Celebrating My Mom

This week one of my good blogging friends ~ Kim at Simply Domestic, did a round-up of great Mother’s Day gift ideas {here}.  She is also featuring some of her blogging friends {including me} and their ideas for celebrating the mothers in their lives.  Take a look ~ you will love her blog and her Mother’s Day series.

Below is the idea that I contributed to Kim’s blog:

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A couple of years ago I was thinking of the upcoming Mother’s Day and how I could celebrate my mom.  I was trying to think of something I could give to her, and I remembered a book I had heard of titled something like 100 Reasons Why I Love You.  I had never read it so I went to the library and checked it out thinking that if I liked it I would try to find one to give to my mom. As I was reading through it I decided that yes, I did want to get one, it would make a great gift.

So I went to a couple of stores but I couldn’t find it and at first I was disappointed, and then the thought hit me {I’m a bit slow sometimes} ~ I should make my own.  It would be so much more meaningful.

So while I was at Target I made my way over to the scrapbooking section.  And I want to tell you right up front… I am not into scrapbooking.  I like to put my photos into plain old photo albums without all of the cute stuff.  Not that I don’t think the cute stuff is cute, I do, it’s just not me.  So anyway, I went to the scrapbook area at Target and looked through their selection {it really didn’t occur to me that I should go to a craft store for these supplies} and I bought a few items: a photo album with a window in the cover, a package of pastel colored cardstock, a book of 5×7 patterned card stock paper, some of that paper scrapbook ribbon, and a package of “family” stickers.

Then I went home and wrote up a list of all the reasons I love my mother {I did use a couple of the thoughts from the 100 Reasons Why I Love You book.}, typed them up, and spent the evening putting together my own version, which I titled 83 Reason Why I Love You.

Since I do not live near my mother I couldn’t take my own photos of the book, but my sister lovingly did it for me and emailed them to me. She used her phone so some of the pictures aren’t “perfect” but she did capture the heart of the book.  Here are a few photos of what I put together for my mom.  {Remember, I didn’t know anything about scrapbooking so I probably broke all kinds of scrapbooking rules.}

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Mother's Day Book 2

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Mother's Day Book 10

Mother's Day Book 13

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Mother's Day Book 7

Mother's Day Book 3It’s not professionally made, and it’s not perfect.  But it was the perfect way for me to celebrate my mom and it was perfect for my mom to receive it.  And as you can probably imagine, she shed more than a few tears over it.

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23 Responses to Celebrating My Mom

  1. Luisa May 7, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Aawww…this is so sweet. You’re mother is going to love this…I know my mother would! She would probably be sobbing by the second page! BTW thanks for visiting me!

    • Lori May 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      As a mother I know what it would mean to me to receive a book like this ~ I would be crying by the second page, too.

  2. Leilani May 7, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    I think it is best not being professional. The homemade touch is warmer; it’s living and breathing. 🙂

    • Lori May 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks Leilani.

  3. Bobbie May 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    That is seriously the best gift I’ve ever seen

    • Lori May 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      When I made it I wasn’t thinking it was the best gift ever but while I was writing this post I realized how meaningful it is and how amazing it would be to receive a gift that tells me how I’m loved and why. We don’t usually say things like this every day and most of us probably go through life feeling a bit unappreciated for things we do ~ seen, unseen, or forgotten. Ahh, such is a mother’s life sometimes.

  4. Maureen May 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I love this! Every mother should have one of these!

    • Lori May 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      Maureen, you should make one for your mom or someone special in your life.

  5. Bette Denison May 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    This was absolutely the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift I have ever received, and now that I am looking at it and reading it again I am sobbing as I sit here at my computer. It is a beautiful book and I shared it with some close neighbors. Love you sweetie!!

    • Lori May 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Love you, too, Mom. I meant every word.

  6. Jeanie @ create&babble May 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Lori, this is lovely! What a special gift.

    • Lori May 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Thanks, Jeanie. Gifts like these are so special.

  7. Carolyn Burch May 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    What a beautiful gift….she will treasure it….and YOU will treasure the journey of making it for her 🙂 as I say in my bio on my blog….”…..They are the reasons I scrapbook, and I don’t want to forget a thing”

    stopping by to visit from Fluster’s Creative Muster Wednesday Linky Party
    Carolyn @ iamthecraftylady.com

    • Lori May 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      So, so true. Mothers are a treasure, that’s for sure. And motherhood is to be treasured and so I agree, I don’t want to forget a thing, although I already have because I didn’t document like I should have.

  8. *Cara May 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    I love homemade gifts (creating and receiving) and this is one is truly heartfelt!! Knowing that this was the best mother’s day gift mom could ever receive, I have debated whether I should attempt to top it are accept that nothing should or ever could! 🙂

    • Lori May 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Haha. You should try to top it. I would love to see what you come up with!!!

  9. Rita May 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    I love homemade gifts and this is one of the best! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

    • Lori May 10, 2013 at 12:54 am #

      Thank you, Rita. And you’re welcome. Thanks for stopping over at my blog.

  10. jamie@kreyv May 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lori May 9, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      You’re welcome, Jamie. I just took a look at your blog ~ you have a fun sense of humor.

  11. sue May 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    LOVE this! There’s a new Linking Party going on today at : http://thet2women.com/welcome-to-one-sharendipity-place/ and we’d love for you to come join us!

  12. Ruthie May 18, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    How fun… what a great gift idea! Thank you for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week.. stop on by and share again today! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com I hope you have wonderful weekend! xoxo~ Ruthie

    • Lori May 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Thank you, Ruthie. I’ll stop by. xx

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