Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sneak Peek - Day 2

Hey there Verve fans! Jen Tapler here with another look at some of the FABULOUS new stamps Julee has created!! Today the divas are sharing projects using Dad's Day and Protector, which will be available after the Release Party on Friday, May 22nd.

From Diva Susan Liles:
Howdy!! Well, I must say I got a little spring in my giddy-up when Julee first revealed all the new sets coming out to us (and just in time for Father's Day!). However, this one won my heart. It's called Protector and it's a set of two stamps, the big "Dad" and the words one that I used here to make my own patterned paper. I think it has a real "western" feel to it, so I couldn't help myself but to "grunge" it up with lots of sponging and brads - it's a heavy card! I even "duded" up the "Dad" sentiment with a little piercing and more brads. I also paired it up with some of my favorite elements - STARS!! These are from one of my old must-have of Verve's called Seeing Stars. Well, I guess I need to head 'em up and move 'em out. I hope you are loving these new set reveals!!

From Diva Laurie Schmidlin:

You all know how I feel about Verve's AMAZING sentiments and fonts! Well...Julee has done it again! She's created several "must have" Dad sets! They are perfect for Father's Day...but would also work well for birthdays, thinking of you's, scrapbooking, and altered projects (like frames)! I took inspiration from the slightly rustic font, and created a rugged masculine card. I used Protector, World's Best (one of the sets that was peeked yesterday), and Seeing Stars Verve sets.


From Diva Michelle Woerner:

I LOVE masculine cards! Crazy, I know. I think I am one of the few stampers who actually loves to make masculine cards! For those of you like me, this month's releases won't disappoint. Julee designed several fun masculine sentiment sets - woohoo! My card uses both sets we are peeking today. The sentiment is from Dad's Day and I used the large stamp from Protector for that cool background.
To make it, I stamped the large Protector sentiment stamp repeatedly in Soft Sky. I then stamped it separately in chocolate chip and cut out a couple words I wanted to highlight. I used my go to "guy" embellishments - all my star punches and aged copper brads. Just play around with their placement and you can turn about any card into a guy card! This card will be from my boys to my husband. The fun colors of this card are some of my boys' favorites and both of them will "write" their name below their hand prints on the inside.

And from me, Diva Jen Tapler:
I am so thrilled with the new masculine sets Julee has created! So many of us struggle with masculine cards and these new sets will make that painful process so much easier!! For my project, I created a Keepsake box, using the new Protector stamp set, to hold little momentos and handwritten notes of memories of my Dad. My Dad has Alzheimer's Disease and sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed by the sadness of watching the man who raised me slip away from me, I will take a minute and journal about some little special memory of my father before the illness struck. My biggest fear with this illness is that after he's gone I will not be able to remember him as the amazing man he once was, but instead I will only remember this shell of a man I see now. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease is a heartbreaking, frustrating, maddening experience - My hope is that this little keepsake box will help me hold on to those precious memories of happier times and that it will be a comfort to me when I need to feel a connection to my Dad as the wonderful man he once was.

So, how would you like to win these two Verve sets? If you're feeling lucky, one lucky commenter on this post will win the two sets we've shared today! Just leave a comment with your answer to the following question before 8PM Eastern on Friday, May 22nd!

What special way do you have or have you seen of preserving your family's memories?

Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see the final sneak peeks! We hope you'll join us for the release party this Friday, May 22nd at 9pm EDT in the Verve Forum

75 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I use scrapbooking as a way of keeping precious memories and tell the story of the photos as best I can for my children in the future. When my nan died we found lots of photos of people we didnt know and had no idea if they were important to our family, so its incredibly important that my children know where they came from and their journey to the future.
    Thank you for the opportunity
    Kel x

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  2. I wish I can say scrapbooking, but with three little ones, I haven't had time to do everything I want to preserve memories. I do keep a blog and take lots of pictures to record memories that I hopefully will put in scrapbooks later.

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  3. Scrapbooking--I make an album for each year. This is a family album and then for each of the kids I make them a birthday album that highlights there party for the year. It is a cool way of seeing who their friends were each year.

