Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share another heritage scrapbook. This series features my dearest Grannie. I knew this grandmother. I loved this grandmother. She always made me feel loved and valued, even though she lived 1,200 miles away from me. I love and miss her laugh and corny jokes too.
|Grannie and Papa as newlyweds|
Grannie died in January 2012 and my mother, her second daughter, died that December (read her eulogy). They were bookends to 2012. I had created my mother’s scrapbook prior to her death. I had not completed my Grannie’s. After visiting my aunt who still lives in Ohio, I finally had enough stuff to create a scrapbook about Louise Long Brown.
Bare in mind, I can not share all of the completed scrapbook pages from this project because I have information about my living relatives in it. Perhaps someday I will do a scrapbook page for an ancestor where I can share all the layouts.
CHALLENGE TO USE MORE EMBELLISHMENTS
Since this is a female centered family tree scrapbook, I wanted to use more embellishments than I used on Grandpa Lew’s scrapbook. I always want to keep the focus on the historic photos and the stories. Yet, I wanted to add more flair to the pages.
This was a challenge as I usually add one or two embellishments and call it good. I enjoyed adding more embellishments. I have now applied this to my personal scrapbooks. I hope you will enjoy these layouts that include more embellishments but still maintain my simple scrapbooking style.
COLOR SCHEME CHALLENGE
My other goal was to use a ‘non-traditional’ color palette. Browns, tans, and creams are great colors for heritage scrapbooks. I wanted to see what I could do with a soft colored palette. In this color scheme, I have enough color choices to compliment the sepia, black & white, 1970, and more modern photographs that would be included in the project.
This is the color scheme I picked for my grandmother. When I hear stories about my grandmother, I know she was down to earth but also had a soft side. I wanted enough colors to play with when I started creating my scrapbook layouts given these personality traits.
SCRAPBOOK PRODUCTS USED
Unlike my grandfather’s album, I did not use just one kit as the foundation for my album. Instead, I used the above color scheme to guide me through the paper and embellishment selection process. The five colors in this palette was inspiring and fun.
I do not have to force any photos or artifacts to fit with a pre-selected kit. By scrapbooking with a color scheme as my base, I was free to stretch my creativity. It also helps that I have a large collection of digital scrapbook supplies to choose from.
As I share each layout, I’ll do my best to share the product list. I want to give credit to the talented digital scrapbook designers. If I fail to mention a designer, by accident or forgetfulness, I hope that someone will gently let me know.
I hope you’ll be inspired to begin scrapbooking your heritage with the upcoming posts. There will be a family tree scrapbook layout. There will be many page themes that I discuss in my eBook Create a Family History Scrapbook Digitally in 12 Simple Steps. I will also share with you some tips that I’ve learned and some reasons why digital scrapbooking your family history is, dare I say, AWESOME!
Be sure to share your completed scrapbook layouts with me and my blog fans by leaving a link to your blog posts or gallery pages in the comments section below. There is a growing interest in my website as it applies to this topic and we can grow all learn from each other.
|Grannie’s Scrapbook Page from My Mother’s Album|
Just in case you need more inspiration for why you should create a family tree scrapbook, review my post Why create a family history scrapbook?