30 October 2011

Virtual GeneaScrappers - Scrapbook Sunday - Join Us!

Snow Falling on Our Halloween Decorations
Good morning all. We survived the first big snowstorm of the season. The neighbors lost power and we lost a few branches, but that seems to be the extent of our damage here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Green Leaves on October 30th, 2011

Since childhood I have jumped out of bed early on days when the world is blanketed in white. Snow mornings always feel full of promise and possibility. Today I was excited to get started on Jessica Sprague's Family History Album class and I hope you are too.

Week 1

1. Purchase Family History Album Class 1. Use code FHA385 at checkout to receive a twenty percent discount. Create and save your password.
Time: 30 minutes

2. Sign in to JessicaSprague.com. On the upper right click on My Classes tab. Download and/or print all class materials. Extract files as needed. I made a file titled Family History Album on my desktop and used CutePDF to save each day's instructions. See snip at right to check that you have all of the files. 
Time: 2 hours

3. Read through all materials. Decide if you would like to request a JS Mentor
Time: 30 minutes

4. Check your software. You will need Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements for this class. It is not necessary to have the newest version, but you can download a free trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
Time: varies by software experience

5. Gather, Organize & Create Title Page
This week we will complete days 1 to 3 of the Family History Album Class. 
Time: varies by how much you want to do

6. Blog Post for Sunday, November 6
Post your title page using the heading [Your Title] - Scrapbook Sunday. Your post can simply include your title page image or any of the following ideas (or your own);
  • which family you will be scrapbooking
  • why you are scrapbooking this family
  • challenges you faced to get this project started
  • solutions to your challenges
  • anecdote about your family
  • digital scrapbooking

Be sure to include a link back to my blog, either to the Family History Scrapbooking page or to this week's instructions. I will have links to your blogs and posts and I will request a Scrapbook Sunday link in the daily Genealogy Blogging Beat. Post any questions below or on the Family History Scrapbooking page.

Happy Sunday and stay warm!

Scrappy Gen
Let's Remember!

It's never too late to participate in this project. Click on the Family History Scrapbooking tab to read all of the posts. If you would like to join us, post a comment or email me at jshoer [at] jenalygen [dot] com or Tweet me @scrappygen


  1. I am so excited! This is going to be fun. Just the motivation I need to begin digital scrapbooking. Thanks Jen for the push I needed!

  2. I love it! I'm getting everything ready today: software set up, class purchased, and materials downloaded. I can't wait to get started!

  3. Valerie and Stephanie, Glad you are both on board and happy to be doing this project with you. I need the motivation too! Jen

  4. I'm excited as well. Participated in ScanFest today and got a lot of pictures scanned in.

  5. At least one of us made it to ScanFest. Have you been before Jackie? How did you like it? I went once, and have wanted to go back ever since, but the timing hasn't been quite right.

  6. If anyone needs directions on how to change the papers in the cover page template, please let me know and I will send them to you. I just finished mine and I can't wait to share it.

  7. I could use some help on changing the papers please...

  8. If you are using Photoshop Elements, this YouTube video will help you change pictures and papers in a scrapbooking template: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zcfIwelQfLk Let me know if you have any other questions. Jen


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