Q+A Making a Tribute Album

note: got the idea of a cute little speech bubble from Kelly Purkey.

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We ALL have someone we would like to pay tribute to in a scrapbook. The problem is our expectations of what that tribute should look like are generally unrealistic. We expect ourselves to create a complete memoir that will parallel in beauty and grandeur the life we have lost. We expect a BIG, 12×12 book with photos and memorabilia along with thoughts, feelings, life-lessons — you know.

I’m not saying such a project is impossible. I am saying that for most us it is unrealistic.

Here is my solution.
I sent Danni some happy mail with two little 2-Minute Memories mini-books inside. I created the 2-Minute Memories exercise years ago for my Simple Scrapbooks class at CKU. Several years after that, we (the Simple team) were allowed to create a product built on this exercise. To this day, it is the very BEST way I know to cut to the chase and connect to the emotion-packed memories we most NEED to share in tribute of a loved one.

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Here’s how the 2-Minute Memories exericse works (and I promise, it works!)

1. Go to a quiet, comfortable place with a notebook or your journal.

2. Set a time for 1 minute.

3. Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the memory of the person you love.

4. Use all of your senses (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) to recall memories related to this person. What specific recollections do you most cherish? What are the places, activities, possessions, foods, people you most associate with this person? After intentionally posing these questions, just sit (eyes still closed) and remember everything you can — focus on this person’s character and the influence he or she has had on you. NOTE: You’ll be surprised how much time one minute is if you are focused.

5. Open your eyes and set your timer for one additional minute.

6. Now, write. Make a list of everything that comes to mind — do not discard any thought, emotion, recollection.

7. After minute #2 is up, create a list of 10 specific things you most admire and love and remember about this person. Do not feel like you have to incorporate all of your free-write ideas into your list of 10 things, but look for items that could be grouped into a similar memory.

8. Use your list of 10 memories to celebrate and pay tribute to your loved one.  Feel free to finesse your list and re-order the items.

9. Pair each memory or item on your final list with a photo. Be open to using a variety of photos — the more mixed up your little collection of images, the better!

10. Put words +  photos together in a mini-book or album of some kind. Share your tribute with your loved one or perhaps even more important, with others who love this person.

No, this won’t be a comprehensive tribute. But … it will be a very authentic and meaningful tribute. A small 2 Minute Memories tribute/mini book is far better than no tribute at all, and could be a wonderful jumping off point for something more detailed.

Several years ago, I created a  2 Minute Memory mini-book for my father. Here are some images:

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I also created a 2 Minute Memories mini-book for my grandma Addie. It is featured in my book, The Big Picture (pg. 78)

And, guess what else?
I have several of these little 2 Minute Memories books stashed away in my scrapbook storage area. I would LOVE to give ten away. Leave me a comment and tell me who you would pay tribute to and why. I’ll close comments on Friday, select ten comments and help you create a very special tribute in a very doable way!

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Comments

  1. I would love to pay tribute to my dad. He’s been gone for 15 years and I often fear I’ll forget the little details that made him who he was – his smile, his laugh, his bear hugs, the way he’d ask, “What did you learn today?” I miss him very much but I also know I am who I am because of him.

  2. I would pay tribute to my friend Arlin, her birthday is next friday and I’ve been thinking of doing a scrapbook for her. This would be doable and perfect!

  3. Shelby Austin says:

    My mom, because she has always been my cheerleader and I need a cheerleader often.

  4. this is perfect for a scrapbook day I am in charge of this weekend. trying to come up with meaningful ideas for people to try.

  5. I’d pay tribute to my Husband…He is one very special guy.

  6. Kristyn G says:

    I have been trying to come up with a cute valentine gift for my husband and son. I think I will turn this tribute album concept into a little “i love you” album for each of them, listing 10 things that I love about them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I did a book similar to this for my mom for Christmas (using Paislee Press’s free “I am Thankful” download). My mom cried, and secretly I think my dad was jealous. I would love to do one for him.

  8. I would pay tribute to my grandma. She passed away several years before my daughter was born and I really want my daughter to know what my she was like.

  9. I would tribute my husband’s grandmother. She left our world too soon and the way she did so often overshadows the fact that she was such a wonderful person. No one knows why she choose to end her own life, but she touched many people and was a great mother/grandmother. She certainly deserves tribute.

  10. I would love to do this for my Mom. What a nice way to tell someone how much you love them!

  11. Heather P says:

    My mom. She died a few days before my first child was born and so they never got to meet her. Although I talk about her often and have created a few LOs, this album is the perfect idea. Thank you for sharing this!

  12. I’d love to create an album like this for my Grandpa Earl. He passed away almost ten years ago and I still miss him every day! He was quite a character and this past Christmas my family and I reminisced about him and I’ve been thinking I want to write down some of these stories while my mom and aunt can help me remember things. :)

  13. I would love to use one of those books to make an album w/ my grandmother. She can’t see anymore, so I’d do the work. I would use it to get her to tell me about her husband, my grandfather. He was killed in WWII shortly after my mother was born. Grandma has never really talked about him. This would be a great opportunity!

  14. Wow – there are many I could do this for. But to narrow it down pretty quickly, while she’d be embarrassed, a tribute for my Grandmother is perfect for this. Why – because she’s a pretty amazing woman who did a lot not given very much and that needs to be honoured for both acknowledgment to herself and for her great-grandchild. Now if I only had photos to go with this! :-)

  15. Briana N. says:

    I would pay tribute to my grandmother. She took care of me while my parents were at work when I was little. I’d love for my son to “get to know her” a little better. It’s funny- reading your post I’m reminded of how she always smelled like coffee!

  16. What a great idea and METHOD to do it! I love it. I would probably do several tribute albums. I have many on my list, since I lost 6 granparents and an uncle over the span of about 4 years when I was young. I’d start with my maternal Grandmother though. She was the Grandma we were closest to (in miles and heartstrings) and we miss her everyday. I cannot belive my son will never meet her, that breaks my heart, even though she passed 15 years ago.

    Thank you Stacy.

  17. Stephanie says:

    I’d love to pay tribute to my Uncle. He died of AIDS in the early 90′s. He was a beautiful soul that experienced so much adversity at the end of his life due to his illness. I want my children to know that we love our family and stand by them when they have struggles. In our family, even though we make mistakes, we will never walk alone, be swept under a rug, or forgotten.

  18. What a great idea. I’d pay tribute to my mum and dad who are always there to help out when needed.

  19. What a beautiful idea Stacy, and your generosity is so wonderful. I would do a tribute my Mom and Dad. I have CFS, Fibro and Lead Poisoning and they have been so supportive and caring of me even though they are both in their 70′s. My husband and son have been amazing too although I get to thank them every day!

  20. Christine H says:

    While I know you can pay tribute to someone still with you, I think I would want to help my husband do this for his father who passed away 4 weeks after the birth of our only child (he turned 14 yesterday). My husband is the baby of 7 and was very close to his father. He was so happy his father did not succomb to cancer before he could see our son. He was so sick and miserable. We have exactly one picture of our son laying next to him in his bed. All through our son’s life, my husband will say things like “I did this with Grandpa Hogue when I was your age” or “Grandpa Hogue taught me and now I get to teach you.” While I know he is thankful for the wonderful relationship our son has with my parents, I also know he sometimes wishes his son had been given a chance to know his other grandpa. I would love to see what that 2 minutes would reveal and I know my husband would embrace the chance to do it. Thanks for the idea and great detailed instructions.

  21. How cute! What a great gift… maybe for mother’s day??! I’ve got the juices flowing now, thanks for the tips!

  22. Love your advice! I’d pay tribute to my baby brother, who passed away at only 6 1/2 months (nearly 21 years ago). I’m currently honoring my amazing aunt and Grandma at GoodGriefBlog.com, but my brother was such a big part of my childhood, even though his life was so short. As an only child, I used to ask for a sibling each Christmas/Birthday … he was my dream come true! He was a preemie, his lungs never developed … but I cherish the memories I have of visiting him in the NICU. I was just thinking the other day about how the WInter Olympics always remind me of him (I remember watching 1988 olympic ice skating in the waiting room at the hospital!) Thanks for the encouragement, I need to get these thoughts documented.

  23. Once again you’ve posted just what I need when I need it. I was just thinking today about doing a tribute album for my cousin whose cancer has returned. She is also about to have a colostomy this week because of an uncommon side effect to the type of chemo she is currently taking. So it’s all compounding with interest so to speak.

    I would love to do a quick crazy mini-album for her. I mean this woman had hot pink foil and flocked paisley wall paper in her room growing up. She still loves hot pink and lots of color. How cool is that? Your 2 minute album is the perfect placed to start whether I win anything or not.

    My second idea is also for my Dad who has cancer. Fortunately the treatment is working, but I’d like to do a favorites album for him. Once again this is the perfect place to start.

    Wahoo. Time to put my LOM system to work with a 2 minute memory album. Yipee!

  24. I did this the Christmas after my Grandpa died. I collected all the newspaper articles about him (war, wedding, retirement) and luckily I did a biography about him in high school to also insert into the scrapbook. I also contacted all my family and had them write down different things about him. I compiled everything and created a scrapbook for each family. It is treasured throughout the family.

  25. I would write a tribute to my brother, who died of AIDS 15 years ago. He was such a great guy and I miss him still.

  26. This post brought tears to my eyes. My grandfather passed away two weeks ago and it’s been very hard. I flew across the country to say good bye to him and to hear my grandmother tell me people don’t stay married for 64 years these days and to know that my husband is precious and a keeper. I would love to pay tribute to a wonderful husband and grandfather who I think of every day in heaven with my dad, who passed away 27 years ago this month at the age of 30. I miss both these men and hope that a small album like this would bring some good feelings and rest to my weary soul.

  27. I’d do a book about my grandmother. She died when I was 12 and my younger siblings barely remember her and yet in some ways my sister is very much like her. I would like them and their children to know her.

  28. Dee Cummins says:

    I would pay tribute to my brother who died just 3 years ago this Valentine’s Day. Just this morning, my sister and I were sending each other old emails that he had sent us. It was sad, but very nice to ‘hear’ him again. I would make it for my sister who misses him so much.

