My first camera was a plastic Fisher Price-style job - I've got photos of 10 or 11 year old me clutching it as though it were the most precious piece of equipment ever! I used to have to beg my mum to buy me rolls of film, then I'd run around taking random snaps and see what developed. My mum would dutifully keep every photo, no matter how blurry - some of them are still in existence in our house today!
Nowadays my photos all sit on my external hard drive, or take up space on my phone (currently over 1,800 and counting!). My instagram account might be a colourful, carefully planned haven of memories, but how often do people scroll back through their feeds? What's the point in taking an ace photo if you never look at it again?
That's where Printiki come in! I ordered 30* of their white bordered square prints, picking some of my favourite memories off my instagram - it couldn't be easier, all I had to do was link up my account and select the photos to print (this, ironically, was pretty hard). I had a couple of projects in mind for the prints, so tried to pick some that were meaningful, and some that fit the colour scheme I had in my head.
My first project is our baby memory book - as first time parents, we're eager to document every stage of our little one's existence (before we run out of time to complete it - I literally don't know anybody who's managed to fill out an entire book like this!). I printed our baby announcement photos with the scan picture, as well as a bump photo from last month (it's doubled in size since then...)
Next I chose some of my favourite memories with Jon, ranging from our honeymoon to our wedding, and other trips away! My friends have tons of photos of themselves together, whereas Jon and I only had a handful of wedding pictures in frames - no more! I'm going to pop these up in our bedroom, maybe on a canvas or in a pretty shape on the wall.
Finally, I'm thinking about decorating the walls in our baby's room/second bedroom. It's all white at the moment and I'm happy with that, I love a clean, white home (Sara of Me and Orla does this particularly well!). But I think it would be nice to have some bright artwork and prints on the wall for baby to look at, so I picked up the Polaroid peg frame from work recently and decided to fill it with joyful photos in blues and pinks! The seaside photos are all from my favourite beaches in St Briac, which incidentally act as my calm place during my hypnobirthing practice. I feel chilled out just looking at them, and hopefully baby will too!
To finish off, I added some prints from my favourite trips - York, Vienna, France and Disneyworld. I've not yet decided where I'll put these - some I'll pop in our bedroom, others I might alternate around our living room! I've also got a memory notebook I'd like to keep going, so I'll add a few in there as I think it will be fun to look back at them over the next few years. That's the joy of these beautiful prints - they're so versatile and easy to style. I chose mine in a matt finish and they're absolutely gorgeous, the quality is wonderful and the colours are so vibrant!
A huge thanks to Printiki for their help, and their wonderful service! Check their website out here, and their instagram for ideas on how to style your prints.
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