Wednesday, April 13, 2016
K is for Keepsake Book
K is for Keepsake book. I’m a writer, so it should come as no surprise that I love journaling, and have kept various types of journals throughout my life. Diaries when I was a preteen, The Artist’s Way journal when I first started creative writing as an adult, and many travel journals of my adventures.
One year I found a great little keepsake book, Christmas Memories Book. It had space for entries of 20 years of Christmases. I got to thinking about how attending a family reunion and having a journal to enter details of the event would be a special undertaking too.
So I designed the Family Reunion Keepsake Book. My husband and I published it and it is available for sale on this website via Amazon. What I like about it is that it allows for 12 family reunions to be documented with everything from a group photo to autographs and details about the reunion.
There are seven pages for each reunion with the following room for entries:
1. Record details about the reunion, such as date and location
2. Paste a copy of the invitation and a group photo
3. Record transitions in the family (births, deaths, marriages, etc.)
4. Guest registers (2 pages)
5. Maps to record location and places traveled from
6. Space for your own journal entry
It’s a great lasting memory book.
One of the reasons I made it for 12 reunions is that if a child has one for his or her own, it will take them from age 6 through 18 if it’s held yearly. Or you may just want to use it for yourself.
One of my friends has a big yearly family reunion, and the hostess always has a raffle for a Family Reunion Keepsake Book at the event. They make great gifts for any time of year prior to a reunion. What I have found about photos these days is they’re always digital, and how often do you really sit down in front of your computer and look at your photos? I know I seldom take the time to do that. But if I have a photo album out on the coffee table, when I’m relaxing with a glass of wine or a cup of tea, I will pick it up and thumb through it. It makes the memories more accessible that way. When a moment for nostalgia hits you, there it is.
It can also be a great place to record family history for budding genealogists. In years to come, when individuals are more spread out over the planet, it can help track people, as there is room to include email addresses, and other contact information.
I am curious what type of information you’d like in a keepsake book. Feel free to comment below and let me know what would be important to you to keep a record of. What do you think your kids would like in such a book? Above all, be creative and have a great reunion.