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The Future of Memories An Digital Publishing Primer for the Family Historian
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Publisher Moultrie Creek St. Augustine, Florida Author Denise Barrett Olson For additional information about this book and the topics discussed, visit the Book Notes page at the Moultrie Creek Gazette.
How to Use This Book...........................................................................................................1 Introduction ..........................................................................................................................2 What is Digital Publishing? ...................................................................................................6
Print on Demand Publishing on Demand Electronic Books Online Libraries Blogging Multimedia Presentations Cost Visibility Incremental Publishing Rich Content Control Minimal support Digital Rights Management 7 8 9 11 11 13 14 15 15 16 16 18 19
Society Publishing ..............................................................................................................20 Tools of the Trade ................................................................................................................22
Hardware Word Processing Software PDF Creation Tools Photo Editing Software Multimedia Tools Publishing Services Aunt Kate’s Autograph Book Family Cookbook Baby Book Family Portrait The Regatta A Contemporary Wedding Album The Circle B Ranch Desktop Wallpaper Calendars Photo Art Multimedia Scrapbooks Building an eBook Treasured Art The Living Book of the Dead
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It’s where you’ll ﬁnd links to the services and software discussed here plus additional resources to help you put these tools to work for you. It provides an overview of the technologies. it’s quite likely that platforms and services discussed in the book will change. services and software you can use to create your own family history projects. you’ll ﬁnd portions of text displayed in blue. 1 . How these links actually appear will depend on the reader application you are using. To best deal with that. I’ve created a resource section for this book online at the Moultrie Creek Gazette . Throughout the book. These are hyperlinks which will take you to a web site with additional information. Because technology is constantly changing.my web site. Stop by the Book Notes resource page and see for yourself.How to Use This Book This book is an idea book.
It took years of research and writing effort to create and is full of detailed information going back nine generations. It’s a gold mine for a genealogist. 2 . I not only want my publication to be attractive and easy to read with lots of photos and images. And. I want to include all the technical components like documented sources and bibliographies. there is no index and it’s difﬁcult to ﬁnd speciﬁc content.Introduction One of my prized possessions is a family history of my Link family. but for most everyone else it’s an effort to get beyond the photo section. I want to tell my family’s story in a way that keeps both my research cousins and my genealogy-challenged cousins interested. because much of it was typed on a typewriter with the photo pages pulled together in a copy center.
And. I want to change that. because our lives are so fastpaced. we’re taking advantage of any tools available to document our own memories. 3 . In addition to documenting the lives of our ancestors. design and multimedia elements to create a compelling story that will keep my family’s interest yet provide the detail my research cousins require. While journaling is an important scrapbooking component. This book celebrates those memories .past. it has always been secondary to the images and design. but it can also give a sense of time and place through the use of design elements. It not only draws the eye to the focus image. we are also documenting today’s family. My goal is to document my family history in new and interesting ways that combine writing. present and future.I’m an avid fan of digital scrapbooking and I love the artistic quality of a beautifully designed page.
Digital publishing gives you a growing list of opportunities to express 4 . It’s your story. Tell it your way. but you’re still not ready to commit to writing THE family history. Maybe you would prefer creating a photo documentary to writing a formal history. writing a formal family history is no longer your only option.It’s your research. You might choose to write a series of biographical sketches of the people you ﬁnd fascinating or build your history one surname. there are many affordable options. There are no design rules for your family story and thanks to today’s technology. generation or location at a time. You’ve spent hours on your research. Today.
It discusses the skills needed to create production-ready projects and suggests resources to help you get started. 5 . Digital cameras that record video as well as still photos allow us to capture those precious moments and share them with others.your creativity and share your heritage in ways that will generate more than a nod and yawn from your family. This primer introduces you to these new and exciting technologies and shows you how to take advantage of the opportunities they offer to produce quality histories at a reasonable price.
. They can move through the presentation at their own speed and follow links to different sections that attract their interest. These can include photos and videos combined with narration to create a Ken Burns style documentary or a digital scrapbook combining those elements with traditional scrapbook embellishment to create presentations that can be viewed on a computer. It can range from custom gift items created from photographs to art-quality reproductions of heirloom portraits to printed histories. .not all of them related to printing. now viewers can do more than just watch. there’s an digital publishing 6 . Also supported under the umbrella of digital publishing are interactive multimedia presentations.Whatever your preference. some publications may never make it to print. Digitally distributed publications offer features such as hyperlinks and text search so readers can easily move from one area to another. Since books are now being distributed on electronic devices such as the Kindle and iPad. Just as interesting .What is Digital Publishing? Digital publishing covers a broad category of services and products . a television screen or even an iPod.
coffee mugs. Let’s take a look at some of them to see what they offer the family historian. family historians also have the ability to create high-quality copies of heirloom photos and art pieces to share with other family members. On the fun side. They also provide a storefront where users can sell their creations. In addition. ImageKind prints on high-quality art Mpix also prints on quality papers and canvas with additional options like huge “wall clings” that can cover a wall. From Flickr. mugs. Thanks to this technology. cards. CafePress has just about everything. 7 . anniversaries and other get-togethers with custom memorabilia like signs. provides a simple interface where users can easily order prints from any photo. there are no upfront design costs and you order only the quantity you want. you can send your family to framed prints to posters. papers and canvas and offers many matting and framing options. print on demand services can support family functions like reunions. but has many uses to the family historian. all kinds of apparel and other gift items.option to ﬁt your plans. the photo-sharing platform. they connect to any number of other services for specialty items. They have many other (smaller) specialty items too. Print on Demand Print on demand sits at the bottom of the digital publishing collection. buttons. caps and tee shirts. Better yet. Electronic printing platforms reproduce professional quality images and graphics on a growing number of items ranging from cards to tee shirts to posters and even framed paintings. Since you create the designs yourself.
magazine or newsletter – and have it printed at whatever quantity you desire with no up-front costs. You only pay for the number you buy. but their designer is quite easy to use. 8 .the service’s web site to order their own memorabilia . handles the sales transactions. prints and ships the orders and sends you a royalty check each month. This service offers the most size and Members options in both color or black and white.relieving you of at least one worry in your event planning efforts. If you only want one copy. binding type. You’ll only pay for one copy. The service determines the cost per copy based on size. Blurb. Their free Booksmart software ma ny design easy to build your book using their ma layouts. MyPublisher has the online book choices for book size and type. offer their have their own bookstore where they can huge support publications for sale and Lulu offers a all aspects system of free and paid services covering of the publishing ﬁeld. fewest MyPublisher. you can create a publication – book. B&W or color printing and number binding Lulu. Although more focused on photo boo -based Blurb does also provide options for text kes it books. To sweeten the pot. The service provides the storefront. ks. Publishing on Demand Thanks to a growing number of online services. no problem. These services offer several size and binding options with something that ﬁts every budget.com. many of these services also provide a storefront where you can advertise your publications for sale.
PDF provides a standard for distributing documents with all layout and formatting features intact regardless of the software originally 9 . You then choose how much markup to add to calculate your retail price. Some services include book-building software or online wizards with pre-designed layouts where you can easily drop your photos and paste your text. Electronic Books While many electronic books are designed to be printed. the most common version of an electronic book is a document exported to portable document format (PDF).of pages. Today. Fee-based services for editing. Which service you use will depend on your publication needs. technical skills and budget. Nook or other electronic book reader. Many software user guides and a growing number of reports and business publications are distributed this way. proof-reading and layout/design support are also available. a growing number are read either on a computer or with a portable device like the Kindle. Others allow you total freedom to design your own layouts. iPad.
