October is Family History Month. We thought we’d kick off this month’s reveals with a reveal about preserving our family history on scrapbook pages. Of course we know that our scrapbooking is already preserving our current memories, but there are many generations of memories that you may not have already captured on your pages. The stories from your family’s past have contributed to the life you live today. This month is an excuse to dust off those old photographs and take another look at the stories behind them. If you are into genealogy you can showcase your research, if you aren’t you may still know of a family story or two that have been handed down over the ages. You can even start your own family tree for your immediate family. Take some time to capture the history behind your family; it’s something you won’t regret doing.
Family by AnikA
Here AnikA has created a fun family tree to showcase pictures of her family. Using Sherwood’s Eden by Ruth Davis and Our Family Tree by J2K AnikA embellishes her family tree by framing alternating pictures and adding name labels to the bottom of each. She even remarked upon the family members she didn’t have pictures for.
Grandpa’s Wallet by Lynn Weber
We’ve all probably at least seen a scrapbook challenge that requires you to “scrap your purse.” How wonderful that Lynn had the chance to take that to the next level and scrap her grandfather’s wallet! Using kits by Lady Bug Designs (Champagne and Chocolate), Scrapdragon Designs (Family Roots), and Kay Eflin (Boston Legal Alpha), Lynn used the contents of her grandfather’s wallet to piece together the story of how her grandparents met.
Family Tree by Carissa Imel
Carissa says “”One of the most amazing beautiful parts of being a family is seeing features of grandparents and others in yourself. I always love when someone ask me where I got my red hair from or what my families name means. I’m honored to be able to tell and educate others about my family.” Here she captures some of those physical features with journaling and pictures. The beauty and elegance of the papers and elements in Origins by Dee Bee Designs provides the perfect framing for these nicely preserved pictures.
The Love of Books is in Our Genes by Tania Ruiz
I put a different spin on the idea of genetic characteristics, focusing on non-physical traits shared among many women in my family. Using the shadowbox in Scrapdragon Designs new Family Roots kit, I presented pictures of the women in my family who had a common love for reading.
Studying Catherine Zander by Tania Ruiz
I love genealogy and I have researched several generations of my family so far. This layout presents some of the surprising information I learned about my great-grandmother Catherine and Catherine’s siblings. I was lucky enough to have pictures of most of the children together and the openings in this newspaper template included in Scrapdragon Designs’ new Family Roots kit allowed me to incorporate the pictures and journaling both into the design of the page.
Uncle by AnikA
Using J2K’s kit Our Family Tree, AnikA showcases this lovely family picture with an intricate frame. She clearly outlines the relationship between the two people in the picture, something many of us don’t remember to do. It’s nice to have a few pages that detail the relationship between people, making it easier for future generations to piece together their own family history.
Four Generations by Sara
Sara scrapped this wonderful picture of 4 generations – herself, her father, her grandfather and her great-grandfather. This is a family history treasure and she has preserved it beautifully with Miss Sallie Frances Elements and Papers by Kay Eflin.
Heritage Obituaries by Carissa Imel
Carissa found two obituaries that she wanted to showcase on a layout. Origins by Dee Bee Designs allowed her to showcase items that weren’t photos but meant just as much to her with rich colors and classy elements. She captured her journaling in the frame set along the side.
Heritage Celebrities by Carissa Imel
Carissa was delighted to learn that these two pictures she found in old family photo albums were pictures of two of the most popular Broadway musical stars of the early 1900’s. Although she’s not yet sure of the significance of these two beautiful women to her family history, she wanted to preserve the pictures and share the story of her exciting find. To do this she pulled papers and elements from a number of beautiful kits in the shop, including Haute Love by Julie Mead, Ex Libris by Kay Eflin and In My Dream Garden Set 06 by Scrapdragon Designs.
Heritage Barn by Carissa Imel
Carissa found another interesting picture as she perused her family photo albums. Not only did the photo have a perfect vintage look, it also included writing on the back. Carissa included this writing in her journaling, and she also scanned the back of the picture in order to preserve the handwritten message. Ruth Davis’ Barn It All was the perfect complement to the picture and theme. Carissa also used papers and elements from the Artisan Guild kit Whisper of Autumn and from Tuscan Steam Punk Papers and Elements by Kay Eflin.
We hope these layouts inspire you to scrap some of your old photos and family history, or to go out and discover something new about your ancestors!