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GwynnAsbury 
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01-25-13 11:54 AM - Post#4042398    

My hubby recently (okay like months ago) asked if I would put something together to send to his father. Hubby and his dad have had a very rocky relationship for a very long time, and hubby is not the photo taking or photo sending type. So the conversation went something like that "dad you've seen Paula right? No, you haven't? You don't have any photos of us together, not even of our wedding? Well, we'll send you some photos." to me "Hey babe, think you could put something together of us to send to my dad?"

I wasn't going to say no. Hubby wants something that can be hung on the wall, I thought a photo album with layouts and photos might be more appropriate given that his father has not seen any photos of Daniel or I since we started dating 5 years ago and married 4...... Hubby wanted something that could be displayed - I have no idea what the color scheme or decor of the home is...... I came up with a few ideas if you have others please suggest them:

1. Send a few framed photos and then a 6x6 scrapbook album
2. Create an altered canvas that also acts as an album so it can be displayed
3. something like this http://rachelktaylor.com/scrapbooking-products -ive...

I need some help here gals, I've been sitting on this for months because I just don't know what to do...... Hubby wants displayable, I want all encompassing and comprehensive......


 
kaleidoscope 
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01-25-13 12:07 PM - Post#4042408    
    In response to GwynnAsbury

Is his father the display type? Not everyone is. My MIL has a few pics she's put on shelves in an old secretary/hutch thing. And occasionally she's put a couple on her fridge but basically she's not a hang-up-photos type of person and has never wanted anything bigger than a 5 x 7 photo.

I think a small album makes more sense since the guy has missed the last 5 years. I assume no photos means he hasn't seen him in person either.
You're right - you don't know his taste or his decor. You could always include a small framed photo matted in a simple but nice black frame. Something he could set on a table or shelf if he wants to display it.

 
GwynnAsbury 
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01-25-13 12:13 PM - Post#4042412    
    In response to kaleidoscope

hubby wasn't sure what the display tastes of his dad or the new wife are....... Hubby really wants something that his dad can display and look at all the time....... this is why I had contemplated the album stand..... maybe a little bit of both worlds.......

 
kaleidoscope 
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01-25-13 12:20 PM - Post#4042420    
    In response to GwynnAsbury

It's hard when you don't know someone's tastes. I know I personally wouldn't be keeping an album stand out. You'd also have to know if they have a spot to put one.

 
Scrapjanny 
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01-25-13 12:46 PM - Post#4042424    
    In response to kaleidoscope

I would start by sending a simple photo album with some photos in it. Nothing fancy. See what the reaction to that is, and then you could maybe send a framed photo for (perhaps) Father's Day. It sounds like your husband is trying to keep the lines of communication open, or re-open them. A very good thing.

Good luck.

 
scrapanda 
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01-25-13 12:49 PM - Post#4042426    
    In response to kaleidoscope

I like the album stand but Tam is right, hard to know what his dad has room for or if he would put it out. Hate for you to go through all the work and then they just stuff it in a drawer. I would probably do a small scrapbook myself (8x8 maybe) and then a framed photo.

 
RedSquirrel 
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01-25-13 01:07 PM - Post#4042432    
    In response to GwynnAsbury

I like your second option. If the relationship is complicated, his dad might not want everything on display. Also you don't know what his place is like, or how much display space he has so making something that can be either is an excellent idea.

 
boysmom 
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01-25-13 04:00 PM - Post#4042500    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I would buy a black frame and put a photo in it. Either an 8x10 of the 2 of you together or one of those collage frames that you can put 4 or 5 smaller photos in. Nothing artsy in case the new wife doesn't like it. Nobody can object to a black frame.

 
Kiwifarmer 
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01-25-13 07:11 PM - Post#4042588    
    In response to boysmom

Hard......

I would not keep an album stand myself....I don't have space. I would hang a photo though, if it was my son.....

What about an altered canvas. I have one on my blog if you can be bothered looking it's one I did of DS and girlfriend at their school ball ( prom) this he could hang in the bedroom, or wherever quite easily. Maybe?

Otherwise a simple framed photo, and maybe a wee 6x4 album of snaps.

http://mooloosdownsouth.blogspot.co.nz/2011/09/it-...

Edited by Kiwifarmer on 01-25-13 07:12 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
soccamom94 
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01-29-13 03:46 PM - Post#4043514    
    In response to GwynnAsbury

Given the fact that Dad hasn't made any attempt to see son or meet sons wife of 5 years I don't think I would go all sentimental on this. I would simply print off a few 4 x 6's and put them into one of those little brag book albums and ship it. Later on, IF Dad makes more effort and seems to show genuine interest in reconnecting, THEN I might spend the extra time and money and go the next step with a framed photo or maybe a small scrapbook.
JUST MY OPINION.

 
scrapnut121412 
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01-30-13 07:36 PM - Post#4043808    
    In response to soccamom94

I like the idea of a few 4X6 photos into a brag book. if he likes that perhaps next step could be a 12x12 shadow box with a scrapbook page made into it :-)

 
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