While this will work well for novels and general non-ﬁction. And. 10 . DOC and the most common image formats. These features are especially useful for reference books. Although the ePub format supports images. Most other readers use the ePub format. you can download one for free at the Adobe web site. Readers only need a freely distributed reader application to view the document. diagrams and photos. Most computers come with reader software already installed. A growing number of e-book readers also support PDF. the Stanza and Kindle book reader applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch limit the content to text only because of the devices’ small display area. making it easier to ﬁnd speciﬁc content and navigate through large documents. HTML. it’s not well-suited for a family history full of charts. but the newest model can also read PDF. Books designed to only be read on an electronic device come in a number of different formats. In addition to maintaining formats and images. if you don’t have a reader. Amazon’s Kindle reader use a proprietary format. PDF also supports hyperlinks and text searching.used to create it.
Scribd offers both an open area to share publications and a storefront where writers can sell their works. Blogs support text. Blogging Many in the genealogy community have already discovered the joys of blogging. Google Books. Upload an d share PowerPoint presentations and othe r documents. provide for sharing presentations. The Internet Archive offers both a browser-based reader as well as providing downloads in popular e-reader formats. A growing number of these libraries support usersubmitted publications. Offers a growing collection of Internet Archives. Scribd. images. A co mprehensive source for public domain book s and open source audiobooks. audio and 11 .Online Libraries New on the electronic media stage are publishing platforms offering the viewer the option to read publications online or download them in a growing number of format options. like Slideshare. Offers both an open plat Slideshare. Other platforms. A blog is an easy-to-use online platform for writing and publishing articles. Family historians have used blogs to document their research efforts as well as to write their stories. form where users can post publica tions and a storefront to sell your work. books and periodicals. Google Books is probably the most familiar. The advantages are many.
It’s not unusual for a family blog to attract research cousins and create opportunities to share information with others studying your ancestors.one story at a time. 12 . One very nice advantage of maintaining a family history blog is it is very search-friendly. this free platform is easy to use. this bunch can be found online at the Genea-Bloggers site (www.geneabloggers.com provides a free level along with additional at-cost features. many bloggers are ﬁnding it’s a lot less intimidating to write a short story than tackle a complete family history. but will grow with you as your gain experience. community of genealogy and family history fanatics.com) or at the Genea-Bloggers group on Facebook. WordPress. As a result. your writing skills improve and you gain conﬁdence as your family history builds itself . research tips and lots of conversation. Another Google property. Tumblr is another mini-blog with an Thanks to blogging. there is a large and active online impressive feature set. Here you’ll ﬁnd writing prompts. Blogger. Not only does maintaining a genealogy blog improve your research efforts. Known as genea-bloggers.video giving your stories added dimension. Posterous is a mini-blog platform that is easy to use and posts/photos can be sent from computers and mobile devices.
These can range from simple slideshows displayed on a computer screen or digital frame to movies with music and narration. Another form of multimedia presentations is the digital scrapbook. Scrapblog. audio and video components along with all the graphical elements that make scrapbooks so popular. Offers both standard and hig t large n por to sup videos. Probably the best known vid platform. The results can then be distributed online or by DVD to expand their reach. Submit your vid ealogy presentations to share with the gen community. audio and video clips to build a multi-dimensional presentation. If it’s family histor eo on RootsTelevision. g h-deﬁnitio Vimeo. display the presentation on your blo 13 . Scrapblog offers g or web site.Multimedia Presentations Multimedia combines text with images. These provide a facility to include images. text journaling. eo-sharin YouTube. oad videos. Although not a place to upl video ook with you can build a multimedia scrapb embed codes to and host it there. Choose the pro ($) account presentations. collections and longer video y. it should be RootsTelevision.
In most cases. If you are taking advantage of the service’s storefront feature. Some publishing platforms do provide additional fee-based services like editorial and design support which you can choose to use if you so desire. you determine how much markup to add to the publication’s cost and the service will take a small percentage of that proﬁt from each sale. digital publishing services seldom require upfront costs or a minimum purchase.Advantages Cost Unlike traditional publishing. once your publication is ready all you do is upload it to your free account at the publisher’s site. then order and pay for only the number of copies you want. 14 .
my goal is to tell the story of my ancestors. Some even make it to the Library of Congress. when posted on digital publishing platforms. Unlike those print documents. 15 . but thanks to digital publishing we can now choose to publish our family histories as a series of short pieces. And. It’s hard to get that kind of reach for a print-only publication. Not only can you build the sections at your own speed. you have more ways to present your family history. With cost removed as a factor.Visibility Many published genealogies can be found in their local historical society’s library. a digital document posted on an obscure web site has immediate world-wide visibility. We all know that the research never ends. Consider your family history as a loose-leaf notebook and each of those “micro-histories” as tabbed sections. these same documents are immediately available through all the major search engines. Incremental Publishing As a family historian. it’s a lot easier to update a section when new research warrants.
Rich Content Thanks to the explosion of portable reading devices and price reductions in digital storage devices (external disk drives). Not only is it easier to store. there’s no extra cost to publish an digital document in color. we can include hyperlinks to navigate within the document or to content outside the publication. As digital publishers. many of us now prefer an electronic publication to a printed one.your research. You decide the size and binding options. publications created properly are also searchable – allowing us to quickly ﬁnd speciﬁc information. layout and design elements and so on. color options. Digital publications let you go way beyond searchable text and hyperlinks. voice narrations and even music to create a multimedia presentation. Control Your publication is your creation . And. You can include video clips. You choose the platform 16 . Wouldn’t you love to hear the sound of your ancestors’ voices? Why wouldn’t you want to include those features in your stories for the beneﬁt of your future generations? Thanks to today’s technology. words and images. you can.
You are in total control of your publication. Because it is your creation. you can choose to take advantage of your digital tools. yet still create a hand-crafted product. 17 .for publishing and distributing your work. Throughout this book I offer hand-crafted options and while this may seem out of place when discussing high-tech tools. You set the price. it's not unreasonable to consider your efforts unique.
no one is personally holding your hand through the entire creation and publishing process. And. art director. Tackling them for the ﬁrst time two days before your publishing deadline is an invitation for disaster. while most of us are familiar with basic word processing skills. cover designer and marketing director for your project. but will take some effort and practice to use them successfully.Disadvantages Minimal support Although most of the apps and services used to create digital publications provide an abundance of self-help information. editor. This can be an intimidating prospect. many will need to learn several additional features to create documents for publication. You are the writer. Features like index and table of contents generation are not difﬁcult to learn. 18 .
You could publish in a format that supports digital rights management controls .Digital Rights Management Some authors and society editors are concerned that digital publications are a license to steal.but as the music industry is discovering. this only irritates the honest people who paid for the product. Reality is. they will ﬁnd a way to do it. it’s quite easy to forward a digital copy of a journal or newsletter to others. but with today’s technology it’s just as easy to scan and share a paper copy too. if someone wants to steal your work.and limits viewing to speciﬁc machines or devices . The bad guys already have a way around those controls. 19 . Yes. Today’s publishing options give you more choices and you decide which of those works for you.
