Thursday, October 7, 2010

Victorian Rose's Life Book Project: Week 3: Childhood

Our babies are growing up now, and we are moving on to the Childhood stage of life. This week should not be about their school days, as we will be doing that chapter next week. This page should demonstrate your subject's early childhood before school, or their life outside of school. It can include siblings, as they were a large part of your subject's childhood.

Remember, journaling is the key! If you didn't include information about what was happening in the world on your birth page, here's another chance. What kinds of things did kids do when your subject was a child? How much did they pay to go to the movies? Who starred in them? What songs did they listen to? This is a page everyone should be able to do, even with limited personal information.

If you don't know much about your subject's early childhood days, do some research into what was happening in the world during those years. If you have a photo of your subject, that's great. If you don't, concentrate on the journaling. What was life like for a typical child at that point in history? Who was their primary care giver? Did they have brothers and sisters to play with? Think outside the box! :)

When my cousin interviewed my dad's cousin, Millie, most of the stories she told him about her childhood had a lot to do with the things she did with (and to :lol:) her sister growing up, so I did this page about sisters: (click for larger view in the gallery)

The other stories she told about her childhood, I just put together on a page I called Cherished Memories. I didn't have any pictures to go with the journaling, so I found some on the internet and asked a cousin who still lives in the area to take another one for me.

If you don't have any information at all about your subject's childhood, you may wish to do something like I've done here, in this layout called Two Generations as children.

Here's a page I made of my Dad and two of his siblings as children. (This uses my Childhood Quick Page.)

And speaking of kits and quick pages...

Here are some suggestions for you of my products that go well with the Childhood theme from the Heritage Scrap Store. There are also many other products by other designers that go well with the Childhood Theme.


This Good Old Days word art set might also work well for this page:

So that's it for this week. Please post your layouts in the Week #3 - Childhood Gallery and try to post a link back here in this thread.

Have fun! I can't wait to see your layouts!

©2010 Vicki Pasterik Victorian Rose Designs

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Life Book Week 1: Getting Started

Here is a posting from the blog of my bff Vicki aka Victorian Rose of the famous Victorian Rose Designs exclusively at Heritage Scrap!!  She has started her third session of the very popular Life Books at Heritage Scrap.  Here are the details from her blog:

And now.... the moment we've all been waiting for!

Let's get those LIFE BOOKS started! (If you're not sure what a Life Book is, please go back and read the thread, "What is a Life Book".)

By now you should have:

1.) Chosen your subject (the person whose life you will be chronicling); and

2.) Either interviewed them or made arrangements to interview them, if they are living, or started gathering all of your information if they are not.

This week we are going to focus on two things: Writing the text of the Life Book and Scrapping the Cover.


For me, the easiest thing to do is to type out the text of the Life Book in my word processing program. Of course, I know that some of you just prefer to write it week by week as you go along. Whatever works for you...

You may choose to write it in the first person (i.e. "I was born on April 16, 1932") or the third person (i.e. "Anna was born on April 16, 1832"). Either way will work, just make sure it is consistent throughout the book.

Once you have the text written, you can go back to it and copy and paste it as you layout your scrapbook.

Once you have it typed up, go back and separate it into sections. You may want to use the Life Book Schedule which contains the list of 26 topics we will be scrapping together to help you get your information organized. You will want to start with Birth and continue chronologically through the person's life.

Here is a sample of what your text might look like:

BIRTH (1st Person)

I was born February 12, 1809, the second child to Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, in a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky. I was named, simply, Abraham Lincoln, and was not given a middle name. (Information from Wikipedia.)

CHILDHOOD (3rd Person)

When he was nine, his 34-year-old mother died of milk sickness. Soon after, his father married Sarah Bush Johnston, with whom he became very close and whom he called "Mother". But he became increasingly distant from his father. Lincoln regretted his father's lack of education, and did not like the hard labor associated with frontier life. Still, he willingly took on all chores expected of him as a male in the household, albeit young, tall and thin. As was the custom, Lincoln also dutifully fulfilled the obligation of a son to give his father all earnings from his work for third parties until age 21. In later years, he would also occasionally lend his father money. In 1830, fearing a milk-sickness outbreak, the family settled on public land in Macon County, Illinois. (Information from Wikipedia.)

That should give you some food for thought.


