- Getting Started
- The scrapbook trend continues to grow in new and exciting ways. Even in this digital age, there is simply no replacing the family photo album that sits in the living area to be leafed through by all. Whether you are a photo buff or just an amateur, scrapbooking can enhance your memories for a lifetime.
Visit any craft or scrapbook store to load up on basics and extra embellishments. Don't forget to check online sources to get ideas and tips or even shop. The basics for scrapbooking are really, well, basic. Creative scrapbooking requires a paper cutter or other cutting tools--scissors, self-healing cutting mat, metal-edged ruler, craft knife. A scrapbook to last a lifetime also requires archival quality components--adhesives, paper and memory books should all be acid and lignen-free. Check products carefully to verify they are archival quality.
- Getting Organized
- Decide on what sort of organization the scrapbook should have and what color schemes to use. This is where it is really handy to have selected scrapbooks with removable pages--that way pages can be built independently and arranged later. Use a variety of mat and frame techniques to highlight your pictures. Make journal entries on the scrap book pages to record memories. If hand writing the journal entries is not feasible, just print the entries and mount on the pages.
- Getting Fancy
- Embellishments are great for adding dimension and texture to your memory books. From eyelets and metal findings to fibres and embroidered paper, your scrap book becomes a true expression of you and your life. For even more versatility, put your computer to use and design your pages on the compputer. You may also want to print sayings or your journal entries (but always keep in mind whether this is to be archival quality).
- Getting Techie
- If having a 3-dimensional display is not a priority for you, check out digital scrapbooking. There are many online sites featuring digital elements, fonts, alphabets, and other printable scrapbooking supplies. The beauty of digital scrapbooking is that you can keep your memories in electronic format. You can also find online courses. Even with digital layouts, there's simply no replacing a photo album with pages to turn by hand. Look for scrapbook stores with kiosks for printing your digital layouts in archival quality ink!