Everything You Need To Scrap Your Santa Fe Trail Family Story

Everything You Need To Scrap Your Santa Fe Trail Family Story

I was born in the small Kansas town of Council Grove. Perhaps some of my love of history comes from being surrounded by an abundance of Historical Markers (21 of them) and discussion of the past as if it were just yesterday.  

Council Grove was named for a large grove of hardwood trees that offered shelter from the Kansas heat and cold. The stand of trees next to the Neosho River was a place to gather for Native Americans and later for travelers heading west.  The town was named after an agreement between European Americans and the Osage Nation. The agreement allowed settlers’ wagon trains to pass through the area and proceed onto Santa Fe.  Council Grove was the last community on the Santa Fe trail (before Santa Fe) for many years and was the place travelers restocked their supplies and repaired their wagons. There are a total of 13 sites there listed on the National Register of Historic Places: The Last Chance Store, Hays House Restaurant, Post Office Oak,  Council Oak, Custer Elm and more.

The Santa Fe trail began primarily as a trade route. Mexico had just gained independence from Spain and the inhabitants of the southwest were anxious for trade with Americans, and vice versa. Pioneering settlers also followed the trail, adding to the populations of Texas, Colorado, future Arizona & New Mexico and California.

Here are some excellent resources to learn more about the Santa Fe Trail

National Park Service


Santa Fe Trail Organization:


If you have Southwestern Native American heritage you will find these links at the Library of Congress worthy of review:

Edward S. Curtis Photograph Collection: https://www.loc.gov/collections/edward-s-curtis/

Santa Fe Trail was the Heritage Scrappers Club Mega in February 2019.  Each month, club members receive a complete Mega Collection PLUS some bonus products to help you scrap your genealogy story.  I call these Heritage Resources.  The products below are not included in the Mega Collection once it goes into my stores, but they are available individually.

The April Mega is Read All About It. Pick up a sampler and get more information on how you can save from 72% – 82% on a new Mega each month on my Facebook Page.

The Complete Line of Heritage Scrappers Resources is available in these stores

Digital Scrapbooking Studio  |  Gingerscraps  |  Go Digital Scrapbooking  |  My Memories

Layout Inspiration Featuring Santa Fe Trail by ADB Designs

Santa Fe Trail Featured Layout

I choose a featured layout for each collection but it is NEVER EASY!  This week I selected the Bandelier National Monument layout by Poki.  I thought the title tabs were a very creative way to title each of the photos and the vase with flowers and greenery gave this page depth and interest.

Santa Fe Trail Blog Freebie

The Santa Fe Trail Bundle & Individual Pieces are on Sale for 30% – 55% through 4/28/19 in these stores.

Digital Scrapbooking Studio  |  Gingerscraps  |  Go Digital Scrapbooking  |  My Memories

Scrapbook Your Newborn Stories, Old or New, With The Bygone Baby Heritage Bundle

Scrapbook Your Newborn Stories, Old or New, With The Bygone Baby Heritage Bundle

Turn Those Baby Photos Into A Cherished Memory

Whether you are a long time genealogist or a new grandparent, most of us have a stash of baby photos just waiting to be scrapped.  Waiting for the story to be told.  Maybe waiting for the perfect kit.  Bygone Baby was designed to help you turn your family baby stories into cherished family keepsakes.

Gently aged elements make Bygone Baby a beautiful choice for scrapping photos of your grandparents or your grandchildren.  Bright pops of color work beautifully with black and white or sepia photos.

The bundle includes a fun banner alpha, clusters, journal cards, masks, two sets of papers, flourishes, and a mega pack of elements so you have everything you need for a page or an entire photo book.

Bygone Baby was the December Mega for my Heritage Scrappers Club.  Members also received some Heritage Resources to help you create unique elements for your family story.  These are also available in my stores as an add on purchase.

Pick up a FREE SAMPLER of my current Heritage Scrapper’s Club Mega on my Facebook Page and I have some bonus, coordinating gifts scattered around my social media and stores to help you start or finish your projects faster.  Download the blog freebie below.


Bygone Baby Heritage Resources

Shop Your Favorite Store For Heritage Resources

Go Digital Scrapbooking  |  Gingerscraps  |  Digital Scrapbooking Studio

Layout Inspiration Featuring Bygone Baby by ADB Designs

Bygone Baby Featured Layouts

I usually feature one layout by a creative team member but this week there are two.  Dana used the banner alphas to start an alphabet book.  I think it is so precious!  This would make a beautiful keepsake but imagine adding a few photos of fruit or animals and turning this into a learning book.

