Preserve your family's history and traditions with these ideas for scrapbooking your heritage.
Design by Lisa Storms
Family trees are a staple in heritage albums. Lisa used textures and modern shapes in nontraditional colors to make this layout stand out. She turned a botanical-pattern laser-cut paper into a tree silhouette. The fuzzy texture of a tree trunk cut from felt and machine-stitched around the edges gives Lisa's page a feeling of warmth and coziness.
Editor's Tip: Spice up a heritage page with a favorite quote about family.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories (scalloped circle), My Mind's Eye (blue). Laser-cut paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Typo Slab Serif (quote) off the Internet, Century Gothic (labels). Stickers: American Crafts ("family"), K&Company ("tree"). Chipboard accents: Fancy Pants Designs. Felt: Rainbox Felt. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Ruth Dealey
The holiday rush makes it easy to forget the cherished memories of the past. Ruth took a moment to highlight a few of her early memories in a simple yet striking page about Christmas 1975. She converted photos to black-and-white to keep the focus on the subjects rather than the decor. She wrote her journaling based on memories spurred by looking at the photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, rub-on: Deja Views for The C-Thru Ruler Co. Pen: Sakura of America.
Design by Janna Wilson
When Janna saw this photo of her grandmother, she couldn't believe the striking resemblance between the two of them. By placing the photos next to each other, Janna made it easy to highlight the similarities between her and her grandmother. She strategically divided her background into two parts to contrast each photo, but kept it unified by placing strips of paper to span both photos.
Editor's Tip: For an easy comparison, turn your color photos to black-and-white.
SOURCES: Patterned papers, stickers, chipboard accents, flowers: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: Elegant off the Internet. Rub-ons: BoBunny Press. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Cutter: Fiskars.
Design by Jen Lessinger
Memorabilia can provide firsthand details about your family's past. Jen let her grandfather's naturalization papers take center stage on this page, using a small photo for an accent.
Editor's Tip: If you are concerned about preserving original documents, scan the original and print it like a photo to use on your layout instead.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Die cuts: Making Memories. Stickers: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Maya Road.
Design by Carey Johnson
Kitschy clip art is the perfect accent on Carey's retro-cool page of her dad taking a bath. Do an online search for clip art of digital elements that match your theme. Classic, simple elements, such as an arrow and brad, give a page an updated look and draw the eye into the layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Arial. Arrow: Scenic Route Paper Co. Clip art: Tackorama.
Design by Kim Crothers
If you love bright colors but fear they'll feel out of place with heritage photos, stop worrying! Kim's playful layout uses modern embellishments to highlight her grandma's spunky attitude while on the job as an ambulance driver. Kim added a yellow border and a simple cut circle for journaling to balance the busy polka-dot pattern.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Lanie Day (script) off the Internet, Helvetica (journaling). Digital elements: Girls kit by Graziela Menders (papers), Cracked Rub-on Alphabet (title) by Lisa Sisneros. All other: Kim's own design.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Part of the reason we record our history is to see how things have changed. Erica included photos from her past with journaling that reflects how far she's come. Although she scanned and printed the pictures, Erica left them unedited to preserve the vintage charm. She used the definition of nostalgia as a subtitle for a fitting description of the page.
Editor's Tip: If you have them, group several snapshots from a time period to give a glimpse of what life was like.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Fonts: Stamp Act (date) off the Internet, Georgia. Digital elements: Retroactive kit by Erica Hernandez, Monkey Do (striped paper) by the Queen of Quirk, Pitter Patter Elements (label) by Meredith Fenwick.
Design by Erica Hernandez
When you have only a small photo, give it star quality with an uncluttered design and a few well-chosen embellishments. To boost the presence of her grandfather's World War II military portrait, Erica framed it and filled the extra spaces with punchy colors. The frame's dark edges match the feel and coloration of the photo.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0. Font: Anorexia off the Internet. Digital elements: Falling for Retro kit by Paislee Press (ornamental embellishment), Triptych Frame kit by Rhonna Farrer (frames).
Design by Danielle Flanders
Danielle highlighted a favorite family recipe in a file folder-type scrapbook page. She made a pocket using decorative paper. Then she stuck in the recipe and a photo of the dumplings cooking. A stitched half-circle for journaling pulls together colors on the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, decorative paper, rub-ons: Melissa Frances. Font: Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Lisa Truesdell
Capture the similarities and differences of two generations through the use of words and photos, such as Lisa did with her son and her grandfather. Recall what traits the two have in common, and list additional characteristics you hope the younger generation will inherit. Lisa placed both photos on a square mat to draw attention to their similarities. Strips of patterned paper are repeated throughout the page in the border and as accents to tie the page together.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (white), My Mind's Eye (blue herringbone, gray dot, teal bull's-eye), October Afternoon (yellow dot), Studio Calico (gray, navy, teal geometric). Stickers: 7Gypsies. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Die cuts: Pink Paislee. Wood accent: Studio Calico. Staples: Tim Holtz. Pens: Staedtler. Thread: Coats & Clark. Adhesive: Tombow.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Tell the story of a group of girlfriends by pairing a long-ago photo with extensive journaling about the friendship. A black-and-white photo works with any color scheme and makes the teal labels that identify each member stand out.
Editor's Tip: Skip the patterned paper and cover chipboard accents with decorative tape instead, as Erin did with the checkered brackets.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (green), Heidi Swapp (blue), Little Yellow Bicycle (orange), Making Memories (orange). Font: Helvetica Neue Ultralight. Decorative tape: Pink Paislee. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Making Memories (brackets), Pink Paislee ("4"). Brads, gems, thread: Making Memories. Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs. Punch: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Lisa Storms
Heritage photos get star treatment in a negative-strip mat made from black cardstock transformed by a simple slot border punch. Display pictures documenting a person's entire life, from their childhood to their old age. Keep all photos black-and-white for a cohesive design that stands out against subtle gold and turquoise paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: BoBuny Press (blue), Fancy Designs (yellow). Font: TypoSlab off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (large letters), Heidi Grace Designs (medium letters), Making Memories (small letters). Brads: BoBunny Press. Stamps, punches: Fiskars. Metal accent: Making Memories.
