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More Family Reunion Ideas

Martha Stewart Living, May 2006

A reunion website functions as a central port of information. Include a message board, so family members can exchange ideas throughout the planning stage. Albums or scrapbooks can be made following the event, and personalized CDs will store images, songs, or interviews recorded at the reunion.

With the latest scrapbook software, you can lay out digital or scanned-in photographs alongside captions and design elements. The pages can be printed, e-mailed, or burned onto CDs and sent to family members. Software options range from basic templates to more-sophisticated programs that let you incorporate decorative details into your layouts.

Promote solidarity by emblazoning gift bags, T-shirts, water bottles, coasters, and pins with the family name. The latest generation of software makes it easier than ever to create these types of favors with the help of a home computer.

Order buttons from websites such as Finished photo albums also can be ordered online. The books, some of which can be purchased for less than $30, come in hardcover, softcover, and miniature versions, as well as in assorted colors and cover materials. The highest-quality albums are filled with acid-free archival paper, so they'll preserve your memories for years to come.

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