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by Jason Thompson
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Family Ties

Sometimes all it takes is a lyric from a song, a line from a dogeared bedtime story, or a taste of your grandmother's famous pie crust to bring back memories and spark dinner table conversation at your next family gathering. Meant to be filled, shared and revisited by all members of your family for years to come, this keepsake journal is a fun, collaborative and personalized way to recount all your family traditions. From the annual soup-to-nuts holiday spread at grandma's house to your children's most beloved bedtime story, chronicle everyday and seasonal traditions.
Share ear-to-ear smiles as you cast your family in starring roles like the cook, the adventurer and the storyteller, jot down enduring nicknames and design your own coat of arms. There’s even room to document the history of heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. A memoir in the making, this journal celebrates your inner circle and all the traditions that make your clan one-of-a-kind. Hand-bound by Jason Thompson in Rhode Island.

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Handmade
Exclusive
Item ID
20920
Made from
100% recycled paper label stock, cotton
Measurements
7" squared; 20 pages
  • the maker
Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson began making hand-bound books in 1991 after being inspired by one that his wife gave him as a birthday present. The original books were made with simple hand tools: a knife, bone folder, glue brush, needle and thread.

As his company grew, Thompson hired more people and moved the business to six increasingly larger studios. His wife Ilira eventually joined the team as general manager, and now, Thompson employs a team of skilled artisans who create quality albums and books from hand. collection

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FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL
 
3.2

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

52%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well built / quality (23)
  • Quality writing surface (20)
  • Professional quality (16)
  • Bright white (5)

Cons

  • Small (7)
  • Flimsy construction (4)
  • Too small (4)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (36), Budget shopper (11)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (49)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (36), No (15)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terribly disappointed in this product.

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from Bethlehem, PA

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Pros

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

      This was to have been a gift. I was embarrased to think that I had it mailed directly, and had I not been there to intercept it, I would have been mortified. This product is definitly not worth [$]. I have returned it to your company. If this is the quality of your products, you won't have me as a customer again.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Smaller Than It Appears

      By 

      from Norwich, CT

      About Me Value Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable Construction
      • Great Ideas Inside

      Cons

      • Too small

      Best Uses

      • Memory keeping

      Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

      For the price, this book is really small and really short-page wise. Not sure it is worth [$]

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fun family memories!

      By 

      from Redmond, WA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable Construction
      • Fun questions
      • Professional Quality
      • Quality Writing Surface

      Cons

      • Needs a few blank pages
      • Too small

      Best Uses

      • Family Event

      Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

      We ordered this as part of a commemorative celebration marking my parents 50th wedding anniversary. People took turns writing their own thoughts/entries, and polling others for their ideas. It was great fun for everyone. I was dismayed by the size and wish the paper size had been larger. It also would have been good to haves few blank pages for additional thoughts/photos. Overall it is a great product and provides a wonderful momento to mark our family celebration.

      Service and delivery comments:

      This took longer to arrive than I expected, but it wasn't a problem.

      I do however, have a problem with the packaging. For such a small sturdy book, an inordinately large box and extreme amount of packing materials were used, creating an extreme amount of waste. We needed to travel with the book, and ended up leaving all the boxes and packaging at home in the recycling bin. A small, padded envelope would have easily sufficed.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Shocked and AAWWWfully disappointed

      By 

      from Charleston, TN

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cheap
      • Pricey poor value
      • Quality Writing Surface

      Cons

      • Cost
      • Flimsy
      • Overpriced
      • Price is too high

      Best Uses

      • Record keeping

      Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

      This was a Christmas gift for a family member. I was terribly disappointed in the size of this product. I purchased it to record family traditions and photos. The journal was extremely small and only one photo could be included. There were several categories, which was nice, but for the price plus shipping (almost $40), I felt very ripped off, and could not send it back because I didn't have an alternative gift. The recipients may return it. It may have been worth $10.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      2.0

      Should've trusted other reviewers.

      By 

      from Oklahoma City, OK

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            Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

            The book itself was laid out more like a children's book with very few pages. It is a super small book! I would suggest this book cost no more than $12-15.00. I will not be giving it to the recipient I had in mind, but I'll hang on to it and maybe find someone to give it to one day.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Perfect Gift

            By 

            from New Concord, Ohio

            About Me Value Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable Construction
            • Professional Quality
            • Quality Writing Surface

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording family moments

              Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

              I bought this book for my soon to be Mother-In-Law. She loved it. I thought it was perfect, and was very pleased with the quality! I did think it looked a little bigger in size online, but I also don't remember paying too much attention to actual dimensions. Really great overall!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              An heirloom for future family members

              By 

              from Pittsford, NY

              About Me Value Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Professional Quality
              • Quality Writing Surface

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Record family history
                • Record memories

                Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

                This was a gift for my sister-in-law who is very interested in family history and journaling for her child. She liked it very much as it elicits information not commonly recorded in traditional family history documents.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                 
                2.0

                Smaller than expected

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                from Seattle, WA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Too small

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

                    I thought this would be a perfect gift for my sister and fiance to document their lives, and new life together. I was shocked at how small the book actually is after looking at the pictures. It is a great idea for a book, but I would not purchase anything like this again from your company. I was disappointed.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Family Traditions for the holiday times

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                    from Bar Harbor

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

                          We gave this to my sister-in-law who is expecting, and she said, "Love this book!" I already planned some of the activities with the family on our own! My sister-in-law loved the ideas and she's excited to add something new to her (new) family traditions. Yes, the book is small, but good things come in small packages they say. I was fine with this size.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          Comment on this review

                           
                          1.0

                          What a Rip-Off!

                          By 

                          from Seattle, WA

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy Construction
                            • Tiny

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about FAMILY TRADITIONS JOURNAL:

                              I was VERY disappointed in the size of this journal. It is TINY and very thin; an unimpressive gift on its own. I can't believe I paid so much for something so small. There are very few writing sheets, and no way to secure a picture. I was expecting a nice-sized album to record family memories. This booklet was much smaller and thinner than expected; I will be sure to read the product dimensions much more clearly going forward!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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