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Heritage Scrapbooking


In recent years scrapbooking has become a very popular hobby around the world. Memory books can be plain and simple or very intricate, depending on your taste, your creativity and your imagination.
Basic scrapbooking consists of 1 or more photographs laid out on special paper of your choice (patterned, plain, floral etc. ), along with journaling done with acid free pens and pencils. Stickers, attachments, embellishments and other things (lace, ribbons, fabrics, buttons, etc.) will enhance the pages , highlighting the overall theme of the page, as well as the time era the photograph was taken.


Albums come in various sizes, the most popular seems to be the 12" x 12" album, I personally prefer the 8.5" x 11" three-ring binders simply for the reason that most of my charts and are of that size.

Since scrapbooking is basically archiving family histories it is very important to take precautions to preserve your work so future generations will be able to enjoy them. We have provided a list of terms that you should familiarize yourself with when shopping for paper supplies.

Acid and Lignin

Anything that touches your photos should be acid-free and lignin-free, including paper, glue, markers and stickers so your photos will not discolor or disintegrate more quickly than they would naturally. Products that are photo-safe will be labeled as such.

What Is Acid-Free?

Acid causes paper and photos to disintegrate, this aging process is slowed significantly when acid is removed from paper during the manufacturing process. Be sure your paper, glue and markers are labeled acid-free or archival-quality before you purchase them.

What is Lignin?

Lignin is the natural bonding element which holds wood fibers together. Newsprint contains lignin and becomes brittle and yellowed after just a few days. Like acid, lignin can be removed during processing to make scrapbooking paper safe.
If you wish to include newspaper articles or announcements in your memory album, photocopy them onto acid-free, lignin-free paper. Use an off-white paper that resembles newsprint for an authentic look.

Archival quality

This is a term used to indicate materials which have been tested to determine that their acidic and buffered content is within safe levels.

Buffered paper

During manufacturing, a buffering agent such as calcium carbonate or magnesium bicarbonate may be added to paper to neutralize acid contaminants. Such papers will have a pH of 8.5.

pH Factor

This refers to the acidity of a paper. The pH scale runs from 1 to 14 with each number representing a ten-fold increase; pH neutral is 7. Acid-free products have a pH factor of 7 or above. Special pH tester pens are available to determine the acidity of products..

Photo safe

This is a term similar to archival quality but more specific to materials used with photographs. Acid-free is the determining factor for a product to be labeled photo-safe.

Sheet protectors

These are made of plastic to slip over a finished album page, They can be side loading or top loading and fit 5”x7”, 81/2”x11” or 12”x12” pages. It is important that they be acid-free.

Family Tree Scrapbooking: Fun For the Whole Family!

Genealogy can be fun with children if you involve them in your family tree scrapbooking. This is just the kind of activity that children can really get into and learn a lot about your family's unique history. It's a way for them to learn without getting bombarded with names and dates which can result in them losing interest altogether.

Scrapbooking is also a great way to present your family tree because it can be passed around or giving, given as a gift or left on the coffee table to share with interested guests.

The scrapbook serves the dual purpose of both protecting your important pieces and presenting them in a handy way.

Personally, I would make copies of very important documents so that they can be cut and pasted without too much concern. With your copies and all the usual scrapbooking material in hand, you'll be ready to get started. If not, then a quick trip to the craft store will provide lots of great paper and accents that you can use to make your scrapbook more decorative. If you are selecting your scrapbook, try to choose one that can hold a large amount of information and that allows pages to be added with ease. Remember, your family tree will be growing over the years and whoever inherits it, will want to be able to keep it updated.

Experienced scrapbookers know that you will want to give some thought to the layout before you actually commit yourself to one. Start with the oldest pictures and documents and the names and important dates for all the members of your family that you will include in the scrapbook. You will probably want to do just a few individuals at a time if the kids are younger because their attention span will be more limited.

Another thing to consider is if your scrapbook will be for just one side of the family or both. If your family is very large, it will be best to break it up into at least two scrapbooks. Next decide how far back you will go. Will you include great grandparents or only go as far back as your grandparents?

Have on hand colorful markers and help the children label everything properly. Craft stores have a lot of fun things to help decorate each page. Kids will really enjoy all the colorful stickers and helping them choose ones that seem to fit the personality of family members that they know will help them see the unique personalities that they all have.

There may be family members that you have limited information about, but don't let that stop you. Is there an old family story about that person that can be transformed into a page with a combination of the kid's drawings or colorful stickers? The types of hobbies they had can be shown on the scrapbook page with many stickers from the craft store. Did they have a recipe that was "famous" within your family? Did they write poems or make interesting things that can be added to your scrapbook? How do your kids remember them? Any special memories that the children have of them that would make a touching addition?

It's easiest to make a single page dedicated to a particular individual or couple. Encourage the kids to call their favorite relatives and ask them a bit about their past so they can come up with ideas on how to best portray them. Kids can add their touch by adding their own comments about each person – perhaps their favorite memory of a particular person.

A family tree scrapbook can be a great way to pass the time during the winter months or on rainy days. It is time well spent because of all the memories your kids will have of putting it together and later showing it off!

Article Source: Ezinelife.com