Make someone smile with 10 simple sentiments

by Lara H Posted on July 15, 2008

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One of the most important gifts you can give is to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you.

Sam’s “10 Things About You That Make Me Smile” is a simple and yet very compelling way to pay tribute to one of the important people in his life.

Sam’s 10 things about his father are humorous, personal and touching all at the same time. He includes photos illustrating each point, as well as an extended explanation which adds to the story.

Batgirl thought Sam’s book was a great idea too, so she created her own version of “10 Things About You That Make Me Smile” with the same combination of insider jokes and heartfelt sentiments, though her photos were often more historical in nature.

What do you think of the “10 things” idea? Let us know by commenting on this article.


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  1. lemaire26 Says:

    What a great idea for a personalized gift. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Joey Says:

    I loved when I first saw this book that Sam did for his father. Makes for a very personalized gift. And after seeing his book and another one he did, I have tried to put notes from others in the books that I do. It gives them a personal touch.

  3. Tiffany M Says:

    Cute! I would love to do something like this for my father. Next year isn’t a landmark bday but I think I’ll do this anyway! Thanks for the project idea :o)

  4. cnj4755 Says:

    Fantastic idea! Very memorable & touching, I’m sure any receiver will luv it!

more about Lara H

By way of introduction, I’m LaraH. I’m a long-time customer of Shutterfly (beginning in January 2000 with the birth of my first daughter) and now an employee (since mid-2004). I’ve been making photo books since we launched the product in June 2005, but in that time it has evolved from a work responsibility, to a hobby, and dare I say passion. Most of the books I make revolve around my children and our family journeys, so I thought it was a fitting way for you to get to know me better to see “ My First Photo Book.” It’s the story of my daughters’ first few years, told mostly through pictures.

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