You will want to be thinking about what supplies you will use to make your Life Book. Of course, you are free to use any kits you would like, but it's nice to have some consistency throughout the book. Take a look in the Heritage Scrap Shoppe. We have several kits that would make an awesome Life Book and many of the Designers' Kits coordinate very well together. I also have several Quick Pages which can be used to make Life Book layouts quickly. All you have to do is add your photos and text. The rest is done for you. (Don't forget – if you use 50% or more of my products (Victorian Rose Designs) on your layouts, I'll throw in a posting bonus.) :)

This week, while you are working on writing your book, go ahead and Scrap the Cover. You can see some sample covers in the Life Book Gallery under Week 1: Cover that were made by Life Bookers in the last round.

And while you are at it, you might want to go ahead and do a dedication page if you will be presenting the Life Book to the subject when you are finished with it. I did a simple one for my Dad's cousin, Millie that looks like this.


Once you have your cover done, please upload it to the Week 1: Cover Gallery, and post a link to it here in this thread. You have until just before the Chat next Monday (9 pm EST) to get them done. At the next chat, we will move on to the first chapter: Birth.

So, there you go! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them here in this forum, email me at, PM me, or Facebook me. Have fun!!

All Life Book Content Copyright 2010 Vicki Pasterik Victorian Rose Designs

Monday, August 2, 2010

~ Heritage Scrap August  ~
~ Designer of the Month ~
~ Rachael Hudnall ~

A Bit about Rachael:

This year I am celebrating 10 years with the most wonderful man. Every day is the best day I've ever had. Both of us work full time but our schedules allow lots of time with each other and the family. Together we have an 11 year old son and a 13 year old daughter. We were blessed with children, who each day, make me feel like the best, the coolest, the most awesome mother on Earth. As a family we extremely enjoy spending weekends away in the city or camping with our scout group.

Since kindergarten Arts & Crafts was my favorite class. Junior high and high school brought along real art classes. After moving out on my own, I wanted to continue creative endeavors. I quickly found that adult crafts came with a big mess, a loss of the kitchen table, and an empty bank account. After several years of avoiding the local Michael's (even though it called to me to just come have a look) I tried paper scrapping. 3 layouts later and I remembered why I don't do crafty things and began looking online for clip art and patterns to save a little money. Then I came across digital scrapbooking. With some experience with PSP, I thought, "I can do this." Soon after my thinking changed to, "I can make that." 4 years later and here we are.

Several years ago my mother in law gave me a copy of Family Tree Maker. Never did I know that my history was so interesting. There was so much I never knew I didn't know. The more I learn the more I wonder how much more I don't know. After finding Heritage Scrap I've been obsessed with getting it all down into a gorgeous scrapbook. I keep getting distracted with the research part but I'm currently working on my first (of many) family history album.

I absolutely love creating digital scrapbook designs and I thank all of you for allowing me to share my passion with you. --Rachael Hudnall

 ~ Rachael's Specials ~

Rachael has put together specials for the entire month. Each week she will offer you great savings on her gorgeous shop. Her first up is a buy one kit, get another for 50% off. You don't need to enter a coupon code - just put the kits in the cart. For every one at full price, you will get an automatic discount on another. Easy Peasy Fun!

So there you go, start scrapping with Rachael's products and fill up her gallery! Use her products exclusively on your layouts and submit only new layouts made in August. Make as many layouts as you want using as many kits as you can. We will follow the same rules as last month except the prizes will be:

1st Place - using the most kits from Rachael's Heritage Scrap Shoppe - A prize of your choice from the Winner's Prize Gallery!!!
2nd Place - making the most layouts using Rachael's products - A prize of your choice from the Winner's Prize Gallery!!!
3rd Place - a totally random draw from all entries (one entry per layout) - A prize of your choice from the Winner's Prize Gallery!!!

OK, let's get those new layouts in to fill Rachael's gallery!! Save your spot here in this thread and keep editing your post, adding all the new information like you did last month. Post your layouts in the gallery and link back here to be eligible for the posting bonus and random drawing prize. It is important to link back here so that I know you have entered. I couldn't possibly find everyone's layouts in the galleries without a link! You have until midnight eastern time on August 31 to complete your entries. More than one layout is allowable and will count towards more entries in the drawing; however, there is only one posting bonus per participant per challenge.

