Heritage Scrapbooking: Traditional Family Tree

What is a heritage scrapbook without a family tree? I don’t know. I love having a family tree to showcase who will be discussed in a heritage project and how they relate to one another.

Traditional Family Tree Layout
Credits: paper – yellow dot ribbon, swirl, corners, flowers – Hello, Aunty;
green polka dot ribbon- Sweet Sprinkles; tan paper – Ozark Mountain High Road

I’ve shared before that family tree pages should be one of the first pages you include in your project. Those who have followed my heritage scrapbooking posts may be wondering why this tree looks so familiar. That’s because it’s the right half of the photo family tree layout that I included in my mother’s focal person album.

This is a fine example of why digital scrapbook is hands down better than traditional scrapbooking when the subject is family heritage. All I had to do was to make a copy of my mother’s family tree. I shifted things around a bit and added some information. Then I have a new tree, without all the extra work of preparing photos.

The scrapbooks featuring my mother, father, and grandfather were all designed in a square format. I initially designed Mom’s album as a 12 x 12. After it was printed, it was just too large. I had it reprinted as an 8×8, but the font sizes were too small. I redesigned the 8×8 for mom’s album and started designing an 8×8 for the mens’ albums. After three tries, I finally realized, the 8×8 album is just too small for my tastes. I really want to photos and text to be much larger. The solution is designing in 8.5 x 11.

To accommodate the change from a square to a rectangle layout design, I expanded the canvas size to 8.5 x 11 using PhotoShop Elements. I left the expanded canvas size a solid green from my color palette. For the journaling, it says:

Louise tribute album created by grand daughter Devon Lee in September 2013. Some text taken from the eulogy written and delivered by Greg Pulliam in January 2012.

Not every scrapbook needs to identify the creator. However, I had the available space so I decided to let future readers know the who and when of the book’s creation.

In preparing the posts for this series, I realized that I used on designer heavily. Correen Silke provided a number of kits at ComputerScrapbook.com. I could mix and match some of the papers and elements from several kits to get the look I wanted.

Interestingly, I used the paper for the family tree section from an unlikely kit. The Ozark Mountain High Road Kit does not look like a heritage kit at all. I tag my digital scrapbook supplies. Thus, when I wanted a tan paper with very little design, this paper was found and I thought it was perfect.

I had a little fun with adding more embellishments than normal for me. I used decorative corners to anchor the tree to the green page. I love the swirly flourish and enjoyed adding flowers around it. The ribbons gave the page more structure and weight. In short, I had fun. The elements do a great job of being supporting actors on the stage for my main characters… the folks on my family tree.

We’re off to a great start. Next week, a two-page baby layout.

To learn what additional pages you should include in a family history scrapbook, purchase the eBook Create a Family History Scrapbook Digitally in 12 Simple Steps at Amazon.com.

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