How many of you are researching your family history? I know I am and I am having a lot of fun reading old stories, finding old newspaper clippings, and learning about where my lineage comes from. So what legacy do I leave behind for my children so that they have their family history in one spot? Well, just like my Aunt Evelyn did, create a book with copies of everything in it, but we can make it better than just paper and black & white images. A digital scrapbookers we can add color, fun papers and elements to help bring those stories and photos to life. I am starting a series of fun family history layouts. So keep an eye out in the blog for updates as well as the forum under the Lovely Classroom area.
So now, let’s talk about where we start, our immediate family first we are always scrapping about along with our day to day life. So let go back a generation and look at our parents.
Step #1: Gather photos of your parents along with the stories behind them.
Step #2: Find a kit to work with, check out these fun kits here at With Love Studio..
‘Victorian Lady’ by Shelley Marie
‘Blessed’ by Sugar Moon
‘Our Family, Our Home’ by Chunlin Designs
Step #3: Are you going to be printing these from home or sending them to a printer? For me, I want to these family pages bound and printed by someone else – I have a coupon that I got from my wedding for Shutterfly, perfect now to choose what size book 12 x 12 or 8 x 8. I think a 12 x 12 book would be perfect for this type of layout.
Step #4: Let’s work with the photos before we move on to the kits. Are the photos you choose B&W? Color? Sepia? Scan them in and place into a family history folder to work on. Decide whether you want to leave those photos they way they are or change them.
If you decide that you want to keep them, then start looking at what papers and frames you have to work with. Some some that have some vintage feeling for it. Not too vintage since we will go through different time periods to create a fun feel.
If you decide you want to change them, a quick and easy solution is to color them in your program (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Gimp, Paint Shop Pro or even LightRoom). You can change the levels, the contrast, the hue or even spot color a portion of the photo. Another way you can go about it, is to take one of the papers from the kit you are working with and using the layers filter you can blend the paper and the photo together.
I found these fun images through google using image search for sepia photos. The one on the right, as you can see looks like a photo with a blended page on top of it. The one on the left has some fun color in the photo. So do a google search if you want to come up with some fun ideas for your photos. And join me next time for the next steps! See you soon, Hugs, Meg Scott Studio!
Before I go, Fran B, has a a very cute free mini kit for the family posted on her blog. Click on the image below to be taken to her page!