Create a Family Heritage Scrapbook
is a popular pastime these days and there are great materials
available to help you create a heritage scrapbook that will be a
lasting treasure for you and your family and for generations to come.
are the tasks for you to accomplish for this challenge. (If you
get a week behind in the schedule -- No Worries! -- just pick up
where you left off and continue on!)
your loose family pictures, documents, and other memorabilia to one
location for sorting. You may also want to include pictures from
photo albums as long as they can be removed without damage.
your family pictures, documents and memorabilia. Here are some
possible sort options:
in chronological order
by special event such as holidays, family events, or memorable
to family members and tell them what you are doing. They may be
able to provide background information and stories to go along with
some of your pictures etc. They may also have pictures you don’t.
on a size and format for your heritage scrapbook.
of the most popular sizes are 8x10 and 12x12. Keep in mind: You
will be scanning or color copying the pages of your scrapbook to
give to family members so you may wish to choose a size convenient
may use purpose-made bound scrapbooks or you may wish to use
sure all your materials including binder, papers, pens, stickers,
ink, and adhesives are acid free.
on a theme for your scrapbook. Here are some suggestions:
reunions through the years.
holidays or vacations through the years.
tribute to family members who have served in the military.
life of a particular person, family, or branch of the family.
on the old family farm.
necessary, further sort your pictures, documents and memorabilia
based on your theme.
to plan the layouts of the pages of your heritage scrapbook.
together pictures, documents, memorabilia and stories that go
not over-load the pages. Three or four pictures or items per page
is good. You want to leave room for the stories and identification
that goes with them.
what color scheme you would like for the pages, which may be chosen
to match your theme or to compliment the pictures. Make notes on
each page which you can take with you to the store to buy supplies.
may wish to make rough sketches of the layouts of each page to
follow when you are actually putting them together. These will
help assembly go more quickly.
you select pictures to go on your pages, choose the best of the lot
and set aside those you will not be using—especially if there are
pictures of similar pose taken at the same time or occasion.
Duplicates or pictures of lesser quality can be thrown away or at
least passed on to family members who may want them. Some may also
be saved for another heritage scrapbook. Copies of a family picture
might go in the scrapbooks of each person in the picture.
4 & 5—Put your pages together:
your notes in hand, go to a store that sells scrapbooking supplies
and buy the supplies you need. Again, make sure all your supplies
are acid free.
your layouts, begin putting your pages together.
you have finished assembling your pages, either scan them and print
them in color, or take them to a photocopying center and make color
copies of them.
your pages, and copies of pages, into archive-safe clear page
covers. These can be purchased at scrapbook or office supply
your covered pages into your selected binders for distribution to
your family members. You may want to distribute them at a special
occasion such as a family birthday, anniversary, reunion, or wait
At our ward summer social, bring your completed heritage scrapbook, or one of the copies, to the concluding ceremony to
show as evidence of finishing your challenge in order to receive your
award of completion.