Can I have my baby lifecasts reframed?
When you have casts taken and you choose a frame, it doesn’t have to stay like that forever.
Maybe you’ve moved house
Your decor has changed
You just fancy a change
Have you had a new baby and would like to update your original casts to match your new addition? No problem at all.
Another reason for reframing might be because your original frame has been damaged, or the glass may have got broken – accidents happen. (If your casts also get damaged I can help repair these too…scroll down for more information)
Fletcher had his casts taken four years ago. His frame no longer matched the decor and his little sister had now arrived so it made sense to give Fletcher an upgrade too.
This little brother (bottom right) came to have casts created just as his big brother (top right) had. Now the brothers have new matching, luxury white frames.
When this little brother arrived he too wanted his casts taken, but mum didn’t want too many frames on the wall. So we reframed both into one triple aperture frame.
Offering an affordable frame that complements your casts.
Standard Single Aperture Reframing £28
Choose to reframe your casts in a standard single aperture black frame with an engraved name plaque. £28
Can my casts be repainted?
If they are damaged I can repair the damage and repaint so it is virtually invisible. I cannot change the finish without losing the original detail.
Do I have to have the same size as original frame?
Nope. You can change the size, style, layout…you choose x
I'd like to chat to you first, can I do that?
Of course. Get in touch HERE or text or call 07837800353 Happy to have a chat and explain all the options available.
“Nothing’s ever quite as sweet as little tiny baby feet”
If you originally chose a single aperture frame, maybe now you’d like to upgrade to a triple aperture.
Do you prefer a touch of luxury in life?
These frames are handmade to order by a local framer, they are of a superior quality material, and the finish sets off your very impressive casts perfectly.
The glass is stronger and more durable than the standard option – built to last.
You can choose from – Oak effect, Silver, Black, Flat White, Bevelled White and Distressed Gold. Each option can come in a Single, Double or Triple Aperture.
Luxury Single Aperture Reframing £35-£39
Luxury Oak Effect
Luxury Black Finish
Luxury Silver Finish
Luxury Flat White Finish
Upgrading or reframing to a luxury single aperture frame?
- Single Silver £39
- Single Oak Effect £35
- Single Washed or Flat White £35
- Single Distressed Gold £35
- Single Black £35
Can I supply my own frame?
No sorry. Not all frames and glass are suitable for life casts. If you don’t see a style you like, please ask, I may be able to source what you are looking for.
Why is Silver dearer than the rest?
It costs more to make.
I'd like a style that I don't see here - can you help?
Probably yes. Always welcome to get in touch and I’m happy to help create a bespoke frame for you.
Luxury Double Aperture Reframing £40-£45
Upgrading or reframing to a luxury double aperture frame?
- Double Silver £45
- Double Oak Effect £40
- Double Flat or Bevelled White £40
- Double Distressed Gold £40
- Double Black £40
Luxury Triple Aperture Reframing £49-£55
Upgrading or reframing to a luxury triple aperture frame?
- Triple Silver £55
- Triple Oak Effect £49
- Triple White £49
- Triple Distressed Gold £49
HELP!! MY CASTS ARE DAMAGED...
Oh Dear!! Accidents can happen…
If your casts become damaged I can usually fix it. PLEASE DON’T PANIC…
If any part is broken or chipped off, keep it safe. Make a booking with me and return your casts to me and I will do what I can to repair them. Depending on the amount of work & time involved will determine what charge there is. Please do not attempt to fix them yourself as this can often result in making it more difficult for me to then properly fix. Ask first…send me photos…I’m happy to advise and help.
If broken glass is involved please remove the casts from any broken glass before bringing them to me. Talk to me before you attempt to do this.
Hope that Helps
There are loads of options for you to choose from when it comes to reframing your casts, whether through choice or necessity…I’m happy to create any of the options you see here or equally happy to discuss something unique just for you.
Use the buttons below to contact me directly, find more answers or head back to my home page.
Look forward to speaking to you again soon, have an impressive day!
NEW Rosy Golden Moments
First, there was pure silver, then there was sterling silver. I was asked for gold and along came Golden Moments…so what was I asked for next?
“Can you make Rose Gold fingerprint jewellery?”
Yes! I can now make you Rosy Golden Moments!
