If you like scrapbooking and also like researching and documenting your family history, why not marry the two (pun intended)?
I have found that there are many digital scrapbooking templates out there as well as books showing traditional scrapbook layouts.
I want to tell a story, as many of the folks that will be viewing these scrapbooks will be ‘thumbing through’ the scrapbook and not want a lot of ‘heavy’ data and details.
I hope that the following pages give you some ideas for your scrapbook. For each scrapbook/family, I used a similar color theme throughout.
I’ve documented places:
I’ve documented events:
I’ve documented people, too, of course:
I hope this has given you some ideas for your scrapbook pages. I am still experimenting. I also have the traditional family tree layouts, pedigree charts, etc. I wanted to show you the pages that were a little bit more personal. Each person has a page like the one to the left, event pages, and any other stories/pages of significance.
I have chosen to do these digitally so that they can easily be shared with family. They can also be printed via an online printing service, usually for $1-$2 per page.
Happy Scrapbooking! If you would like to see other layout formats, please comment and let me know – I will include them in a future post – I have almost 200 pages so far!
A great way to show your family history. I look forward to your future post showing more layouts.
Thank you! I will put together a view of an album and include it in a future post.
This is great. I’m going to try to print this; I hope your comment prints, too.
If it doesn’t send me a message via my contact link and I’ll e-mail it to you. Also, feel free to send me a note with any questions or comments!
This is really a fabulous idea. I would love to do it, but if I do this I would have to let the blog slide as I wouldn’t have time to do both. How did you go about organizing what order you would create your scrapbook pages?
I started with basically a descendant tree from each of my 4 sets of great grandparents. Each has an album with their descendants.
The first page is the Descendant Tree.
The second page is a Wedding Page for the great grandparents.
I then had individual pages for both. Since I do not have a lot of info on either of them prior to their marriage, I included what I knew of each of them on a single page, along with a remembrance from my aunt and father about them.
Subsequent pages are the children. I started with the oldest first. Since these are my grandmother’s siblings, I knew most of them.
I gave them a page for baptism (I had the certificates), a page for marriage, and then an overall summary page that had any remembrance/stories on it.
The family also had a grocery store, so I have pages on that, including an ad that I found in the newspaper.
One great uncle played the concertina at weddings and I have a picture of him with it. I also added a page regarding that.
Just one way to put it all together.