Digital publishing is a win-win situation for societies large and small. Not only can you afford to offer both digital and print editions of your publications to your membership, you can generate additional revenue by selling previous editions without the problems of storage, shipping and collecting money. These opportunities allow you to reach an audience way beyond your local community and to attract new members from all over the world. And, because digital publications are so easy to produce, you can expand your library to include cemetery inventories, books of scanned historical documents and journals. This will in turn attract more people to your society. Even if your society isn’t ready to expand its publications effort, you may want to consider how to support those members
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who are creating publications on their own. If your membership includes experienced writers, offering a peer review service could encourage more writing and possibly generate additional income for the society. With the growing number of online storage and archival services, societies can maintain their own digital archives to store and present their digitized collection. Organized “scanning socials” can teach members best practices for handling and scanning publications, photos, documents and ephemera. Projects like these may also inspire members to offer to share their digital archives with the society.
Tools of the Trade
You are already familiar with many of the tools you’ll need to support your writing and publishing efforts. For example, we are all familiar with our word processing application. However, not all of us have had to deal with the more specialized features needed to create a family history. As a researcher, you’re well aware of the value of an index or table of contents when looking for speciﬁc information within a publication. Most word processing applications include tools to help you create your own, but you will need to learn how to use them. The time you spend learning these features will be returned to you ten-fold in time saved creating your history. Be sure to check the supporting Book Notes pages at Moultrie Creek Gazette for additional information and links to useful resources.
You don’t need a special computer to do any of the projects discussed here. I have a Mac desktop, but a Windows desktop or laptop will work just as well. An external hard drive is a great investment, especially if you have a large collection of photos and ephemera to digitize. An all-in-one printer/scanner is the perfect example of a multi-tasking tool. I chose mine primarily for its ink quality. A printer that uses pigment inks (rather than dye inks) has better archival print life and color stability. Projects printed on quality paper with pigment inks can last more than 200 years when maintained properly while dye inks average 25 to 30 years. Yes, these inks do cost more - signiﬁcantly more. One alternative is to send your high-quality print projects to a print-on-demand service. Not only do they have the inks and papers best suited for your project, they can handle oversized pieces too. You will ﬁnd a list of print services online in the Book Notes. A scanner is a necessity for digitizing family photos and papers. There are ﬂat-bed scanners, portable scanners and document scanners with sheet feeders that will automatically scan a collection of papers. New portable scanners are battery-operated 23
your spelling and your grammar. A digital camera that takes both still photos and video is a must for capturing those special moments for future generations. footnotes. document scanners have gained popularity for quickly digitizing society journals and newsletters. papers and documents that make up your personal archive. Here’s where you start working to make your publication look good and include elements like ﬁgures. You’ll want quick access to reference material like a dictionary and thesaurus. magazine clippings and other current publications you want to keep but have no room to store the printed copies. Once written. Don’t forget you are also documenting your family’s current history. While a ﬂat-bed scanner is the best option for the fragile photos.and can go with you to the library. writing is one task while layout is another. They make scanning an open page in a book a simple task. an 24 . While you are writing your history. Let’s take a quick look at the difference. you take on a new role – layout technician. Yes. you are concerned with the organization of your story. charts. bookmarks. Word Processing Software A good word processing application supports both your writing and layout efforts.
Not all word processors provide the tools you will need so be sure to check before you spend your money. when you publish digitally . Why? All PDF and ebook readers include both linking and search functionality. The tools needed to support your writing efforts include: ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ Spell check Grammar check Auto-correction Dictionary/Thesaurus Your word processor should also support features that make the publishing process easier.either as a PDF document or as an e-book .index and a table of contents to make it more convenient for your readers. It’s 25 .it’s a waste of time and effort. These include: ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ Styles and templates Table of Contents Footnotes and endnotes Index Bibliography Although an index is an absolute necessity for a printed family history.
and more affordable . The gold standard for PDF creation is Acrobat from Adobe . Mac users have PDF creation built into the operating system. Fortunately there are affordable alternatives.the company that created PDF. it’s become much easier . Lotus Symphony and WordPerfect . 26 .org.much faster for a reader to pop up the search box from anywhere in the book than to navigate to and through an index.include PDF creation within their applications.to convert documents to PDF. PDF Creation Tools Since the portable document format (PDF) has become such a universal standard for sharing documents. Mac & Linux] and most commercial DTP software also offer PDF creation capabilities. Open source desktop publishing (DTP) applications such as Scribus [Win. A growing number of ofﬁce suites OpenOfﬁce. Unfortunately Acrobat doesn’t ﬁt into many family historian’s budgets.
Most historians already have some kind of image editing software to help them scan. restore and organize old family photos and documents. In some cases. like the free PDFCreator [Win] application.Many of these applications provide a command or button to initiate the conversion process. It will ask you to enter a ﬁle name for the PDF ﬁle and then save the results. Photo Editing Software Photos are an integral part of any family historian’s research.from any application . Basic image editing features needed to support your publishing effort include: ❖ Cropping ❖ Resizing ❖ Straightening 27 . Some. your image editor can also be used to create multimedia slide shows or photo books from your collection. This same software will be used to prepare those images for use in your projects. To convert a document .you print the document to the PDFCreator “printer”. install a virtual printer on your computer.
Just about every computer includes some kind of movie-making application so it costs nothing to experiment. Most home computers come with easy-to-use movie editing applications giving us all the tools to create our own family documentaries. Although it sounds a bit intimidating. text and links. Combine those apps with today’s scrapbooking software and you have everything you need to create an interactive presentation containing video. photos. giving us the ability to create rich multimedia presentations. While capturing digital audio isn’t difﬁcult. voice. it’s actually not only easy but fun too. Applications like Apple’s iDVD not only let you build a DVD of movies with a menu that will function on any DVD player.❖ Adjusting brightness & contrast ❖ Adjusting color ❖ Photo organization Multimedia Tools Most of today’s digital cameras support both still photo and video capture. editing can be a bit of a challenge. it also 28 .
Lulu provides services that will get your book into catalogs such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. its storefront makes it easy to share or sell your book with others. It offers a full range of publishing support from basic do-it-yourself wizards to any number of editorial.blurb. You can download their free BookSmart software which offers dozens of 29 .com] is one of the best known print-ondemand/publishing platforms. that content will be available when the DVD is viewed on a computer.allows for the addition of other digital ﬁles.com] focuses on the photo book. Blurb [http://www. If you’re considering sales beyond your family and friends.lulu. Publishing Services Lulu [http://www. layout and marketing support services. Although those ﬁles cannot be viewed on your television. In addition. They also offer a full range of size and binding options and provide both template ﬁles for the adventurous and book-building wizards for the rest of us. You can order however many copies you want and make the book available for others to purchase their own copies.
scribd.com] is a free and easy publishing site with a very social side. You can upload your printready PDF ﬁle and go from there. Genealogy and historical societies have discovered Scribd is a great place to present their newsletter and journal archives as well as An article reprint posted on Scribd. You can export selected blog posts to BookSmart and build a custom book. then move on to the next page until your book is complete. Do you prefer to do your own design? No problem. Anyone can create a free account and begin uploading documents to share with others. One of my favorite features is the blog book. Scribd [http://www. enter descriptive text. 30 . For genea-bloggers building their family history one story at a time. this is a great way to pull it all together. add backgrounds and decorative elements.page layout templates so you can drop in your photos.
Scribd also makes it easy for you to announce new documents you publish via Facebook and Twitter. Scribd’s social side .makes it easy to connect with others.more like a book club than a library .scanned documents. I use Scribd to share digital copies of items from my personal archive like Miss Kate’s Autograph Book and a short story my mother wrote. 31 . You can subscribe to other users and their latest additions are announced in your reading feed. Some are even taking advantage of Scribd’s storefront to generate revenue from this archival content.
showing the affection and respect she enjoyed in her community. Aunt Kate’s Autograph Book Would you like to digitize a family treasure to both preserve it and share it with others? Here’s a good starter project that does just that. Before packing it away in an archival box to protect it from further deterioration. Miss Kate’s autographs date from the late 19th century. I scanned the book with plans to create a booklet from the images so any interested family members could have a copy of their own. 32 . The book’s binding is disintegrating and many of the pages are now loose.Project Ideas These projects show how digital publishing offers interesting options for sharing your family history.
