Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
We had a very special Christmas this year. My dad has been very sick and was in the hospital for a while. He was able to get better and be home for Christmas. What a special blessing that was!
Over the past month or so I have been wanting to spice up my Family History and make a project that would be both unique and fun for the family. So, I came up with a Family Heirloom Cookbook.
These pages were super easy to make. The page sizes are in 8.5 x 11 so you can print these right from home if you like! Or, you can have the book printed and coil bound for a few dollars and your local print facility.
This is the Cover page.
Example of what you can do with the Cookbook Template.
I had fun putting together some of my favorite receipes and also including a little history with the pages!
Just an example of what the template looks like when you download it. Above is the front page, below is the back page.
This is the back cover. Just drag over your photo and it's ready to go!
All you have to do when you purchase the cookbook template is add your own photos, text and receipes and you will have a wonderful cookbook to share!
The cookbook template will be on our website this week. Keep an eye on our website!
Most of us are attempting to do a Family history to hand down to our kids, grand kids and relatives.
Handing your kids a 40 1b book or hundred pages of text doesn't inspire the younger generations to read it.
Older relatives and grandchildren may be challendged by computer technology so giving them a CD/DVD may not be the answer.
Digital Scrapbooking is an easy and fun way to pass down the History!
Begin by selecting a very basic Family History topic such as a one page history of your mom or dad. Use your computer to combine a few interesting photos with a little descriptive text. Print the page and put in a binder. Young people will be attracted to the photos. Older children, teenagers and adults will read the captions to.
Here is an exampe of a very basic page with a few graphics, text and photos.
This page only took about 20 mintues to make. Just by using a very inexpensive kit of graphics from Designs by Krista, ( Pretty things Collection) and printing the page on photo paper from Costco. This entire project only cost me about about $2.00. It's printed on photo paper which is rated for up to 60 years! You now have the start to a wonderful History your family is going to love and cherish.
This page I had a lot of fun with! The bright colors and adorable photographs were easy to work with.
This page only took about an hour to make. I used Designs by Krista "Groovy Girl" kit and Heritage Collector Storybook to make.
Digital scrapbooking has become my new hobby. It's something I can afford, I can express my creativity and its fun! You can't go wrong there.
You can check out our Free newsletters for more informative information on Family History with Heritage Collector.
One of the best things about doing your digital scrapbooking with Heritage Collector is how fast you can create a page.
Since you can do a page in half the time using our software, this means you can do many more pages and not have to fuss with expensive and difficult to use programs.
The page you see here only took me about an hour to create! Once you have your photos and graphics imported into our software, it's just a matter of drag and drop and reposition the objects on your page.
If you want to see what we are all about for free, Download our FREE standard version here! With our standard version you can start by organizing your photos and multi media. Try it out! It's wonderful software that you will love.
We offer FREE online classes each month. Come join us and see just how fun and easy creating fun digital scrapbook pages can be!
What's a story?
A story may be communicated in many forms. Such as a cautionary tale, joke, experience, fable, eye witness account, parable, history and more. Stories may be shared via text, drawings, photos etc.
When a story resonates within our hearts or minds it releases a flood of emotions.
Why should we tell stories? By telling and sharing stories it brings family and friends closer together, and strengthens relationships.
You may ask yourself how is digital scrapbooking telling stories or writing a family history?
When I started digital scrapbooking a few years ago I had no idea I was doing a history.
Let me give you a few tips on how to make your digital scrapbooking experience help you tell your story with a purpose.
#1. Less is more.
Decide in the beginning what you want the focal point of your page to be. Be careful with using lots of graphics. It can be a bit distracting and pull the focus away from the very thing you want to be the main eye catcher.
#2. Use text.
Telling a story just wouldn't be complete without adding some text. In the beginning of my digital scrapbooking experience, I didn't add much text. Now, looking back I wished I would have. I would like to have known more about the event or pictures on the page.
#3.Include dates and names.
A page will be a lot more memorable if you include dates and names of the people in the photograph.
#4. Have fun and be patient with yourself.
Don't expect a masterpiece on your first try. Just remember to enjoy your family history making journey!
The page you see below is a very simple page. I wanted my two year old daughter to be the focus. Then I wanted to tell a little story about her stage in life.
Graphics used from Digital Scrapbook Memories
Used Heritage Collector Storybook to create this page.
Life would be a dull experience without a good story. Now its your turn to start sharing your stories!
Because the chart we made for last month worked so well, I decided to continue on with it! I think what makes this so successful is that my children get to be involved in the making of their own behavior chart.
My son sat with me today and told me what graphics he wanted, what colors to use. It was fun! Most of all its great to get your children involved with you.
Graphics below are used for stickers on the chart.
My daughter selected these! She loved it!
Because I want to keep my children involved in personalizing their own Behavior chart, they enjoy helping me find the graphics they want to use as their stickers. The graphics I used on this chart came from Ellie Lash. A free kit I found on line. Once I drag the images over onto a blank page, I print them right from home, then cut them out, place them in a plastic baggie. They are then ready for a piece of tape on the back and ready to stick up!
This Chart was made with the Shabby Princess Promise freebie kit.
This behavior chart was made in about 10 minutes in Heritage Collector! I even printed it out right from my home on card stock!
This is a 12 x 12 behavior chart framed so you can write directly on the glass with a dry erase marker and start new each week.
This was a fun project I was asked to put together for my local church group. They needed a project they could do for $5. All you need is a piece of wood that would fit a 6 x 12 picture. Then I designed a 6x12 page in Heritage Collector Storybook leaving space on the far right side for a picture. I then modge podged the paper to the painted wood. Added a cute clip. Secured it with E600. Then, presto! The perfect unique gift to share!!
The graphics I used to make these adorable projects came from Designs by Krista.
These were really easy to make using the Heritage Collector Calendar Module! First you create your page using our calendar Module. Then create a new page drag each graphic over to the page you wish to print. Once your page is full of cute graphics, you are ready to print both pages! I printed these on an 8.5 x 11 so I could print right from home! The graphics used on the boy chart came from Jen C Designs. Found at Funkyplayground Designs. The graphics used on the girl Chart came from Ellie Lash Designs and Designs by krista.
These are the only materials you need! Designed pages printed on card stock, scissors and a plastic bag to store your cut out graphics!
My children have had so much fun sitting with me as I created their chart! I even let them choose the graphics to print for their "stickers". This had made "keeping the organization in the home" more fun! Once the calendar is full of their sticker they will recieve a reward.