  29. First off…do NOT put me in for this great giveaway. I probably have about 10 of the 2-minute memories myself in different colors :) I just used one to make a little dance book for my niece (she was about 3). They are perfect for tribute books & make nice gifts. But I did just finish a 12×12 tribute album that I gave to my sister that was all about her son who died in 2008. All she has to do is journal it when she’s ready.

  30. I would love to make one of these about my aunt who passed away in November. When my dad died 25 years ago (I was 15) she swooped in and became my 2nd mom. I want to always remember the fun things about her & not all the sad! This looks like a great way to do just that! Thanks for the push to get it started!

  31. This may be silly but I’d pay tribute to my little boy. He just turned one this past weekend. He’s my 2nd child but first boy and I have had the best year with him. He reminds me to stop and enjoy the little things. Such a happy little guy that I wish I could just bottle him up and keep him like this.His personality, smile, love for his sister. . . all of it. Wish it could last forever!

  32. I’d pay tribute to my grandmother. She has been my number one fan, biggest supporter, shoulder to cry on, world’s best mentor and personal comedian for as long as I can remember.

  33. This is so crazy. My dad turns 60 this year and I was trying to think of something special to do…but things like that really overwhelm me. I saw the post and thought “Well, we all know I don’t scrapbook, but I’ll read this anyway.” By the time I finished your step by step instructions, I thought: “I can SO do that!” Thanks, Stacy! (It will be especially easy if I win one of those books!)

  34. Linda Purcel says:

    Hi Stacy! this idea for a mini album sounds so doable…and simple!! I have been wanting to do a mini in tribute to my husband who passed away in 2002. Something that would give anyone a glimpse of who he was and what he was like. That’s who I would do my book about. It would be a good gift to my kids. Would love to win one:) Thanks for the idea! Linda

  35. I LOVE this idea! I love the simplicity of it. I haven’t yet really written anything following my Grandma’s death 1.5 years ago. I think I might do this for her. : )

  36. Sherrie M. says:

    My grandfather. He passed away two years ago. Though he had 7 children to carry on his memory, they have a VERY different perspective than I do on the man I knew in his later years. Would love to document some of those memories of him. Thanks Stacy!

  37. My mom, because she’s awesome :)

  38. I would make an album about my father. He passed away almost two years ago and my children were too young to remember him.

  39. I would love to pay tribute to a good friend, Debbie, who lost her battle with a brain tumor several years ago. I miss her every day.

  40. I would pay tribute to my Dad. He died of a heart attack in 1975 but he is the closest to my heart. I recently completed a Big Picture Yesterday and Today class with Ali E. And all I think about is getting my thoughts together to do something as a tribute to him. I think the 2-minute memories idea is a wonderful jumping off point!! Thanks so much for the idea, and thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  41. I would love to make one of these about my Dad! My husband never knew him, my kids never knew him, and I would love for them to get to know him through pictures and words.

  42. I need to pay tribute to by husband. Today is his first day at a new job after being out of work for 14 long months. For the past 14 months he has been brave, pleasant, and had a fabuous attitude! Thanks for the reminder that I need to tell him that–and a little album would be a nice way to do that.

  43. Charmayne Bowling says:

    One of my BFF’s suffered a very sad loss Saturday Jan 30th 2010~her nephew who was surving a mission for our church(lds) in Romania went to sleep Friday night. Both he and his companion never woke up-there was a gas leak in their apt. and they passed away that night. So very sad to lose them~they were only 20 yrs old. I want to bring some happiness to her~remind her how blessed we are to have the gospel-how blessed McKay was to be a servant of the Lord. I would love to give this to her with the instructions ~ she dabbles in scrapbooking and I think this would be right up her alley. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  44. My father passed away in July 1988 with a massive heart attack. I would love to use this little album as a tribute to him!

  45. Tiffany H says:

    I would love to pay tribute to my grandmother who passed away about a year before my first of two children were born. I would love for my kids to learn a little more about my grandmother in a tribute album. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  46. I would pay tribute to my Uncle Eddie. My dad died when I was only 5 and my uncle always made time for me. I would love to share this wonderful man with my daughter and the 9 great grandchildren that don’t have any memories of him at all.

  47. Angela Weinzierl says:

    I so love that you posted this! I spent Saturday with my 82 year old grandma who was in my area for just that day. (She lives almost 1000 miles away) and I had to drive 150 miles to spend it with her. On the drive home I was wondering how I could do some kind of book of what she means to me– especially since my daughter is named after her. It seemed so overwhelming to try and incorporate everything she means to me. But this little tribute is such a doable thing and just the right size for my daughter to hold and look through as well. Thanks Stacy for a chance to win but thank you even more for a great idea I can try on my own!

  48. I would do one for my mom. She died, way too young, of cancer. My daughter has very few memories of her when she was healthy and vibrant. I would capture her playing with us in the backyard rather than doing housework. I would show her hard at work with her bowling team. I am often told that I am my mother’s daughter and I would like to honor her.

  49. There are so many people I can see doing this for, but I think the one person I would choose to do would be my grandma. She died just days after 9/11 when I was 3 months away from giving birth to my 2nd child. My mom and I were visiting her every Friday for lunch and playtime for my 2 year old. I grew up across the country from her (and all of my extended family including the only other grandparent I ever knew who died years before her) so I was excited for this time my child and I had to get to know Grandma better. She died all of a sudden, mere hours after we visited her. How grateful I was that we had been consistent with our visits and got the most out of the time we had together. My oldest doesn’t remember her, and the others never got to know her. I’d love to take this chance to remember her for myself and let them know how special she was for me.

  50. I would pay tribute to my grandmother. She is 86 years old and has had a hard life…but she doesn’t ask for help or pity and is always cheery and positive. I want her to know what an impact she has had on my life before her life ends.

  51. I would do a tribute to my husbands grandmother. She basically raised him and he was very close to her. He’s always telling my kids and I stories about the fun they had and the wonderful food that she made him. How she would always serve “real” butter and not margarine like his mom always had. Little things like that – I think they’re important and we don’t want to forget them! :)

  52. I believe I would use this and create it for my girls about my mom!! thanks for the opportunity

  53. Jennifer C. says:

    My tribute album would have to feature my grandma. She lived in Canada, and while we travelled to visit as often as we could, there were not many trips. She became very ill at the same time my dad was battling a life-threatening illness. I stayed behind to care for dad and sent my 12 yo daughter to visit grandma with my mom – this daughter of mine was always my grandmother’s favorite. I did not get the chance to visit her again before she died and I wish my kids knew her as I did growing up – elegant and classy, but not afraid to get down on the floor and play.

  54. I would pay tribute to my mom because she doesn’t get enough recognition and thanks from my brothers, and she really deserves it.

  55. julie ann says:

    it would go to my husband’s grandmother. she just celebrated her 90th year and is such an amazing, inspirational woman. reading your entry (before i even saw you were giving one away!) filled me w/ a strong desire to create one to celebrate my children’s GREAT grandmother, whom they adore…especially while she can still appreciate it! as always, thanks for the inspiration! :)

  56. My grandmother. With old magazines and flour/water paste, she taught me collage. Her tea parties, her Thanksgiving dinners. She encouraged our creativity by making tents with a card table, pretend campfires in her living room and stopped us from eating the red berries off that bush. She was my Granny.

  57. carol in seattle :) says:

    I never met her, but I think I’d do a book about my husband’s mother. She must have been an incredible mother to create a being as wonderful as my husband! I wish I could thank her!

  58. My paternal grandfather. I attempted it shortly after his death and was too overwhelmed. I felt I didn’t have enough stories to fill a large album. One of these would be perfect!

  59. I would make a tribute about my mom, because she passed away before my children were born, and I want them to “know” her.

  60. Stacy – I absolutely love this idea! I remember seeing your book you did about your Grandmother Addie in my copy of “The Big Picture”. I was a faithful reader of Simple Scrapbooks for me years but must have missed the product that the team created. My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and this will be my first one without her. As a tribute to her and as a gift for her grandchildren I would LOVE to create such a tribute album for her. There are so many things that I know I have not told my children about this remarkable woman that they really need to know like how I can still remember her warming my hands by the fireplace on a cold snowy day or making Lemon Meringue Pie and always letting me lick the bowl.

  61. Cynthia B. says:

    I would pay tribute to my dad. Just yesterday, I was trying to strike up a conversation with him over the phone, but he quickly handed the phone to my mom. He’s changed a lot in the last 10 years…and honestly, I’m not sure how much longer we’ll have him around. What I’d like is for my kids to know him, to remember him as I remember him when I was younger – his younger, more energetic self. Your idea is a great starter for that.
    Thanks for the chance to win a book, but regardless of whether I win, thanks so much for these ideas to preserve our precious family memories!!

  62. My father passed away a year ago and I would like to make a book for him. My sister also passed away 9 years ago and I haven’t created anything specifically about her.

  63. Kathy in MN says:

    Hey Stacy-I don’t need to win, I have a few of these. I just wanted to let you know I did it! I did a tribute album for my mom for mother’s day last year and she LOVED it. Such a great gift. Found some great photos to go with (thanks to my sis Karen for helping) and wa-la. What a great little product those books are.

  64. I would make a tribute album to my dad. He passed away 22 years ago when I was 21, and I still can’t talk about him without getting teary. He was my hero, and I so wish he was around to share in the wonderful, and some not so wonderful, moments in my life. I know I was treasured by him, and it’s hard to believe how much I still miss him.

  65. I would make a tribute album of my grandparents. They passed away a couple of years ago within 6 weeks of each other. There are so many things I would love for my younger kids to know about them. This would be a very accessible way to start the process!! Thanks Stacy!

  66. Scrapping has been therapy for me lately. I just finished a memorial album for a man who has been like a father to me, he is dying of cancer. This weekend I just scrapped a layout with hidden journaling – where I could let my bare my soul in contrast to the “strong woman” that everyone is counting on to help them through this. Perhaps it is easier to create a tribute album when you know someone that your going to miss a whole lot, is on borrowed time.
    Sadly, I have never created a tribute album for my grandmother, and this thread – reading others notes, is making me think of her. So many things I can remember about her, yet not preserved in any way. A little album is a perfect way to preserve my memories of her – especially since all the photos of her are little snapshots. Thanks for a reminder that doing is more important than how fancy it is.

