Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Let's Use Those Family Photographs & Our Collections - Part 2

Shades has been MOOved to expand on the, Let's Use Those Family Photographs & Our Collections article. In this article MOO will be used to create a boxed writing set.

A MOO greeting card was designed using a family photograph to simulate a cabinet card. You open the card and write the message inside. (You could also use Victorian frames around a family photograph.) To accomplish this download the template from the MOO format guide. Here is an example of the card created to look like a cabinet card using a family photograph:

Greeting Card

To accompany the card and add to the writing set an address label was created using the MOO sticker template. Here is the address label with the family photograph in the background:

Address Label

Now there is a greeting card and an address label. What better addition to the writing set than a postage stamp with an image of one of the family photographs used to create the greeting card. Go to where they have a program called PhotoStamps for Mac. PhotoStamps is a FREE download that makes it incredibly easy to turn digital images into PhotoStamps, right from your Mac! PC users can create photo stamps directly on the site. The stamp created is illustrated below:

Postage Stamp

A beautiful box and ribbon makes this a lovely writing gift personalized with family photographs.


Inspired by Thomas MacEntee's Friday From The Collector's article Don't Purge - Get Creative the following family photograph magnets were designed.

Magnet A

Magnet B

A template was created in Photoshop measuring 2.25 in. X 3.25 in. The selected photograph was placed in the template and a section of the bottom of the photograph filled with color for the addition of type. Sayings were added to each of the magnets. You could use some of those family sayings and words written about in the 54th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, add amusing sayings that fit the photograph, or list the name with birth and death date of the person in the photograph. Rather than attaching the photographs to a magnet why not purchase a magnet frame. This allows you to give several photos along with the frame that can be easily exchanged depending on the recipient's mood.

Next week Shades will discuss a calendar idea and something special to accompany a gift of a book. See you then!


Blogger Moultrie Creek said...

I'd forgotten all about - what a great idea!

For your magnets, you can have custom magnets created at Cafe Press ( - one or one hundred. They do both round or rectangular ones.

August 20, 2008 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Lake Hogan said...

fM - These are wonderful and creative ideas for using old photos. Loved the magnet with the little gir - too cute.

August 20, 2008 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Lidian said...

Those are wonderful! Perfect captioning too,

August 20, 2008 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

I'm so glad I could serve as your muse. You must admit that I do have a magnetizing personality.

August 20, 2008 at 9:19 PM  

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