Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday Feature No. 36 -- Featuring "Memories of Distinction"

Happy Friday! WHEW! I made it through the week! It's the first week of being back at work and back to school, and it's been a little tough to get back into the swing of things. I have things that I am really behind on, but I have purchased a day planner where I write down all that I need to do for each day. One day at a time. It sort of helps me keep on track. I know that I may not get everything on the list done, and that's ok. At least it helps me stay more focused!

Congratulations to KawaiiNeko2008, who is the winner of the $15 Shopping Spree from JuicyChristians! I will try to do better at posting the winners of each giveaway.

Today, we are featuring someone I found on Shellie is know as @Military_Mom on Twitter. Shellie's website is Memories of Distinction, which she is currently working on getting up and running. Memories of Distinction offers personal ways to preserve your family's history through photos and memories. She creates custom scrapbook layouts, memory books, shadow boxes and more. Shellie would love to work with you on putting together a custom memory book that will create wonderful memories for years to come.

Shellie describes herself as "I am a wine drinking, chocolate popping, scrapbooking, wanna be chef, bookworm, shutterbug, soccer mom and military wife." She is also a blogger, and her blog is called Musings of a Military Wife. Click on the title, and it will take you to her blog, but be sure to come back here and finish reading! Let's see what else Shellie has to share about herself:

TDB: Why, when, and how did you get started scrapbooking?
Shellie: I started scrapbooking because my husband was deploying, and I needed something to fill the time and be creative too. It was 4 years ago now, and we lived on base at the time, so there were plenty of friends around who also scrapbooked.

TDB: How does your scrapbooking affect your "military life" or vice versa?
Shellie: As I said above I started scrapbooking on our previous base, so it has helped preserve our memories of friends and events both on and off base. It also allows me to create books for my hubby to take with him on deployments keeping a part of us and home with him when he is away.

TDB: What is the most important thing to remember when scrapbooking?
Shellie: Preserve those moments that are special to YOU, you do not have to scrap every picture you have ever taken. You also do not have to scrap like anyone else or following a time line, just preserve those memories and journal.

TDB: Name all of the places you have lived in your life.
Shellie: Florida, Ohio, Massachusetts, Ohio (yep been there done that twice), Colorado, nothing over seas (yet ;) )

TDB: Name three things in your life that you could NOT do without.
Shellie: My camera, My Family, My new HP HDX notebook pc (this was a hard question)

TDB: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Shellie: This might not be a "super power", but I would love to be able to wiggle my nose and have a clean house, laundry done and everything in it's place.

TDB: What are your favorite "crafting" tools?
Shellie: My Crop-a-dile for sure (can not do anything without it), hhmm my ATG adhesive gun (much more affordable), quilling tools (you can make some great embellishments for pages with these!

Here is a little slide show of some of Shellie's work:


Shellie has generously offered a $50 Gift Certificate for her memory-preserving services.
To enter: Please leave a comment about one of the following:
Why you think it's important to preserve your family history,
What you would want Shellie to help you with if you won,
What your favorite memory is from your family's history
Please make sure to leave a valid email address so that we can get ahold of you if you win.
For additional entries, please leave a separate comment for each of these things you do:
1. Tweet about this giveaway, using @dwntownboutique or @ChattyMamaBear.
2. Blog about this giveaway, and leave the link to your post.
3. Follow our blog by clicking on "Follow This Blog" at the top right.
Each item done will receive ONE additional entry. A maximum of four entries are available for each person.
This giveaway is open worldwide. Deadline to enter is Thursday, January 15th at Midnight PST.
Have a GREAT weekend!


Shannon said...

The time with my dad.

danosor said...

Memories of times spent with my Mother and Father.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I have been maarried for 21 years and we have had some of the best times together.

mverno said...

how would future generation know what has happened. everything to do wiht family members

ihchicky said...

I have a couple of trips I've been meaning to document. I'd like some help with that.

The Green Yak said...

I am behind on my scrapbooking (and my layouts aren't exactly inspired), so I would probably ask for her help in creating a few scrapbook pages. There are some great Christmas photos of my family that I need a good page design for!

greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

mmentor said...

for me

kdkdkd said...

It is important to save the memories of childhood, those days slip away so fast. I would want help making a memory book or other item of my boys.

Shelley said...

My husband and I have been able to travel the world and we have boxes and boxes of pictures. I would like to be able to put them in SOME sort of scrapbook (I have also kept all kinds of mementos throughout our travels always thinking that I would do some sort of book...but LIFE has always just gotten in the way!!)

Thanks for such a WONDERFUL giveaway.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Shelley said...

Follower (blog)

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Shellie said...

Ladies, I am so happy to be apart of this give away, and excited to see who wins and what we will work on! It can be something simple like a brag book, or a shadow box to hang memories on the wall, or a memory book to preserve those memories and add to them as time goes on. If you have question I am available.

this is not aan entry :)

Donna M. Clark said...

I would want Shellie to help me make a memory book for my little sister about my Grandfather. My sister is special and this would be nice to help her remember him.

Smooshy said...

I'd like to put something together on the trip I took to Italy with my husband and mother.

mogrill said...

I would like to do my trip to Disneyland!!

jennifer57 said...

a memory book

Shelllie said...

Hi again laadies.. I just posted a selection of Shadow Boxes for you to view.

They can be found here:

Or by visiting and clicking Altered projects.


jo1brat said...

Why you think it's important to preserve your family history - because future generations need to see how important family is and know the hard and good times we went through for them.

Karen said...

Memories of my mother.

ktgonyea at

jennem said...

My daughter was adopted from China in 2004. We have boxes of mementos--tickets, photos, maps, menus, etc. Her adoption trip was very important to us all, and we need a nicer way to preserve and remember it than a cardboard box on a closet shelf!
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

wendy said...

I am great at saving things but horrible at organizing and preserving them. It is important to do this because when I am gone, no one will know the significance of the papers and momentos and probably throw them away, which would be a shame

madamerkf at aol dot com

purango said...

I think it is important to preserve your family history for your children, grandchildren and future generations. Everyone wants to known about their families and past ancestors. You are leaving your family history for future members of your family.

Miranda said...

So they can See who there ancestors are

Anonymous said...

its great to have a connection to your blood...I recently dug up an old video telling my family history back the the late was amazing.

Anonymous said...

My Mother passed away when I was 19 years old from a brain anerism....A year before that We had a sewer backup and Her wedding dress and most Family pictures where gone..So I am very careful and emotional about saving My Family pictures I have...and where I keep them

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masonsgranny59 said...

a memory book of family

lilyk said...

I think it's important to preserve your family history because everyone's family history is unique.