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Days of Their Lives
Don't let memories of your ancestors' everyday activities fade into the past — preserve them in your heritage album. These 17 techniques show you how to turn ordinary pictures into extraordinary pages.

We often equate picture-taking with special occasions and family milestones — births, weddings, graduations, reunions. Your family album's probably filled with photos of such memorable moments. But when you're creating a scrapbook of your family's history, the more "mundane" memories — images of relatives' day-to-day activities — are just as important. Those highlights of everyday life, captured on film, help you tell the whole story. Perhaps you have a snapshot of your great-grandmother sewing a quilt or your grandfather tinkering away on his car engine. Including those photos in your heritage album will give future generations a better sense of their ancestors' lives and personalities.

Those slice-of-life photos can be the most rewarding — and fun — to scrapbook. So how do you turn pictures of ordinary activities into extraordinary layouts for your heritage album? For inspiration, look to these 17 projects designed around photos of everyday life. We've provided step-by-step instructions for each layout, so you can achieve the same effects on your own pages — even if you're a scrapbooking novice, Or combine the techniques to create your own designs. As you assemble your album, don't forget the basics of safe scrapbooking: Never paste or crop your original photos or mementos — use color photocopies (or doubles) instead. And use only acid-free, lignin-free papers and embellishments in your layouts. You'll find details on the scrapbooking suppliers mentioned here in our preservation resource directory (page 60).

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