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August 12, 2011

Love These | Memory Keepers

Last week I put in an order for two Memory Keepers from Paper Coterie.

I loved the idea of them – a personalized box to store special keepsakes, papers, artwork, etc. I loved the full-photo option. I was hoping that they would be as cool as I imagined…I think they just might be cooler.

The process of choosing a design, uploading, and adjusting the elements to make it my own was simple and easy. I received great customer service via chat their online chat when I had a question about the cropping of one of my photos.

Here’s what they looked like on my screen after I put in my order. One for Anna…

And one for Simon…

And here’s what they look like in “real” life:

I removed the background pattern from the initial design and chose a plain background (I started with the Diagonal Stripe design). They have a really nice selection of fonts to choose from, including one of my favorites Avenir. I really like that you can place a title/text on the spine – great for storing them standing up.

The black linen inside:

Here’s one where you can see the sizing (love the size):

They are 9.75 inches wide x 13 inches tall x about 2 inches deep.

I chose to write the kids names and 2011-2012 with the intent of putting things in there for this upcoming school year. Not sure I really want an annual collection of boxes but it’s a good place to begin.

I could definitely imagine doing more of these. Maybe one with a collage of heritage photos to hold special family keepsakes or a collage of baby images and storing some of those baby things that haven’t yet made it into a scrapbook (or are really just too bulky to go in an album).

Super excited about these and can’t wait to start putting special things inside.

I looked around on their site and see that they are currently offering everyone $40 to spend during their ‘Begin Anywhere’ event this month by entering the code: beginanywhere. Shipping is not included. Code is valid August 1 – 31.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    I love this idea and the pictures you picked out are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this with us and the link/discount for it. Have fun filling it up.

  • 2.
    alexa said…

    Very striking with those big photos … We kept one box each (not as pretty as these) for each of our children. And at the end of each year we photographed/scrapbooked some things, threw some out, and only kept a very few.

  • 3.
    christen said…

    they are bigger than i thought they would be! beautiful.

  • 4.
    jennifer said…

    i got the notification on these – and have been contemplating which photo to use…love them! the size is fantastic. so glad to hear a positive review on them. thanks! your boxes look great – i’m sure the kids will love to have their very own special box too.

  • 5.
    Kate said…

    Argh, love this but I can’t login/register for the website and I’m dying to purchase one for my friend who is about to get married!

    • ….
      candy said…

      I had to download foxfire in order to use their site.

    • ….
      Paris said…

      I am having issues with their site too. Every time I choose the box I want to create I get a gray box and I’ve used three different browsers and I get it with each one.

    • ….
      TaraMcK said…

      I had to switch browsers too.

  • 6.
    Leora Henkin said…

    Wow Ali! Thanks for sharing this!


  • 7.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Love these – am going to have to order some!!! Thanks for sharing

  • 8.
    Carrie Germain said…

    thanks for sharing. We just got back from a cruise and I’ve been trying to figure out where/how to store the stuff we picked up like pamphlets, ticket stubs, etc. and this was the perfect solution and looks like it could fit on a shelf nicely. …and for less than $10 shipped too!

    • ….
      Janet K said…

      What a great idea for a use!!

  • 9.
    NatalieSpring said…

    W O W ! This totally made my day. This weekend I was going to try to find a box for my daughter’s things. Great idea. T H A N K Y O U so much sharing. Your boxes look simple, clean, and beautiful.

  • 10.
    Shelly K said…

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  • 11.
    Amy said…

    Wow, Ali. Anna looks like a little miniature you in that picture!

    These boxes are really cool – what a great gift for a wedding or a new baby!

  • 12.
    Sarah M. said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali! The boxes look even nicer than on their website! I was planning on creating one for my daughter and son today and I was wishing that I could see one in person–but this was just as good. Very impressed with the size too, I thought they would have been smaller.

  • 13.
    Sarah M. said…

    Oh and by the way, I ordered a growth chart for Gabriel last month with the coupon code All I can say is that it’s beautiful! Such nice quality! I’m also ordering one for my daughter today along with those keepsake boxes. :)

  • 14.

    those are soooooooooooo beautiful!!! I have a plastic box for each of my girls for each year of school and it has worked well, but those are way more awesome!!!!!!!


  • 15.
    Kristyn G said…

    Mine shipped yesterday! I ordered our son the school days one and can’t wait to get it! He started PreK-3 this year and i used a picture from his first day at school :)

  • 16.
    Kerry said…

    These look fantastic I love them! How nice xx

  • 17.
    jenn said…

    very cool. would make a great gift for someone.

  • 18.
    Ellie A. said…

    I was actually looking at those this week. My oldest will be graduating this year from 8th grade and I wanted to get one for him and put things in there as this is going to be a busy and important milestone year (he also will turn 13 in Sept) Time flies for sure. I would love to have this for him and look at it when he graduates from H.S. sigh.. :)

  • 19.
    amanda said…

    So adorable!! love this idea. That sweet Anna with her hands in her skirt pockets… too cute!

