Jason’s aunt approached me a few months ago about making a photobook for her brother who was turning 80. I immediately pictured her handing over eighty years worth of old photos and me trying to figure out some kind of chronological order. Surprisingly, and thankfully, I was given 47 pictures that spanned all eight decades and most of them were dated and labelled. Other than the fact that I had to scan and fix the photos, it was a dream project.
I have been going through a bit of a gold phase lately, which you will see when I release my 2013 Christmas collection in a few weeks. Gold was the perfect choice for a book celebrating eighty years of life and it was accented with black and white throughout. The gold papers (Quintessential) were designed by Paislee Press and I also used her Viewfinder Frames on several pages.
I organized the pages into decades and highlighted the years using these fantastic clear numbers from Kaye Winiecki. This photobook was only 14 pages long, so each page spread featured one or two decades worth of photos. This book is a great example of choosing photos that represent favorite memories or moments and presenting them in a way that tells a story of the happy times throughout the years. Making a photobook is not about including all your photos and putting as many on a page as possible, it is about choosing the few great photos that tell your story.
All the siblings wrote a special note or told a favorite memory that was included in the album. This was the icing on the (birthday) cake that made this book so much more personal for the people giving it and for the one receiving the book.
Uncle Alec was very appreciative of this gift from his brother and sisters and it is a great gift idea for someone who has everything.
I enjoyed creating this book because I learned so much about my husband’s family and had fun looking at all the old pictures with him. Although, I don’t think I am ready to tackle his family’s closet full of pictures quite yet!