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

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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