Client Stories

Life, Love and Family: A Custom Memory Book

Where do you draw inspiration and comfort? For many of us the answer includes family, friends and our community. Whether we are 4, 40 or 80-years old, having a sense of belonging in the world is what unites us in finding comfort, joy and happiness. That’s also what inspired us to create this custom memory […]

A Canvas For Peggy

Peggy just celebrated her 80th birthday and we were honored to make a canvas of her beloved lab Odie to celebrate the day. Happy Birthday Peggy!

Meet Brennan

We love it when clients share photos. Meet Brennan… 6 pounds and 15 ounces of joy… who arrived on April 17th to his smiling parents. We wish you a lifetime of dreams imagined and fulfilled adorable baby Brennan and family!! Thanks for sharing.

Ten Questions to Ask Family

Ready to start capturing family stories this year? We found a great article with tips for collecting parents’ and grandparents’ stories. A real gem in the WSJ article is a list of 10 questions to ask the important people in your life. Getting started is easy. Why not pose one question a month from the […]

Maps Help Capture Memories

Hearing parents and grandparents share stories about their childhood and teenage adventures is something you’ll always treasure… and maps are a great icebreaker to start the conversation. We often use period maps to launch a memoir project and lately we’ve been exploring some really cool maps from the 1930s. It’s been a joy to watch […]

Unique Gift for Parents

We just posted our latest canvas design, celebrating and honoring babies and parents. Made just for you! A custom baby birth canvas. Printed on 100% archival quality fine art canvas.  This keepsake birth canvas will be completely custom to the baby in your life. The perfect gift for new parents. Works for older siblings of […]

Dad, Tell Me a Story…

Every time I visit my dad I try to capture one story about his life. I’ll find a quiet time when we are alone and ask, “Dad, tell me a story about your life that you’ve never shared with me before.” Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about my parents just by starting a […]

A Special Gift for Mom

First, a BIG thank you… We just wrapped collecting stories for our Mothers and Life Lessons book. Many thanks to the 25 sons and daughters who contributed stories about their moms for the book! Each story is wonderful and together they are truly magical. It’s been an honor to work with all of you on […]

Mothers and Life Lessons

What is the single most important thing you have learned from your mother? Maybe it’s a key life lesson or an important character strength she demonstrated while you were growing up. Perhaps it’s advice she gave you to help navigate through tough times or a kernel of wisdom you uncovered while learning about her early […]

Barrington Event This Saturday

‘Tis the season to enjoy fabulous homemade cookies made with love. On Saturday, The Community Church of Barrington will hold its 38th Annual Cookie Walk. Cookie sales begin at 10:30 a.m., but doors open at 9:00 a.m. for ticket sales. All proceeds from this annual event are donated to local charities. Besides buying some amazing […]

A Note From Nanci

“The books arrived yesterday. They are BEAUTIFUL!!!…  Our family book exceeded my expectations. My mom had written our family story, so we left it in her own words which made it more meaningful to us.  It was so easy for me to just forward the word document, scan a few pictures and let the experts […]

South Barrington Event This Friday

Ready for a little holiday cheer? If you live in the Chicago area, the South Barrington Holiday Bazaar is this Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s sure to be a festive start to holiday shopping with unique items available from a wide variety of artisans. We have a booth at the show and […]

Thank You Note From Adorable Bradley Roy

Thank you so much for the beautifully framed announcement you assembled for me – I’ll treasure it forever! With Love & Thanks, Bradley Roy  

Garden Flag for Unlock My Story

Event This Weekend

If you live in the Chicago area… Our kick off event for fall is the 37th Annual Craft Fair and Flea Market at St. John’s of Palatine this Saturday. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and should have 100 to 150 vendors spread across 13 acres. Admission is free (parking donations are […]

Newlyweds walking in vineyard

Happily Ever After

In June, we started work on a new book project titled “Happily Ever After,” inspired by an amazing couple who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. We had the privilege to work on their anniversary memoir and very early in the project it became clear that their love story is an extraordinary one. […]

Christmas Family Canvas Prints

Design Ready to Order… Cindy just put the finishing touches on designing our custom canvas illustration for the holidays and we’re excited to share the design with you! This 14″ x 14″ x 1″ canvas wrapped illustration is personalized for your family. We think this size canvas is perfect for a front entry area, ready […]

Travel Book of Family Adventures

Sometimes its easier to think about and plan a project when you can see the possibilities. We can’t always show client work in detail for privacy reasons but whenever possible we’ll share ideas for you to consider. Here’s a travel book we just published in Blurb’s public bookstore and submitted to the international photo book […]

Preserve Family Military Stories

While conducting background research for interviews with our client Hank, I stumbled upon the Library of Congress project to capture the experiences of veterans from all wars. The Library of Congress has a website area dedicated to the Veterans History Project and offers a kit to help capture and share your family member’s story.  The […]

By the Beach

We just published a new visual memoir and wanted to share an excerpt from this extraordinary couple’s story. Ann and Bill are celebrating 50 years of love and marriage this year and we created a book of celebration for them, their children and grandchildren, as well as future generations. It’s been an honor and privilege […]

Your Visual Storyline

One of our favorite graphics in the visual memoirs is a two page illustration we create based on the important events and people in your life. We create each storyline using the photos you supply, along with the important details like who, what, when and where. Some clients also like to include historical events that […]

Custom Family Tree

See Your Family Tree Displayed in Full Color Here’s an example of the custom family tree illustration we create. This illustration is beautifully displayed as a two page spread in your memoir book, spanning 12″ x 24″ across the pages. We showcase your family through framed photos, names and marriage dates to completely personalize the look […]

Wedding Bells

It’s in the details of life events that an abundance of great stories emerge. Worried that you might not remember the details? No need to to be concerned. We custom design interview questions and chapters based on your life story and start the memoir process by asking a few questions to get the memories flowing. You’ll […]

Spring is Here…

We’ve been busy working on starter memoir packages over the Winter and in celebration of Spring we’re introducing our new package pricing. Check out our three base packages here.  We hope you find these helpful to start thinking about your memoir project. Enjoy Spring and all the flowering bulbs emerging!    

Family Tree Takes Shape

Every visual memoir we create includes a custom family tree depicting several generations of your family. Some clients, like Doris, choose to include baby pictures from each family member to represent their place in the family tree. This provides a personalized visual keepsake of the family that Doris can share with her children and grandchildren. […]