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Meredith on Apr 13, 20215 out of 5 stars
I am so overjoyed by the family tree I ordered. Virginia was so kind to communicate with me and answer any questions I had during the process, and the finished product is gorgeous. It brought tears to my eyes. It is so nice to have my whole family now watching over me in my new home. This is such a unique treasure, and I am forever grateful to Virginia for her fine work.
Sarah on Feb 15, 20215 out of 5 stars
Wow, such an impressive piece. Can't wait to get it framed and hung up.
Jessica on Oct 4, 20205 out of 5 stars
I ordered these for every mom in my family. They were such hits that my sisters in law ordered them for their sisters. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Dina on Aug 29, 20205 out of 5 stars
Virginia was amazing. She helped me build the perfect gift for my mother. A beautiful family tree :)
Dina on Aug 18, 20205 out of 5 stars
I am so happy with my Family Tree! Virginia was very personable and helpful in making exactly what my family needed. It is beautiful! I totally recommend and will purchase for friends :)
Kimmy on May 21, 20195 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love the finished piece — thank you so much for making the procurement process so much fun too. Being able to customize my family tree really makes this piece so special. After receiving the scroll, I had it framed to complement the antique appearance, plus added backlighting for a more dramatic allure. Now hung proudly in our home for all to admire. Looking forward to doing another branch of my family with you. Thank you again — you’re very talented.
concordlane on Jul 8, 20165 out of 5 stars
My siblings and I bought this as a gift for Mother's Day. It turned out so beautiful and Virginia was a pleasure to work with. It's going to be hard to top this gift next year! Would definitely recommend this shop to everyone.
Yadira on Aug 25, 20155 out of 5 stars
This was a perfect first year anniversary gift! My husband loved it and Virginia was great to work with! I will be purchasing another one for myself!
Growing a Family Tree Business
My parents are genealogy fanatics. Both retired, they love to travel the country doing research into our family history. They call it digging up dead relatives.
I have a small photography business (www.raffiaroses.com) and own all sorts of photo editing software, and one year for Christmas I decided to collect all of their research and photos into one document and present it to them as a gift. When It was done, I had created my first Photo Family Tree.
Members of my moms genealogy society were soon requesting similar designs, and soon I had a little side business.
Unlike photography, I don't have to have my subject in front of me. The trees are based on simple photographs and scans of vintage family photos. My client base for the trees doesn't have to be local, so I decided to try selling them on Etsy to reach a broader audience.
I've sold trees in Russia, Yugoslavia, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, India and Hong Kong.
My trees are almost always given at a special event, like a wedding or milestone anniversary or birthday. I love helping people create a special, once in a lifetime type of gift.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer And Digital Designer
I'm a photographer and digital designer living in the foot hills of the Colorado Rockies. I operate out of a studio above my horse barn. I'm the mother of two lovely little girls, and I love that my Etsy business allows me to stay home with them!
We hope our art will become a focal point of your home, and a treasured family heirloom.
Accepted payment methods
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
I don't accept cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
After I design your tree, there are no refunds for the design of the tree. If you decide not to print your tree, I will refund the print and shipping costs (but it will be so pretty, there is no way you'd want to do that!))
International shoppers. These are large packages. The shipping cost is very high. Generally it is more cost effective for my customers to print their own trees. If you are an International Buyer, please contact me before purchasing. I will create a custom listing for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
I can also design trees for genealogists that showcase their research and unique family history. Basically, any of my tree designs can be customized to any family tree needs you may have.
The pricing on my trees is based on design costs (based on the number of individuals on the tree or chart) PLUS the cost of printing the design. The print included in the listing is on Professional E Surface paper with linen texture. Other fine art papers are available on request as well as canvas prints.
FAMILY TREE DESIGN COSTS
For each individual with a photo and name and date plate add $10
For each individual with a name and date plate only add $5
For each Custom Silhouette add $25
You can have a tree with a combination of photos and labels. For example, if you have photos available for your children, yourself, your parents and grandparents, but only names and dates for great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents and so on, I can handle it! Just let me know what you want on your tree, and I'll create a custom listing for you based on the number of photos and labels you need.
STANDARD PRINT COSTS
One print on Professional E Surface paper with linen texture is added to the design cost of the tree
Trees with up to 7 people (8x10)___$30 Each
Trees with 8-11 people (11x14) ___$35 Each
Trees with 12-18 people (16x20)___$45 Each
Trees with 19-25 people (20x24)___$55 Each
Trees with 26-40 people (24x36)___$65 Each
Trees with 40-60 people (30x40)___$110 Each
Larger trees are available. Contact me for pricing!
For example, if you purchase a tree with 14 photos on it, you would add $10 for each photo for a total of $140 plus $45 for one 16x20 print. The total cost of your tree would be $185.
You can order additional prints of your tree design as you like for the standard print cost listed.
All printing is "giclee" style, done on Epson Stylus printers using Epson UltraChrome K3 archival inks.
PREMIUM PRINTING OPTIONS
I offer additional printing options on fine art papers and canvas. If you are interested in one of these options, please let me know and I'll create a custom listing to reflect the price difference.
Printing on Hahnemuele Photo Rag Paper
Hahnemule Photo Rag Paper is one of the highest quality fine art papers available. It is extremely heavy weight and meets the highest industry standards regarding density, color gamut, color graduation and image sharpness. It is 308 gsm weight, 19 mil thickness and 100% rag paper. It is also acid free, lightfast and extremely resistant to ageing (100+ years). Hahnemule papers ensure your custom tree design will be an heirloom for generations.