I uploaded the result to Lulu. 33 . Not only does Lulu offer both print and download options. Recently I moved the document to the Scribd platform.org’s Writer app and Photoshop Elements. My images were cropped and re-sized.The book was created using OpenOfﬁce. Several people downloaded copies and I had a few printed to give to older family members and the local historical society. it’s much easier for search engines to ﬁnd – thanks in part to the social links it provides to Facebook and Twitter. While it doesn’t offer a print option (except to print on your local printer). they provide the storefront that allows family and friends to order and download their copies without having to go through me ﬁrst. After adding a cover and exporting everything to PDF. but after a few months there was no further activity for this booklet at Lulu. then inserted into the booklet document. I added a short biography written by my cousin and the only photo I have of Miss Kate.
of their own. a copy machine and a lot of late hours at the binding machine in my ofﬁce. The ﬁrst edition was "published" in 1993 and had a very limited printing – only 35 copies. The ﬁrst edition was created using WordPerfect. Once the copies were 34 . things were a lot different. notebook paper. a family cookbook is a good one. The booklet setup let me print two pages per sheet in a format that was collated for copying front and back. We've added more in-laws and out-laws and lots of good cooks. This time. though.Family Cookbook If you are looking for a challenge. The layout took advantage of WordPerfect’s booklet feature to create 5½ by 8½ inch pages. so in 2006 we were ready for an update and a much larger printing. Since then. and letterhead and were manually transcribed into WordPerfect. children have grown up and now have families – and special dishes . We have produced two editions in our family and are discussing a third. Recipes came in on note cards.
but then I haven’t made an attempt to market it either. The next edition will also be managed using cookbook software. add the covers. Submissions arrived by email and thumb drives and were then copy/pasted into the software. My goal was to create a family keepsake. but easy. cookbook applications were just beginning to offer publishing capabilities and mine gave me a text ﬁle with the recipes organized into the proper categories.org’s Writer app. then formatted it to the size and style I wanted. At the time. not become a cookbook sensation.done and the sheets were cut. My current application. For the second edition. MacGourmet Deluxe. we used cookbook software to collect and organize the recipes. Family members bought their own copies and some to share with friends. That’s when the real fun began. The previous recipes are already in it. it was relatively easy to pull each booklet together. then punch and bind it. I added family photos and captions. I haven’t had any sales. Timeconsuming and tedious. The result was converted to PDF and uploaded to Lulu for printing and sale. Using Photoshop Elements and OpenOfﬁce. About a year later. has a sophisticated Cookbook Builder platform that allows me to 35 . Lulu notiﬁed me that the cookbook had been picked up by Amazon for sale there. so all I need is to collect and add new ones.
then click the button to publish. I can always export it as a text ﬁle and hand-craft the layout and formatting myself. because MacGourmet also offers an iPhone version of the app. Each recipe record has a ﬁeld for a photo and nothing says it has to be a photo of the dish. email requests and other versions of arm-twisting to collect both current and heirloom recipes. wrote in the margins and even a 36 . choose a size and theme. These allow you to collect and organize your recipes at your online account. If not. MacGourmet will generate a PDF ﬁle that can be sent to Lulu for printing. newsletters. add photos. chances are good that some of my family members may also want a recipe data ﬁle as well as a published cookbook. The toughest part of a family cookbook is collecting the recipes. There are several online cookbook-building platforms available too. Take advantage of family events. And. drag and drop recipes where I want them and then include additional text and image pages to build a custom publication. Our family is lucky to have cooks who tucked notes in published cookbooks. I have already been experimenting with the various formatting options the software offers to see if one does everything I want. Once construction is complete.create my own chapters. Cookbook software isn’t your only option.
this feature allowed 37 . If you change a style. It’s also a lot of fun. A style is a collection of formatting commands.few who wrote out recipe cards. color and alignment for every title in your cookbook. Have paper and pencil handy to grab it right then! If you want to hand-craft your cookbook using your word processing application. there are several features that will help you tremendously. On our second edition cookbook. size. Instead of manually changing the font. It’s a challenge to track them all down. This will not only insure your formatting is uniform throughout your publication. you create a style and assign it to each title. every item assigned that style will be automatically updated. The ﬁrst of those is styles.” is often heard when a great dish shows up at a family dinner. “This goes into the next cookbook. it also makes it easy to experiment.
If your project’s headings and sub-headings are styled. Styles are also the basis of the automatic table of contents generation feature. 38 . spend some time learning how they work and getting comfortable with them before you get too involved in a big project. all you do is click the button to regenerate it for you. should your editing change the publication’s pagination. the table of contents generator will collect them and their page numbers for you.me to experiment with font styles and colors until I had exactly the look I wanted. And. Since these features aren’t everyday functions. You’ll have stress enough as your deadline looms.
even the stay-at-home ones are much too busy to spend their days focused on a baby book (or multiple baby books as the family grows).something that will always be nearby to capture the magic moments of babyhood. it's easy to capture and share all kinds of family events. Now that’s all ﬁne and dandy for keeping family and friends up-to-date. What makes it special is its ability 39 . New moms . While it does have a lot of interesting information about my early days. but how will you keep all this information so future generations can enjoy it too? Consider a digital journal. It documents things like when I smiled my ﬁrst smile. For one thing. It reminds me who my God-parents were.Baby Book I still have mine and it's full of the most delightful information. Combined with social platforms like Facebook. What moms need these days to document their newborns are smart phones with cameras . got my ﬁrst tooth and spoke my ﬁrst words. it's still quite sparse. there’s not a single photo in it. It's a beautifully illustrated book created in the style of the 1950s. Apps like Momento for the iPhone give you the ability to quickly comment on your day and include photos taken with the iPhone. what gifts I received and who gave them.
they offer the ability to automatically forward those posts to social sites like Facebook and Twitter so you can document an event and update everyone in one operation. YouTube and more) so you can collect all that content without duplicating your efforts. A baby or family blog is another great way to capture and share special moments. Want to pull it all together later? Consider a blog book via Blurb. Flickr. Although it doesn't currently have a desktop version. Foursquare. In addition. And. the not-so-techie members of the family can be set up as email subscribers to receive updates via email. Platforms like Posterous and Tumblr make it easy to post photos. with Posterous.to import your content from a number of social media sites (Facebook. 40 . there is a text/photo export option available. Both offer both public and private options for your blog. Because they are email-easy. video and journal entries from your phone or desktop . these blog platforms are great ways for all members of the family to participate .both as commenters and as contributors.usually as simple as sending an email.
which was still a novelty at that time. Several years back we were organizing an unusually large Christmas gathering. One of these services is the “old-tyme” photo business. how are we going to get everyone to to sit for a formal photograph? Fortunately for us. One request. It does show how you can take advantage of a current trend to create a special memory that will be enjoyed today and into future generations. there were a couple of 41 . First. where are we going to ﬁnd a photographer available during the holidays? Second.Family Portrait This project doesn’t involve digital publishing or any other kind of tech. was a challenge. Family would be coming from all parts of the country for a long Christmas weekend. Augustine is a tourist destination that is quite busy during the Christmas holidays. Sure. There were all kinds of functions planned to keep everyone busy throughout the holiday. St. Shops and services focused on the tourists’ dollars are available right into Christmas Eve. These photographers provide all kinds of fun costumes and props to create portraits with a vintage look. This was a perfect solution for us – someone who would be open when our group was available and offering some entertainment in the process. a formal family photo.
