I am a lucky granddaughter because my grandparents (both in their late nineties) still love my visits, even though I’m not cute and cuddly anymore. In fact, yours truly is battling gray hair and wrinkles! G&G don’t care though. In their eyes, I’m always adorable. And let me caveat this by saying that my grandpa has 20/20 vision, thanks to cataract and laser surgery – so his eyes aren’t doing me any favors!
I think G&G are pretty adorable too, and it’s more than that. I admire them– their drive, their positive attitude, their life experience. I love hearing their stories, too: grandma’s early memories of Europe, grandpa’s adventures as the youngest of ten siblings, the challenges they faced during the depression…
And this brings me to my latest project idea. I want to create a photo book commemorating my two admirable elders. I want to tell them how much they’ve made a difference in our lives, how much we admire them, how much we love them and miss them. I’ve made family books for them before, and they’ve loved these, but this time I want it to be something more – something all about them.
Here are some Gallery photo books that are inspiring me along my G&G photo book journey:
I love the handmade quality of this book – a simple loving tribute with handwritten captions. Creating the handmade look was easy! BettyLouW4 simply scanned the pages of a scrapbook and uploaded them directly into the Shutterfly photo book pages.
KristinS1104’s A Life In Pictures is another favorite of mine. Kristin includes scanned photos her grandfather’s younger days, and combines them with more contemporary shots to create a comprehensive story of his life. And as you can see from her article, Kristin’s grandfather deeply cherished this special gift.
61 Years is full of beautiful photos of stephcarson’s grandparents. Sixty-one to be exact. Again, I like the combination of vintage and contemporary images combined to tell the full story.
What inspires you about your elders? How do you express your appreciation? Let me know by commenting on this article.