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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 scrapbooking.
Your scrapbooking style will 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 is busy, busy, 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 photos.
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.
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 advice; when 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.
The 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 scrap book 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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