How To Start Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking is a lot more than cute ways to display pictures—it's about storytelling. Scrapbook pages tell the story of people's lives, and preserve them for posterity. Don't let the fear of messing up stop you—you've got all the basic steps right here!
Bring Your Photos Out of Hiding
When photos are just sitting around, they don’t tell a story. Imagine finding a long-lost family picture. What would you want to know about the people in the picture? Keep these thoughts in mind as you start scrapbooking.
The Start of The Story
This page is about an important place for my family. A few years ago the park was vandalized and burned down; now my kids will always remember how it looked before the fire. Journaling tells the story in your own words and your own handwriting.
Choose An Album
You’ll need a basic supplies. The most common album sizes are 12×12-inches, 8.5×11-inches, and 6×6-inches. Some people go for larger size albums, as it gives more space on each scrapbook page. Smaller ones are perfect for event-specific scrapbooks.
Pick a Glue
Adhesives will help your photos stick around for years to come, so you want to be sure to use an acid-free kind (acid can speed up the deterioration of photos). Some of the most popular adhesives are photo squares, removable glue dots, and craft glue.
Pick Your Paper
There are so many choices, collecting scrapbooking paper can become an addiction. There’s themed paper for babies, girls, boys, holidays, sports, and just about anything you can think of (and in any color). Scrapbook.com and A Cherry On Top have a big selection.
These extras include stickers, yarn, buttons, glitter, safety pins, and pretty much whatever sticks. They enhance your pages, and add an extra-personal touch. Some love glitter and totally bling out their pages. Other people are into tags. Don’t hold back!
Find ideas for how to lay out your pages in books, magazines, and websites. Craft stores often have sample layouts displayed. Websites with loads of inspiration: Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbook.com, and Two Peas In A Bucket.
Photo Credit: Basic Grey Collections
Coordinating It All
To begin your layout for a page, choose four to eight photos that tell a story. Pick a few colors from the pictures and choose coordinating paper and embellishments. There is a lot of orange in my pictures here, so I went with papers and stickers with lots of orange.
Plan the Layout
Lay your photos out on the paper to see how they best fit before you do any gluing. I often put mine in the order that they happened at the event. This layout tells the story of a trip my family won to see a concert; I wanted to show the before, during, and after.
If corners and edges are securely stuck to the paper, the pictures will stay put. Start with less adhesive than you think you need. I added a purple diamond to the center of both background papers to show that they belong together.
Journaling is a key step in telling your story. Include the who, what, when, where, and why, along with how the people in the pictures felt. Have others weigh in for a different perspective. Make sure whatever pens and markers you use are acid-free.
Now, put on your embellishments. Even stickers with words can say a lot. Adding a title will give your audience a quick idea of what the story. Make a mistake? No worries! It makes it even more real. There you go, you scrapbooking pro, you. Have fun!
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