I mentioned in my post about finding a family hero that I was contacted by a cousin, Hans, from the Netherlands recently. He graciously shared digital copies of many family photographs of our mutual kin via email. I then in turn put together a heritage scrapbook album of the different photographs. I purchased a scrapbook at my local craft shop which I think has a bit of a European feel to it:
For the first page, I included a sketch that Hans' father originally sent me back in 1989 showing the family lines. There are several surnames involved and even I have to refer back to it to figure out who is who at times.
Then I proceeded to put each photo on a separate page using some unifying creative elements to pull the whole album together. I mounted each photo on a black mat and punched decorative photo holders around all four edges. I printed a caption on gray cardstock and used the same punch to decorate two corners of that. I then mounted the caption on black cardstock. For each caption, I included the title/number of the digital image sent as well as identifying information Hans included in his emails. The caption and photo was then mounted on a white background and I used a decorative stamp in black ink directly on the white cardstock.
This first photograph is of my great-grandfather's sister, Jantje Timmer and her husband Eltje Olthof.
This is a photograph of Jantje Timmer, probably before she married Eltje in November of 1896.
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|Stedum, Groningen, Netherlands|
And this is the final resting place of Eltje Olthof and Jantje Timmer.
This is not the whole album, but shows you an idea of how it was put together. I made my own treasure chest :)