Illustries personalised record books

It’s always hard to find the time – and the creative energy – to record special moments and memories when a newborn comes along but I’ve just recently stumbled across one fabulous company that has created innovative and stylish keepsake products to capture life’s special moments. Founded in 2011 by duo Emma Penrice and Samantha Smith, Illustries’ collection of beautifully designed books are fast becoming a ‘must-have’ among style savvy families.

The family collection comprises a range of contemporary and beautifully designed baby record books, brag books, and a family book. Completely unique in design and fun to complete, every Illustries book has been crafted with the modern parent in mind and offer a wealth of ideas on how to record those special and often, easily forgotten memories of every day life.

Hey Baby

Illustries Hey Baby

The ‘Hey Baby!’ journals offer a contemporary take on traditional baby books to capture the early years of parenthood and promise to be a treasured gift. Fun to fill in, read and relive in years to come, mummies (and daddies!) will be able to record moments in pregnancy and a baby’s first year with cute and comical extracts, without having to fill in pages of endless questions. Features and topics that span the smart, timelessly designed journal include: a birth announcement, shortlist of names, bump nicknames, due date calendar, wishes for your baby, labour countdown, family tree, a guide to being a parent, awards ceremony and a record of their first birthday party. What’s more, there is no need to complete the journal in chronological order!

Brag book

A smaller but just as cute sibling comes in the form of the ‘Brag Book’. A stylish must-have accessory and small enough to fit snugly into a handbag, the brag book is a cute and convenient baby album to share baby snaps on the go with the perfectly petite albums holding up to seven classic 4×6” photographs alongside beautifully designed pages dedicated to the all-important little person details, including birthdate.

We are family

Illustries Family Book

Finally, the Family Book is ideal for families of all ages providing a place to record the details that all too often get forgotten in the whirlwind of family life. From the extraordinary to the everyday, there’s a page to complete for all the little details, milestones, and memories that make a family unique. From favourite films and secret recipes to silly quotes, sketches, and selfies, this is a book that promises to be fun to fill in and read for many years to come. 

They really are beautiful and useful books and what’s even more brilliant about Illustries, is that the duo has been kind enough to share some of their tips on how to create and record family memories that ensure you remember all those precious moments and that your child sees themselves growing up.

So, of course in addition to filling in their journals, here are some fabulous tips from Samantha and Emma:

  • Draw up a cute timeline of milestones, add to it as it happens and frame it after a period of time or make them into a ‘lifetime book’.
  • Create lists of current ‘loves’. Things each family member loves to eat, watch, follow, do and look back in years to come.
  • Draw around each member of your family’s hand once a year and watch them grow.
  • Record kids amusing sayings in a notebook and read them back to them on their 18th birthday.
  • Use a voice recorder or your phone to record talking and bawling, ask them to sing into it as a toddler, record their part in the school play and later a speech or two – listen back in years to come.
  • Take regular baby bump photos in the same position, wearing the same clothes and hair the same and then turn it into a flip book or speeded up video!
  • Write a letter to your child each year, save them all and hand them over when they turn 18!
  • Create a selfie wall of art that captures ordinary to extraordinary moments.
  • Take weekly or monthly photos of the children – it’s a really fun way to capture their growth and record all the adorable outfits you dressed them in!
  • Keep a treasure box. I (Samantha) have one box that my mum filled with things that she wanted me to remember of my childhood. My siblings and I all had one, and we called them ‘Treasure Boxes’. In mine, there’s a blanket, an outfit, a bath game that I played with and other keepsakes – the things that made us happy.


Aside from these wonderful tips, Illustries is also giving away one Family Book (blue or pink). For your chance to win simply complete the Gleam widget below:

Illustries Hey Baby! Book

What’s more, Illustries is offering a 15% discount on all family products purchased. Valid for one month from the date the blog goes live. Quote, ‘Mummy15’ when making a purchase.

For more information about the wide and unique range of Illustries products, please call 0845 4681610, email or visit

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  1. Sarah Rider
    May 30, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Love the idea of the family book. x

  2. karen
    May 30, 2016 / 9:16 am

    I love the We Are Family book too!

  3. c earl
    May 30, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    This looks lovely

  4. Isabel O
    May 30, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    I like the Baby Girl and Baby Boy journals. I’ll have to wait to see whether I’m having another niece or nephew as to which I’d choose though! 🙂

  5. Vicky H
    May 30, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I love the family book x

  6. Samantha O'D
    May 30, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    The baby boy book

  7. Susie Wilkinson
    May 30, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    I love the Family Book too, great to record all of those little milestones like heights and all of the funny things they say!

