I wanted to put up some pictures of my finished Memory Book that I made for my Grandma (I’ve blurred out her full name for privacy reasons). I’m really happy about how it turned out and I think its one of the best gifts I’ve ever given. I gave it to her when I was in Utah in September (I couldn’t wait till December), and I hear that she loves to show it to her visitors. That is exactly what I wanted, an easy way she could show pictures to friends and little great grandchildren without having do dig out boxes or precious originals.
Last summer we visited Grandma and scanned over 100 pictures. Not only do we now have a digital copy to preserve, but I was able to print some off on photo paper and make an album. I wanted it to be an old style paper album so I used a black sketchbook with a metal ring binding. I didn’t want any plastic over the pictures, and they were copies, so I thought that would be OK. I am so glad I did it that way too, because as soon as she opened it up she touched the pictures with her hands and just said “Oh!”
I used a few Graphic pieces from The Graphics Fairy’s excellent collection, to balance out the pages. I also left a few empty spots for new pictures we may want to add. There’s a lot of photographs we didn’t get to at her house.
I try to call my Grandma once a week, to ask her about the past and record the conversation onto the computer. If you’d like to read more of what I’ve written about this project, choose ‘Linnea’ from the labels on my sidebar.