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20 Years

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We asked for your Shutterfly stories and were wowed by all the responses.  Check out the amazing contest winners below.

Jen Contest Winner
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My Shutterfly books are my treasures. I have chosen to collect memories and not things. I sponsored a little girl in Ethiopia named Bethlehem. I paid for her school fees, books and tuition. I started sponsoring her when I was just a senior in high school-I was 17 years old. After I had been sponsoring her for a few years, I got the amazing opportunity to go to Ethiopia. I was able to meet Bethlehem and her single mom. After I was home, I made a Shutterfly book of our experiences in Ethiopia and I sent it to her in the mail…it meant the whole world to her and her sweet mother. I have loved my Shutterfly books for keeping my special memories safe and for the opportunities I have had to share them with others.

Mike & Meg Contest Winner
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One day, after a few innocent clicks, an undersized yet over-energized ten-year-old girl was spinning all over our screen. Having seen more than 500 kids adopted out of her orphanage since she arrived as a newborn, her only hope was to capture the attention of some couple, somewhere, somehow. We were approved to adopt her within three months. Fen couldn't speak English, and we certainly weren't learning her Cantonese any time soon. But there is a language we could all understand, a language Shutterfly had helped us to speak before: the language of LOVE. She poured over the first photo book we sent her, a living letter telling her she was a daughter and a sister and a granddaughter, and that she had a home and a bed and a pillow waiting for her. She clung to our next gift, a photo locket with our picture in it – in fact, she still clings to it today. Shutterfly hasn't just given us products to enjoy but a language to speak.

Ardis Contest Winner
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My most memorable Photo Album I made with Shutterfly was the passing time during my husband's 2nd Deployment to Afghanistan. I elicited the help of my husband's best friend, a Staff Sargent's wife, Amanda to share in my efforts so together we could ease the void of our husbands being in a combat zone as days, weeks, and months passed. Our project rapidly progressed from passing time to a passion with a dream and a goal to give a gift to each one of our military family's 158 soldiers' a photo album. A photo album that would always be a memory and reflection that 158 soldiers and their families took together, only 6000 miles apart. Our gift was met with smiles, tears, and hugs. In years to come, anyone can pick up one of the photo albums and will know the story of the 690th MP 2nd deployment to Afghanistan and their mission will never be forgotten.

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Jen Contest Winner

My Shutterfly books are my treasures. I have chosen to collect memories and not things. I sponsored a little girl in Ethiopia named Bethlehem. I paid for her school fees, books and tuition. I started sponsoring her when I was just a senior in high school-I was 17 years old. After I had been sponsoring her for a few years, I got the amazing opportunity to go to Ethiopia. I was able to meet Bethlehem and her single mom. After I was home, I made a Shutterfly book of our experiences in Ethiopia and I sent it to her in the mail…it meant the whole world to her and her sweet mother. I have loved my Shutterfly books for keeping my special memories safe and for the opportunities I have had to share them with others.

Mike & Meg Contest Winner

One day, after a few innocent clicks, an undersized yet over-energized ten-year-old girl was spinning all over our screen. Having seen more than 500 kids adopted out of her orphanage since she arrived as a newborn, her only hope was to capture the attention of some couple, somewhere, somehow. We were approved to adopt her within three months. Fen couldn't speak English, and we certainly weren't learning her Cantonese any time soon. But there is a language we could all understand, a language Shutterfly had helped us to speak before: the language of LOVE. She poured over the first photo book we sent her, a living letter telling her she was a daughter and a sister and a granddaughter, and that she had a home and a bed and a pillow waiting for her. She clung to our next gift, a photo locket with our picture in it – in fact, she still clings to it today. Shutterfly hasn't just given us products to enjoy but a language to speak.

Ardis Contest Winner

My most memorable Photo Album I made with Shutterfly was the passing time during my husband's 2nd Deployment to Afghanistan. I elicited the help of my husband's best friend, a Staff Sargent's wife, Amanda to share in my efforts so together we could ease the void of our husbands being in a combat zone as days, weeks, and months passed. Our project rapidly progressed from passing time to a passion with a dream and a goal to give a gift to each one of our military family's 158 soldiers' a photo album. A photo album that would always be a memory and reflection that 158 soldiers and their families took together, only 6000 miles apart. Our gift was met with smiles, tears, and hugs. In years to come, anyone can pick up one of the photo albums and will know the story of the 690th MP 2nd deployment to Afghanistan and their mission will never be forgotten.

More Shutterfly stories

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Catherine
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I LOVE Shutterfly! It's a website that allows me to freeze a moment in time in a very memorable way! My favorite item I've ever made tells the story of my daughter's open heart surgery when she was 4 months old. I wanted to write down all of the details so we could always remember how the power of prayer brought her through one of the most terrifying moments of her tiny life.

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I created a book titled Commercial Servicing Survival Guide. The book is full of funny memes that my co-workers and I use to get through the day. What better way to laugh with a Shutterfly book of funny memes.

—Brittany

Marsha
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I have four grandsons but the one I am most proud of is Robbie, my 15-year old grandson with Down Syndrome. I made many Shutterfly photo books with his huge accomplishments learning and developing skills like camping, football, boy scouts, flying, and swimming.

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My firefighter son sent me a series of 16 photos detailing his adventure rescuing a family of 9 ducklings who had gotten stuck in a storm drain. I arranged them into a children's book format, which has now become my "go to" baby gift.

—Alison

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