Covid -19 and Impressive Memories

Covid -19 and Impressive Memories

Covid -19 and Impressive Memories

Unless you’ve been living under a stone recently you will be well aware that Covid-19 is making its unwelcome presence increasingly well known amongst us.

Until such times as we know more, or have further guidelines, I would like to take this opportunity to keep customers informed as to how I am dealing with the impact of the Coronavirus here at Impressive Memories.

Due to the nature of my work which often involves contact with new & young babies/children, people with serious & terminal illness, elderly customers and pets, I already follow procedures to ensure a clean and safe environment for anyone visiting. 

Making a Booking

You are still very welcome to make a booking. If you then feel unwell and wish to amend your booking you are welcome to do this via the link in your confirmation booking up to 48 hours before. If you should develop symptoms within the 48 hours before your booking please contact me on 07837800353 and we will discuss the safest options for us all. 

Visiting the Studio

If you have a prearranged booking please arrive and enter the studio by the main studio doors (not my personal front door/doorbell). If you arrive early and other customers are still here, please wait in your car in the driveway until others leave and I have had time to wipe down surfaces and floors with appropriate cleaning materials. 

As much as I want you to enjoy your visit and for it to be a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience, could I please ask (in the short term) that only essential people come to the appointment. You are more than welcome to take photographs or videos to share with friends and family while you are here. Let’s also keep bags etc to a minimum. 

I have antibacterial hand wipes which we will all use on arrival. Or you can bring your own if you prefer. 

Jewellery and display items (which are cleaned regularly anyway) will still be here but (in the short term) these should not be handled.

Again, in the short term, no toilet facilities will be offered during your visit. (Please don’t pee on my daffodils either - thanks)

If you do not have a prearranged booking please do not arrive unannounced. 

Home Visits

For the foreseeable future, home-visits will not be offered. 

Memorial/Bereavement Call Outs

These are unaffected yet. I will be following the guidance of those within the medical/funeral industry. As ever, each case is decided on an individual basis and will continue that way until further guidance is offered. 

Collecting Completed Orders from Impressive Memories

We will have prearranged the date and time for you to collect your completed orders. Please be punctual and follow the same advice as above - if you arrive and others are here, please wait outside until they have left, before entering via the main studio doors.

Waving and smiling are still allowed.  

Online Orders

Element/Fingerprint kits

If you are posting fingerprints/elements back to me I trust that you have done all you can to maintain a safe and clean environment whilst capturing the prints/elements. Please consider your safety and mine, as I do the same before sending items to you.

Delivery of Completed Orders

At this stage 15.03.2020, Royal Mail has not made any changes to their Special Delivery service, but they have changed the process used to sign for your packages. As far as I am aware your postie will not ask you to digitally sign but they will do this on your behalf. This signature will still be the indicator that your parcel has been delivered successfully.

If you have any concerns about this and wish to postpone the delivery of your order please contact me asap. 

You will still receive an email the day your item is posted, with your tracking code, and it will arrive by 1pm the following day.

CONCLUSION

I’m approaching this with as much common sense as I can. It is a strange situation we find ourselves in and we can only do our best to keep the impact of the virus to a minimum. 

If you have any concerns or questions you are welcome to contact me by email [email protected]

It goes without saying that I will continue to do everything I can to help you capture your Impressive Memories. I would ask that you are honest and open with me during the coming weeks (months?) and that we work together, under the guidance of medical/professionals to ensure your safety and mine. 

Stay safe, I’m sure normality will return soon! 

Jen x



Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

What do you buy your mum on Mother’s Day?

Flowers? Always a favourite, but they are expensive and last only a few days…Chocolates? They are always welcome, but somehow just don’t feel ‘enough’. Wine is also welcomed, but it lasts even less time than the chocolates, let alone the flowers!!

Would you like a gift that is totally unique, handmade for mum, inspired by the very person (or persons) who made her a mum in the first place?

Maybe you are a mum yourself and you’d like to ‘help’ someone choose the right gift for you – share this with them and start hinting!

You’re in the right place!

Every mum is different and she deserves a present as unique as she is. Mums aren’t mass produced, and the gift that she’s given on the 22nd March 2020 shouldn’t be either.

There is something for everyone.  Well, everyone that’s Impressive enough!

1. Gifts From £15

Want to make an impression but not burst the bank?

Book an appointment to come along and get creative! Bring along some little hands and feet and create a gift for Mum, Gran, Aunty…YOURSELF.  No mess and stress of visiting a busy ceramic cafe. I’m here to help, guide, inspire you to create something that’s simply beautiful. I can give as much or as little to help as you wish.

Please book before Friday 6th of March for Clay Impressions, of Friday 14th of March for ceramic mugs/plates/clocks to guarantee your item is ready to collect in time for Mother’s Day.

2. Handmade Jewellery

Handmade jewellery can be made for Impressive Mums.  Distance is not a problem…all jewellery can be made by posting out a kit for you to take the prints for me. If you live nearby you can book an appointment and I can take them for you.

