Crafts: Preserve family history in a heritage scrapbook

Preserving family history in a beautifully¬ designed album takes time and patience, but simple steps add up to a treasure well worth the effort.

| May 2009

  • Title Page
    CREATING A TITLE PAGE: I placed a torn strip of striped paper on the left side of a 12x12 piece of green cardstock, then added two strips of ribbon at the top of the page. I centered a clock die cut on the ribbons, and used die cut letters in the middle of the page for a title. Flowers with brad centers, placed overlapping in the bottom corners, complete the page.
  • Second Page
    CREATIVE LAYERING: On the next page, I put paper borders at the top and right of the background paper, then placed photos at the top with photo anchors, and added a label punch. I used gems for the centers of the flower rub-on, and added lace, topped with stitched ribbon. I typed the journaling on white paper, and made the titles from rub-on letters.
  • First Page
    ADDING INTEREST: For the first page, I matted a 5x7 photo and put it on a larger mat, leaving room for two rub-on titles. I used eyelets on the photo for interest, and put a die cut key on a tag with a ribbon bow. At the bottom, I topped another mat with vellum, on which I typed my journaling, and I used rub-on stitching around the edges.

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Here are some tips to help you create a heritage scrapbook to share with your family. Be warned, though. Once your relatives see it, they’ll want one of their own – and more than likely, they’ll ask you to make it.


Choose an album

How big do you want your scrapbook to be? I like the 12x12-inch scrapbook albums for heritage books, because the larger pages allow you to use more photos and embellishments than the 8x8-inch pages. However, the choice is yours.

Next, decide whether you want to add more page protectors to the album or just use the ones that come with it. Most 12x12 albums include 20 page protectors, which means the album will hold 40 pages. It’s important to determine this before starting, so you’ll know how many photos you’ll need for the book.

Once you know how many pages you’ll be making, figure out how many photos you’ll need. To do this, I usually average two photos per page, even though some pages will have only one photo, while others may have three or four. (My album has 20 page protectors, which holds 40 pages, so 40 pages times two photos per page means I’ll need 80 photos. To that number, I add five, just so I’ll be sure to have enough. That means I’ll need to find 85 photos.)




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