How To Start Scrapbooking

  1. Start with an idea. Decide what you want your scrapbook to be about. You can begin by answering the following questions: Who is the scrapbook for? Is it going to be a gift? Or is it something you want as a keepsake? To decorate your living room? Or to hide in a time capsule? In short, why are you making this scrapbook? What is the main topic of your scrapbook? Is it going to be about last month's vacation in Florida? Or will it be your baby's first steps? Your topic could range from a Christmas reunion to a cousin's graduation. Anything memorable is worth creating a scrapbook for.

  2. Gather your materials. Most scrapbooks are comprised of photographs, and other memorable souvenirs. Start by gathering photographs first as they will be the key part of your scrapbook. Order printouts if you use a digital camera. Ticket stubs, and receipts tell stories; so collect those as well. Make sure everything you have is thin enough to stay put in between pages. You will need a base for the scrapbook (e.g. paper or a ready-made album). There are a few ways you can buy scrapbooking materials. Online art stores or art retailers are the easiest places to obtain them. You also need to have the remaining essentials for scrapbooking: paper adhesive (glue stick), scissors, and tape. Finally, the icing on the cake: decorative materials. A few examples are die-cuts, embellishments, eyelets, eyelet settler, glitter, paper punchers, patterned paper, ribbons, stickers, etc... Craft store assistants are often more than happy to help you find these treasures.

  3. Create! Start sticking and pasting. Mix and match colors. You can hardly go wrong with scrapbooking. Make a collage-page if you want. Create a storyline as you go from page to page by writing little notes on the side. Or go the extra mile and write lengthy narratives of your encounters. Get family members to chip in for fun. It is especially a good learning experience for children. Let them go wild with creativity. Should you run out of ideas, try going to the craft store for some added education on the topic. Or get a scrapbooking kit from the bookstore. It's as easy as 1-2-3.


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