Seeing my children opening a scrapbook about their ancestors is a true blessing. As I grew up, my ancestors were people in fading black and white photos on the main wall of our home. Their facts were on pedigree charts or family trees. They were about as real to me as Calvin Coolidge. They were important to my family but there were few exciting ways to read about or understand the individuals. Great Grandma Long could not compete with Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty.
- Use copies of your photos and documents in a traditional (paper) album. Scan or photograph items for digital scrapbooks.
- Have a focus for your album: The Life of Grandma Irene or People Named Dague
- Keep your project small in scope. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
- Include mini family trees on a page so people can see relationships
- Include a timeline layout
- Less is More. Keep your focus on the photos and the stories rather than the cool embellishments
- Include documentation in your layouts (such as wedding certificates and birth announcements)
- Keep one color scheme throughout your album so the pages feed into each other
- Keep stories and facts brief. Use books and blogs to share more in-depth stories.