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06.20.18

12 Creative Ideas to Fill Your Baby Memory Book!

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Your kids are napping and you finally have a moment of peace and quiet. It’s time to grab your Baby Memory Book and flex those creative muscles! The only question: what are you going to fill this family keepsake with? We put together 12 ideas of creative, fun, and meaningful things to include in your Baby Book, crowdsourced from the Cardtorial team and our own parents, to help make sure you don’t miss a thing from baby’s first year of life! 

 

1. A list of popular songs, movies, and TV shows, and current events from the month of your baby’s birth. Tape the front page of the newspaper from the day of her birth within the book’s pages!


2. Your scratchwork of names you almost named him. (Fun fact: three of the women here at Cardtorial were almost named Hannah…but our parents changed their minds at the last minute! Clearly a pretty popular name for Millenials!)


3. Your cravings and favorite foods from this pregnancy — the weirder the better! Pickles, sauerkraut, olives… whatever it is, it’ll be a fun anecdote to look back on someday.  


4. A bundle of letters written to your baby from her parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and close family friends.


5. The answer to this adorable question: do people say you look more like Mommy or Daddy?


6. Describe in detail the moment you realized you were pregnant — what was going through your mind? How did you feel? How did you share the news with your partner? And tape in those ultrasound photos, if you have them!


7. A list of your baby’s favorite foods each month! Sweet potatoes & bananas might not seem like super exciting content, but trust us—it’ll be adorable to remember your little one’s favorites in a few short years.


8. The titles of some of the books you read them early in life. For an avid reader, being able to look back on their earliest favorite books will be precious.


9. Their first work of art— whip up some edible finger paints, a safe way for your little one to explore their artistic side. Since paper is probably going to get ripped up or eaten, let her paint on a safe, easily cleanable surface, then simply place a piece of paper on top of the creation, smooth, and peel away to save their first masterpiece. Very cute for any future art school graduation announcements!  


10. Some of your favorite “Congratulations!” cards and notes from loved ones. You’ll receive tons of them, but a handful will be particularly moving and deserve to be saved.


11. Your hospital band!

 

12. A description of your baby’s first laugh. When was it? What were they laughing at? How did you feel hearing your little one express pure joy? This might seem like a simple one, but trust us: it’s going to mean so much in the years to come!

       

      Follow us on Instagram @cardtorial for more on our new Baby Memory Books, and be sure to stay tuned for fun here on the blog!

       

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      06.11.18

      Meet our brand new Baby Memory Books!

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      We’ve been so excited to introduce you to a brand new member of the Cardtorial family, one of our favorite products ever: our Baby Memory Books!

       

      We put a great deal of love, time, and care into designing what we believe is the perfect Baby Memory Book for you and your family! Each handmade book features one of two adorable cover designs — Dear Little One and May You Grow. The forty pages inside are filled with thoughtful prompts and designated spaces for family photos and trinkets. One of our favorite parts? A super charming, yet totally modern hand painted watercolor design, which graces each page of the book.

       

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      Our Baby Memory Book is super customizable, making sure that each book is completely personal to you and your family (even if this becomes your go-to keepsake for each of your kiddos—you’ll always create a totally unique keepsake about and for him or her!).

       

      We wrote the prompts to be super open ended—if you’re the type of person who feels right at home with a glue gun in hand, there’s a ton of room to be creative with what you write and include in your child’s book. However, we also created something fool-proof (AKA great for the mom who has never even thought about visiting the scrapbooking aisle!).

       

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      Helping you preserve memories and celebrate the people you love most have always been two core tenets of our design philosophy here at Cardtorial. Creating a book that allows you to preserve your child’s earliest memories—a true selfless act of love, in what can often be a very chaotic time of life—felt like a truly natural fit for us!

       

      Our hope is that this Baby Memory Book becomes a treasured family heirloom and a meaningful gift for your child in the next 18, 21, or even 30 years of their life and beyond…a book of memories to last many lifetimes!

       

      Follow us on Instagram @cardtorial for more on our new Baby Memory Books, and be sure to stay tuned for fun here on the blog!


      03.06.18

      Meet the Women Behind the Words!

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      Working on our new International Women’s Day collection has been a total learning experience for us! One of the coolest things we learned during this campaign? Just how many amazing women have changed history, and how many are still making history today! Each and every quote that our collaborators chose to hand-letter totally moved, inspired, and enlightened us. So to celebrate Women’s History Month, we wanted to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes, to learn two of the stories behind the quote!

       

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      “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” —Shirley Chisholm

       

      In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress, representing the great state of New York, an office she held for seven terms. Don’t think that’s the end of Chisholm’s trailblazing career, though! In 1972, she became the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, as well as the first African American candidate to run for either major party’s nomination. Though she ultimately didn’t clinch the nomination, Chisholm certainly broke some glass ceilings along the way. In 2015, ten years after her death, President Obama awarded Chisholm with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Talk about a feminist icon!

       

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      “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

       

      Though this classic quote has truly taken on a life of its own, there’s always been a bit of confusion over the original source! It’s been (incorrectly) attributed to everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Marilyn Monroe. Yet, it was historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich who first wrote this back in 1976. Since then, the quote has gone on to inspire countless women to make a little history of their own! Ulrich has also written a book of the same name, exploring the the many ways in which (unruly) women have changed the world.

       

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