Bygone Baby FREEBIE

The Complete Bygone Baby Collection and the Coordinating Heritage Resource Products Are On SALE for 35% – 55% Off through 03/03/19 in these stores.

Go Digital Scrapbooking  |  My Memories

Gingerscraps  |  Digital Scrapbooking Studio

You’ll find bonus freebies in the product descriptions in some of these stores.  Just click the links to find the gifts.

I would LOVE to see your layouts made with Bygone Baby.

Tell Your Teen Stories With American Bandstand

Tell Your Teen Stories With American Bandstand

Grab those Poodle skirt or prom photos from your teen years and pick up the American Bandstand Bundle or Page Kit to help you scrap your dancing days.  If you loved the Dick Clark era, bobby socks, saddle oxfords, or even if you came along a little later and just loved “The Fonz”, American Bandstand will bring back tons of fun memories.  You won’t have any trouble connecting these bright colors and fun elements to some of your own photos or memories.

American Bandstand was the featured Mega for Heritage Scrappers Club Members in November but now it’s available in all stores.

SAVE 35% on individual packs or

55% on the bundle through 02/03/18

American Bandstand is available in all of my stores.

My Memories  |  Go Digital ScrapbookingDigital Scrapbooking Studio  |  Gingerscraps

3 Tools to To Help You Recreate Lost Death Records

3 Tools to To Help You Recreate Lost Death Records

Simple solutions to help you tell your family story when you can’t source the life event.

One of the biggest research hurdles genealogists face is finding documentation for life events when the local courthouse records have been destroyed.  This article lists over 40 courthouses in North Carolina where records were lost due to fires.  I suspect the statistics are similar for most states/territories from that era.

Fortunately, for those of us willing to dig deep, there is hope of at least being able to piece together enough information to confirm the validity of a leaf or other hint with our ancestors.  I am a firm believer in sourced and legitimate documentation when I am working on the official family tree, but those resources don’t always do my genealogy scrapbooks justice.

My scrapbooks are a combination of facts and stories I want to leave for future generations.  They also represent my own creativity.  A picture really is worth a thousand words when you’re creating a scrapbook so even if I don’t have a photo of my ancestor I like the idea of having a graphic on their page.

Omega is the January 2019 Heritage Scrappers Club Mega.  Omega features a dark palette of earthy colors with elements designed to help you create pages documenting the death of your ancestors.  The bonuses include a funeral program template, ornamental gates, and fencing templates, and 2 sets of grave markers with concrete text styles for you to create your own family monuments.

The Omega Mega Bundle, including 5 bonuses is available exclusively to Club Members through January 25th at 73% to 82% off or you can pick it up from any of my stores in March.  These bonuses are ready for you to add your own creativity.


If you have been running into brick walls trying to locate death records, here are some helpful resources:

Omega is now available for 30% to 55% off in each of my stores but Heritage Scrappers Club Members SAVE 73% to 82% on new Mega Collections Each Month.

The Omega Bundle

The Omega Page Kit

The Omega Extras

Check Out These Gifts that Coordinate with OMEGA

The Omega Blog Freebie

The Omega Club Member Bonuses

These bonuses are included with your monthly or annual Heritage Scrappers Club Membership.  They will be available for purchase individually when Omega is released in stores in approximately 45 days.

Funeral Program Template

Use the Funeral Program Templates to recreate a missing program or create one based on the information you’ve gathered in your research.  This bonus includes 5 different border designs and a variety of text and design layers so you can make it your own.  Use as an element on your family member’s page or use it as a page of its own.  Change out the background colors, modify the styles or borders, the sky is the limit.

Gates & Fencing

Use the Gates & Fencing Bonus to create a cemetery layout or use it to embellish pages of a garden.  The decorative fences can be styled and sized for hundreds of uses.

Grave Marker Templates

Can’t find a headstone or grave marker?  These templates will help you make a memorable marker for your family members.  Use with the Bonus Omega Concrete Styles to create an authentic looking marker.

Engrave Style Pack

The Engrave Style Pack works beautifully on any template.  It features styles with the look of aged concrete.  It is designed to embellish the Grave Marker Templates but will also work on any element you want to modify to look like concrete.

Layout Inspiration Made With Omega

Not everyone is a genealogy or heritage scrapper.  You can see the versatility of Omega in the layouts below.

Ready to Scrap Your Family History?

Become A Member of the Heritage Scrappers Club and receive a new Mega on the 10th of each month for one low price.

