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Family Tree Scrapbook Album

Turn family photos into an album representing your family history.

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    • Turn an Office-Supply Binder into a Heritage Album

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Sande decided to help her youngest son get to know his relatives better with an album about his family tree when he was assigned a genealogy project for school. She added a tree paper piecing to the cover of a three-ring binder and topped it with tags and old jewelry. She slipped completed album pages into 8-1/2x11" sheet protectors purchased from an office supply store.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

    • Embellish the Cover with Vintage Jewelry

      Design by Sande Krieger

      To give the cover flair, Sande topped the paper-pieced tree with tags and a pearl from a broken necklace.

    • Feature your Family Tree on the Title Page

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Sande designed each of her album pages digitally and printed them out. For her title page she outlined her son's lineage with a family-tree digital element that she purchased online. This is a simple way to record your family's genealogy while also showing at a glance how the album recipient fits in the mix. To ensure her black-and-white photos of her relatives would stand out, she reduced the opacity of the detailed tree.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

    • Repeat a Design and Color Palette

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Sande stuck to a basic structure and color palette on each page to give this heritage album a cohesive look, but the digital embellishments, such as the male pictogram seen here, are unique to the personalities and experiences of each of the relatives.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

    • Unify a Heritage Album with Theme Elements

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Because Sande loves lists, she included bulleted facts about herself for this page about her relationship with her son. While all the pages are different, Sande chose some common motifs, such as stars, stitches, and tags, to use throughout her album.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

    • Frame Vintage Family Photos

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Digital photo frames and word-art titles that describe each family member help unify the album pages. If you can't find word art that matches your theme, you can create your own by experimenting with different fonts and text treatments in your image-editing software.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

    • Make Your Own Digital Template

      Design by Sande Krieger

      To speed up the design process and save a few bucks, create your own digital template that you can use again and again. A digital template, much like a sketch, makes it easy to repeat a basic structure on multiple album pages. First, open a new document in your image-editing software that's the size of your album page. On a new layer, draw rectangles with the Rectangle tool. Rasterize the shapes by choosing Layer>>Rasterize>>Layer.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

    • Save Your Digital Template

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Save a copy with a different file name so you don't lose the template. Position a background paper above the background layer. Apply a clipping mask (Layer>>Create Clipping Mask).

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

    • Plug Photos into an Existing Template

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Position a photo above the appropriate template layer, and apply a clipping mask. Add the remaining photos, journal, and embellish. Repeat the previous step to create additional pages.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

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      Print Digital Pages to Include in a Traditional Album

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Because her printer does not print full-bleed pages, Sande resized the files slightly smaller than 8-1/2x11," printed them, and mounted them on black cardstock. If you'd like to share the heritage album with more than person, print multiple copies.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

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      Organize the Layouts of a Heritage Album

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Sande had lots of information about some generations in her family, so she dedicated a whole page to each person. She had less information about her son's great-grandfather and great-grandmother, so she combined their stories on one page. Scan original heritage photos so you can use them to design digital heritage pages.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

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      Ask Relatives to Share Family Memories

      Design by Sande Krieger

      Besides basic info, such as birthplaces and complete names, include personal facts and stories about relatives. If your family members are still living, interview them about their hopes, dreams, likes, dislikes, and other personal information only they can provide while you have the chance. If this isn't an option, talk to neighbors, friends, or other relatives who might be able to provide insights into personalities.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

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      Give Your Stories Context

      Design by Sande Krieger

      On the last page, record traits that the recipient shares with family members. Sande focused on several positive qualities that her son possesses and identified relatives who also possess the same characteristics. She also included information about common physical traits as well.

       

      SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Lassigue Dmato (script), Library Report (journaling), Library Report Small Cap (capital journaling), PiS Neoprint 319 ("Marilyn") by Myfonts. Digital elements: Altered Elements (star, staples), Basic Backgrounds kit (white grid paper), Fanciful Edges v.2 (scalloped edge), French Kiss kit (frame, hearts, polka dot M, red circle tag, star, stitches), French Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (photo frame), French Revolution Paper Making kit (overlay, edge details), Laundry Photo Edges V.7 (frame around photo), Note to Self (tags), Note to Self v.2 kit (tags), Party On kit (stars), Photoshop (arrow), Sidewalk Chalk Papers (red, yellow paper), Teen Boy Word Strips kit (circle with man, "check it out" strip), Write it Down kit (star journaling block) by Sande Krieger; Family History kit (family tree overlay) by Rhonna Farrer; Feeling Bookish V.2 (tab) by Erica Hernandez; Vintage Flash Words (create, explore, learn cards), Blank Safety Tags kit (two hanging tags on safety pin), Vintage Large Frames kit (photo frame) by Katie Pertiet . Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: 7 Gypsies (striped), BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (red). Tags: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Album: Office Max.

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