Monthly Archives: November 2014

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November to remember…what will your legacy be?

Today the City of Boston is saying a final farewell to Thomas Menino, who served as mayor for 20 years. He may be gone but his inspiration and legacy will live on.

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The combination of love and skill make for a wonderful legacy.

The Mayor was a details guy, skilled at getting things done; as the current Mayor, Martin Walsh, said in his remarks, “now he is getting the potholes filled in heaven.” At one point it was determined that he had actually met at least half the population of the city, which is quite an accomplishment.

He had not even been out of office for a year before he passed away at the too-young age of 71, and the outpouring of love has come from all corners of the city. His funeral procession wound through the city, passing places that were near and dear to him and on which he had a major impact during his tenure as mayor. Surely he touched the lives of many of the people who lined the streets to pay their final respects.

The remarks by his granddaughters and his chief of staff were by far the most interesting to me and revealing of the kind of man Tom Menino was. He was a mentor to both his actual family and his work family. He loved both families and made sure to let them know how he felt. And when it came to getting things done, Menino was relentless. He was a man of the people, for the people.

Love and skill. Not a bad legacy. I love this quote by John Ruskin: “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” I think that Mayor Menino would agree with this sentiment. So today’s “collage of the day” is an artistic expression of this sentiment.

I love to make collages out of inspirational quotes. These make great gifts to say “thank you” or “I appreciate working with you” or even “I am proud of you and what you have created.” Can you think of other situations for which this quote would be appropriate?

Love and skill make for a fine legacy. Rest in peace, Mayor Menino, and be assured that you and your contributions will never be forgotten.

Have a quote that motivates you? I would love to create something beautiful for you.

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November to Remember…giving birth to memories

The arrival of a new baby is a moment of celebration for any family.

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This turquoise birth announcement could be unisex, but adding pink and flowers makes it clear this announces the arrival of a baby girl.

Traditionally, girl announcements tend toward pink and boys tend toward blue. This couple choose a somewhat non-traditional turquoise for their daughter’s birth announcement. The baby’s name was Emily – clearly a girl’s name – but this may have been more difficult if the name had been one that could be used for a boy or a girl, such as Jamie or Madison.

Because it is hard to tell from pictures whether newborns are boys or girls, I thought it would be helpful to add some pink and some flowers to emphasize that this new arrival is a little girl even without reading her name. Finding the right soft pastel paper with the color palette including turquoise and pink made this possible.

Remember, there’s no expiration date on memories. Your child may no longer be a newborn, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make something beautiful and memorable from their birth announcement (if you can find it in the shoebox or drawer where you “filed” it).

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It’s a November to remember…get ready for 30 days of memorable gifts

It’s November, which means it is getting close to December, which means we’re thinking about giving great gifts for the holidays and all the other happy occasions in our lives.

At Carol Colman Collages I am dedicated to creating P.E.R.F.E.C.T. gifts for all occasions. These gifts bring joy to the giver and they wow the recipients with their originality and thoughtfulness.

What makes a gift a P.E.R.F.E.C.T gift? Here’s what I think:

  • Personal: custom-designed for the recipient
  • Emotional: meaningful to the giver and the receiver
  • Rare: one-of-a-kind
  • Fitting: fits the occasion and the recipient
  • Extraordinary: stands out from the crowd for its originality and thoughtfulness
  • Cherished: will be deeply treasured
  • Thoughtful: shows how much you care

I want to make it easy for you to give great gifts and to become your go-to gift for everything from new babies to milestone anniversaries. So this month my goal is to showcase a collage every day to demonstrate the many different kinds of things that can be turned into a meaningful gifts sure to become treasured keepsakes.

I will begin with my daughter’s birth announcement. We had the announcement framed when she was born on a plain purple mat in a gold frame.

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Here is how we originally framed Zoe’s colorful birth announcement.

When I started my business, we decided to kick it up a notch. Here is the result:

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Zoe loves the updated framed collage keepsake of her colorful birth announcement.

See the difference? Are you getting inspired? Maybe you have something already framed that could use some updating? It’s like a new coat of paint – a new outlook – keeping things fresh, without losing their emotional significance.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@carolcolman), Twitter (@carolcolman), and Facebook ( to be sure you don’t miss a day! And look for the hashtag #greatgiftsguaranteed.

When you need a great gift, turn to Carol Colman Collages. Got a special occasion on your calendar Give me a call at 617.803.0366 so I can start creating something wonderful for you.