Treasured Memory Book and Echo Park Winner

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post today to share a couple of pictures of this book and to announce the winner of last week’s Echo Park “Note to Self” blog hop.
Memory Book
Last year, a wonderful young man we knew sadly died after a very brave battle with cancer. I wanted to create a special book where people could share their favorite memories of him. DEFINITELY a Memory Book – not a Memorial Book.
I printed out all the messages posted to a Facebook site created for his friends to share their favorite memories. I was also given some additional photos, a favorite song-list and other very personal memory items I also added in
I also left plenty of blank pages at the memorial service that people could take away and complete, along with an address for returning so I could add them to the book. Many people also shared their favorite memory in the book on the day of the service.
To create the book itself I used A5 white paper pads from the dollar store and punched holes in the pages using a cardboard template I made from one of the pad covers as a guide.  I used the 7Gypsies rubber binding rings to bind the book as they offer plenty of room to add more pages.
I kept the front page decoration simple with some Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 Chipboard, some Thickers and a couple of older rubons I found in my stash. I was very pleased to be able to contribute in some small part to making sure Jeremy’s wonderful legacy is always remembered.
Echo Park Winner
Last week you had the chance to win an Echo Park Collection Pack by commenting on my Echo Park Blog Hop Post
Make sure to become a follower of my Facebook Page so you can find out when the next one is!
The winner of the Echo Park Collection of their choosing is Nicole Doiron:
Nicole – please email me here to find out how you can claim your prize.
Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri 🙂
I am linking this project up to these websites here.
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  • Reply lutingobelin April 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I'm in love with your minis, but it would be so nice to share the inside pages with us, just some… Thank you and have a nice week..

    • Reply Lowri April 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Hi there and thanks for your comment

      I am planning to do a tutorial soon on how to put together these simple books using bits and pieces from collections scraps after you have used most of it up – so stay tuned! I would love to share more from this book but these pages were deeply personal to those who wrote the messages and I would not be happy to show them without permission. Hope you can understand. The pages them selves were mainly blank with printouts from emails and photos simply pasted onto them

    • Reply lutingobelin April 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      I totally understand, I was just a little curious about how you decorate the inside pages. Thank you for your answer. Can't wait to see this tutorial you're talking about.
      Have a nice day, smiles

  • Reply Cynthia B. April 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I'm sure this memory book will be treasured by his family! I think it's great you could capture others' thoughts about him- allowing them to participate is a wonderful thing.

  • Reply Becky Dunham April 23, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    This is so sweet Lowri! What a labor of love for Jeremy's family! I know they will love having it. I love that you included all of the comments from the FB page 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl April 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    What a beautiful book you made for Jeremy's family. I have done similar projects in the past and know that they bring such great comfort to family, as well as to friends who now have a concrete way to contribute to the memory of that persons life. I'm sure it will always be treasured.

  • Reply Caryn S April 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    What a poignant project! I think it is wonderful that you put together something for everyone to recall the life of a loved one in a positive way.

  • Reply Memories by Manda April 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    What a wonderful book. I'm sure the family will treasure this book of memories.

  • Reply Katherine B April 24, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    the book is clean and simple, yet not…the Circa was always one of my fav collections…loved your creation with it & I know the family will cherish it.

  • Reply kobiyashi April 24, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Fabulous book. You have done great for his family. So thoughtful. I have in mind a memory book for my girlfriends (7 of them) 50th birthdays (including me). I will publish once I finished. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Debra Kapellakis April 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    This memory book is a fantastic idea. thank you for sharing

  • Reply Lisa's Passion to Scrap April 26, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    Lowri, I LOVE the Memory book & what a beautiful gift it would be for the family suffering the loss of a loved one.

  • Reply Izzy Anderson April 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    I love this whole idea, Lowri. Really wonderful work.

  • Reply Carolyn April 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Such a beautiful and touching project. Just to let you know I featured this project today.

  • Reply Laura April 28, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    This is such an amazing project!

  • Reply leah April 28, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Looks likes like a great mini! Great way to remember…

  • Reply Robyn April 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    what a wonderful looking mini and for such a very special reason, great job!

  • Reply fourfromheaven93 April 29, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    When I saw this I had to stop………I lost my son from cancer, too. He would have just turned 19 years old on April 28. I think it was meant for me to find this page tonight. Jeremy died only 2 months after he turned 13………just 11 months after he was dx. with cancer at the age of 12.
    I have bought all kinds of scrapbook stuff to start……..I starting collecting stuff right after he died. I have yet to do one page. I just can't do it. I'm trying hard and hoping to get over the hump that has been holding me back. I'll just have to see what I can do. Thanks for your site!!!!

    • Reply Lowri April 29, 2012 at 5:23 AM

      Thanks for your comment Sheila (sorry I cannot reply in person as you do not have blogger-reply enabled)I am so sorry for your loss – I cannot imagine the pain.

      I am sure you will be able to start your book one day when it feels right.

      I am not sure if you are familiar with this blog – ttp://jengallacher.blogspot.com/
      Jen is a very well-known scrapbooker and her son lost his battle with cancer 5 years ago. Her site is a wonderful and utterly heartwrenching read at times and she is very open about her feelings. You may take some comfort or inspiration in reading her wonderful writing as well as her great scrapbooking!

      Lots of warm thoughts to you – Lowri

  • Reply WillieburgScrapper April 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Really beautiful- love the clean and simple design.

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