Scrapping the Past, Present and Future
I am a graphic designer, creating digital art for scrapbooking. As an avid genealogist, my goal is to help others get their family research out of the filing cabinet, and into the hands of their family. Heritage Albums are the most visually pleasing way that I have found to document the past. Much of my art is created with Heritage Scrapbooks in mind.
I love to teach others how to make Heritage Albums, and have created a system to help genealogists organize the details of a person's life into an album called a Life Book. Check the Life Book Tab for details of how to join in.
In addition to my love for genealogy and family history, I am the mother of several children so I love scrapping their day to day lives. Already, they enjoy getting their scrapbooks out and reading about themselves. It is so important to scrap the present, so our children have a record of their childhood.
How often have I wished that my ancestors had left us scrapbooks that detailed their lives. I often wonder what life was like for them and what they did on an average day. That's why I encourage you to make a scrapbook of your current situation to leave for those who come after us - that is what future scrapping is.
These three parts; past, present and future - are what scrapbooking is all about. It gives us a clear picture of how we fit in. It teaches us where we came from, where we are, and where we are going. I would be honored to walk with you on your scrapping journey!
As a teenager in high school, my cousin introduced me to genealogy and began to share with me our family history. Soon, finding the answer to, "Where did I come from?", became a burning passion. I wasn't content to find the names of our ancestors, and the dates they were born and died. I wanted to know them. What were they like? What was an average day like for them?
I learned all of the genealogy tips on where to look for information, where to turn when you hit a brick wall and what questions to ask. The lines on our pedigree chart continued to be filled in, as we peeled back the layers and moved on to the next generation. I had several filing cabinet drawers filled with files labeled with surnames, and filled with charts and documents, newspaper articles and photographs.
Then, one day, an elderly relative that I had been working closely with on one of my lines passed away. A couple of months later, I contacted her son to see if he could give me a copy of a document I needed. He answered, "All of Mom's research is in boxes in the basement. I wouldn't even know where to begin looking to find that." What a disappointment! A life time of research sat in boxes - just out of reach of those who needed the information. How sad, I thought, that there wasn't a way to make those details accessible to the rest of the family. I knew I had to find a way to get the stories out of the filing cabinet drawer, and into the hands of my children. But how? I have found the answer - a Heritage Scrapbook!
It is our goal to help you get all of the information out of your filing cabinet and into Scrapbooks to share with your family. We have many helpful tools to help you accomplish that task.
Watch for articles on how to find and organize information on your family - past and present.
DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING INFORMATION
We will be featuring articles with helpful tips for creating digital scrapbook layouts.
DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK PRODUCTS
Check out our store for Scrapbook Kits, word art, elements and papers to use in your Scrapbooks. You will also find some Quick Pages to make putting together your Heritage Scrapbook easy. Just place photos behind the .png files, fill in your text, and you're done.
Our Galleries hold some beautiful works of art by others who frequent this site. Upload yours to share with others, and get inspiration from other layouts in the galleries. Upload directions can be found on the main gallery page.
And speaking of freebies - new items for free download are added to the Freebies section from time to time. Check back often to see what's new!