  67. I would like to pay tribute to my son. He is graduating from high school soon, more specifically from homeschooling. See, we have homeschooled since Nick was 3. First it was preschool, then it became a passion to open the world for our children and strive for academic excellence. It has been such a gift to be able to homeschool him. He has risen to every challenge. And from the University that has invited him to attend their honors college with scholarships we can only feel pride for his job well done! He amazes me each and every day!

  68. I would make one about my late grandmother.

  69. My grandfather, my parents & I lived with my grandparents when I was growing up so he was like a father to me. My grandparents took me on a lot of vacations with them & thanks to them I visited 48 states and Canada before I entered high school. My grandfather was a huge influence o my life and I’m sure he would’ve had the same impact on gthe lives of my 3 boys. He died (I want to say suddenly, but he was 84 years old so I’m not sure I could call it sudden) when my oldest boy was 9 months old everyday one of the boys does something that reminds me of this amazing man they never really knew, I’d like to give them some idea of who he was and what he meant to me.

  70. I would pay tribute to my Dad. He’s still alive and kicking, but I always forget to scrapbook about him. He’s been an awesome dad my whole life, but I have especially loved him these past few years for the special relationship he is forming with my children. Great idea, Stacy!

  71. my dad, he passed away when my kids were younger and their memories are fading – I need to help them remember what a special guy my dad was.

  72. Yolanda B. says:

    Tribute to my brother-in-law, Kevin, he lost is battle to cancer 3 years ago. His eldest is heading to college this fall and I will give the mini-book to him.

  73. I really like this idea. I’d love to do one of these tributes on my Grandpa Vito. I miss him terribly and have told my kids about him all their lives, but I wonder if they will tell their children. If I leave a book behind, chances are future generations will know who he was.

  74. stamphappy2001 says:

    Wow this sounds like a great idea for my Dad. He died 11 years ago and I can’t seem to scrapbook anything about him. I will have to try this 2 minute memory. Very wonderful. I am putting that on an idea card to do.

  75. Frances C. says:

    I’d do a tribute album to my grandmother … the most spiritual and strong woman I’ve ever known. She was so wise not because of what she knew but because of what she went through in her lifetime. February is the month she passed away five years ago. I remember the day she passed away, my son and I were driving home and we noticed a cloud that was in a shape of a heart. In awe of it, my son says “Hey mom, Valentine’s Day is coming up!” When we got home, we got the call she passed away … a couple of days later she was buried on “Valentine’s Day”. At the burial site my son said, “Valentine’s Day is a beautiful day to go to Heaven!”

    We miss her so much!

  76. I would pay tribute to my grandma and give it to my mom. Her mom has been gone for almost 9 years and I know that she still misses her everyday. Thanks for the great idea!

  77. Love the memory book. I lost both of my parents after caring for them both for 7 years. It was a long road. I know it’s important for me to remember their healthly good years. There is so much good they left in me. I sure miss them and would love to pay tribute.

  78. I love the idea of a tribute album. I would make one to honour my mother, who I lost nine years ago to cancer. As a divorced mother of two little ones, she was my rock, my shoulder to cry on and my champion. What better way to share my memories of her with every one I know!

  79. I would pay tribute to my grandmother. She taught me so much. She knew how to do it all and if she didn;t she learned. She started her own cake business at the age of 62. All of her business was by word of mouth. She was very successful. I treasure the times speant with her. I want my kids to remember her and the amazing women she was.

  80. My grandma – she died in June, and I would love to create a tribute album to keep the memories and lessons she taught me fresh in my head and my heart.

  81. I would make this tribute to my Grandpa Benjamin. He passed away 9 years ago in Oct and he was my male role model. As a rebelous teenager and unable to adjust to a stepfather I lived with my grandparents from 16- until graduation. I was able to maintain a close relationship with my mother and siblings because of the distance ( we only lived about 5 miles apart) he was alot like the crusty old guy in Grumpy old men.
    But he loved me .

  82. I would make a tribute to my mom. She passed away at age 42 after a 10 year battle with breast cancer. I was 12 when she was diagnosed; she died a year after I got married, when I was 22. She lived long enough to see me get married, but she didn’t get to see any grandchildren, which she was SO looking forward to. I have lots of pictures of her, and I want to make a tribute album so my own 4 kids can see what a special person she was. I actually haven’t had the courage to do this yet, as I’m not sure what kinds of emotions it will stir up, but your post has given me the courage to face this head-on. Thank you, Stacy!

  83. I would do a tribute album for my father-in-law. My children adore their PawPaw and we’re not sure how much longer he has with us. He has Primary Lateral Sclerosis and it’s beginning to take his ability to walk and talk.

  84. Stacey, I would pay tribute to my grandmother. Our GG was 92 years old when she passed in June ’09. Growing up she lived far away and I never really got to know her. Then 6 years ago we moved her within 5 miles of my home. These last 6 years were probably the most fulfilling years of my life. She was a wonderful Godly women who dedicated her life to the Lord, found the good in all people and things, and never viewed the glass half empty, even during the last 6 months of her life while on hospice. She was the strongest women that I have ever known. My son (age 6) grew up with her around and helped with her care in the end. My daugher is named after gram and unfortunately won’t probably remember her. Therfore I want to create something special that she can treasure. Thanks for the opportunity!

  85. I would make one of my Dad. We lost him in April and I have lots of pictures and memories… it just feels too hard to deal with. I think something small like a 2 minute book would be perfect.

  86. I would make a tribute album for my grandma – there have been a number of times that my dad has told me that I remind him of his mom and I really should document this! Thanks Stacy.

  87. I would like to do a tribute to my deceased father. He has been gone 22 years this month. I feel like a small album would help me get a few characteristics down on paper, before the next generation grows and never gets a feel for him.

  88. I would pay tribute to my grandfather. He died over 30 years ago. He was very succcessful in the Army, but his most amazing talent was making each and every one of his grandchildren feel like THEY were his favorite by doing wonderful things like peeling an apple in one piece and bouncing you on his knee singing “pony girl/boy.” Simple, wonderful times.

  89. Kimberly Goon says:

    I would make a book for my grandfather. My children were all lucky enough to have known him briefly. Great Grandpa was different when they knew him than when I knew him. I want them to know the young, robust healthy, funny, loving man I remember.

  90. I would do a tribute to my dad. He passed away of cancer while I was pregnat with my twins. He wanted so badly to live to see his grandkids. That was almost ten years ago and I still miss him terribly. He loved kids and would have been so proud of my kids. They should have had a chance to know their grandpa.

  91. For 18 years I have been wanting to create a tribute to my mom who passed away in 1992. My best friend, my hope and inspiration, my support of my life – my mom. I have often felt I needed to start a foundation in her honor, write a novel about her, so many things but sadly, I do nothing and it hurts. I would love to be able to break the ice and begin, and perhaps this mini tribute will be my motivation.

  92. I think I would start with a tribute to my Mom and Dad to make sure they know how much they mean to me.

  93. Cindy Harley says:

    I would pay tribute to my mom. She is 80 years and has always been there for me and has travelled with me through my journey.

  94. Lisa14895 says:

    Ohhh, I have so many loved ones that I would want to pay tribute to…my grandfather who passed away in 1986, my great-grandma who passed away a couple of years later, and my mom, my mother-in-law, and my husband (all of whom are still with us, thank God.)

  95. Hi Stacy: I’m not sure if you saw this, but I was in an article title “Scrapbooking Saved My Marriage” in First For Women Magazine recently and part of the article is about THIS VERY MINI ALBUM! I got one as a door prize at a scrapbooking party. I’ll send you a link to the article if you’d like :) Katie.

    p.s. At the time I also got one “for my daughter” and at the time I didn’t have a daughter but now I do, so I’d complete the one about her!

    p.s. so don’t put me in the drawing – just wanted to share :)

  96. I will pay tribute to my mom. She passed away unexpectedly on October 25, 2009 of a pulmonary embolism. I didn’t get to say goodbye and I’ve been searching for the right way to tell the story of how much she meant to me and all of the important lessons that she taught me. I miss her terribly and am looking forward to using this method to get all of these important thoughts written down. Thanks Stacy!

    • Dear Kari,

      I am touched by your story and those of who have posted here. My Mom passed away on October 25th also. I am sorry for your loss. I hope that you read this reply. I share so much of what you wrote. Thank you, Kari.

      Take care,

      Renee J.

      • Hi Renee,
        I just happened to check this tonight and saw your reply. Thanks so much for taking the time to share with me. I’m sorry that you are without your mom too. It’s such a strange feeling to not be able to pick up the phone and ask her what temperature and for how long I need to cook a roast or some other everyday thing like that. I do have a great family and friends, and I hope you do too!
        Kari

        • Kari, thanks for writing back. I do know exactly what you mean about wanting to reach for the phone. I still have a message that my Mom left on my cell phone. It’s very special.

          Yes, I do have wonderful family and friends; they are great. ‘So glad you have the same. I am happy that Stacy has this wonderful blog for all of us. too. Feel free to write back, Kari. Hmmmm-I wonder if Stacy has a chat spot on her blog if you would like to keep in touch.

          Take care,

          Renee

  97. I would make a tribute to my mom — at 82 years old she’s done so much for me, my siblings, my children . . . just everyone! She has everything she possibly wants. Paying her a tribute would be so heartfelt.

  98. Hello Stacy,

    Thank you so much for thinking of us. I would like to pay tribute to both of my parents. They both taught me so much. Until I read this blog, I did not know where to begin. My heart is filled with so much love for them. I want to share it. They both gave so much to me and our family. I hope this tribute would honor them in the same way they have honored all of us. I miss them so much! Thank you, Stacy.

  99. Kelly Koesters says:

    I would do a tribute to my mother in law who was struck in a pedestrian accident and passed away 5 years ago. She was a special lady and I want my kids to remember her.

  100. My mother passed away unexpectedly two years before my oldest of three daughters was born. I would love to create one of these little albums about my mother. My girls are now old enough to begin asking questions and this album would be a perfect way to give them a glimpse into the wonderful woman my mother was.

  101. I would do a tribute to my dad….want to honor him always. Like your album….great way to share your thoughts.

  102. I am currently working on a tribute/celebration album of DH for our 10 year anniversary. I am including many of the things I love about him and remembering how the past ten years have gone. Just reading your post has given me a neat idea for one of the pages. With your album I would also make a tribute album to my grandparents who could be gone at any moment. It would be nice for my kids to see more about their “grandparents in Cardston.”

