My grandmother knows a thing or two about raising humans. She was responsible for raising her 4 sons alone after the early death of my grandfather, 9 grandchildren including me, and now my son makes 10 great-grandchildren. Although the methods and tools we have used to raise our human beings has changed over the years, a great grandmother’s pride and love has endured through the changes.
She’s a super-cool grandmother who has a cell phone and keeps in touch through Facebook. Although there are 250 miles between us, she has seen my son growing more and more with each visit and every picture I share on Facebook. She makes no effort to hide how she feels about my son and uses words like precious, darling, and sweet-baby-boy to describe him…
She also makes no effort to hide how disappointed she is that the only pictures she has of him, are through Facebook. The two fireplace mantles in her house are filled with the faces of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren… except for my son.
That’s right. Despite the MANY pictures of my son I am happy to share on the internet with friends, loved ones, and followers, there is only one printed photograph of him… and it is his sonogram.
Step 1 is admitting you have a problem and step 2 is finally getting some photos printed. Shhh, don’t tell my grandma what she is getting for Christmas!
Although I hope to someday have shoe boxes and albums filled with printed family photos, I have a special place for collecting the mementos and tokens our family has been collecting from special occasions and memories that we have been making together. To be honest, I haven’t even updated my son’s baby book since returning to work in March 2011, but I have been collecting and saving special items in a diaper box. Yes, a diaper box.
To show these special items more respect and better storage practices, I made a Memory Box with Paper Coterie. This is a convenient and beautiful way to store our special tokens and those photos (once I get them printed).
The Memory Box looks like a book with a collection of our family photos on the cover, our names and personalized title on the spine, and even a special greeting on the back cover. But this book has no pages and this story will be told through the memories our family experiences and wants to hold on to.
The finished product from Paper Coterie. I used some of my fave black and white photos for the border and put our very first family photo (in color) in the center for emphasis. The project editor made this SUPER EASY! 10 min project.
The Memory Box has the thickness of a dictionary… plenty of room for storing our memories! It’s sturdy too!
The only printed photo we have of our son (his sonogram) and his very first painting project being kept in the box.
Adding tokens to the Memory Box can be an endless family project.
If you haven’t visited Paper Coterie yet, have a look at the different projects they offer. Their project editors are easy to use (different templates and simple interface) and the quality of the finished project is impressive.
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