Baby Handprint & Footprint Imprint Kits: Are they a good idea?

Baby Handprint & Footprint Imprint Kits: Are they a good idea?

Are DIY baby impression kits a good idea or a waste of money?

Becoming a New Parent

When you have a new baby, every day is an adventure. Of course, you want to capture every moment and treasure it, and so you should.  They don’t stay little for long and every day they are growing…what keepsakes should you be capturing?

Creating Baby Keepsakes & Mementos

As well as taking eleventy billion photos (a day) you might also try your hand at some arty crafty stuff! Who wouldn’t want an adorable card made with a little painted hand or footprint? This can get a little bit messy, but it’s good fun and the results don’t need to be perfect. Homemade means it was made for you, at home. Low budget – High sentimental value.

And then you see a kit in B&M Stores…it looks quite cool…you can make an imprint of those tiny hands and feet (that are growing up way too quickly) and you have a beautiful keepsake to treasure forever!
Or do you?
BM STORES KIT

“I just created an entire human being…how hard can it be to make an imprint of their hands n feet? And it’s only £4.99…Bargain!”

Introducing Isaac…

Impressive son of Genna & Derry…

baby hand and foot imprint kit

Impressive Isaac

They wanted to capture little Isaac’s hands and feet and they bought two of these kits – but things didn’t quite go to plan! Here’s what they told me…

  • What were you hoping for?

A framed imprint of Isaac’s hands and feet.

  • How much did it cost?

Each kit was £4.99 – we bought two.

  • Were the instructions clear?

They were VERY brief, just bullet points and really simple.

  • Was it easy to use?

We followed the instructions. We measured the cold water and mixed up a really runny and watery mixture and poured it into the container provided. Then we had to try and get Isaac in it!

  • Did it work?

NO!!! It was a disaster.

  • What went wrong?

The mixture was really cold and runny…trying to put a young baby into it was impossible! The dish was useless too. It just made a sticky mess!

  • What did baby Isaac make of it all?

He hated the cold and seemed a bit confused! Probably wondered why his parents found it all so funny!

  • Was there enough mixture to have another go?

No! Only enough for one go – that was it. We didn’t want to attempt it again anyway!

  • What did you do next?

We started to look on Google. We knew someone in Edinburgh who did baby casts but they weren’t doing them now so we searched online to see if there was anywhere locally that did this professionally. That’s when we found Impressive Memories.

What is the difference between an imprint and a lifecast?

I think it’s important to understand the difference.

What is an Imprint?

This is a 2D, a fairly flat impression of the baby had or foot pressed into something. The definition varies as does the finish. You should end up with a sort of ’tile’ with the detail of the baby either pressed into a clay, or you can then make a secondary version of this where the detailed part is raised and above the tile. Something like this…

Imprints and outprints can be made in stone plaster or ceramic. Again, this depends on whether you’re making them at home or having them done professionally. With good instructions and materials, these are achievable at home. I am going to produce a ‘How To’ guide soon to let you make these, successfully, at home.

What is a 3D Lifecast?

A 3D life cast is a high definition, exact replica of all of baby’s hands & feet. Fully three-dimensional. Much more difficult to create and in my opinion not something to be done at home. Expect to pay a higher price for this than a 2D imprint.

You've decided to find a professional...

Having attempted a 2D Imprint with no success, Genna and Derry visited my Impressive Memories website. They decided they wanted 3D lifecasts of their son Isaac. They looked online and chose from the luxury range of frames. They knew they wanted a luxury oak, single aperture frame with a cast of Isaac’s hand and foot finished in antique silver.  Instead of wasting £10, they invested £120. It may have been more expensive, but the end result proved to be an investment, not a disaster.

Here are their Impressive Memories of Isaac, at 7 months old…

Having Professional Baby Lifecasts Taken

Isaac was wide awake throughout his casts being taken but he was totally at ease and relaxed throughout, and so were mum and dad. In less than an hour the family had been and gone. No mess. No fuss. Not cold and no disasters.

Today, almost 5 weeks later, Genna and Derry came back to collect their completed order and were delighted with the results. The level of detail and the beautiful relaxed little fingers, not to mention Isaac’s characteristic little squished toes.

I asked Genna if she had any advice to give to a new mum thinking about buying the B&M kit – she said

“Don’t do it – don’t waste the money, invest in a professional”.

I completely agree!

Coming Soon!!

A really easy guide for you to make 2D impressions at home SUCCESSFULLY!

2D impressions are so easy to do and with my help, you can make beautiful memories at home. Disaster free! 

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Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery

Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery

Memories are never more precious than when we lose someone we love

I have had the honour of helping many families capture these final memorial memories. Creating a tangible memory they can treasure and hold onto forever.

Capturing a Fingerprint to Create Jewellery

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What Options Do I Have to Make Jewellery?

1. Ask your funeral director or celebrant if they already work with Impressive Memories.

I work with several Funeral Directors and may already have a system in place for you. If not, no problem…read on.

2. Arrange for me to capture prints for you.

Contact me HERE or call 07837800353 and we can see if it is possible for me to capture the prints for you.  I have a standard call out charge, plus additional mileage (for 15 miles and over).

