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Treasured memories with momento photobooks

Having had some beautiful photos taken by our photographer Ruth Gilmour over the last couple of years, I had been meaning to get these in an album as it seemed such a waste just to have them stored on my computer. I had looked at a lot of different photobook companies, some cheap and cheerful and others at the higher quality end. If you’ve been following us for a while you’ll know we are all about quality. There are a few different companies that promise this but I was still totally confused so I asked our photographer Ruth who she recommended. That was when she introduced me to Momento Photobooks, I got to touch and feel some of the sample books she had and was delighted with the quality and vibrancy of the images on the page. I fell in love with a book with a linen embossed cover and lustre finish pages and knew I had the found the one…

Next step was to download the free software from their site, which took under a minute, and then I started to play around. The best part about Momento is that there’s a good variety but not thousands of choices – so you don’t get overwhelmed. You just choose your project, size and format and then get going. I selected photobooks with blank pages (they also have an autofill option if you don’t like making decisions). I chose a landscape, regular size book – as thought it would be the perfect size for the coffee table.

I decided to do one book for my ‘Little babe shower’ and one for Georgia’s first birthday. I really wanted to make the images the feature and have them as large as I could so I went for a simple layout of a full image per page, followed two images per page, then used a combination of both.

I used their layouts in the templates panel as it made the design process super easy and efficient, and I knew everything would look even and balanced. It was pretty simple to navigate once I got the hang of it, it was just selecting the right combination of images – it doesn’t help being a perfectionist when it comes to these sorts of things! The Momento team are also super helpful if you get stuck.

Once I was happy with the design, I reviewed the Warnings in Finish View of the software and my Preview PDF. Thankfully the software warned me that I had one photo sitting too far off the page, and another photo I had enlarged so much that it wasn’t going to print well.  It only took a moment to sort that out then I registered at on the Momento website before  uploading the MASTER MBF file ready to print. You get to make your final binding, cover and finishing selections online.

Of course I went for the ebony linen cover, I had fallen for previously, embossed in black with the names of the books, I also opted for a printed dust cover, which is a little bit extra but helps protect from greasy fingers.

When it came to paper type there are a few options based on your budget – for just that little bit extra you can get the lay flat lustre 260gsm paper, which really does magic things for your images because the pages lie perfectly flat! People often complain that their photos never look as good printed as they do their computer screen, well this paper is incredible – images have that same glow that they do onscreen. The lay-flat format means that pages ‘lay-flat’ when you turn the pages which makes viewing so enjoyable!

I also opted for a black box for each book to keep them nice, dust free and ‘special’, this is also a great addition if you are creating a book as a gift.

The day they arrived…

So turn around for books is approximately 2 weeks and they come via courier which makes it that much more exciting. When mine arrived, first thought was just how well packaged they were and OMG how beautiful they looked! You can just feel the quality care and craftsmanship that goes into creating these books of memories.

With both the baby shower and Georgia’s birthday being such magical days it felt right to honour them with a beautiful book so I could cherish these memories over and over. It was also great to know I would always have a hard copy record of these gorgeous images, should my computer ever crash etc.

Ladies I also want to remind you about how important it is to transfer and back up your photos – REGULARLY. Just recently I lost some precious images when my mobile threw a tantrum and I was devastated So whatever you do, back up to an external drive or cloud storage service and print out the photo memories you really care about, whichever way suits you, because they can get trashed or lost or you may not be able to access them in a few years time!

I’m now working on a photobook of all our Ses and Jen Instagram images as I have heard of accounts getting suspended and wiped. Momento has great layouts for square books which is perfect.

Having created a book, it opened up so many ideas of who I would love to gift one to – they make amazing gifts for a uni graduate, a special birthday celebration, wedding anniversaries etc. Especially for those people who love nice things and seem to have everything. The ideas are endless.

We’re so in love with these books that we want you to experience the quality and excellence for yourself. That is why we have teamed up with Momento offer you an amazing discount on your first order! CLICK HERE to check it out.

Check out Momento’s website here, and follow them on Instagram here.

Capturing memories | 6 Months

Our little ones grow and change oh so quickly, so capturing their little milestones on film is a must. Yes us instamums take millions of snaps of them on our iphones, but there is nothing quite like family portraits and printed photos especially when taken by someone with an amazing eye and a talent for capturing us at just the right moment.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with talented Waikato wedding and portrait photographer Ruth Gilmour. Ruth took our pregnancy shots, newborn pics and most recently a shoot to celebrate Georgie’s half birthday. Ruth’s family sessions are awesome as she makes you feel totally relaxed, there are lots of laughs and you end up with the most incredible shots of your family to turn into art to dress the walls of your home. Today we share some of our favourite pics.

