‘I create a handmade birthday card for my daughter every year’
ANGELA EVANS, 44, runs her own cleaning business. She lives with her partner Michael and their 10-year-old daughter Jorja.
“It started when Jorja was two; I thought it would be sweet to make her a birthday card instead of buying one. I made a train with a photo of di erent family members in each carriage and stuck it on the wall so she could see it when she came downstairs. She loved it. Before her birthday the following year, she asked me to make another.
Now it’s turned into Jorja deciding the theme – we’ve had unicorns, fairies and aeroplanes. I’m not a natural crafter so it can take me a week to make the card, watching Youtube videos on paper craft and how to make pop-up cards when she’s in bed. But however many gifts she has, the card is the first thing Jorja looks for on her birthday, and seeing her face when she spots it is priceless.
We keep all the cards in a memory box, along with other treasures, such as the notes Jorja writes to me, photos and her artworks. One year, we also kept a memory jar. Starting on New Year’s Day, we wrote a note every time we went to do something special and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, we took them all out and read them. It’s like a Facebook timeline, but with real items in front of you. Each one triggers an emotion. It’s not just what we did, but who we were with, what we said, and funny things that happened.
The memories that stay with you aren’t always the ones you expect – we’re just as likely to remember the slip-ups and surprises. But that just makes them even more special.” w&h