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The Encyclopedia of Cousins

Help your kids keep their cousins near and dear between family gatherings with this handy reference guide.

What you’ll need

  • Questionnaire responses (you can download our list of questions)
  • Digital photo of each cousin

How to make it

  • To give your book's pages a uniform look, you should start with one text and one photo template. Download ours or create your own using Microsoft Word. To make the text template yourself, type your questions in a large, bold font, double-spacing to leave room for longer responses. Save as “Text Template.” To make the photo template, select the Drawing function on the program's toolbar. Choose the Text Box option to create a large box in the center of the page for photos, and a smaller box below for captions. Save as “Photo Template.”

  • To create the first entry, open the text template and type in a cousin's responses. Save this document as a separate file (such as “Sarah's Text”).

  • Open the photo template, then drag the corresponding photograph to the large box. (It will format itself to size.) Type a name or short caption in the small box, then save the document as a separate file (such as “Sarah's Photo”). Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each cousin.

  • Use the same drawing and text-box functions to create a template for your cover, then type in a title and drag and drop photos into the box or boxes.

  • Save your work on a USB flash drive or burn it to a CD, then take it to a copy shop to have it printed and bound. (Ann's cost approximately $7 per book.)