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Meet Dyane Janney and Phyllis Barbee of Dyanate Designs, Forever Memory Boxes in Paradise Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dyane Janney and Phyllis Barbee.

Dyane and Phyllis, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
This relationship began as a teacher/ student art class, experience, and developed into a passionate small business. We two artists create of one of a kind, Forever Memory Boxes, for any occasion. Special treasures are often passed down to us loosely, one at a time. The dainty gold baby ring, the lace hanky…the worn penknife. These are treasured keepsakes meant to be kept in a Forever memory Box! These keepsake treasures can be handed down from generation to generation. We collaborate with each client making sure we convey their vision. Each piece is hand crafted with every detail requested added into the design. The art of Repujado, or metal embossing came to us during the twelfth century. It is a process of turning the metal many times and creating the designs by hand, using a hard glass finish beneath the metal for definition, or a soft surface beneath the metal to create volume. The lengthy process takes approx. 2 weeks from start to finish.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The only real obstacle is not enough hands to help with the projects. It begins with conversations with the client learning all we can about the recipient. We begin the sketching process and review the designs with our clients many times before the actual work begins. The sketch is then placed by hand on the metal, and then the long process begins of pushing the metal from front to back and back to front to create the relief. The process can take up to two weeks for completion.

Please tell us about Dyanate Designs, Forever Memory Boxes.
We love working with Non-profit organizations, creating Thank you gifts for their donors. All our work are commissions, and we get wonderful ideas from our clients and most of our clients are word of mouth or referrals. We specialize in Family trees, remains boxes for pets or humans, Anniversary celebrations, new arrivals, birthdays, weddings, retirement, and awards. Our Heirloom boxes, and keepsake boxes are great for the person that has everything, because they are personal, and one of a kind.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Mine is making handmade gifts for family and friends, and color, anything that is colorful makes me smile!

Both Phyllis and I are very positive, rarely is there a project mentioned that we cannot tackle, we both view the glass as half full.


  • Each piece has a base price that can be easily figured by measuring the surface that is to be covered by the metal by $1.50 a square inch.
  • Pieces generally begin at $65.00 a piece.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 6821 East Belmont Circle, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
  • Website:
  • Phone: 925-216-8511, Dyane and 303-859-4332 Phyllis
  • Email:
  • Instagram: forevermemoryboxes
  • Facebook: DyanateDesigns@Repujadomemoryboxes

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