Please book an appointment before 10th March to guarantee your item is ready to collect in time for Mother’s Day.

Online/web orders must be placed prior to this, and all elements returned to me by the 10th March to guarantee your item is ready to be posted/collected in time for Mother’s Day.

Fingerprint Jewellery in Sterling Silver & Golden Moments...

Ink Print Jewellery in Sterling Silver & Golden Moments...

Rings & Earrings...

3. Golden Fingerprint Jewellery

If Mum prefers a golden charm to silver, this could be perfect!

  • Costs almost the same as silver.
  • Golden Moments are not a precious metal
  • Charms do not need Hallmarked.
  • They are a solid golden metal alloy NOT PLATED and will not wear off
  • All metals will tarnish – this will too – but a cleaning cloth and a gentle wipe will bring it back to its shining glory.
  • I’ll give you a free cleaning cloth!
  • It is a very robust and strong metal – it will not scratch or damage easily.
  • Golden Moments are better suited to more defined fingerprints – so toddlers through to adults, and pets too! Miniprints will suit better for babies.
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golden fingerprint charm with necklace

Would you like to see the Impressive Jewellery Catalogue?

Browse the full range of jewellery by downloading the catalogue – then start hinting heavily!!

Personalised & unique hand made jewellery catalogue

4. Gift Vouchers

Choose a Gift Voucher and let mum be part of the creative fun!

If you’re quick you might still manage to grab an appointment as near to Mother’s Day as possible…capture a memory to treasure for a lifetime.

Vouchers can also be used for jewellery and ceramic orders. Online and at appointments too.

5. **NEW** Gift Experiences

Are you looking for more than just a gift? What about an Gift Experience? Treat someone to a day out they are sure to remember.

And don’t worry if you’re also in a bit of a hurry – These downloadable gift experiences are AVAILABLE INSTANTLY, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With the click of a button, you can gift the recipients the opportunity to capture a lifecast to create a memorable, tangible, moment in time.

6. Miniaturised Charms of YOUR child

Are you looking for a truly Impressive gift?

These solid Sterling Silver charms are miniaturised from your child’s hand and foot!! How awesome is that?

The price might look high, but if you investigate this style of jewellery you will find that only a handful of people in the UK can offer these, and nobody (that I am aware of) is doing them for as good a price!

These charms are made entirely by myself – I have developed my own technique that is different to the rest of the UK market.

This doesn’t mean they are only limited to my local clients because I am building a network of lifecasters who will be on hand to help create the initial lifecasts. (I need the lifecast as the first stage in creating these).

Find out more about these Impressive ‘Tiny Treasures’…with split payments, they are much more affordable than you may think, and such a talking point!

Got a question?

I’m sure you have lots of questions. Here are a few I’ve been asked recently…(click on the question to see the answer). If you’d like to know anything – just ask!

I live too far away - can I order anything?

Yes, all jewellery can be made by posting out a kit for you to take the initial prints.  You may even have hand/footprints already that I can use…best to get in touch and ask.  Call me on 07837800353 or email [email protected] 

My budget is under £25 can you help?

Yes, I have lots of ceramic options for you to create in this budget.  Take a look…

I am a mum of many...can jewellery combine more than one child?

Yes, I have lots of jewellery designs that can show off your impressive children no matter how many you have!

Do you have any gift ideas for 'mum-to-be'?

Gift Vouchers are a perfect idea! Let the new parents decide what they’d like to create once their little bundle arrives.

I've left it too late - HELP?

It’s never too late!! Have you seen my NEW GIFT EXPERIENCES? They are available 24/7 and fully downloadable gift option!

Or why not order an item and have the print/impression kit ready to take the impressions on Mother’s Day – with the Impressive Mum, then have your piece made. You waited 9 months for a baby, you can wait a fortnight for your jewellery 😉

I'm a mum to an angel, can I have anything made?

If you have ink prints or hand/footprints I can turn these into jewellery for you. The originals will come to no harm.  I also make memorial keepsakes from locks of hair and cremation ashes too.

Drop me an email if you’d like me to help [email protected]  or call for a chat on 07837800353.

My mum has passed away, could I remember her on Mother's Day?

Take a look at my Memorial & Bereavement Memories Page. Also HERE is another blog with suggestions too – and see if you’d like to remember your mum with any of these ideas. Drop me an email if you’d like me to help [email protected]  or call for a chat on 07837800353.

Mother's Day - 22nd March 2020

If you’re a mum, a step-mum, a foster mum, an adopted mum…If you’ve been a mum, you’ll be a mum soon, or you had an awesome mum who’s now passed…

If you’re able to go and hug your mum and tell her how amazing she is on the 22nd of March – do it!!

And not just on this one day, because mums never stop being mums…

Be sure to make their day Impressive and filled with Memories.

Happy Mother’s Day from me,

Jen xxx

Baby Hand & Foot Cast: Downloadable Gift Experience

Baby Hand & Foot Cast: Downloadable Gift Experience

Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience

Are you looking to give a gift that’s truly unique? A gift that captures a moment of a that miraculous moment that a baby enters into the world! Letting you touch, hold & remember this Impressive Memory for a lifetime.

