The genealogy world just keeps getting better! MyHeritage and Project Life™ have teamed up to offer a family history gift set! The Family Discovery Kit bundles a MyHeritage DNA kit, a 3-month subscription to MyHeritage.com, a 36-page Project Life™ Photo Album with gorgeously-designed journaling cards, and even a couple of candles, all wrapped up in a keepsake box.
I’m all about the DNA kit (just deciding whose DNA is next on my list…) and the MyHeritage site access, but I was quickest to pull out the Project Life™ Photo Album. You see, I’m a die-hard scrapbooker, and not just because I was paying attention during the ‘90s craze. I made my first scrapbook when I was a kid and I never stopped. I have dozens of them.
Preserving Memories with Project Life™
What I like about the Project Life™ system is that they’re an easy combination of album and scrapbook. You can slip either photos or journaling cards into the archival-quality pocket pages. The result is a cohesive, custom album that doesn’t require the extra hours and embellishments of traditional scrapbooking.
The album that comes with the Family Discovery Kit has a stitched faux-leather album delicately embossed with swirling leaves and the words “My Heritage” on the cover. The inside pages have full-page front and back sleeves, with 36 drop-in pocket pages that each hold a variety of photos or cards. I especially love the 160 double-sided cards, designed especially for celebrating family history and memories. The cards are lined on one side for captioning and full of decorative bling on the other.
Using the Family Discovery Kit to Tell an Ancestor’s Story
When I opened my kit, I knew immediately what I would use it for. I have a collection of photos taken after my grandfather enlisted in the Army in 1943. I’ve also got plenty of digitized documents relating to the years immediately before and after the war: his high school yearbook photos, employment records with Colorado Fuel & Iron Co and the Railroad Board, and even a poignant 1945 city directory entry showing he’d returned home to live with his recently-widowed mother. That means his father passed away not long after these pictures were taken. I decided this album would be a perfect place to tell the story of his coming-of-age years.
I’ve just gotten started but here’s what it looks like so far. As you can see, I used two journaling cards and one of the six full-sized decorated album pages to create a simple inside front cover page.
This two-page spread that follows includes the backside of the inside front cover. That paper I chose is lined on the back for writing, so I could easily introduce the story this album tells. (I like the fact that if you plan carefully, you can get double-sided mileage out of these pages and cards!)
Remember, the Project Life™ album is only part of the Family Discovery Kit: you’ve also got the MyHeritage DNA kit and subscription so you can make the discoveries you need to tell the stories. During the holiday season, and while supplies last, the kit is 40% off the retail value. It’s a great gift for… yourself! Oh yes, and for anyone you’d like to get to take a DNA test or create a family album (or both!).
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