By: Marcy Larsen
Scrapbooking is one of those things that keep our memories alive and brings smiles to people’s faces for years to come. It allows you to relive the feelings and occasions as if they happened yesterday.
What is Scrapbooking?
Scrapbooking is basically a journal in which you keep your records through out your life. You can capture events that mean the most to you and your family. For instance you can capture birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and family vacations. You can scrap anything that you find special and want to share for years to come.
Scrapbooking Page Layout
Now that you are entertaining the idea of a scrapbook, it is important you make those memories as alive and beautiful as possible. Here are some layout ideas:
1 Depending on the occasion, make the page have color coordination. Use themed paper and/or matching colors to accent the photos.
2 Pictures, take and record as many as possible, whatever the occasion, and later on you will be glad you did.
3 When you get photos back from developing, write a few memories on the back so that you can remember all the little details you want to preserve. Sometimes we forget the smallest things that made the occasion special, writing them down will make it a lot easier when you start the journaling.
4 Keep mementos from the occasion to add to the pages. Birthday cards, airline tickets etc. Use these as backdrops for photos or as the title to the page.
5 Use accents such as brads, photo clips to add to the layout. A little dimension adds to the character of the pages.
There are several different ways to make a scrapbook layout. These pages are very personal to each of us for different reasons. Chose for yourself what works best, however, there are many ideas and examples available in case you run out of scrapbooking page layout ideas.
Whatever way you choose to record your memories, a scrapbook has to represent you and the ties you what to capture and save, so even if there are many ideas, it is what connects you to the memory that will be the right choice.
Take the time to create a scrapbook, if you don’t have one already; it is sometimes better then an album or a standard journal and can become a bit of yourself. Memories created in a scrapbook live beyond you, to be cherished and enjoyed forever, so don’t just create a scrapbook, put a bit of love and soul into it. You will be happy that you did when you look back in years and live those times again.
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By: Joan Masterson
Scrapbooking is basically the preservation of memories around a specific theme.
There are many themes you can use, for instance: Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Baby Births, Special Pets, 21st Birthday parties, your babies mile stones, achievements, Christmas get togethers with the family, a special trip, a special holiday away.
If you have children, why not make a scrapbook from birth to their current age, recording their various stages in life, remembering especially the good and funny moments, the special dreams and fond memories. Use it as a special gift to present to them on their 21st birthday or on their wedding day – they will treasure it forever!
For Valentine’s day, why not create a scrapbook about you and your soulmate, remembering and recapturing the special moments in your lives together, and the love you have for one another? That would be a truly amazing gift to receive on Valentine’s day!
For future scrapbooks you should also record the happenings at special events and special moments in your life. What was the event, what was the weather like on the day, who was there, how did you feel? Amusing anecdotes and sentimental feelings jotted down can be used to give you ideas for captions and titles in your scrapbooks.
You could even make some money out of scrapbooking if you really want to get into it. Once your friends and family see your scrapbooks they will probably beg you to make them one as well! Give them a reasonable scrapbooking quote, and you could very well find yourself earning a nice income with a fun to do activity!
Starting your scrapbook
There are many scrapbooking kits on the market that will make your life a lot easier once you get into scrapbooking. However, when you first start out I would suggest that you only invest in the basics. You do not have to break the bank to create a special scrapbook that will capture your special moments for generations to come. Many of the items that you will need for your scrapbook can be found in and around the house.
There are many things around the house that you can use for scrapbook embellishments, from sugar crystals, beads, pasta shapes, leftover fabrics, trimmings and ribbons, to bird feathers and special grass and seeds that you can find in your garden. Use your imagination to put everyday items to good use in your scrapbook.
Other items that you might want to use in your scrapbooks would be stickers, rubber stamps, paint, glitter pens, chalk, three dimensional cutouts etc.
You will also need a scrapbooking album to store your pages in, as well as various background papers to add your photos, captions, stickers and other embellishments to.
You can create your own album by using strong cardboard squares and covering it with pretty paper and pictures related to the theme that you are building your scrapbook about. Use various colored cards for your inside pages. Then punch holes through all of it, and tie it firmly together with a pretty ribbon or piece of string.
All in all though, it is a fun pastime that you can use to spend time with your kids and maybe help them to start their own scrapbooks.
If you follow the advice in this article, you can have hours of fun without having to spend too much money. Let your imagination flow and take you places! Happy Scrapbooking!