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30th birthday

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

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This was such a cool project. Casey’s parents approached us to make a book about her life for her 30th birthday. After talking with her parents, we quickly discovered what an incredible force Casey is…and immediately felt the pressure to make her book just as extraordinary! The design concept was an A-Z encyclopedia of her life with words, photos, and illustrations for each letter describing a different part of her. It was a very lighthearted approach, and we love how it came together!

[illustrations by Kevan Atteberry]

Casey

Casey

Casey

Casey

Casey

Casey

Casey

Casey

Casey

Casey

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his and hers, 60th birthday books

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

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I just love these two books together. Gary and Lark each made a book for each other on their 60th birthdays. We designed them to be unique yet fit together, just like the couple.

his/hers

his/hers

his/hers

his/hers

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a 40th birthday moleskine

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

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Here is a sweet moleskine my friend made for her husband’s 40th’s birthday. We organized it into 4 parts – husband, father, doctor, photographer. And of course, we added some original artwork by their almost-two and cute-as-a-button daughter.

(names are fuzzed out by request!)

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

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Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

Dave is 40!

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charlie, a 60th birthday book

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

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Here’s a fun 60th birthday book for a guy who loves to have fun. In fact, there were so many photos of Charlie having fun that we decided custom photo endsheets were in order. And we didn’t even use all the photos!

I love the opening page with his name on blue. We scanned an embroidered letterman-type jacket, and it has that vintage feel with the yellowed thread.

We also included notes from family and friends at the end of the book, as well as quotes from his wife and kids in their sections of the book.

Oh, and the bookmark! After we went to press someone found the ticket stub from the 1981 Rolling Stones concert Charlie and friends attended at the Kingdome in Seattle. So we scanned it and turned it into a bookmark. Why not?

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie
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a 70th birthday book

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

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Heather and her mom put together this 70th birthday book for her dad, Gilbert. I love the way the book turned out – a perfect mix of classic and fun. For the colors we used chocolate brown, cream and gold stamping – classic and lovely. But for the endsheets we played on the G for Gilbert and added G words that describe him – which added a fun and playful feel.

Heather did an especially great job curating the photos for the different sections of his life – she picked just one or two perfect pictures and it made such an impact.

(p.s. – we fuzzed out the last name on the book to respect our client’s privacy…this is not actually how the stamping looks!)

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book

70th birthday book
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elinor

Monday, April 6th, 2009

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Here’s a book made with love for Elinor by her children and grandchildren on her 75th birthday.

gary’s 60th book

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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Here was a very fun book to work on. Gary’s wife and sons put together this surprise book for his 60th birthday. They also threw a very fun party…and invited me to attend! I was touched, and so happy to meet Gary in person after learning so much about him from his family.

About the book. For the cover we used a brown leather with bronze stamping, and for the endsheet I designed a pattern we incorporated into the book pages too.

We used what I call the “chapters of your life” approach to this book. Here is the table of contents page with the different life chapters we used.

And then we started with the photos. For the first chapter – KID – we included a family tree and some old family photos. We also included quotes from the family throughout the book, which I think makes it really special.


(even more pictures
here)

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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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80th birthday book

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

80th birthday book 

You’ll love this one!

Eric and his siblings wanted to honor their Dad’s 80th with a book. They wanted it to be simple, clean, and meaningful. So here’s what we did.

We named the book Zeda (what the family calls their Dad) then organized all the photos by decade. We added a biography at the beginning and scattered memories from the siblings throughout.

For the binding we opted for a soft leather cover and a blind debossed title – such a great look in the leather.

80th birthday book 

80th birthday book 

And here are a few pages. This one shows the very simple family tree underneath the family photo.

80th birthday book 

80th birthday book 

And this page has a quote about Zeda and his wife’s first date, at the opera La Boheme. He left in the middle to go call off his next date for that night!

80th birthday book 

80th birthday book 

I loved the memories and thoughts from the siblings.

80th birthday book 

Here’s an example of a decades chapter page. I did a little reverse image on the facing page for some visual interest.

80th birthday book 

80th birthday book 

And my favorite part? Eric tells me his Dad loved it and his Mom went “gaga”! That makes me very happy.

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a 65th birthday book

Monday, March 19th, 2007

book_cover Talk about a meaningful gift. For her husband’s 65th birthday, Margie approached me to put together a book about her husband’s life and heritage.

Six months and a lot of research later, all her efforts paid off. The book was presented to her husband at a small dinner celebration with family. A copy was later given to each of their children. Everyone now has it prominently displayed in their home and loves it.

At our first meeting we pored through boxes of “stuff” and developed a storyline for the book. We decided to use chapters to tell the story. Here are a few of the chapter headings.

earlyyears

alparents

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At the front of the book is a 3-generation photo family tree tracing his parent’s roots.

marriage_tree

We also used lots of his old school year photos, report cards, and news clippings.

friend_chapbook

highschool

classphotos

In the end, the book is a lifetime heirloom for the whole family. The hardest part, according to Margie, was keeping it a secret for six months!

Please get in touch or request a quote at the top of the page if you’d like to make a family or personal history book for an upcoming birthday, anniversary, wedding, or retirement celebration. We’d love to help!

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