Everyone participating in the challenge this month will receive a posting bonus of your choice from our new Posting Bonus gallery (It is still pretty bare but we will be adding more throughout the month!) All prizes and posting bonuses will be awarded on September 1.

Also keep in mind that everyone participating in all eight monthly challenges will become a member of the Heritage Honors Club and will receive a prize from the Club Prizes gallery and a special item to include in your signature line to show off the prestige of being a member of the Heritage Honors Club. It will be similar to the *Certified Heritage Hunter* insignia in my signature line. The eight monthly challenges are:

Designer of the Month
Journaling Challenge
Quote Challenge
Lyrical Challenge
Font Challenge
Heritage World of Holidays
Progressive Challenge
Art of Cooking Heritage Style

If you need help posting or editing, give a shout, lots of helpers around here!

Good luck everyone!!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Heritage Scrap Announcement

In the newsletter sent out on Thursday, there were coupon ads for DigiZines by Teri and Jean Daughtery Designs. The start date for Teri's promotion was incorrect in the ad shown in the newsletter. Due to separate technical issues on the back end of Jean's cart - which didn't show up until very late last night, we will be going live with her coupon on Monday. Teri's coupon was meant to start tomorrow, August 1st as that is our birthday. We will do whatever we can to get Jean's activated tomorrow as well - but if we can't then it will be live on Monday. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have incurred.

- so there is still opportunity for great savings in both of their shops.

Please remember that all purchases for $25 or greater on both Saturday and Sunday qualify you for one of two

Spend $50 or greater on either Saturday, Sunday or both, and you qualify for two entries into the drawing. $75 will qualify you for 3 entries. We will announce the winners of the drawing on Monday. These certificates will be available for use in the store beginning on September 1st.


Kate McClellan, Heritage Scrap

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Heritage Scrap News!!!

Heritage Scrap is turning 2 years old!!

To show our appreciation for your patronage and support of our special shop, we have a big celebration planned this weekend - July 30 and Aug1.

We will have gifts with purchase, freebies, challenges, two raffles for a $25 gift certificate AND a STOREWIDE 50% sale all weekend long!

AND our new collab, Heritage Builders Vol 2 will released on Friday!!!

PLUS - the Designers have specials in their stores just for you! 

The delightful deals will be going on all month - but the blowout sale is just this weekend, so be sure to stop in and SAVE big!!

Here are a few of the upcoming deals - please check back on Friday for all the scoop!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Designer at Heritage Scrap (and she has a freebie!!)

Heritage Scrap is very pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Bowman of Rebel without a Pause Designs to our design staff!!  Lisa (aka Rebel!!) comes to us with vast experience in both digital graphics design and family history research - a combination that is extremely important here at Heritage Scrap.

Read more about Rebel and get to know her a little by reading her Rebel without a Pause Designs blog and continuing to check out her store at Heritage Scrap.  She is currently adding product to the store but has available for sale immediately:

While you are looking through her products, be sure a pick up her introduction FREEBIE!!!

Rebel will be joining in the August Birthday Bash activities at Heritage Scrap!  She is also planning to be heavily involved with the Life Book and Heritage Hunting Projects so you will be able to meet her at those chats!  So come out and have some fun with Heritage Scrap's newest design team member!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

18th Century Pennsylvania German Naming Customs

WOW!!! Heritage Hunters, I have just been directed to THE MOST wonderful, informative, and helpful article that I've read in a very long time, 18th Century Pennsylvania German Naming Customs!!! Stacey Jewell Stahl, a marvelous digiscrap designer (I'm sorry I don't know where she is selling her designs currently), posted it on Facebook and I am so thankful that she took the time to do so. It is an old article actually, so some of you may have already seen it or something similar, and ask *Well, where have you been Vicki?!?!?* But to me, it is new and very useful information concerning all those frustrating German names where everyone in the same family was named Johann!! Now that my Lutheran German names make more sense, I'll have to check to see if the same holds true for the Catholic French-Canadians where everyone is a Joseph or Marie!

Check out the article, 18th Century Pennsylvania German Naming Customs, and let's get some chatter going about it in the Heritage Scrap Heritage Hunters forum! In fact, let's make this the focus of the next Heritage Hunter's chat on Tuesday, July 20 at 9:00 p.m. eastern time in the Heritage Scrap chat room!!