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Scrapbooks From Scratch - General Tips for How to Make Your Own Scrapbook From Scratch

April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 135

Scrapbooking is not about buying the most supplies and therefore "winning", it's about getting your memories down on paper for future generations to see and learn from. It's very therapeutic if you are having a hard time in life and need a few coping mechanisms, instead of going down a dark path by the choices you make. I used it for helping me to come out of the dark path I was going down! Scrapbooking is a great thing to do as a family, spending once a week on putting the pictures down in a family album is great for everyone to check out and see what happened at special events and day to day activities!

One thing that cracks me up is the fact MEN seem to think this is a woman's craft, and they don't need to scrapbook. However, may I just point out one of my favorite designers for stamping and scrapbooking products is Tim Holtz, who has a great ink pad line plus much, much more now! Men are being asked to be on design teams more and more - so don't think it's just a "woman's thing", men have memories too!! You also have a lot of divorced fathers out there - who want to preserve the time they spend with their kids! Plus there are multiple ways to scrapbook, just find the one that is easiest and best for you and your situation!

When you create a scrapbook album from scratch, you are bringing your creativity into play here!

1. Start with one thing - the most important part of the project - what supplies or kit you are going to be using. If you begin here, everything else will fall into place. This will always be different depending on the project you are working on and the supplies you have chosen.

2. Pick your photos out for the project. As long as you know what type of album you are going to be doing, then you know what photos you can start to choose for the project. Do NOT pick out each and every one of them - pick the ones that are the most "theme" related.

3. Gather up all your supplies, you will need to make sure you have enough of everything for the entire project. I like to use "scrapbook kits" that have all the paper, embellishments and album inside - as something like this is a lot better because it all coordinates with each other and is already done for you. If you are more experienced you can always pick the supplies out you want to use.

4. Start to plan things out. If there are instructions - and you want to create the album exact, follow them. If you want to add your own spin to things, then add a few other supplies to go with the kit such as themed stickers or die cuts, ribbon, stamped images, or whatever else you might have.

5. Add things to each set of pages, such as the blank paper, photos, and any notes as to that specific page or set of pages. Start to then add the embellishments for each set of pages you are working on.

Now, if you are truly starting from "scratch" and not using any type of kit, I would also keep in mind the following:

Supplies needed

Album

Paper (both pattern and plain)

Alphabet stickers or die cuts, or sayings

Embellishments

Your basic toolbox items

• Decide how big the album is going to be and start from there.

• Do you want the pages to coordinate, or will it be whatever the inspiration and theme of the pictures?

• Start to pick out the paper you need, I always pick more than I actually will use because it helps me to create better by not being so picky about the colors I use.

• Do you want titles on each of the pages - do you want them in alphabet stickers, die cuts - or a premade title? Start to decide the titles you want to use on the pages you are working on.

• Look at the embellishments you want to use - do they match the papers and colors you have selected? If so, start to add those to the pages where you want them to go.

• Look at things like brads, stamps and ink colors, ribbon, or even embossing powder (if you know how to do the techniques) and start to gather those types of things you will need.

• If you need a bit of extra paper cut some extra out from behind where your photo matt's will be to give you a specific color to match throughout the project.

Making your scrapbook albums from scratch - whether you use a kit for the supplies and inspiration, or you are using what you already have at home - can be one of the best things you can do! The people you are making the album about will always feel important that you took the time to create something just for them. Plus those that will learn from what you have spent the time creating is priceless - both technique wise and personal wise! For more ideas make sure you check out the blog!

Lynda Jeffs is the designer and owner of Memories in Tyme, teaching others the art of scrapbooking and card making...the easy way! Lynda has been able to scrapbook on what she has at home and available to her for over 8 years now! She has been stamping for over 20 years, scrapbooking since 1998! Join her while she gives you all the tips she has learned along the way!http://memoriesintyme.blogspot.com/

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