How to start with scrapbooking

Tuesday December 17, 2019
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Scrapbooking is a fun way of sharing your photos, holiday tickets and other special memories. It's also a very relaxing way to spend a few hours, creating something you and your family can treasure forever. 

Now, you probably think that you'd like to try, but you don't have any equipment or materials to get started. Well, let me share a secret! You don't need to have a lot of specialist material, all you need is just the craft material you have at home and a few scrapbook ideas. Have a look around your house for papers of different textures and styles, wallpaper cut-outs or pictures from glossy magazines. Scrapbooking pages are often made extra pretty by using various embellishments, so just have a look for some ribbons, pieces of pretty fabric, buttons, pins or anything that's reasonably flat (like postcards, travel tickets or stickers)

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The next step is to let your imagination be inspired by your collection of materials and the photos you'd like to use.

To make things a little easier, I'd suggest picking a theme you'd like to use. Do you want a more modern style or perhaps traditional and vintage?

It's also best to stick to one colour theme to start with, as your collage will look more coherent when it's finished. Once you become more experienced with using different styles and colour pallets, you can experiment as much as you like!

Now to pick the centre of your page, the photo! Make sure it's large size photo, with good composition and it's well-edited. There is no point in spending all that time to create a beautiful scrapbook page only to realise that the quality of the photo is letting the whole project down!

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If you are working on pages for an album, it's also worth mentioning the various paper sizes you might come across. 

The two most popular paper sizes for scrapbooking are 12 x12 inch and 8 x 8 inch. If you are starting out, why not start with one page and perhaps frame it instead of making a whole album, as this could be a bit daunting. Any hobby shop will have an assortment of different types of scrapbooking pages, but they could sometimes be quite pricey. 

That is why I like to use digital scrapbooking papers, which not only are an excellent value for money, but they are also available any time you need them, and once you download a file, you can use it for as many projects as you like. I love that instead of just getting one piece of paper, you can select a collection of background papers, that are designed perfectly to match together and create a beautiful design. The digital scrapbooking papers come in different formats, for example as jpg, png or svg files. All you need is a printer to create your background scrapbooking papers. If you have a simple editing program on your computer, you'll also be able to create digital versions of your scrapbooking pages, which you can then print out or create other projects, such as festive greeting cards.

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And finally, it's the time to choose your scrapbook page layout. I always layer my photos, papers and various embellishments without glueing it first, to see how it will look like. This way, it's easier to see if the layout is not right and often just moving a couple of items will improve the layout immediately. 

I hope this inspired you to get started with scrapbooking, and I love to know how you get on!

Until the next craft project…

Magdalena