DSD2018 Post Party Celebration & Scrapbooking Deals

We are having a DSD2018 Post Party Celebration and You Are In For Some Treats!

I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the DSD2018 Big Deal.  In fact, we had so much fun we decided to host a Post Party and share a few more “almost as good as DSD” deals before the end of the month.

All 24 designers have some bonus deals.  We’ve put everything together for you in another handy, downloadable ebook. If you missed DSD, you still have a chance to pick up some great products and I have a few bonus treats for you too!

Bonus Coupons For Big Deal Extras

If you picked up the DSD2018 BIG DEAL, you received 4 of my favorite page kits.
During the Post Party Celebration, you can pick up the extras for each of these at a big discount.  Use Coupon Code:  ADB-DSD2018-PostParty-01 to save 45% on any of the coordinating extras.



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SAVE $2 On Already Reduced Bundles
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Excludes: Featured Products, Collabs, Mix & Match Bundle of Bundles, Heritage Scrappers Series, Retiring (already a 70% discount)

Subscribe & Get This Gift Today

I send a newsletter each Saturday that features my new releases, store deals, My Memories weekly freebies, and usually at least one freebie that coordinates with the new release.  You won’t find an abundance of personal chatter in my newsletter but you will find it filled with products and digital layouts for your scrapping inspiration.

Do you LOVE a Good Challenge?

I host 3 challenges each month.  Check them out and join in the fun.

Vintage Romantic Challenge at My Memories

Color Challenge at Digital Scrapbooking Studio

Monthly Quote Challenge at Go Digital Scrapbooking

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Want to see new products as soon as they are released in my stores?  Follow my Facebook Page ADBDesignsScrapbooking

Are you a Genealogy Scrapbooker?  Join my Heritage Scrappers Facebook Group to connect with fellow genealogy enthusiasts.  

Each month group members receive a free sampler of my Heritage Scrappers Club Mega which features products designed to scrap your ancestors.  Each kit includes period specific elements with an antique flair.  Club Members can save big by choosing one of my subscription plans.  Get the entire Mega for $12.95 per month or annual members pay once and receive the new release each month for only $9.95.  Each Mega is valued at over $50 and is only available to Club Members. You can pick up the October Samper here, through November 10th.

The DSD2018 Post Party Shopping & Gift Guide


Digital Scrapbooking Day Is Coming – Enter To Win Now!

Digital Scrapbooking Day Is Coming – Enter To Win Now!

Digital Scrapbooking Day is Saturday, October 6th.  It is one of 3 HUGE Deal days for digital scrapbookers and crafters and something designers usually spend weeks preparing for.  You’ll find amazing deals on new everything you need to build your stash and scrap your family story.  

If you are a newsletter subscriber you know about the DSD2018 Big Deal Giveaway that is being hosted on my Facebook page.  Most of the details are below and you can click the button to head on over and Enter To Win over $600 in digital scrapbooking products on Tuesday, 10/02/18 at 2 p.m. CST.  

This is my third Big Deal to participate in but it’s the first one where the winners will be drawn during a LIVE Facebook Event so the excitement is really buzzing!

This is also the first one where we’ve offered gifts AND Pre-Party Deals for anyone who might not be available for the DSD Sales & Deals.  I’ve had a few messages from people who aren’t on Facebook asking if there is another way to participate.  Unfortunately, due to the software we use so that we can automate the drawing, there isn’t another option to enter the contest BUT, you don’t have to enter to take advantage of the Pre-Party coupons, DSD Deals, AND this time, we’re having a Post-Party too so you won’t want to miss out on that.



Congratulations to Rhonda Willard!  Rhonda shared the DSD 2018 on her social media and two of her friends registered on my page.  This means Rhonda just earned TWO MORE chances to Win!

Congratulations to Kari Reardon, Rita Filler, and Robyn Littlejohn!  Each of these ladies has earned one extra chance at winning the BIG DEAL!

Go ahead and register and then follow the instructions to share with your friends for more chances to win.

Good Luck!

Use the Coupon Codes Below To SAVE BEFORE DSD


Quick Reminder that the HSC Mega for September will be turned off tomorrow.  Patriots & Loyalists was created to help you scrap your family story of those who served in early wars but it is also perfect for current patriotic or military layouts.

The Heritage Scrappers Club is a monthly or annual membership where you will receive a new Mega valued at over $50 each month at a massive discount.  Monthly Members pay $14.95 (subscribe now and take $2 off the monthly price – You’ll pay $12.95 per month) or GET THE BEST DEAL by choosing the Annual plan for only $119.40.