Every wedding anniversary, Paige Money and her husband, Steve, write letters to each other. Using pages from their wedding book, the Southlake couple describe the past year to each other, from the highlights of their daily routine to the way their relationship has strengthened and grown throughout 12 years of marriage.
It's a ritual that Money says is both romantic and pragmatic, for the letters act as a diary of sorts, a way to document their life together as partners and parents.
But it also sparked an idea that Money hopes will help others who cherish preserving memories. For years, she'd been searching for a beautiful and well-constructed anniversary album to preserve her treasured letters but could never find the right sort of binder. Last spring, she decided not only to design one for herself but also to launch an entire line of customized keepsake albums.
Money is no stranger to the retail and marketing world -- she was once the owner of a gift boutique in southwest Fort Worth. To launch the line, she contacted wedding design guru Cherese Rambaldi, owner of the internationally recognized stationery boutique The Honour of Your Presence, in Succasunna, N.J. Money had seen guest books that Rambaldi had designed and believed that they could adapt them into a line of "life books" that capture all of life's special moments. Rambaldi agreed, and the two became business partners.
Together, they've created the Keepsake Collection of event-specific albums constructed from the finest materials, such as Japanese woven silk, Swarovski crystals and chroma cloth. Each is made to order in the client's chosen fabric and color, but they all include a patented accordion envelope page structure that features an area on the outside of each envelope for notations about each keepsake, a set of coordinating notecards and an embellished pen.
The line, which ranges in price from $35 to $90, includes a Keepsake Anniversary Book, along with Keepsake Family Heirloom Books for mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters and other family relationships. There's also a Favorite Party Book and a Keepsake Baby Book.
To order a custom Keepsake book, contact The Honour of Your Presence at 866-669-9555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.