Fingerprint and miniprint jewellery in a pretty rosy golden finish.
What do you think? Are you a fan of rose gold? I love it. From iPhones, trainers, makeup, jewellery and not forgetting wine…I am a bit of a fan of rose gold…so I was pretty excited to start trying to make rose gold fingerprint and miniprint jewellery.
All that glitters is not necessarily gold.
If you read my blog on my Golden Moments you’ll know that I now do a full range of jewellery in a beautiful golden finish without the high costs of hallmarked gold. Perfect if you’d rather spend £50 than £500. You can read about them here and find a small selection in my online shop.
Fingerprint & Miniprint Jewellery in Rose Gold finish
I am delighted to say that Rosy Golden Moments will now be available at Impressive Memories too.
Just like my popular Golden Moments range, these are made from a gorgeous new metal at a fraction of the cost of gold, but all the beauty and shine.
Impressive Customer Story…
December 2016, a customer who has been to me many times, rang me. We’ve captured her three children’s little hands and feet in jewellery and ceramics over the years, but this time the call wasn’t about them.
She was facing losing a very precious friend and fellow young mum. We chatted through a few different options and made a plan.
December is a busy month for all of us, and workwise for me, I am usually exhausted but when she called again to say time was limited and she was flying down to share New Year with her friend, we knew it was time to take the fingerprints.
It was the eve of Hogmanay. We arranged to collect a fingerprint kit that she would take on her flight to spend time with a brave, courageous and much-loved friend. I talked her through all she needed to do, and the best way to do it. And off she went…
In February it had been on my mind that I hadn’t asked how the print taking had gone – I dropped her a quick message. She was back down south for what would be a final visit.
This courageous mum’s battle ended on the 17th of February. Having defeated cancer once, her second chance at life – that everyone had hoped for – was not to be. A young mum with everything to live for had had it cruelly taken away.
Just two hours after her passing, I got a message to tell me. And yes, my eyes filled with tears reading her message. I hadn’t met this brave lady, but I’d been allowed to be part of capturing a memory for two very impressive friends. I also don’t think there is a mum amongst us that wouldn’t ache, imagining the horror of coming to terms with the inevitable fate she was dealt.
At Impressive Memories, I deal with lots of emotional situations. Celebrations and happy events, but also some very harrowing ones too. There is something very touching when a person feels able to share difficult times with you too.
So here we are now in April and I’d like to share the beautiful memories we’ve made.
Lisa liked the way my logo had two interlocked fingerprints and asked for their charm to be made this way too. Best friends, their prints side by side – a pinky promise x
The reverse is hand engraved.
Hayley wore her children’s charms on her necklace, (I made both her son’s charms) but she decided on a birthday treat and a new Pandora style of bracelet. Alongside her new charm, it made a beautiful new piece of jewellery.
As I was making this for Hayley I was also experimenting with my new Rosy Gold and decided to try and make an extra gift. I had no idea if it would be successful, but if it was, I would then need to ask Hayley if she wouldn’t mind being ‘An Impressive Tester’!! This involves being gifted a new trial piece to wear and see if it stands up to the rigours of life – I won’t sell anything unless I know it will bring happiness – not heartache.
Each side of this heart bead has a fingerprint of each of these best friends. Beads have a central core through them to allow them to spin around the bracelet. The hint of pink amongst the silver bracelet looked so pretty.
When Hayley came to collect her order she was happy to test run her new, surprise addition too. Thank you, Hayley!!
I’ll let you know when Rosy Golden Moments will be available to buy. In the meantime, if you’d like to start planning YOUR Impressive Memories jewellery you might find this eBook helpful.
Thinking about ordering Jewellery from Impressive Memories?
Now you’ve learned all that interesting background stuff – it’s time for the fun! What jewellery will YOU choose to have made? Lots more answers here to help you decide which design is best for you.
Can my baby make fingerprint jewellery? How long will it take? Will it fit my Pandora bracelet? Can it be Gold?
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Interested in Impressive Memories Jewellery?
Would you like to know more about having jewellery made by me at Impressive Memories? You can order NOW by heading to my ONLINE SHOP or you can MAKE A BOOKING and pop along for a visit and we can design your jewellery – you can have a coffee while you’re here too if you like. You’re welcome to get in touch, have a chat, message me here.