You will be giving a fun (and not forgetting Impressively memorable) gift experience. Capturing baby hand and foot castings, completed in a luxury frame.

The baby hand and foot castings Gift Experience will take place at the Impressive Memories Lifecasting Studio in Pitcairn, Glenrothes in Fife. KY7 6ET. Within easy traveling distance from all over Fife, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

I have created the perfect solution to gifting THE most Impressive New Baby Gift! EVER!!

Are you looking for a truly unique gift for parents of a new baby? Would you like a gift of a baby hand and foot casting that captures those tiny wrinkles and scrunched up toes in all their Impressive glory. Creating a work of art holding on to a moment, memory or milestone and lets you touch, hold & remember a memory for a lifetime. Imagine capturing a truly unique childhood memory! Just imagine how awesome it will be to not only show this baby how tiny they started out in life but also let them touch and feel their own memories too. You will be gifting a fun (and not forgetting an impressively memorable) experience, capturing baby hand and foot castings with this downloadable gift experience.

This downloadable baby hand and foot castings gift experience is AVAILABLE INSTANTLY, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You also have 3 different gifting options –

  1. Download and send your gift digitally – be impressively eco-friendly and not to mention instantaneously impressive! Perfect for those of us who want to give an outstanding gift, but also need it quickly.
  2. Or you can print off your gift experience certificate at home. Ideal for when you need an outstanding gift – NOW! Click – Print – Done.
  3. Choose to have your gift experience printed and posted to the recipient. I’m happy to help present your gift by printing it for you on lovely shiny paper and posting it for you too.

With the click of a button, you can gift the recipients the opportunity to capture a hand cast for two adults to create a memorable, tangible, moment in time.

New Baby, Newborn babies, New parents, New Sibling, Families…

(Could also be a complete lifesaver if you maybe forgot to buy that important gift & time is now of the essence! No need to panic – we’ve got it covered!!)

Your Baby Hand and Foot Casting Gift Experience will take place at the Impressive Memories Lifecasting Studio in Pitcairn, Glenrothes in Fife. KY7 6ET. Within easy traveling distance from all over Fife, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Suitable for all babies from birth until the age of 2 years.

Ready to buy a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

Head over to the online shop and download your Gift Experience NOW!

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baby hand and foot castings glenrothes kirkcaldy fife
Who would gift a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

The person who gifts a baby hand and foot casting experience is someone who values the new arrival of an Impressive baby. Someone who wants to give a gift that will last a lifetime. They don’t want to give the ‘expected’ cute little outfit that’s worn once and lives in a drawer. They might be parents themselves who wish they’d received a gift that they could treasure for a lifetime.

Mass-produced ‘off-the-shelf’ newborn gifts just aren’t Impressive enough for you – you’d much rather give a fun experience, with a memorable and life long memento to touch, hold and treasure. You’d like to be remembered for gifting a bespoke present that lasts a lifetime.

Who is the ideal recipient to Gift a Baby Hand and Foot Cast Experience?

The ideal recipient for a baby casting gift experience will be soon-to-be parents, new parents, first-time parents or parents celebrating the arrival of a new sibling.

 

Why does every home need a baby cast?

A baby hand and foot cast is more than just a beautiful ornament to display in your home. It is a work of art inspired by your precious and impressive baby! Seeing your baby hand and foot casts should evoke memories unique to those precious early days, weeks and months of your baby’s life.

 

Your baby will be your proudest achievement EVER and once your work of art is on display you are showing the world – and your visitors – that you are an Impressively proud parent.

What options of Baby Hand & Foot Casting are available?

Select from a variety of options. Your gift experience recipients can decide on the frame they wish, the castings they choose and the photograph and name plaque etc too. They are welcome to upgrade their gift experience to an alternative option if they wish, and pay any outstanding balance.

Luxury Single Aperture Frame Option £126

Luxury Sinlge Aperture Frame option for baby hand and foot life castings

Luxury Double Aperture Frame Option £147

Luxury Double Aperture Frame Option

Luxury Triple Aperture Frame Option £162-£225

Price varies depending on the combination and numbers of castings/photo combinations you choose to gift.

Triple aperture baby castings

Ready to buy a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

Head over to the online shop and download your Gift Experience NOW!

How do I purchase a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

To purchase a gift experience just complete the ordering process above. Add to cart and make the payment. You will then receive an email.

How do I Download my Gift Experience?

After purchasing you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 


  • If you chose to download and send your gift digitally

On completion, you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form email, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

Click on the link to download your certificate and instructions. Create a new email to the lucky recipient and attach your gift to your email as an attachment. Be sure to also tell the recipient your unique order number that starts with #.


  • If you chose to print off your gift experience certificate and instructions yourself.

On completion, you will be emailed with confirmation and a link to download your gift experience certificate and instructions. On your order form, you will also see an order number that starts with a #. Keep a note of this number as the person receiving your gift will need this to verify their offer. 

