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50 years, 50 memories

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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I think you’ll like this book idea. I hear from lots of people who are looking for a meaningful anniversary book idea for their parents – and usually they only have a few months to pull it together.

That’s exactly what this next book was about.

First let me offer my tips for a situation like this. I think the most important thing is to pick a strong book concept that is easy for family members to contribute to. By nature these are group projects, so if you don’t have a clear concept it becomes more complicated than necessary. Second, if you have a really big family, assign just one or two people to take the lead.

The concept we chose for Don and Anita’s 50th anniversary book was 50 years, 50 memories. The kids came up with 50 memories of their parents, and we coupled that with a brief description and a few photos per memory.

Here is the book cover:

I love the endsheet design we came up with. These were name cards from Don and Anita’s high school yearbooks, and we scanned them with the tape marks and everything.

The book dedication – I think short and sweet is always best.

And here are a few examples of the memory pages – we decided to use a consistent layout throughout. I especially love the story in the first memory about how Don’s mom told him “the best man wins.”

And a short and sweet closing, of course!

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