Creating Family Newsletters:
123 Ideas for Sharing Memorable Moments with Family and Friends

by Elaine Floyd

EFG, Inc., 1998. ISBN 096302227X.
Reviewed by Maggie Knorr
Posted on 07/16/2002

Nonfiction: Creative Life

I picked up Creating Family Newsletters because my Mom and I have been trying to find fun ways to keep in touch with family between the annual reunions.

This little book is surprisingly chock-full of creative and helpful ideas. If you have experience putting together family newsletters, this book will help you improve them 100 percent! If the idea of starting a family newsletter intimidates you, it will inspire you with confidence.

"Think Before You Ink" deals with trouble spots in newsletters and provides a decision-making chart to get you going. The following chapters describe the benefit of pictures along with tips on taking captivating photos; and various formats such as handmade, personal-style letters through the mail; computer-generated newsletters with graphics and professional layouts as well as email and website formats. Elaine finishes up the book with tons of ideas, tips and tools to get your creative juices flowing and your first issue hot off the press.

I really loved all the worksheets. These will help me gather my ideas and information, and get organized. They also will help relatives contribute their own news in an easy, non-threatening way.

Creating Family Newsletters is a must for every family chronicler!

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