Scrapbooking Family History

Heritage Scrapbooking: Including Life Events

For the past few months, I have shared photos from my personal history scrapbook with a variety of photos from the 1970s. The photos detail me as a baby, a toddler, and continuing to grow up. Then, you’ll come across this page. It’s about the death of my Papa. Why would anyone include such a page in a baby scrapbook?

Scrapbooking a funeralScrapbooking a funeral
Papa Dies: Paper, flowers, ferns from Love at Home kit by Word Art World; ribbon
from Kristie kit from Shabby Princess

My Papa died shortly after we moved to Texas. He’ll no longer appear in my scrapbook and I want to remember why.  I don’t want to see photos of just Grannie and think Papa ran off or divorced her. He had died and now Grannie was a widow. It’s important to include ‘life events’ in a personal scrapbook even if it happens to ‘someone else’. Not everything in your life is about you. (I know, seems contradictory.) However, these extra details help put our stories into perspective and should be included.

Since this project is a childhood album, I didn’t include my grandfather’s gravestone, as I did in his heritage scrapbook. Instead, I include photos of my mother, her sisters, and extended family members after the funeral. Mom had traveled back home for this unexpected death, leaving Dad, my brother, and me in Texas. I included Papa’s funeral program and a photo of near the time of his death.

I really love the clean, simple design of this layout. There is no need to be fussy. I also love the fact  the color Brown not only compliments the sober nature of a funeral, but was Lew’s last name. I know few would notice that, but I could have chosen a soft green for the layout. Instead, I thought Brown was more fitting.

Have fun telling your story in a scrapbook and including the ‘extra’ details to enrich that tale.

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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