Scrapbooking Family History

Heritage Scrapbooking: Family Tree Pages

For the past few weeks, I’ve shared information about selecting a color for a scrapbook page and creating a cover page. Today, I’m going to talk about an essential layout that you must include in your heritage scrapbooks.

Family Tree Pages should be one of the first pages included in any heritage scrapbook. Why? Because nearly everyone turns this kind of layout first when they initially flip through a family history scrapbook. My mother did it. My aunts did it. Other friends and strangers have done it when they looked at my completed projects.

This is the photo family tree layout that I created for my maternal line. There are several to point out.

  1. You are not limited to name and date trees.
  2. You can include photos, especially in a scrapbook
  3. You might want to limit genealogical information on the layout to reduce visual chaos.

If you don’t have photos for everyone, you can still include what you have. Who knows, in the future you just might come across a photo to add to complete the tree. You can print a copy of the photo for inclusion in a traditional album or drop in the photo for reprint for a digital album.If you print scrapbook layouts as single sheets and insert them in an album, you’re set. Reprint that page and update your album.

If you want to personalize the tree further, you could include the child on the trunk of the tree. If the couple, that branaches into the separate lines on the tree, has more than one child, then you can swap out the child’s photo at the base for each person’s album. That way, you’re only making one basic layout and then changing it for different projects!

Have fun and be creative. If you struggle in the creativity department, some wonderful designers have created templates to simply your tasks. Check out this great tool.

Heritage Album Family tree template

If you are creating a digital scrapbook, you can find a brush that will stamp a template on your page in Photoshop Elements. Follow the link for the included picture if you would like to follow that route.

I make my own tree using boxes and lines in Photoshop Elements. It was a little time consuming, but worth the effort.

Other family tree designs include (with a link to more details about these pages):

Family Tree Fan Chart Scrapbook Layout
Fan Chart Scrapbook Layout
Traditional Family Tree Scrapbook Layout
Traditional Pedigree Chart Layout
Family Tree Scrapbook Layout
Variation on the first tree in this post.

If you liked this post, you’ll like my book called Creating a Family History Scrapbook Digitally in 12 Simple Steps¬†available through Amazon.

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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