The Perfect Gift for a Grandparent

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

Using lace in a collage and family heritage book

Does anyone in your family crochet? I love to incorporate family pieces of lace into the legacy books I design.

Find your grandparents yearbooks, they are a great source of information

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!

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~ by heritagebooks on November 24, 2012.

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