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
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.
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”
Fingerprint Butterfly Wings£81.00 – £87.00 Select options
Fingerprint Cuff links£90.00 Select options
Fingerprint Heart Sonata£99.00 Select options
Fingerprint Lily£69.00 Select options
Fingerprint Rings£65.00 Select options
PANDORA Style Dog Nose Print Charm£50.50 Select options
Small Fingerprint Dog Tag Charm£48.00 Select options
Small Silver Fingerprint Charm£48.00 Select options
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.
What to expect before, during and after a life casting appointment.
So you’ve decided that you’d like baby casts taken. What should you expect before, during and after you capture an Impressive Memory?
Maybe I was recommended to you by a friend. Or maybe you saw a post on social media, or searched online. Did you attempt your own casts with a kit, or read my blogs? Now the decision is made – you’re ready to create YOUR Impressive Memories – so what happens next?
My online booking system lets you choose a date and time that suits you best. Whether you would like to cast on the same date as your first child was cast, or to mark a milestone event, or maybe just because it fits into your busy routine – you get to choose. You will be asked for a £15 deposit. Do you have an Impressive Memories gift voucher? There’s a unique code on the reverse, which you are welcome to use when you make your booking – just pop the code into the booking form. If you need to reschedule, it’s no problem – your confirmation email has a link for you to do this, up to 48 hours before your appointment. Your email will also give you travel directions and how to find me on Google Maps. You can also select an option to receive a text message confirmation and reminder too!
What should baby wear?
Dress your little one in comfortable clothes that are loose fitting and easily removed. Preferably choose something old so it won’t matter if the casting gloop gets on it – I know it’s tricky to wear old clothes when you are only a few days old, but you know what I mean! It’s probably best that you don’t wear your favourite designer gear either…just in case!
What if they are sleeping?
Casting can be done when baby is awake or asleep. You are very welcome to feed your baby while I do the casts, as it helps to distract, relax and settle them. It’s not necessary and is purely optional – you know your baby best, and I’m happy to let you decide what’s best for them. Some babies cry, but most don’t notice anything is happening! There is never any rush – we will let them settle while we discuss what you’d like created, and throughout the process your little one’s comfort is our top priority. You’re also welcome to enjoy a lovely Tassimo coffee or a cup of tea as we create your memories.
Taking the cast involves dipping your baby’s hand or foot into pink gloop. I’ll help you and baby get into a comfy position, and once their hand or foot is submerged it only takes a couple of minutes to set. Don’t worry – wriggling is not a problem! Once the mould turns to a soft, rubbery consistency it 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, or if I want to take extra casts (so long as baby is happy). Occasionally I have an issue after you’ve left, and I might need to call you back another day, but this is extremely rare.
For every cast you would like made I need to take an impression. The mould cannot be reused and 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 often need extra moulds to ensure you get the best results.
Most casting appointments last about 45 minutes for a set of three or four casts.
PAYING FOR YOUR ORDER
You are very welcome to split the cost of your order. Your booking deposit will be deducted from your order total and you can pay half your balance at your appointment and the remaining balance on collection, in approximately five weeks’ time. I accept cash, PayPal, bank transfer and most major credit cards.
After you leave, I will begin to cast your moulds. This stage involves filling your impressions with a high quality, high density stone. Once this is done, your casts will be left to cure and set for several hours. When they are ready to unmould I remove the casting material to reveal the cast of your baby. The raw cast at this stage might have lumps and bumps, air bubbles or inclusions. At this stage your casts each get an initial ‘clean up’, which can take anywhere from ten minutes per cast to a couple of hours! (I am a perfectionist and a night owl!) They now begin to dry.
The drying stage is so important. Remember how long nine months felt waiting for your baby to arrive? But it was worth the wait, wasn’t it? Life casting is the same! Giving your casts the time to dry naturally and correctly gives them the strength, density and longevity that you want from them. Depending on the size of your casts, I advise a minimum completion time of four to five weeks. During this time, they will undergo more cleaning and perfecting, and I also cut and sand them to the appropriate shapes and angles for the frame and finish you have chosen.
I use several layers and techniques to bring out all the detail in your casts, with whatever finish you have chosen.
