Pine: the Memory Book

Memories are not just for remembering. They are also for growing.

Your experiences have shaped you and your family in countless ways. The Pine offers a space to explore those times and events, to reflect on and learn from your life. Within the pages of your book, accounts of people or experiences, your reflection on them, and visual artifacts crystallize into a shining gem worth passing on what to those who follow.

First, document things that have happened to you and your family in word and image. As with all RiS books, photographs are the gold standard, but here you are encouraged to branch out as much as possible. In addition to pictures, perhaps birth/death certificates, playbills, letters, and other items may enhance your story.

Then sit back and
 reflect on these stories and images. How is your life different because of them? Have these changes been positive? If you could, would you change anything? Where would you be had you not experienced this part of your life?

Pines are a great place for your wedding, baby, or family photos. Don't just show off the outer beauty of those times, but the inner beauties you and your loved ones experienced. Preserve the stories about how you and your spouse found each other and formed a family. Give your children the gift of their childhood years that few of us ever knew or remember. Even turmoil from which you learned and grew can be written about.

By recounting memories and exploring them, you can better understand their significance in your life. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, the pine symbolizes eternity. Use a Pine memory book to preserve memories, their effects on you and your family, and pass it on to future generations. 

Pines include:
  • Focus on individuals, family, particular event, set of experiences, or similar of significance.
  • Combination of written text with visual artifacts. 
  • Written text that documents life and times, biography, experiences, events, and more.
  • Dedicated space for reflection, considering significance and impact of memories on author. 
  • Visual artifacts may include: photographs, art, documentation (birth/death certificates), playbills & programs, images of physical objects like heirlooms, family recipes, and more. 
  • May also include: family history, family trees, a central letter/essay. 
 Other Rooted in Story book formats include: