Heritage pages are wonderful keepsakes of the past. They are even better records if you can capture a story or recollection from a family member. I found this group of photos of my father, but didn’t know much about them. For this page I used an interview or conversation style where I asked my father a question about the dog in the photos with him. I paraphrased his answer, making sure to capture his humor. If the photo subject is no longer with us, then don’t let your lack of information stop you from writing what you do know. You can journal your impressions, thoughts, questions and feelings for the person in the photo. These ideas and many other journaling ideas for your pages can be found in “Scrapbook Recipes for Journaling.”

"Rip the Dog" Heritage Page
Designer: LeNae Gerig

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  1. Background: Tear the bottom edge of the 9”x12” strip of striped paper and glue 1” from the top of the blue dot paper.
  2. Journaling: I used an American Typewriter font to give a vintage feel. Print onto the left side of 8 1/2”x11” light ivory cardstock and tear the bottom edge to 6 1/2” long. Ink the edges brown and glue 4” from the top of the page and 1” from the left.
  3. Photos: Mat a 4”x6” photo with brown cardstock, leaving a 1/8” wide border. Mat again with blue plaid paper, leaving a 1/2” wide border. Mat a third time with cardstock, leaving a 1/8” wide border. Glue the matted photo 1 3/4” from the top of the page and 1 1/4” from the right. Mat two 2 1/2” square photos with brown cardstock, leaving a 1/8” wide border. Foam tape one overlapping the top of the journaling and the other at the bottom right corner of the larger photo. Secure brown mini brads to the remaining 3 corners of the large photo mat.
  4. Tags: Journal dates on the tags that correspond with the photos. Write the page title on the small plaid tag and glue at the bottom of the journaling.

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