for Beginners - How to Scrapbook, Ideas, Tips, Kits and Supplies
HOW TO SCRAPBOOK: WHAT IS SCRAPBOOKING?
Scrapbooking for beginners! We will give you step-by-step
instructions on starting your scrapbook and what materials
need. We will also give you ideas on how to display those precious
photos and where you can buy your paper, albums, scrapbooking kits
Starting a scrapbook is a fun hobby,
especially on those long winter days and nights and loved by many. It
involves organizing either your photographs or perhaps newspaper
articles or magazine articles if you have featured in the media.
are organized according to themes; baby themes, wedding themes,
Christmas themes, travel themes, etc. and then decorate and
accessorize in an album. This can be done by using string, raffia,
ribbon, fancy lettering, stickers, cut-outs and other pictures to
enhance your own picture collection. You don't need much to get
started. In this article we are only talking about analogue photos.
can also be created, but that is for another
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HOW TO SCRAPBOOK: GETTING STARTED
Getting started with your scrapbook can
be fun and exciting, but before you start, you need to think about the
you want to create.
Do you want your scrapbooking album to
look elegant and
sophisticated, fun and wacky or do you want the style to echo the
contents of your pictures? For example, if you have some photographs of
a beach holiday the you will want to create a beach theme. This will
involve finding beach theme accessories to decorate your album. This
could be done with raffia, sand, shells, crabs, fish etc. Then you will
also want to think about whether you are going to use 3D objects in
your decoration or simply use 2D pictures and stickers.
It really is up to you, and the sky is
the limit in scrapbooking which is only limited by a lack of
creativity. However, even if you are not creative there are lots of
layout ideas available on the Internet. Everyone has their own sense of
style and creativity. All you have to do is start finding it.
So the first thing now that you want to
do is to organize your photographs. Choose the best ones, don't use
them all and certainly don't use ones that are out of focus as they
will spoil the overall effect that you want to achieve with your
HOW TO SCRAPBOOK: WHAT STYLE TO CHOOSE?
Your scrapbooking style
be determined by what
you use in your decorations and this creates the look, the feel and the
mood. If you want an elegant style, then think
gold, silver, cream, royal blue, maroon even black. Shapes that are cut
out will have cut edges rather than jagged, they will be cut square or
rectangular and the paper used will be crisp.
Of course the opposite end of the
spectrum in scrapbooking is to have a shabby chic
look. This is
achieved by using roughly textured edges, washed out colors and trying
to get that worn vintage look. A lot of white with pastel colors are
used in this style. Think of floral prints and mixed patterns, like a
patchwork quilt. Techniques used for this style are crumpling, tearing,
distressing and even sanding.
If you are looking for a retro
feel then think of the psychedelic 60s and 70s, big glasses,
boots, peace signs, daisies and being free-spirited. This is time for
bright colors, especially pinks and purples, oranges and greens. Bring
out the bubble writing and the swirls, the sparkles and the glitter.
You can have a lot of fun with this style which is that fun and wacky
style that you want to create.
Where the scrapbooking retro style
busy, the minimalistic style or classic
style is not. Think Japanese gardens and homes. Understated
but quietly sophisticated. Creams and whites, reds, blues, yellows and
greens. Lots of open spaces and no clutter. Often only one main picture
features on the page and there are few accessories. Those that are used
are used effectively and strategically placed.
Lastly, in scrapbooking for beginners,
we look at the ephemera style. This is when
photographs are layered to create a collage effect. They are usually
placed on dark backgrounds and embellished with metal accessories. This
style includes mixed fonts and lots of writing. This is a layered look
that results in texture, color and interest. It is create if you want
to create a masculine style, especially achievable using dark browns
and blacks, or also useful in displaying sepia or black & white
HOW TO SCRAPBOOK: CUTTING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
There is nothing worse than seeing
great photos that have been butchered because they have been badly cut.
So the most important purchase for scrapbooking will be a paper trimmer
that will give
you a perfect cut every time. There are different trimmers for paper
cutting shapes, those that do round or oval shapes and those that just
do a straight-edged cut. You will find these in your local craft shops
or on the Internet. You will also need a good pair of fine-tip
scissors. A good pair will be invaluable.
HOW TO SCRAPBOOK: SCRAPBOOKING IDEAS
The best way in which to get
scrapbooking ideas is
to think 'outside the box'. Push the envelope and try something that
you haven't done before. Those
$2 dollar stores are great for
discounted paper and stationery, a wealth of knick-knacks
that can be
used in your design, clips, craft adhesive, stickers, stamps, albums
and colored pencils. Look for cheap themed paper and buy when you see
it. Visit the toy section at your supermarket for miniatures. Buy body
art tattoos in packs to decorate your pages. One word of scrapbooking
you buy your adhesive make sure that it is acid free. Creating a
scrapbook need not be an expensive hobby if you
shop at the right places where you are guaranteed to find bargains.
main issue in starting your scrapbook is to start at all! Complete one
page at a time, and in the end you will have a beautiful
that is a reflection of who you are. It will give pleasure to many, and
will be a showpiece for your beautiful family photos and special
memories. We hope that Scrapbooking for Beginners was helpful and
inspired you to start your new scrapbook soon.
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HOW TO SCRAPBOOK: - RESOURCES:
Supplies through our online store. Here you can
find scrapbooking paper, 9X9 and 12X12 scrapbook albums, scrapbooking
kits on all subjects: babies, weddings, ancestry, military, scouts and
cubs, holidays, memories and seasons.
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