  103. I would do a tribute to my maternal grandmother and my mother together, comparing and contrasting what I have learned from them about mothering – I love what I have inherited from them!

  104. I would pay tribute to my grandparents who are no longer with us. They were such wonderful people and I miss them a lot. Unfortunately my daughter never met them, but I want her to know all about them anyway. We even named my daughter’s middle name after my grandmother (Isabelle). So she will be connected no matter what!

  105. I would pay tribute to my 18 year old son who at 14 years of age had to amputate a limb and a year later suffered a stroke that he is still trying to recover from. He is an inspiration to many. This small project would be a great gift to present to him when he graduates from high school this year.

  106. I’d do one for my dad. He’s been gone 16 years now. Seems forever.

  107. Kimberly Ann says:

    I would create a tribute album for my Dad. He’s still living, but I would love to create an album of the life lessons he taught me growing up and share that with my children in the future.

  108. My dad died 5 years ago in December and I still miss him.

  109. ElizaBeth D. says:

    Wow! It’s strange but wonderful how timely your posts are. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to pay tribute to my best friend/cousin whom I lost last May after a valiant fight with breast cancer. I miss her terribly every day and would love, love, love to be able to show her three daughters (ages 11, 8 & 3-1/2) how wonderful, caring, special & thoughtful their mom was. Thanks for sharing this perfect idea! You rock Stacy!!

  110. I would make a tribute album about my dad–he’s still alive at 80, but I know that time is short. My oldest brother and he aren’t talking right now because of an issue that came up for them recently. It really breaks my heart because I’ve heard of this in families but never experienced it before. We always thought we all got along so very well and couldn’t understand how other families could spend years not communicating. Unfortunately, when you sweep things under the rug often enough, it will pile up and come exploding out. So I would like to do something about my dad and share it with my brother (and my other siblings) so that we can focus on the positive rather than be mired in the negative.

    Wow! That all came streaming out. Guess I am really going to need to do this project whether or not I win! Thanks for that revelation!

  111. Wow. How completely FANTASTIC is this idea!! I would LOVE to create a 2-minute memory album for my daughters about my grandfather. He was such an incredible, incredible man. He passed away long before they were born (before I even met my husband) but I know that they would have loved him as much as I still do to this day. Thank you for the fabulous idea. I think that if I’m not quite lucky enough to win, I’m going to create one of these anyway. Such a great idea. Thank you.

  112. Jen Collins says:

    My sister gave one of these to me for my birthday! I love it! I think it would be fun for my kids to make one for their teacher at the end of the year.
    How fun!

  113. Trina McBride says:

    Tribute album! I love this idea. I would create one of my 90 year old grandmother. I know her life here on earth is not going to last much longer and would love to create this before she’s gone. She is an amazing lady and has seen so much thru the years. My children will not know her very

  114. Trina McBride says:

    oops…part 2. My children will not know her very well as they are very young but I wan them to have a part of her.
    And I would make a second one in honor of my BFF Lisa who passed away of Leukemia 3-1/2 years ago. She is the person who pushed me to be a better scrapbooker and the reason I know why it’s so important to scrapbook. She was truly talented and a true friend…one I don’t want to ever forget.
    Trina

  115. I would make a mini tribute album about either my mom, who died 8 years ago before I was married or had children…or about her dad, my dear grandpa who I spent many a summer with as a child and whom we named our 1st son after.

  116. I would love to do a tribute album about my husband’s grandfather! He was an amazing man. He stole a boat to get his family out of Vietnam when the Communists were after him and my father-in-law. He died suddenly when my son (who was named after him) was only 2 months old. We talk about him often to my now 2 year old, but I’d love to do a tribute album for him to enjoy!

  117. I would do a tribute album to my Nana. She is the most incredible woman that I know, but I don’t think she realizes how much she’s touched my life!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  118. I have been struggling with a tribute album almost from the time I started scrapbooking over 10 years ago. It would be for my neice who died at the age of 18. She was killed by a drunk driver and left all of our family with a huge void in our lives. I believe that your idea would be perfect as I think it should be so “crammed” with all that we remember about Michelle. Thank you Stacy

  119. Three years ago, I met a fantastic gal at CKU Anaheim. We met in the registration line and spent the rest of the weekend together. We met up again at CKU Provo, and she came to our house to meet my family. She is exhuberant, inspiring and so creative. We might not see each other or chat for weeks or months, but when we connect it is like there has been no lapse in time. I would do a tribute album for my friend Autumn, because she is always creating albums for others, and it’s time someone did one for her!

  120. scrapper al says:

    There are so many people to honor, but honestly, maybe winning this mini album and doing the exercise would be the kick-in-the pants I need to honor my husband.

  121. Kathie Simmons says:

    My Grandaddy died 2 years ago this Spring. He was 96 years old. He was the oldest of 8 children – the oldest member of my dad’s side of the family for decades. He was raised in a family that “dry-land” farmed in very eastern Colorado – extremely hard work! His teen years were spent helping his parents and siblings survive through the dust bowl and Depression. The most important thing in his life was his relationship with God. He loved his wife and missed her desperately when she died after their 45th anniversary. That is his legacy. I can’t believe how much I miss him and how often I think about him. I have been trying to figure out how to even begin an album about him and just haven’t known how to start. Thank you!

  122. My grandma who died almost 20 years ago – she was a big influence on who I’ve become and I know that my own children don’t know much about her. Thanks for the push – and the how to – on paying tribute to her.

  123. Great idea Stacy! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I’m adding this to my list of projects for this year. I would probably start with my grand mother who passed away a year ago, only a few months after my son was born. I am glad she met him but would love to put down on paper what she meant to me… and share it first with my brother, then with my son when he’s older.

  124. What a great idea! I’ve been struggeling with those unrealistic expectations for almost 5 years, since my daughter died. She only lived for eight hours and even though these are the most precious hours of my life, it still hurts to much to make a the big everything-in-it-album that is worthy of her. Your idea of a two-minute tribute is a great way to finally create SOMETHING for her. Even if I won’t get the chance to work with one of your albums: I’m going to do this!

  125. I would love to do one of my mum and/or dad both of whom died well before my children were born.

  126. That little album was so sweet. What a wonderful tribute.

    I was thinking of making a similar album for my mom on Mother’s Day (Things I Love About Mom). I ended up writing quite a lot even though growing up I’ve always felt detached from her. That actually made me feel good, especially now that I have kids of my own and our relationship is getting better. Now thanks to the LOM pre-work that I’m doing, I’ve also compiled photos to use!

  127. I would make one for my dad and a person at work, who taught me so much. This is a grand idea! Love it! Also looking forward to your Ebook on Creativity at Ella this month!

  128. Kathy Jo Camacho says:

    I would make one for my husband. So that he knows NOW just how much I love him. ( I don’t want to wait until he can’t hear the words.)

  129. Last summer while visiting my parents in Wyoming, I “stole” a bunch of photographs from my mom. My intention is to make an album for my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary this spring (April 30th, to be exact).
    So now I have a bunch of fabulous old (and newer) photos, but really no idea where to start. Actually, now I do have an idea where to start, thank you, and all it will take is two minutes.

  130. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my grandmother. She’s been gone 10 years now and I still miss her. I’m a foreign service brat and Gramma’s place was the constant in all the moving. I’ve just gotten married and I often wonder what she’d think of my husband. I’d love to have an album of pictures and thoughts about her to keep me company when I’m feeling lonely.

  131. My mother died suddenly in April 2007 at the age of 56 when she lost her battle with depression. I have one younger sister, and she and my mother were very close. I would use your album to make a tribute about my mother for my sister. I would leave some of it blank so she could add her own memories. Thank you for all the inspiration!

  132. I’d love to start an album about my dad now, while he is still here. He’s led such a colorful life, I want to collect his memories now, straight from the horse’s mouth.

  133. Rosa Neno says:

    I would make a tribute to my little girl, who I miscarried at 8 and half weeks on this past new year’s eve. She was our miracle baby, the doctor’s said age 45 I wouldnt ever conceive, due to blocked tubes, but my husband and I did, naturally with no help. I have several ultrasound phots, that is all, but so much emotion inside, so many dreams that were never to be realized on this side of eternity. I would like a simple way to remember her, so never will anyone forget her, as she is still a part of our family, and now in heaven with the Lord Jesus, and I know I will see her again someday.

  134. I miss my Mom sooooo much. Have been wanting to do an album of some sort but overwhelmed and just freeze whenever I try.

  135. Both of my parents have passed away. I’d love to include them both.

    I’m excited to try this little project. I’ve been meaning to create a family history album for ages, but just seem stuck on putting down the facts. I just wasn’t sure how to incorporate what I treasured about them both. This would be a great starting point.

  136. What a great idea and treasure to pass down. I would make one for my kids who lost their grandmother (my mom) a few years ago. I have struggled trying to figure out how to help honor her and help them remember the good times they had with when they were little.

  137. I lost my dad last year, and have been gathering things for a comprehensive album,but I just haven’t been able to tackle something of that magnitude yet. The mini albums sound like a great solution to my block.

  138. my cousin, she was killed last year by her boyfriend, she was 33. she has a 7yr. old son, who i would love to give him something to remember her & get to know her.

  139. I’d do the album to pay tribute to my good friend Donna. She suffers from mixed connective tissue disease and is in constant pain, yet continually gives to others and shares her humor with everyone.

  140. I would make a tribute album for my father-in-law. He was in the hospital over Christmas and we all thought we were going to lose him….he had pneumonia and emphysema. He is now resting comfortably at home but hospice has only given him 3-6 months to live. I know that he is trying to record some memories and thoughts and it would be fun to help him put it in a book. Or, to get my husband to help record some memories of his dad. This is a great idea!

  141. I would make the book for my best friend growing up. She was like a sister to me, only closer than that. She unexpectedly died when we were 21. That was 17 years ago and I still haven’t been able to bring myself to scrapbook her album. I have things gathered and photos gathered and stories to tell, but I just can’t do it yet. Maybe this would be a good solution.

