How to Scrapbook: The Ultimate 'Learning to Scrapbook Guide for Beginners'
Scrapbooking for beginners
1. How to Set up your workspace
Before the scrapbooking ideas flow, in fact before you even stick anything down to paper, your scrapbooking supplies and space need to be organized!
Resist the crafter's urge to rush out and buy albums or paper 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 scrapbooking 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 scrapbooking. This is where you'll be able to keep all your scrapbooking supplies (such as your albums, 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 scrapbooking sanctuary!
Any place that has nearby storage for your scrapbooking 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 scrapbooking ideas 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 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 scrapbooking 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 the ideas will flow!
Wait! Now That You Know About The Fundamentals Of Scrapbooking, Then You'll Need To Start Working On Your Scrapbook Page....Let Me Show You...
2. Selecting and organizing photos (my top ideas!)
The central part of scrapbooking 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 an 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 scrapbooking organization ideas 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, relatives, vacation, wedding, holidays, etc. As you begin to sort through scrapbooking 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!
3. Gather scrapbook supplies without burning through money!
As tempting as it might be to purchase a lot of scrapbooking supplies at once (cardstock haul anyone??), stick with the basics.
I remember walking into my first scrapbooking store and wanting to buy the LOT. Be warned, that eyeball inspiration can be a real trap for beginners! It's tempting to buy everything and anything that appeals to you when shopping for scrapbook supplies. If you can, practice restraint :)
A worthwhile project is to create a list of exactly what you need and then stick with the list! I would also at this point consider a style you want to start with - did you want to try a vintage style, modern style, masculine, etc. Deciding will help focus the different options when it comes to what paper, albums to purchase, etc.
Your list of scrapbook supplies should include:
• page protectors
• patterned paper (acid-free)
• plain solid color or white cardstock
• photos you want to scrap (see above for tips on organizing your photos)
• an album (or two!)
• die cuts
• die-cut machine
• plain paper (for your scrapbook page)
• scrapbooking embellishments
• beginners supplies like scissors, washi tape, glue, etc
• scrapbook magazines (flicking through one of these can give you loads of ideas for your pages that you'll love!)
• a book on scrapbooking (we sell a few of these to help you!)
Make sure anything you want to adhere to your page is acid-free. Some items (such as old ticket stubs) can contain acid, which over time erodes your pages and can ruin your photos.
One of my favorite products is Krylon's 'make it acid-free'. This is a scrapbook spray that literally removes the acid from almost anything. It's a great way to protect your photos and scrapbook page by making them acid-free.
4. How to layout your scrapbook pages
5. How and Why to Journal on Your Scrapbook Album
Keep our scrapbooking ideas and tips in mind throughout your creative journey!