    Awesome new stamps and each or the cards are great!!

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  4. LOVE that big ol' DAD stamp - gonna be great to make cards to my husband from the kiddies. I guess the only thing I do is keep pictures...in photoboxes...and send pictures out in letters to people. Don't really do much else....maybe I need to find a way to do more with pictures and my craft.

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  5. Scrapbooking is one way I keep the memories and stories alive. For a fun gift, I did a creative (and time-consuming!) project at Christmas. I made a cookbook with favorite family recipes, and included lots of family pictures. I tried to relate them to the recipes where I could, and wrote a little story about each recipe and why it was included. The family loved it!

    And I love love love these sets! What beautiful things!

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  6. I have been scrapbooking, but my family has video of a lot of my "greats" (great grandparents) telling stories. It is really neat and we are going to do that for Izzy as well.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  7. Although I'm relatively new to stamping, I've been scrapbooking to preserve our memories for over a decade. I enjoy the extra "oomph" it gives your photos, and your scrapbooks can tell your stories for you just in case you aren't there to do so.

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  8. Well, I try to use scrapbooking to record those memories, but sometimes I journal about them. Each of my boys has a journal that I write in every so often. I also alter items and turn them into memory keepers.

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  9. Love your cards ladies. Jen the keepsake box is beautiful. I'm a scrapbooker and have ongoing albums for my sisters family. My niece and nephew so they have their own as well as albums for ourselves including our pets. I made the mistake years ago of not making a album before my grandmother died and it was hard trying to identify who was in her pic's and what they meant to her. It took the involvment of several family members to get everything straight. The story behind the pic's are important. If nothing else try and get a heritage ablum together so generations to come know where they come from.

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  10. For our little guy's very special memories, we have a scrapbook, which doesn't sound very original, except he is only 18 months old and it is already 3 volumes! I try to keep up with it because I know I will never finish it otherwise, though at this rate, it could be a 20 volume scrapbook before he's 10! These sets are terrific. Can't wait to see more!

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  11. Crafty Math ChickMay 21, 2009 at 7:12 AM

    Someday I will get off my duff and FINALLY begin scrapbooking, LOL, for now, I have lots of momentos in a BIG box, "The Memorobilia Box," in my closet just waiting to be scrapped.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    ~Meredith

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  12. Awesome sets! To preserve my family's memories, I use photo albums and a few scrapbooks. I realized a few years ago that I would never be able to scrap every photo from 4 kids so I just pick a select few and the rest I put in albums for all to enjoy!

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  13. I have tried several different things to try to preserve those special family memories, but I (like so many) have a hard time keeping up -- I guess we're just too busy making NEW memories! ;) I scrapbook some, videotape some, journal some... I certainly haven't found "the" solution, but my children will have, at least, a photographic record of much of their childhood. Gotta love digital cameras!

    Fingers crossed!

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  14. I have scrapbooked a series of albums for each of my 3 children. They often fussed at my frequent shots and would call me Flash Gordon when I brought out my camera. When my son got married and wanted to create a Powerpoint presentation of his growing up years...where did he turn? Mom's scrapbooks! LOVE these new sets for dad! Can't wait to see new releases!

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  15. Love your examples and the sneak of the set! I keep my precious memories in a scrapbook, and am trying to fill out a book that includes questions about my family so that way my kids and their kids will have a little extra info that isn't usually put into a scrapbook. The template wants pictures, records, and major stories.

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  16. What wonderful new sets! I can't wait to see the full reveal!

    I don't really scrapbook anymore but I do like to take tons of pictures. One thing that is special for me is when my mom was sick (and we knew she was going to die) we got out our video camera and followed her around her house as she talked about things that had significance to her and our family. I haven't watched that video in sometime but I do really appreciate knowing I have it. I would like to do the same thing with my grandpa. Just have him talk and get it all on tape. It is a great way to keep a whole generation from completely disappearing.

