You are ready to make a family memories scrapbook and you do not know where to start. This will be a special scrapbook if you take the time to arrange the items you want to include together in some type of order. Do you want to have pages for the grandparents and the aunts and uncles? Or are you thinking more along the line of using special times spent together such as birthday parties, weddings, holidays and vacations? Whatever way you decide to arrange your pages, it is a good idea to put everything you want to use in your family memories scrapbook together before you start.

The Arrangement is up to You

For going back into ancestors in your family, you may want to make copies of some of their photos. This will keep the originals in good shape and you will still have a photo for your scrapbook. Some of these pictures are very old and the daughter or son who has them may not want to part with them. So copying them is one way of having the photos for your design and allowing them to keep the original.

The family memories may start with the relative of your choice. If it is your great-great-great grandmother and grandfather, that is fine. Someone may have a picture of their wedding or a photo of their family after their children were born. These are the types you want to place in your scrapbook. Write in anyone you do not have a picture of and if you are good at sketching, you may want to sketch their likeness from a description from one of your relatives.

Work your way down the line to your children's grandparents and aunts and uncles. This is where you will have more to work with because of the increase in the number of photos taken in recent years compared to 70 or 80 years ago. The pages can reflect all the special occasions as well as just family time spent together. For instance, a backyard picnic is a time that you will want to remember when the whole family was together.


There are all types of embellishments that may be purchased today to add to the pages. Even the ones of your ancestors from many years ago can be embellished using things you can find on the Internet if you cannot find them anywhere else. If for instance, a relative was in the Civil War, find a picture depicting this war and copy it for your scrapbook. Using the computer you can even replicate the color these old photos would be if they were real.

Copies of newspapers that were from the era of the relative's time are another great way of adding interest to your scrapbook. A replicated post card from another era is also a great way to add to the scrapbook and make the page especially for the person who is being featured on the page.

If you take your time and think about every page before you put the scrapbook together, the finished project will be a great tribute to the family memories scrapbook. There are so many you may have to make more than one.

Author's Bio: 

Tracy Ballisager provide info on babyscrapbooking tips online.See her website for layouts and more