42 . On the ﬂip side. there were lots of requests for another family portrait. I think the photographer said something – purposely – and grabbed a shot of the response because he knew it would sell as much as the formal shot. as our crew found costumes and got dressed they spilled out into the sidewalk while waiting for the others. He was right. We promised him a minimum purchase amount since we would be using up much more time than a simple couple or family shot takes. but as it turned out they were the ones who had the most fun. Our family portrait was so much fun that the next time we expected a large holiday group.folks that had to be pushed a bit to participate. The photo you see here is not THE portrait. but one of the out-takes. We found a photographer with a studio big enough for our crowd and who would schedule us for early Christmas Eve afternoon. It’s my favorite. This attracted a lot of attention – and even more business for the photographer.
there were often too many other events competing for time during the holiday season so after my sister built the perfect Thanksgiving venue out in the country. Although originally a Christmas event.and is now called the Caroline Cup in her honor. That would not be our regatta. A box fan was placed at one end of the pool and the ﬁrst vessel to touch the far end won.Home Movies Updated The thought of a regatta conjures up visions of sleek yachts with huge sails billowing in the wind. Over the last 20 years.otherwise known as trash. Our regatta takes place in a swimming pool and each of the entries . The regatta began with my Aunt Caroline and the ﬁrst one took place in her pool.is home-built. but since Caroline’s death it has become an annual affair . The regatta continued sporadically for several years and was often held at Christmas. The inaugural winner was beautifully engineered from a foam butcher’s tray used to hold hamburger. it has become a family tradition.calling some of them boats is a real stretch of the imagination . The original rules dictated that each entry must be built from found items . the regatta was rescheduled to become The ﬂip-ﬂop ﬂeet 43 .
various forms of ﬁreworks. CO2 and. To those of us who knew and loved Caroline.a Thanksgiving tradition. To those who never met her. it’s an entertaining way to learn a bit of family history. Mr. A prize for style was added with The Barbie Barge. Wonderful and Psycho Turkey as memorable winners. compressed air. we can pass on much more than just records to the generations that follow us. Preserving the Record Family historians are responsible for capturing and preserving the family record. We’re good at capturing those “vital” events such as births. Although the ﬁrst regatta took place in 1992. weddings and deaths. That also includes current family history. of course. I didn’t start seriously documenting it until 2001. but what about those entertaining events like my family’s regatta which give life to the faces and names? Thanks to photos and videos of events like these. this tradition is a way to keep her close to our hearts. Propulsion systems have included rubber bands. Being located in a less congested area has also allowed us to add a power class to the mix. The regatta entertains young and old alike and serves as a great ice-breaker for those attending their ﬁrst big family affair. I do have photos of the 44 .
Waiting for the starter’s gun 45 . I don’t even qualify as a talented amateur in either photography or videography. As my camera quality improved. the more “good” shots and clips you’ll have to include in your movie. If I can do it. so did the photos. I have produced movies for each event. that’s even better. Here are some of the tricks I’ve learned over the years: ❖ Take lots of still photos and short video clips of the event’s setting. The more you take. I have the camera rolling though the entire race. If I can con someone else to do the same from a different angle. ❖ Because the regatta is a spontaneous event. anybody can. In my case. but I can still turn out a pretty decent movie. I started experimenting with video in recent years.original regatta. but nothing in-between. all images and video are digital and once I moved to the Mac platform and began playing with iMovie. Since 2001. I want photos and video of both the people and their boats.
speaking of laughing. That way. You still have all the action in your original raw footage for historical purposes . If it doesn’t support the story line. I learned this lesson the hard way. if anything messes up.❖ I mount my camera on a tripod to record the race.] ❖ During the editing process. [Yes. you’ll still have the original footage to go back to. Facebook or other movie-sharing sites. make sure you’re always working with copies of your photos and clips .another reason why you only work with copies . Both Apple’s iMovie and Microsoft’s Movie Maker come with your computer purchase.not the originals. ❖ Just like you crop photos to focus on the best of the image. It 46 . the tripod keeps the camera further away from my body so that my laughing or cheering won’t overpower the rest of the audio. And.but just not in your production. Not only does the tripod stabilize the camera.especially when I’m doubled over laughing. but using the tripod’s handle to move the camera as the action shifts is much smoother than holding it in my hands . leave it out. Both are easy to learn and can generate highquality movies that can be distributed as DVDs (for TV viewing) or uploaded to YouTube. video clips should be edited to capture only the best action.
For example. you’ll be asked if you want to create a standard movie or a high-deﬁnition movie. Some even have an additional track for background music. you’ll soon see the advantage of editing each track separately. ❖ Movie editing apps usually work with multiple “tracks”. that most photos are standard deﬁnition dimensions and will either need to be cropped to ﬁt the wider perspective or have unattractive color bars at the top and bottom when the photo is displayed. too. While this will be a bit confusing at ﬁrst. 47 .will take a bit of experimenting to get comfortable with the video editing process. You can only create a true high-deﬁnition movie if your camera is capable of recording highdeﬁnition video clips. Be aware. ❖ Your movie will often combine still photos with video clips. The visual content (photos and videos) are often on a different track than the audio. Most movie editing apps offer several effects to smooth the transition from one photo or clip to the next. you can reduce the volume of the background music track when the voice track has content you want to hear. but these tips should help you get started: ❖ When you create a movie project.
Turning your movie project into an actual production is the most confusing part of the entire process. Make sure all photos and clips are backed up too. There are so many different settings and options that make no sense whatever.You can also adjust the timing of the transition to suit your presentation. 48 . Most editors have standard settings for the most-used options.text added over the photos and clips throughout your movie to identify people. For presentation on the web. ❖ Use titles . The settings you will use depend on how your movie will be presented. If you’re building a DVD so the movie can be viewed on someone’s television. check the platform’s help section to see what settings they recommend. You can choose those and then view them on the device/platform to see if it’s up to your quality standards. ❖ Save your project frequently. Your editor offers themed design elements like banners to make the text stand out.and largest ﬁle size. your movie settings will be the highest quality . places and events depicted in your movie.
Don’t expect the ﬁrst try to be perfect. Click here to watch a regatta in action at Vimeo.for you and your audience. After that. you can improve your old movies as you gain experience.as will future generations. As long as you have the movie project ﬁles to fall back on. 49 . Your family will love your efforts . The number one priority is to capture the moment for posterity. everything else is fun .
Measure Twice. The professional wedding photos are breath-taking.or private . an amazing online photo community. How do you get all those photos collected in one place? You do it virtually! Flickr. Individuals upload their photos to their personal proﬁle. but it’s the candid shots that make the memories. Thanks to camera phones and tiny digital cameras.snapping both stills and videos. you will likely ﬁnd dozens of cameras at any wedding . making it public A preview of Candlelight . Anyone can create a group. Worn Once found on Blurb. During the wedding 50 . open to everyone . includes a feature called groups.only for select users and any number of options in between.A Contemporary Wedding Album I am loving the gorgeous wedding photo books displayed at just about every book-building and photo-sharing service online. but can also share selected photos with one or more groups.
