Heritage Scrapbooking: Same Content, Different Layouts

Digital scrapbooking simplifies the storytelling process. Once you create one scrapbook layout using photos and journaling, you can easily duplicate the page. Tweak the colors and the journaling to fit another color scheme, and you can quickly create multiple stories from the same pictures.

Creating family history scrapbooks is AWESOME because, with a few changes to the previous design, I can change the layout's perspective. I can switch out the journaling, so it features a different ancestor's viewpoint.


And voila! New page design, minimal effort.



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


Regrouping and Recoloring Can Change the Story of a Scrapbook Page


Now, some people would have changed the color scheme when creating a second scrapbook. I regrouped things to tell a slightly different story.


I clustered photos of Lew going off to war and then things that dealt with motherhood and love on the opposite page. This arrangement helps me emphasize Louise in the peach layout, and Lewis in the Americana themed scrapbook page.

Use Photographed Memorabilia As Accents


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.




Go Digital and Make More Scrapbooks


By either changing the colors of a page or rearranging elements, you can use the same content and make multiple different heritage scrapbook pages.


Have fun telling your ancestor's stories.


If you need more help developing the content for a family history scrapbook, check out my book Family History Scrapbooking Simplified, available through Amazon.


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