Here's a WOW statement: mother and daughter links through six generations. This version was custom-cut on beautiful linen (archival-quality, of course) mat board. The inner core is a dark brown color which complements the sepia tones in the photographs. What makes the project extra special is the personal sentiment included for each individual. You can study the pictures, looking for similar features, and then read about what set them apart!
Of course, we had to make our own version. I created this project featuring my husband's heritage. It now proudly hangs in our living room. Every once in a while, we'll see a kid slip in to compare family faces. Someday we'll make a copy for each of the boys!
Copies of family photographs. Most photo shops can help you resize your pictures. They can also help you alter the colors for a uniform look (our samples are sepia-toned). You can do this yourself if you're familiar with Photoshop or other photo-editing software. Your final layout will determine each photo's size, but the standard 3x5, 4x6 or 5x7 (depending on the number of generations featured) will work.
Brief synopsis of featured person. Use any word processing software to write up a brief history. Include the full name; sometimes it offers clues to these family links. We also documented the relationship: Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, etc. and the birth year / death year of each person. Write a descriptive paragraph about each person. This might include talents, accomplishments, favorite sayings or something else that provides a glimpse in their life. Format the statement to fit a box the same width as the photographs.
Mat and Frame. Unless you are REALLY good at cutting mats, we'd recommend having the board professionally cut. It'll cost more, but this is a heirloom piece that will be enjoyed for generations so feel good about the splurge!