Click on the link to download your certificate and instructions. You can now print your certificate and instruction sheet. You will see on the instruction sheet there is a space for you to add your order number. Please add your order number to the sheet before giving your gift.


  • If you opted to upgrade your order and paid an additional £6.99 to have it printed and posted then I will look after everything on your behalf. Once I have posted your gift experience I will email you a Royal Mail tracking code as confirmation that it has been sent.

I Received a Baby Hand and Foot Casting Gift Experience – what do I do now?

Example of the Downloadable Gift Certificate - available instantly!

If you have received a gift experience, it is time to begin your Impressive journey to creating your baby hand & foot casts.

 

Firstly, you should read through the information on the sheets you have been given, then pop me an email me at [email protected] with your name and order number (starting with #) Once you send the email to me I will reply with your personal online booking code. You can then go to the ‘Make a Booking’ page at www.impressivememories.co.uk to choose a date and time that suits you to come and create your hand cast at the studio.

Your order number and online booking code are valid for one year from the purchase date of your gift experience. Please do not let it expire – BOOK NOW!

When you complete the online booking form please use your booking code in the box that asks if you have a gift voucher. This will allow you to use the credit from your voucher to pay the deposit. Please follow the booking instructions shown on the website. That’s it!! You’ll be booked in!! You now just have to wait until your appointment.


Would you like to join me over on Facebook?

There are lots of examples of hand casts I’ve done over the years and you’re welcome to comment on any of them to speak to me, or the person who it captures. You can find my business page here – look forward to seeing you there!!


Customer Testimonials

I have reviews on social media, Google (yes there are fake ones there too, unfortunately – jealousy is an ugly trait hee hee) and I collate these on my own website too. You’re welcome to see what customers who’ve visited already have said. They’re over here


Who am I?

*waves* Hi, I’m Jen. Everything you see online and offline at Impressive Memories is created by moi! All the jewellery, products, lifecasts, website, catalogs, leaflets…all me! (control freak)

I started lifecasting in 2003 when I had my daughter, and began to build my first business ‘Impressive Babies’. I left my music teaching career to run my business full time in 2013 and ‘Impressive Memories’ has grown and flourished, as has my daughter, since.

I am passionate about capturing an emotion or memory and creating it into a tangible work of art that you can touch, hold and feel for a lifetime. I believe in using the very highest standard of raw materials, alongside consistently developing my own skills to an ever-rising level.  A perfectionist in detail (and my harshest critic) with the ethos that any item created at Impressive Memories is honouring your most Impressive Memory.

I am on a mission to make YOUR memories tangibly impressive!


FAQ’s
  1. What are the casts made from? A high density, top quality stone powder.
  2. How long does it take to make the baby hand & foot casts? Baby only needs to be in the casting material for approx 3 mins per casting. It will then take approx 5 weeks to complete your work of art.
  3. Why does it take so long? Due to the fine and highly dense construction it takes a long time for the cast to dry naturally. To speed it up would have a detrimental effect on your cast in the long run…it would be fine for a few years but then it would begin to deteriorate and could even disintegrate.
  4. I’ve seen a cheaper option elsewhere – why should I come to Impressive Memories? It’s important that you choose a lifecaster that you know, like and trust to create your baby life casts. It’s always a good idea to explore all your options. A cheaper product might be created using cheap materials or a cheap moulding compound, maybe it’s been artificially dried and compromised for a quick turnaround, it might not have been finished to the high standard I work to (look for lumps and bumps and a poor finish around fingernails etc.) It’s also worth checking the time a lifecaster has been working and selling their work to the public. Some issues don’t rear their ugly head for 5 years+ Mould, for example, takes a long time to appear and destroy your casting. Chances are that the person who cut corners and sold you a damp cast has moved on to another ‘business venture’ and won’t care or know how to rectify your issue.
  5. Should I buy a kit and do it myself? This depends on the end goal you want to achieve. A kit can be good fun but the result is uncertain and not guaranteed. You won’t have the skills, ability, machinery, techniques or knowledge to create to the standard of an experienced life caster, and if you want to have fun and waste £80 then have a bash. Buying a camera won’t make you a photographer,  owning a screwdriver doesn’t make you a joiner, dancing in your bedroom singing into a hairbrush won’t make you a pop star…(sorry to shatter your dreams). If you want to have fun and possibly end up with a dodgy looking baby casts that looks great inside a dark cupboard – then buy a kit. If you want a high-quality work of art that you’re proud of for decades to come – you’re in the right place.
  6. What if I give this as a gift and they don’t want it? Don’t panic. If the recipient would rather choose a different casting or jewellery or ceramics, that’s no problem at all. They can transfer their vouchers monetary value to any item at Impressive Memories.
  7. What if they wiggle?  No problemo. They are babies – they are meant to wriggle…
  8. What if they’re hungry? No worries. Bring plenty of milk… there is no rushing and baby’s needs always come first. You’re welcome to feed your baby by whatever methods you choose while here, and you are the only people here in the studio – make yourself at home. If babies are a little older and weaned, bring them something they really enjoy that will distract their attention.
  9. Can the gift be altered? If you gift a single aperture frame and the recipient would like to upgrade to a different, larger frame that’s no problem at all.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am more than happy to have a chat and answer anything you’d like to know more about. Give me a call on 07837 800 353, email me [email protected], visit me over on Facebook or Instagram

Ready to buy a Baby Hand & Foot Casting Gift Experience?

