Preserving special memories
Good stylist Susan Elijas suggests ways to surround yourself with images of those you love – turning ordinary snaps of family and friends into something quite extraordinary
I f you’re anything like me, you will have hundreds of really lovely photos stored away in the dark recesses of your computer’s hard drive. But with a little creative inspiration, some of my family’s best memories are now seeing the light of day. Here’s how…
A window into family life
My dad picked up a really great old window frame for me at a demolition yard a few years ago. Since then it’s served as an event notice board and a wedding seating plan. Its latest incarnation is as a photo frame.
I found it was worth printing my photos out on paper first just to make sure I was happy with how they fitted in the frame. I also played around with a variety of close-ups and longer shots to add interest.
My window came with glass, but broken panes could easily be replaced by a local glazier. I fitted the photographs into the panes, and then used cardboard cut to size as backing, fixed in place with paper tape. It looks beautiful balanced on a table or sideboard.
Susan Elijas comes from a line of women who were really good at making things by hand – and has inherited from them her love of family, and all things creative. Susan’s craft projects often combine these two passions