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.

A Fresh new look – Ses’ lounge makeover

Being at home with a new babe and spending more time in our gorgeous sun filled living room I decided it was time for a new look, something natural, earthy with a nod to my fave tribal luxe aesthetic.

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I was actually going through my archive collection of Sass & Bide clothing, having collected many embellished pieces over the last 15 years, when I came across a favourite high neck tunic in a tribal mudcloth style print embellished with cowrie shells and metallic accents. This is what I want in a lounge I decided and from there I started pinning like mad, compiling beautiful images that referenced the tribal texture I was after.


I still loved my zebra hide and it fit perfectly with the tribal look I was going for, same with the couches – they stayed too. Jen and I mocked up and mood-boarded everything before I purchased anything, so I knew exactly how the finished room would look – and it made sure I was disciplined and only purchased just what I needed. We do a lot of moodboards for clients so it was great to create one for myself.

We had recently used this Citta mango wood coffee table in a clients home, and I had fallen in love with it so had to have one for myself. I love the soft wash of the wood and how it adds a natural element to the room. The cushions were a mix of the Ourlieu (from our online store) and Pony Rider ones I had plus a few new Bonnie and Neil additions. We went for natural linen rather than stark black and white as its much easier to work with.


The Art was a piece from Hannah Lemholt, I had loved for a while so It really is the hero piece of the room and perfectly compliments the tribal necklaces which are a nod to the Sass & Bide top that influenced the rooms aesthetic. The round mirror was a great addition as it reflects our ‘Mary’ art piece and bounces the light around the room.

My Ahoy Trader collection sits above the black and white stripe feeding chair which is a perfect place to perch.


Another hero piece is our much awaited Moroccan wedding blanket pouf, its creamy tassels and silver coins add both texture and sparkle and act as a comfy seat for extra guests. A petrified wood tray, shell balls and marble planter for the draping philodendron complete the look.


While its not quite finished yet as I have a couple more pieces yet to arrive for the wall, I’m just loving the fresh calm feel. Itsso importat to have pieces around you that your love.

If you would like your own room makeover, contact us about our interior design services.

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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