Excerpted from the book
Scrapbooking with Memory Makers
The biggest challenge will be collecting and organizing the material. To document a person's lifetime, you'll need to work with many years' worth of materials. Early photographs and stories may be hard to find. Begin by locating people who knew the subject of your album during his or her childhood or early adulthood. Ask relatives or friends, or consult class lists or school yearbooks. Send postcards to those who might help, asking for some written information about themselves and the ways the person influenced their lives and memorable times they shared.
If the person you are honoring is a member of your family, hold a family reunion. Set album pages on the tables and ask guests to take a few minutes to write in them. Ask to borrow photos from everyone you contact and make duplicates.
Most albums begin with old photographs, so consider starting with a "period" look, incorporating the colors and fabrics of that time period in the decorative details. Update the look and feel of the book as it moves forward in time--for example, an album's elegant, formal first pages might become poodle-skirt pink in the 1950s and embellished with wild neon colors in the 1960s.
Add photocopies of sheet music, movie posters, and book covers that were popular during decades of the subject's life. If you have permission, also include copies of diary entries and letters written by the person.
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