& Culture Crafts
Tips to Help You Get Started With Your Photos
Photo scrapbooks help to pass
on your family's history to your
children, and their children..
you ever found a very old family photo album, perhaps in your grandparent's house,
and had no idea who the people in the photographs were?
When no one can
recognize the faces in the photographs or remember the stories...a part of
tracing your family history is lost forever.
of the most frustrating things about finding old photos or old albums is the lack
of information in them. Often
there is nothing to identify the photos. No names, no dates, no locations...
way to keep that from happening with the albums that you create is to take the
time to journal in them. Today, creating photo albums has become an art form known
as scrapbooking. These scrapbooks are more than just photos on a page. They are
family histories, meant to be handed down from generation to generation.
Even today, in the digital age -- when electronic files may be lost, or when hard drives crash -- a more tangible way to store family photos continues is the 'old-fashioned' photo scrapbook.
Remember that photo scrapbooks are more than just photos. Stories and information about each photo helps create a timeline, or journal, of your family's entire history. Journaling
is important for several reasons:
It will provide valuable genealogical information for future generations.
Journaling is a way for you to make sure the stories of your life and your family's
life are preserved.
It allows those with whom you share your albums to look through themwithout
needing to have you there to narrate through the entire album. They can take time
to browse through your album, enjoying the photos and reading the captions and
do you need to journal in your album? You need to have acid free, permanent pens
that are created for scrapbooking. It's important to choose these types of pens
because they are photo safe. They will not damage the surrounding photos as time
passes. You may want to have pens in a variety of colors or just black. The colors
you use, however, are not as important as getting the words on the page.
the very least you should write identifying information associated with your photos. This might be
people's names and who they were in relationship to you. You could write something
as simple as "My cousin Jack White", "our neighbor Bill Smith",
or "my co-worker and good friend Jill Jones".
Identifying people with a little more information than just their names will be
helpful to those looking through your albums. Other basic important identifying
information you might want to include with your pictures would be dates and locations.
addition to identifying information, many people choose to go further in their
journaling. They tell stories that go along with the photographs. These can be
short paragraphs that highlight what was going on or entire pages of written memories.
you're new to journaling and unsure how to fit it into your album, try some of
are great to put in an album instead of just straight paragraphs. For example,
if you are doing an album for a toddler you can make lists of their favorite thingsfood,
books, toys, TV programs, songs, etc. and sprinkle them throughout the album where
there are blank spaces.
you choose to simply write in the important identifying information or go a step
further and tell stories with your albums, journaling will make your albums more
personal. It will also leave future generations with valuable information. They
will be grateful for the memories you have saved.
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