I hadn't previously considered scrapbooking for other people's memories, but I invited her to bring her box of memories over and we'd have a look together.
And she came over. With FIVE 14-GALLON TUBS of photos of memorabilia!
Two hours later I was in love with their family stories. I was hooked. I was doing these books!
With a general layout in place, I piled up my draft pages and took them into my nook where I had easy access to all the cutters, papers, tapes, and other tools I enjoy using for my scrapbooks.
How is this done? Unfortunately, there's no formula. As I review my journey with these books I'm self-impressed with the amount of analysis of images, memorabilia, family timeline, and discussions with my friend. Thankfully, I seem to have a good instinct for pulling these together.
My friend was pleased with the results, as were her boys on Christmas morning. She reported that they've been through the books, as have their doting aunts. I'm so pleased to have been a part of this project and to help create such a memory-filled gift that they (and their eventual wives and children) will enjoy for a lifetime!