Your frame choice, photographs and name plaques are now all ready and waiting, and it’s time to assemble your finished piece. A final 24-hour wait until everything sets and cures, then it’s time to collect.
Impressive Thank you to…
Impressive mummy Victoria Duff and her beautiful daughter Amber, who helped create all the images in this article.
Impressive photographer Lisa Christie, from Lisa Christie Photography who provided the excellent photography for this article.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CREATE SUCCESFULL BABY CASTS?
- Materials & tools
- (A baby)
WHAT DO YOU GET IN A KIT?
- A bag of casting material (This will run out long before you have had any chance to learn enough)
- A bag of plaster (Most probably be of a very low quality and totally unfit for purpose)
- A frame (This is just a cruel way of raising your expectations…)
The kit will often have attractive packaging with pretty pictures, but sadly not much else. The box won’t tell parents what is involved (because then they’d never buy it) so that information is kept for inside the shiny box of hopes and dreams.
The reality is this. Expecting a person with no skill or experience, to work with low-quality materials, no tools, no machinery and very limited instructions, with unrealistic images and expectations – leaves parents feeling like they have failed. They’re out of pocket and with either no end result, or at least a disappointing one (they still have that pretty frame – just to remind them of what they’d hoped would display a cast).
The instructions provided will likely be very brief also. Each situation is different, as is each baby you cast. There are so many variables that it is just impossible to write a brief set of instructions. Life casting can become fairly scientific. Asking a sleep deprived new parent to read a manual is not a good idea!
My passion, nae obsession, for life casting started after I bought a kit! I saw an advert in a magazine that showed a beautiful, high definition cast of a baby’s hands and feet. I have always been artistic and loved being creative and crafty, I reckoned I could do this. The kit was expensive, but it promised great results. So I bought it. I ended up with a screaming child, half a foot cast, a hand with no fingers and a LOT of mess! But I was determined not to give in…I kept buying more and more products, I borrowed other peoples babies (when mine had learned to high pitch scream as soon as she saw mummy and the pink goo approaching!) I experimented, I read, I learned, I practised. Over and over and over again…I did manage to make a set of my daughter’s feet as a gift for my mum & dad, but I never made anything worthy of a frame for a long time, and regret to this day that I don’t have my own child’s casts proudly on my wall.
CASTING KITS “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR” Or do you?
Several companies offer casting kits. I have chosen to look at Mothercare as an example. They are a highly successful company, they are a name that parents trust and their kit is easily accessible to purchase.
Mothercare 3D Casting Kit – Review
All images relating to this review are taken from the Mothercare website & links to the original provided.
“Create a lasting memento of your little one’s first few months with this lovely impression moulding kit.”
Kit contains – moulding material, plaster and a frame (no mention of whether paint is included or framing adhesives, so assume it isn’t)
The box measures only 26cm so the frame can’t be any bigger.
Price is £45.
Expectation – You would expect to create something similar to the images shown.
Reality – You are paying predominantly for marketing and producing a kit – ah and a frame. The materials provided could be minimal in quantity, with no guarantee of quality. That makes it an expensive frame in a pretty box!
Expectation – “I will have a framed cast of my baby’s hand”
Reality – Firstly, casting a baby hand is not an easy task. Many experienced life casters struggle to do this, so to expect a new parent to manage this is unfair. PLUS – Babies do not hold their hands as shown in this image…that hand cast is taken from a much older child. This in itself is not an issue, the kit doesn’t claim to be only for babies, but if this frame is less than 26cm in size, and you look at the dimensions of the frame, the mount and the hand, the dimensions appear impossible…Could that hand cast and that frame have never met? Could this be a combination of two separate images, merged using technology?
This picture is better. If you zoom in on this image on the website, you do get a truer indication of the end result you’d hope to create. This cast has virtually no definition, the big toe is damaged and there are several very noticeable lumps and bumps, also flattening to the sole of the foot.
At least this image is a more accurate representation of what you MIGHT achieve. But £45 for a single foot cast is not much cheaper than many life casters charge – is doing it yourself worth the extra time, effort, stress & mess?
