Here are a few basics to start creating beautiful scrapbooks.
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 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!
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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!
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).
As tempting as it might be to purchase a lot of scrapbook supplies at once (cardstock haul anyone??), stick with the basics.
I remember walking into my first supplies 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:
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.
Now don't expect inspiration to flow right away. So be gentle with yourself. This is a process, and some parts of it may come easy, others not so easy :)
Tips for beginners: The first page of your album will be the title page. You might want to do this scrapbook page last so that the title that you choose truly reflects what the album contains. Although I do have some scrapbook albums that are miscellaneous in theme and that's ok too.
Begin with the next two side-by-side pages. You may want to have one scrapbook theme per spread. Rather than thinking of each page as a separate unit, think of what you want to capture on the double-page scrapbook spread.
When someone flicks through an album of mine, I want each turn of a page to be a new immersive experience!
Choose your photos and temporarily arrange them onto the scrapbook pages. Then select a patterned scrapbook paper that fits the theme. Hopefully, you'll like what you see!
Now start arranging the elements and photo (s) on the page till it looks eye-catching and beautiful. What you'll find, is as you're doing this, the inspiration will start to come from just seeing the photos on the paper, and the other elements on the page.
You will want your photo to stand out on your scrapbook page.
Check this blog out for more information on matting your photos on your paper to make them stand out.
On your scrapbook page, you'll need to embellish the patterned paper with stickers, confetti, die-cuts, and other small items, but be careful to not overdo it. In fact, I love the philosophy of keeping it simple.
One of the biggest mistakes beginners make with their layout is complicating things. Here are many other mistakes new scrapbookers make while learning to scrapbook and how to avoid them.
I recommend placing your scrapbook embellishments or stickers around your photo or in a cluster on your scrapbook pages. If embellishments are too far away from the photo then it can draw the eye onto other things.
Learn how to create scrapbook pages the easy way by checking out our scrapbooking made simple article!
Here's a blog post with some ideas for beginners on how to give your scrapbook pages that extra eye-catching element.
To create more dimension on your page you can add pop-up dots, double sided tape, or foam dimension dots - if you place photos/pictures or embellishments on these you really can see your page come alive.
Read our beginner's guide to page embellishments for your scrapbook layout.
As you flipped through someone's album you would constantly have to ask, "Who is this?" "Where was this taken?" "What's happening in this picture?"
One of the benefits of learning to scrapbook is that you have space to journal! Of all our scrapbook tips, we want you to remember to make journaling something you love and enjoy.
You can write down key phrases that describe each photo or make funny captions reflecting what's happening in a picture. As you journal, be sure to include names and dates. A few years from now you'll be glad that you did!
Here are some ideas and inspiration for adding scrapbook journaling to your page:
• Consider adding journaling to your layout as a scrapbook border (write directly onto the cardstock).
• Think about incorporating journaling into a tag.
• Hide your journaling on your layout inside its own envelope.
• Create a mini-book of journaling (credit card size) and add it to your page.
By keeping the title page simple, it makes it very clear what the viewer can anticipate seeing in the next few pages.
Place the pages inside of the page protectors once they are thoroughly dry. Then it's time to put your album together.
If you have used foam dimension dots or cardboard to raise elements off your page you might find it hard to fit it in your page protectors. I recommend trimming your page down just a little on every side and it will slide into your page protectors easily.
Albums make a fantastic gift too! Perhaps you have some friends getting married or celebrating an anniversary. There are lots of ways you can bless others with your love of making scrapbooks.
To further understand the basics of scrapbook making, you should check out our scrapbook 101 article and start scrapping like a pro in no time!
As you learn scrapbook making for beginners and get started on this wonderful adventure, you will discover that making scrapbooks is a super fun and relaxing hobby. It's something that you can enjoy time and again and your family and friends will enjoy the albums and pages you put together.
Your pictures will come to life and pop off a page that your family can pass down through the years.
Good luck creating your first scrapbook and enjoy this new time of discovery! Feel free to start looking around our site for a helpful and great idea, plus tips, and inspiration!
Your first album isn't far away! If you want to learn more about how to scrapbook then you should check out our scrapbooking made simple article.