Creative Genealogy

My grandparents, Mose and Irene Kennamer, built their home in 1910 on the James Allen Kennamer farm near Quitman, Texas. They lived there until 1939 when they moved to Dallas, Texas. Mose studied music, farmed and became an efficient piano tuner. My grandmother ran the farm and supervised eleven children while my grandfather traveled throughout Texas to tune pianos.

I didn’t live near my grandparents as a child. My grandmother died when I was 4, but I have a wealth of information because my grandfather contributed significantly to publishing of a genealogy book on his ancestors. I thought the look of book would be perfect for this layout.

I placed solid paper 4 from ArtPlay Palette Archive on a new blank document.

Place the psd layers of file 2 from MultiMedia Documents No. 3. Just below the fastener shadow, place the photo. Give the photo a custom shadow, pulling it in with the warp tool below the fastener.

Below the multimedia layers, add transfer 1 from ArtPlay Palette Archive and change the blend mode to darken to blend it into the background paper.

Add edge overlays 1 and 2 below and recolor both. Flip overlay 1 vertically and erase anything overlapping the newsprint edge in the paper.

To create an informal family tree stamp brush 8 from NoteBook No. 3 in black. Below, stamp brush 6 from Trees No. 2. Note: I added the names of my great grandparents.

Add word art 3 from Family WordART Mix No. 1 for a tile and journaling.

Having a copy of the book my grandfather helped compile and publish, I wonder what he would think of this page. I know my dad would have liked it.






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  1. Hi Linda. I am just discovering your heritage pages and I love them. I know you have some of them included here on your blog with tutorials, but I’m looking for info about one in particular right now: you used Anna Aspnes’ Family Tree Template No. 6 and titled it “Grandma’s Family Tree.” Can you tell me what background paper/transfers you used to create the stained effects on the right side of the page? I really like this look and would like to scraplift it as much as I can. I just purchased the template. Thanks a bunch!

  2. Hi Kay, I have written a post that describes all the materials I used to create my Family Tree with Anna’s template. You can find the post if you put “family” in the search form near the top of the blog. Have fun!!

    • Hi Linda,

      Thank you so much! I found it and I’m making a copy to refer to. Very helpful. Perhaps you covered this somewhere in your blog—I haven’t had time to read every post yet—but I am wondering a couple more things: I know you’re doing 12 x 12″ pages; what do you plan to do with them? Print them as a book, print them yourself and slide them into page protectors in an album? I’ve begun this project several ways and keep going back and forth: traditional scrapbooking/digital to put into an album, reduced size (10×10 or 8×8) for a printed book….Just can’t settle on one method. I love the tactile approach of traditional, but digital is second nature to me and SO easy (I was a graphic designer in a former life).


      • Kay, I will compile my heritage pages into a 12×12 book and publish them digitally through either Blurb or Picaboo. I’ve never traditionally scrapped. I do print individual pages through Persnickety and put those plastic sleeves in binders. However, since all the pages I’m doing for this Heritage project are connected, I will put them in a book. I love the look of a published book; this will be my fourth.

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