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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Comment by stampwithcynthia on May 25, 2013 at 12:33pm

You've made this come alive for me!  When I first saw it i couldn't imagine it in my head what it would look like and if it appealed to me and now it does and I LOVE the cd  at the back of the book.  Thanks so much!  Now I HAVE to have it! :)

Comment by Lesley Seabrook on May 25, 2013 at 9:20am

thanks so much for sharing.

It's terrific to see a book like this complete

the CD's are a wonderful idea.

Thanks again


Comment by Joyce Elaine Fisher on May 24, 2013 at 1:11pm

What resolution do you choose to scan your photos?  Your book is fabulous!!!  I've shared your project on Facebook & Twitter.

Peace, Love & Joy,


Comment by Stampin' Up! on May 24, 2013 at 12:16pm

Annette, Unfortunately our software is not integrated with Family Tree Maker, so you would need to insert your family history information manually. If you have jpeg images of your family tree, you could insert those as photos in the software to avoid some of the rework.The great part is, as Karen mentions, once you've worked on a project like this, you can print multiple copies. 

Comment by Tanya Harvey on May 24, 2013 at 12:04pm

This is truly fabulous! What an incredible gift, and the dvd on the back is the best idea!!!

Comment by Julie Davidse (Stampinjul) on May 24, 2013 at 11:01am

You've really inspired me, Karen!  I have so much family history for my husband's side, I think that I may make a book for him and his two brothers!  What a wonderful, heartfelt gift!

Comment by Vicki L Evans on May 24, 2013 at 10:51am

This is definitely on my list of things to create. And I even have the download. I just need to start scanning photos.

Comment by Annette Polsky on May 24, 2013 at 10:36am

I guess there's no way to import your family tree information into the template?  So all the information would have to be hand-entered?  Can the template be imported into Family Tree Maker?  I would love to use this but really don't want to re-enter a bunch of information.

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