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Heritage-Album ABCs
Scrapbooking novice? Creating your family history album is easier than you think – if you follow these 10 steps to the letter.

Leaf through an old family album, and you'll instantly understand the allure of scrapbooking. Just a few photos can evoke a vivid sense of the past. That's where scrapbooking and genealogy intersect, why researchers want to compile their family histories into albums they'll treasure and share with others. But these days, scrapbooking seems to entail a lot more than plopping pictures onto pages — with all the fancy papers, pens, scissors, punches and other special tools to choose from, a family album might feel like a project better suited to a graphic designer than a genealogist.

Don't let all those options intimidate you. A heritage album can be sophisticated and simple, beautiful yet budget-conscious. You don't need to spend a fortune on doodads and die cuts. You don't have to worry about wrecking your precious photos and keepsakes, either. All you need to create your first heritage album is a few basic supplies, a little safe-scrapbooking savvy and plenty of preparation. This step-by-step guide will get you started.

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