Heritage scrapbooking is a great way to document the journey of our ancestors, to tell their stories through journaling, pictures, and memorabilia, brought together in a beautiful album for generations to treasure.
In my novel, The House in Wattle Lane, 29-year-old Neave learns about the lives of her ancestors from older family members, and the journey that took them from Ireland to England, and to the small gold mining town of Kerrigan in New Zealand. In a heritage scrapbooking class, Neave documents their lives, beginning with a family tree page like the one below. This is a fictional family tree of the family in the novel to show the sort of thing you could do with your own family tree.
There are many examples of family tree pages on Pinterest and on Google images that can give you ideas. On mine, I used scrapbooking paper, watercolour paints, and cutout images of flowers, birds, and butterflies. I inked around the edges of the photos, name tags, and scrapbooking paper to give them a vintage look. I didn’t have enough room to document dates, so I would do that on another page.
If you don’t think you’re very artistic, find images to cut out and glue on, and if you don’t have photos of all the family members, you can make decorative name tags. A family tree page can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.