For each family I went to Wordle.net and entered their names and words that I thought represented them and some good descriptive words of attributes that they can work on.
I printed it out on brown packaging paper which I scrunched up and then ironed flat so it would go through my printer and it also gave it a nice antiqued look.
I then Mod-Podged the Wordle onto a piece of sheet metal and glued it to the board.
I've had these vinyl "Family" words for a long time so I stuck them beside the name plate.
I made magnets out of bottle caps with pictures of the kids.
Our Josh doesn't have his own family but he has wonderful memories of his "digs" in Peru. I cut up the vinyl letters I had and created the word "Peru" from them. I printed pictures of him and some of the skulls he unearthed and a few other photos to put on his metal plate. His magnets have skulls on them.
I printed out family calendars with all our birthdays and special occasions and hung them below the plates.
Then I printed out some "Coupons" good for things like sleep-overs or babysitting or treats and stuck them to their plates with the magnets.
I thought they turned out pretty good and they seemed to really like them