Design by Debbie Tehrani
An older photo may raise many unanswered questions about what life was like for the subject. Put those questions to good use as journaling prompts, such as Debbie did with this picture of her grandmother during the Depression. She combined her thoughts of what life must have been like for her grandma with pertinent historical facts from that era. Debbie used bold accents, but kept the page from being over-the-top by keeping her color theme to only two hues.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Collage Press (pink), My Mind's Eye (green dot). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Laser-cut paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Stickers: American Crafts ("spirited"), K&Company ("cherish"). Brads: Creative Imaginations. Flower: Michaels Stores. Ribbon: Rusty Pickle. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Thread: Gutermann. Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro, Broderbund Print Shop. Digital elements: Modern Leaf Branches by The Free SVG Blog.
Design by Heather Moll
Heather celebrated her mom with extensive journaling written as a heartfelt letter. She organized her thoughts by typing her journaling first, then copying it on the page for a personal touch. To keep the journaling the focus of the page, she only used a few felt buttons and some coordinating paper in her design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: FontWerks (orange), My Mind's Eye (brown), Stampin' Up! (cream). Stickers: BasicGrey. Flowers: Making Memories. String: Hill Creek.
Design by Michelle Rubin
While photos of Madi show her strong physical resemblance to other family members, Michelle's journaling focuses on the personality traits her niece inherited from them. By turning one of her older color photos to black-and-white, Michelle eliminated distracting colors and created a connection with the other old image. A dark circle anchors Michelle's photos to keep them from floating on the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Rub-ons: Piggy Tales. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Technique Tuesday (journaling block). Ink: Clearsnap. Embossing powder: Stampendous. Circle cutter: Fiskars. Corner rounder, pen: EK Success.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia used a wide mat around a photo of her mother to buffer the busy photo from the busy patterned paper. She added simple felt accents and bold buttons to draw the eye to important works and memories.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Maya Road. Felt accents, paint: Making Memories. Brad: BasicGrey. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Floss: DMC Corp. Pencil: General Pencil Co. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Capture the bigger picture by creating a timeline of important events in a relative's life. Choose a few favorite photos symbolizing significant shifts in the subject's life, then journal about the changes he or she experienced. Graphic paper and bright colors give the page a modern feel.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (white), BoBunny Press (blue), Little Yellow Bicycle (green, pink, pink heart), Sassafras (yellow). Font: Lane-Cane off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (light blue letters, yellow letters), Making Memories (word strips, "I DO!!"), Pink Paislee (pink letters). Rub-ons: Martha Stewart Crafts. Chipboard accents: BoBunny Press (arrows, large star), Fancy Pants Designs (large circle), Heidi Swapp (hearts), Making Memories (small stars).
Design by Lisa Storms
If you don't know the history behind the photos, ask the person in the shot to reflect on his or her memories. When Lisa inquired about the photos on her layout, she learned the story explaining why they were taken. Her tropical-theme page comes alive with patterned paper and flower die cuts.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: My Little Shoebox (floral), My Mind's Eye (mint, damask), Sassafras (stripe). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs ("delivery"), K&Company ("special"), Little Yellow Bicycle (flower, postage mark border). Chipboard accents: American Crafts. Die cuts: Little Yellow Bicycle (envelope), Sassafras (mail). Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Leah Fung
Capture a special woman in your life with girly colors and accents. Punch and combine simple shapes to make dimensional accents, as Leah did with the flowers on this page. Journaling provides a personal message of why Leah loves her mother, and the simple white color of paper draws attention to the picture and writing on the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, buttons, flower accent, chandelier accents: Making Memories. Font: Baroque Antique Script off the Internet. Gems: Prima Marketing, Inc. Punches: Creative Memories (circles), Fiskars (border), Stampin' Up! (tab). Thread: Coats & Clark.
Design by Tricia Wilson
Tricia's vintage approach complements the old photo of her mother as a baby with her family. She replaced letters with embellishments, such as the chipboard buttons. Tricia balanced the layout by including the title on the top and journaling on the bottom in a similar paper shape.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (black, red). Patterned paper, chipboard accents, buttons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (large letters, star, journaling tag), Making Memories (small letters). Photo corners: Canson. Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts (scalloped dot), Marvy Uchida (circle). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Adhesive: Scotch 3M.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia made this layout to highlight her mother's baby picture. To keep it simple, she used only two different papers. One page contains a photo while the other has typed journaling about her mother. She stamped a date on small pieces of cardstock, then glued them to a large tag.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (floral), Fancy Pants Designs (green), Scenic Route Paper Co. (cream). Stamps: Making Memories (journaling block), PSX (numbers). Ink: Ranger Industries. Punch: EK Success. Adhesive: Club Scrap.
Design by Irma Gabbard
Irma interviewed her mother about her childhood in Mexico, then transcribed her mother's story to use as the basis for this page. A big picture of her mother in 1955 is accented with floral paper and a pink flower. The other page is devoted to her mother's words.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: October Afternoon (pink flower), Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue dot), K&Company (all other). Font: Orator Std off the Internet. Stickers: Making Memories (letters), Martha Stewart Crafts (flower). Rub-ons: American Crafts (asterisk), Creative Imaginations (phrases). Die cuts: QuicKutz (date). Photo turn: American Crafts. Punches: Fiskars (scalloped border), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterfly).