How to Scrapbook: The Ultimate 'Learning to Scrapbooking for Beginners'
In this guide, I'll give you some ideas on how to make a 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 scrapbooking 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
At the end of the day scrapbooking is about preserving your beautiful memories (pictures). So as you begin your journey, try and keep it fun and remember, scrapbooking for a beginner is as much about experimentation as it is creativity!
Here are a few basics to start scrapbooking.
Scrapbooking for beginners
1. How to Set up your workspace
Make a scrapbook page in record time by organizing your craft space!
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 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 great idea will flow!
Wait! Now That You Know About The Fundamentals Of Scrapbooking, Then You'll Need To Start Working On Your Scrapbooking Pages....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 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.
Cherish your memories by creating a scrapbook album using photos of your family members!
Preserve your old photos by scanning them and saving a copy on your computer
3. Gather scrapbook supplies without burning through money!
• 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)
• a scrapbook album (or two!)
• die cuts
• die-cut machine
• plain paper (for your scrapbook page)
• scrapbooking embellishments
• Paper trimmer or scissors
• beginners supplies like markers, 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!)
4. How to layout your scrapbook pages
Now you're ready for the fun part of learning to scrapbook, creating your first scrapbook page! With pictures sorted, scrapbook tips in mind, and supplies on hand, you need to get focused on the layout of your scrapbook album and pages.
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 :)
Quick Tip on how to get started
Use acid free adhesives when adhering your embellishments!
Use complementary colored scrapbook patterned paper to matte your photo on to create a frame.
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.
Make a scrapbook page with 3d embellishments by using double sided tapes!
5. How and Why to Journal on Your Scrapbook Album
One of the key components of scrapbooking is journaling.
Remember the old photo albums that contained little or no room to write information about the pictures?
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 scrapbooking tips, we want you to remember to make journaling something you love and enjoy.
Make a scrapbook layout with journaling elements to add sentiments to your page.
Keep our scrapbooking ideas and tips in mind throughout your creative journey!