Let me say that I’m generally NOT a scrapbooker but I am a lover of history. My favorite kind of history is family history. My family and lots of others. I like hearing or reading the personal stories. I feel a strong connection to women who came before me – how they lived, worked and mothered.
So with all of that in mind I wanted to create a keepsake book that will explain, long after I’m gone, where I came from.
This is a really great project to involve the children with, especially as family members they don’t see often gather together for the holidays. It’ll give them a sense of connection and help them understand HOW their mom or dad are related to all those people.
- Cinch Bookbinding Tool
- Cinch 8×8 Book Board
- Cinch Binding Wires – .75 inch Black
- DCWV – The Linen Closet 8×8 Paper Stack
- Chipboard Alphabet Letters – or any letter of your choice
- Peltaloo Chantilly Collection – Mixed Velvet Hydrangea – Blue – other embellishmens to fit your look
- Scrappy Cat Stamp Collection – Patterns
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Brushed Corduroy
- Darice Permanent Adhesive Double Sided Tape Roller
The first thing you’ll need to do is scan and print several photos as you won’t want to use the originals. I printed an old one of what must have been a family reunion way back when, one of me, my parents on their wedding day, my father’s parents and my grandmother’s parents just to get me started (I created extra pages to go back in and add photos of my mother’s family).
For the cover I chose the paper I wanted for both the front and backside. I adhered the paper to the book binding board with the double sided tape runner. Then I added an area of light gesso to the front cover with a semi-dry brush. Once that dried I stamped a couple of areas with a Scrappy Cat Stamp and the Tim Holtz ink. I also added a page from an old Farmer’s Almanac (because my family were farmers) and some alphabet stickers. I gessoed over the plain stickers and then antiqued the edges with the Brushed Corduroy using a cotton swab to get the edges.
To create the pages I chose the papers and taped them, wrong sides together to make a sturdy double sided album page. I added photos, and aged papers keeping in mind not to get too close to the left side of the page where the Cinch coils will go.
Don’t get too fancy with the embellishments at this point as that’ll just make it more difficult to punch the holes in later. Just get a general idea of how the album will be laid out.
Now, it’s time to punch the holes so you can put the album together. I watched the WRMemory Keepers Video Tutorial on YouTube and read over the instructions first. Make sure to practice with a piece of paper before you begin punching holes in your pages.
The Cinch has an area that holds the wire for you while you put your pages on. Remember to put the back page on first – as seen in the video. You can pick it up once all the pages are on the coil to make sure it will close and be in the right order before you close the wire. It’s that old “Measure twice, cut once” mentality. 🙂
Then move to the back of the Cinch to close the coils (the inside back of the book is shown in the above photo).
All that’s left is to add names, birth and death dates, personal stories or memories… and of course, more embellishments.
And now you have a one of a kind, personal album to share with your family. This is a great project for remembering those who have come before us and to share with our children and grandchildren about the people who came before THEM.
The added bonus is that the older people in the family may remember those in the photos and you may have an opportunity to learn even more about your heritage. Be sure to keep a video camera on hand to capture any of those great stories.
Black Photo Corners would add a great antique touch to this album.
If you are worried about getting 8×8 inch paper lined up EXACTLY right when using permanent adhesive, go ahead and buy the 12 x 12 Paper Stack and once you have everything stuck together, THEN you can cut them down to 8×8 inches.