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

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