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Scrapbooking your Family History for your Descendants

Updated on February 2, 2015

Our Family Travels to search for our family history and to create family history of our own - does yours?

This lens will use examples from our family of digital scrapbooking, or escrapbooking, to record our family history and to document the family history we are creating with our own families and lives.

We hope that by these examples we will inspire you to seek your own way to fulfill the desire we each have to record and preserve our distinctive family histories.

The photo collage here was created by Annette Lamb, my oldest daughter, on her website: http://escrapbooking.com/basics/index.htm related to the trip she took to China, Korea and Japan with her sister, Arrion. The photo in the collage has them standing on the Great Wall of China.

escrapbooking at eduscapes.com - I continue to get inspiration from this site

You are welcome to use the information on this site, but please be sure to provide a proper citation back to the site.

Family Activities and History website - Does this qualify, to you, as an escrapbooking project?

This kind of website documents digitally the activities and travels of a particular family. It is very similar to a scrapbook, but it is on a website.

What are the limitations? What are the opportunities of this type of "scrapbook?"

Does a Familiy Website qualify as escrapbooking? - What do you think?

Make your choice, and use the comments to express your opinion. We really want to know your thinking. Thanks!

Is a family website really escrapbooking?

Digital Scrapbook Page
Digital Scrapbook Page

Digital Scrapbook Page from Wikipedia

This photo comes courtesy of Wikimedia Commons from the page on Wikipedia dealing with Scrapbooking in general and the Digital Scrapbooking section in particular.

This section also discusses how digital scrapbook pages can be printed and bound into a physical book, if desired.

Journaling as a part of Scrapbooking - Then, I would suggest, a blog as a journal can suppliment escrapbooking

Journaling is a critical element of scrapbooking, especially if you want to adequately document the family history you are building for your family.

I will suggest that maintaining a blog about your family history serves that role. I have added my family history blog as a second link, below, for your consideration. It is a good link between journaling and digital scrapbook materials.

Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

Screen Shot of Blog as a Scrapbooking Journal

Click the image to go to the Blog and look around! Your comments welcomed.

Journaling versus Blogging re: Scrapbooking - Does it all work together?

Please leave your comments on this issue after you register your choice. Thanks for weighing in on this duel debate.

Does blogging qualify as journaling as a suppliment to digital scrapbooking?

Your Comments on this presentation - This is your chance to comment on anything you have seen here. Please do.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I'm going to start a family tree for my son to have when he's older. It's very addictive! Thank you for the information

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @vegetablegardenh: Thank you! It was fun! ;-)

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      Great lens, really well done!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @tfsherman lm: I appreciate your thoughts and comments! Thank you, very much! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Gabriel360: Thank you, so much, for both commenting and participating! ;-)

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      tfsherman lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens, and I love the subject.

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Keith J Winter: And thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! ;-)

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @LynetteBell: I guess that is why we write here on Squidoo... to share ideas and concepts! ;-)

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I had never thought about scrapbooking as digital!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TaraWojt: For sure! It is the best, because it can be shared to widely - sharing is the really important part! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Virginia Allain: Absolutely! And you do it very well - I really enjoy everything you write! ;-)

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      This is such a great idea, I had never heard of escrapbooking before. I have a great-half-once-removed-er-something relative who records a lot of the family history but he lives so far away so I don't get to see his work very often. I thought of doing something about it myself and I can see myself more into escrapbooking than physically scrapbooking. Thanks for the great idea.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I guess my family pages on Squidoo could be considered digital scrapbooking. Great concept for sharing with the world.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @RetroMom: I think there is plenty of room for both. Thanks for your comment! ;-)

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Same with ItayasDesigns, I still want to touch the photos when I am scrapbooking. Maybe, I'll do both.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @ItayaLightbourne: I do like options, as well. Very interesting to see the reactions of different folks. Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I like handling and touching things when I create so journaling and scrapbooking in the traditional sense would be more preferable for me. I think it is awesome however that those that enjoy digital versions of both can have that! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Elyn MacInnis: Sharable. I agree! Thanks for the visit and your comments! ;-)

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like digital. That way it is so share-able. I wish we had the internet when my kids were small.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @PuttinUpWithSuzy: Great comment and support. Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to visit a lens or two of yours... ;-)

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      PuttinUpWithSuzy 5 years ago

      I love scrapbooking! I do both, digital and traditional. It really is a wonderful way to preserve family memories and history. Digiscrapping is really great because it's super easy to share with friends/family. You make one page and email it to many. :)

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens. I like scrapbooking, but at least for the time being, I still like the traditional method. Maybe someday I will try the digital scrapbooking.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @artbyrodriguez: Aren't you the lucky one! Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      The Monster just gave me 100 points for Squidliking your lens! Very interesting and well done lens.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SophiaStar LM: Thank you. A fairly new concept... looking for ways to expand. Thanks for stopping by... ;-)

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      I really like the idea of creating a historical scrapbook of your family history that can be shared and added to by different generations!