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  17. One way I preserved our wedding memories was to buy shadow boxes (o sale!) & put a "scrapped" display of sepia toned pictures. I added ribbon and primas and sparkly brads & since it was a shadow box, I could layer as much as I wanted. I made 4 & they were all different! They turned out beautiful & were great gifts for family members.

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  18. I must admit, at the moment I don't have a special way of keeping family memories. Have never delved into scrapbooking as of yet so for the time being I just take lots of pictures. At the end of each year I always write a lengthy, detailed Christmas letter that summarizes the past year of our lives. I also keep a book for each of my kids and write down fun experiences or things they have said in it.

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  19. I have been scrapbooking special vacations over the past years...otherwise, I keep photos on my computer now (my own PC, Facebook, etc) or CD. When I was little, my parents made their pictures into slides and every once in a while, we'd have slide show night...loved those :)

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  20. The sneek peeks at the new sets look amazing!
    We are a food loving family and eat a lot of different foods, but we do have really traditional (to our family) dishes and favourites that we enjoy for different occasions. I have written these down in cookbooks for my children so that they will always have them.

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  21. all mu stuff is in folders right now.. but it would be nice to get them scrapped!

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  22. I preserve my families memories with LOTS of scrapbooks. I love the chance to tell the stories with pictures and words.

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  23. My mom and dad both died when I was in my late teens (mom) and early 20's (dad). I do not scrapbook (card making is more my style), but I turned the smallest bedroom in my house into a memory room. It is filled with pictures of my parents, as well as wonderful items that belonged to them (my dad's pocket watch, my mom's Bible, some of her hankerchiefs and a few of her Hummels, which were a focal point in our living room when I was growing up). The room never fails to bring back a memory of my parents!

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  24. I recently made a photo book online to preserve memories of a family vacation. It turned out great and was really easy to create.

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  25. Almost every way. Video, pictures in shoeboxes, and journaling online. I have everything I'll ever need to scrapbook, but can't seem to get that first page started. LOL

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  26. I scrapbook and recently I began having my dad tell me stories about his childhood and family. To build on that, my mom gave me a mother's day present this year. She purchased a book that asks questions about her memories of childhood which she completed. I learned SO much from reading those pages.

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  27. Hi
    what we did for both set of grandparents was make a book of photos with a very short note about the photo under it. You could say it was a scrapbook but a very simple one that could been produced at a large scale. We made it personal with adding photos that suited each family.
    thank you for a chance of winning would love to have dad set of stamps, as I am a daays littl;e girl.
    megan

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  28. I started out as a scrapbooker, but haven't done but a few pages this year!

    Beautiful sets, again!

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  29. I am a scrapbooker, but as many have said I haven't done too much so far. I keep at it. I too realized that I can't scrap everything. So I select a few pics and put the rest in a flip album. I'm looking into starting digital scrapping to try and catch up, but I love to feel papers, inks, stamps and other embellishments too much to ever completely leave the traditional method behind. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  30. This is a FABULOUS set! Love all the samples girls!!!
    I'm not very good about scrappin' my photos anymore...they end up in a photo box most days :(

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  31. i do scrapbooking to preserve memories. not digital, yet. just plain ol' scrappin' goodies :)

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  32. I dabble in scrapbooking and that's using the term loosely! I have done a scrapbook for each sport for each child. Every summer when I am home from school I add the pictures, newspaper clippings, etc. so I am only doing one school year at a time. I have also done one for each vacation we've taken. I admire those who scrapbook regularly-it's too long of a project for me! I also take lots of pictures which I put into an album for each child. Can't wait to see the new sets tomorrow night!! Thanks!

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  33. Wow ladies, some more amazing samples today!
    I lvoe preserving our memories by making 3-D projects!
    Last Father's Day I made my Dad a coaster book with pictures of all of us with him, and decorated it! I also like preserving memories with home decor items like altered frames, etc.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. Pictures and scrapbooking. I'm not a huge picture-taker, but I like to have my camera for those important moments. A picture really can say a thousand words!

