21 May 2014

Heritage Scrapbooking: Louise's Father Page

Grannie loved her father. She had a special connection with him after her mother's death when she was 13. Harry would take Louise to the golf course. Though she wasn't allowed, he'd let her swing a few strokes. Louise loved all sorts of sports during her teen years. It is no wonder she found these moments with her father so wonderful.

Heritage Scrapbook Layouts Fathers
Heritage Scrapbook Layouts already done
Credit: background - SHobbs; floral flourish - A Narrative (Scrap Girls); journal paper - Ozark Mountain High Road; book plate - Shabby Fall; brad, stitching -  Mother May Iflowers - Spa Holidayaltered diamond paper - Hello, Aunty;  metal element - Chore Daywire element - An Old Fashioned Christmas

That's the only definite memory Louise shared about her hard working father. For the journaling, I included the story at the end, but featured her memories of her parents collectively.  If all I shared was the golfing story, I would have limited the impression you have of Harry. When the stories are limited, you might have to combine topics in order to create bit of journaling.

Designing this page was tricky. This page features photos a male subject, a father; however, the journaling includes stories of both parents. The page couldn't be a 'true' father's page.

Louise's Scrapbook Color Scheme

The color scheme for the overall album is very feminine. I was fortunate to have two photos of Harry looking dapper. One with his wife Lura early in their marriage and the other when he was in his later years. In heritage albums, it's important to show changes over time. With one page for Louise's father, these two photos perform that task nicely.

Harry Long of Columbus, Ohio 1936
Harry Long of Columbus, Ohio
Playing golf in 1936

Recently, I came across the photo of Harry playing golf. I would have loved to have a photo of Louise doing the same thing to highlight the golf story. It was not available. Yet, the photo of Harry looking well dressed to play golf in the 1930's is so fitting as well.

Family Trees in Scrapbooks
Mini-Family Tree for Heritage Scrapbook Layout

With the three photos and the journaling in place, I wanted add another historical element to the layout. The use of mini-trees helps you remember and share the relationships of people on the page. Notice how Louise is highlighted in green, as is her father. The other persons are obviously her sister and her mother. The mini-tree helps to supports the story from the teenager layout about Marguerite's Mafia. You can see how much older Marguerite is than Louise. On the page I share next week, you will learn about Louise's mother Lura. Use mini-trees where possible to help visually show the relationships of family members. Use color variations to feature the people in the book and on the page.

Finally, back to the color scheme issue. The color scheme I used is very feminine, but has a lot of possibilities. I could have selected a tan background for this layout. However, the page faces the page about Louise's mother. That page will be very feminine. I opted for the green as the background to compliment and unite the two layouts. Then I used tan and the lighter peach as mats for Harry's photos. The pinkish-peach was reserved for the family tree. The use of metal accents also lends a masculine feel to the page. Perhaps I could have done more to prevent this Father's Page from looking so girly. I opted to use the more neutral parts of the color palette and not use flowers.

Have fun with your father's pages. Some of them will have a strong feel for them. Others will compliment the color scheme chosen and the facing page in the final family history scrapbook. What tips do you have to feature a father in a scrapbook about a female ancestor?

UPDATE: I used the wrong birthdate for my Grannie. She actually was born on the 21st of May, but she celebrated the 22nd until she realized the error much later in life. Alas, Happy Birthdays Grannie! 

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