I set up a scanning station during the conference and offered free scanning with the option of having your scans restored. This is one of the photos that I restored during the conference. It was so fragile, crumbling at the edges. The biggest challenge was reconstructing his head. I am really happy with the way it came out.
I had the pleasure of creating a book honoring the life of Rose Steinberg who just recently turned 100 years old.
Here’s a photo of Rose with her son and granddaughter.What better gift to give someone who’s turning 100 years old then to present them with a book celebrating their life. This is Rose receiving her life legacy book.
A full century of life is something to be both happily celebrated and sincerely honored. Rose’s family celebrated by throwing her a party. Family members flew in from all over the country to surprise Rose. It was such a joy for me to be able to join in the celebration and witness such emotion . . . tears . . . laughter . . . memories being shared! And she truly was honored. All of her loved ones contributed stories and provided photos making it possible for Rose to have all of her life memories in one lovely book.
Here are some of my favorite pages from Rose’s Life Legacy Book.
A Lifetime of Photos from Youth to Present
Rose’s mother Jenny Friedman
Rose’s father Samuel Zevin
The Zevin Family History Page
Does anyone in your family crochet? I love to incorporate family pieces of lace into the legacy books I design.
Rose’s William Penn High School for Girls 1930 yearbook
I created this Rose Background from an antique card
Look for old postcards and letters to include in their book
Rose’s son at Camp Rockhill in Pennsylvania
Where have your Grandparents traveled?
What is your favorite food that your Grandparents cook up?
I can’t begin to describe the joy it brought me to watch Rose page through her book at the party. She called me a week later when she had read through the nearly 100 pages of her book and asked how was I able to get all of this information? I really had nothing to go by at the beginning. I first sent Rose a questionnaire then I interviewed her by phone. Once I had some information to go by I began writing to family members asking for stories and photos. I sent out instructions on how to scan a photo. The scanned photos were then emailed to me. The next step was to spend a day at Roses home, I brought my laptop, camera and scanner. Rose’s daughter-in-law went through what Rose had and I documented it all while I was there. Despite all that was going on, Rose still wasn’t quite sure what we were up to. The end result was worth all of the effort. It truly is a priceless gift!
I am happy to announce that I will be setting up a scanning station at the Florida State Genealogy Society Annual Conference on November 8-10th. This year it will be held in Deerfield Beach, Forida. I will also be giving out advice on how to preserve your photos.
This will give you the opportunity to have your photos scanned and restored during the conference. I also plan to scan photos free of charge which I can email to you. If someone wants their scans on a CD protected by a sleeve then I will charge $3 to cover my costs. Photo restoration will start at $15. Price is based on how damaged the photo is and the amount of time it will take to correct it.
You can still register at the door, no need to preregister. To find out more about the conference visit them online at http://flsgs.org. Hope to see you there!
I can create a book for you about the places you have visited and the experiences you encountered in your travels. It’s the best way to relive your trip.
I just printed my third travelogue . . . Caribbean Getaway
Remember to take some closeup photos of all the wonderful textures around you.
When I travel I jot down what I did each day, just some quick little notes that I can add to my book when I get home. If you need any help making your own travelogue don’t hesitate to contact me. Happy travels!
When labeling photos always use a 3B or higher soft pencil when possible and label on the back of the photo. But on some photo papers pencils won’t work. Good news I found a marker that works on photo paper that has a sheen (resin coated). It’s called a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen. It is india ink that is waterproof, permanent, acid-free and archival. I prefer the XS-extra super fine for writing on the backs of photos. I tried the Pigma Micron 05 pen by Sakura and it smears badly. As a safety precaution always let it dry awhile then test with a cloth to make sure that it adhered. Shown here is damaged done to a photo where the ink smeared.
Smudged writing on the back of the photo will bleed on to the photo underneath it as shown in these examples. Labeling your photos is one of the most important things you can do for future generations. This photo doesn’t tell us whose apartment they were in and who is in the photo? Think about what you want your family to know about the photo you are labeling.
Come visit me on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at St. Matthew Catholic Church. It’s their first annual Craft Show and it runs from 9 till 2. They’re located in Lake Worth Florida on 6090 Hypoluxo Road just east of Jog road on the south side. I’ll have all of my Heritage Books as well as my handmade jewelry, greeting cards, frames and more! Hope to see you there. Here’s a sneak peek at one of my handmade frames . . . the pink flower is a vintage pin that you can wear!
To me California is all about food, wine and beauty . . . . all that delights the senses. Michael and I first experienced California with our friends Bill and Cindy Cannova in 2005. Our travels began in Pasadena to antique hunt at the Rose Bowl Flea market. We drove along the coast to Hearst Castle and on to San Francisco. We ended our journey in Napa Valley.
We fell in love with wine country and returned the following year to celebrate our 20 year wedding anniversary in August of 2006. A week just wasn’t enough so for our 25 year anniversary in 2011 we rented a home in St. Helena. We spent 2 weeks taking in all the things that we love about California. Food so delicious that I had to close my eyes to savor every flavor. Wineries at every turn, each one more beautiful then the next. A cool breeze blowing through the window. The fog burning off the mountain. Vineyards, rolling hills and windy roads. Flowers a bloom with hummingbirds hovering. Art of all kinds. Fantasy gardens with crystals dangling from trees. Beauty surrounded us. Relaxing and enjoying this special occasion, celebrating 25 years of marriage in beautiful sunny California.
Michael’s brother Dave joined us at the end of our vacation along with his wife, Barbara and daughter Paige. They stayed on at the house that we rented for the third week. It was such a joy spending time with family and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Life is good!
I am almost finished the book I am making with all the thousands of photos that I took on our trip. Here’s a preview of some of the spreads . . .