Scrapbooking is the art of preserving memories into a beautifully designed book to save and share with loved ones now and into the future. Scrapbooking can take on several physical forms, depending on the look you are going for, ranging from photo albums to photo journals. This art form requires a specific process and should not be taken on as a short term project. Many scrapbooks can take weeks to create, with artists needing to source the right materials for the specific memory being preserved and planning the layouts and designs that will make the perfect representation of your memory. Scrapbooking is an art form that takes time to be fully understood and appreciated. As such, we’ve put together our top 5 tips to use when starting a scrapbook project.
Check them out below!
- Before you go out and purchase every single scrapbooking item known to man, take some time and research what you might need. While it may be exciting to buy those gold embellishments or that perfect champagne lace, practice some restraint. There are thousands of scrapbook ideas online readily available to help you begin your journey, and you will get to the fancy stuff in time, we promise!
- DO NOT use one of a kind photos when you are just beginning to find your feet! Scrapbooking comes with many new experiences. For this reason, you should always use disposable photos when you are just starting out. It would be heartbreaking to accidentally cut up or pour colored glue all over the precious and irreplaceable photo that you are working so hard to preserve. So much so, that we are just going to say this again – USE DISPOSABLE PHOTOS until you are confident in your scrapbooking abilities!
- Make a plan before you begin each page. You do not want to be sticking things down at random. This might work for a while, but one mistaken placement could ruin your whole page – photos, embellishments and all. This is not only a waste of time but also a waste of your resources. You can either sketch a plan or set it up without sticking your pieces to the page and take a photo to copy the design from. Easy!
- Write! One of the best things about scrapbooking is that you can leave space to write anything you want about memory. This is a fantastic opportunity for sharing special details about the experience being shown. Just think, one day your grandchildren may be looking through the scrapbook and will love to know everything they can about each photo and the people in them. Don’t be shy and share your memories!
Remember, scrapbooking is an art form and a hobby all in one. It takes time, patience and practice to get it right. If you aren’t happy with your first attempt, try again! Mistakes happen so you know how to get it right in the future!