So You Think You Want to Scrapbook... Learning to scrapbook will take some commitment and it is really like a piece of art. When you learn the techniques to scrapbook you will be able to enjoy, however, you will have to get to know a few basic tools, supplies, and learn some skills before you get started. You will want to create albums, but it will take. Projects are difficult, but it can be very rewarding when you end up with something like a family heirloom. It can be enjoyable to do and then the memories that you gather can be passed down to your grandchildren. To get started, you first need pictures. Everyone has boxes filled with pictures, but you may notice that some are discolored or warped because of the poor storage. The world around us in our homes is full of acid and moisture, which breaks down the chemical balance, used to produce photographs and causes them to change appearance. With scrap booking, you will want to use acid free supplies so that you can preserve the pictures for many years and decades to come. There are some basics tools that you will need to get before you start your voyage of scrap booking. Every good scrap booker needs a cutting tool. You will need to get sharp scissors and specialty scissors that will cut scalloped edges, but you may also want something that will cut a straight line and circles. You will also need some form of adhesive. Beginners may find that the easiest products to buy are photo mounts, which are tiny pre-cut pieces of tape, and glue dots, which are pressure-sensitive strong spots of glue to hold larger embellishments. Beyond a cutting tool and adhesive, you really don't need any other tools to get started, but if you want to create fancier pages, many options are available including rubber stamps, paper crimpers, and punches. Start with a few smaller items and increase your inventory as you learn more and more scrapbooking skills. You will also need a few basic supplies before you begin, the most important of which is the album itself. Make sure whatever you purchase is large enough to hold all the pictures you want to include; two to five pictures will fit on a standard 8 ? x 11 page with cropping, with the most balanced layouts having three pictures. You can also choose from larger or smaller albums. Really, the only other supply that you will need to get your scrapbook album started is some paper. Most albums come with a white piece of paper in each sheet protector, but there are many colors and designs to choose from to help spice up your album. Other supplies that add interest to your pages include paper dolls, stickers, die cuts, and three-dimensional elements. When it comes to the skills that you will need, you can find it to be creativity and you'll learn how to do things that you see in a magazine or online and mimic it in your art. If you would like to again some skills the fast way, you will want to attend or join a scrapbook workshop or club. As for the workshops, you will be able to attend many workshops when you check out the craft schedule at the local stores. You can also go to a local craft store and ask them how to start the scrapbook and you'll be able to learn and master the process of scrap booking. Types of scrapbook Layouts Some scrap bookers like to create an album by doing one page at a time. They will only on a page or two at a time. Then there are people will work on scrap booking two pages at a time. There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages to doing a one page or two page layouts. One-page layouts work well for busy scrap bookers. When you do one page at a time, you will have more time to complete the scrapbook and then have plenty of time to clean up. One-page layouts also have a sense of intimacy because the pictures are placed closely together on the page, along with the journaling and embellishments. You will have an album that is full and complete bursting with color and pictures. Because the layout is smaller, this is also often an easier option for beginning layout designers or for crafters who do not have a large workspace to spread out two pages at a time. Two-page layouts, on the other hand, create an album that is more spacious. If you have a lot of pictures then it will be almost impossible to put all the pictures on one page. You can split them up over multiple layouts; however, by creating a two-page layout, you give the pictures a sense of togetherness. You will want to spread out the pictures over three or four pages and carry a theme to each page so that there is a consistent design. Two-page layouts also work well when you have a few pictures that cannot be cropped and will therefore not fit onto one page. When you do a larger layout you will be able to place everything you want in the pictures and have plenty of room for writing or doodling. Either way that you scrapbook, there are disadvantages. You may not want to use just one of the ways exclusively. When it comes to a one page layout you won't have to worry about having the paper to coordinate into two pages, however, the album may seem to be disconnected from a whole. Meaning, if you have one page of something and one page of another thing, it just won't flow. You will want to choose the best options for you so that you can make a great scrapbook. You will find that when you have some patience, you will be able to give the pictures a good way to display them so that it all look interesting and fun. Organizing Your Scrapbooking Area When it comes to thousands of different types of scrap booking papers and other accessories you will find that it can be overwhelming at the supplies place. Since you do have so many options, you will find that it can be difficult for a person to scrapbook when they are in a small apartment or dorm room, but you can get organized and keep things looking good and clean and that will help you to be able to scrapbook more efficiently. It will take up the most space and time when it comes to getting your papers organized. A good option for this is a paper saver, as made by most of the larger scrap booking companies. These folders are made of plastic most of the time and they can be tagged and hold hundreds of papers. This will help you to categorize your papers. If you find that you do not have enough room in a paper saver, you might also find it useful to invest in a filing cabinet or one of the sets of drawers made especially for scrap booking. You can purchase these in any of the local craft stores or you can go online as well. Once you own a tool for organization, the next step is to decide how you want to categorize your supplies. You will find that color is most often used, but you can make it into a theme like a certain day or holiday. You may also want to think about making patterns like stripes. You can also use this system to organize flat embellishments, such as die cuts or stickers. You also need a place to store your tools and embellishments that are not easily filed. You will find that one good way is to use baskets and a shelving system to help your to store and organize your tools and embellishments. Store cutting tools in one basket, glues in another, markers and paint in a third, and so on is a good way of approaching the art of organization. By buying baskets in bulk, you will save more money then if you use photo boxes, and the display will be uniform and attractive. Make sure that you label your baskets or shelving so that you can find everything quickly. If you need to save space, however, a basket and shelving system may not work for you. You will want to make a kit of some of your most often sued tools and supplies so that you can keep them close and you won't have to dig or look around. That way when you only have time to do a quick page or two, you can use your kit to complete it and then quickly clean up. However, you can use all of your time in one day and book a whole scrapbook together and also you can pull out the supplies and storage so that you can complete the album. You will also want to keep in mind that the space that you use to scrapbook is clean and organized. This will allow you to enjoy your time scrap booking. When you learn how to label the storage containers and learn how to organize your papers, you will be able to quickly be able to pull out the tools that you need. You will find that if you really want to get into scrap booking you will take the time to label your storage containers and sort through the mess. Once you have gotten over the mess, you will be able to get comfortable with scrap booking.