    Corinna
    http://www.myscrapbooklife.com

  142. I would make a tribute album of my daughter who passed away 9 years ago at the age of 15 from injuries she sustained in a car accident. I would then give it to my other daughter who was 13 at the time. She and Amy were best friends and I know Suzi misses her a lot. Now that she’s living on her own out of state, I think it would be a great keepsake for her.

  143. Clara Ewell says:

    My grandmother– she just died 2 weeks ago. My children will never remember her and I want to create something that shows them who she was.

  144. Monika Wright says:

    It would have to be my Mom. We have always been close, but in recent years we have been more vocal about our opinions. So, I really need to let her know how much I appreciate the person I became through her love, and guidance, and loyalty.

  145. My hubbie would be the recipient of my 2-minute tribute book … it would be good for him to be reminded of the reasons why I love him! (I could share it with our kids too!)

  146. I have a grandbaby and I’d love to create a book for her about my mom and dad who are in Heaven! I’ve often wondered how to do a tribute book (my Mom, Dad and Sister are all in Heaven) and this sounds like just what I am looking for. Thanks!

  147. I would pay tribute to my best friend, who just asked me to be her maid of honour, and I have been trying to figure out something (not too costly!) that I could make to let her know how I feel about her, and give her as a gift.

  148. Brenda Martino says:

    My husband died 6 years ago when my son was only 11. He will graduate from high school next year and I would love to give him a memory book to carry with him as he walks across the stage so that he will feel that his dad is with him during this important rite of passage. Even if I don’t win, I will make this for him. Thank you so much for the idea!

  149. This year in October will be the 20th anniversary of my dad’s death. He died before I was married so my husband and daughter don’t know this great man. They only know him from the memories I share, so this would be an incredible opportunity to introduce him to the man that shaped my life and made me who I am in so many ways.

  150. Susanne N. says:

    i would love one! my dad died in a tragic accident when i was 9 and my sister was 18 months. i don’t have a lot of pictures of him and even after 28 years the memories are so painful that i have never scrapbooked anything of just him. but i really want to create something that shows what an impact he had on my life for 9 years and all the good things i can remember. i have now reached the age that i am older than he was when he died and it’s a very strange feeling since it seems like just yesterday everything happened.
    thank you so much for the chance to win~ i have photo freedom and am slowly adapting things to coincide with your wonderfully simple philosophy!
    thanks stacy–your’re a great inspiration.

  151. I’d love to pay a tribute to our 17 yr old son as he prepares to graduate high school. I’d love for him to have a tangible reminder of all the ways he has touched us as he (& we!)
    prepare for his next stage in life. Just a little something that he can take with him.

    Thank You for the opportunity ~

  152. I would pay tribute to my mom-my hero. She passed away a year ago after battling terminal cancer for 2.5 years. She was originally only given 18 months to live and she lived for 29 months. She was a single mom and raised 4 kids. We were her biggest joys in life and she was ours.

    She was diagnosed shortly after I got married and only wanted to live to see her grand-babies be born. I got pregnant a year after her diagnosis and shortly after she took a turn for the worst. She hung on until my daughter was born and passed away when my daughter was 3 months old. A month later we found out I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter. We gave her my mom’s name as her middle name and I truly believe she carries my mom’s spirit.

    I want to create a tribute album so my daughters will know what a wonderful and beautiful person their grandmother was and how much she loved them. She encompassed all the values that I want to pass along to my daughters and I want them to know who special she was.

  153. Malia in Seattle says:

    I’d pay tribute to my father-in-law Arnold. He passed away unexpectedly a couple weeks ago. He was 88 and completely interested in life. He lived through the Great Depression, served in WW II, had numerous careers, raised three kids, was married to his best friend for 52 years, and just bought his first Apple laptop. He lived his life like he kept his sock drawer– impeccable. There will always be a spot in my heart and in our family that will ache a little with his loss.

  154. I would like to pay tribute to my grandpa. He died in August 2004 after battling pancreatic cancer so he’s never met my husband and my two awesome little boys. It’s funny you should post this, I was just thinking of him this morning, wishing there was a way for them to get to know him. Thank you.

  155. Now that I think about it… I have made so many scrapbook pages, but have never highlighted my mother and father. My tribute mini album would be dedicated to my parents. Thanks for helping me see this oversight. ; )

  156. My mom…hands down! She’s been through a lot of rough times in her life. And when I’ve been through rough times, she’s been with me every step of the way. Whenever we ask/need her to do something, she’s always there for us…no questions asked and no complaints.

  157. Wow! You make things sound so easy. I love the way you broke this down. I would love to do a tribute to both of my parents, and both my daughters, and… well, I could go on and on. I really want to try this. Thanks.

  158. Oh goodness! My grandmother Sadie. I have a seven month old daughter named Sadie (named after my grandmother) and I would love to create a book for my Sadie to know her namesake!

  159. Thank you for bringing back some great memories. My Grandpa (step actually) was such a special person and meant so much to me. We were HIS grandchildren and he made sure to attend every event and spend as much time with us as he could. They were on vacation when he died and I never got to say good bye and this bothers me more than anything. He had gone out of his way to find a special gift to bring home to me, driving my Grandmother crazy with all of the stops, and I think this project will help me say Thank You and Good Bye. I’m going to work on this asap. Thanks Stacy!!

  160. I would like to pay tribute to my great grandmother, who raised me. She has been gone for a long time, but I have never really written about my experience with her. I would like to have a chance to document her wonderful, brave choice to give me a life I couldn’t have had with my own mother.

  161. I would like to pay tribute to my great-grandmother, who raised me. I would like to document some of the wonderful experiences I had with her and show my children the truly selfless, admirable person she was.

  162. What a fantastic way to do a tribute! I have been trying to figure out how to put one together for my parents and this is perfect :)
    You always seems to know how to inspire (LOVE THAT!) Thanks :)

  163. Great idea… Keepin it simple and making it doable. Love the idea…

  164. Barbara W. says:

    Love these little mini books. I am very intrigued by mini albums right now and would love to create one for my mom and for my dad. My children are beginning to have children and they will not have the opportunity to get to know these two very special people. A Memory album will be just the thing to share my memories.
    Thanks for all of the offers you make available.

  165. I would either do one about my husband or maybe one about our dogs. They really mean the world to us and I think I should do a nice album about them.

  166. I would do an album for my son…he’s struggling a bit with school and some self-esteem, and I think he needs a little boost to his ego to keep him going.

  167. Wow to pick just one person, hmmm I guess my mom. She past on May 2008 and my youngest was 4 he doesn’t really remember her. I’d like him to know more about her and this would help.

    Then I think I would copy the album idea and make others for other family members past.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Peggy

  168. Tracy Johnson says:

    I’d do this for my husband. He works so hard for us!! I’d get our daughters involved and do it together for him.

  169. You are such an inspiration!!! Thank you!
    I would actually like to pay tribute to a “time” instead of a person. We just recently had and ice storm/blizzard that caused us to be without power for 10 days. The first 4 days were without electricity, water, heat or a generator. It turned out to be an amazing experience. I have learned a lot from you, and I put some of it to work during that time. I decided to be thankful for everything I had instead of be miserable because of what I didn’t have. When you are in a situation like that, you almost get giddy when you find something you are thankful for. I really want to remember this time, and all the little lessons I learned, all the little things I was thankful for (even a candle addiction!) I took pictures of a lot of stuff because I knew I wanted to remember time…but have been struggling with what kind of album to put it in. This was an AHA moment for me…I think this process would be great way to do it.
    Thanks Stacy, for all you do, for all the encouragement and inspiration. You really have changed my life!

  170. OH WOW! I would love to do a tribute for my Grandma who passed away in November of 2005. What an awesome project! I’d love to do a lot of these for other grandparents in my life as well. I’d love to do one of my great-grandfather. My dad just emailed me today about him and this is what he said: “I had the greatest PawPaw that ever lived, and I’m seriously looking forward to see him again, playing a game of dominos, and getting to know him a lot better.” It would be great to record 10 of my dad’s memories about his PawPaw. This is truly AWESOME! I’m going to email my dad back and ask him to start recording some of his memories about his PawPaw so I’m ready to go! THANK YOU, Stacy!

  171. Right now my sisters and I are struggling to help our dad make that transition from living alone at the age of 84, needing more care, and making plans for the next step in his life of assisted living. It’s so difficult and none of us is ever prepared for it. I would make a book about him.

  172. What a great idea!
    I would pay tribute to my Mom. We had a fantastic relationship growing up and when I was 24 my Mom decided she needed to leave my Dad and a little bit of chaos ensued. I had a hard time seeing my Mom´s side of things and ever since our relationship has been a little bit strained. I think this would be a good healing exercise for me to focus on the positive things, things I like about my Mom, it would also prove to be a little bit of a challenge I think!
    Now you have really got me thinking….

  173. Oh wow! What a great idea! My mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer 9 weeks before my first child was born in 2005 and passed away 6 weeks before I gave birth to him. She was devastated that she would never get to meet her first born’s child- I was devestated that I was going to have to raise a child without her knowledge to help guide me along. I have all of these pictures in no order (mom was great at taking them, not so great at organizing them- hence why I started scrapbooking!) and I have been wanting to scrap them, but I get so overwhelmed b/c they are in random order. My son has recently been starting to ask questions about the lady in the pictures I have around the house. He adores looking through the mini books I make and this would be right up his alley. For me, I think it would theraputic- I could get my thoughts down about the amazing woman that helped shape me to be a mom to my own babies. I want them to know everything about her.
    Thank you for the great idea and the opportunity to win! :)

  174. Christy B says:

    I’ve been trying to make a tribute album to my only remaining grandparent. I even set up an abc album based on Cathy Z’s BPS class, but I needed help from my family to gather the entries and photos, and so far, no luck. It sits unfinished. A 2 minute tribute I can do by myself. I can show what I admire instead of trying to tell his life story, and getting no where. I really want his great grandchildren who will likely not remember Grandpa have something to see when we talk about him and remember him with love. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and simplify.

  175. What a terrific idea. I would love to do an album like this for my husband. Even though I’ve been scrapbooking for a decade I’ve never done a book for him, precisely because the idea of it in my head is so grand and wonderful that I am so overwhelmed I can’t even start. I know he would love and be greatful for it in whatever form it takes.

  176. Michelle Evans says:

    I would make a tribute book for my mom who is slowly deteriorating from Parkinson’s Disease….
    Thanks for the constant inspiration

  177. SueinMtVernon says:

    I would do one about my mother who passed away last September.