3. Buy a fingerprint kit and capture the prints yourself.

Not sure if you want to order jewellery yet, but worried you may regret not taking prints while you still can?

Buy a kit HERE. Once you have the prints they are viable for years and years to come – no obligation to buy jewellery, just peace of mind that you have given yourself the option to do so if you wish.

4. Already know which memorial jewellery you'd like made?

When you order a fingerprint charm from Impressive Memories you can take advantage of a FREE fingerprint kit. Postage offers are available on my website, or you can arrange collection – whichever you prefer.

See some designs HERE.

Taking a Fingerprint Impression

It is very easy, quick and gentle to take a fingerprint impression.  It is not complicated and I will give you all the information you need for it to be successful.

Taking only minutes to do, it gives you the opportunity to hold onto a memory for a lifetime.

What Next?

Once the prints are taken you can keep them for as long as you wish, or you can go ahead and order a piece of jewellery.

If you have jewellery made, the prints can still be reused in the future if you’d like more pieces made.

Most orders will be made within 10-14 days of me having the prints. All my work is handmade by me, kiln fired for strength and I solder all my work.

After losing my husband very suddenly I found sleeping impossible.  The first time I wore my necklace, I found it such a comfort, I fell asleep holding it.

Why Make Fingerprint Jewellery?

Every fingerprint is as unique as we are. Capturing your loved one’s prints and wearing them in pure silver. Why just wear jewellery, when you can wear personally designed and handmade jewellery, capturing those we love the most?

When we lose a loved one, we long to keep a hold of them forever.  By creating a fingerprint charm you can keep a cherished imprint from them and wear them with you forever.

Capturing a fingerprint takes only minutes, is simple and gentle. One print can be used to make as many charms as you wish, and will be reusable for many years to come.
If you are unsure whether you would like to have jewellery made, by having the prints, you are giving yourself the option and possibility to create memorial jewellery for a lifetime.  Capture the opportunity.

I haven’t had my bracelet off since I got the charms – they are so very special and mean so much and I feel like I have a little bit of Jak with me if that makes sense”

Please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you would prefer to have your funeral director, a family member or a friend contact me on your behalf, that’s no problem.  Time becomes precious and the sooner you can contact me the more options we will have.  I appreciate it is a very difficult time, but I need only very basic details and then will be able to provide you with all the information you will need.

I can liaise with funeral directors, and make all relevant arrangements, keeping you fully informed throughout, or work directly with yourself. Whichever you prefer.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

“I wondered if you could tell me how much this costs?”

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This has to be my most asked question…

I wrote a blog last week on VALUE Vs PRICE…did you read it?  (it’s HERE if you’d like to read it) Now I have put together a PRICE LIST for you too – all the info is on my website, but this handy download lets you see prices at a glance.

  1. Click the button, pop your details down.
  2. Check your email and confirm your email address.
  3. Check your email again and your download will be there!

I’d LOVE to have life casts created – HOW CAN I AFFORD THIS?

All casting orders can split the payments – yay!!  You pay £15 to make your booking, then half your balance on the day of casting and the rest on collection.  An average casting order will take a minimum of 4 weeks to complete, so you will have at least a full month before the final balance is due.

If you ordered a framed cast costing £100

  • You pay £15 to book (you can book up to 8 weeks in advance too)

  • At your casting appointment pay just £45

  • On collection in 4 weeks time your balance is £40

WHAT PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?

I accept Cash, BACS, PayPal and most major Credit Cards too.

DO YOU SELL GIFT VOUCHER?

Yup…why not hint to family and friends that you’d be very impressed to be given a gift voucher??? Send them this link https://www.impressivememories.co.uk/gift-vouchers/ and smile sweetly.  

I HAD MY FIRST CHILD CAST, BUT NOW YOUR STYLES HAVE CHANGED.

Don’t panic! I offer reframing.  You can’t go back in time and recapture the moment, but you can reframe the casts you already have to match the new addition…or maybe you just fancy a change. Find out about REFRAMING HERE.

Price & Value – What is right for you?

Price & Value – What is right for you?

Price & Value 1“Price is what you pay, Value is what you get”

How do you know what you’re paying for? How do YOU measure value? It is a personal choice that only you can make. If you are anything like me, you like information to help make the right decisions. I’ve put together just a few pointers to think about if you are considering investing in YOUR Impressive Memories. If you have questions, just ask – always happy to answer.

My aim is for you to really enjoy the journey of capturing your memories, just as much as bringing you years of pleasure and enjoyment from the items I create for you. Life casting is exciting. Having jewellery inspired, designed and hand made by your most impressive memories is a fantastic experience.  I want you to love it!!


HOW DO I MEASURE PRICE & VALUE?

When I visit my hairdresser, I enjoy being brought a delicious cappuccino, while I wait to have a relaxing Indian head massage and a warm soothing hand massage – the fact I get an awesome haircut is actually a bonus! I value the experience.  I could go elsewhere, I have gone elsewhere…I got a mug of instant coffee and a shampoo – I choose to enjoy the service as much as I enjoy the end product.

