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Monday, July 2, 2012

{our town memory book}

 We moved away from our town this week...after ten years, a lifetime of memories, and gaining the most incredible friends a person can have. The tears have been ever present this week, and I know many of you can relate to what I'm feeling.  We love this little town, and it will forever be a part of our hearts.

One of my closest friends gave me the most thoughtful gift, and I love it so much, I just had to share it with you.  She created it for our family, with especially my children in mind, and it is a treasure.  She captured all of our favorite places in photos, then put together a picture memory book so we can always remember them. I've looked at it over and over, and over again, and I'm so excited to surprise my kids with it on the plane.  I know it will be as special to them as it is to me.

It includes pictures of the places we've lived...

our church and schools...

"our" park and library...

unique places to our town...

and all of our favorite spots...

I love the map on the back, and the ribbon on the ring...perfect touches!

LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  Whether you create one for your own family, or someone that is moving away, I can guarantee that it will be the perfect way to hold these special places in your heart.

Here is her tutorial:

 {Our Town Memory Book Tutorial}

When I heard the news that our good friends were moving I knew that I wanted to send them off with something to remind them of this great town they have so grown to love over the many years they have lived here.  I have moved my own family many times and it has always been surprising and a little sad how quickly some of the younger children can forget about where they used to live.  Luckily, something as inexpensive as a photograph can quickly remind them of their many memories of these special places. 

This book was so quick and fun to make and could easily be adapted for your own family or to give to a friend moving away or I think it could even be a great welcome to our town book for a family new to your area.  If you are interested in making one for yourself or someone you know here is what you will need to do.

Step 1:  Compile a list of the places you want to put in your book.  Think of things that make your town special.  Some ideas could be your home, places of work, schools, favorite restaurants, church, parks, landmarks, museums, library‚Ķreally anywhere your family sees or visits often.  I also added a map of our town as the last page.

Step 2:  Drive around your town and have fun snapping photos.  Keep in mind the orientation of your camera when taking pictures.  I tried to take all of my pictures in landscape so that you would not have to flip the book up and down when looking at it.

Step 3:  Edit your photos and make your cover page.  For my cover I found a picture of our state and then added the name of our town and placed a little heart where our town is located.  You could do this with any photo editing software or I just imported my photo into PowerPoint and did it all there.  Super easy.
Step 4:  Have your photos printed.  I chose to print mine 5x7 just so you could see a little more detail of the pictures but you could easily print 4x6 if you wanted a slightly smaller book.

Step 5:  Have your pictures laminated.  With little kids I wanted this book to be durable and the lamination really helps with that.

Step 6:  I used my little eyelet tool to punch a hole in the corner and add a cute colorful eyelet to match the overall color theme.  This is totally and extra step.  You could just as easily punch a hole in the corner with a hole punch and it will work just fine.

Step 7:  Put all your pages together using an appropriately sized book ring that you can find at any local office supply store.  They usually come in 3 different sizes so depending on the amount of pages you have will help you decide on what size you need.

Step 8:  To finish it off I added a few strands of ribbon to the book ring and I had my finished project!



Blogger Sheila said...

What a beautiful gift of must be so hard to move---I wish you happiness and new moemories in your new town!

July 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger {northern cottage} said...

oh so lovely - I'm sure it will be treasured and will bring back WONDERFUL memories when you leaf through it years from now! happy day to you my friend!

July 2, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger mwimp said...

such a wonderful and sweet gift - i'll have to file this away for future needs. hope y'all find just as great friends and neighborhood to where you are moving too.

July 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Dawn Stone said...

That is so awesome! What a thoughtful idea. I didn't know you were my neighbor all this time (we were just down south in Belleville!). LOL! Best of luck in your new hometown.

July 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger jeanine said...

I love this idea! We just moved from our town of 7 years... I wish I had something like this!

July 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Christel, The French Homemaker said...

WOW this is such a great idea!! I can't wait to do this! Now I have to find a friend moving out of town! =)

July 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Gallegos Newsletter said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing and good luck in your new town....

July 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Tracy - {CraftJunkieToo} said...

What a great idea and wonderful gift that your family will treasure always. I have never experienced moving but I've had friends and family who have and it can be tough. Being a texan crafter I can assure you there are awesome crafters here in the Lone Star state and you're moving to one of the best cities with driving distance to some awesome shopping. Welcome!

July 2, 2012 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a neat idea and what a good friend!!! This would be a fun project for military families with children.

Good luck with the move!

July 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

The tridge!

July 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

The tridge!

July 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

What a great gift. So thoughtful of your friend!!!!!

July 2, 2012 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I asked you about the paint sprayer a few weeks ago..and I didn't know you lived in Michigan or that you lived so close to me...I'm from Bay City (near Auburn) and have been to lots of the places you have pictures of. I love it...what an adorable memory!!!

July 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger shanna said...

OK...I can not believe that I have been following your blog for over 2 years and did not know you lived in Midland. I grew up in Midland and my parents and brother and family still live there. As I was looking at your book the homesickness started! I hope your move went well!

July 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I grew up in Midland, so it was cool to see some of your favorite spots. I recently started following your blog, but I will miss having random hometown references pop up. Good luck on your move and hope you land in a place that will make you feel at home.

July 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Wish I would have seen this at the beginning of June. That is when we moved, and I would have loved to capture those pictures. Thanks for the idea! I may have to give a few friends a call so they can take some pictures for me!

July 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

My grandparents live in Midland so I recognize a lot of those places, what a great idea! We've moved a lot and I wish we had pictures of everywhere we lived like this.

July 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM  

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