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Archive for November, 2007

great family photos

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Liz and I are finishing up a book of her mom’s memoirs (her christmas gift!) and I just had to share these two family photos. They didn’t make the book but we absolutely love them.

One of the hardest parts of putting a book together is the task of curating photos that best support the story. Alas, these did not make the cut…but they’re too good not to share!

What is it about them? They convey such nostalgia, emotion, eras…

great family photo

fun running

Pretty great, yes?
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janda family book, volume 1

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

hot foil stamped title I’m so excited to finally be sharing this book with you!

When Janda and I first met over coffee last February, we looked at a book she had just made through a photobook service. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite capture her maternal grandparent’s story the way she hoped. Now she wanted to do it right.

Not only that, Janda really wanted to create a look/feel that could be translated into future books about other branches of her family. So, here is what we created – a volume one about her maternal grandparents. Next up is a book about her dad’s family.

I’m quite proud of our work together on this book. Thank you, Janda…we did it!

(book details: 100 page, 11×17 family history book, foil stamped title, ribbon bookmarks)

book cover

ribbon bookmarks for the 3 family trees

We included 3 bookmarks, one for each family tree. Many of Janda’s ancestors shared the same names (even in the same generation!) so being able to refer back to the trees is very helpful.

old map of germany

the lahner kids

A few spreads showing the page styles we used – a chapter beginning, and a “kids” page.

book spread with glassine envelopes for artifacts

glassine envelopes for artifacts

In her research, Janda uncovered some wonderful old documents she wanted to include. We added these archival glassine envelopes to hold them, so you can actually touch and feel bits of her family history.

I look forward to volume 2!
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