I recently upgraded my web hosting package. The price I had paid was low, but so was the care I got when a problem arose with my website.  Instead, I chose a new supplier not based on the cost of the service, but on the service – which had a cost.  Paying a higher price was not an issue because I wanted to know I was in safe hands, my site was cared for by a local, reputable & respected company.  When issues arose during the transition, I didn’t panic – I trusted them.

When I need painkillers I buy the cheapest on the shelf. The ingredients are the same – I don’t care about the packaging.

Price & Value 2

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

I get asked this a lot by customers, so here’s a few of my thoughts on it…

When you have memories created by me, you are investing in a beautiful keepsake, hand made, bespoke & uniquely made – a genuine one off.  I am always conscious of cost and I offer my customers split payments options. I accept cash, paypal & credit cards.  They trust me to make a high quality product, I trust them to pay in instalments.

Gift Vouchers are a fantastic idea for new parents.  When new babies arrive we often get inundated with beautiful outfits (that last a fortnight).  How much would you spend on a gift for a new born? £20? £30? £40? Multiply that by three or four friends and instead of a selection of Babygro’s stored in the attic, mums and dads could invest in a life cast to enjoy and treasure for a lifetime, or wear a beautiful silver pendant to proudly mark the arrival of their impressive new addition.

My prices can all be found on my website. I am happy to chat if you’d like something bespoke created. Contact me HERE.

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?

You are paying an artist. Making a living as an artist can be hard. Being self employed is hard work! Turning a hobby (or a dream) into a business can takes years.  Being able to make an item, is not the same as being able to provide a business & service to the public.  The price also has to include paying the tax man, having the correct public liability insurance, providing a warm and safe environment for you to visit, marketing costs, advertising costs, packaging, research & development and most of all the hours and hours of work!!

Can you tell I feel very strongly about this? Perhaps it’s because I know the time and investment that I have put into building Impressive Memories into the business that it is today, or maybe because it pains me to see unsuspecting customers who went elsewhere – heartbroken because they didn’t know the pitfalls that would lie ahead of them – did they only look at a price, and not the value? And also those who opted to go to Mothercare or John Lewis, expecting the high price tag to bring high class results – not realising that the mass produced sample they were shown, was not made by the person who is now making their item. Life casting is an art…all artists are different.  Choose the artist that feels right for you.

Value & Prices 3

MONEY SAVING OPTIONS

Having a baby is an expensive time! Choosing a budget that is right for you is important.

  • Option 1 – You could give it a bash yourself! Buy a kit on Ebay and give it a go – it’s great fun.
  • Option 2 – Hint to family and friends that you would like a gift voucher, or a financial donation.
  • Option 3 – My standard frame range is more affordable than my luxury frames.  One of my most popular sellers is my standard black frame.

You can always reframe in the future – you can’t turn the clock back and make those little feet tiny again.


 

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  • Option 4 – Have less casts taken.  Why not have just one hand and one foot cast?  Far better to have the quality, than quantity.
  • Option 5 – The process of making jewellery can vary a great deal, this influences the cost to the maker and the price to the customer. They may not have used expensive kilns or the tools and machinery to give your item strength and longevity.  They maybe haven’t soldered the attachment (the part that attaches your charm to your necklace or bracelet). Soldering gives added security against losing your piece.  The making process will influence the price – but at what cost? Is it worth saving a few pounds and risking it being lost? Losing any jewellery is unpleasant, but how would you feel to lose something as precious as this?

All my jewellery is kiln fired, tumble polished & soldered. Nothing is 100% safe, but I make it as safe as it can be.


Price & Value 4

VALUE

Why do you value having this made? Would it matter to you if they only lasted a few months and not a lifetime? Here’s what one mum told me…

“When I had casts of my daughter made at 6 weeks old, I adored them.  They meant the world to me – Now she is 6 years old they are absolutely priceless.  To be able to look back and touch and feel that memory is beyond words.  She might be a mum herself one day and be able to show HER OWN daughter.”

Comments like that are why Impressive Memories is my pride and joy, but sadly I also get messages from parents who now have crumbling casts…others have brought me mouldy casts, distraught that their investment is rotting & disintegrating. I’ve been asked to repair framed casts that crashed to the ground, because the wrong adhesives were used. The value has gone. Your necklace that was as precious as having your child wrap their arms around your neck, now gone…lost…for what? Was it worth saving a few pounds?  I am not for one minute saying that my work has never broken, or glass has never cracked, therefore, I do know that I can repair & rectify (almost) any issues.  I’ve been here over 12 years and plan to be here for many more.

 

If you didn’t have casts taken – would you regret it? I know I do.  Can you remember what your baby feet looked like at 11 days old? Gino’s mum and Dad do…

gino


I discovered casting after I had my daughter – unfortunately, the first casts I have of her are (mostly) not very good (understatement)!!  I would love to have had the skills I have now, when I had her…but without her, I’d never have the business I have today. She is also the sole reason I work as hard as I do, she is my purpose, my inspiration – She is my ‘Why’.

outside studio

 

So, I just have to accept the box of strange shaped, fingerless hands and feet with three toes…because to me they are still my Impressive Memories.


Have an Impressive Day, Best Wishes, Jen xxx


 

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