I’ve been working on a PowerPoint presentation recently,
designed to show to prospective clients and participants what I offer in terms
of courses and workshops, both here at Autumn Cottage and on clients own sites.
There are images of the cottage, showing where I hold classes, but I have also
included some images from some of the courses themselves – particularly the Memory
Book and Box workshops.
In my work with bereaved people, I have rarely come across something which people who are struggling with their loss take up with quite so much enthusiasm. It is such a simple idea, yet it seems to offer so much scope for being adapted by the users for their own needs.
I know that the world of “scrap-booking” is huge now, and can be costly, but there are many ideas which can be adapted for memory books that do not have to cost a fortune. A length from a roll of wallpaper and an old shoebox or box file, and anyone can make books and boxes that do not cost an arm and a leg.
Images can be scanned from many, many sources, “faded out”
in a photo manipulation programme and then cheaply printed out to use as
background papers. Specialised, square, scrap-book sheets at nearly a pound
($2.00) each? – I suggest plastic pockets (can be obtained for around one UK
pound for 100) and A4 sheets from the printer – the costs can be kept very low if
you are clever! They may not be as beautiful as some of the inspiring items that appear in Somerset Studio's "Memories" - but it's a simple way to get started - and the artwork can always come later!
I also always keep a look out for pretty boxes in sales, or collage shoe boxes and box files with scanned images that relate to the person commemorated inside.
I’d love to hear about some of the ideas any of you may have for keeping costs down for these items – you may also help someone who is dealing with a loss in their life to get through it more easily.