Sunday, November 17, 2013

Why Memory Keeping is Important -- Thanks Grandma

Four years ago on Thanksgiving Day, my Grandma and I had our last meal together. The following Tuesday, she went into the hospital and then onto Hospice. Grandma passed away just before Christmas. She lived a wonderful, full life, and left me with lots of memories and lessons.

Grandma taught me to be myself without regard of what others think. She taught me to never let my friends and family forget just how much I love them.

For example, each Thanksgiving, Grandma would stand up (as my mother sat cringing) and belt-out her Tom Turkey song, even in the middle of a crowded restaurant. I LOVED it, and so did every stranger in the place.

Last Thanksgiving, I carried Grandma in my thoughts all day. I guess my mother did too. When we met to drive together to dinner, she handed me several things that she found at Grandma's house that she thought I should have. The 20-year-old Hamilton Beach Mixer that Grandma used for all her cakes. The Nativity scene that I gave her a few years ago. And, a bundle of letters.

When I got home that night, I opened the bundle to find that Grandma saved every letter, greeting card, and postcard that I sent to her over the last 25 years. Reading those letters, I learned that my Grandma knew just how much I loved her. What a gift of peace. 

My daughters came downstairs, curious about all the greeting cards. They asked to take them upstairs to read together. Later, the girls came back to me to show me their favorites and to comment on all the cool places that their dad and I had visited. These cards gave them a lesson on family-life and love. 

As the owner of PictureThatSound, I knew one of the things I had to record was Grandma singing her Tom Turkey song. This Thanksgiving, I will have her voice with me.

I knew that my Grandma and I are a lot alike. But, until I received those letters, I had no idea that she and I shared the love of memory keeping. In those letters, what a treasure she delivered to her great grandchildren after her passing. What a treasure we have hearing her voice at Thanksgiving.

As memory keepers, we are the historians of our generation, collecting bit-by-bit the images, sounds, and handwriting of today. We are documenting the present so the future can understand and appreciate the past.

Thank you Grandma.  

Friday, December 21, 2012

Turning an old TV armoire into a scrapbook bookcase

What to do with that 90s TV Armoire

If you can handle some simple wood work: measure, cut, and stain two shelves of 1/2" pine.  (Or hire a carpenter.)  Perfect for 12" scrapbooks. 

I use the bottom drawers and shelves for office supplies. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tar Heel Fan

A Gift for the UNC Fan

This crafter created this project for her dad, the ultimate UNC Tar Heels fan. She used a PictureThatSound recordable device to record the announcer Jones Angel as he called the last 6 seconds of the UNC vs. NC State football game this year (2012).  The photo features Gio Bernard as he returns the kick for a touchdown to win the game, 43 - 35. Listen for Angel's statement at the end "Are You Kidding Me!"
click on photo to see video and hear recording

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scrapbook Expo USA Creation

Check out the PictureThatSound project featuring the play button on the other side. This blogger covered the back of the card with the beautiful design above, and left the back open. Click HERE to see the Scrapbook Expo USA blog.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mixed-media project inspired by a piano performance.
Created by: Susan Weckesser,

Click on the photo to see the video.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Father's Day Surprise!

The children of this lucky father surprised their dad with tickets to the US Open on Father's Day next year. The dad pressed the golf ball to hear his kids' excitement in this priceless gift. 

Thank you Colleen, Boston MA, for sharing this wonderful creation. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Canadian Scrapbooker: Get Ready for Christmas

Check out this Canadian Scrapbooker Webisode featuring three select products, including PictureThatSound.  We love the fun page layout with a little girl singing about "California Girls."  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Birthday Wishes

Check out these birthday cards using the photos from last year's Christmas cards. Magnets on the back to place on the fridge. These cousins will know they're loved. What a great idea!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Call for Design-Team Members

Hi crafty friends! We're looking for experienced paper crafters to create innovative PictureThatSound projects for national television and the web. Check out this blog site for projects submitted by other customers and designers.

The entire PictureThatSound card can be covered in paper. The sound will play through the paper just fine. Make sure to note the Play button with a sticker or other embellishment. 

Designs should appeal to a broad, mainstream audience. Consider unique sounds that customers would want to capture for memory keeping. Submissions should include a photo, video or MPEG file of sound recording, and a supply list. 

Candidates should email no later than Friday, January 27th. Include a link to your blog and a description of two different projects you would like to create for Picture That Sound. We’ll then select candidates within one week.  PictureThatSound products will be provided to those selected designers. Designers will submit finished projects to Picture That Sound for use on TV and/or Web. Projects will include designer’s mention on TV and/or Web.  All chosen projects must include a photo release from anyone featured in the project.

Friday, December 16, 2011

High School Theater Production

This high-school senior's family captured her solo along with some great shots during her performance in "Into the Woods."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teacher Gift for the Holidays

What a perfect and personalized gift for the special teachers in your child's daily life.  Thanks Eileen in SC for such a unique idea!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

She Said

Rebecca Price, an artist with Scrap n Art online magazine, created this PictureThatSound card completely covered in paper and embellishments -- a work of art featuring a beautiful voice to last forever.  

Check-out Scrap n Art magazine for other great ideas and lots of inspiration.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

God Bless America

This PictureThatSound project is completely covered in paper and showcased within a paper "Beyond the Page" frame. Click the video below to see how it's done.

Who Says Men Can't Craft?

Check out this video from Eric Erickson at "Load of Scrap." He created a scrapbook spread featuring his nephew's love of music. Isn't that cool?

Teacher Appreciation

This third-grade class recorded a thank-you message to their teacher. Click the video below to hear their message.

Father's Day Gift by Sandi Genovese

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Grand Love

Capture your grandparent's voice for a family heirloom. Here, we recorded Grandma singing her favorite Thanksgiving song. We also have her reciting the names of her 12 brothers and sisters in order of birth. What a great genealogy project. 

Family Album

Add an introduction to your family album by placing the PictureThatSound paper card on the cover.