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Meet the Maker – Louis and Lola

Louis and Lola is fast becoming the number one go to brand for beautiful NZ designed Italian made footwear for littlies. We caught up with creator Amanda to get to know more about this amazing brand and how it all began.

Tell us about Louis and Lola, when did you start?
Louis and Lola started in 2014 and I produced by my first small collection for Summer 14, so we’ve been in stores for a little over a year now. We’re just delivered our Winter 16 collection which I’m super excited about as there are so many beautiful styles!

How did the Name Louis and Lola come about?
Louis is my sons name, he’s just turned 4, and I’m slightly stressing about how fast he is growing up. Lola is one of my good friends little girls name… I loved the way the names sounded together, plus Lola is one of the most gorgeous little girls you will ever meet so it just seemed like the right fit!


What got you started in shoe design?
My background has always been in fashion, merchandising and importing, but for as long as I can remember I’ve had a slight obsession with baby / kids shoes… Then when Louis came along and I just couldn’t find anything decent for him to wear on his feet (other than Nature Baby Slippers – he lived in those, so I decided to look into my own range…and that’s where it all began.

How does designing children’s shoes differ from adults footwear (other than no stilettos)
I’ve never designed adults shoes, currently my largest size is 4-5 years, but my perception is that baby / kids shoes are way more fun, you can have wider use of colour and to some extent design. I haven’t met anyone that hasn’t fallen in love with my shoes and I think it’s because they just look so incredibly cute both on and off.

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Your beautiful shoes are made in Italy do you have family connections there? What made you go with Italian fabrication?
Firstly I love leather,  all my shoes are full leather outer and inner and there is nothing better than good quality leather for growing feet. Italy, Spain and Portugal have the best leather tanneries and factories in the world, far superior to anything you might buy from China, so for me working with the best fabrication possible was a huge bonus – Plus I’m very into ethical / sustainable products. All my suppliers are family owned businesses and for me it’s extremely satisfying to know exactly where my product is made and who is making it. I’ve been lucky enough for the past 2 years, to live in Europe 6 months and NZ 6 months – my partner is a rugby player so he plays in NZ, and also in Europe. That has opened up the opportunity for me to source the right factories, visit European fairs and really understand the shoe manufacturing process.

I really want to offer NZ mums & dads shoes that are European, well designed, good quality AND ethical, without a huge price tag

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What inspires each new collection and what processes do you go through when deciding whether a design will make a new collection.
Living in Europe part of the year is a huge inspiration for me, there’s something about European fashion that’s so refined and classic, there’s so much history here, so I draw a lot of inspo from living amongst it. As well as thinking about what I would like for my own kids; I want something that’s designed well, but functional and hard wearing at the same time. I would rather spend a little bit more and buy a good quality pair of shoes that I can hand down rather than a whole pile of plastic that ends up as land fill!  I also work very closely with my suppliers in the sampling process, as not every design is possible, so their years of experience helps me a lot!  I’m also super keen on unisex styles – that way if you have boys and girls in the family… They can be passed on!!I also listen to customer feedback – it’s always helpful to hear from mum and dads so I make small design adjustments if something isn’t as functional as it should be. Kids feet are all so very different so it’s good to have feedback.

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Your new collection has just hit stores – What are your favourite shoes from the new collection.
Oh I’m in love with Livvy and my Suede Harper’s from the baby collection, these styles are just so timeless and perfect. My most favourite style would have to be my Wynter boots from the toddler collection, they are a unisex pull on leather ankle boot with a super bendy sole, Any kid can get these on and off easily and they will go with just about everything in your boys or girls wardrobe! Ivy would have to be another unisex fav too.


Do you have a team that work with you on the brand?
I’m a one-man-band, so I manage all my own design, sales, social media, quality control, deliveries …. Everything!  So if you message me or ask a question online, it’s always me that answers. I’m very passionate about my brand, what I do and what it stands for and I have a huge social conscience.

The Louis and Lola new season range is out now, and to celebrate we’ve teamed up with Parnell Baby Boutique who are giving away one pair of gorgeous new season shoes of the winners choice. Check out our Instagram with details of how to enter.

You can check out Louis and Lola here and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with all the latest.

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