Scrapbooking Supplies for Family History

My father holding me at my Christening in 1961.

Before I started scrapbooking my family history I browsed the websites of quite a few companies, to see what digital scrapbooking supplies they offered. I particularly wanted to build a digital collection with a bright contemporary feel, but where the backgrounds and elements would not be tussling for attention with my heritage photographs and documents. I was also looking out for stock in my favourite colours: soft pink, lemon yellow, and leaf green, paired with neutral taupes and browns.

Several of the websites listed here have very good social media accounts and mailing lists, so it may be worth looking at how each one communicates with their customers and how they share their inspiring kits and layouts, before you commit to a particular supplier.

I have a preference for sites which offer clear previews and provide excellent examples of layouts using the kits. It is not always easy to envisage how the elements will work in combination, so these features are really useful.

Some of these sites are big companies or collectives, but others are individual designers with their own websites. It’s worth mentioning that a lot of these websites offer freebies, which are great news when you’re extending your collection. It also gives you the opportunity to see how each site packages their downloads. Some are easier to work with and organise than others. My pet hates are when a store doesn’t put the supplier and kit name within the file name, and when they duplicate file names within their kits. It makes it very difficult to sort your backgrounds and elements into folders, without losing the ability to manage the relevant instructions and licences.

At present my supplies come from the following websites:

Other suppliers on my radar for future purchases include:

You can also find a wide range of digital products on websites like Etsy and Creative Market, but I find it harder to shop there, as the search filters are so limited, and it’s increasingly difficult to hone in on meaningful results. If you use Facebook there are some good groups for digital scrapbooking resources which will introduce you to new artists and smaller suppliers.

I hope you found my list useful! I will add to this post as I explore new resources.

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