51 .their wedding processional as a joyous dance down the aisle. create your group early and start inviting group members. It’s not a professional production. family and friends can add their own descriptions and comments to the photos.and capturing . When you’re ready to build your wedding book. you’re well on your way to building a beautiful memory of a very special event. but everyone who watches shares the joy expressed by both the wedding party and their guests. One couple is now quite famous for choreographing . They should be encouraged to do just that! These photos and comments will give you a much broader perspective on all the events surrounding the wedding. rehearsals and other related events are collected in one place. And what about those video clips capturing even more wedding highlights? Combine them with some of the still shots to make a video documentary of your wedding. This way you can insure that photos from showers. With all your photos collected in one place and many including comments from your guests. Because Flickr is very social. you’ll ﬁnd that many of the book-building platforms can pull photos directly from Flickr.planning process.
I'm impressed that he used such simple techniques to tell it. He has turned the historical documentary into an art form. giving both movement and focus to a speciﬁc point or person. In addition to historical photos. Not only am I mesmerized by the story being told. He made those photos come alive with a simple technique that panned across and zoomed into each photo. Mr. The narrative included excerpts 52 . With The Civil War. he included recent photos of historic sites. adding to the sense of place.followed by Baseball. That pan and zoom technique is now named for him . Burns' Civil War is an excellent example of how to create a compelling photo documentary from basic components. I am a huge fan of Ken Burns. most of the visuals were drawn from historical photos documenting that war.the Ken Burns effect. The Civil War was one of the most compelling programs I ever watched on television .The Photo Documentary Like many others. JAZZ and The National Parks.
The Circle B Ranch documents a short period in our family history when we were the most popular hangout in town because we had horses. In the background. period music was used. We may not want to tackle a project as large as Mr. but we do have many compelling stories of our own and this is a great way to bring them to life. we will add title slides to introduce our subject and to provide credits at the end. We will include transitions .and the pan and zoom effect that works so well for Ken Burns. Burns' epics. A simple documentary is basically a photo slideshow.from personal letters and journals read by actors who made you feel the original authors were speaking. To give it impact. but elegant techniques to create an impressive history. 53 . Then there’s the narration.effects that appear as the viewer moves from one slide to the next . It combines precious photos with an adult’s analysis of a childhood memory to build a story. He used these simple. sound effects and background music. We family historians can use these same elements to create our own photo documentaries.
00. but if you decide you really like building multimedia documentaries. I recommend choosing a good one. I use a headset because it’s useful for so many other tasks and. Actually. you will need some tools and to make a decision on what software to use. you’ll need some software. 54 .Before you begin building your documentary. I found a good quality Plantronics headset online that I was able to get on sale for less than $50.lots of options. Don’t feel you have to spend large sums of money just to get started. since it is a multi-tasking tool. Here’s a look at some of your options. Next. You have options . You can record your narration with almost any level microphone or headset. the only tool you need besides a computer is a good microphone to use while recording your narration. start saving some money and watch for deals. First the tools.
background music and to record your narrative. Movie Maker basics are easy to learn and.Probably the easiest is Photoshop Elements for Windows. This capability has been around for some time so even if you have an older version of Elements. 55 . Mac users will ﬁnd iMovie a great option. transitions. there’s a lot of whistles and bells if you want to take the time to learn them. You can also choose to use a pre-designed theme to provide these elements if you’re not ready to try doing them yourself. Transitions. You can pull your images in from iPhoto. set your transitions and effects and there’s a very nice collection of royalty-free background music you can easily include in your project. Adding narration is a breeze and. The Windows version uses its organizer component to create the slideshow from the images you’ve selected and allows you to include special effects (like the Ken Burns effect). like iMovie. you should be able to use it. titles and credits offer lots of options. you can easily superimpose text over your photos or video clips. Windows users have Movie Maker. Adding narration and background music is also pretty straight-forward. in addition to creating title and credit slides.
With video-based systems. the app will ﬁll in the background with a color. PowerPoint offers the PowerPoint Show that can be viewed using the free PowerPoint Viewer application (Windows only). There are several options for packaging your project to share with others. It allows for slide transitions. The trade-off is a limited number of production options for sharing your ﬁnished product. special effects (called animations).The presentation software found in your ofﬁce suite is also a great tool to build a documentary. This option has advantages when your images are different sizes and shapes. you have complete control of the background and can include frames. captions and other graphical elements to provide a consistent theme throughout the presentation. With a presentation app. recording narrations and background music. A better option might be to take advantage of online slideshow-sharing platforms like Slideboom 56 . Sometimes you get to choose that color. titles. sometimes you don’t.
but SlideShare does not. Once again. my presentation app is my tool of choice. a component of Apple’s iWork ’09 suite. 57 . Slideboom supports slides with included audio. A storyboard is a collection of sketches and notes used to visualize what you want your documentary to look like. All presentation apps offer an option to export the slides as JPEG images. This allows you to create a themed look for your documentary. Even a simple documentary like my Circle B Ranch requires planning to be successful. manage those mismatched photos and still take advantage of the video capabilities in your movie app. I use it’s outline view to build my story. This not only helps you build your story's timeline. production notes and later even write my script in the speaker notes area. Keynote.or SlideShare. Your viewers will need to have QuickTime [Win & Mac] (a free download from Apple) to view it. can export the slideshow to a QuickTime movie as either a timed show where each slide is up for a speciﬁed duration or an interactive show where the viewer chooses when to change a slide. but is a good way to choose which graphical elements will be used and where. “audition” potential photos in the slide area and capture all my ideas.
I’ll be the ﬁrst to admit to an impulsive nature. but I’ve found the hard way that advance planning just makes sense .The storyboard takes time to develop and ﬁne-tune. Once your movie project is 70-80% complete. Click here to view the Circle B Ranch documentary at Vimeo 58 .and a better ﬁnished product. but it’s much easier to make your changes and adjustments here. changes are going to be a lot more time-consuming.
Not me! I love playing with my desktop. They met in 1908 and carried on a courtship mostly by mail . I'll bet many of you still look at the manufacturer's default image every time you start up your computer. Dolph died in 1921 so we never met him and this is one of the few photos we have of him.Desktop Wallpaper The computer desktop. they had to have it for 59 . an opportunity to push a bit of history to your family. It changes frequently . Here is a look at a desktop on my iMac.for the next ﬁve years before they married in 1913. But why stop there? Your desktop can be a great place to show off your latest scrapbooking creations and. Lois and Dolph are my maternal grandparents. As soon as my sisters saw this on my desktop. Changing the photo that's displayed on your desktop is very simple.to celebrate a holiday or just enjoy a special photo. with a little effort.
Look at the resolution properties for your display in System Preferences (Control Panel for Windows) to get the exact size of your screen. I realized I might be onto something. The main difference is the size of your project. since we're talking about resolution. Your computer will do its best to resize an image to ﬁt your desktop. but it's always good to keep your project as close to the actual size as possible. 60 . Why not build a collection of desktop graphics and put them someplace (Flickr maybe?) where your family can view and grab them as they choose. your screen has a much lower resolution than projects you create to be printed. Creating a desktop is similar to building any scrapbook page. however. things aren't so square on your desktop. your screen is only 72 dpi. This is to your beneﬁt. While most scrapbookers know that the minimum acceptable resolution for a decent photo print is 300 dpi (dots per inch). Windows desktops are a bit more difﬁcult to plan for because there are so many monitor and resolution options. Most of us are used to the standard square sizes (8"x8" or 12"x12") used for paper scrapbooks.themselves. Hmmm. since it means your ﬁle sizes will be much smaller even when you pile on the layers. As you'll notice. And.
