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07 January 2015

Heritage Scrapbooking: Baby Blessing

Last year, I started sharing the heritage scrapbooking series The Book of Me. Many of the photos in this project are from the 70s which can be especially challenging with the change of color print formulations, the clothing and furniture trends, and the poor quality of many photo albums from this timer period.

Heritage Scrapbooking Baby Layout
Blessing Left Page: Hello Aunty Kit by Correen Silke,
flower in Spa Holiday Kit by Coreen Silke.

When I first started scrapbooking, I sliced and diced my photos and created collages with them, rather than scrapbook pages that focus on the stories. I didn't know back then how important it is to scan photos you want to use in your paper scrapbooks. So, I have a lot of odd shaped photos in my collection. Thankfully, the photos I cut were 'my' photos and not my historical photos.

In my latest heritage scrapbook project, I have attempted to overcome these challenges to the best of my ability.


Vintage Heritage Scrapbook Layout Baby Theme
Blessing Right Page: Hello Aunty Kit by Correen Silke,
flower in Spa Holiday Kit by Coreen Silke.

Pink is a soft color for a baby themed scrapbook layout. The right pink can compliment these heritage photos well. I have once again used elements from one of my favorite kit designers who still offers some of these kits for free. If you're looking for amazing kits to start your next heritage scrapbook, you will want to visit designer Correen Silke's shop at ComputerScrapbook.com or at Scrapbook.com.

For the journaling, I decided to focus on the dress my mother hand crocheted and the dispute on what the dress should be called.
This is the dress my mother crocheted for me. She saved it in hopes of blessing future babies in it. Alas, I was the only other child she would have. This dress caused the delay in Penny accepting the gospel because a missionary called it a blessing gown rather than a baptism dress. When Penny accepted the gospel, she had no problem calling it a blessing gown from that point forward. 
I wanted to point out that I used my mother's first name rather than the term 'Mother' or 'Mom' because this is a book that I hope my children and grandchildren will read. With my mother deceased, they may not associate my mother's name Penny with the term Grandmother. I'd advise you to use your relatives' names every so often throughout your book so that their name won't be lost in generations to come.

The other point I should mention is that there is definitely more to the story of the dress and my mother's conversion. That story is detailed in a long family history. Scrapbooks are not the place for long, details explanations. Keep the stories brief. If someone wants the longer story, you can pull out a longer book that is heavy on text (stories) and light on decorations.

4 comments:

  1. I admire you for taking those severely cropped photos and working them into a modern layout. Now I have some direction on what to do about my own cropped pictures. Your observations about using names and short bits of text are interesting. I use my own name in my scrapbooks for the very reason you pointed out -- if my kids don't throw the books out when I die, then there might be descendants one day who won't know who "I" refers to.

    I've been trying to get my thoughts together about doing a book for my family, and now after reading your thoughts about long vs short stories, I'm not sure what to do. Maybe I need to do two totally different kinds of books -- a coffee table book of photos with minimal text, and a separate book that has more text and documents that isn't so pretty. Lots to consider.

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    1. Wendy,

      There is much to consider when select a project for all of our family history, but hopefully the considerations allow you to do the project that best fits your needs and interests.

      I am working on a book that 'isn't so pretty' for my family history with longer text and documents. I don't want to do a 'traditional' family history that is a bunch of group sheets in text form (if that makes sense). Instead, I will use the same organization of a 'traditional' family history and include lots of stories so it becomes a narrative. I'll go crazy making the cover design (whenever I'm read to print it) to entice people to read it. However, this book will have all of the sources and stuff you'd expect for this type of project.

      A scrapbook lends itself to shorter stories because most people who'll look at it want short snippets. When I read the books to my children, they want to short essays that will peak their interest for something longer later. This frees me of the pressure to fit every story in. Once I had that inspiring thought, I could enjoy the process.

      Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on my blog. Fans like you keep me engaged in the effort to teach and inspire. Whenever you finish a page or project, I hope you'll share those success with me. That way I can celebrate with you!

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  2. I found your blog through the Geneabloggers highlight today. I'm really enjoying it! In fact, I just bought one of your books from Amazon.

    I'm really interested in learning more about how you do your heritage scrapbooks. I used to do traditional scrapbooks.... when my daughter was little. She's a teen now and I haven't scrapbooked in years! (I was homeschooling her... I read you homeschool your five kids, right?) Anyway, she's in high school now & I have lots of time and I'm spreading it between doing genealogy & recording the stories.

    I just got a bunch of family photos & I think a scrapbook is a great way to share this love of family with the rest of my family! I'll be studying your blog! :)

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    1. Dana... welcome to the club. I hope you'll find this site a great resource for presenting your heritage materials in a visual friendly format. Yes, I do homeschool my five kiddos and I do this genealogy stuff on the side. They love knowing that i have published several books and are inspired to write their own.

      If you have any questions about scrapbooking, leave them on this blog and I'll do my best to answer them directly or with a future post.

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