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Families Come Together Through Scrapbooking & Photo Heritage Preservation

By Barbara Hall

I truly think we all need to find more time to be with and enjoy our families. Scrapbooking can bring a family together and can also find and preserve your family heritage.

You can preserve your families photo heritage for many generations to cherish and enjoy. Preserve your photo archives. Create your own family cropping station, with a little organization and planning you can have an area where your family can spend time together being creative with family photos. The more organized you are the less time it will take to create some fantastic memory albums. When you file your photos in order of what you want to scrapbook first, one thing I like to do is write some notes on a recipe card of the event. They are the perfect size to file in a photo box with your photos and they help you remember the important information for journalizing later. But most of all have an important family hobby that you can do together.

Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve your family heritage, have something you've done as a family and something for your great grandchildren to cherish. Many generations will love and cherish later what you've preserved today.

Scrapbooking is a safe way to preserve your photos, old and new. To make sure your photos are going to be safe always look for the word's acid free and lignin free on your supplies. Things that are not acid and lignin free keep away from your photos. For example every once in awhile I will use old Christmas cards, there are so many cute ones that we hate to throw away. So I use them on a page but keep them away from the photo itself.

Doing a Memory Album can heal our broken hearts that hurt for our loved ones that have passed. To loose a child or a parent can sometimes be more hurt then we can bare. But to do and have a Memory Album of that person will heal you and will keep their spirit with you. I knew of a mother who was dying of cancer and before she left this world she did a scrapbook album for each one of her children, with pictures of them with their mother. I can only imagine how they treasure those albums today.

I have lost my mother and a child and I know those albums are all I have left of both of them, but what a treasure.

We all have plenty of photos to scrapbook, our weddings, birthdays, baby books, children's photos, pets, special friends and special occasions are just a few of the memories we"d like to cherish forever.

One of the most important things for me to scrapbook are not even photos at all, they are those great report cards, those special little notes from our children, letters to Santa, lost teeth. Everything that we cherish, what is and was a special part and time in our lives. Save these moments, I guarantee you won't regret it and your family will treasure it.

When you are just getting started in scrapbooking try to remember not to go over board, there are so many products available, and so many materials to use. Think before you shop! Think about what pictures you are going to scrapbook this time try and keep focused on one or two projects. Organize your photos and scrapbook the latest photos you have, as you go you can do some photos from past occasions. If you try and think of all your old pictures it will become to over whelming for you. Make this fun, not something else to stress about. Enjoy scrapbooking and let the creativity come to you.

I do a lot of Guest Books for weddings; this is one of my favorite things to do. I'm given photos from their engagement pictures and I then do pages for the guest to sign when they come to a wedding reception. Sometimes we have headers on the page such as "Advice for Forgotten Dates or "Advice for dealing with the In-laws just little titles for suggestions on what a friend could suggest to the new bride & groom.

About The Author
Barbara Hall has been in the design world for over 20 years, graphic design art director, home d"cor and scrapbooking page layout and design instructor. Barbara has a great deal of natural and developed creativity and is so willing to share that with her clientele.

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