heritage albums as preservations of long-ago generation, but Lisa Francis shows us that when a beloved husband and father is lost, preserving the present is paramount. Lisa’s husband, Darrin, died three years ago after fighting a three-year battle with meningitis, leukemia, and a brain tumor. Since then, Lisa has paid tribute to her husband and the heritage they created together in the pages of her scrapbooks.
In this layout, Lisa uses vibrant color blocks as symbols of the energy and attention Darrin poured into planning birthday parties—and into the lives of his family. The poignant narrative penned by Lisa for their daughters, Delaney and Haley, makes this layout a true legacy of love.
Ah, courting ... standing when a lady enters a room, holding a door open, and a sweet kiss goodnight (on the cheek, of course!). It may seem old-fashioned, but wooing your sweetheart—be it your first date or your 50th anniversary—is never outdated. Nichol Magouirk pays tribute to the timeless tradition of courting in this layout about her grandfather, whose romantic gestures toward her grandmother included beautiful corsages on Mother’s Day and other special occasions. Stitching together strips of cardstock and using an eclectic collection of buttons, tags and other trinkets to spell “corsage” evoke a vintage feel. “I like the look of mix-and-matched metals,” Nichol explains. “It creates a ‘shabby chic’ look, and it’s also a great way to use your leftover letters and other metal accents.”
Scraps of ribbon, old-fashioned tags, silk flowers, and strips of torn paper can make a heritage layout rich in texture without overwhelming the real jewels—the photos. In Kim McCrary’s layout featuring her husband’s parents, the antique accents gently cascade around the photograph, which is offset to add even more charm to the page. The finishing touch is a romantic quote from author Jane Austen. “Of all the layouts I’ve ever created, this is my husband’s favorite,” Kim says. “His comment when seeing it was, ‘Mom and Dad never looked so good.’” Use these heritage scrapbook ideas for fun scrapbooking.