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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

First year brag books

Ronnie

First year brag books - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

| Written by Ronnie |

Back when I was pregnant with Pete, and I was working out my memory keeping framework, I had a few spare 6x4 photo albums by Kikki K lying around which I'd purchased some time prior to giving birth to Angus. They were good quality, classic albums, and I felt it would be a waste to not actually do something with them. 

This was back in the day before Instagram or Pinterest (hard to imagine, right?), which meant that I couldn't just open up my browser and be instantly inundated with ideas. After much scheming and plotting in between feeds, nap times, and changing diapers, I decided that it would be fun to turn the 6x4 albums into a small 'brag book' for each of the boys, filled with photos from their first year. 

First year brag books - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

Seeing as I had already committed to making a baby book, a first year journal, and a first year photo book for each of the boys (more about all that in a future post), the idea behind a first year brag book was to do something as simple as can be. To that effect, I chose 36 of my favourite photos from Angus' first year, printed them out on my Canon Pixma, slipped them into the album in chronological order, and considered it done. No captioning, no embellishments, no over-complicating things. 

First year brag books - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

The only other thing I had to do was to choose a photo for the album cover. Because I knew I'd be doing one for Pete and any other children we might have, I decided to convert my chosen photo to black and white so that together, the brag books would look  like a set. The black and white also adds to that classic feeling.

First year brag books - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

Despite how simple these first year brag books are, they are definitely one of the best memory keeping decisions I've made because the boys love them. They get the brag books out from their memory boxes whenever they want, and they adore flipping through their own and each other's. 

This, I believe, is a big part of what memory keeping is all about.

Creating keepsakes that are held, touched, cherished, and loved.

Have you done anything similar for yourself or your  family?

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