Resources
   

Plan It!
Fine Stationery ~ Pens ~ Frames & Frame Stands ~ Folders, Binders, & Bindery Services
Special Days/Dates/Months/Circumstances

Write It!
Copyright & Permissions ~ Quotations ~ Song Titles & Lyrics ~ Motion Pictures ~ Poetry
Graphic Images ~ Dictionary, Thesaurus, Speller ~ Copyediting

Package It!
Elegant Gift-Wrapping Paper

Present It!
Be ready to embrace and shed tears of joy, and keep facial tissues nearby!

Enhance It!
Videographers ~ Audio-Recording Services & Software ~ Transcription ~ Graphic & Fine Artists
Photographers ~ Poets ~ Musical Composer, Recording Artist, Performer
Scrapbooking Software & Supplies
More Ways to Share Love, Appreciation, and Legacy
Books, Videos, and Other Products Related to Gratitude and Legacy

 

Fine Stationery

M. Middleton – Sharing Life's Celebrations(TM).

ThePaperSeller.com – specialty scrapbooking papers and materials.

WilliamArthur.com – the signature of fine stationery.

 

Pens

ParadisePen.com – fine writing instruments and gifts of lasting value.

WeddingMountain.com – specializes in quality products in niche areas such as weddings, crafts, and many other specialty categories. Large selection of wedding supplies and accessories.

GiftPens.com – "the write place" for pens.

 

Frames & Frame Stands

PromoFrames.com – wide variety of certificate holders, wooden frames, and more, for special occasions.

PictureFrames.com – wide variety of picture frames suitable for your treasured letters, certificates, and other special documents and art work.

WeddingMountain.com – specializes in quality products in niche areas such as weddings, crafts, and many other specialty categories. Large selection of wedding supplies and accessories.

ArtCityFrame.com – picture and certificate frames for all occasions.

 

Folders, Binders, & Bindery Services

Baudville.com – a plethora of beautiful certificate/letter folders, themed, embossed, or unembossed—you name it! A lovely tri-fold holder for presenting your single-page letter of appreciation. (Note: Best suited if you plan to present multiple letters over time, or want to share an order with several friends, as you'll probably need to order at least 25 of the same design.)

OnePagePress.com – a unique way to bind your one- to four-page letter in a way that frames the pages but looks like a book; it can be propped open for display or stored on a bookshelf.

 

Special Days, Dates, Months, & Circumstances

AMillionThanks.org – guidance for writing to military service members and veterans.

GuestFinder.com – dates of special holidays, etc.

NoteProject.com – The Note Project: how to help make the world a million times better by writing brief notes of appreciation.

Copyright & Permissions

Copyright.gov.help/faq – FAQs from the U.S. Copyright Office; see section titled, "Can I Use Someone Else's Work? Can Someone Else Use Mine?"

PermissionsPlease.Today.com – how to ask for permission to reprint others' work.

Smartfast.com – legal advice on fair use of others' material.

 

Quotations

en.ThinkExist.com – searchable database of 140,000 quotations.

Bartleby.com – find books of famous quotations and the like.

PoemHunter.com – searchable database of not only 310,931 poems from 24,752 poets, but also 64,870 quotations.

 

Song Titles & Lyrics

PoemHunter.com – searchable database of lyrics and 124,601 songs.

 

Motion Pictures

IMDB.com – the Internet Movie Database, a searchable database of motion pictures and actors.

Poetry

PoemHunter.com – searchable database of 310,931 poems from 24,752 poets.

The Ultimate Poetry Resource Guide – list of free online resources that offer guidance for writing your own poetry.

 

Graphic Images

iStockphoto.com – affordable photos, illustrations, flash, video, and audio.

dmoz.org/Computers/Graphics/Clip_Art/Public_Domain/ – directory of public-domain graphic images.

GettyImages.com – provider of digital media worldwide, creating and distributing a range of assets that help communicators around the globe tell their stories.

 

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Speller

YourDictionary.com – dictionary of American English, containing definitions, thesaurus, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology.

 

Copyediting

AllMyBest.com – Lynette Smith of All My Best provides expert, empathetic copyediting services for all your treasured letters.

Elegant Gift-Wrapping Paper

PaperMart.com – wide selection of quality gift-wrap paper.

WrapSmart.com – wide selection of quality gift-wrap paper.

TheGiftWrapGals.com – specialty gift wrappings for any occasion.

 

Videographers

Elance.com – directory of service providers; search on "videographer" to hire, manage, and pay videographers to do your work.

 

Audio-Recording Services and Software

Audacity.sourceforge.net – free, cross-platform sound editing software.

Dragon Speech Recognition Software – use your voice to create and edit documents or emails, and more. Naturally Speaking is a voice-recognition software that will translate your spoken words into written text. Visit http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm 

FreeConferenceCalling.com – free conference calling between at least two parties using the telephone (land line for better sound quality) or computer. Idea: Speak your letter or story to the other party (who remains silent) and get a free digital recording of it afterwards.

 

Transcription

GreatTranscriptions.com – quality, affordable conversion of spoken words into written words (downloadable MS Word documents); all work performed domestically (USA) by an experienced professional.

