The Dangers Of Glue

•July 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Glue On Photos

This is what happens to glue over the years. It turns brown and stains the surface of the photos, permanently damaging them, so please do not use glue on original photos.

The bottom photo was removed from an album. Unfortunately more damage may be caused by trying to remove photographs from older, historic albums than by leaving them intact.

If important or heirloom photographs must be attached in an album, use paper or plastic photo-corners.


“Who Do You Think You Are?” on TLC

•July 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I am so happy to hear that “Who Do You Think You Are?” is returning. This a great genealogy documentary series. Each week a celebrity goes on a journey to trace his or her family tree. You only dream that someday you will have the opportunity to do the same. It truly is inspiring.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 on TLC.

Florida State Genealogy Society Conference Photo Restoration

•January 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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.

1935 Boy in Boat Florida Everglades

The Perfect Gift for a Grandparent

•November 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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!

The 2012 FSGS Conference is here!

•November 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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 Hope to see you there!

Make a Book About Your Travels and Relive The Experience!

•July 3, 2012 • 1 Comment

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

It was a gathering of family and friends that were celebrating their 50th Birthdays and Anniversary. Twenty-six of us in toll cruising the Caribbean.

We did experience some rainy days. But I was still able to get some good shots.

I enjoyed Barbados the most. Here are some photos I took at St. Nicholas Abbey.

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!

How to Label Photos

•February 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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.