DaLonna Rimsky had a stroke of business inspiration while trying to help her children cope with their father’s deployment overseas.
Ms. Rimsky turned photos of her husband, Michael, into coloring book pages for Colin, now 6, and Paige, 3, and found the activity helped ease their loneliness.
She’s hoping to help families both in the military and beyond stay connected with coloring books based on their own photos. The books of photographs converted to line drawings are created using a software program and sold through Ms. Rimsky’s Web site, ColorTheMemories.com.
Ms. Rimsky said she’s always had a creative streak and has been decorating cakes while taking a break from her teaching career to stay home with her children. Faced with this new challenge, she put her creativity to work and came up with the coloring-book idea.
A year later, Ms. Rimsky had formulated her initial inspiration into a business plan. She launched her Web site earlier this month.
Coloring books cost $7.99 or $10.99, depending on the number of pages, and can be based on any type of photos submitted in e-mail form, provided there are no copyright issues with their reproduction.