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  35. After my parents died, I realized that I was the only one that knew most of the pictures of the family, so I started on a mission and put together a scrapbook of each of them separately growing up and then meeting each other and then going forward carefully journaling events and photos so my grandchildren will know all about their great grandparents. Now I have to start on my family and grandkids!

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  36. I am loving that stamp set.
    To preserve precious memories,
    I take lots and lots of pics.
    I did a bit of scrapbooking but now
    I am diving into digital.
    I have so many pics it would be impossible to scrapbook them all.

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  37. Loving the new sets! I have to confess to being snap-happy when there are any family gatherings. I take tons and tons of pictures of less than conventional things just so I can have something unique with which to remember the occasion.

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  38. There are always albums and scrapbooks but I've seen quilts and I'm actually having my Grandfather write the story of his life from when he can remember to when he met my grandmother and started they family and everything. So that will be interesting when It gets all done to be able to read the life my Grandpa had and everything he went through. It will be a great thing to pass on and show my kids and grandkids.

    Raquel

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  39. Scrapbooking is my favorite way of capturing memories of my family. I recently had a new great niece and great nephew born, and I made their mothers scrapbooks for the babies' first year where the busy mom just had to put in the pictures -- I did the rest for them.

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  40. I have always taken lots of family photos and since I found scrapbooking, I really enjoy making albums to show family history.
    I love all the projects and cards with the new stamps, they are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Although I am way behind, like most others I have scrapbooks started for both my boys. I also make smaller scrapbooks for vacations and special events.

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  42. I use scrapbooking as a way of keeping and preserving our family memories. I've been scrapbooking for about 12 yrs. now. My family likes to see what I've created and appreciates it. Sometimes, I make gift albums for them.

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  43. I don't have a very good way of preserving memories! I take plenty of pictures and my hubby just remembers everything! His sister is fabulous for remembering everything too! The really terrible thing I worry about is the fact that my husband has Alzheimer's Disease from both sides of his family. We helped to take care of his father early on and it was gut wrenching! I pray that my hubby is passed over by the terrible disease!

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  44. My mom has done a great job of preserving family memories in her scrapbooks!

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  45. Scrapbooking- as much as I can anyway with a full time job and 2 kids under 10. I have started making my own digital photobooks now though which require a little less time, also great for when you have millions of photos.
    Great new stamps, it is really hard to find good stamps to put on the manly cards!

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  46. Scrapbooking and shadow boxes! About six years ago I made a heritage album of my mother's family and ancestors and made three copies of it- one for my mom, brother, and me. The whole family loved it!

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  47. Right now we have a "forever box" that we put special things into. I'm also preserving memories on my hard drive....I really need to get scrapbooking but with two active boys it is tough. I also love to have collage picture frames throughout the house to showcase snippets of fun times.

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  48. I have several LARGE albums of pictures. My kids and grandkids know if there is something special or just any time, Grandma will have her camera. I love keeping memeories this way.
    Kate

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  49. I love these little videos that my friends have made of my kids... I want to include them in my scrapbooks so future generations can go there and see the kids in action!

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  50. I take lots of pictures and scrapbook all of my family's memories!

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  51. My FIL turned 83 this year. For his 80th birthday I gathered photos from every member of the family and made him a 6x6 scrapbook. I only did one picture to a page because none of the photos were taken at the same time. I started with a picture of him at the age of 3 barefoot in a pair of overalls. I think that is the only gift I've given him in 26 years of marriage that he absolutely cherishes! -Mary R.

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  52. I preserve memories by taking way too many photos of everything! lol I should be scrapbooking them, but just haven't started yet. I do keep calendars to remember dates, as well as programs and other memorabilia.

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  53. I really like the shadow boxes filled with pictures and memorabilia! They look wonderful on display!!

    Love the new stamp sets!!!

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  54. My girlfriend, Shannon, is the best with preserving her family's precious memories. Her scrapbooks are amazing and very creative.
    I'm a card maker and haven't done any scrapbooking as yet but, without a doubt, do plan to in the next few years. On my retirement that box, which holds all my family special photos, will be organized and put into books.
    But for now, I keep watching my dear friend.

