Friday, December 16, 2011

fifty years. a celebration of love & family.

...today is my parents' golden anniversary. I love that our whole family was able to share in their celebration last month. so no party today. instead, I have a few images of the book to share.

that's one great thing about creating a book on-line - you can get more copies very easily! we ordered nine additional copies - one for each sibling and one for each grandchild. I have to say, I think the pile looks pretty impressive on my counter!

the cover photo is from their wedding. this is one of my all-time favorite photos. they look so happy...and stylish!

for the rest of the book, my sister-in-law and sister helped compile the photos - which meant a lot of scanning! we started with several hundred images and I pared it down to about one hundred for the final book. I used paislee press' off to press digital layouts to create the pages. and then I uploaded those finished jpg files to blurb to make the book. this is my first blurb book, so I can't say if it's easier to upload finished pages...but for me, the whole book thing was enough of a learning curve that it helped I knew how to use photoshop!

the book is organized by decade. each section starts with an opening two-page spread and a tag-line to define the decade.

here's the one for the 1960's.

and for the 2010's.

then there are detail spreads that tell a story from the decade. like this one about snow and camping from the 70's.

it's a good thing my mom took a lot of photos. and that she put them into albums for each of us. (and I am very happy now to have those photos all digital!)

each decade closes with another two-page spread. here's half of the 1990's.

and half of the 2000's.

the final book is forty-four pages total. I am really pleased with how it turned out. and reminded again how blessed I am to be part of my mom and dad's story.

mother & daddy - I love you. thank you for living the example of love. and family.  xxoo - m.

5 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary to your parents! It's amazing to look at your whole family and think you are all here because those 2 people fell in love.

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  2. I love that and I have tears in my eyes because it's such a beautiful and meaningful project (that I would LOVE to see someday!). And I have to say you haven't changed - you look just like your little girl photos!

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  3. glad we were able to still have a celebration, know it meant a lot to them, and can't wait to have my copy of the book.

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  4. What a tremendously glorious tribute to your parents. I am sure they --- all of you, too --- will treasure the book forever. thanks for sharing this - it warms the heart.
    Happy, Happy 50th Anniversary to your parents. And here's to many more.
    Cheers~
    PS. I love the photo of the siblings and the cousins.

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  5. Oh, what a beautiful thing! What a treasure -- all of you! :-) Happiest Anniversary wishes!

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