The main difference between a photo album and a scrapbook is that you get to be creative when creating a scrapbook. You can not only enhance your photos with colored and patterned paper and embellishments but you can also tell the story behind the pictures. Journaling the who, what & where of the photos helps preserve those memories for future generations.
Once you decide that you want to start scrapbooking that first page can be a little daunting. Choosing an album, gathering supplies, and getting out your photos are just the beginning of a hobby that will preserve your most treasured moments for years to come.
Basic Tools & Supplies that you’ll need to get started:
- Adhesives. This is what mounts the elements to the page. Whether you choose wet or dry, permanent or temporary, or a runner or tab dispenser, the most important thing is that it is acid-free and photo-safe!
- Paper Trimmer. This is the key tool to achieve a straight line. Pick a trimmer that is portable and can accommodate 12x12” paper.
- Pens. From journaling to creating titles and borders, pens are integral to personalizing scrapbook pages. To prevent photo and page damage, look for acid-free, archival quality, lightfast, non-bleeding, waterproof pens.
- Scissors. Choose a pair that is compact and features precision ground tips so you can cut the tiniest of areas, turn corners and make sharp accents.
- Cardstock/Paper. Although you typically select your papers when you’ve decided your theme and colors, having a few sheets of basic colors and patterns can save constant, last minute trips to the store.
Now that you have the supplies, this is the basic process:
- Sort your photos into themes or topics and select a set to work on.
- Select 2-3 colors of cardstock and/or patterned papers that will work well with your photos.
- Pick the photos you want to use on the page page.
- If needed, crop your photos.
- Select photos to mat. This is a good way to highlight the focal point photo.
- Add journaling.
- Add a few extras (such as stickers and embellishments).
- Arrange all items on your pages and adhere.
The most important thing is to enjoy the process. Don't worry about doing everything perfect or "right." They're your scrapbooks .. . you can be as creative (or not) as you want! Looking at ideas online (Pinterest, etc) helps. But gathering with others helps even more. Attend classes or scrapbooking events or get together with friends at your homes.
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Remember, there's not a right or wrong way to create pages. The important thing is that you take the time to preserve your memories.