Sunday, September 5, 2010

Family Proclamation Photo Book Tutorial

My Mom has raved about our next blogger Kristin for a while now.
And with good reason.  She shares lots of unique and creative ideas for visiting teaching
on her blog See Me Visit Teach!
I have asked her to share her idea for a Family Proclamation Photo Book
that we can make for ourselves AND share with the women we visit this month!
I also thought it would be a great lead-in to our Family Proclamation Photo Walk which starts tomorrow...

Hello! I'm Kristin from SeeMeVT, a blog that shares creative ideas for sharing the Relief Society visiting teaching message each month. This photo book is a fun project to put together as a family, that combines meaningful family photos with the words in the family proclamation. 

I created a pdf file (that you can download here) that has individual phrases from the proclamation. After printing onto transparencies, cutting, and combining with correlating photographs, you can slide your project into a 36-photo album like the one I purchased from Wal-Mart for $1.00.

There are plenty of pages to layer the text over photos, and also to have some pages with just text (like the photo above), if the photos are too busy to layer words over.

It definitely works best if the photos have a light-colored background.

You can, however, still see the text on a little dark or slightly busy photos. Some of my transparencies stay put without any trouble, and some needed a little dab of tacky glue to keep them from sliding - depending on where I placed them on my photos.

I love breaking up the proclamation into small bites like this, to really think about each part and what it means. My children love seeing it alongside our photos. It's meaningful in a delightful way. 

Make sure you buy the transparencies that are meant for your printer - whether inkjet, laser or copy machine - and follow printing directions on the package. You could also print on cardstock and make a little paper album. 

One last thing - I made a duplicate of this quote: "Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities." It is printed all together in one place, and then printed as separate words on the last page, in case you want to use a separate photo for each principle mentioned.

Hope this is a fun project for you and your families!


Thank you so much, Kristin!

You can read more insights on Family with Cocoa at Chocolate On My Cranium.

And please join us tomorrow to link-up your favorite photos that are either inspired by the Family Proclamation or that illustrate some concept taught in The Family Proclamation.

I will be posting mine tomorrow too...

But now, I think it's time to give out a few party favors for our first week of comments and link-ups!  Drum roll, please...
Small Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings

The winner of these sterling silver hoop earrings 
from Crafty Jules is:

Comment/link-up #75
(Does she look familiar?)



The winner of an 11x14 print of this orchard photo
by Carrie Stroud Photography (*click here to go to her Etsy shop!) is:  

Comment/Link-up #30
Surviving a Family of Nine


You can read her link-ups here and here.

Congratulations to the winners of these party favors.
Please contact me directly with your mailing address.

And keep participating by blogging, commenting, and linking up to win more prizes this week.


  1. I really want to make this book! Thank you for sharing such a great idea.

  2. Yes, I'll be adding this to my list of craftiness!! I love it. Thank you, thank you.

  3. I really want to give this one a try. I will have to look through my photos and find ones that will work. An easy enough project that even I may be able to pull off. Thanks!

  4. Very inspiring! I'm gonna try this out too! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love it. I think it would be amazing to make for all my children and grandchildren. It would remind them all of the things that matter most.

  6. Definitely perfect for visiting teaching! And gifts fro family this Christmas. I'm all about homemade Christmas gifts!

  7. I love this idea, I am going to do it. You're very inspiring Jocelyn and all your guest bloggers are too!

  8. Love it! I think that's a craft that even I can handle.

  9. Ahhhh What a great idea!!!

  10. great idea, I want to make one for my sons and families for christmas. thanks!

  11. What a fun and beautiful way to preserve meaningful memories, as well as remember a powerful message. Thanks for the idea!

  12. What a great way to really think about the proclamation and explain it to others. Thanks for sharing this!

  13. What a great craft...and a super bonus for reading to the end...a prize! Yahoo! I will be emailing you with my address! :) Thanks

  14. yessiree....I do brag about this guest blogger. Her generosity is almost overwhelming and all the sisters on my route love the tokens to help them remember. I certainly hope I can make one of these picture books, maybe for my new grandson whose birth is imminent.

  15. good blog kristen, I added her to my favorites...excellent job Jocelyn.

  16. Thank-you so much for the pdf. I saw this a while back and wanted tomake one but just didn't have the time or skills, and now i can Yeah!

  17. That's a great idea! I was thinking about making a Family Proclamation Calendar with pictures for next year. But this could even be a fun quiet book addition to my Sunday Sacrament Meeting "try to keep the kids occupied and entertained with spiritually uplifting things" bag. Thanks!

  18. What a neat idea! I love that one can put together so many cute and meaningful things on the cheap!

  19. Wonderful idea! Thanks so much for taking the time to share it!!! :D

  20. Very Cute idea, thanks for sharing!

  21. Your link doesn't work anymore, but I would really like to download this file if it is still available. Could you email it to me? It would be a great RS activity or YW project!

    1. Thank you for letting me know about the link, Lisa. Please contact Kristin and Inkablinka to see if she still has it on her site. Her site migrated, so that's probably why the link was lost: