A look inside my album: Family Portraits

Would you like to take a peek inside my family scrapbook?

The Story

Often our best technical photos don't have much of a story behind them. If you are doing a home photoshoot with the little one, or even a family portrait session with a local photographer, they can just be pretty pictures.

In these layouts I played with my new supplies, a couple of templates, and some gorgeous photos.

The Layouts

At Three

20121109 Emily

I was totally excited to see a paper that reflected Emily's gorgeous dress (all the way from Vermont) and just used that kit for the rest of the layout once I saw that paper.

Credits Mye de Leon La Boheme (The Digi Files 47), Bella Gypsy Fall In Love
Simple Scrapper October 2012 Template
Photos by Julian Masters


This past few months have been a great big adventure for you. You’ve spent your first nights away from home, had a new baby join the family, started wearing glasses and even had an ECG. You are a very brave and adventurous little girl who never hesitates to try a new food, climb up high, stay with family or babysitter, swim or do anything really!I am so happy that you show how much you love Edward by reading him stories, singing to him and talking to him. Daddy and I love that you are so brave.

Perfect Day

perfect day


I just placed twp photos and a journalling card on a blank canvas and journalled on a 30% opaque rectandle. DONE! This was a quick layout, I spent most of my time thinking about what would make a perfect day for me.


So many things make a perfect day... A fresh easterly on a summer’s day. A sea breeze before it gets too hot. An afternoon snuggled up with a book. A dinner & games with friends. A story told by Emily. A happy squeal as Edward works out how a toy works.A morning crafting. A weekend painting. A night scrapping. Singing, walking, playing piano. But most of all I love a whole day with you.
Photos by Julian Masters
Supplies by Kerri Bradford

20120203 You


I wanted to scrap about Phill, I had good photos. Simple.

Thankyou for all the time and attention you give us. Thankyou for providing us good life for us. You are able to bring a smile to our faces and we love that you go out of your way to make sure we do.
Supplies Megan Turnidge,  Template Simple Scrapper Feb 2013
Photos by Julian Masters

20120203 Emily at 3

This layout uses the same template as the one above. I was getting kinda tired of all the simple scrapping I've been doing lately so I just kept adding to this layout!

I was inspire by Cathy Zielske on this one.


Favourite Colour: Pink
Favourite Food: Lasagne, Pies
Friends: Edward, Evie Martin and Penelope Hill
Favourite Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Favourite thing to do on the weekend: Play with Daddy
Favourite Place to visit: The Museum (The Erth Dinosaur Show)Favourite thing about Mummy: You turn my house into a school
Favourite thing about Daddy: He stays home when it’s the weekend
Favourite thing about Edward: He makes me laugh
Favourite Book: Dumbo
Favourite TV show: Peppa Pig (But the reply way Bananas in Pajamas, then Dora and Boots - I don’t think she’s ever watched Dora!)

Flergs In bloom
Template Simple Scrapper Feb 2013

What about indoor shoots?

Of course, all these photos above were taken outside and have a more natural look (but are waaay better than my personal photography skills!)

Here's an idea of how I used a previous indoor photoshoot.
20100104 Emily

I used a font that blended with the flourishes, a simple cluster and frame (with glitter!) and I was done.

Care to Share?

Feel free link up to your layouts in the comments or head to our Digital Scrapbooking HQ Flickr Group where you can add your layouts.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lainehmann Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Melissa, your pages are gorgeous. The love for your family shines through! Thank you for giving us a peek inside your albums. Here’s a link to one of my favorites lately: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=543793598993046&set=a.360836647288743.77970.161491327223277&type=1&theater

    • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun

      :) Thanks Lain

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.dubarry Heather Dubarry

    These are some gorgeous pages Melissa! Love how you’ve taken advantage of great photos to tell a lot of stories!

    • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun

      Thanks Heather! :)

  • AHayes61

    Great layouts and the your stories are inspiring. I hope you can stop by and visit my blog soon!

    • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun


      Feel free to link me up to your blog in the comments

  • Alice Golden

    These are all just beautiful! It is amazing how realistic digi layouts look now compared with the early days. Do you print yours?