Sunday, December 18, 2011

Family History Album Week 1--The Title Page - Scrapbook Sunday...

Jen at The Scrappy Genealogist and a group of Genealogists (both professional and hobbyists) have decided to take a course by Jessica Sprague called "Family History Album Class 1" which incorporates two of my passions:  Genealogy and Scrapbooking!  How fun is THAT???

They started before me by a few weeks, but I am hot on their trail!  

Jen welcomed me with open arms and told me to come on along!  This is great fun and I wanted to share my Week One Title Page of the album with you!

See the blue tag there by the keys?  I was thinking about putting "We Put The Fun In DysFUNctional" on the tag.  What do you think?  I know--I have a strange and wacky sense of humor!

I had a LOT of scrapbooking supplies when we decided to sell the house and contents and take to the road in a 5th wheel, free spirits (read insane!) that we are...

I kept my scrapping supplies, but man do they take up a LOT of space in a camper!  And they are HEAVY!  I was trying to figure out a way to lighten that load and free up that space.

Then, I found digital scrapbooking, but had not yet delved into it much.

When I saw this class and the blog group that was starting to go through the class together I just HAD to join in the fun and get my feet wet!

I use Paint Shop ProX3 and have since it was Paint Shop Pro 2 in beta.  The course suggests Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and uses PSD files.  I have used PSD files with PSP before and they worked just fine.  However, since Corel purchased PSP, it no longer correctly reads the CMYK files (PSD files) since version 9 when it was still Jasc Software.  Rats!  

It took me a while to figure out what the problem was, but after some research on the web and the diagnosis of the problem, I downloaded Photoshop Elements 10 trial to do the pages for the course and found the Organizer that is included with Elements.  What a great thing!  I am using that for all sorts of organization of files for both scrapbooking and genealogy files!  I will share those things in the future.  I will obviously be purchasing Elements!

Don't let all of that technical talk scare you--Elements is really very user friendly and Jen provides help and has some links to videos that show you just what to do!  You can do it!  Come on along...

So, what do you think of the Title Page?


  1. Hi Yvonne, Your page is simply gorgeous! The crinkly, old paper is perfect for this album. Was it from a kit? How did you do it? I love the keys too. Can't wait to see your next pages! Jen

  2. Woohoo!!! I love the 'fun is dysfunctional' idea 'cause more often than is!!! That's why I'm know as the wild and crazy one 'round here.

    Sweetie, I just wanted to thank you for visitin' with your sweet comment and hoppin' on my blog. I sure hope ya'll enjoy the ride!

    God bless and in the word of that silly old Granny Clampett, "ya'll come back now, ya hear!!!:

    Have a beautiful week sweetie!!! :o)

  3. Wow! That is gorgeous Yvonne! I have to redo mine, since everything was lost in my hard drive crash...good thing, as I am totally my yours.

    Thanks for joining!


  4. Nezzy--thanks for bouncing in! And thank you for the kind words!

    Valerie--Oh no! You lost your hard drive! All of that time and effort lost. Thanks for the compliment. This is just so fun! :) Can't wait to see what you come up with!


    Jen--I posted the info on your Sunday post. Thanks!