Life Story Work: Holiday Memories

11th May 2014
As a social worker I’ve learnt a lot about child development, attachment and how love and family can shape a child’s views on the world throughout their adult life.

I work mainly with children in foster care or moving onto adoption, so I’ve seen how having a negative attachment figure (parent) or not having anyone to attach to at all, can affect a child, and in turn affect how they relate to others when they are older.

One of the things we encourage our foster carers and adopters to do is to create life story work. This is something we also ask the biological parents to help with, especially if the child is moving onto adoption. This is vital as the child can look back on their childhood when they are adults, and know exactly where they came from and who was involved in their life. It literally fits all the puzzle pieces together and shows them how many people loved them.

I have noticed how well life story work has been used to help children, and want my own son to have access to all of his childhood memories. As we get older we tend to forget a lot of the precious memories; I struggle to remember a lot of things unless my mum reminds me, or I see the odd photo from the attic. I would have loved to have had a life story book to look back on now!

I’ve started compiling things from the day he was born, but not much of it is in order as I rarely have time! I have bought memory boxes, and I put anything in there that I can write about- tickets to places we have been, photos of extended family, letters his father wrote to me when we were together, maternity notes, his first curl etc.
I even write a private blog to him when I get time, where I tell him what things we have got up to and new things he has learnt to do.

We are about to go on another holiday, so I had the idea to create a holiday memory book, which would be something I would put in one of the boxes.

DoCraft Kit

I was sent a gorgeous Oyster Blush craft set from DoCrafts to make our holiday scrapbook and I think the set is beautiful!

We have been on three holidays so far during his 2 years on this planet, and they have all been UK ones including going on a boat and visiting sandy beaches, so this theme really fits the topic of our memory book to a tee!

I am planning to put a mixture of photos, beach shells Chunk picked at each beach, tickets to places we visited, holiday park info etc in the scrapbook, as well as write blurbs about what we got up to on each holiday.

Oyster Blush DoCraft Set

When I finally get around to doing it (it’s a mammoth task trying to go through all my photos which have not yet been put into photo albums for two years!) I will be writing about it on here and showing bits off!

So for now, you will have to make do with seeing all the gorgeous crafts I get to use on this scrapbook.

The book itself is lovely, because it has plastic inserts to protect anything I will be sticking and writing, so it should hopefully last a good few years without getting worn.

Gorgeous Scrapbook


The neutral, sandy colours of the craft materials are going to look gorgeous against the beach family photos I will be adding in, and I can stick some real shells on to carry on the theme.

I was given the Oyster Blush craft kit from DoCrafts for the purpose of completing this review. No payment was received for this post and all opinions are honest and my own.

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  • Mummy’s Blog

    13th May 2014 at 8:20 am

    I've just bought a similar scrapbook for Little Bear. I found once she was born I suddenly wanted to know things about when I was a baby and I thought this would be nice to give her when she's older #TriedTested

  • Mum on a mission for a better life

    13th May 2014 at 9:56 am

    Great review hun! I'm so jealous as I have recently started getting back into scrap booking and that craft bundle you received looks really lovely! #triedtested

  • MamaMummyMum

    13th May 2014 at 9:58 am

    I love the idea of a holiday memory book, such a lovely thing to look back on #triedtested

  • Pippa Ainsworth

    13th May 2014 at 10:03 am

    Scrapbooking is a great way to keep all of those treasures together, this looks like a lovely set #TriedTested

  • fashion-mommy

    13th May 2014 at 1:38 pm

    That scrapbook is lovely. I have a keepsake box where I try to keep Joe's things, bulging a bit now.x


  • Mary @over40andamumtoone

    21st May 2014 at 9:20 pm

    This is something I've done fairly religiously since Monkey was born. We're older parents, my OH's parents were older parents too and are both dead. I found his baby book but it is missing so many vital bits of information, that I was determined that Monkey will have too much information! Being a boy he'll probably think 'silly old Mum' and throw it all away in the future! #SSAA

  • pinkoddy

    22nd May 2014 at 10:39 pm

    How lovely – I do keep meaning to do a scrapbook myself. I will have lots of photos for my boys if nothing else.

  • Unknown

    26th May 2014 at 11:44 am

    I try to do this, but never have the time to put the things I have in the book. This means we have piles of stuff everywhere that Daddy has been warned can't been thrown away. One day I will finally have the time to complete it. I love your ideas, looking forward to see how the completed holiday book looks.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

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