  • 20.
    heidig said…

    Very cool! Love these.

  • 21.
    Carrie Alexander said…

    Great find!!! Ordering today…for our new baby to be, I used her ultrasound profile picture. Now I have easy storage for our son’s growing artwork “portfolio” and a place to keep all of baby’s goodies like her hospital bracelet and hat!

  • 22.
    Duckienz said…

    Thanks for showing the spines of these! I really wanted to get one or two but I didn’t want to invest in them, get them shipped all the way to New Zealand only to find out that the spine didn’t appeal to me!

  • 23.
    wendy, NJ said…

    Ali, as always, they are beautiful! what a great idea.

  • 24.

    Hi Ali,
    I love paper coterie! I ordered the polaroid heart and it came out beautiful! I framed it is clear glass and was a wonderful gift. I also ordered the ten things I like about
    you for a birthday gift and likewise was totally awesome! Thanks to the sponsor.
    blessings and hugs,
    Sharon Dryjanski

  • 25.
    Susana said…

    I love these! I think I have to order a couple for my 2 kids. Thanks for sharing another great idea.

  • 26.
    patty said…


  • 27.
    Jocelyne said…

    I am so going to order up a few of these. What I would really love them for is to house all the things we collect on our travels. We travel a lot and I have taken to just printing a photo book. But I have a bag/box of stuff I just can’t part with. These will be perfect. And maybe even one for each of the kiddos each year. Hmmm…

    Thanks so much for sharing these :)

  • 28.
    Sally said…

    just ordered one. :) thank you for sharing!!

  • 29.
    yasmara said…

    Thanks so much! I just ordered one box for my son’s kindergarten memorabilia (he’s about to start 1st grade & his kindergarten stuff has been sitting in a folder on the floor of my office all summer) and one for the family vacation we took this summer. What a great deal with the coupon code! I can see ordering one every year for the kids’ school year.

  • 30.
    debbi g. said…

    I saw these and wondered how they’d be in real life. Love them.

  • 31.
    julie said…

    l~o~v~e, l~o~v~e, l~o~v~e!!!

  • 32.
    Mrs. V said…

    I just ordered two of these earlier this week as well – one as a gift and one for me. I am excited for mine to arrive any day now. It was fun to see different pictures of yours, especially the one where you were holding it up to be able to imagine the size even better.

  • 33.
    Danielle Crume said…

    Super cool! I’m thinking this would make a great baby gift.

  • 34.
    Marsaille said…

    Would be a good Grandparent gift too. For retiring artwork from the fridge and whatnot. Selfish me never thought of giving them away!!

  • 35.
    Theresa Grdina said…

    These are awesome!!

  • 36.

    Thank you SO much for showing these! I ordered my first one last night, but I really liked seeing the size of of it. I was having trouble picturing how big it was going to be. Yours look great! I can’t wait to see mine. I’ve already started designing several others.

  • 37.
    Teri Mason said…

    Those are awesome! I am going to check those out right now!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • 38.
    Kirsten H said…

    Those are great! Definately a great thing to have, and a useful gift to those who have everything and need somewhere to store stuff

  • 39.
    Jolynn said…

    Wonderful ideas

  • 40.
    Gina Crowley said…

    I love these. I want to order them but I can’t decide on the pics. Egad.

  • 41.
    Juli said…

    These are awesome looking! I”m going to check this out for this year’s school stuff storage. What an excellent idea Ali! Thanks!

  • 42.
    Dori said…

    Wow, Ali! Your memory keepers are absolutely gorgeous! And talk about timing… I couldn’t figure out what to give my big sister for her upcoming birthday (62 years young). I just ordered two: one for her, one for me. Thank you so much for steering me in their direction and for the awesome coupon. :)

  • 43.
    Shawn said…

    Thanks, Ali! Those are amazing I’m gonna check out the site! I collect my 2 girls school papers and artwork, and that would be perfect for containing them!

  • 44.
    Kelsey said…

    Oooh, thanks for sharing! These are lovely!!

  • 45.
    gscrapbooks said…

    These are very cool, I hadn’t seen them before. Thanks for sharing the site! :-)

  • 46.
    Jennie said…

    love this, and that is the cutest photo of anna.

  • 47.
    Deb J said…

    These are great. I’m thinking they would make great presents.

    I’m really enjoying all your posts about Week in the Life and Project Life. You have inspired me to start doing better with my documenting of life. Thanks.

  • 48.
    Amandine Choret said…

    Wow! This idea is really fabulous, and then what a pretty arrangement moreover :) I adore !

    North winds, has the next one :)

  • 49.
    Camille said…

    What a great idea, I love this. I would love to have one for all of my love notes and cards that I keep from my husband and children. I will have to try this. Thanks Ali.

  • 50.
    Ginny said…

    I almost ordered those last week & decided to wait. I even made the first one … I think you have me changing my mind :)

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