Colleen is a Designer at Digidesignresort already for two years. Most probably you have already stumbled over her beautiful designs at the store. Today, she shares a tutorial about how to create a heritage album. You can check out her store here.
Have you ever thought about creating a heritage album? If you’re
a scrapper, you probably have. We love to document our lives with photographs
and stories, so creating a heritage album is a natural fit. The problem is,
once you begin looking into how to do it, the process can quickly become
overwhelming. Let me help you take the mystery out of creating your own
has its own conventions, and there are numerous websites dedicated to telling
you just how to do it. What I have found however, at least for me, if I try to
do it perfectly, it never gets done.
That was my inspiration for creating the Roots of Love scrapbook collection. I have simplified the conventions
of genealogy. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3;
- Enter your relative’s name in the proper leaf on the family tree paper (Roots of Love Paper Pak) and note the number next to the name,
- Fill in the blanks on the info sheet (Roots of Love Element Pak) with the corresponding number, and
- Scrap your page using the info sheet, photos and adding journaling to flesh in your story.
Create a Heritage Album
Step By Step
there are many ways to use this kit, so don’t let convention stop you from
doing it your way.
for you or for your child? That person becomes the ending blood line. That is
the name that goes in the nameplate under the family tree. That nameplate is
already numbered “01”. You’ll find an info sheet with the same number which connects
that relative from your family tree to the pages you scrap about them. So
anyone looking at your heritage album just needs to find the number on the family
tree to see where they fit in the family line.
family blood line. You’ll see I added Will’s photo to the family tree. This is
page 1 in my heritage album. Next I completed the information on the corresponding
info sheet; note the number on the top of the sheet you’ll see it right behind
|Left Facing Page # 1|
occupations and dates of marriage, etc. Either whiteout this section and add
your own info, shorten the sheet (fig. 1) or leave those areas blank for updating as the
information becomes available. I chose to leave most of them blank, but I used
the history area to record Will’s current likes. Armed with a completed info
sheet I just needed to find the perfect photo and scrap the page. This is now page
two in my heritage album.
|Right Facing Page #2|
are the preceding generation so I entered Will’s father’s name in the “#02”
green leaf (males) on the left and his mother’s name in the “#03” blue leaf
(females) on the right-hand side of the tree trunk. Then I found the corresponding
info sheet, completed it and scrapped a page for each. Will’s father’s page became
page 3 and Will’s mother’s page became page 4 in my heritage album.
A Closer Look
continue to do this for each relative but feel free to scrap more than one page
per person; scrap as many as you like. Just remember to label each page with
the identification number tying it to the family tree. I encourage you to do
lots of journaling—pictures are important but the stories bring those photos to
Follow the red lines up to the leaves where you would enter the parent’s names.
From the father follow the two red lines to the previous generation, the
grandparents. From each grandparent follow the two red lines to the great
grandparents. This tree holds four generations. The father’s family is on the
left, the mother’s is on the right of the tree. You would follow the same path
on the mother’s side to fill in the grandparents and great-grandparents.
However, today’s trend towards step relatives begs the question; “Do you
include them and if so how?” That’s a question for each of you to answer individually,
but my family is full of “steps”, therefore I wanted to include them. If you
look at the family tree you will see that there are smaller brown leaves which
can be used to add step-relatives. For example, if you have a step-mother to
add, find the brown leaf closest to the mother leaf “#03.” Add the step-mother’s
name, remembering to add the number “03a” to the leaf. That will be the
identification number to tie back to the info sheets, and yes I have included corresponding
info sheets for step relatives.
There You Have It
album is to just get started. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the
information. Information can always be added later. The wonderful thing about
digital scrapbooking is the ability to make changes and reprint pages without
having to start from scratch. If you print your pages on matte paper,
information left blank on the info sheet can be added later with a pen. The new
trend of 3-ring scrap albums is perfect for this project. It’s so easy to rearrange
the order of your pages and insert additions; my idea of perfection for the work-in-progress
album. So whoever you decide to include in your heritage album, however simple
or elaborate you want to make it, start it today!
|Scrapbook Album with 3-Ring System|
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