Written by NICOLETTA CONSTANTI from Write to Me.
Documenting family memories. So many family memories are collected as the years go by. In an instant we have those memories in our phones to view and look back on. And then they accumulate with all the other 4,587 images. Barely do they get looked at again, just stored up in the cloud. Unless these moments are also documented in writing you also think you will remember all the details, but the time goes by and you forget things you would have never thought would slip your mind. Brain overload I like to call it.
I remember being young and could not contain the excitement of a trip to the Kodak shop with mum to drop off the film. Every picture taken was considered, you could not waste the film - it was too expensive. And it was also too expensive to be developed. I remember the disappointment of picking up my $24.95 order – a lot like 20 years ago right… and only 10 images working out. Our kids give us the strangest look when we explain this process!
We have designed a range of family journals to document these special moments. It doesn’t have to take ages, it doesn’t have to feel like a huge job or something else you need to do. Your words don’t have to be well thought out. It is taking 10 minutes to update and record these special memories creating family heirlooms to look back on. Another of my favourite childhood memories is looking through photo albums. Mum had like 25 all lined up on the bookshelf. We would spend hours and hours pouring over all the good times, laughing, crying, remembering. This is what we want for you. This is how we want our journals to make you feel. To bring you together as a family and relive the times spent together.
Handwriting makes time stand still, keeps people with you and memories alive. Here are our titles to start your family library of memories.
- Christmas Keep your yearly memories to look back on each year.
- Family Family moments, past or present. Family tree stories or perhaps documenting one event, adventure, home build or story to tell.
- Our travels Family adventures documented in words and pictures.
- Grandparents Time together or a grandparent life to record.
- Family Gratitude Sit with your family and record your daily gratitude.
- Recipes Passed Down A place to keep all your cherished family recipes.
Tails A journal to document the adventures of your furry family members.
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Write To Me began in 2009 with $400. An Art Director and Account Manager coming together to create a handmade journal business with a vision to one day be able to produce a range of linen covered journals in beautiful colours and classic embossed titles. We are sisters with an amazing supportive family who are always there helping us whether it be in the business or with our kids. Without them we would have never been able to work so hard. It has enabled us to work and grow a business that we are so proud of, while show our children that it is possible to make your dreams come true. If you want something to work, you have to work for it.
The inspiration to create our products came from two places. We both left home within four weeks of each other, and our mother gifted us with our baby journals and family recipe books that she had put together for us. A box of hand written letters are some of the most precious items my husband has of his mother after losing both parents when he has 12 years old. This made us very sentimental and really bought home the importance of hand writing and documenting our lives.
We worked tirelessly for the best part of 5 years to build our business, hand making journals and one by one sent our books off to print to achieve our linen covered goals.
We are so passionate about why we do what we do. We are trying to build a movement. One that encourages people to see the importance of documenting memories and what that means to loved ones.
A movement that captures life stories told in handwriting, because when someone is gone and you can hold their handwriting in your hands, it is like a piece of them remains physically with you. You can run your hands over the letters they have created, memories will come flooding back with the ability to retell and relive stories with moments that meant so much.
No moment is ordinary. Write down the now so it can be remembered for all the tomorrows.
They are not just journals. They are so much more than that.
We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you for supporting our work. It really does mean the world to us.
With much love and grateful hugs,
Anna & Nicoletta xx
PS. We love tea. We think it goes really well with writing.