Journaling Scrap booking is a great way to past the time. You don't want to lose the sight of your main goal. You will want to make sure that you try to use the time to produce a book of memories to mark past landmarks with quality so that you can show your friends and family all the memories that they messed or couldn't share with you. Most people forget to journalize their scrapbook and it is one of the most commonly forgotten steps. The reason why journalizing is important is so that you can remember what was going on so that you can reflect years and years later and remember exactly what it is. I like to begin by creating a title for each page. You can be plain with the way that you create the journaling for each page like what the party was for or you can get funny or think about something heartfelt to write. Think of your page as a story and then name it. Use big bold letters for the title to draw attention to it, but make sure it does not overwhelm the most important elements of the page--the pictures. Each picture on your page should have a few words as a caption. You will want to name the people in the pictures or the places that can be seen in the background. This is because you may not be able to remember where the pictures came from or who certain people are years and years down the road. Others who do not know all of your friends will also benefit from these labels. You also want to think about captions as a small element on a page and you may only want to use a caption occasionally and not put a caption on every picture. You will also want to include text into your page design. I like to keep this text around the same size as the smallest photograph, but of course this depends on the page layout. Many pre-made layouts will already include a space for text. Use this element of the design to record the "story" behind the pictures. Think about it in a way like you would when you look back with a friend. Like what would you say to the friend or what would the friend say to you? All of this information is readily forgotten, so it is important to jot down a few words on a piece of notebook paper and save it with your photographs if you think that you won't get the chance to create your pages right away. Time just seems to blend the years together. Very few people can remember everything they did by date, but if you include a date or time you will be able to preserve the memories. Occasionally you may forget your camera at an important event, lose your pictures, or not be allowed to use a camera in the space. Even if you went somewhere and you didn't take pictures, you can still document that part of your life by using the scrapbook to document. These pages will be mostly journaling. Use descriptive words to take the place of the photographs. For those who have a fear of using their handwriting to journalize, you don't have to worry because you can use letter stickers and cutouts to help you to journalize. However, when you use your own handwriting, even if it is bad, you can use the handwriting to give it some character. However, you can also use your computer to print out some journalizing elements on each page. You will want to choose some way of journalizing that will allow you to scrapbook in a dramatic way and help create a wonderful album. Digital Scrapbooking When it comes to scrapbooking you will find that it takes time, space, and plenty of dedicated time. For those who are interested in the craft, they will need to find the time to complete the album, but also they will need to find the space. With all the paper, stickers, tools, and other supplies, you will need too have a whole area for scrap booking or maybe even a whole room dedicated to the craft. There are a lot of supplies that you will acquire, but you will find that you need room to put the pages together and also store the supplies By the time that you get everything together that you need just for one scrap book session, you will notice that you have wasted ten to twenty minutes. You don't want to spend time looking for stamps or that perfect tool to make the picture so beautiful, but you will find that there are other ways to solve all your problems with scrap booking. You will find that the perfect solution to the hassle of scrap booking is digital scrap booking. However, you don't want to be intimidated by not having computer skills. Digital scrap booking is easy to learn and can make designing pages and creating albums go more smoothly, leaving much more time for the other things in your life. When you follow a few steps you will be able to begin your digital voyage in this then the time it would take you to pull the paper and book out. First, you need to find a way to put your pictures online. You can easily get your pictures online with the use of digital camera, but you will want to scan some hard copy pictures onto your computer. Even if you do not know how to transfer pictures from your digital camera to your computer, you can put your pictures onto a CD at any photography center. At one of these centers, you can also scan your printed pictures and put them onto a CD as well. For those who are looking to go beyond the basic digital scrap booking steps, you may want to go online to several sites and register to share pictures. You can also use photo-editing programs to change the look of your picture, but this is not necessary for beginners. In any case, once your pictures are on your computer, you can use them to create scrapbook pages. There are many programs available to help you to design, edit, and print pages. You can buy a program at the store, or you can purchase a downloadable program on the Internet. You will want to do this if you would like to share your album online. Compare prices and services on the programs before making a purchase--not all programs are made the same way, and you'll want to find one that's appropriate for your skill level. Once you have chosen and purchased a scrap booking option plan, you will want to look through the tutorial steps. Learn to use all the functions of the program from the start, and you'll save yourself a lot of time when you're trying to create pages. You have to understand that every program works in a different way. You will want to create the pages and print them out or you may just want to create the pages and post them on a website for your family from a far to see. It is easy to create and it is also very convenient. You will be able to show those who don't come around often or those who don't travel that far to see the pictures of the family and trips or memories. You will also feel good knowing that you have an online security. If anything ever happens to the hard copies, you have them preserved online for you to print. Also, you will find hat digital scrap booking is worth the cost of start up and it will help you to waste some time. You will find scrap booking fun and enjoyable.
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