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November 20, 2012

Ten Gift Ideas For The Memory Keeper Vol. 1

The holidays are fast approaching which means gift buying is in full force! Here are some fun ideas for your own wish list or for another memory keeper in your life:

  1. Instax Mini 50s | this is the small instant camera I use and love. See some examples here and here.
  2. Pinhole Press Personalized Memory Game | Anna would love this.
  3. Epson PictureMate Show Photo Printer | the 4×6 printer I use for all my Project Life photos. Love it.
  4. One line A Day | I’ve used this on and off this year and love the simple, small space to write each day.
  5. My Prudent Advice: Lessons for my Daughter by Jaime Morrison Curtis | Love.
  6. Polaroid Z340 Instant Camera (Prints 3×4 Images–perfect for Project Life!) | Hoping to have this under my tree - probably from me to me.
  7. Memory Keepers By Paper Coterie | Still loving the two boxes I did last year.
  8. Instagram Pictures to Canvas art via Canvas pop (Links right up with your Instagram account). | On my list to try.
  9. Making and Impression: Designing and Crafting Artful Stamps by Geninne Zlatkis
  10. Journal It!: Perspectives in Creative Journaling by Jenny Doh

Happy Gifting!


  • 1.
    kelli said…

    oh my joy! all of these are going on my list :) YAY!

  • 2.
    Erin H said…

    I am printing it out and giving it to the hubby stat! What a fun list. Thank you.

  • 3.
    Kristine V said…

    Such great ideas…thanks for sharing!!

  • 4.
    Jasmine said…

    Great collection of ideas. #10 looks like a great gift for me from me :)

  • 5.
    Kristin Marr said…

    Does the picture mate work with Bluetooth in your iPhone?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I believe there is an optional bluetooth adapter – I haven’t used it that way (I have it connected to my computer).

  • 6.
    Heather said…

    Hmmm. Interesting note about the picture mate. My biggest challenge this year with Project life is that I shoot a lot of Hipstamatic pics so they come out square. Does the picture mate print square format too? or would I have to paste into a 4×6 document and then cut? If so, is it easy? I’m looking for better options for 2013 so I don’t fall so far behind.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      The description says you can do custom photo sizes up to 4×6 – I haven’t played with that as I really just use it to print full 4×6 photos.

  • 7.
    Jocelyn Thompson said…

    Oh my! Makes my list longer by the minute! You really need to add some of your digital elements to your gift ideas! I have already shown my husband my wish list from Designer Digitals. I feel like a kid again! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  • 8.
    Paula said…

    I see quite a few goodies I’d love to have!

  • 9.
    Trina said…

    Awesome list, Ali! Some of these will definitely find their way onto my Christmas list. I have a question regarding the Epson Picturemate…do you find you use less ink printing your 4×6 prints from that printer vs your Epson R2000?

  • 10.
    Janet said…

    What a great list! We’ve heard of Oprah’s favorite things – this is Ali’s favorite things! Very interested in the Instant Cameras. QUESTION: Which film did you prefer? Is there a wait time on drying for either? Thanks for sharing.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Janet – I use the Instax film that is specific to that camera (the mini 50). No special drying time for it. I haven’t tried the other one yet – it’s on my personal list to get this year :) .

  • 11.
    Elaine Allen said…

    Thanks for the list Ali. I know a few folks who will be happy to see some of these under their Christmans tree this year – LOL!

    Elaine Allen

  • 12.
    Sandra L. said…

    Wow, I didn’t know Gennine has a book! I love her work!
    That little Instax is so cute…I remember well the old Polaroid days but this looks SO much better!
    Thank you, Ali!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 13.
    Stefanie E. said…

    Awesome list! I was just looking into a 4×6 printer for project life.I do have a couple of questions… Does this one print a true 4X6? Do you use the glossy or matte paper and if you have used both which do you prefer? Thanks for all the great ideas!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      True 4×6 (love it) and I use Epson glossy 4×6 paper.

  • 14.
    shelly K said…

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 15.
    Debbie said…

    I so want the same camera that will be under your tree! Thank you for the awesome ideas. My hubs gave me the instax piano black 50 last year and I just love it!!! Please do keep the awesome ideas coming!! Your the best!

  • 16.
    Maggie said…

    Great post! I’m excited to try some of these! The memory game is my favorite– such a fun family gift. Have you heard of Bumblejax? They’re similar to Canvaspop but they mount photos on gator board, acrylic, aluminum and bamboo. They’re a bit pricey, but really high quality. You should check’em out for your next project:

  • 17.
    Susan said…

    As a surprise for me, my husband printed one of his Instagram photos on canvas with Canvas Pop. It turned out beautifully! I would highly recommend it.

  • 18.
    Marilyn said…

    I so want an Insta Max camera. Maybe this year Santa will bring me one.

  • 19.
    Brooke said…

    Thank you for all of the links!! Love the “from me to me” gift.

  • 20.
    Kathy L said…

    Love all of the suggestions. I’m putting the Epson PictureMate Photo Printer, the One Line a Day, and the Journal It!: Perspectives in Creative Journaling on my list. Thanks for the links, I have them bookmarked. The Perspectives in Creative Journaling might be a good gift for my Scrapbooking friends.

  • 21.
    tara said…

    What awesome scrappy goodies!

  • 22.
    Carol M said…

    I can’t wait for part 2 of this list!

  • 23.
    Heather said…

    Great list! At your recommendation (from last year) I recently created Memory Keepers from Paper Coterie for my children.
    LOVE IT!
    With several expectant-mom friends I’m thinking it may be a fun “Baby’s 1st Birthday” gift. Thanks again for the wonderful review of the Memory Keepers last year -especially the pictures showing the depth and height of the box -that’s what sold me on it!

  • 24.
    Cheryl M said…

    Oh my goodness! And this list IS definitely Christmas goodness!
    Thanks so much for posting. I’d love to have that 4×6 printer and the books, and…….well, it’s all wonderful!

  • 25.
    Ann Oliver said…

    I love all the wonderful ideas and love the concept of Project Life, unfortunetly I haven’t got started with it yet, but would love to!

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