Family portrait!

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My grandfather just celebrated his 96th birthday, so we had a great excuse to get together with all of my cousins! My grandfather and grandmother had two children, my mom and aunt, and they each had three children, and now their children are all having children. So, with spouses and babies, the family totals 25, and growing!
So, needless to say, to get a family portrait of all of us together is next to impossible! Plus, the fact that we all live 2 1/2 hours away, makes it more difficult! This is why I was digging out the old collages I made of Dylan and Sam in one of my posts last week. We wanted to give my grandfather a family portrait for his birthday, so why not make a collage?
I asked Everyone to email me a picture of themselves. I told everyone to try to make it a whole body shot, or from the waist up. This is a shot of some of the pictures that I had to work with…

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So as you can see, there was a variety.. Some couples, some close up, some a little farther away.
I cut around each picture as close to the lines as I could, careful to cut out any of the background.

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This is my brothers family. So, there is a bit of a trick to placing the photos. I tried to overlap them in a way that looked natural and covered up and details or parts I didn’t want to show.
This picture of my brother is a really nice one, but his baby is several months older now, and he sent me a better picture of her, where she is smiling and looking at the camera…

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So, the angles worked, that I could overlap the two pictures like this…

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Then, I overlapped the next two photos in a similar way…

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If someone had their arm out or is reaching out, I tried to put that in front of another picture.

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Basically, I put together each family in the same way, then I followed the same process to assemble the families together.
For my grandfather, I assembled the family in a long line, which you will see at the end. I also typed out the words, “happy birthday! We love you!” Because we don’t have a colour printer, I typed and printed the letters, then coloured each letter before gluing it.

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Here is what it looks like finished…

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I liked the one for my grandfather so much that I thought it would make a great mothers day present for my mom and my aunt too. So, I developed another set of the pictures, cut them out and glued them down using the same method of grouping each family, except I arranged the photos into more of a family tree. I also added my father, uncle, and grandmother, who have all passed away.

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As you might be able to see, I made one family tree starting from the bottom growing up, and the other one from the top going down. Both were organized by sides of the family, and birth order, the same way you would organize a family tree.
The thing I like the most about this idea is that it included everyone, including my dad! I can only hope that in 60 years, I will have accomplished as much as my Grampy has! Happy birthday!
Now, I have to make another one for myself, and then maybe I’ll do another one for my dads side of the family, or johns family!

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