Friday, October 23, 2009

Emma's Adoption Scrap Book

After my nightmare adoption with Emma and nightmare first month home, it should come as no surprise I never did anything with all the photos I had taken while in Vietnam. (For the record, I haven't done anything with Ryan's either.) When I want to see the photos, I have to hook up my external hard drive and search through my photo files.

My friend and travel mate Tommi didn't leave the photos of her daughter Anabelle on her laptop . Last year she learned how to digitally scrap book and made the most amazing photo book of her adoption journey to celebrate her one year Gotcha anniversary. And she didn't stop there. She made books for Christmas, Anabelle's birthday, and other memorable moments.  Then she moved on and made books for her friends and family, loving every minute of  helping people get their memories into something tangible.

A couple of weeks ago, Tommi took pity on me and offered to make an adoption book for Emma. She told me to send her the important and memorable photos from my adoption journey and any significant snippets from the emails I sent while I was gone (I didn't update my blog on Emma's adoption journey.) She asked if there was anything specific I wanted her to include, what color preferences I had and then she got to work, often showing me what she had along the way to make sure I was happy with what she was creating. About a week later Tommi had created this:



(This is a slide show of the actual book that Tommi created. You can check it out more here.)

I can't tell you how exited I am to have this book!  I don't have to beat myself up anymore for neglecting our memories.


During the process, Tommi and I realized that I'm not the only person out there who doesn't have the time or talent to create a book like this. Other people need someone to help them get their memories out of their computer files and onto a book they can hold in hands and show off to their friends, family and their children. I'm so excited to tell you that Tommi created Ladybugs and Red Thread Scrap Shoppe! She is now offering her services to others to create lasting memories in several different forms. From brag books, to memory pages and digital scrap books (like Tommi created for me) Tommi can come up with the best option for your needs and your budget.  Also, 5% of all her orders goes to Moms for Vietnam, a non profit group by a group of adoptive mothers who are currently focusing on the immediate need for tsunami relief.

Be sure to go check out her site and see what she can do for YOU!

10 comments:

Allison said...

It's beautiful! Tommi did a fantastic job!

Kristin said...

How beautiful, Denise! You know me, I can't watch anything like that without tears coming to my eyes. That will be so treasured by Emma when she is grown. You are such a wonderful Mommy to her...what a blessing adoption is!!!!

Best of luck to Tommi and her new business!

Cassie said...

I'm with Kristin...bawling!! What a great post and an amazing scrapbook...to have that time and creativity!! Wow, good job Tommi!!!

PS I left you an award on my blog!!

Shari U said...

The book is amazing, Denise! I LOVE IT, what a wonderful friend you have to make that for you!! Emma is gorgeous (as are all the girls in your family)!

Kat said...

I used to sell Creative Memories supplies. I have lots of family scrapbooks. But I am still stuck on 2006...and I haven't scrapbooked in years. Ugh. It was my intention to move to digital scrapbooks. But the amount of time it takes to upload to the internet...it just has not happened. I have got to make time for it to happen. One day... :-)

Karen (KayKay) said...

She did such a great job! Love the song with it, too.

Mary (from the Somerset) said...

I love that woman -- where does she find the time to be so amazing?

Nancy said...

Absolutely beautiful. I went to Vietnam two years ago for a vacation and loved the people and the country...a far different experience than you had. Unfortunately, my pix are still not in an album. I just may have this talented lady turn my treasures into a book.

Kristy said...

Its beautiful!!!! I wish I knew how to do that ,,,,maybe I will let Tommi do it for me!!
Love, Kristy

Kristin said...

What a great friend. Love that scrap book and what lovely memories.