“Sharing and preserving life stories uplifts the spirit, deepens self-knowledge, strengthens family ties, and builds bridges across generations.”


Family Heirloom Arts is dedicated to helping you and your family celebrate life stories and significant life milestones through the creation of illustrated heirloom books and custom art.

We work with you to record your stories, turn them into polished written narratives, and illustrate your stories with personal photographs and custom illustrations. Have a project in mind? Get in touch – we’d love to hear all about it and see how we can help.

Family Heirloom Arts also offers life storytelling presentations, workshops and retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest. Join us for an upcoming program so you can learn how to get started on your own personal storytelling project.

Check out this video to learn more about Family Heirloom Arts services and programs. Meet Family Heirloom Arts founder Lisa Kagan as she shares her passion for helping families celebrate and preserve their life stories.


It is amazing to see all of the pieces come together in one place. You helped turn our collection of photographs and stories into a real storybook, weaving all of our lives together. It is so well written and beautifully illustrated. Decade by decade, my children can see where they come from and how the generations before them lived.

– Julie Leuvrey
Heirloom Book Client

Come create with us at one of our upcoming hands-on art and writing workshops. As a group we will walk through the process of exploring personal storytelling through art and story.

Learn techniques for creating narrative images, bring your story to life through the written word, and get started on your own illustrated heirloom book.


Lisa painting custom illustration

Infuse your inbox with creative inspiration! Our monthly email newsletter features tips to help you get started on your own personal history project, art and poetry exploring topics central to the life storytelling process, and updates on our upcoming workshops.

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