Making a homemade gift is always a heart-warming experience for the giver and the receiver. There are many ways to surprise a loved one or maybe just to have your own personal ancestral scrapbook that will allow nostalgia to come alive in a lovely scrapbook. My own experience with scrapbooks has been pretty positive, I have not actually made just an ancestral scrapbook but I have made a timeline of events in my own personal and family’s lives to create a nice scrapbook that is very special to me. I think making an ancestral scrapbook would be even neater and more personal. Let’s take a look at how to get started on an ancestral scrapbook.
When shopping for a scrapbook it is a good idea to shop around a couple different places because their are so many unique and pretty scrapbooks that can really make your scrapbook “yours” and the cover or material of the scrapbook alone can add character. Craft stores such as Micheals, Hobby Lobby and now Walmart’s craft center all have an excellent selection of scrapbooks, including the Martha Stewart line. Also if you want to save some money craft stores often have coupons online or in their newsletters. When selecting a quality scrapbook it is a wise idea, especially if you want to put decorative touches to the pages to buy a sturdy scrapbook with a durable spine. Many of the scrapbooks can be adjusted to add more pages also.
Once you have selected your scrapbook it is time to get busy and think creatively to create the most unique ancestral scrapbook their is. I think that in the inside cover or on the first page make a table of contents that would explain what the scrapbook is and if there is any chronological order. To add character or depending on how fancy you would like the writing you could use a caligraphy pen to enhance the writing. Once again craft stores have an abundance of card-stocks and scrapbook papers that can really define your ancestral scrapbook. The variety of papers run from solid colors to printed paisley, baby prints, animal prints, holiday prints, and even irredescent papers that can just make the whole process of scrapbooking come to life. For example when doing a page of my grandparents I found a nice paisley printed paper and adorned the pages with photos and memories. To add flare to and Ancestral scrapbook you could find clips/photos/newsworthy events from that time period. My great grandparents grew up during the Great Depression so it was nice to find newspaper clippings from that time.
Another way to adorn materials to the ancestral scrapbook is to look in the sticker/embellishments section in your local craft store. You will be truly amazed at all of the miniature keepsakes to stick on your pages, these fun embellishments just add so much character and can really make your scrapbook personal. If you want add an even more personal touch of embellishments try maybe attaining some magazine ads, maybe your relatives have kept certain things passed down to them that you can perhaps wedge in the pages. A currency like a dollar bill, maybe a candy bar wrapper, or even a receipt will give a nostalgic feeling when turning the pages.
If you have been to a family reunion then a great section of your ancestral scrapbook can show pictures and fun times of the reunion. It would be nice to write a page on who was there, with who, what they were doing, what foods were at the reunion, what music was playing, all of these things can be a personal, ancestral attribute to your scrapbook. If you family is spread out through out the world you can trace your roots to find out exactly where your family migrated or originated from.
For example I have made just a section of Persian folklore/poems/artwork/photos in my scrapbook to represent my Persian heritage and ancestry. A way to do this for other cultures/ancestry would be to find maybe four-leaf clovers for Irish ancestry, maybe romantic pictures of Paris for French ancestry, perhaps an ad for the Olympics for Greek culture, fortune cookie papers for Chinese would be a cute idea also. One way to really show off your ancestral roots in your scrapbook is to use national symbols such as miniature flags, dried flowers, perhaps pictures of the most famous trade of your ancestry could help represent the fruit of your ancestors labor in your scrapbook.
Creating an ancestral scrapbook is a way to relinquish your memories of your beloved ancestors and your family’s most memorable times. I find that if you take your time and really put some thought into creating a personal scrapbook such as a ancestral scrapbook it really will be a piece of artwork that can bring a lot of joy to anybody in the family, not only is it just a fun, engaging project to work on, it is an everlasting keepsake.