Every Tuesday morning I eagerly logon to MyDigitalStudio.net to see the new downloads for the week. I’m always excited, but on the morning of January 22, I was especially giddy. There it was—the download I’d hoped and waited for since we launched MDS—Family History Photobook Template (AU/NZ) (item 132918). I know, I know—only old people care about family history, but that’s the point! I wanted a way to make family history fun, exciting, even enticing to my children and grandchildren, and this template was absolutely the answer.
For almost 60 years I’ve been storing and moving and lifting and—did I say storing?—boxes and boxes of personal histories, pedigrees, family group sheets, photos, documents, and research. I know that none of my children were thrilled with the idea of receiving all of it someday. And really, the problem is, how can I give it all to just one child? I now have a solution that gives all of it to each of them, and I love the final result.
Family history junkies will love the clean lines and classic design of the “pedigree chart” spread. And the more visual personality can have the same experience with the “our family tree” spread. Same ancestors, different format.
While I changed very little of the original template, each spread is really adaptable to fit a variety of individual family situations. For example, on the “family record” page there were originally eight photo boxes and I only needed seven. So I deleted one and moved its companion to the center.
Each of my children will receive a copy of the photobook, beautifully designed and organized, rather than boxes and boxes of stuff to store for the next 60 years. And bonus! Photobooks are 25% off through June 15! No excuse to not let my siblings in on this as well—after all, it’s their history, too.
I even found a solution to the hundreds of photos, documents, and histories that couldn’t all fit in the photobook. My digitized four generations of photos and histories fits neatly on a CD that I placed in a matching envelope at the back of the book.
There isn’t a traditional Designer Series Paper counterpart for this template so I printed my own from MDS! The Family History Photobook Template (AU/NZ) comes with five, beautiful Designer Series Paper patterns. Hint: I used a standard, paper CD envelope as the pattern for my envelopes.
Whether you’re preserving several generations of your family history or documenting your immediate family history, I know you’ll love this template. You will definitely want to get this download while it’s on sale!
Now that my big project is done I think I’ll experiment a bit with this download. Maybe flip flop the brackets and start with my children?
What do you think?
Karen Hauley, Stampin’ Up! Business Development Specialist
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