  8. Jo Hutchinson
    May 31, 2016 / 12:16 am

    the Baby Girl and Baby Boy journals

  9. Sarah Mackay
    May 31, 2016 / 7:52 am

    Love the hey baby book

  10. Jo Carroll
    May 31, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I agree, the ‘We Are Family’ book looks fab…although I haven’t got any sisters with me 😉

  11. Kirsty Hosty
    May 31, 2016 / 11:50 am

    I love the family book

  12. Kim M
    May 31, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Like the Brag Book x

  13. Laura Pritchard
    May 31, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    The Hey Baby book looks great!

  14. Solange
    May 31, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    I love the We Are Family book too.

  15. Ruth Harwood
    June 1, 2016 / 7:52 am

    The We are Family book does look great xx

  16. June 1, 2016 / 11:56 am

    i love the baby book in the unisex colours.

  17. Diana Croos
    June 3, 2016 / 12:09 am

    I Love the hey baby book

  18. Denielle Nicol
    June 3, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    We Are Family book

  19. Rachel Craig
    June 4, 2016 / 8:38 am

    We are Family. As this is unusual yet would be really Beneficial to store Family memories, momentoes. Could be Bonding for Family and the wider :- Family an Friends who are often a support network etc.

  20. Philip Underwood
    June 4, 2016 / 9:01 am

    I love the ‘We are family’ book as well.

  21. Rachael Mccadden
    June 4, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    The Hey Baby

  22. Andrea Fletcher
    June 4, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    I like the Advent activity calender.

  23. Leanne Hansell
    June 4, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    My favourite is ‘We Are Family’.

  24. laura stewart
    June 5, 2016 / 6:16 am

    i like the baby boy book

  25. Spencer Broadley
    June 5, 2016 / 9:59 am

    The Brag Book

    June 7, 2016 / 9:27 am

    The We Are Family book

  27. Hannah Martin
    June 7, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    We Are Family looks wonderful xx

  28. Tasha Hamilton
    June 7, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I love the hey baby book

  29. Laura Harrison
    June 8, 2016 / 2:23 am

    We Are Family book xx

  30. Corinne Peat
    June 8, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    The we are family book

  31. Vicky Hawkins
    June 8, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    The we are family book

  32. Pam Francis Gregory
    June 9, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    ‘Hey Baby’ is my gave

  33. Pam Francis Gregory
    June 9, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    fave I mean!!

  34. Rachel Butterworth
    June 11, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Definitely the ‘We Are Family’ book.

  35. Jamie Edwards
    June 14, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    I like the hey baby book, I have something like it for my 5 year old son. I’d love something similar for my daughter!

  36. Chantiece Bates
    June 14, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I love the we are family book as well! Its super adorable and would be so awesome

  37. gemma hendry
    June 14, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    the we are family book is my fave

  38. Jodie Harvey
    June 15, 2016 / 1:36 pm


  39. Tracey F
    June 15, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    We are Family book too! x

  40. Kate Leather
    June 15, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    We are family x

  41. Danielle Cresswell
    June 15, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I love the family book as well it’s something a bit different x

  42. kim neville
    June 16, 2016 / 6:25 am

    We are family book

  43. June 16, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    They all look great, but my favourite is the family book.

  44. Lisa Wilkinson
    June 17, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    I have to agree with you that the We Are Family book is my favourite

  45. Vickie Jackson
    June 17, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Definitely the ‘We Are Family’ book. It’s so true that so much gets forgotten about as the kids are growing up 🙁

  46. Kim Styles
    June 18, 2016 / 6:58 am

    yes i like we are family too- what a lovely memento to pass down through the generations

  47. Elspeth McMillan
    June 18, 2016 / 8:11 am

    I love the We Are Family book too 😀

  48. Miss Tracy Hanson
    June 18, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Must admit I really like them all, but the “BEST DAY EVER” is lovely.

  49. Susan B
    June 18, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    They both look fun but I would go for Hey Baby.

  50. Jenny Prest
    June 19, 2016 / 7:25 am

    The Family Book also 🙂

  51. tee simpson
    June 19, 2016 / 10:13 am

    Love the family book

  52. Andrew Hindley
    June 19, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Love the we are family book

  53. Caroline Buckley
    June 19, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Look great but I love theWe Are Family book too!

  54. Richard Tyler
    June 19, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    We Are Family – Lovely Idea 🙂

  55. Steven Beasley
    June 19, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    love the we are family book.

  56. Adrian Bold
    June 19, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    The Baby Girl and Baby Boy journals.

  57. Natalie Crossan
    June 19, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    We love the we are family book x

  58. Karl Borowy
    June 19, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    the Family Book LOOKS GREAT

  59. Diana
    June 19, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    We Are Family

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