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02-20-2008, 04:32 PM
Has anyone done one? Care to post a few pics if so? Since my uncle died this past monday, i am planning on making my grandma a memorial scrapbook of him. My mom is getting a bunch of pictures of him from itty baby to most recent we have. Is this a good idea? Would you like it? Should I use 1 kit to make it flow more? or different kits? any ideas?
02-20-2008, 04:44 PM
I have never made one, but I think it sounds like a wonderful idea.
02-20-2008, 05:17 PM
My sister died almost 4 years ago and I've put together an album of her life for my niece who was 4 when her mother died. But it took me over a year after my sister died to start to put it together. And I used multiple kits - I worked on it for several months. And I may still add pages to it as I come across photos.
When my grandmother passed away, and then again when one of my aunts passed away, I did montages as a memorial to them - they were used in the visitation and memorial services. It was a way to remember the good times. It took me the better part of 2 days to gather the photos and build them in each case.
I know that your family would love the memories.
02-20-2008, 05:33 PM
My Aunt passed away on the first February, and I'm gathering photo's, and anything I can to make an album up for my Grandmother.
I think it would be greatly appreciated!
02-20-2008, 05:48 PM
I made a slideshow that played at the back of the room during the visitation when my MIL passed away in September. I spent several days restoring old photos of her and setting them to music. DH's family all cried when they saw it and begged me for copies so I burned them each a disc. I scrapped a label and cd cover for it with the lyrics and MIL's name and dates (using things from my stash with S4O friendly TOU's of course). Everyone seemed to appreciate having a little memento put together.
Lynds, I have some memorial layouts both on my blog and in my gallery, so sorry for your loss.
The most recient one is on my blog for my uncle who was 92, he passed just before Christmas.
**edited, figured I'd post some here (if you check my blog though you can see them larger)
My uncle Joe, (journaling is the Eulogy my 16 year old wrote and read)
This one is my grandmother & her best friend
My grandmother (journaling is my daughter's eulogy for her, she was 13)
My Father's (journalling done by same daughter only she was 10)
02-20-2008, 05:54 PM
I did one about my mom the Christmas after she died. I made a copy for my father, sister and brother. It was before I digi scrapped so I'll have to take some pics and then I'll post.
02-20-2008, 06:04 PM
I haven't made a complete memorial album yet, but both of my remaining grandparents passed away last year and I was fortunate enough to get their photos. I've been using some of those photos to scrap pages that I'll eventually combine into one album. It's not necessarily something I'll give to anyone, but it's really been wonderful to scrap with their photos, very healing for me. Here's a couple of examples of what I've done, if that helps at all:
02-20-2008, 06:15 PM
I'm working on my dad's memorial album. It's an incredibly slow process becuase it's a very painful thing still. I haven't posted any of the pages though, they're too private.
I think it would be a blessing to anyone who received it.
02-20-2008, 07:09 PM
I did an album of my dad after he past away. It was before I started posting here, and I'm not sure if I can link to outside galleries; however, you can check around this time last year at my Scrapbook-bytes gallery--same user name. I used different kits but it all had the same feel to it.
I had asked my two sisters if they wanted a copy, and they were like, "Yeah, yeah" but they never took them after I had them printed. Too painful for them, or they were just not ready, I guess. So, now each of my daughters have a copy tucked away for them. Your grandmother would probably like something to have, but you never know how people are going to react.
02-20-2008, 07:18 PM
I'm going to do one for my father. Eventually I may make a hardbound book, but I'm going to put pictures into an album first. I need to collect more childhood photos and stories to go with them. for the book. The album will be just for his services.
I fell in love with the red CM leather-like albums, so I bought one.
02-21-2008, 09:17 AM
thanks everyone. would i need to buy S4H kits? or since it's going to be a flattened image it's alright to use any kit? :shrug
02-21-2008, 09:54 AM
If you're giving them out, like you would a Christmas gift, then I would say no, but my entire stock of page kits is S4O/S4H friendly.
02-21-2008, 10:40 AM
My uncle passed away last week and I made a single LO to put in a frame beside the register at his funeral. Next thing I know I am overwhelmed with requests from relatives to have one of their own printed.
I had another LO I had made a year or so ago about my uncle and youngest daughter, I made that in 8x10 size and had it at the funeral as well. I'm also ordering copies of that for a lot of people.
02-21-2008, 10:59 AM
I am all in favor of memorial albums. Sometimes they are hard to look at, but eventually they become a source of joy rather than pain. And my feelings on it may be a bit morbid, but I always try to get the layouts done because I am the only one in my family that scrapbooks, so if I were to die, they wouldn't get done. I have also done bookmarks for funeral mementos. I made small brag book albums for each of my aunts and uncles the mother's day after my granny died... only a couple of weeks later. Two of my aunts still won't look at them (almost two years ago) but my mom treasures hers. I don't have any pages to share, but you may want to check out Melinda Staley's gallery. She has a ton of pages that she has done of her father. Her username is mmbstaley, I believe.
02-21-2008, 11:07 AM
I made one for my son that you can view on my blog: http://the-penns.blogspot.com/2008/02/ninety-nine-balloons.html Definitely tough to do, but I'm so glad I did!!
Here's a couple of heritage albums I've done, too:
Malone Heritage (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=948)
Mize Heritage (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=949)
Good luck in making your book...it'll be tough, but I really think you'll be happy you made one!
02-21-2008, 11:12 AM
Here's the one I had made for the funeral:
I kept it really simple thinking - people don't want to see a bunch of embellishments, they just want to see the pictures that show who he was.
I also changed this LO to an 8x10 and removed the journalling, leaving the quote and it was on display as well.
02-21-2008, 11:42 AM
I made a memorial book for my Mom and had it made into a hardbound book. It was a gift for my Dad and Grandma (Mom's Mom).
I wanted a book that my kids could look at and read so they would know their Grandma. It was so hard to make, but I'm so glad I did it.
Sorry I dont' have those pages on this computer, but I'm working on pages for my Daughter's Memorial book, I'll share some of those.
I use many different kits. I've just made pages as I find kits/elements that would be perfect. I find it very healing, when my heart and mind are into it....
not something I can force, so I haven't given myself a time frame, I'll have it printed when I'm ready.
This one is for both Mom and Belle
Pages are linked for credits.
:wub Hugs to you and your family
02-21-2008, 12:13 PM
I've been making one for my dad who died a few weeks ago through Shutterfly. I spent a number of days collecting and organizing photos. I was able to play those as a slideshow on my laptop during the wake using ACDSee. Then I'm just using one of the standard Shutterfly books and their templates. They have some nice simple and elegant backgrounds. I bought 5 book codes off ebay and will be using those to print copies for family members.
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