The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 24, 2012

Frankie Meyer: Website can energize scrapbooking projects

By Frankie Meyer
Globe Columnist

JOPLIN, Mo. — Have you started a scrapbook album in the past but lost interest in the project? If so, check out the website at www.scrapyourfamily

The site will inspire you to finish your family history albums. It gives creative ideas for creating scrapbook pages and provides many examples of scrapbook pages that have been created with the techniques.

The site states that old photos and documents should not be used in albums. Use scanned copies instead. The old photos and documents should be scanned as if they are color photographs. Scanning should be done at 300 dpi or 600 dpi for best results.

Each scrapbook album should tell a story or have a theme. For example, an album could be about a marriage of a couple, or the marriages of several ancestors.

Another example of a theme is the history of a family who emigrated from another country. That album could include maps, letters, Bible records, a drawing of the ship on which they traveled, copies of their naturalization records, photos of the couple and their children, photos of the area from which they emigrated and photos of the area where they settled.

An album could be about ancestors who served in the military. Such an album could include pension records, letters, postcards, information about battles, maps, newspaper articles and photos of the ancestors and their spouses and children. Photos of the military markers on their grave sites could also be included.

The website encourages the use of embellishments to enhance scrapbook pages. Examples are buttons, silk flowers, fabric, ribbons, lace, embroidery thread and old stamps. The site notes that photos need to include journaling. Several examples of journaling are provided.

When a person is working with albums about family history, the site suggests the use of distressing techniques that "age" paper and photos. Some examples of distressing techniques are tearing the edges of paper, crumbling paper, sanding the edges of photos (only the copies, not the originals), burning edges of paper and using chalk on paper. To age lace, paper and ribbons, the site suggests dipping them in coffee or tea.

The site gives excellent information about the use of inking to age scrapbook pages. A videotape titled "Thinking Inking Distress Inks Part 1" describes the techniques. That section provides a link to Pinterest for more ideas.

Suggestions or queries? Write to Frankie Meyer at 509 N. Center St., Plainfield, IN 46168 or email