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I mentioned we had some news that we shared with our friends in our new years card (and a special thank you to our patient friends and family who actually sat down and de-coded the card!). We wanted to share our big news with my parents and our children Bee and C on Christmas morning, so we decided to tell everyone all at once.

I offered to help my parents with their Christmas card this year and decided to do a Family Tree showing how our family is growing (there were 3 new babies in 2009). My parents have six children (I'm the fourth) and between my siblings and I there are 14 grandchildren. While I had everyone together this summer for our annual family reunion, I asked each person to stand against a wall so I could take their photo (mug shot style, with a sideways profile..).  Later I traced the photos in Illustrator to make silhouettes of each person in our family. The result was a family tree chart that we printed on 10x14 sheets of paper and folded in fours and mailed out as Christmas cards.

For a gift to my parents I printed a large poster size version, framed it in a simple black frame, and wrapped it up for them to open Christmas morning. My mom unwrapped the gift with Bee and C sitting next to her. Immediately Bee and C wanted to know where they were in the chart, so my mom pointed to their silhouettes. And that's when she realized that this chart had a new addition (fourth row).

A new little baby for our family. It was perfect. My mom screamed, and the children literally jumped for joy (they've been asking for a baby for over a year now). It might be the happiest Christmas morning ever.

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Reader Comments (114)

Congratulations, Brooke!

I love the silhouette family tree!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered Commentersally

Oh Congratulations! This is so clever. And though the image was small, I think we're due around the same time. Here's hoping for some fab pregnancy and newborn posts!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCalee

congratulations! and what a great way to share the news with family!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterB

beautifull! felicidades!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered Commenters

Congratulations Brooke! That is exciting news! And what a fun way to tell the family.

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

congratulations!!!!! what a great christmas gift!! :)

03.4.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdem

I love this idea! Congratulations!!!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered Commenterlogan

Congratulations, Brooke! Love the poster and would love to see an Illustrator silhouette tutorial in the future :)

Happiest indeed. Honestly, I couldn't stop grinning for hours.

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterApes

This is the best idea to comunicate those beautiful news I've ever seen. And of course a fantastic Christmas card. Congratulations!!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I love how every girl is a ponytail person! I've been trying to think of a cute way to make a family tree with little oval photos, but now photos have been around long enough to go back seven generations--so that's a lot of clutter. And a lot of scrapbooking inspiration is too tacky for my taste. I saw one cute family tree with tiny clam shells tied on ribbons to a sea fan framed in a shadow box, and the shells had names written on them, but I don't think photos would work on that. Let me know if you have any ideas!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

So sweet! And such a nice way for everyone to remember the moment. Congratulations! xo

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Adorable!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterjustJENN

congratulations! how very clever...

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterShayna

What fun! Congratulations!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

I love everything about this! What a great Christmas card and what a wonderful way to make an announcement. Hurray!!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterGiggles

Beautiful:) Congratulations. That is such wonderful news:)

03.4.2010 | Unregistered Commentermamaloves

what a brilliant way to share the happy news! congratulations to you and your family!!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered Commenteralissa

So much fun! The poster looks amazing and I'm so excited for your happy news. Yay!!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Mom

Congratulations! What a great way to break the news!

03.4.2010 | Unregistered Commentersandra s

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