The sky is the limit for design opportunities and today's bigger screens give you lots more real estate to exploit than with basic scrapbook pages. Give it a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.the Dock at the bottom and the folders on the right. Things like textured backgrounds help keep the composition interesting without competing with your regular desktop tools. 61 . This gives me some extra ﬂexibility should this image be used on a smaller screen.You'll notice that I adjusted my layout around the stuff that normally resides on my desktop . nothing keeps you from including lots of captions and journaling to tell your story. you might even get them to clean up their desktops to make more room for your family masterpieces. Who knows. the left side is also pretty bare. Since this desktop is being used for Windows machines too. in addition to generating interest in your family history. While this example is pretty simple.
And. Options range from wall calendars to refrigerator magnets to desk calendars to desktop widgets. Most print-on-demand services like Lulu.with additional bits of family history . there’s no rule that says you can only use a photograph. This gives you the ﬂexibility to create a totally custom calendar if you are so inclined. A scrapbook enthusiast could create a layout for each month celebrating a person. family or special event in your family history.for each month. you can ﬁnd any number of Photoshop/Photoshop Elements templates for each month in the current year. By adding a monthly calendar to the desktop project mentioned earlier. Most include a wizard that will walk you through the process of collecting the photos you want to use and assigning them to the appropriate month. If you want to make your own. Desktop calendar widget using digital art created with calendar software. 62 .Calendars Custom calendars are delightful gift ideas for families and great fund-raisers for societies. Blurb and Cafe Press along with many of the photo-sharing services offer multiple types and styles to suit any purpose. you could generate interest in additional desktops .
much lower resolution than a normal digital camera. Trying to transmit a 10MB photo across a broadband connection takes lots of time so you can imagine the effort (and data transfer costs) across a mobile phone connection. For the grandparents who receive these precious pictures in our mailbox.Photo Art This is our granddaughter. enjoying some ice cream. we are limited in what we can do with these photos. 63 . these photos are .and will probably continue to be . . it's a wonderful gift that brightens our day. . While camera phone technology is improving. a camera phone that can capture and email a photo in two quick steps is the tool of choice. As a result. We get to enjoy this delightful moment because her mother is never far away from her camera phone and regularly captures little events like this. For a mother of four. For the family historian . not so much. Cecilia.
Now. chances are good you already have the tools to get started. This next piece was created using only the simple editor in iPhoto [Mac]. Our new family treasure was created with Corel’s Painter Essentials 4 [Win and Mac]. the size limit is my printer . I did some quick cleanup and it was ready to go.One way around these limitations is to do what I did and turn the photo into photo art. Once it ﬁnished. chose the style I wanted (chalk sketch for this project) and it did the painting for me. Not all photo art requires great photo-editing skills or software.it only prints letter/legal sized paper. I opened the photo. This is a small (6" x 8") board so I was able to get two copies of the photo printed 64 . This portrait ﬁle could easily be printed on 11" x 17" if I had the capability. This can turn less-than-perfect photos into family treasures. I gave the original black and white photo a sepia effect and added a matte effect to create the oval frame. I then printed it on iron-on transfer paper and ironed it onto one of those cheap canvas boards (cardboard with canvas glued to it). poster or sketch in a few quick steps. It can also turn a simple photo into a special gift. Most offer ﬁlters and effects which will turn your photo into a painting. if you already own a photo editing application. And. The photo that once could only be printed at "wallet" size is now a portrait printed on watercolor paper.
on one sheet of transfer paper. Since each set ! contained 10 cards. The imperfections of the iron-on process. gives the result a grunge effect that adds even more interest to the piece. As a result.00 each. One artistic family member ordered 10 sets of notecards from one of the online photoprocessing sites using a different photo for each set. she quickly rearranged them so each set had 10 different photo cards inside. combined with the roughness of the canvas. Years later. she had 10 delightful gifts at a cost of approximately $8. 65 . I'm still talking about that gift. Photo art can be an inexpensive way to create a personal gift that will not soon be forgotten. This example was the ﬁrst try. A few simple adjustments and the second try became a gift for my sister (the little beauty on the left). You can see the line at the top of the board where the edge of the transfer paper left a mark.
Even better. where do you ﬁnd inspiration? Start with the software publishers. you'll be pleasantly surprised to see how much your family and friends will love your efforts. 66 . you'll be even more amazed at how easy many of them are.So. You'll be amazed at the number of ways you can turn a simple photo into a work of art. Most of all. The scrapbooking magazines are full of ideas and there’s a growing number of digital scrapbooking designers who also provide instructional videos and tutorials at their sites. Most include howto areas offering all kinds of ideas with instructions.
It lets me share my creations online by embedding the scrapbook on my blog or linking to it from Twitter or Facebook. becomes a scrapbooking platform when used in layout mode.Multimedia Scrapbooks I’m the ﬁrst to admit I’m a scrapbooking fool. Even Pages. my word processing application. you can use image editors like Photoshop Elements [Win & Mac] Paint Shop Pro [Win] and Pixelmator [Mac] to build from scratch. While many scrapbook pages focus on photos and titles. Another favorite is the online Scrapblog app. photo albums and even multimedia presentations. These platforms make it easy to build your memories. I use the Memory Mixer [Win & Mac] app to build greeting cards. but my platform of preference is digital scrapping. you won’t ﬁnd audio and video included in many paper scrapbooks. I want mine to be more like an A Scrapblog scrapbook 67 . For the more adventurous. After all.
Digital scrapbooking can be as simple or as complex as you want.illustrated book. Experiment with your options and see which is right for you. Many of today’s scrapbooking applications also provide services to turn your scrapbook into a printed book. titles and journaling. Pages gives me the text support I need and still lets me layer graphic elements for a scrapbook effect. A Memory Mixer scrapbook 68 . a video DVD or a digital movie to post at a video-sharing site. You can purchase the digital versions of papers and embellishments or make your own using your family heirlooms. You can use a design kit where all you do is drop in photos and add captions.
it will support the inclusion of photos and graphics. Pioneers of Southern Literature. If your family history project is mostly text. What a delight! Or not. I do have several family treasures that could be digitized and shared this way. One look at the text made me realize this book would be almost impossible to read. Samuel Albert Link. This format works well for the publication that is mostly text. because they are family treasures I keep them safely tucked away to preserve them. this could be a good way to share it.books designed to be read online or using a device like the Kindle. but complex formatting like tables and charts are still quite a challenge.Building an eBook eBooks . While I do have my grandmother’s copies of both volumes. was considered an authority on 19th century Southern literature. 69 . While most of my projects are too graphical for the ePub format. Nook or iPad . Yes. They also offered an ePub version which would allow me to carry the book with me anytime I wished. He wrote a twovolume book. Imagine my delight to ﬁnd digital copies available at Internet Archive! The scanned book looks just like my copy and is beautifully displayed in their online reader. My great grandfather.have exploded in popularity.
an open source WYSIWYG editor for building and editing books in ePub format. The word processor is still the primary tool for writing and editing any 70 . I took on building a clean digital edition of Professor Link’s book as my learning project. As we all know.The original book had been scanned then OCRd to convert the scanned pages to text before using an automated script to convert the text to the various ebook formats provided at the archive. not a word processor. The lines don’t word-wrap and there are issues where the OCR software doesn’t recognize characters. None of this leads to a pleasant e-reading experience. There’s lots of hyphenation and each header and page number from each printed page is embedded in the text. you never really learn how to use something until you actually have to complete a project. I recently stumbled upon Sigil [Windows. Mac & Linux]. It doesn’t have writing tools like spelling. it looks like it should be easy to create my own ebooks. So.and grammar-checking or dictionary/thesaurus access that we all use daily. The original printed book is quite small with each line of text just over 2″ wide – more like a newspaper column than a book page. I’ve installed it on my Mac and from what I’ve seen and what the manual tells me. Sigil is a layout and design editor.
