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In this guide, I'll give you some ideas on how to scrapbook like a pro in a few easy steps.
Scrapbooking is super fun and rewarding, but there's a lot to take in :) It isn't just about sticking things down on paper.
In this guide I'll break things down for you, so you can get started.
Firstly when it comes to your scrapbook project, don't get overwhelmed. Stick to the basics (which we'll cover in this guide :))
Soon enough, you'll be able to easily and instantly enhance the look of your homemade scrapbook page.
At the end of the day making scrapbooks is about preserving your beautiful memories (pictures). So as you begin your journey, try and keep it fun and remember, scrapbook making for a beginner is as much about experimentation as it is creativity!
Here are a few basics to start creating beautiful scrapbooks.
Before the scrapbook ideas flow, in fact before you even stick anything down to paper, your scrapbook supplies and space need to be organized!
Resist the crafter's urge to rush out and buy albums or patterned papers until you have the space ready.
Getting your physical space right will really help your mental and creative space and can be a fun project to focus on. I've been making personalized scrapbooks in so many random places over the years but I honestly feel like I produce my best work (and love scrapping even more) when I have a tidy and organized designated space.
Find an area in your house that can be dedicated to creating scrapbooks. This is where you'll be able to keep all your scrapbook supplies (such as your albums, scrapbook paper, pictures, etc)!
Is there a small closest that isn't being used that could have the door taken off and used as a work area?
What about the landing at the top of your stairs? Or how about the odd little nook off the kitchen? If it's only used as a temporary storage area, start to claim it as your scrapbook sanctuary!
Any place that has nearby storage for your scrapbook supplies is also great and would be your first choice. You'd be surprised how quickly your paper stash and collection of albums can get! Also, a quiet space can be beneficial. I find my best scrapbook ideas for beginners come when it's lovely and quiet.
Ideally, you need a scrapbook space big enough to house a small desk or make a work table by placing a countertop over two 2-drawer file cabinets. But remember, the smaller the space you're using, the more organized you'll need to be, otherwise, things get messy.
I know this first hand. My current space is an internal room and I have serious scrapbook paper storage issues. I have at least two piles of paper under my desk, and then even more paper stored on my shelf. I'm still working on a solution!
A big tip is to surround your scrapbook crafting space with beautiful things that you love. Perhaps some photos of your family, maybe your favorite album on display or even some flowers. You could even showcase previous pages you're most proud of in frames on the wall. When you feel happy your creativity will blossom and the inspiration will come which will make it easier for you to create eye-catching scrapbook layouts!
Having good natural light is one thing I definitely recommend. But if you can't then there are some real desk lights on the market that can help you see that all-important detail.
I use LED lights as my scrap room is an internal room and they are really good. Focus on creating a positive space and great idea will flow!
Wait! Now That You Know About The Fundamentals Of Scrapbook making, Then You'll Need To Start Working On Your Scrapbook Pages....Let Me Show You...
♥How to START and FINISH a layout to perfection (so no more pushing things around on a page for hours and hours).
♥How to get your creative juices flowing again so you'll NEVER experience scrappers block again!
♥How to always have the perfect scrapbook layout for every occasion!
The central part of a scrapbook layout is your photos.
So organizing them is an important project you can do. If your photos aren't already sorted, take time to organize them before you begin. It will save you a lot of time.
One of the slowest parts of putting together a scrapbook photo album is deciding which photos to use. This is why getting your photo collection in order (deciding which pictures are scrappable) will save you time in the long run.
Here's one of the easiest and most helpful scrapbook organization ideas for beginners you'll hear and it's one I love – purchase clear plastic bins (about the size of a shoebox) and label the top and front of each bin.
Labels might include family members, relatives, vacation, wedding, holidays, etc. As you begin to sort through photos, quickly place them into the corresponding bin. This way they'll be at your fingertips when you're ready to start working on a page. Since you're in the sorting mood, be sure to check desk drawers, closets, and any other place where old photos might be stashed.
Once you have gone through all the photos, you can then begin to organize each bin. Use large index cards to separate and label the photos inside each bin.
Sidenote - I also like to store my paper using a similar approach. I use clear plastic bins (the big ones) and sort my paper by colors that go well together OR by theme (birthday, love etc).I have a lot of my photos online so print as I go. I use my cheap printer (which I love!) with photo paper and its works really well. My photos come out clear and sharp. And once you have the printer, the paper is relatively inexpensive!
Gather the photos that you want to use for your scrapbook album. Keep in mind that you'll probably have more photos than you'll actually use, but you can narrow the choice when you get ready to work on your scrapbook page layout.
Tip: I like to use the paper scraps from my home-printed photos - you can ink these scraps of cardstock and use them as borders, flourishes, or even use them as a 3D underline for your page title.
Here's one of my favorite scrapbook ideas for beginners. Scan or photograph your precious (one of a kind) photos so you can keep the original one super safe and use the scanned version (Print out on good quality printer paper or get your photos printed at your nearest printing service).