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Illustries personalised record books

May 30, 2016

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

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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

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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 hello@illustries.com or visit www.illustries.com.

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Disclosure: This is a featured giveaway

  • Sarah Rider May 30, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Love the idea of the family book. x

  • karen May 30, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I love the We Are Family book too!

  • c earl May 30, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    This looks lovely

  • Isabel O May 30, 2016 at 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! 🙂

  • Vicky H May 30, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I love the family book x

  • Samantha O'D May 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    The baby boy book

  • Susie Wilkinson May 30, 2016 at 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!

  • Jo Hutchinson May 31, 2016 at 12:16 am

    the Baby Girl and Baby Boy journals

  • Sarah Mackay May 31, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Love the hey baby book

  • Jo Carroll May 31, 2016 at 11:15 am

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

  • Kirsty Hosty May 31, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I love the family book

  • Kim M May 31, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Like the Brag Book x

  • Laura Pritchard May 31, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    The Hey Baby book looks great!

  • Solange May 31, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I love the We Are Family book too.

  • Ruth Harwood June 1, 2016 at 7:52 am

    The We are Family book does look great xx

  • Claire June 1, 2016 at 11:56 am

    i love the baby book in the unisex colours.

  • Jessica Powell (Babi a Fi) June 1, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I love the We Are Family book too 🙂

  • Diana Croos June 3, 2016 at 12:09 am

    I Love the hey baby book

  • Denielle Nicol June 3, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    We Are Family book

  • Rachel Craig June 4, 2016 at 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.

  • Philip Underwood June 4, 2016 at 9:01 am

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

  • Rachael Mccadden June 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    The Hey Baby

  • Andrea Fletcher June 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I like the Advent activity calender.

  • Leanne Hansell June 4, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    My favourite is ‘We Are Family’.

  • laura stewart June 5, 2016 at 6:16 am

    i like the baby boy book

  • Spencer Broadley June 5, 2016 at 9:59 am

    The Brag Book

  • MANDY DOHERTY June 7, 2016 at 9:27 am

    The We Are Family book

  • Hannah Martin June 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    We Are Family looks wonderful xx

  • Tasha Hamilton June 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I love the hey baby book

  • Laura Harrison June 8, 2016 at 2:23 am

    We Are Family book xx

  • Louise Fairweather June 8, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    The Hey baby one

  • Corinne Peat June 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    The we are family book

  • Vicky Hawkins June 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    The we are family book

  • Pam Francis Gregory June 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    ‘Hey Baby’ is my gave

    • Pam Francis Gregory June 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      fave I mean!!

  • Rachel Butterworth June 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Definitely the ‘We Are Family’ book.

  • Jamie Edwards June 14, 2016 at 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!

  • Chantiece Bates June 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

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

  • gemma hendry June 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    the we are family book is my fave

  • Jodie Harvey June 15, 2016 at 1:36 pm


  • Tracey F June 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    We are Family book too! x

  • Kate Leather June 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    We are family x

  • Danielle Cresswell June 15, 2016 at 6:54 pm

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

  • kim neville June 16, 2016 at 6:25 am

    We are family book

  • Rebecca Howells June 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

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

  • Lisa Wilkinson June 17, 2016 at 12:26 pm

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

  • Vickie Jackson June 17, 2016 at 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 🙁

  • Kim Styles June 18, 2016 at 6:58 am

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

  • Elspeth McMillan June 18, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I love the We Are Family book too 😀

  • Miss Tracy Hanson June 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

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

  • Susan B June 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm

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

  • Jenny Prest June 19, 2016 at 7:25 am

    The Family Book also 🙂

  • tee simpson June 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Love the family book

  • Andrew Hindley June 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Love the we are family book

  • Caroline Buckley June 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Look great but I love theWe Are Family book too!

  • Richard Tyler June 19, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    We Are Family – Lovely Idea 🙂

  • Steven Beasley June 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    love the we are family book.

  • Adrian Bold June 19, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    The Baby Girl and Baby Boy journals.

  • Natalie Crossan June 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    We love the we are family book x

  • Karl Borowy June 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    the Family Book LOOKS GREAT

  • Diana June 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    We Are Family

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