Same Content Different Scrapbook Layouts

If you’ll remember, I shared photos from my Grandpa Lew Brown’s heritage scrapbook. Lew served in the Army in India during World War II. His wife Louise had their first child before he shipped off. Here are the pages from that scrapbook.

Digital scrapbooking is AWESOME because, with a few changes to the previous design, I can change the perspective of the layout. I can switch out the journaling so it features Louise’s viewpoint. And voila! New page design, very little effort.



Credits: background – A Narrative (Scrap Girls); tab, ribbon – Hello, Aunty; flowers – Spa Holiday; VFW pin – Devon Lee; button – Mother May I

Now, some people would have simply changed the color scheme to reflect the second family history scrapbook. I wanted to regroup things. I wanted to cluster photos of Lew going off to war, and then things that dealt with motherhood and love on the opposite page. The need to emphasize the different priorities was important to portray Louise’s character in her book.

Do you notice that VFW pin? That is not some random element in a scrapbook designer’s collection. That was a piece of my grandmother’s memorabilia collection. Now, do you see why photographing memorabilia is so important? You can use these items in your family history projects.


For the “With Love Louise” bracelet, it didn’t need to be cropped out of the white background. The white ‘stage’ gave the image balance with the other photos on the page. With the VFW pin, the background was distracting. I cropped the image out of the background and now it is an all-important accent.


A little bit of journaling, to compliment Louise’s handwritten note from the back of the photo of her in boots, and this page is done.


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