  178. I’d like to create a tribute to my mom who passed away last July. She had been battling cancer for four years and it almost seemed things would always be that way. Suddenly she took a turn for the worse and was gone within two months. She is the reason I am who I am. I want to share her with my children in a way that helps them remember her love for them. Thanks so much for your inspiration!

  179. rachel marquette says:

    wow, way to take the pressure off a tribute album! I would do one for my husband, his grandmother, Meemaw, passed away last year and has left a hole in our hearts. She was an amazing little lady and I loved her dearly. I want my husband to have a special place to touch and remember her as well as my boys.

  180. Stacy, I love this whole concept! If I were to create a tribute album it would be for my father. I am the youngest of 5 and have a very special bond with my father. My father is as perfect as any one inidividual can be. He is the youngest of 3. At the age of 11 he answered the front door of his house to recieve a letter form the government explaining that his older borther, who was serving in the army had been killed. My father had to relay this message to his parents.
    My father lost his dad a few years later. My dad, Richard Oeser, really grew up without any parental supervision. His father came straight over from Germany and spoke very little english and his mother was the homemaker.
    My dad always worked hard and got good grades. He played on the high school football team. The other other team members had their fathers at every game watching. My dad was small for his age and actually had to go up to the coach and request permission for the coach to give him a chance at trying out. He explained that although he was small, he was a team player. My father earned the Most Valuable Player award and was team captain his junior and senior year!
    My father never boasted on all the many awards he recieved. He just went about his business and was always ready to praise others, rather than himself.
    As a father, my dad was the best. He worked 3 jobs so my mother could stay hme and raise my 4 other siblings and me. When he was at home and gave his undivided attention to my siblings and I. We were never spoiled with material things but we were with my mom and dad’s time. He taught us so many life lessons that really helped us as we grew up and left home to start our own lives.
    My dad never discouraged us and always supported our goals.
    He was and sitll is an amazing husband to my mother. Both my mom and dad have been incredble role models on how to be a husband/wife and parent.
    Because of him and his mannerisms and way of life, I know how to parent and be a good spouse to my husband. I find myself doing many of the same things with my children that he did with me and my siblings as we were growing up. If I can be half the parent to my children and half the wife to my husband that he has been to his children and his wife than I consider myself pretty darn good!
    And he continues to instill his wonderful ways onto his grandchildren (mom and dad are about to have 15 grandkids!) and the neat thing is-is that my children and all my neices and nephews think as highly of my dad as my siblings and I and all the inlaws do!
    Yes, my father, Richard Oeser, is a cut above the rest, and I feel extremeley blessed to be able to call him DAD!

    Thanks for letting me share! I love my father!!!!!

    SMiles,
    Amy

  181. I would like to pay tribute to my husband who is a loving, strong, compassionate man and father to our children. Although he is quiet and unassuming, I want my children to know the true strength in his gentle nature.

  182. I would pay tribute to our oldest son who is getting ready to serve a mission. It has been very difficult for him to think about change. He’s an awesome kid and we love him just the way he is!

  183. I have a couple dozen of those 2-minute memory books stashed at my house, too! I love them. I LOVE the one for your grandma in the Big Picture. It’s what inspired me in the first place. I’ve made books for my husband and his grandparents, but I really should make some more for my grandparents, maybe my sister….thanks for the reminder and inspiration!!! (Don’t enter me in the contest!)

  184. I would love to thank my dad for giving me a love of nature which adds value to my life every day. We have a hard time showing affection in our family and dad especially has a hard time. Making a mini album would be a good way to say how much I love him in a way that would be easier for him to accept.

  185. I would do one for my Mother. I did a 150 page album for my Father, so it is only right to do one for her. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Betsey

  186. The 2-minute memory sounds like a great idea. I would love to do actually two….5 years ago this past Christmas, I lost my husband and 9 yr old son in an 18 wheeler accident. Since then i’ve been trying to come up with a way to do some type of tribute album for them….everytime I think i’ve got something in mind, I end up getting too emotional to finish it. I’m thinking something quick and efficient like this would be just perfect.

  187. I would like to do one of these about my mother. My daughters never met her as she passed away before they were born. I think this would be a nice way to give them some understanding of who she was.

  188. I would make a tribute album for my son, who passed away 6 years ago at the age of 37.
    He was in a tragic car accident. I feel overwhelmed at the thought of recapturing his entire life in an album, but could probably do something small like you’ve suggested. Thanks for the inspiration.

  189. I’d make a tribute album for my father who passed away 2 years ago. He lead such a servant life as a doctor on the front lines in WWII, with the World Health Organization during the Vietnam war and later with the Peace Corps. He was such an amazing man.

  190. I would definitely make one of my grandpa. When he was alive, I didn’t realize how much of a cornerstone he was in our family. I have so many happy memories that I’d like to be able to share with my own children. They never got to meet him. What an amazing, simple album idea! Thanks!

  191. I would make a tribute album to my husband. Even though we are currently separated, I want him to know all the things I DO love and respect about him. Sitting down and actually talking can be difficult right now, and I sometimes find that words alone are not enough to convey what I really feel.

  192. Oh this is perfect – i’ve been putting off the memories as my really good friend/co-worker was killed right before the New Year – I’ve wanted to make something for myself and her family but couldn’t find the right album… who’s the maker of the book so i can pick up a few!!

  193. Irene Savakis says:

    Hi Stacy!
    What a fabulous idea! While there are a few special people that have passed on that I would love to do a tribute album I think for now my wonderful husband and soul mate deserves one! He does so much for me and our 4 beautiful little angels. He works so hard and has made my dream of being a stay at home mom a reality; I just want him to know how special he really is and how much I love him!
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a great project!
    Irene

  194. My husband’s mother, after a tough battle with depression, took her own life September 4, 1995. It’s a tough one to deal with due to the loss and anger that comes with a suicide. However, 15 years later, we have a son who would have been the apple of her eye, family was everything to her. I would love to create a book for my son showing him the amazing woman that his grandma Lavonne was. I think it would be good for my husband too, to work through his memories and start to let go of some of the bitterness and anger he still struggles with. Our son is the most amazing present ever given to us by God, but at the same my husband’s feelings about the loss of his mother are so ingraned with his feelings about being a father that sometimes he has a hard time; he misses his mom and hates that she is missing our Oliver’s life. I would love the little book to do this with, but even if I don’t “win”, I’m still going to complete a book like this for my family.

  195. My husband has been out of work for almost two years due to back problems and the ramifications it created with his job. After 18 years of dedication to his company, he felt abandoned by the very people he dedicated his career life to. He has been through three back surgeries and numerous procedures trying to correct the problem, but as yet things are improving much slower than hoped for. The point of my wanting to create a tribute album to him is that even though he has been “abandoned and mistreated” in his working life, he is and will always have the love and support of his family. We have been through many hard things emotionally, physically, and financially–with more to come. When he doubts his self worth and his feelings of “non-contribution”, I would hope that a tribute album would remind him of how talented, needed, wonderful, and loved he truly is. I feel this would be a great opportunity for me also, to see the man separate from our circumstance. I appreciate the opportunity to “win” an album, but I know this is something that I can do regardless. I will find a way to make it happen. Thanks Stacy for the encouragement.

  196. Thank you for the idea – this is so perfect! I have lost my brother and both of my parents which my girls never got to meet. I have been wanting to make an album so the girls could “get to know them”. I was feeling overwhelmed, but you just gave me the motivation! THANK YOU!

  197. This is the perfect gift I was looking for. My Grandpa passed away 5 years ago this June. Grandma has since buried two of her eight children. So she needs a book like this. Perfect idea! And she is looking into scrapbooking…..

  198. As soon as I read your post I immediately thought of my grandfather who died on September 11 of this year. We shared a very close relationship. Last year around Valentines I wrote him a letter sharing many of my special memories and the qualities of his character that meant so much to me. What a tribute it would be to make a book that documents these thoughts with pictures. I have young children who loved their great grandfather and I want to keep his memory fresh in their minds.

  199. I would love to pay tribute to my grandma and give it to my mother. She really misses her.

  200. I would pay tribute to my grandma who is 93 and will be moving up to Spokane this spring. She will be leaving friends of many years behind and my grandpa died 5 years ago, so she has been living alone. When my grandpa died, I realized that I was losing my connection to my heritage and really started asking my grandma all about her life and family. She answers my questions but has felf more of a need to tell me the answers about my grandpa’s life so his doesn’t go unrecorded. However, we have a HUGE family book of genealogy on his side and very little on hers. I would like to make her something special about her life and pay tribute to the amazing woman that she is (and also so my kids will have it in the future).

    When reading this post, I also had ah “a-ha” moment. My husband’s best friend was killed in Afghanistan in October and we are very close to his family. He left behind his parents, siblings and a 9 year-old son that is down in GA (while the rest of the family is here in Spokane). I would like to make them something to remember what an exceptional person that Niall was and that he may be gone, but he will never be forgotten by those that knew him. I’m sure that his son will appreciate having a little book of photos with tributes to his dad when he is a little older. He knows that his dad made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, but I don’t think that he knows how others saw his dad as he is still pretty young.
    Thank you for sharing the basics on how to create these wonderful tributes. If I had more time, there are so many people that I would love to make these for!

  201. I need to do this…winner or not. My dad is losing a battle with a terminal illness. I need to document things before I forget.
    Thank you for inspiring me to do so.

  202. Sara Padgett says:

    I would do one for my best friend. She moved away last summer and I miss seeing her bright smile everyday!

  203. Anna Vollmer says:

    I would love to have my husband make a tribute album for his mother. She passed away several years ago, the year before we started dating, so I never even had a chance to meet her. I would love to have an album with some of his memories of her in it so that both me and our future children have a way of getting to know her better. Thank you for the giveaway!

  204. I would love to make a tribute album of my grandparents (my dad’s parents). They were an amazing couple! They were never apart. They were married 50 years. My grandfather died after a long battle with cancer one month after their 50th anniversary. My grandmother was broken hearted. She died just over a year later after developing a sudden illness. My kids never got to meet them and that makes me so sad as I know how much they would have enjoyed eachother. A tribute album would be a great way for my kids to ‘get to know’ these two wonderful people!!

