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Scrapbooking your family history is a great way to be able to pass on information from one generation to the next. Also, depending on the information you're able to gather, it can become a valuable tool in identifying common family traits, health history, etc. The following provides helpful scrapbook tips and suggestions on how to create family scrapbook layouts that will be appreciated for generations to come.
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Determine your starting point by asking How many generations?
The first step in creating your family history scrapbook is to decide how many generations you want to include. Are you focusing on the relatively new, or are you going to a time-machine of memories?
Are you thinking about creating a scrapbook generation album of you, your spouse, and your children? Or did you want to go back a generation or two? Putting together a historical scrapbook layout can be overwhelming if you decide to include every generation in your family tree.
As you go through your materials, chances are you'll find old black and white photos that don't have names and dates written on them. You might also discover that even though you know lots of stories about Uncle Fred, you don't have any photos of him. Thus, if you're going to scrapbook multiple generations, be prepared that you may not have all the information on some of your relatives - and that's okay. Include whatever information you're able to find.
Wait! Now That You Have A Great Family Generation Theme In Mind, Then You'll Need To Know How To Apply Them On Your Layout....Let Me Show You...
♥How to START and FINISH a layout to perfection (so no more pushing things around on a page for hours and hours).
♥How to get your creative juices flowing again so you'll NEVER experience scrappers block again!
♥How to always have the perfect scrapbook layout for every occasion!
If you plan on including past generations as you work on family scrapbook ideas, begin by sorting out your photos. Place maternal-side photos in one pile and fraternal-side photos in another pile. As you sort through them, use post-it notes and write down information about each photo, such as full name, relation to you, age of person in the photo, etc.
Attach the post-it-note at the bottom of the photo.
In preparation for scrapbooking your family's history, use a downloadable family tree scrapbook templates or one that you have designed by hand, to list the relatives on your mother's side of the family (i.e. siblings, parents, aunts, uncles). For each relative, write down as much of the following information that you're able to gather on a separate sheet of paper. You might need to contact relatives to find out some fun stories or new information.
♥ Full name (first, middle, last)
♥ Was the person named after anyone in particular?
♥ Any nicknames?
♥ Date and place of birth
♥ Relation to your mother
♥ Diseases and health concerns
♥ Education (i.e. completed 8th grade, graduated from college)
♥ Marriage (to whom, when, where)
♥ Special honors or awards
♥ If deceased, person's age when he/she passed away. Burial information.
♥ Special memories about the person
Once you're through gathering information about the relatives on your mother's side of the family, do the same with your father's side of the family.