Heritage Scrapbooking: Using Paper Memorabilia

I’ve shared a number of different types of scrapbook pages you might want to include in your family history album. If you’ve missed any post, check out the heritage scrapbooking posts that you’ve missed by clicking here.

As you might have seen in my Treasure Chest Thursday and Photo Friday posts, I have preserved a lot of artifacts digitally. Now that they are digitized, I can use them in my scrapbook layouts. One such layout belongs to my mother’s grandmother Emma Virginia Townsend Brown.

Include memorabilia in heritage albums
Using artifacts in family history scrapbooks.

I do not have a lot of things or photos belonging to Emma even though her daughter-in-law Louise (my grandmother) lived with her until Emma passed. For Emma’s scrapbook page, I wanted to include the two photos that I do have. I also had a bit of biographical information, so her text spot is larger than some of my other pages in mom’s heritage album. You can see I continue with the green, tan, and gold color scheme throughout mom’s pages.

But that’s not why I’m showing of this page. I LOVE the “Emma V Brown” paper that I have in my document collection. I believe this was obtained in Emma’s family bible among some other small random pieces of paper. When the family documents passed to me, I’ve kept this faded newsprint paper. I would love to know why Emma had this made… it’s printed and on newsprint paper. Why would she have this done?

Regardless, I have loved this crazy piece of paper with Great Grandma Emma’s name on it. And, my love for this ‘trivial’ piece of paper that has been in my possession since 1994, and my mother’s since 1977, prompted me to include it on Emma’s heritage page. I don’t think I really needed the extra title on brown texture paper. However, I used both ‘titles’ and to me, they don’t conflict.

So… if you have similar pieces of paper in your genealogical stash… consider using them on your family history scrapbook pages. Be sure to digitize the artifact so that you don’t have to use the original.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

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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