  205. I would pay tribute to my Yeya (grandmother) she is the glue that keep us together.

  206. Nicky from Canada says:

    I would pay tribute to my dad, such an amazing man who died at the age of 62 – just when he retired. That was 15 years ago and we all miss him dearly

  207. I would do one for my grandmother and one for my grandfather. My mother’s parents were very close to us, and always there for us when we were growing up. I lived with them for a bit when my family was house hunting in the northeast, and while in college. My grandfather died the year before I met my husband, and my grandmother died while I was pregnant with our second son. I would so like to share some of the things that made them wonderful with my kids and husband. Especially something my grandfather often said: “be kind to each other,” which I think is a great way to live your life.

  208. Stephanie T says:

    I can’t believe this post…today! Tonight as I was making dinner, I found a can of sardines in the cabinet. I opened it up and started eating tiny bits of them. It made me think of my Dad who passed away 17 years ago. He introduced me to the art of eating sardines and saltine crackers when I was little. We were the only ones in the family who liked sardines, so it was our special treat. I actually said to myself, “I need to put together a book about the stuff Dad and I used to do.” I even almost ran to get my camera to take a picture of the open can of sardines! Your post convinces me that I HAVE to put a tribute album together about my Dad and me.

  209. I would definitely make one of my grandmother. I have so many happy memories that I’d like to be able to share with my daughter. She never got to meet her. What an amazing, simple album idea! Thanks!

  210. Lucie Maldonado says:

    I would make one about my mother in law. She was the sweetest person and I didn’t really appreciate her until her last year. She lived with us for four years and two women under the same roof can be frustrating. But we had our little talks and when I hear big band or instrumental music playing I remember her. I wish I had been nicer at times to her and regret it often. I do think of her often and miss so. She died when my daughter was eight and is now fifteen. Putting all of our favorite moments of her would be a wonderful album for her to have to maybe someday tell her children about the grandmother she really remembered.

  211. I would make an album for my friend Kimmie, who died of an asthma attack when we were juniors in high school. I would make an album for my Dad, who died 2 days after my 16th birthday. I would make an album for my unborn, undeveloped child, and I would make up the memories we would have had. And I would make an album for my Mom, who left behind her grandchild in the summer of 2008. This is a fabulous idea, and even if I don’t win, I”ll be making these albums for sure.

  212. Heather Crawley says:

    I would actually do three – one for my mom, one for my dad, and one for my father-in-law. All three of them passed away before they got to know, and in two cases meet, their grandchildren. Because my kids will not know/remember these wonderful people, I want to put together albums that tell my kids who these people were, why they were so special, and how their legacy shapes our lives.

    I also have a goal to make albums for myself and my husband, and my brother and sister-in-law, using notes, photos and keepsakes we saved from my parents house when we sold it last year.

    Preserving the memory of my parents and of Damon’s dad are a driving force for me. Our kids are not going to grow up with an extended family or know the people that made our family what it is. That breaks my heart. But, I can pass that along, as best as I can, in memory albums.

  213. My sister passed away six years ago at the age of 27 leaving behind a then five year old son. I have intended to do a tribute album for several years. Her son recently said, “Aunt Heather, I know my mom had really pretty long hair and I know what she looked like, but I don’t remember her.” That broke my heart!! He has tons of pictures of her in our Christmas albums, in his birthday albums, but nothing about HER!!! I cannot put this project off any longer. Maybe it won’t be perfect but it will give him a sense of who is mom was.

  214. It would be my father. His passing left a very empty void in my life. My daughter was born 3 months earlier and I want her to know him. This 2 minute memory is wonderful. I have many items and thoughts that I have wanted to place in a keepsake book, however always felt overwhelmed and did not know where to start to give him the tribute he deserved – you of course have removed that pressure. thanks!

  215. I have quite a few of these thanks for reminding me! I made one for my Gram. I gave it to her on her 80th birthday. She loved it and called to tell me and she said, ” Lorie, You did, such a wonderful job. Where did you find some of these pictures? I will Cherish this and when i’m gone you can have it back.” I’m glad cause i will want it. But i’m so glad i made it for her while she could still enjoy it and know how much she means to me.
    Don’t pick me cause i bought enough to make one for each of my 3 sisters, 3 brothers, a aunt, my mother and my dad.

  216. Verona Highsmith says:

    I’ve never heard this idea, but I like it and the closure it would help to give. My husband’s brother has know he had terminal prostate cancer for over 6 years and it ended today and he has been called home to Heaven with no more suffering. He has been such a help to me in the last two years with a bad health diagnosis that I got, it was like we had a connection that no one else understood and I will miss his interest and his caring. He was very much like my husband in that regard. I believe it would help me very much to honor him this way and the book could be a gift to my husband. Thank you so much for letting the Lord lead you down this path today, to be a blessing.

  217. There are so many people but my main focus right now is my first daughter, so that her younger sisters know who she was and how much we loved her as we love them. I’m creating an ABC book of her life to share with them.

  218. I would love to do this about my Mom. She has been gone 35 years now–died when I was 17 but, with my daughter getting married this week I have been thinking lots about her and would love to do a mini album about her!

  219. I have been looking for these for the longest time! Found one for sister, wanted to find another one for my other sister (sister-in-law). I’ve been looking for a Father one as well. My Father passed away 3 years ago who died of cancer. Being married to a man in the military, it kept me away from being with him, and my kids’ relationship with him never truly developed as I had hoped. He is a very important man to me still, and the reason why I am the way I am and I want my kids to know that.

  220. You always have such great ideas – it’s all about getting it done in a meaningful way rather than making it perfectly which often means never getting it done.

    I need to make a tribute album about my father who died of colon cancer when I was 20 years old and never ahd the chance to meet my boys. They are so curious about him and love to hear stories. I know they would love this! I already have a list of ‘random memories’ I’ve stored on my computer to use on a scrapbook page or album ‘someday’! : )

  221. I would love to create this for my husband. I think this would be so special in our lives right now – going through a rough time and I want him to know how 32 years of marriage have been fabulous!

  222. I would like to create two – one for each of my youngest sister’s twins. (10 mths old). I would like to include Christmas memories/pictures of their 8 older cousins enjoying them when they were home for Christmas. :)

  223. I would probably pay tribute to my dad’s side of the family. I believe there was like 11 kids in that family. His dad had 5 kids with his first wife who died (leaving a baby) and then he remarried a much younger woman. Her family objected. They proceeded to have 6 kids. So my grandma who we called Big Mama raised those kids and her own. But at family gatherings you could tell they loved her. When my grandfather died he made his oldest son promise that he would help take care of my grandmother so she wouldn’t have to rely on her family who had rejected her. But I really like all my dad’s siblings. Great people.

  224. ana smith says:

    I would do the women in my life. They truly keep me going. Thanks for all your great ideas. I start Library of Memories tomorrow for what three months. What was I thinking.

  225. Margie Cronhardt says:

    This is very easy. I would pay tribute to my mom. She will be 80 in September, 2010. She has faced so many challenges and tribulations over those 80 years but has never let that ruin a day. From a difficult childhood, losing a son at the age of 3 and many health issues, her faith has only grown stronger over the years. She and my dad will celebrate 60 years of marriage in May so we have so much to be thankful for. We pray since she is battling stage 4 ovarian cancer. She is fighting hard and has so much to live for. I always say, I still need my mommy. I’m not ready for her to leave me. Paying tribute would only be a small token of my gratitude for all she has done for me over my 47 years. She is my inspiration, my support, my role model, my teacher and most of all my friend. I love this idea and know that even if I’m not selected I will still do something as my own personal way of thanking her. Thanks for the idea! You continue to motivate and encourage me!

  226. I’d make one for my in-laws who have always opened their hearts and home to me. I really have needed them since my parents have died.

  227. My parents, my husband, my children. Gosh the list could go on and on. So many special people. What a great, simple idea. Thanks!

  228. This is a perfect idea. I am going to make Tribute Albums for my Grandparents and my FIL this weekend. I don’t need to be entered into the drawing. I have plenty of supplies. I just wanted to thank you for another great idea.

  229. I would pay tribute to my Grandad. He died 5 years ago and although I initially made a dedicaion LO in his memory I have wanted to create something deeper but didn’t know where to start.

    Grandad was technically my step-Grandad as he was my Grandma’s second husband (they married before my sister or I were born), he never had any children of his own and although he and my dad were always great friends they never devloped a ‘father-son’ relationship. I only write this because a really strong memory I now associate with grandad was that during his funeral service the vicar mentioned how important being a Grandad was to him and how important my sister and I were to him and I rember looking at the beautiful ‘Grandad’ worded wreath next to his coffin and feeling so pleased that even though he was never a father he WAS a grandfather, and an amazing one at that!

    My sister and I are his only ‘descendents’ and I want to make sure that future generations of our family can connect with a man is a very important part of their family history, even if he isn’t a part of their genetic family tree.

  230. I did one of these for my husband four years ago and gave it to him the night before baby #3 was born. Filled it with “Daddy memories” with kids #1 and #2. We both cried! It was one of the most meaningful albums I have ever done. We still love it…. Would love to do more!

  231. HI Stacy – I love your blog!! I would make my mom and dad both one of these – they are such a great idea!! So meaningful to both the receiver and the giver!!! :) Can’t wait for LOM to start!!!

  232. jennifer hamilton says:

    I would love one of these for my sister. She is my rock and I don’t let her know enough how much I appreciate her :)

  233. I would love to have one of these for my father! My dad is such an inspiration to me because he grew up in an emotionally and physically abusive home, yet is the kindest & funniest man I’ve ever known. He didn’t let the bad things that happened in his childhood get in the way of being the man and wonderful father/husband/grandfather that he is today. I am so blessed to have him as my father and want to ensure that my children know this too.

  234. I would do a book on my mom and dad.
    They both died at young ages (54 & 55).
    I miss them both!

  235. I would pay tribute to my day who passed away in 1997 and my grandfather who passed away in 2008. Both special in their own ways and special to me and my family.

  236. I would make one for each of my three children about their daddy who died four years ago in a car accident. They were 6, 4, and 10 months old when he died. Even though we have a ton pictures of him with our family, I would use it to customize a story about each of their relationships with him and to share with them about “who” he really was. I have been wanting to do something like this, but have been overwhelmed about how to tackle a project like this. This would be perfect!