 

Graphic & Fine Artists

Elance.com – directory of service providers; search " design" section for freelance designers and fine artists to hire, manage, and pay to do your work.

Photographers

WeddingPhotographersDirectory.info – directory of wedding photographers in USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and United Kingdom.

PhotographyPros.com – directory of professional photographers in USA and Canada.

WeddingPhotographersDir.com – directory of wedding photographers in USA, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and United Kingdom.

 

Poets

HireaPoet.com/ – writes poetry from basic info you provide; may overlay it on a photo and frame it

 

Musical Composer, Recording Artist, & Performer

SongsForAllTimes.com – John Dominick Carratello can compose and record a song especially for you.

 

Scrapbooking Software & Supplies

SmileBox.com – personalized scrapbooking, e-cards, slideshows, and more; free digital scrapbooking solutions.

Shutterfly.com – create something amazing with your pictures and share them on cards and stationery. Free personalized digital picture storage and websites.

ThePaperSeller.com – specialty scrapbooking papers and materials.

More Ways to Share Love, Appreciation, and Legacy
All My Best endorses these fine causes:

AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort – a volunteer-based nonprofit organization “dedicated to serving deployed United States Service Men and Women ensuring that they are not forgotten by a grateful nation.” Site also includes helpful advice on sending care packages.

Heifer International – donate to give farm animals to needy individuals in the U.S. and third world countries so they can become self-sustaining, prosper, and improve their communities.

Military Funerals and Full Honors – details regarding eligibility requirements and components. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_funeral#Eligibility 

MyLoveSign.com – purchase LoVE buttons, signs, plaques, posters, and wearables and accessories to wear and share, while supporting worthy causes.

NoteProject.com – The Note Project: how to help make the world a million times better by writing brief notes of appreciation.

The Legacy Project – create your life, connect with others, change the world. The Legacy Project is a big-picture learning project that works with children, youth, adults, and elders through three banner programs: LifeDreams, Across Generations, and Our World.

The World Needs More Love Letters – a global love-letter writing organization that harnesses the power behind social media to write and mail love letters to strangers across the globe

  

Fun gratitude project for kids:

Children can decorate the outside of their own  "A Whole Bag of Thanks!" and then fill it with magazine cutouts, photos, hand-drawn/colored pictures, and/or colorful captions representing who or what the child is grateful for. They can keep adding these gratitude symbols to their bag throughout their childhood and even throughout adulthood. Kids will enjoy showing and describing the contents to their friends or parents. At some point, the items could be placed in a scrapbook as a new project, if they wish, as a more lasting legacy.

Books, Videos, and Other Products Related to Gratitude and Legacy
All My Best endorses these quality items:

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Simon & Schuster, reprint edition 2010). ISBN-10: 1439170401. ISBN-13: 9781439170403. (Originally published in hardcover in 1999.) In this inspiring novel, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney puts into action a “Think Globally, Act Locally” idea that bears unexpected fruit. The book has been made into an engaging movie available on DVD.

Daughter Wisdom: A Lifetime of Loving Letters From a Therapist Mom by PJ Adams, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (ISBN 9781475059564). A guide for every daughter—young, adult, or seasoned—facing the challenges of modern womanhood. Contains 42 reproducible letters that relate to finding love, understanding boys and men, becoming street smart and independent, healthy coupling and parenting, and so much more. Available online in paperback and popular eBook formats through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Sacred Living, Sacred Dying: A Guide to Embracing Life and Death (2nd ed) by Sharon Lund, DD (San Diego, CA: Sacred Life Publishers, http://www.SacredLife.com, 2009, ISBN 9780982233115). Two of this book’s three major sections (Legacy of Love, and Saying Goodbye) contain powerful ideas related to appreciation.

Stunned by Grief Journal by Judy Brizendine, author of Stunned by Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything (Lake Forest, CA: BennettKnepp Publishing, ISBN 9780983168805). “An interactive recovery tool specially tailored in content and design to meet the unique needs and constraints of someone who is grieving.” This journal can be a wonderful gift to the griever. Grievers and others may also sign up to receive the complimentary Stunned by Grief e-newsletter at http://stunnedbygrief.com.

Positivity T-Shirts from JustBuddha.com with such sayings on the front as "Be Gratitude," "Be Kindness," and "Be Fearless." The back of each T bears a famous inspirational quotation in smaller print, relating to the words on the front. (All shirts are preshrunk. Men's sizes run slightly smaller than average, but are still close enough to order in one's usual size.  Ladies' sizes in V-neck style run quite small, however; an XXL fits more like an L.)

MyFloralNotecards.com features the floral photography of freelance writer/photographer Peggi Ridgway in a wide assortment of 4.25" x 5.5" note cards suitable for any season, occasion, or "just because." Each card is blank inside, encouraging the expression of a personal message in one's own handwriting. Envelopes included. Available as single cards and in gift sets of 5 and 10.

OrientalTrading.com offers a wide variety of children's Thanksgiving-themed projects. With a little imagination, you can adapt these project ideas to help children focus on gratitude year 'round.


 
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