Most people are well acquainted with the hobby of scrapbooking. In the past few years scrapbooking has become a huge industry, with entire stores, magazines, clubs, classes, and books galore devoted solely to this fun and creative outlet.
One thing that gives scrapbooking such a wide appeal is that anyone can do it, and they can do it as simply, or as intricately as they want. You don’t have to have tons of money, or own fancy equipment to do it. You can create scrapbooks for your family, special occasions, vacations, or just life in general. They can be super girly, or clean and simple. The possibilities are endless.
With so much information out there, and so many materials available, scrapbooking can become incredibly overwhelming for the novice. Seeing brilliant examples in magazines or hung as displays in the craft store can be intimidating. However, no one should let themselves be pushed out of an activity that is both fun and rewarding, and a great way to preserve precious memories.
To get you started on the road to scrapbooking, just follow this easy tutorial.
1. Basic Supplies. There are a few basic tools and supplies you will need in order to begin scrapbooking.
Adhesive- Choose an adhesive that is acid free to avoid causing damage to photos
and other elements. It’s best to avoid glue. Instead choose a glue stick, adhesive
film or glue dots, all available at craft stores.
Scissors- A good, sharp pair of scissors is also crucial. Use them only for
scrapbooking to keep them in their best condition.
Binder/Scrapbook- Basic scrapbooks are inexpensive. You can also use a three-
ring binder and decorate it yourself. Decide is want to use standard sized paper,
or the larger scprapbooking paper.
Paper- Most craft stores sell stacks of basic, solid colored sheets specifically
intended for scrapbooking. They also sell “books” of papers with basic designs.
These are usually around $12 and provide good basic materials for a variety of
Three Hole Punch/Plastic Sleeve- A three hole punch will ensure you can punch
your pages for insertion into your scrapbook. A plastic sleeve with a spine will
give you a way to insert and protect your page.
2. Photos. This is the key element to scrapbooking. You can base a whole page around just one photo or choose to do a series all within the same theme. Most page ideas begin with the photo and evolve from there. Make sure the photos you select capture the feel of your page. Also, don’t be afraid to cut up your photos, making them into interesting shapes and designs.
Photos can also be altered easily via computer. Most printers come with simple photo editing software that allows you to change digital photos into black and white, sepia, take out red eye, etc. This can also be done fairly inexpensively at do-it-yourself photo centers located in Wal-Marts and other similar stores. This can give your photos a special flair or mood that the original photos did not posses.
3. Extra Elements. There are many elements that can be added to a scrapbook page. Scrapboking stores sell various frills, frames, machines, and the like to jazz up your pages. However, you can find inexpensive and free additions around your house. A few examples:
Ribbon- If you sew or do other craft projects, it’s likely you have ribbon laying
around. If not, it’s very inexpensive to buy by the spool. Ribbon can be used to
frame photos, edge pages, or anything else you can think up.
Buttons- Buttons can be taken from old clothes, or used from the replacement
buttons that are included with many new clothes.
Fabric scraps- Another item you may have from various craft projects is scraps
of fabric. These can be cut from old clothes as well, or purchased at fabric stores
in clearance bins. As a background, photo frame, edging, or anything else, fabric
adds texture and color to your design.
Crayons/Colored Pencils/colored Pens- Use these to write in text, or simple
doodles on your page.
4. Page Layout. The key to page layout, is taking your time. Never glue things down immediately. Arrange all of your items on your page without adhesive and look it over. Get someone else to take a look at it if they are handy. Try moving things around on the page; tilt things, shift things, shake them up before you commit yourself to a design.
5. Adhering. Different adhesives work best for different elements. Don’t not use a liquid glue with things you wish to lay flat and smooth; it can “wrinkle” and bubble while drying of you use to much. Glue dots, or strip adhesives work best for adhering flat elements. Liquid glue should only be used when adhering oddly shaped or heavier elements.
Make sure you adhere your bottom most elements first. This may seem like a ridiculous thing to mention, but often times people will adhere things in the wrong order, ruining their layout.
Make sure you allow your page to dry in a place where it won’t be disturbed by children, pets, or any other curious hands. Place in your plastic sleeve or punch the side and insert it into your book.