Trees with up to 5 people (8x10)___$35 Each
Trees with 8-11 people (11x14) ___$45 Each
Trees with 11-18 people (16x20)___$60 Each
Trees with 19-25 people (18x24)___$75 Each
Trees with 26-40 people (24x30)___$110 Each
Trees with 40-60 people (32x40)___$185 Each
Printing on Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte - Unstretched
Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte is a smooth, bright white, fine art matte finished canvas. It is 395gsm, 23mil Cotton-Poly Blend. It is Acid and Lignin free with a high tensile strength and a non-reflective surface. Unstretched Canvas are shipped rolled.
Trees with up to 5 people (8x10)___$50 Each
Trees with 8-11 people (11x14) ___$65 Each
Trees with 11-18 people (16x20)___$85 Each
Trees with 19-25 people (18x24)___$100 Each
Trees with 26-40 people (24x30)___$130 Each
Trees with 40-60 people (32x40)___$185 Each
Printing on Epson Exhibition Canvas Matte - Gallery Wrapped
Trees with up to 5 people (8x10)___$75 Each
Trees with 8-11 people (11x14) ___$90 Each
Trees with 11-18 people (16x20)___$120 Each
Trees with 19-25 people (18x24)___$140 Each
Trees with 26-40 people (24x30)___$185 Each
Trees with 40-60 people (32x40)___$250 Each
CUSTOM DESIGN WORK
If you don’t see exactly what you need among my listings, contact me. I'm happy to create custom listings so you can have just the tree you are looking for.
Because we are a custom shop, we can add any number of generations of ancestors. We can also add descendants and accommodate unusual trees with siblings and second spouses. Please see our other listings for prices and information on different sizes of trees.
If you would like a special background (i.e. a map of your family's country of origin, or a photo of the old homestead, or a symbol of a specific genealogy society or lineage group) please let me know. I'd be happy to give you a quote. Generally custom backgrounds including maps or text cost $50. Designs requiring more time may cost more.
I am more than happy to complete the framing of your tree for you! There are lots of different options for printing (Including archival papers or canvas) and more options for framing and matting than I can list. If you would like me to facilitate the framing of your completed tree, I’m happy to do this!
The custom framer I use has hundreds of frame samples, and I have several favorites that I feel compliment my tree designs well.
I do make every effort to design my trees to standard print sizes, so if you wish to frame your tree on your own, you can generally buy ready made frames for them.
I also offer gift certificates if you would like to give one of my trees as a wedding or shower gift or if you know someone that would enjoy working with me to design their own Family Tree. Any of my listings can be turned into a Gift Certificate. Purchase any tree, and I will create a custom file for you that has a sample of the tree you've purchased and a personal message for the recipient. I can email you the file so you can print it yourself (great if you need it as a last minute gift) or I can send you a 4x6 print of your gift card so you have something to give to the recipient of the Family Tree.
I'm happy to ship trees to other countries!!! These are fairly large items and international shipping is pricy. Generally, it will be more cost effective for the trees to be printed in your home country to save international shipping costs.
I design trees in the order I receive payment. If I have multiple orders, the trees are completed on a first paid, first served basis. I will always try to meet your deadlines, but please do not delay your purchase if you know a special date is looming. This is especially important at my busy times of year (Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas). Contact me if you have a special date that you want a tree for, and I'll be happy to let you know if I can accommodate it.
After I receive your payment and photos, I will complete your design. I will send several proofing images, including close-ups, so you can examine your tree closely before it is printed. After you approve your proof, I'll order your tree print!
You can provide pictures to me in any standard digital format by attaching the file to an Etsy Message or emailing them to virginia [!at] raffiaroses.com. Please reference the Etsy Item number and description in any messages. Also include the name of the person in the picture in the file name or email body.
Send the largest file size you have available. Only the subject's face will be showing in the tree. I will do all the photo cropping and convert the photo to sepia or black and white
If you are taking the pictures yourself, use good lighting and the highest quality setting your camera has.
If you are taking a picture with a cell phone camera, clean the little lens just before taking the picture. The lens on cell phone cameras is very small, and the image could be blurry if there is even the smallest about of dust or a finger print on the lens (the camera tries to focus on the dust). Doing this will make a big difference in the quality of your cell phone pictures.
If you are scanning vintage photos, set the scanner to the highest quality setting.
I can do minor retouching of photos. This can include removing backgrounds, removing creases and scratching, and complexion work. Depending on the amount of work required, this will add $5 to $10 to the cost of the design per image retouched.
If you are interested, please contact me.
GENEALOGY DATA REQUIREMENTS
You can provide the tree data (names, birth, death, marriage) in any form that is convenient. If you use a genealogy website to store your family research, you can simply give me access to the site, and I will work from that. I can also email you forms to fill in with your information. Or you can send me a gedcom file. I can also work from Word Documents or Excel files. If the organization of the names and dates makes sense to you, I can probably figure it out!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Are your trees flat or 3D?
My trees are flat photo-like images. The frames and labels are part of the digital design, not on top of the image. I print on heavy weight textured paper to give the image depth and richness.
2. Do I do genealogy research for my customers?
No, I would love to have the time to do this, but I know that finding some ancestors can take months or years. I work only from the genealogy data given to me by my customers.
3. What if I want to add to my tree later?
I save all on my tree designs. If you purchase a tree and later have a new child, grandchild, etc, or if you discover more ancestors that you want to add to your tree, that is fine! You pay only for the additional persons ($10 per picture and $5 per name plate) and the cost of re-printing and shipping.