Scrapbooking Family History

Heritage Scrapbooking: Use Journaling From the Past

When making a heritage scrapbook, an easy hack to add writing is to use journal pages from the past.

Scrapbook pages without journaling are pretty photo album pages. However, journaling is regularly very difficult for most people, let alone folks who create scrapbooks. If you are working on a heritage scrapbook, try this trick. Use the journaling of someone else, especially of someone else at the time of the event.

gold and black scrapbook page featuring 1970s photos left-side
The left side of a two-page layout
gold and black scrapbook page featuring 1970s photos
The right side of a two-page layout
Credits: Change is Good kit by Amber Shaw

My baby album was so helpful when I crafted my early year’s scrapbook. My mother is deceased and I have no memories of my earliest years. My journaling would be extremely limited. However, Mom kept a fairly detailed baby book.

I scanned the stories she recorded in the book. Who better to tell the story of my first birthday, than mom?

An added benefit to this trick, you preserve the handwriting of your loved one. I may have teased my mother about her handwriting when I was younger saying it was hard to ready because it was so fancy. However, I do recognize her script whenever I look at a variety of documents.

So, share the journaling job by using some historical pieces in your projects.

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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