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.

21 comments:

  1. 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..

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    1. 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

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    2. 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
      Karine

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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 :)

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  13. This is such an amazing project!

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  14. Looks likes like a great mini! Great way to remember...

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  15. Squeee! how cute is that!?
    I'm commenting per the weekend hop, http://tatertotsandjello.com/2012/04/weekend-wrap-up-party-100-gift-basket-from-mindy-maes-market.html#comment-175761

    come visit me at http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/

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

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  17. 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!!!!
    Sheila

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    1. 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

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  18. Really beautiful- love the clean and simple design.

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