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Saturday 8 July 2017

Baby books and scrapbooks - the easy way..

"Everything you do for your first, you'll have to do for your next kids..." was the stark warning delivered when I showed off my latest creative effort for my firstborn. He'd snooze all day long in those early days, and I'd be sweating over baby scrapbooks, editing his 1 Second Everyday video, printing photos...

And yup, it's definitely not been as easy second time around. On the crazy rare occasions we hit Nap Jackpot (tiniest man and his toddler brother snoozing At The Same Time), I'm trying to sleep myself, or shoving a wash on, or making a meal..

But I'm still obsessed with capturing every moment - my mum reckons my kids are going to grow up camera-phobic as I'm always snapping pics or shooting film. I've just had to take a few shortcuts this time around. So in my baby scrapbook quest, my first step was a trip to Hobbycraft. I love it... the baking gadgets, the arty stuff, the papier-mâché letters (one my fave parts of the nursery)..
This time, though, it was all about scrapping: I'm making my newborn a baby book packed with just as many photos and milestones as his big brother's, but his makes use of shop-bought ready cut out letters, premade coloured backing paper, professional embellishments.. hence the Hobbycraft visit... but luckily for him, they look a whole lot better than my DIY versions!

And I can't wait for my babies to flick through their scrapbooks in years to come (they'd better!) and look at all the moments captured. Meantime my brood are even starting to enjoy Hobbycraft as much as me - tiny man loves hauling little trolley baskets around the store, and picks out crafty sets to paint/make/stick at home...

Btw if your kids do too, the chain has just launched a national competition to create a Mini Makers Panel who'll be sent products to test and review before they hit the shelves plus £100 vouchers - enter here). Oh and there are free kids' craft clubs every Wednesday from 12pm – 2pm in store, with activities like Fimo fridge magnets and origami..

Is it a sign of ageing that Hobbycraft is almost on a par with Anthropologie as my favourite shop..? 

* Hobbycraft sent us a voucher to stock up in store but we honestly do love it so spend way more of our own money there!

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