Family Tree Pages should be one of the first pages included in any heritage scrapbook. Why? Because nearly everyone turns this kind of layout first when they initially flip through a family history scrapbook. My mother did it. My aunts did it. Other friends and strangers have done it when they looked at my completed projects.
This is the photo family tree layout that I created for my maternal line. There are several to point out.
You are not limited to name and date trees.
You can include photos, especially in a scrapbook
You might want to limit genealogical information on the layout to reduce visual chaos.
If you don’t have photos for everyone, you can still include what you have. Who knows, in the future, you just might come across a photo to add to complete the tree. You can print a copy of the photo for inclusion in a traditional album or drop in the photo for reprint for a digital album. If you print scrapbook layouts as single sheets and insert them in an album, you’re set. Reprint that page and update your album.
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If you want to personalize the tree further, you could include the child on the trunk of the tree. If the couple, that branches into the separate lines on the tree, has more than one child, then you can swap out the child’s photo at the base for each person’s album. That way, you’re only making one basic layout and then changing it for different projects!
Have fun and be creative. If you struggle in the creativity department, some wonderful designers have created templates to simplify your tasks. Check out this great tool.
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