22 September 2010

Free Family Tree Digi-Papers

     Thanks to @Lineagekeeper for the tweet on some free digi-papers for genealogy scrapbooks.  These are five amazingly cute, free! family tree charts available from ObituariesHelp.org. (Although they are not large enough for a 12x12 page)

     While you're there, check out the rest of the website. There are a number of ideas and resources for scrapbookers and genealogy researchers.  While viewing the scrapbook pages, utilize the pulldown menu to see a large number of family tree charts. Bookmark this!

12 September 2010

Featured Page - 400 Whitehall

     My maternal Granfather's mom and step-father owned and operated The Frederick Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1940s and 1950s. I heard family stories about the hotel, which many family members stayed in at one time or another. Unfortunately, the location where the hotel once stood is now a park-and-ride for MARTA customers. I was very disappointed to discover this, as I wanted to see what the hotel looked like.  Recently, my mom and I visited my Great-Aunt Ree, who gave me a number of old photos. Included in those photos were three of the hotel.  I've put them into the layout below. I did a lot of heat embossing in this layout. Both the '400' and the keys were given their gold color using heat embossing.

400 Whitehall

  • Paper
    • 7 gypsies: For Autumn Leaves #1958 
  • Stamp:
    • Hero Arts: Antique Keys CG178
  • Embellishments
    • 7 gypsises: Antique Keys
    • Tim Holtz: Grungeboard - Digits & Punctuation: Swirl
    • Ranger: Embossing Powder - Super Fine Gold
    • VeraMark: Watermark Stamp Pad

05 September 2010

Featured Page - Ola

This heritage layout spotlights a photo of my Great-Great Grandmother, Frances Iola "Ola" Witt Quattlebaum.
In this scrapbook page, I made liberal use of Tim Holtz distress ink and Hero Arts Stamps. I crated the branch pattern on the paper using a stamp which I also used to create the paper directly under the photo. The brown pattern was created with TH Distress Ink and the white pattern was created with embossing powder. The full supply list is below the image.


  • Paper
    • 7 Gypsies: avignon
  • Ink
    • Tim Holtz: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • Stamps
    • Hero Arts: Scroll Tree F4927
    • Hero Arts: Manuscript Background H2141
    • Hero Arts: Birds And Branches AR173
  • Embelishments
    • Tim Holtz: Grungeboard - Mixed Minis Plain

    31 August 2010

    Featured Page - Circa 1917 (The Boatright Family)

    I created this heritage layout for a photo of the Barfield Family that I received from Mitch, a distant cousin. Many of the folks in this photo are unidentified, but I do know which ones are my direct relatives. The oldest couple (middle row, center left-ish) are Steve and Dora (Logue) Boatright, my GGG-Grandparents. To the right is their daughter, Frances, and her husband, William Barfield. Around them are their children, including my Great-Grandmother, Ledora, the taller girl in front of them.

    Some of the materials I used to create this scrapbook layout include:
    • Paper
      • BasicGrey: Porcelain Chintz por-1614
      • Kaiser Craft: Reminiscing P203 Hold Dear (double sided)
    • Ink
      • Tim Holtz: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
    • Stamp
      • Creative Cafe: Self-Inking Stamp - Real Life
    • Embellishments
      • Tim Holtz: Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon
      • BoBunny: iCandy brads - Jazmyne
      • Tim Holtz: Grungeboard - Mixed Minis Plain (the numbers)
      • BasicGrey: Indian Summer - mini monogram stickers - hip

    30 August 2010

    This Is How I Use Original Photos

    Wow, I haven't posted on this blog since last December! I guess I've been pretty inactive with any craft projects... But the inspiration but has hit again. Here's some information on a project I did last month.

    Previously, I wrote about how I find that it can be OK to use original photos in scrapbooks. Let me show you an example of how I would do this:

    This is a photo album that I put together using photos from my dad's family. These old photos are all different sizes and shapes, which makes it difficult to put them in today's standard 4x6 and 5x7 photo albums.  To get around this problem, I used photo corners to adhere each photo to piece of black 4x6 card stock. I love the black because it gives it that antique, old-style, look. I then labeled the photos with a white soufflé pen. I was then able to securely place the photos into the pre-sized photo albums.

    Here's a close-up of the page:

    You might be saying, there isn't much "scrapbooking" in this scrapbook. No, there's not. But, there could easily be. Because this album has the divided, pre-cut spaces, you could create a title card, identification card, or any other type of decorative card that you want. Any corrosive elements would be fully segregated from your original photos, but would also be displayed right next to them. I might go back and do some of those later....

    Here are the materials that I used in this album:
    • Archivers pre-cut Cardstock: Black
    • Scrapbook Adhesives Photo Corners: Black & Silver
    • Soufflé pen: white

    09 December 2009

    Featured Page - Sisters

    This heritage layout goes into my mom's biography scrapbook. It features her and her sister as kids. I used acetate as the base paper. I used Hero Arts stamps for the green flowers on the acetate, as well as to add flowers to the center of my K&CO flower shaped tags. I also used a Hero Arts stamp for the card that the title is on.

    08 December 2009

    Family Tree Diagram Papers

    I recommend using Family Tree diagram papers to help keep your scrapbooks organized and to help tell your family story. Here are some you might choose from:

    Deja Views Kit:

    Ancestry.com Papers from K&Co:

    Bazzill Basics Papers:

    My Mind's Eye Papers:

    Karen Foster Kit: