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Creating a family tradition with newsprint

How Pierre-Antoine Arlot created a family tradition with newsprint. Printed by Newspaper Club.

Father's Day is coming up – it's a time to celebrate family traditions, but can also be an opportunity to make a new one. Like, ahem, printing a newspaper. It could be an unexpected gift for Dad or a fun excuse to dust off old albums, and dig up embarrassing photos, together.

We asked longtime Newspaper Club customer Pierre-Antoine Arlot to tell us how he used newsprint to create an annual family journal – he's been printing it with us 4 years running! The story in his words below.

How Pierre-Antoine Arlot created a family tradition with newsprint. Printed by Newspaper Club.

Famille Arlot digital tabloid newspaper by Pierre-Antoine Arlot
Finding the right format

A few years ago, I collected our best family pictures taken with my trusted Fuji x100 over the course of the year. The idea was simple: to capture the ephemeral beauty of family reunions. I didn't want to lose track of all of those special moments, buried in the depths of my computer.

Printing the photos seemed obvious. But I wanted a format where I could tell stories, attach notes with addresses discovered during family trips and even write recipes.

How Pierre-Antoine Arlot created a family tradition with newsprint. Printed by Newspaper Club.

Famille Arlot digital tabloid newspaper by Pierre-Antoine Arlot
Putting it together with ARTHR

With help from Newspaper Club's free layout tool, ARTHR, I was able to curate, write and design a digital tabloid newspaper in 5 days. That was the very first Arlot family journal – a gift for family at our Christmas reunion.

The newspaper was a resounding success. Everyone was delighted to go back in time and re-discover our best shared moments over the years.

How Pierre-Antoine Arlot created a family tradition with newsprint. Printed by Newspaper Club.

Famille Arlot digital tabloid newspaper by Pierre-Antoine Arlo

Four years later, we’re creating a new edition of the Arlot family journal every year. Stories and designs are getting better each time – we even put together a special “Noël” newspaper when we hosted our wider family Christmas party.

Making a newspaper is now an Arlot family tradition. One that Marie-May, our 2-year-old daughter, will certainly appreciate.

Author Pierre-Antoine Arlot with his daughter Marie-May

Pierre-Antoine Arlot with his daughter, Marie-May.

Start your own family tradition by making a newspaper for Father's Day. It's easy to try out  –  print runs start at just 1 copy.

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