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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.

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  1. Susana says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  2. patty says…
    08/12/2011

    L*O*V*E...

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  3. Jocelyne says…
    08/12/2011

    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 :)

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  4. Sally says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  5. yasmara says…
    08/12/2011

    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.

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  6. debbi g. says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  7. julie says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  8. Mrs. V says…
    08/12/2011

    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.

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  9. Danielle Crume says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  10. Marsaille says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  11. Theresa Grdina says…
    08/12/2011

    These are awesome!!

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  12. Fun Mama - Deanna says…
    08/12/2011

    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.

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  13. Teri Mason says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  14. Kirsten H says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  15. Jolynn says…
    08/12/2011

    Wonderful ideas

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  16. Gina Crowley says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  17. Juli says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  18. Dori says…
    08/12/2011

    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. :)

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  19. Shawn says…
    08/12/2011

    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!

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  20. Kelsey says…
    08/12/2011

    Oooh, thanks for sharing! These are lovely!!

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  21. gscrapbooks says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  22. Jennie says…
    08/12/2011

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

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  23. Deb J says…
    08/13/2011

    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.

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  24. Amandine Choret says…
    08/14/2011

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

    North winds, has the next one :)

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  25. Camille says…
    08/15/2011

    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.

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