finding fairiesthe little things in life eden blowing fairies
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Eden’s wearing: Cream top and navy leggings – Next, Floral skirt – Little Bird by Jools & Denim jacket – Tu Clothing at Sainsbury’s.

Days Out, Family Life, Outdoors

My Sunday Photo – Bluebell Wood

My Sunday Photo - Bluebell Wood

My Sunday Photo, my little fairy in Bluebell Wood. One of the most beautiful times of year when the forest has a carpet of the prettiest little blue flowers. It is such a shame they aren’t there to enjoy all year round.

We are very lucky that we have a few fabulous spots to find the bluebells local to us. This particular spot is Norsey Woods, Billericay in Essex.  It is dense in bluebells and makes for the prettiest woodland walk during April year in, year out.

My Sunday Photo Bluebell Wood

My Sunday Photo – Bluebell Wood

 

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Days Out, Family Life, Home

Well here we are…Little Miss Eden Rose blog launch!

Little miss eden rose with black and white background Little Miss Eden Rose blog launch

Hello there world

Well here we are, after what seems like an eternity, we are finally online….. this is the Little Miss Eden Rose blog launch and I am excited yet nervous to get started… so here goes my first post!

Firstly a huge hello from myself, Emma. I am a mum to a very happy and funny 4 year old daughter, my Little Miss Eden Rose, she is a complete delight!  I work from home running The Candy Bag Shop, along with juggling home life, school runs and fun stuff to do. We go on many adventures together, from days out at the park, to further afield travels and are forever searching out something new and different.  We both love to get crafty, from making things at home to trying out a new course to learn something new! I also love fashion, taking photos and party planning!

I am looking forward to sharing our little adventures with you all.

Little miss eden rose with black and white background

Little Miss Eden Rose

Thank you for reading about our Little Miss Eden Rose blog launch!