Project management focuses on clarifying your vision for the project, setting goals and intentions, establishing a timeline for completion, and keeping the project on track as it develops. We will help you set-up a system to organize your materials and identify what additional information may be needed to complete your project. We are here to help you overcome the challenge of bringing multiple perspectives within a family together into a cohesive project, handle sensitive issues that may arise, and navigate the continually evolving world of digital technology and self-publishing as you bring your project to print.
“Thanks for the organizational leadership and for keeping us moving on the project!”
– George Copa
Oral History Interviews:
Lisa Kagan conducts oral history interviews for individuals and families. Carefully crafting a set of questions to be used as a guide during the process, Lisa utilizes active listening techniques to help the narrator share their stories with comfort and ease. A high quality digital voice recorder is used to record the interviews. The interviews can be conducted over the phone as needed. Edited versions of the audio files can be made available upon request.
We transcribe oral history interviews from digital audio recordings. The completed transcriptions can serve as the basis for a written narrative for an heirloom book or as a stand-alone document for life story preservation.
The art of storytelling is brought to life through the creation of a finely crafted written narrative, preserving the voice and perspective of the storyteller through the pages. Utilizing the transcriptions from the oral history interviews as a guide, the narrative is crafted to engage the senses, evoke emotions and transport the reader in time and place. Voices from multiple narrators can be woven together to share different perspectives within the context of the story. Social, historical and cultural context can be included to support and enhance the story.
Every great story needs a great editor. We help you revise, edit, and organize the life stories that you have written to create a cohesive narrative. Clarity of ideas, punctuation, and grammar are refined as needed to create a finished narrative that will stand the test of time.
“Inspiring to think about the possibilities that exist within my family for beginning to share our stories.”
– Paula, OASIS Workshop Participant
Photo Organization & Editing:
Unearth your family photo collection and preserve it for the generations to come. We will help you organized your photographs and offer tips for archival storage and preservation. Once the collection is organized, we assist you in selecting images to include in your illustrated heirloom book. Selected images will be organized into photo essays designed to illustrate the written narrative and enhance your finished product.
Image Scanning & Restoration:
Utilizing a high quality scanner, we create digital files of your family photographs and memorabilia, generating a digital archive of your most treasured photo collection. After the images are scanned, we digitally restore your images by removing dust and scratches, balancing exposure and contrast, and making color corrections. The resulting digital files are print ready for inclusion in your illustrated heirloom book.
Custom Heirloom Art & Illustrations:
Merge reproductions of your personal photographs with illustrative painting to create original art that brings your memories to life. Custom Heirloom Art combines a blend of fine art techniques including; painting, drawing and photographic montage with reproductions of letters, memorabilia, and maps to create a unique piece of art. Heirloom Art pieces make great gifts and dynamic illustrations for your heirloom book. Read more
“Thank you so much for your collaborative spirit and your ability to bring my imagination to form.”
– Dani Palacio, Founder, Joy in the Journey
Transform your manuscript, photographs and illustrations into a beautifully custom designed, printed and bound book. Develop a visual style for your book that supports and enhances the content of your manuscript and illuminates your vision for the project. Comprehensive book design services include defining the scope of the project, drafting a proposed design, executing the selected layout and design, preparing the layout for print, and overseeing the print production process. View sample layouts.
“Now my daughter has a place to go and learn about our family. All of the photographs really bring our memories to life.”
– Barbara Lovre