Is £45 a fair price to spend to end up with a low quality, low definition foot cast of your baby? If you think so, then go ahead and buy the kit…but perhaps read some reviews first –
Good to see that Mothercare responded…but still choose to keep selling a product that is failing more customers, than it is serving…
Not everyone is unsuccessful – but be realistic. If only one customer in ten has managed, will you? Do you mind if it doesn’t work out? Is losing £45 an issue or not?
Unfortunately, the reality is that kits can be a false economy. Yes, they are cheaper than paying a professional life caster, but the chances of ending up with a final product worthy of hanging on the wall is far less likely. So you could be paying a lot of money to end up with the possibility of having nothing to show for it.
Life casters have experience, they have the skills, the correct materials, and the knowledge to keep your precious baby safe, content, relaxed and at ease – giving you the very best result. Of course, differences between life casters also varies hugely too…so again…research is important. I wrote a blog about this too…it’s HERE. Also check out my Q&A web page full of hints and tips on how to get the best life casting results for you.
Still fancy getting creative? by all means, have a bash! Try making some foot impressions in salt dough. Paint those little fingers & toes and make some gift cards. Sprinkle your child in glitter and have some fun. But when it comes to life casting – use a pro.
WHEN IS THE BEST AGE TO CAST?
The quick answer to that is – RIGHT NOW – make a booking at impressive Memories today – click here! Quickest blog I’ve ever written. The End.
Oh, if only it was that simple, but the thing is…It’s too late to capture today, if it’s already tomorrow.
“I wish I’d done this when they were smaller”
“I’d give anything to hold those new born feet again”
“You forget how small they were, so quickly, don’t you?”.
But when is the best age? – well it depends – I’m not being noncommittal. It depends on what you are casting, and WHY.
- Why do you want life casts?
- Why now?
- Why might waiting be better?
- 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” – Who is not suitable? The child or the caster?
Another company claim 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 customer to pay extra because thier baby had wriggled! On occassion I have asked customers to return if I feel their casts are not impressive enough. Usually I know before you leave if the cast will be succesful, but not always. If I wouldn’t be happy to hand over the cast to someone, or to receive it myself, then it gets redone.
If Grandparents are also keen to have casts and keepsakes, it’s a good idea to do them at different ages to yours. If you have newborn casts taken, they could wait until baby is 6 months old…then you can compare and see how they’ve grown.
Will this be a one off experience? Or are you planning to return for more casts at a later date?
Where will you display your casts? Are they just for you to see or do you want the world to know how impressive your memories are?
When you look at them, how will they make you feel? Are you sad to see those tiny hands and feet grow or are you desperate to reach the next stage?
Life casting is as much about the story and the people, as it is about the finished article.
Meeting new people, and welcoming families back – one of the best parts of my business.
In the last few weeks I have cast new born babies who arrived in the world weighing less than 3lbs. I’ve travelled to home visits to cast a dad and doting daughter, because time is precious. Met a solicitor, working on horrific child cruelty court case. She brought me her nephew to cast. She hugged him just a little bit tighter, trying to understand the reality that not all babies are cherished.
Yesterday I was creating the most stunning piece of jewellery for a friend that is a story of her fostering memories within a bracelet – more about that soon!! And I’ve helped a daughter wear a fingerprint in silver – a memory of her mum who passed suddenly just days before. Families have come back with the latest addition on the exact same day they cast their first child. I’ve had messages at 3am from mums who just gave birth – still not announced to their family – but making a booking to have their casts taken!
I also cast my first international wedding couple who were preparing for their Scottish wedding celebration before returning back to Serbia. (If anyone is planning a trip to Serbia, let me know…we still need a method to safely transport it back to them!)
My work is an emotional rollercoaster!! No wonder I feel so exhausted!! (But I love it)
YES, BUT WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CAST?
I don’t think there is such a thing! Whatever you cast, and whenever I cast it, we are taking a tangible snapshot of that moment. Here are some of the benefits and possible disadvantages of casting different ages.
Hope this has helps you to decide when to capture YOUR Impressive Memories. Have you had a look through my Q&A page? It’s full of information that will hopefully interest you.
Have an Impressive Day,
Voting is now open for Scotlands Business Awards Grand Final 2015-2016.
I won the regional award of Fife’s Best Home Business 2016 – now I am through to the NATIONAL FINALS.
I’d like YOUR help for a chance to win a National Award – Can you help?
