Scrapbooking Family History

Autumn Tradition Heritage Scrapbook Pages

Howdy Y’all. It’s Devon, A Family History Fanatic, live from the Great State of Texas!

I’m trying to remember my “Texan” roots because I completely forgot “Go Texan Day” (which marks the beginning of the Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo), Texas Independence Day, and more. Yikes! I’ve been out of Texas too long folks. However, I’m on the lookout for bluebonnets so I can do the crazy thing of taking the family out to a random flower patch just to take photos in the middle of these flowers. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Bluebonnets in March are certainly something I miss dearly when we lived out of state.

Anyway, that’s not what you came here for, especially since Bluebonnets and Rodeo are a spring thing, not Autumn.

Scrapbooking Badly Cut Photos
Autumn Traditions: Change Is Good kit by Amber Shaw

This layout emphasizes the importance of making the best out of a bad situation. From previous layouts, you know that about 10 years ago, I chopped up my photos to be ‘artist’ with my scrapbook (to be polite). The whack job I did on my photos is irreparable. At the time, I did not know about scanning photos before using them in paper scrapbooks. What is done, is done. The question is, what to do about it now?

This layout was a free-form 9-photo layout with a spot for journaling, a title, and another piece of mom’s story telling. It combines Halloween, Thanksgiving, and romping in the leaves. Again, I had a lot of trouble correcting the colors of these 1970s photos, so I let them emphasize the photo paper quality of the era. With the soft pattern paper and a few pieces of Washi-Tape, the look is complete.

This arrangement deemphasizes the chopped photos. A perfectionist might attempt to further downplay the less than perfect shapes; however, collages were a big thing throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The cluster positioning seems to compliment that trends as well.

The more I look at this simple design, the happier I am with it. What do you think?

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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.


  • Wendy

    A catch-all title like Autumn Traditions is the perfect solution for when you have just a few photos of any one event, especially if you don't have enough for a full page. I also like the paper selection — it gives some pattern, some texture, without dominating the page. It has the feel of argyle, perfect for a fall sweater — BONUS!

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