Sunday, November 20, 2011

Family History Scrapbooking Sunday: Parents

If you haven't been following along, you may wish to read my last two blog posts first for some background.

Our assignment this week was to make two to four pages about our parents. As usual, it took me a while to get the hang of Photoshop Elements, but then it got easier. On the first page, I couldn't decide what I wanted to put in the title block of "My Parents" for the background. Then I remembered about opacity. I really like how the print turned out with the opacity at 25%. It adds a little color without distracting from the font.
















I didn't have a lot of photos to select from, so I did one page on places my parents had lived. That was fun. I really enjoyed going through the old photos and picking out the best ones.

I also used one embellishment from the Genealogy Mega Kit I previously purchased at Digital Scrapbook Experts. I just thought the brad went on the "My Parents" page just fit in really well. I meant to add a couple more on these pages. Maybe next week.

Many thanks to the JessicaSprague.com kit designers: Crystal Wilkerson, Echo Park Paper Co., Live Esteban, Linda Roos, Jan Crowley, Cosmo Cricket, and Nisa Fin.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Family History Scrapbooking Sunday: Family Tree

As I mentioned last week, I Last week I joined a group of women at the Scrappy Genealogist for a virtual scrapbook circle that was starting with a Family History Album class at JessicaSprague.com. This week we worked on our Family Tree and our Pedigree Chart. I was able to find photos of all the ancestors except for one. Guess he was shy.  Here they are:


I'm designing this album pretty much as presented in class. If I do another one on the other side of the family, then I may venture off into different territory. The three most recent photos were in color, but I converted them to black and white. It just looked better that way.

Many thanks to the kit designers: Crystal Wilkerson, Echo Park Paper Co., Live Esteban, Linda Roos, Jan Crowley, Cosmo Cricket, and Nisa Fin.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Family History Scrapbooking Sunday: Family History Album Class

Last week I happened upon a post by the Scrappy Genealogist for a virtual scrapbook circle that was starting with a Family History Album class at JessicaSprague.com. Scrap-booking was a hobby long before I became interested in genealogy, and being a 'techie' kind of person, I've done some digital scrap-booking as well. It has, however, been a while as it's a lot more fun to research my ancestors. I've also taken a couple of other classes at Jessica Sprague and enjoyed them.

I'd like to at have something concrete my son can look at if he is ever interested in his family history. For this album, I plan to use my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. In part, because I have more photos of my side of the family. Hopefully one day I'll do another album for my son of the other side of the family.

This week I scanned in a lot of photos. By a fortunate twist of fate, a friend had just lent me her Flip-Pal scanner. Hopefully I'll write more about it soon. I will say, it made the scanning go much faster. I also attended my first every ScanFest at AnceStories. Everyone was nice and it made the scanning go that much faster. I plan to attend again. You might want to try it sometime as well.

Our second assignment was to organize our family history. Fortunately, I've been doing this for a long time. While Jessica Sprague recommended Adobe Bridge or Adobe Elements, I've been a long time user of Memory Manager from Creative Memories so I used it. I confess, I still have some photos to organize, but I'm making progress. The last part of assignment two was to download and extract the digital kits, which I did. These kits contain digital papers and embellishments.

Lastly, our third task this week was to make the title page. I've used Adobe Elements before and thought it would be a snap, but promptly got stuck when I couldn't remember how to drag the paper onto the template. Luckily, I have a book in my scrapbook stash which explained how to do this. At least I remembered how to use the fonts tool! I would like to add that Jessica Spague also has a mentor program had I needed more help. But I've found I retain what I learn longer if I can figure it out myself.

Maybe next week, I'll post some of my layouts.

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