Scrapbooking Family History

Same Content Different Scrapbook Layouts

If you’ll remember, I shared photos from my Grandpa Lew Brown’s heritage scrapbook. Lew served in the Army in India during World War II. His wife Louise had their first child before he shipped off. Here are the pages from that scrapbook.


World War II Scrapbook Layout
Right Page of Two-page Scrapbook Layout
Digital scrapbooking is AWESOME because with a few changes to the previous design, I can change the perspective of the layout. I can switch out the journaling so it features Louise’s viewpoint. And viola! New page design, very little effort. 


Credits: background – A Narrative (Scrap Girls); tab, ribbon – Hello, Auntyflowers –  Spa Holiday; VFW pin – Devon Lee; button – Mother May I


Now, some people would have simply changed the color scheme to reflect the second family history scrapbook. I wanted to regroup things. I wanted to cluster photos of Lew going off to war, and then things that dealt with motherhood and love on the opposite page. The need to emphasize the different priorities was important to portray Louise’s character in her book.

Photograph of VFW Pin
Original Photograph of VFW Pin, before cropped out using PhotoShop Elements

Do you notice that VFW pin? That is not some random element in a scrapbook designer’s collection. That was a piece of my grandmother’s memorabilia collection. Now do you see why photographing memorabilia is so important? You can use these items in your family history projects.

This photograph can take the place of a picture on a scrapbook layout. 


For the “With Love Louise” bracelet, it didn’t need to be cropped out of the white background. The white ‘stage’ gave the image balance with the other photos on the page. With the VFW pin, the background was distracting. I cropped the image out of the background and now it is an all important accent.

A little bit of journaling, to compliment Louise’s handwritten note from the back of the photo of her in boots, and this page is done.

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.


  • Devon Lee

    Karen… you picked up on the idea of the post…. when you create one layout, many more variations can be made. Thanks for the compliment. I always thought my Grannie was stunning. It's nice to be compared to her. Happy Independence Day to you too!

  • Karen Howes

    I love both of these layouts– either can be use, depending on the theme you want to create. Nicely done! You look a lot like your grandma Louise, I think. 🙂 Happy Independence Day to the Lees!

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