by: Lisa Fleming
Interested in learning how to scrapbook, but not quite sure how to begin? The following guide will help you get started with this fun and rewarding hobby. The guide explains how to organize your scrapbook photos, plan your scrapbook project, select your scrapbook album, create your album pages and store your scrapbook supplies.
Organize your scrapbook photos
If you are new to scrapbooking, the thought of organizing your photos might be somewhat overwhelming. Breaking the task down into the following four parts will help you get the job done: 1) Gather your photos from your drawers, closets, shoe boxes, etc. and bring them to a large workspace such as a dining room table, 2) Sort your photos chronologically and by event, 3) Label the backs of some of your photos so that it’s easy to identify what a particular group of photos is about, and 4) Store your photos in photo-safe products until you’re ready to put them into scrapbook albums; products should say photo-safe and/or acid-free and lignin-free.
Plan your scrapbook project
Once your photos are organized, it is time to plan your scrapbook project. There are three things to keep in mind when deciding what your first project will be. First, use recent photos work with photos that are less than one year old so that it will be easy for you to remember what they are about. Second, keep it small choose a specific event (e.g., wedding, vacation) to start with rather than tackling a whole years worth of photos. Third, make it personal use photos of an event that you were part of; this helps when it comes to journaling.
Select your scrapbook album
After you have decided what your first scrapbook project will be, it is time to select a scrapbook album. You will need to choose the style, size and design of the album.
Style: There are two album styles strap-hinge and post-bound; the names of the styles refer to how the pages are secured in the album. A strap-hinge album lies flat when you open it so that you can work on your page while it is in the album and then slip a protective sleeve over the page when it is done. With a post-bound album you work on your page outside of the album and then insert the page into a protective sleeve in the album when its done.
Size: Scrapbook albums come in a variety of sizes. The 12″x12″ album is the most popular size, but there are a number of other sizes including 11x8.5, 8x8, 6″x6, and more. The albums are usually expandable and vary as to the maximum number of pages they can hold.
Design: Scrapbook albums are available in many different colors, patterns and textures. You’ll want to choose an album that fits with the theme of your photos – a white album for wedding photos, a pink album for baby girl photos, a festive-colored album for birthday photos and so on.
As long as you make sure the album is labeled as photo-safe and/or acid-free and lignin-free, it’s fine to use any style, size or design.
Create your album pages
Once you have selected your scrapbook album, the fun really begins as you create your album pages. There are four components to an album page.
Photos: Select 4-6 related photos and crop (i.e., trim) each one so that it focuses on the most important part of the picture. Then arrange the photos on your album page; try a number of different layouts to see what looks best.
Border/Background: Use scrapbook paper, stickers and other embellishments to create a border/background that reflects the theme of your page. Mount your border/background and your photos on your page.
Journaling: Write about the who, what, when, where and why of your photos. You can have captions for each photo, write in paragraph format about the whole page, or use bulleted text to list the highlights.
Enhancements: Add scrapbook stickers, die-cuts or other embellishments to your page. Use just a few enhancements so that they compliment your photos rather than overwhelm them.
Store your scrapbook supplies
The proper storage and organization of your scrapbook albums and supplies is very important. Photos and certain scrapbook supplies can be damaged by heat, humidity, light, acid and lignin. Use storage products that are photo-safe and keep your albums and supplies in a temperature and humidity controlled room (i.e., not in an attic, garage or unfinished basement). In addition to keeping your scrapbook supplies safe, you will also want to keep them organized so that they are easy to find whenever you are ready to work on your albums. There are scrapbook organization products designed for storing your photos, pages in progress, albums, enhancements, paper, tools and more.
So those are the basics for getting started. For more detailed information on each of the steps described above, including a component-by-component example of how to create an album page, see the full guide at www.scrapbooktown.com/tutorial-introduction.html.
About The Author
Lisa Fleming is an avid scrapbooker and the owner of Scrapbook Town, LLC. Scrapbook Town is a scrapbooking website that has scrapbook information, ideas and supplies. You can visit Scrapbook Town at www.scrapbooktown.com.
A Great Idea For Kid’s Birthday Presents
Does a kid’s birthday party invitation sets you wondering what gift can you buy for the young one? Well, it is a very common problem and usually people are pretty indecisive on what to purchase for a child. Even if you squeeze in some time to visit the local game stores, you are either left awestruck or you get confused on what can you get, and that too, within your budget.
Whether it is for an infant or an adolescent or a teenager, you do want to gift something that is not very common, yet it has to fit the size of your pocket. You don’t have to shell out half of your salary each time there is a birthday. With a little creativity you can make you own gift that are inexpensive as well as well-thought out ones.
You don’t have to run around looking for things that you would need to make a kid’s birthday presents. Either you can use old stuff at home or better still you can order a complete kit full of things that you may need while making the gift. For example, you can make a wall clock for the kid’s room. And for that you can order a complete kit which would have all the things like clock face, clock mechanisms with hands and decorative things. Some kits are complete with glue and other things needed for fitting things.
A great way to delight a child is to make the kid’s birthday presents on your own. Nothing can beat the joy of receiving hand made gifts. And if you have a kid of your own then you can also rope in the child to make the presents along with you. This will unleash your child’s creativity as well and also at the end of the activity you have a wonderful gift ready to be presented.
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