Scrapbooking is becoming one of the most popular craft/hobbies in the country as it is both creative and practical. It's easy for anyone to create exciting, artistic pages to enhance their photos. On the practical side, this rewarding hobby provides a family treasure that will endure for countless generations. Planning a scrapbook page/layout is much like planning a greeting card. All it requires is a theme, a bit of time, and your creative ideas. Here are some facts and steps to help you get started.
1. Organize. Get those pictures out of shoeboxes and onto the coffee table where they can be enjoyed. Organize and sort your photos by subjects, such as Activities, Events, People, Places, Things, Time, etc. Then sort each category into chronological order. Most people begin with a memory book for each child, a Christmas book, a birthday book or a vacation book. Gather your decorating materials. Everything that touches your photos should be of archival quality, that is, Photo-safe.
2. Arrange Your Page. Select photos with which to build a theme for your page. If desired, crop photos to desired shapes, using die cut templates, scissors, corner borders, craft punches, etc. Select enhancing papers or stickers, or create a background with rubber stamps. Before adhering anything to your page, experiment with the layout by moving things around until you are satisfied with the results. Then assemble and glue the page.
3. Assembling Assemble your finished pages in chronological order to tell the story. Add memorabilia to facing pages, such as letters, awards, programs, tickets, etc. Leave room for journaling. Add information and details. Use rubber stamps to create borders or accent phrases. Use craft punches and craft scissors for making borders
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