  237. I would pay tribute to my aunt, who died of ALS at the young age of 53. My mother would love to have a small tribute album of her sister, and I would love to create one for her. I’m a busy mom to 4 boys (sound familiar? :-) but would make time to do this album if I got a jumpstart!

    (Just reading the comment directly above mine and saw the name “Niall” jump out at me. That’s my 9YO son’s name! So sorry for your husband’s loss, Libby.)

  238. I would tribute Mom – my inspiration for life – her having a stroke at such a young age (22) and then having three more children and raising all five of us without the use of her left hand – never being able to play her beloved violin again. (Plus she was so very beautiful – she could have been a swim suit model)

  239. I’d love to make one of these for my nephew who was killed in a car accident when he was 18. It will be 5 years ago this spring.

  240. Cindy Barger says:

    I would pay tribute to my mom. She is an amazing woman who has had such a positive influence on my life.

  241. This is so touching! I would love to do a book about each of my parents, but for my daughter. They had to wait a long time for a grandchild, and I want to make sure that she knows how wonderful they are even after they are gone!

  242. I would make a tribute album about my mother. My mother died in 1994 and I have wanted to help my son get to know her, but it has been a hard and emotional thing for me to start. I think I could do something as meaningful, yet simple as this tribute album. I think it would also be so cool to ask my brother and sister to write something too and then we could share our collective memories with our kids. None of our children ever knew my mom. I really do want to honor her and remember what made her special. Thanks for sharing this. You have given me hope that I can do this! I’m already crying just thinking about it, but that isn’t a bad thing :)

  243. Sue Campbell says:

    I would love to make a tribute album of my parents for my brother and sister. They don’t do any kind of scrapbooking or have many pictures of my family so this would be a great way to give something to them.
    I love how simple and meaningful this would be for them.

  244. I would pay tribute to my mother. She passed away last February after a 2 yr. battle with cancer.

  245. It is really hard for me to say who I’d pay tribute to, but it would be one of the three people -
    My mom, who died way to young of breast cancer
    My dad, who, despite lots of sorrow and uncertainty, is still a rock in my life
    My sister, who has grown into an amazingly wonderful, funny and creative person.

  246. Julie Lueck says:

    I would pay tribute to my mother. She passed away in 2004 from cancer. She was the heart and soul of my family and made each of us feel like she loved us the best. Loosing my mom is the hardest thing I have ever delt with. The tribute album would be like carrying her love with me. Thank you for this post, I have wanted to do an album honoring my mom, but didn’t know how to go about it. Today is my birthday, a day when I feel the loss of my mom more, so I am so glad that I was able to read this post today. I am so grateful for all that I learn from your blog. It has truley been a blessing in my life.

  247. I would pay tribute to my Grandmother. She was a lovely woman. I don’t have that many photos of her but I can do a lot of journaling from what I remember about her.

  248. My dad who died at the age of 49 (when I was 16) from a brain tumor (caused by agent orange from Vietnam). I have 3 boys (8,5, 18mo) who ask about their grandpa all the time. He was an amazing man and would love to have something for my lil ones (as well as myself) to look thru to let them see what a special man he was to many people. Thanks for your 2 minute tribute album idea. That’s a great wayon starting something that is so emotional for me.

  249. I would create a tribute to my Dad. I have been putting off scrapping about him becasue – as you mentioned – we want to create something awesome! My Dad died when I was only 16 and has now been gone for over 30 years!! I still think of him, miss him and feel his influence on me and my family. I feel sad that my daughter never knew him as i know they would’ve loved each other dearly!

  250. I would pay tribute to my younger brother Jason, who took his own life on June 1, 2000, he was 24 years old. He was such a good person and I miss him so much. I don’t know if I will ever understand why he did what he did. But, I want my kids to know who he was before, the little brother that I knew. I want them to know how funny, talented and protective he was. One time when I was about 18 and he was around 12… I got dumped by a boy I really liked who later came to our house to make up and my brother really gave that guy the business. It was so cute and funny. I did make a page in my chronogical family scrapbook (I now use the library of memories method but have not gotten around to taking the old books apart) anyway, I hate that page. It looks like a funeral page, which makes sense because I created it shortly after her funeral and was very sad and angry. Now that much time has passed it is much easier for me to remember the good moments we shared, like the one I mentioned above.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity and for all of the wonderful inspiration you give me.
    ~Jackie

  251. I have always wanted to make a tribute/memory album for my grandmother but just never really knew where to start either. Thank you for showing that any way I make it will be special to me and that a small tribute is a great thing.

  252. I would create a tribute to my parents. On February 20th of this year, they will celebrate 50 years of marriage. They have been my biggest supporters, strong role models of not only a great marriage, but of a close knit family, and most importantly inspirational leaders in my FAITH journey (and my husband’s as well). They are the greatest givers of unconditional love, and my siblings and I are truly blessed (even tho my Mom tells us the same story over and over and over) . As they get older, I would like to document the memories NOW…not later. (And the big bash we are throwing on February 20th for them would be a great photo op!!) :)

  253. Karen Schmidt says:

    I would create a tribute of my Grandmother Mable King. She passed away in 1998, my daughter was 8 mths old at the time. I now have three other girls that will never get to know her. She was a strong, beautiful lady but very independent. I can remember spending the night with her doing nails and hair. She was an excellent cook and baker. She taught me how to make family xmas recipes and now I’m the only one that can make the holiday pie’s. When we moved from the city to the country she moved in with us. It was only supposed to be temporary but it lasting a life time. My grandma loved to go to church and if it wasn’t for her I would not enjoy my faith in god as much as I do now. At xmas time she always had a little 3 foot silver tree with blue bulbs on it. Thanks Stacy for helping me remember my grandma.

  254. I love your idea on gathering your thoughts/memories of the person. I always struggle when I’m beginning a project because I don’t know what feelings/thoughts to put down. Then when I do begin, I feel like I’m everywhere since I never really had a starting point.
    This is a super easy way to start. Thanks for sharing!

  255. I have made many of the little books you show us on your blog. One of my nephews passed away suddenly last summer at the age of 23. I made his family members and my parents each a picture memory book on Shutterfly, but I think I’d like to give them some of these books and let them fill in the journaling part. I already have their favorite pictures of him. It would be a priceless memory book that might help them while they are missing him so much. Thanks for the idea!

  256. Deborah K says:

    I wwould create a book about my Mother. She died when I was 23. I want my son to know what a wonderful person she was!

    Thank you for the wonderful person that you are and all the inspiration you give out.

  257. OH my gosh, I don’t know if Stacy would read this still, but I have about 15 of these books already! I bought them years ago online from CK, and made one little book. I stashed the others away…you have just reminded me about them and I just found them, ‘mom’, ‘dad’, ‘brother’, ‘sister’, ‘son’, ‘pet’…woohoo! I am going to do this exercise…I can’t wait! I don’t need to be put in the drawing, but I am sooo excited to do this again! Thanks for the reminder of the ‘little things’ and all your inspiration!

  258. lynne moore says:

    Oh an easy one. I struggle with finding the right way to save memories of my Husband’s Aunt Ruth, who passed away suddenly in 2004. She had a profound impact on the extended family and so did her death. I worked on a pix mural for her memorial (exactly 5 years ago) and saw all these pix of her I never knew about since I married into the family. I’d like to visit those pix and get family memories about them.

    I also want to pay a special tribute to both sets of my grandparents, since the kids were fairly young and remember them, but don’t really remember them. I remember my kids arguing over whether “Poppop” could walk or not. My son remembers him walking but my daughter only remembers him in the wheelchair and the bed. I remember him teaching me how to drive a stickshift on hills when I was 16.

  259. This may seem different, but I would create a tribute to my husband’s late grandfather. I have so many special memories of him, especially since I lost both of mine when I was young. I will never forget him whispering “You’re really my granddaughter now” to me on my wedding day (I’m tearing up now 15 years later). I hurt that he missed seeing his first great-grandson (my son) by a year and I hurt that my boys only know this truly Godly man through stories.

  260. Hi Stacy,
    In the last year I have lost 2 uncles and my grandma.
    My children have memories of my grandma but she was always in a hospital bed. I would love to create a tribute album of her to show my kids more about her life. The life I remember!
    Thank you for the inspiration and chance to win.

  261. So great! Love this idea! I would love to do this for my mom about my Grandma that passed away. It’s been 5 years and we MISS her so much! Thanks, Stacy!

  262. I would create a tribute to my mother. She died when I was 17 and my children, who are now grown with children of their own, never knew her of course.

  263. I would love to create a tribute of my daughter who passed away 5 years ago for my son. He was 3 at the time and still talks about her all the time. I think the 2 minute memory book would be perfect for him to keep with him. Even if I don’t manage to win a book, I will be creating a book like this for him.

  264. Stacy, I loved the tribute book you made for your grandmother the first time I saw it and tried to find those little books. I’d love to have one to make a book for a very special person in my life, a dear aunt who was like a second mother to me.

  265. Hmm – I thought I posted several days ago, but I don’t see the comment; it seems to have not posted. If this is a “double post”, please forgive me; I’m not trying to be unfair. Everyone of these posts tug at my heart – and sound familiar. I would do a tribute book about my mom who lost her 20+ year fight with Parkinson’s disease in 2005. I wish both my son and my daughter could have know the mother I grew up with- the farmer’s wife, the incredibly strong woman, the woman who never stopped working, the woman who taught to love books and hard work and effort, the woman with the funny sayings. I haven’t been able to scrapbook those memories at all; the end has been still too raw and painful. Even if I don’t win, I’m going to try your suggestion and scrapbook a few simple pages about her. Thanks for the opportunity.

  266. I’ve been thinking of something with some of my Granny’s stories from their farm – wouldn’t this be perfect and doable?!

  267. Stacy, as I read these comments from those who have loved, cherished and lost, I wanted to recommend http://www.goodgriefblog.com I’ve never posted there, at that site, but I do find comfort in reading the stories of others who share my journey.

  268. This is such a great – and doable – idea. My mom passed away when I was pregnant with my first child (almost three years ago) and I’ve been struggling with a way to document some of my memories of her to share with my babies, while juggling new motherhood and all that it entails. I think this would be a great way to get started on what seems like a huge but important goal.

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