family history. graphics. style sheets and a couple of special conﬁguration ﬁles all zipped up into one ePub package. but a little basic knowledge will be helpful. Once done. replacing characters the OCR didn’t read correctly and correcting format problems. If the end goal is a print edition. you don’t need to be an HTML expert to build an ebook with Sigil. Your e-reader application or device unzips everything. This was quite tedious. there is a signiﬁcant cleanup effort. No. I was ready to import the text into Sigil. then you’re ready to use Sigil to build your ebook. I copy/pasted the text into my word processing application and I worked my way through the text: removing headers and page numbers. You may not be aware that an ePub book is basically a series of HTML ﬁles along with their associated images. Although this project doesn’t call for any writing on my part. you may also use your word processor as your layout editor. 71 . Once all the writing and editing is ﬁnished. reads the conﬁguration ﬁle (called a manifest) to determine what goes where and then presents the results on your screen.
The ﬁrst is the book’s title page and the others are chapters. verse and paragraphs comes from this style sheet ﬁle.css to provide some basic styling for my text.When you create a new book project. Sigil offers both a visual view (shown here) with formatting tools and an HTML view. Style sheets contain formatting instructions similar to the styles used in word processing applications. fonts and other miscellaneous ﬁles. there are folders for the text ﬁles. style sheets. Sigil gives sections a default name. so I’ll need to add them myself. The book is built in sections. I have created a style sheet titled main. The primary difference is that the style information is maintained in a separate ﬁle. Sigil automatically builds the book structure for you. Sigil doesn’t provide any style sheets. but I renamed them to better describe their contents. images. The formatting you see associated with the heading. Right now I have four sections in this project. It’s easy to maneuver and perform the necessary formatting tasks to develop the book’s 72 . As you can see in the left sidebar.
you want a custom look for your book. 73 .epub ﬁle. When you insert an image into the text. however. When you save your project in Sigil.layout. then Sigil is a great tool to build a hand-crafted book. If. Most publishing services will do the conversion for you. Sigil will add the image ﬁle to the to the Images folder so it will become part of the book’s package. It’s not necessary to use an app like Sigil to produce an ePub book. This is the package ﬁle that most e-reader apps and devices can read. all these ﬁles are saved and compressed into a .
You can’t use your camera’s ﬂash as it will create a glare on the painting.Treasured Art My family has been blessed with some talented artists who have left us several interesting pieces. The glare in this photo comes from a table lamp reﬂecting off the painting itself. It will just require more time. 74 . Framed paintings are a challenge to photograph especially those framed with glass. The biggest challenge is digitizing the artwork. it can also be used to create copies of treasured paintings. Your best option may be to pay a professional photographer to do it for you. effort and money. Just as digitization technology has made it possible to share copies of heirloom photos and documents. there are some very nice portraits that have been handed down through the generations. You’ll need a way to provide good diffused light to get the best image. In addition.
Another option is to create full-sized copies from high-quality digital images. Several printing services specialize in printing digital art on watercolor paper and even canvas. you have many options. Some even provide giclee prints which add the texture of the brushstrokes to the digital copy.Once the artwork is digitized. 75 . A coffee table book of the family collection not only provides images of each piece. it can also tell the stories associated with them.
family historians don’t have to wait until they have all the details before publishing a family history project. His guide is a cross between a simple cemetery inventory and a scrapbook. When his research gave him a story about an individual. he presented the story along with unit insignia. the Huguenot Cemetery Guide. when our research provides more detail. The technical aspects of the publication leave a lot to be desired . My inspiration is a guide created for the St. I’ll use my current cemetery project. Florence Mitchell wrote a history of the cemetery and spent hours 76 . Although there were many unmarked graves even then. Now we can publish what we have and later. Augustine National Cemetery by historian Robert Hawk in the late 1980s.it was created with a typewriter and copy service .The Living Book of the Dead Thanks to the beneﬁts of digital publishing. To make my point. In 1998. easily update the project and publish a new edition. that index was able to document many wooden markers that no longer exist. The basis of my Huguenot Cemetery project is an inventory taken in 1892.but the content is fascinating. less than a decade after the cemetery’s closing. newspaper clippings and other memorabilia.
Anyone can view and download it. dates and inscriptions. But. Many of the people buried in this cemetery made signiﬁcant contributions to the early American history of Florida during the territorial and early statehood years. a guide such as I envision will take years to complete. I want to include more than just names. An electronic document published online not only gives me worldwide reach. If all I wanted to present was an inventory. clippings. I transcribed the 1892 inventory and published it on Scribd. that doesn’t mean it has to wait that long to be published. Of course. although the best is a single typed copy “bound” in a 3-ring notebook at the local historical society’s research library. And. there’s already several good ones available. My guide project begins by reorganizing that inventory list into something more manageable and incorporating the photos I’ve taken in the cemetery. adding signiﬁcantly to the 1892 list.collecting burial records from local church rolls. sketches and diagrams I want. there’s no extra cost for images or color. Once that step is done and I’ve included a 77 . but allows me to include all the photos. There’s too many stories here to settle for just a simple inventory. I want something that’s available far beyond local library shelves. Several months ago. Since I’m publishing electronically.
there are some interesting possibilities there too. publishing a new edition is as simple as uploading the ﬁle. Since many of the gravestones came from Charleston and even farther north. Interested readers can subscribe to my Scribd proﬁle and be notiﬁed when I publish new or updated content. All I have to do is include a note that this is a new edition and describe what has been added. but there will be many more. Then I’ll start working on individual histories of the people buried here. 78 . I’ll publish the ﬁrst edition of my guide. Scribd archives the older version and replaces it with the new. As additional content is added. From there I’ll incorporate the burial rolls from church records. I’ve already done some sketches for my Graveyard Rabbits site.basic history of the cemetery.
biographical sketches. And. even better. maps and diagrams are added. images. it will be readily available online to anyone interested. 79 . With luck. it will attract other researchers who can add their parts of the puzzle giving it even more value.This book of the dead will be a living document. growing and changing regularly as new research.
family history or otherwise . My fascination with dead relatives is still a mystery to him. It’s such an honor to be a part of this talented group of people with Maven encouraging and gently keeping us focused on the details and deadlines. First. My dear husband has put up with weeks of “the book” without complaint.happens in a vacuum. I must thank the amazing footnoteMaven for all her inspiration and encouragement. This book owes much to the family and friends who have inspired many of the projects presented here. None of this would be possible without the family and friends who created the stories I tell in my projects. but he indulges me in my obsession and I love him all the more for it.Acknowledgements No project . These extraordinary ordinary people have made my life very special and are a 80 . Readers of her Shades of the Departed magazine will recognize the title and several projects from my column there.
Several of the examples use scrapbook elements from Scrapblog.constant source of inspiration. 81 . The cover graphic uses Scriptina. Rocketeer and One Fell Swoop fonts. but also as vibrant personalities. Memory Mixer and Designer Digitals. My goal is to document their lives not just as vital records. Technical Support This book was constructed using Apple’s Pages word processing application with a combination of iPhoto and Photoshop Elements for image editing. The font used for the text is Optima. with Fletch and Typical Writer for headings.
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