Head over to the online shop and download your Gift Experience NOW!

Lifecasts – When is the best age to create them?

Lifecasts – When is the best age to create them?

When is the best age for a life casting?

 

This is the question I am asked the most and it's a really good question to ask. The problem is the answer is not that simple.

It's too late to capture today, if it's already tomorrow.

"I wish I'd done this when my children were smaller"

"I'd give anything to hold those newborn feet again"

"You forget so quickly how small they once were, don't you?"

"I wish I'd known I could have done that - now it's too late"

But when is the best age to capture a lifecasting? Well, that depends - I'm not being noncommittal. It depends on WHAT you want to cast, and WHY.

Why do you want life casts?

What will you have lifecast?

Why now?

What memory are you capturing?

Why might waiting be better?

What would I regret if I didn't do this?

Why should you NOT wait

There are no age limitations on my life castings.

What I can’t do is pause time, or go back in time...that would be pretty clever...

Being prepared and being organised is the key to successfully holding onto YOUR Impressive Memories.

I noticed on a website that the caster wouldn't cast babies older than 6 months, "due to them being unsuitable" - Seriously? It's most definitely THAT life caster who is unsuitable, it is certainly NOT your baby.

There are NO AGE LIMITATIONS to lifecasting - young or old. 

Another company claims that babies who "don't cooperate" will have to pay extra if more casting material is needed, AND return another day!  - I would never expect my customers to pay extra because their baby had wriggled! Wriggling is NOT a problem - in fact, I encourage it!!

Do not worry about anything like this happening at Impressive Memories! In my 16 years, I've never been unable to cast anyone or anything that's been to me for lifecasting!!

Baby Lifecasting

As a new parent, you'll want to treasure every second of your precious little bundle. They grow so so quickly, don't they? You just want to pause time and enjoy the moment - but it's also great fun watching them grow, and change and become little people. Lifecasting lets you capture that moment in time. Photographs are great but lifecasts let you actually touch and hold those memories.

Why Is Now The Right Time?

There could be many reasons. I would always say there is never a wrong time to capture a moment with a lifecast. It's a great way to remember a special anniversary or milestone, but in reality, we should treasure every day we have. Not just special occasions.

Why might waiting be better?

If proud Grandparents are also keen to have baby lifecasts and keepsakes, it can be a good idea to do them at different ages to yours.  If you have newborn casts taken, they could wait until your baby is 6 months old...then you can compare and see how they've grown.

Why should you NOT wait?

Once the moment has passed it can never come back. Don't let memories fade - keep holding them!

Don't be left with regrets, wishing you'd done it.

Whenever I take a lifecast for you, we are creating a tangible snapshot of that moment in time.

Here are some of the benefits and possible disadvantages of casting different ages. For more [email protected] on baby lifecasting I have another blog here.

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Lifecasting is NOT just for Babies!

A common misconception is that only babies can create lifecasts

When it comes to lifecasting adults the emphasis isn't on those cute little baby wrinkles anymore.

Our hands are so unique and instantly recognisable as those they belong to.

What we're doing when we cast adult hands is recognising and honouring those in our lifecast.

We're telling the world that this person is important to us and that we want to capture the connections, love and respect we have for them.

With the level of detail captured you can create a unique family heirloom. Imagine passing your lifecast down through the generations.

As we live in a digital age of no longer printing and storing photographs - How are YOU going to show future generations where they originated? Imagine letting them touch, hold and feel the hands of generations that came before them?

 

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Memorial Lifecasting

Memories are never more precious than when we lose a loved one.

Lifecasting can still be done but it is vital that you contact me as soon as possible.

I cannot guarantee it will always be possible but I can guarantee that I have the skills, experience and industry requirements to do this for you.

I am more than happy to discuss this option with you if it is something you would like to know more about.

But when IS the best time to take lifecasts?

Hmmm There just isn't an answer to this is there?

Hopefully, I've helped you think about what YOU want to capture and why?

  • Newborn Babies
  • Chubby 6 month old hands and feet
  • Birthdays
  • Milestones
  • Introducing a New Sibling
  • Recognising a family connection
  • Wedding Hand Clasp
  • Anniversary
  • Elderly relative whose hand holds a lifetime of memories
  • Loved one who has passed
  • Don't forget PETS too!

I don't think there is such a thing as a 'Best Time'.  Whatever you cast, and whenever I cast it, we are taking a tangible snapshot of that moment.

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So What are you waiting for?