Click HERE to vote now for Impressive Memories.
Just click the link and fill in the two sections – that’s it – done. Impressively grateful – Thank you, Jen x
The story so far…
Several months ago I was scrolling through Facebook, after eating my tea, and saw a friend had voted for a cupcake company and shared the link. It’s a tough old world for small businesses and I was happy to help them by casting a vote. Then I noticed a Glenrothes category…I clicked that too…and as I read through a list of local business names I saw “Impressive Memories”. My first reaction was “OH NO!!! Someone has the same name as me!” Then realised it WAS me! I shouted on my daughter…
“I think I’ve been nominated for an award”
“Oh…yeah….that? I nominated you ages ago…I forgot…” not even lifting her head from the iPad!!
And so it began…I am THE most uncompetitive person but knowing that MY business was in a competition I was suddenly feeling like a protective mother who’s child had been nominated for an Oscar!
It’s hard to describe how you feel about your own business. For me, it is like a second child. It takes up 99% of my thoughts. I constantly want to improve it, grow it, develop it and be the absolute best I can be. I am my harshest critic, I suffer massively from self-doubt. I will not stop until I am absolutely satisfied that it is the best I can create, and even then I can still find fault.
I also find it very difficult to ask for help. I am fiercely independent and some have even suggested stubborn!
But this competition needed votes…so I asked for help…
The result was quite overwhelming – people were happy to help and the comments that they wrote really blew me away. It was so unexpected but so lovely to hear from people who I’d met years ago, still willing to share, and vote, and support me.
Maybe asking for help is ok?
Maybe it’s not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength?
Next came the surprise visit from the competition hosts. He explained a little bit more about the process and seemed quite intrigued by what he saw in my studio. (He also enjoyed a nice Costa coffee, which all customers are welcome to have when they visit me). And then it was back to voting.
As the final approached I really didn’t mind if I won or not, I was happy knowing that I’d made lots of people happy creating their memories, and they were willing to support me. I wasn’t able to go to the award ceremony at Balbirnie House but had fellow business friends there, who kept me updated with tweets and texts throughout the evening.
The first award I was nominated for I didn’t win, it was for Best Glenrothes business and was rightly won by Alison Stewart Hairdressing. My second nomination was for Best Fife Home Run Business and I WON!! I was delighted and totally shocked – I had never won an award before and it felt awesome. Again, the self-doubt crept in and I felt a bit nervous about telling anyone…did it seem big headed? What would people think? But then I remembered that all those people had taken the time to vote, and they deserved to know the result. So on the Monday morning, I shared the lovely news and again I was humbled by all the responses.
A couple of days later I then remembered – winning at a regional level meant you then went forward to the National Awards!! Eek!! Back came the mind monkeys, the self doubt, the ‘I’m not good enough’ and the ‘little me’ syndrome. But this time they got swiftly kicked in the proverbials…
I love what I do, and I do it because I love it.
For me, creating my business ‘Impressive Memories’ has been a journey. A journey similar to taking a toddler on day trip, accompanied by a baby goat, that involves a trip round a busy supermarket on a warm day – yup one of THOSE journeys. Running a business is quite similar to parenting – you try to be the best you can be, you’re never entirely sure what the day will bring, but whatever happens…you get through it!
I am following my dreams. I chose this path, and this journey and I know the destination I want to arrive at (the toddler and goat might have other ideas). Self-doubt is not a bad thing, it just reminds me that I do this because I care, and I value what I do. Maybe that’s also why I want to succeed as much as I do? Maybe without all the lessons that life has thrown at me, I wouldn’t be who I am today, and my business wouldn’t be what it is either.
So, What’s Next?
I’d like to ask for your help again.
The Grand Final is being held at the Sheraton hotel, Edinburgh, on Sunday 28th of August. If you can spare a minute to click HERE, it would make an Impressive difference to me. It will help create my memories, which means I can keep capturing yours. Plus, my daughter wants her own horse…I have no choice but to get more Impressive.
PS – I’ve made another new silver charm…great for those of us with Pandora bracelets…all handmade, all unique to your design.
“I wondered if you could tell me how much this costs?”
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.
- Click the button, pop your details down.
- Check your email and confirm your email address.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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…
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’.
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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