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13 February 2013

Heritage Scrapbooking: Father's Pages

As a reminder, the purpose of a family history scrapbook is not to cover all the information you know about everyone in the family history. The purpose is to entice people to learn more about their family members. If they want to know more, they'll read a larger family history book. 

Last week feature the mother's page from my father's focal person heritage scrapbook. If you missed it, click HERE. This week I want to share an example of a father's page. Let's look at the one in my mother's scrapbook.

family history scrapbook layout
Father's Page for family history scrapbook
Featuring Lewis Sherman Brown

I am fortunate to have a lot of photos of Grandpa Lewis Brown. However, Grandpa Lew is not the focus of this project, my mother is. Thus, only a one page layout is needed. The template that was the foundation for this layout had three photo spots. I've blogged about Grandpa Lew before. There is much to cover even while I summarize, so a needed a large journaling spot on this layout.

This layout highlights how you can group varying photo colors (black & white, and color) together. By clustering the photos together and showing the progression of Lew over time, the photos do not compete with each other. Instead, they are connected and tell a complete story visually.

Additionally, it's very important to choose an album color scheme that will complement the varying photographs you will have. Neutral color schemes do not clash with black and white or '1970s' colored photos. They enhance them.

When creating a layout about the father's in your heritage project, you have several decisions to make. If you have limited information and photos, fill up the page with larger sized images. If you have a lot of content to choose from, choose a collection of photos and use them in a small size. Then, create a larger journal block.

For embellishments, only a tag and a brad was used. The photos and content dominate the layout. Additionally, this layout features vital information as a 'sub-title' effect. This supports my desire for family history scrapbooks to serve as a genealogical record.

Now that you've seen a mother's page and a father's page, you can apply these same principles to grandparent pages. Based upon the amount of information you have, select layouts that highlight your information.

For more tips and suggestions for creating family history scrapbooks digitally, check out my eBook Create a Family History Scrapbook Digitally in 12 Simple Steps at

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