Make a booking today to capture YOUR Impressive Memories

How should your baby’s hand & foot casts be framed?

How should your baby’s hand & foot casts be framed?

Box frames or open frames: How should your baby hand & foot casts be framed?

Once you have baby casts created you will want to display them proudly on the wall of your home. There are lots of different options to do this. 

How do you decide how to frame your baby's hand and foot casts?

In this blog, I am going to share my thoughts on two types of framing - Box framing/shadowing framing behind glass, and Open framing where the casts are mounted in front of the glass.

BOX FRAMES & SHADOW FRAMES

The old fashioned, or common way to frame baby casts was to use a box frame, sometimes called a shadow frame (because they’re dark and shadowy!)

A box frame can be made in two ways.

  1. it can be constructed by a lightweight box, sometimes made out of thin ply, pine or cardboard, with a frame stuck to the front of the box. 
  2. Or it is constructed using a broader frame, instead of this being front-facing it’s used to construct ‘a box’ deep enough to put the casts into. 

Both then have casts attached to the backing mount (cardboard) with a single sheet of untempered (not safety) glass fitted to the front, supported by a few millimeters of frame rebate. 

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“Box frames are safer for your baby casts”

You may have been told, “Box frames are safer for your baby casts”. I recently had a customer tell me they’d been told this. Oh, dear.

Safer than what?

What dangers are your baby casts going to face hanging on the wall of your home?

Personally I don’t think my living room is a high-risk area in terms of safety. I don’t feel the need to wear a high visibility vest, I don’t ask guests to wear safety helmets. I generally don’t feel the need to carry out a risk assessment before precariously making my way through to the kitchen! 

If by safer you mean it’s hidden in a dark, shadowy box behind a reflective sheet of untempered glass...then yes...your casts are safe - safely hidden! #rolls eyes

Obviously accidents can happen. Something might fall or be thrown and hit your casts. Just as any ornament or fragile item in your home there’s always the risk of breakage. 

I don’t know about you, but if I was in a dangerous situation - would a 2mm sheet of untoughened glass be your first choice to provide you with safety??? hmmm

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Shards of annealed broken glass
Shards of annealed broken glass

BROKEN GLASS

If annealed glass breaks, it tends to break into longer, jagged, unpredictable and dangerous shards  — as opposed to tempered safety glass which shatters into small chunks and pieces.

If you imagine the difference between smashing a drinking glass, and how a car windscreen breaks.

Frames will usually have the cheaper, annealed glass.

Tempered safety glass breaks into small nuggets
Tempered safety glass breaks into small nuggets

What happens if the annealed glass (which is in front of your baby casts)  is broken on your box/shadow frame?

Where will that smashed, flying glass go? Well, the shards either smash back cutting into your precious baby casts with shards of glass, possibly with force. The broken glass will cause more damage to your casts than whatever broke the glass in the first place. As well as smashing back towards your baby casts it can potentially fall out the unsupported frame and injure those nearby. 

That box frame isn’t sounding so safe now, is it? 

Other reasons I prefer not to use box frames -

  1. Box frames are dark and shadowy, they hide the contents.
  2. Box frame contents are only fully visible when you stand directly in front. Who wants to look at the side of a box? 
  3. Box frames hide a LOT of imperfections and poor workmanship. I have nothing to hide 🙂 
  4. annealed glass is not non-reflective. Do you want to see reflections or all the beautifully handcrafted details of your baby’s casts? * nonreflective glass is available.
  5. Baby casts are as tactile as babies themselves! You should touch them, hold them, feel them and enjoy them. Not hide them in a dark shadowy box. 
  6. Box frames are common and (in my opinion) boring. Most are purchased from mass produced makers or made to a standardised format. They have no individuality in design and can be easily copied and replicated. They all just look the same.

 

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OPEN FRAMES/FRAMING BABY CASTS ON TOP OF GLASS

This style uses a more traditional design of frame - the backboard, mounts, display etc is all held within the frame rebate, but the casts are mounted in front of the glass. 

When a suitable frame is created and casts are mounted on top of glass properly, you can admire, touch, feel, enjoy and clearly see your baby casts. They are not at any more risk of damage - in fact, in my opinion, they are less likely to be damaged. In my 16 years of lifecasting I can count on one hand the number of issues that have arisen. And not one of those was made worse by the choice of an open frame.

Why I promote open frames for Impressive Memories:

Back in 2003 when I first started lifecasting I experimented with a lot of new ideas and one of those was to frame the casts in front of the glass instead of behind. I hadn’t seen this being done by anyone. 

My reasons for preferring open frames:

  1. I love that casts are so tactile. I want to touch them, feel those little wrinkles, remembering the tiniest of details.
  2. I don’t have bad workmanship to hide behind reflective glass.
  3. They’re bright & visible to display
  4. Uninterrupted views of your baby casts from any angle. 
  5. No shadows. 
  6. No blocked views. 
  7. Risk of cast breakage is lower.
  8. Risk of dangerous glass falling is minimal.

Of course any frame with glass can be broken, but if the glass is fitted in a ‘standard frame’ where the glass sits against the mount and backboard, the glass is more supported. Of course it can still break, but the likelihood of the glass actually falling or flying out in shards is vastly reduced. The breakage is likely held within the backing of the frame and the impact might have missed your casts altogether...but if something did directly hit your baby casts it might break, but they have encountered impact from only one source, not the double impact of shattering glass also hitting them. The damage would be far more localised too.

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IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE FRAME...

It’s important to remember that although we’re discussing frame options, the robustness of your casts themselves is just as important as any frame. No frame will protect poorly made casts, created in a cheap or wrongly mixed stone material that haven’t been dried, sealed or created properly. 

All casts created at Impressive Memories are made from very high density stone which is far more robust than a sheet of annealed glass. Of course they aren’t unbreakable, but in the event of damage occurring I know my materials should break cleanly, not crumble, and I can repair 99.99% of damage invisibly if it ever does happen. 

Some lifecasters choose to use much cheaper and softer stone powders which do not have appropriate strength or longevity.

Frame mouldings can be made from many different materials too. This plays an important part in the strength, longevity and suitability. At Impressive Memories my luxury frame range are hand made for me, from a recycled, environmentally friendly material.  

If I want a box frame does that mean I can’t come to Impressive Memories?

Not at all. I have created several works in box frames over the years, but I’ve never bought from a mass-produced off the shelf company. I have mine hand made for me, reflecting my own style, design, and brand. If you would like your casts framed in box frames, just let me know and we can do that. What I won’t do is copy another life caster's unique style. If it’s a standard generic look that’s no problem. But why would anyone ever want to be standard or generic? 

CONCLUSION

Choose how you frame your baby life casts in a way that you love. Enjoy them, treasure them, touch, hold and let them remind you of how impressively unique and beautiful your baby was - remember how tiny and perfect they were - in all their wriggly glory! Safe in the knowledge that the moment has been immortalised. 

If you like things hidden in glass boxes...visit a museum!!

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Baby Lifecasting Part 1

Baby Lifecasting Part 1

Baby Lifecasting: Part 1

Becoming a parent is such a life-changing experience, isn't it?

Watching your baby reach their next baby milestone is always super impressive, but leaving behind all those first memories of tiny wrinkles and scrunched up toes is equally hard.

For me, lifecasting meant I could capture my daughter's memories and physically hold, touch and feel them forever. Letting me move on and enjoy her growing up.

Photographs are great but they are flat...you can't run your finger over a photo and feel those wrinkles, can you?

Pictures are usually stuck inside your phone - if you ever get around to having any of them printed then they tend to live in a dusty drawer. Hidden away - when you want the world to see how proud you are of your amazing new addition!

You want the world to see your amazing baby in all their glory!!

These moments are too Impressive to fade to a memory...you need to capture them NOW!!

Lifecasting means you CAN capture YOUR baby's memories...you can adore these precious early moments while showing the world how incredible your baby is. You can touch, feel and remember the moment - forever.

Lifecasting is great fun! It lets you touch, hold and feel every line and wrinkle of your baby. It captures those tiny fingernails and scrunched up toes. Letting you remember just how little they were.

Baby hand and foot casting have become increasingly popular...BUT...if you want a piece of high-quality work that will last, then I believe you should let an experienced life caster create these for you.

 

an example of poor quality lifecasting compared to top quality lifecasting

Which memory would you rather have? Right or Left?

Before we go any further - icky moment alert - let's just be clear:

  1. There is no such thing as 'A QUALIFIED Lifecaster'. There are skilled & experienced ones, and there are people who think it's ok to replicate (copy) others.
    Are you happy that your baby only has an imitated copy of a generic baby cast? Or do you want to create something unique & original?
  2. There are some who opt for the quick and easy route to learning. Maybe they booked a few demonstrations/lessons and come home with a 'certificate'. Or maybe they learned from Youtube - cringe.
    Are you happy to let your baby be in the hands of a newbie?
  3. Finished casts may look similar, to begin with, but over time - it can be a very different matter.
    How will you feel if your casts crumble to dust in a few years? It happens!
  4. Price is not a guarantee of quality.
    Sadly, those who copy and create poor replica casts also copy costs. They use cheap materials & charge big prices. Sadly, in time you will pay financially AND emotionally.
  5. Don't fall victim at the hands of an inexperienced lifecaster (or worse still a DIY kit!) who might be using low budget materials that crumble, or someone who cuts corners to speed up the process - meaning you end up with mouldy casts in a few months.
    How will you cope if your baby's sweet little toes start growing black, furry mould?

YUCK...that is NOT the memory you want left with! Imagine the heartache you'd feel?

If the 5 statements above don't worry you too much, then Impressive Memories is not a good fit for you.
I believe that YOUR baby deserves THE very best of everything.
  • No imitations.
    All my work is designed and created by me, for my business. All of my designs, frames & branding are unique and bespoke. Please don't be offended if I won't recreate a design you have had made elsewhere. I will not copy. I equally expect other lifecasters to respect my design rights and not replicate (copy) my work in any way either. Sadly some have less integrity and do so - but that says more about them than it does about me!!
  • No substitutions.
    I don't use budget-priced materials - I use the finest the industry produces, selected to suit the needs of YOUR baby. You won't see any cheap, pink chromatic alginates here!! These are fine for beginners but just aren't superior enough for the results I want to create for you.
  • No short cuts.
    You waited 9 months for your baby...you can wait a few weeks for a lifecast right? Rushing a lifecast is pointless - it will need about 4 - 5 weeks minimum. If you're offered a quicker turn-around time then you have paid for cheap plasters/stone that dry quicker, have been 'encouraged' to dry quicker by heating them (this breaks the chemical structures of the plaster and weakens it) or the outside felt dry and was painted too soon, trapping in air and making your casts rot from the inside out. Hmmm nice...

Impressive Memories is NOT right for you if:

  • The 5 statements above didn't worry you too much.
  • If you're OK paying high prices for lower quality, run-of-the-mill lifecasting.
  • You think that copying other artists' designs is fine - there's no need to be unique.
  • You quite like mould!!

PHEW! Glad that's out the way...let's get back to Baby Lifecasting...

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baby lifecasting answers for new parents in Fife, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Lothians, Dundee, Perth.
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What is Baby Lifecasting?

Lifecasting is where I recreate an exact replica of your baby's hand or foot. Capturing the tiniest of details letting you hold onto a memory to last a lifetime.

Taking the cast involves dipping your baby’s hand or foot into a liquid gloop. I’ll help you and baby get into a comfy position, and once their hand or foot is submerged it only takes about 3 minutes to set.

Don’t worry – wriggling is not a problem!

As the gloop sets the mould turns to a soft, spongy consistency that will come away from baby leaving them virtually clean and me with an impressive impression of their hands and feet.

I will be 99% sure whether your mould has been successful at this stage and I usually only need to take the impression once. (Occasionally I might have an issue after you’ve left, and I may need to call you back another day, but this is extremely rare. It's happened once in 16 years!)

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How are baby lifecasts created?

For every cast you would like made I need to take an impression. The mould cannot be reused.

Although I can create duplicates of your casts, I prefer to take a separate cast for each mould you’d like created – each cast is then as unique as your baby.

For hands, I occasionally take extra moulds to ensure you get the best results.

Most casting appointments last about 45 minutes to an hour for a set of three or four casts.

If your baby needs to feed or take a break, that's no problem...the appointment focuses on keeping them happy, relaxed and content.

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Baby Hand & Foot Casting

Baby Hand & Foot Casting

Are you thinking about Creating Baby Hand & Foot Castings?

Baby Lifecasting

Having a new baby arrive in the family is a moment worth celebrating. Let's face it - who doesn't adore newborn babies? Those tiny little hands and feet, oozing with adorable cuteness.

Every day is a new adventure watching them grow, change and become their own little person. Before you know it those changes have happened and that tiny bundle you brought home is growing - far too quickly!

They don't stay little for long, do they?

Much as you adore all the new developments you can't help but feel a twinge of sadness knowing they will never be that small again. Those wrinkles will fill out into chubby little hands and feet.

What if you could capture the moment? Exactly as it is right now...and be able to touch it, hold it, remember how little they were. See and feel those wrinkly toes and scrunched up fingers - forever!

Baby hand and foot castings can do that for you and at Impressive Memories you are safe in the hands of an experienced specialist. Within a multi-award-winning business, in a warm and cosy studio based in Glenrothes, Fife. Within easy access of Dundee, Perth, all of Fife, Edinburgh & the Lothians.

If your baby is Impressive, don't compromise. They deserve the best - don't risk your Memories.

 

What is baby lifecasting?

Baby lifecasting is a technique that, by submerging your baby's hands and feet in a special moulding compound called alginate, you can recreate in great detail an exact replica of your baby. A competent life caster will capture the smallest of detail.

When you pay a life caster to cast your baby you should be investing in a high-quality product, with longevity & skillful results.

But before we go any further...let's talk about the elephant in the room.

Which life casts would you choose?

an example of poor quality lifecasting compared to top quality lifecastingNot all people claiming to be able to create baby lifecasts - can!! Baby lifecasting is an art. Sadly there has been an influx of 'wannabe' copiers who think that creating a low-quality product is acceptable. It's not. Worse still they are expecting to be paid for this too!! Not only do they copy the original artist, but they also copy the prices too.

Don't pay (emotionally or financially) for poor workmanship.

Do you want to create a work of art with your baby? Or are you happy to pay for a replica that has copied a genuine artist?

Just to clarify - the image on the right is an Impressive Memories baby cast. The image on the left is not.

 

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  • What is Baby Lifecasting?
  • Is it safe?
  • How's it done?
  • What if they wriggle?
  • What frame options are there?
  • What happens on the day?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Can I split the costs?