Heritage Scrapbooking: Multiple Kits and Online Research

People seem to take lots of photos at birthday parties. My mother was no different. I am blessed to have photos from my childhood when my mom photographed me, the cakes, the presents, and the people at the gatherings.

1970s Two-Page Birthday Layout idea
Two: Left Side of Two-Page Birthday Layout

For this layout, I couldn’t find one kit that had all the pieces I wanted to craft this page. I decided to follow another piece of advice from talented scrapbookers… use pieces from different kits. Here are the items I used and the kits they are from. Some of these kits have been in my digi files for years. I love using and re-using my tried and true favorites.

  1. Black flower – Bits O’Scrap’s Thankful
  2. Yellow flower –  Just Saskia Scraps’s The Birds & The Bees
  3. Black title tag – No Reimer Reason’s Remember the Magic
  4. Black and white bow – Word Art World’s Haunting
  5. Gold button – Just For Fun by Amy J’s An Old Fashioned Christmas
  6. Black and gold ribbon – Kimberly Lund’s What Will You Celebrate
  7. Gold stitching – Kimberly Lund’s Wonder Boy
  8. Black glitter swirl – Amber Shaw’s Change is Good

Sadly, I can’t identify the paper because the designer called their paper “Paper 4” and I do not file my scrapbook supplies by kit or designer. If a designer doesn’t name their file something like klund_wonderboy_stitching, then I’m not going to be able to find the preview file for the kit and then know the name of the designer. Hopefully, future designers (or budding designers) will keep this in mind.

I had to reduce the intensity of some of the original pieces, but for the most part, they all worked together. The arrangement of the photos and the embellishments was another free-form layout. I generally scrapbook with templates, but with this many pictures, I loaded them onto the Photoshop Elements workspace and moved them around until they looked lovely. I would add embellishments to fill voids in the layout and tie things together. I had fun adding more decorations than I typically use.

1970s Two-Page Birthday Layout
Two: Right Page of Vintage Birthday Layout

The other thing I wanted to point out is how I used an online search to figure out what the name of one of my gifts was. Don’t for a minute think that I remember the name of the green turtle kitchen all these years later. Instead, I did a Google search for 1970s Turtle Kitchen playset. After a few minutes of research, I had the name of the kitchen. I added that to my journaling which reads:

“My second birthday was a small affair with my brother, parents, and the Browns. I had a store bought cake with a number two candle to blow out. I wore a jumper dress that was typical of 1970s attire. Shelley played with me a lot and David tried out my presents. For presents, I receive a Zoodleland Kitchen Oven that was shaped like a happy green turtle. I received a yellow shopping basket and more dolls. I was a strong walker and enjoyed playing with my toys as Papa and Grannie looked on.”

If you can’t find one kit that satisfies your layout needs, use items from multiple kits. If you can’t remember the name of something in your photographs, use a search engine. I don’t you’re the first one who wondered the same thing. Happy Scrapbooking.

This project is part Power Scrapbooking and part heritage scrapbooking. I have two books that may help you get started capturing and preserving your personal history. Check them out at my Amazon.com author’s page

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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