Client Testimonials

" We gave our books to [our children] as we gathered to share an early Christmas. I'm sending you a picture of each as they opened their copies. Both were ecstatic in their praise. They are truly delighted to have our memories recorded. I know they'll be read and reread many times. 
Throughout the day, there were so many "remember when..." comments flying around as all of us opened and looked at one page after another. We feel very pleased with our book and are especially enjoying the sharing that it brings about.
We're framing the large picture collages you kindly sent. We'll all enjoy those on our walls. Thanks so much."

G&D H—Portland, Oregon


Mother’s Day Card from son, referencing the book above.

" Mom,

I think that the best and longest-lasting present from last Christmas is the family book that you and Dad spent so much time putting together. It’s far more than just a collection of stories describing our lives. It’s the smaller insights that are so important and enduring.

It’s warming to feel as you did when various events transpired—because while the “events” grab the headlines in our memories, it’s the feelings inside that we want to cherish. One of the best insights of all—is seeing how much you wanted to be a mom and what an important part of your life that we are. You are wonderful in your chosen roles and I’m able to feel your warmth every day! And I’ve always got the family book so that I can flip through the years to rekindle insights from years past.

Happy Mother’s Day.

I love you very much!"

D—Seattle, Washington

" How fortunate I was to find Paula and Rick Slavens of SPECIAL EDITIONS. They created a beautiful book from my crudely typed collection of stories and poems about my childhood on a farm. They enhanced old snapshots, photographed a number of keepsakes and added several suitable illustrations. Not only was the finished product admirable but our working relationship a pleasant and fulfilling experience."

ER—Portland, Oregon

" I am sure I was a difficult client for you, but I want you to know how much I appreciated your patience and understanding of what I wanted to achieve with this book. I could not be more pleased with the results.

I also want you to know how much I respect your graphic design ability… as you know, many of the slides, photos, and clippings I provided were quite old and not in good shape. I was most pleased with the way you restored and produced them—you are to be commended on that talent. The photographic images are so vital in this book in displaying the architectural firm, and without the restoration work along with the imaginative graphic layout, the final product would not have been nearly so successful.

One of the true testaments of Design Matters: the Story of VVKR is the response it has received from former clients, employees, and friends. We have received many, many plaudits and compliments on the quality of the book, and I want you to know how much I appreciate the valuable contributions you made in making it a successful conclusion to our architectural practice.

You have my highest recommendation to anyone seeking a publisher for a family or business history. By producing quality products as you have for me, I know you will have continued success."

RRV—Vail, Colorado



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