A few weeks ago we came across a very special magazine. We decided to approach the editor of the magazine to ask them some questions. The result is a beautiful story of family, love and togetherness.
We’d like to thank Erin Kiniry for sharing her Jilster story with us and hope all our members enjoy this wonderful tale as much as we do!
How did you find out about Jilster?
“I found out about Jilster one sunny afternoon in California while I was drinking my morning cup of coffee outside, admiring my flower garden. A thought came into my mind regarding how neat it would be to start a personal family magazine because my family is rather large (6 sisters + Mom and Dad) and we are always doing crazy things-both on our own and together-and I realized I needed to document these moments. So, I wandered into my office, sat down, and Googled “online magazine creator,” crossing my fingers and hoping that something legit would pop up. And it did! There I found Jilster. Nervous, because I had no idea if it was real or not, I snooped around the site a bit, and eventually determined it was real, and really cute! I decided to take a chance with this new thing I came across, and WOW AM I GLAD I DID!”
Who/What is the magazine for?
“I created this magazine as a Christmas morning gift to my family- one copy for each sister (6) and one for both my wonderful Mother and generous Father.”
What were the reactions of others to your magazine?
“One sister cried she loved it so much, and slowly as everyone sat down comfortably to read, the room fell silent with patient eyes and happy hearts as they remembered the adventures of the current years days. All that I could hear was the crackling fire log, oh, and the sniffles from the youngest sister as she read the bit about how much I love her. Needless to say, it was a hit. A gift that will truly give for a lifetime. It waits on your shelf, just waiting to be opened if one is in need of a happy memory.”
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with our other users?
“I would start early. Give yourself a lot of time to really make it what you dreamed of originally. I gave myself about 3-4 months and worked on it a little bit everyday. Not only was it a great gift, but it gave me something fun and creative to do everyday when I felt like working on it. I had such a blast actually designing it and gathering my content! It was a fun project, and now after seeing everyone’s reactions, well…it’s even more fun.”
Will you continue to use Jilster in the future, and why?
“YES. I plan on making this my Christmas morning tradition, that way, in the far future, I will have several different magazines in chronological order highlighting all the wonderful memories that me and my family create. It is a unique and creative way to store those treasured memories and adventures, or little moments, that we don’t want to forget as human beings.”
“I would like to add that the customer services was marvelous as well. I had a few questions and it wasn’t long until I had a proper email with proper help. Oh, and my magazines arrived nicely with no tears or rips or other problems. Thank you for putting together a software program that allows people of the WORLD to use (I noticed you work with lots of different languages), not just those of your own country. That is very cool. I’m impressed! Thanks Jilster!”
Make your own magazine: a beautiful gift for any occasion.