Would you like to master one of the hottest paper craft niches – that of scrapbooking? Remember those hours you wiled away trimming newspaper clippings on big events, treasured family mementos and other things associated with great memories -and pasted them on paper for safekeeping?
I remember my first scrapbook; I believe I was in high school when I put my first book together. I began with a three-ring binder actual photo album. It had clear sheets that you pull back, and place your photos and other treasured items.
I put together movie and concert tickets, and train tickets from my trip to Europe (that was the coolest memento to have) and then I pulled the sheet down over the items securing them for all time immemorial.
The concept hasn’t changed since grade school. Just now we have more grown-up and advanced methods of making books.
What Do I Need to Start Scrapbooking?
The best part of scrapbooking is that although there are scads of supplies available on the market, you really don’t need a lot of stuff to make your very first scrapbook! Basically, all you need to start to scrapbook is an album, some glue, a pair of scissors, and some photographs or newspaper clippings. Also decorative extras like fabric, ribbon, or leftover odds and ends from other projects can be used to embellish your scrapbook.
As you get more acquainted with the hobby, you will find products that save you time and frustration. Many of these products are well worth the extra cost.
How I Put Together MY Scrapbook!
OK, now for my own example! This is the product of a three ring binder, some of those poly-view pocket sheets to protect my mementos, basically stuff I got from the local office supply venue.
I have a fair amount of these protective sheets for different size items. Yep, that was my actual Kindergarten Diploma I have immortalized 🙂
An X-Acto Knife
At the top of the list is an exacto knife. This strong and versatile blade allows you to cut almost anything into any shape. There is a safety cap to put back on the blade later. When the blade gets dull,you can remove it and replace it with a new one. Just be sure to place the object you plan to cut onto a board before cutting.
Otherwise, the knife will cut right through your picture and into your scrapbook page or dining room table – (yikes) So be sure and make use of a professional cutting board or scrap of wood thick enough to withstand cuts.
Tweezers for Easy Object Placement
The next best tool to have is a pair of tweezers. Yep, those very same kinds you see at the local drugstore! It can be a pain in the butt to pick up and affix small items carefully especially when they have glue on them. A simple pair of tweezers can make this a breeze.
Choose the Right Kind of Glue
You are going to need glue, but it will be a different approach than that of nonporous crafting objects. Paste is passe! Specialized glue dots and two-sided tape will make affixing your mementos simple and mess free. Many of these products are strong enough to hold small objects like bling, ribbons, feathers and other bric-a-brac.
In addition to glue dots, other good adhesive options include two-sided tape, Xyron, acid free photo tabs, and polypropylene corners. All in all, we’re going to “scrap” liquid glue altogether as it can wrinkle up the paper and show on the other side – avoid that unsightly issue from day one.
Your Scrapbook Album Itself
Your memories of the past deserve the best quality preservation, so be sure to look for an album with acid free, lignin free pages. Kind of like canvases and art paper often state that they are “archival” – the paper within the album should be as such. Lignin is a chemical found naturally in the cell walls of plants. Along with acid, these two bugaboos can cause photos to fade over time.
If the lignin is not removed in the paper manufacturing process, the chemical will cause the paper product to gradually yellow and crumble. You can find lignin and acid free paper products in virtually any color and texture.
Printer For Your Photos
You’re in good hands if you’ve already got a home printer. Many of us may be averse to attaching our only hard copies of our photos into our scrapbook, so a good way is to photocopy them as well. This printer below is also one of those machines with multi-uses and operates via a wireless router .
Yes, I told that naughty cat not to get on my equipment 🙂 Couldn’t resist the Kodak moment here…
Embellishments and Bling!
Don’t forget the bling! To add a little zing! Stickers are great, some stick-on rhinestones for flair, and washi tape can go a long way in adding a nice touch of pizazz to your finished pages. So don’t be shy!
Just a tip…pick embellishments that are kind of flat so they don’t bulge too much so when the book is closed, it isn’t obvious that you went a little wild with the glitz.
Due to these new techniques and tools, scrapbooking has blossomed into a master craft. You can even find classes available to get yourself on the road to this fun and emotionally enriching art!
These techniques and the tools I have listed above, can be used to make wedding books, baby announcements, grandparent books, gift cards, vacation memory books, recipe books, and more! So I hope you will join in the fun!
What kind of scrapbooking adventure are YOU thinking about?