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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.

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My new favorite quote: on overcoming obstacles to achieving your dreams

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The leap of faith necessary to conquer fear and doubt and achieve your dreams.

You may be seeking a soulmate, but what about your dreams for yourself as a person – your spiritual, emotional, professional, pie-in-the-sky dreams?

Finding a lasting relationship is a life goal for many people. Once you read Harry Hudson’s story, you might broaden your perspective about “marriage”.

I first read about Harry on Viral Nova. His story touched me, as it undoubtedly has touched many other people. Diagnosed with curable leukemia at a young age, at the dawn of his musical career, Harry documented the progress of his treatment and recovery. He demonstrates that a positive attitude and sense of gratitude can go a long way.

There are many wonderful “tweets” shared in the Viral Nova story, but one of them stood out:

“I cheated on my fears, broke up with my doubts, got engaged to my faith, and now I’m marrying my dreams.

Wow. That is a goal to which we can all aspire.

To put the cherry on top, this quote was posted on my 60th birthday, November 29, 2013. For some strange reason, that makes me feel even more connected to Harry.

You can follow Harry at @RealHarryHudson on Instagram to keep up with his story – I know that I will.

These are the questions I am pondering today, and would love to hear your thoughts:

  • Are you ready to get over your doubts and fears and commit to your dreams?
  • What is standing in your way? 
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A great review of keepsakes by Carol Colman Collages: birth announcement collage

It is thrilling when I know that a keepsake created by Carol Colman Collages achieves the goal of “wowing” the recipient with its thoughtfulness and originality.

So I am thrilled to share this review of a collage I created for Cigall Goldman of Mazel Moments using the birth announcement for the new addition to their family, baby Liya. A brief excerpt follows:

It’s not every day that you receive a package that blows you away with its thoughtfulness and creativity.  That’s exactly what happened when I received a personalized collage made from my daughter Liya’s baby announcement from the very talented Carol Colman Collages.…A sincere thank you to Carol for creating something so unbelievably special, that our family will treasure forever. A custom collage is a great gift for any life event.”

So you can see what I started with, here is the original birth announcement and the finished product:

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Original birth announcement for Liya Goldman used as focus of keepsake by Carol Colman Collages



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Carol Colman Collages keepsake for birth announcement of Liya Goldman


Who is next on your gift list? Ready to blow your gift recipients away with something they will appreciate now and cherish forever? If you’re in the market for a “wow” gift, who are you going to call? Carol Colman Collages! I can’t wait to make something beautiful for you. 

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On being born Jewish: thoughtful gifts for new babies via Mazel Moments


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Baby boy birth announcement turned into a keepsake by Carol Colman Collages

Mazel Moments is a fabulous resources for planning all kinds of Jewish events, with ideas for everything from decorations to giving great gifts. Of course many of their ideas can be adopted for people of any faith. Some celebrations, however, are specific to people who are Jewish. Carol Colman Collages is thrilled to be featured in one of their latest blog posts: Thoughtful gifts for a baby naming or a brit milah.

You may or may not know that a “brit milah” (commonly known as a “bris”) is the ritual circumcision on a Jewish boy on the 8th day of his life.  Of course, this is accompanied in most cases by a celebration and, often, gifts.

For Jewish girls, it has become a custom to have a baby naming ceremony, which can be held at any reasonable time after the girl is born. We had ours when our daughter was about six months old, at a time when my parents could attend from out-of-town. The same rabbi who married us presided at the naming ceremony, which we held in our home. I remember the rabbi asking us to speak about the English and Hebrew names we had chosen for our daughter, along with any relatives she was named for and the qualities of those people we hoped our daughter would exhibit. The rabbi told me to write all my remarks down because otherwise I would be so overcome by emotion that I would not remember them. It was good advice (which also would come in handy years later when my daughter became a Bat Mitzvah, but that’s another story).

You will see ideas in the post for celebrating new Jewish babies, but most of these ideas can be adapted no matter what religion you follow. (Perhaps not the bris pillow sham, but you never know…).

So when that baby photo or announcement arrives, think about turning it into a thoughtful, memorable keepsake that will be long remembered and treasured after those cute Red Sox onesies have been outgrown.

Attention Los Angeles Kings: get your Stanley Cup photo keepsakes here

Championship achievements deserve to be memoralized in keepsakes as unforgettable as those moments.

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Kyle Clifford already did it. How many other babies will have a shining moment in the Stanley Cup this year?

The Los Angeles Kings made memories for a lifetime last night when they won the Stanley Cup. Now each player gets to spend some time up close and personal with the cup. No doubt, a lot of once-in-a-lifetime photos will be taken. It is my mission to help people connect with the joyous emotions and memories of their special events by creating beautiful keepsakes using memorabilia including photos.

Back when the Boston Bruins won the cup in 2011, one of my clients had the opportunity to put her new baby into the Cup. Professional photos were taken. I created a beautiful keepsake collage based on one of those photos, accessorized with a championship patch at the client’s request, which now serves as a cherished memento of that amazing moment.

Kyle Clifford already put his baby into the Cup. Surely others will follow, as will other memorable celebrations as the Cup travels with each of the champions. Lots of “regular folks” will take photos with the Cup. Treat those photos with the respect they deserve! Kyle Clifford, I am waiting to hear from you!

Carol Colman Collages is here for you. Your memories are my business. Which of your most special photos can I turn into a breathtakingly beautiful keepsake for you?