In my recent article, Questions for Starting Your First Heritage Album, I addressed some of the questions you should ask yourself before even getting started on your first heritage scrapbook. Let's assume you've asked yourself these questions, have the answers, and have some materials in hand. Where do you actually start scrapbooking when it comes to that first heritage album that you will ever do?
I say that sometimes it is easiest to start with a title page. However, in all of my articles, I discuss how you don't always have to limit yourself to scrapbooking in chronological order. After all, you should do what inspires you. Maybe the idea of scrapbooking a title page does not sound inspiring. However, there is some importance to scrapbooking the title page. It is the first page that the viewer of your scrapbook will see, so you want to make a good impression. Here are some things to think about when scrapbooking that first page:
Pick a Title. Think of what your album contains. If it is the Ethington Family History from 1900-Present, then use that as your title. It does not have to be super creative. It only has to convey to the person looking at the album what it contains.
Keep it simple. You don't need a lot of "stuff" on that first page. However, you want it to look elegant. In on of my first albums, I simple put my title on the page with alphabet letters, and one single photo that conveyed what was in the album. For heritage scrapbooking, maybe you have a complete family portrait of your ancestors. Use this for the title page. However, make a copy first so that you can do another page inside the album with more detail like dates of the photo and who is in the photo. You don't want to clutter your main page with a lot of writing and information.
Use your favorite papers. I love paper. It is one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking. For my title page, I want the papers to reflect my style, and what the album contains. Pick something that you love for the title page that you will never get tired of looking at. After all, it will probably be the page you look at most in the album as it is the first one everyone sees when they open it.
Consider including a pedigree chart. I like the idea of including a pedigree chart or family tree of some kind on the main page. However, you should shrink it down so that it does not overwhelm the whole page. You can include another larger, more detailed chart later on. Consider making a pretty pedigree chart for the main page.
The title page is very important, so try and make it special. The title page should give the album viewer an idea of what the album contains, what the album will be like, and what your style of scrapbooking is. If you can accomplish all of that, then you have succeeded!