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  55. The best way that I have found that keeps my memories perserved is by scrapbooking. I have found by doing this my family and friends enjoy remembering the memories.
    Thank you for the opportunity to play!!!

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  56. Originally, it was photobooks. Now it's scrapbook pages. I will admit to having several pages "in progress" that just don't seem to get finished. There are just so many fun things to do and try in the crafting world! And I always think there will be time someday---

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  57. Scrapbooking!! What a fun way to capture your memories and have them forever. Now the sad part is that my pictures are in boxes. :( I know...I know...I seem to be more of a cardmaker. I have made generic scrapbooks for gifts, but I'm trying to get into scrapbooking all the wonderful moments in my family's life. Thanks for a chance at this fabulous giveaway. I've really been enjoying the sneak peeks and the DT ROCKS! Maybe this will be my lucky day.

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  58. I scrapbook to save our memories. My boys love to sit and look through our albums - especially the vacation ones or from when they were babies.

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  59. Last Christmas my hubby and I put together a cookbook of our favorite recipes - ones that we fix for special times and favorites from friends and family. We included anecdotes about the recipes. Everyone we gave a copy to loved it. We've had requests for Vol. 2 for this Christmas.

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  60. going to be there tonight with my plastic card.... and right now the way we are preserving a lot of those memories on the side of the frig right now....

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  61. I used to scrapbook but I found I was just the world's slowest scrapbooker. It would take me 4 hours to finish a single two page (12 x 12) spread! I switched to card-making to give me a creative outlet, but I still enjoy making "mini books" and video slideshows set to music.

    Thanks for the sneak peeks. The stamps and samples are, as always, beautiful & inspiring!
    Cornelia

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  62. I am the "historian" in our family. I keep track of everyone's brithdays: parents, six siblings with significant others (and some still dear ex-significant others) about 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and some "adopted" ones. I seem to always have a camera in hand and print duplicates to share. I used to give frames with special pictures as gifts, but now I give mini scrapbooks. The most importante ongoing project has been removing Mom's old pictures from the ugly albums and cropping them, along with her ever increasing scrapbook collection of her grandchildren... she seems to have a large quantity of my son's pictures... wonder how that happened!!

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  63. Wonderful Father's Day stamps, and if the entire set is anything like the Mother's Day set that was recently released, it will be amazing.
    I've started scrapbooking our children's memories. After our older son had heart surgery at 3 months I wanted someway to record the event with more that just pictures so that he understands the full story behind the scar on his chest.

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  64. Scrapbook everything! Plus, reliving the traditions of each holiday helps us to remember those who are gone. I have a momento box for each of my kids that I put things in that cannot be scrapbooked. Their favorite or first toy, blanket, etc.

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  65. I try to keep up with scrabooking...i'm a little behind, but I take lots of pictures and try to keep track of them.

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  66. Well, I have done some scrapbooking, but I've definitely turned into more of a cardmaker : ) I totally plan to do some digital scrapbooking as soon as I find the time...

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  67. I am really intrigued with the idea of picture boxes that can hold mementos and pictures both! One friend did one for each year of her child's life...

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  68. Love these new sets...I don't have much masculine and this will make a great addition!
    On my father's side of the family we have a HUGE reunion every other year and in addition to hearing old family stories and looking over pictures I get to meet distant family and make new memories. I've been good friends with my fourth cousin since I was 13 and can explain who my second cousin once removed is!

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  69. HI,
    I love the new DAD sets! Although my Dad is gone, I'm making a card this year for my son who has now become a father. It is wonderful to see your children become parents... Jen, I wish you peace with your care of your father. Bless you..
    Carol

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  70. I am making a scrapbook for my mom and me who has dementia!! Sorry to hear of your Dad going through this, I have the same thing with my Mom!! It is so hard to see love ones go through this!!
    Love the set!! Thanks for all the inspiration!!

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  71. We do quilts that include pieces of cloth that are representative of special memories. We also do something similar with Christmas ornaments.

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  72. i am a scrapbooker so thats how i am preserving memories. Though i am WAAAAAAY behind!

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