Vintage Teenager Scrapbook Layout

Ah, the teenage years! The time before adulthood but after childhood. Many people talk about the 1930s as a difficult, oppressive time for our country. My Grannie either didn’t seem to notice or didn’t tell many stories in the negative light. For one thing, my grandmother started the 1930s as a ten-year-old and ended it as a 20-year-old. (Being that she was born in May 1920, counting her age is always easy.)

About the Content 

To showcase this time period of her life, I featured stories Grannie shared in a personal interview. The journaling includes so many of my favorite stories. The story of her sister running “Margeruite’s Mafia’. The story of her personality saying, “I like everybody” when asked who she liked best. The story of the Gas House girls: Betty Ford, Betty Maxim, Ethyl Snyder, Lavonne, Deloris Paver, Jennie Jane Lemon, and Patty Gal.

The most relatable story is about her boyish figure and short hair. Grannie didn’t feel extremely beautiful and was often mistaken for a boy. However, she was such a tom-boy that this didn’t matter, until the dating years.

Stories make our family members real. I hope you will use them in your next heritage scrapbook project.

Credits: peach paper Enjoy the Ride; green paper Wagon Train; flourish – The Emily Files; frame & altered diamond paper – Hello, Aunty; brad, green & cream flower – Spa Holiday; pink flower Mother May I; fastener – Sweet Sprinkles

About the Layout Process

Give plenty of room for the stories. Then, you can go a little crazy on the embellishments. With this blocky grid structure, I had plenty of areas that easily accepted more embellishments.

This two-page layout is about a teenager in the 1930s. For some, the 1930s was a difficult time period. For others, life just went on. For my grandmother, it was about her sister, her friends, and her parents. It was a happy time in her life. With the previously chosen color scheme, I can showcase that happy time.

Make sure your color scheme matches the perspective of your featured individual rather than a perceived perspective from a history book or other source. This happy time period in my grandmother’s life would look out of sorts on a color scheme that was dark and gloomy. That wasn’t her view.

When you tell the story of a historically difficult time period, be careful that you take in the perspective of our particular ancestor.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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