The Collaborative Tribute

by Lynn Isenberg Posted on December 31, 2010

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So your mom is turning 80. Your parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Your sister is graduating from medical school. Your husband is embarking on a new career. Your family’s beloved four legged canine daughter is turning ten (70 in dog years!), your son is moving to a new city, your Uncle is in hospice, or your ensemble of classmates are graduating and life as you know it is moving in new directions.

You want to honor your friends and loved ones and the experiences you’ve shared together. There are so many ways to create inspiring tributes with Shutterfly’s wide range of tribute solutions! To collaborate on a Tribute follow these steps:

1. Identify the person you wish to honor
Consider the contributions they are making or have made to your life
Consider the contributions they are making or have made to the life of others
Choose the theme of the tribute, for example, “bon voyage”  “anniversary”  “milestone birthday”, “momentous graduation”, “just for being you”  “because I love you”, etc
Send an ole’ fashioned letter, or an email, phone call, or text, inviting friends and family to send you 3-5 images of their favorite memories of the subject – and if they are inclined, also send a caption or story to go with it. They can be letters, favorite sayings, lyrics to a favorite song or an image of that person’s favorite thing or hobby
6. Now it’s time to edit the materials you’ve collected. Pick the content that will best depict a story. It can be chronological, thematic, humorous, comedic, or heartfelt
7. Arrange the photos and words in one of Shutterfly’s tribute photo book offerings with a style that best matches the theme of your tribute
8. Give credit to all your co-contributors, and voila, you have a collaborative tribute

Above all else, remember that tributes are an opportunity to express the love and esteem you hold for another (that includes you, too!). Be sure to ask your contributors to include the qualities they admire in that person.

You can do the same thing by using a Shutterfly Share site. This is an extraordinary and super simple way to create a collaborative tribute!  It’s like creating your own personal pictorial version of Facebook. You can truly let your inner creative photographer marry your inner blogger.

You get to load and choose the way you want your pictures and videos viewed. Images can be viewed in film strip style, slide show, album, photo journal, thumbnails, etc. plus there’s a place to blog and you can add music. Simply invite friends and family to upload their images, videos, thoughts, stories or jokes in a free form expression of love and gratitude for the honoree!

Enjoy… the honor is all yours!

By Author-Brand Strategist & Tribute Expert Lynn Isenberg, “The Funeral Planner” trilogy book series and digital series featuring Joss Stone, and founder of

The Tribute Network announces the first annual online Tribute Video Festival commencing June 1 – December 1, 2011. Visit to honor significant people and pets in our lives by sharing a short tribute video about a person or pet, alive or in spirit, who has made a contribution to your life. Learn more on May 8th when the Tribute Video Festival’s Hollywood Jury reveals more on the “Jackson Horn” reunion show on most Fox Network affiliates across the country. The Tribute Video Festival PSA is brought to you by the Wilbert Foundation, a non-profit organization providing grants and resources to help children deal with trauma and grief.

Lynn’s books and digital videos:

The Funeral Planner
The Funeral Planner Goes To Washington
The Funeral Planner Digital Series
Grief Tributes
Grief Wellness


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  1. BarbaraJ Says:

    The amazing photobook ideas we all share are wonderful and so interesting. I love this article and it makes me want to start a new project and tribute. I would love to do a tribute to a teacher, or someone that has been a great influence in my life. Thank you for the idea. BarbaraJ

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    The step by step layout you gave makes putting a book together seem easy. These book always ending meaning so much to not only the person who it is made for but everyone who contributed too.

  3. Tiffany M Says:

    Tribute… awesome. This is a great post. I constantly say I’m going to do a tribute book but all those reasons in the first paragraph usually get in my way. I need to make time :o)

more about Lynn Isenberg

My father once told me it's important to attend funerals to support the survivors and equally important to attend celebrations, because those are the times of joy we remember to mitigate the times of sorrow. Connecting is a big part of my DNA. Staying connected diminishes unpleasant feelings of saying good bye to summer camp friends or the grief in watching an Uncle die, the loss of a boyfriend, one’s family of origin, and so on. That's how my life experiences brought me to the epiphany that the antidote to loss is celebration. So I celebrate by connecting, expanding my posse along the way from childhood on up to the University of Michigan and onto LA to be a writer, studio executive, traveler, dot com revolutionary, founder of The Hollywood Literary Retreat, the tribute video and pre-need planning business Lights Out Enterprises, social media site The Tribute Network, and Focus Media, Inc. Under FMI I'm able to create connections through multi-media platforms and brand strategies for elite clients. I have also built a brand of properties inspired by my trilogy of comedy novels The Funeral Planner, The Funeral Planner Goes to Washington, and The Funeral Planner Goes Global. This includes a feature film/TV/digital series, grief guidebooks GRIEF TRIBUTES and GRIEF WELLNESS, and Celebrity Partner to the National Hospice Foundation … stay tuned… To Life, Lynn a.k.a. Maddy

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