Hey there! Aly here again. Happy hump day! I hope you’re having a great week and that you’ve had a moment to check out my challenge: take one step closer to scrapping your childhood this week. I know you’ll be glad you did! Be sure to share your childhood pages with us in the Flickr gallery (see link at top of page).
Part of scrapping about you is scrapping where you come from, or your heritage. After I got a box of childhood photos from my mom, a box of older heritage photos came along and I have really enjoyed digging into these. Since I try to keep up with current photos and occasionally do a childhood page for me, I only do a heritage page every few months. But that’s okay. The point is they’re getting done, right?
Here are a few ideas for heritage pages that I’ve come up with over the years:
1. Find out as much info as you can about the photo. I called up my mom and asked her some questions about this photo. Then I just journaled whatever she could remember. It was so fun to listen to her reminisce! Contact a relative and ask them about a heritage photo.
2. Make up some interview questions for a relative. For this layout I asked my mom some questions about their courtship, engagement, and wedding. I included the responses in the journaling boxes around the photo taken just before they got married. Consider making up some questions to ask a relative.
3. Include multiple photos of the same relative on the same page (if you have them). I wanted to have a few photos of my mom at different ages on this page. I journaled about the approximate dates, places, and names that she remembered. Try grouping multiple heritage photos together on one page.
4. Scrap “Then and Now” photos. I love this photo of my parents just 2 days after they got married. I paired it with a photo of my parents celebrating 30 years together. Consider scrapping a photo of a relative as a young child with a current photo of them.
5. Journal about heritage photos from your perspective. While it’s important to get your relatives’ takes on these older photos, consider journaling about the photo from your perspective as well. On this page I journaled about the who/what/when/where of the photo, but also included my thoughts about what this stage in life may have been like for my parents. Be sure and journal from your own perspective on some of your heritage pages.
6. If nothing else is possible, just include the facts. These last pages only include the facts (names, approx. dates, places) I was able to gather about these photos since my parents were either too young to remember, or they weren’t there. If you can't get much info about a photo, don't worry. Just scrap what you can--that's better than not scrapping it, right?
Hopefully these tips have inspired you to give heritage pages a go. It can seem overwhelming to get started, but just like scrapping your childhood, no one else will do it for you. If you just get started, you'll be so glad you did! That's all I have for today. Come back tomorrow for give-away day--you won't want to miss it!! Happy scrapping!