Scrapbooking for Beginners

Scrapbooking for Beginners

People from all walks of life have discovered the joys of scrapbooking or creating albums of their treasured photos and keepsakes. But with all the scrapbooking items available, how would you know where to start?

Well, the good news is that scrapbooking isn’t that hard. With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create lovely scrapbooks that will be adored for years to come.

So read on and we’ll help you get started on scrapbooking!

What You Need

* An album – Scrapbooking albums come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular are 8 1/2″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″. For beginners, it is often easier to start with these. You can buy albums at most craft supply stores if you don’t have a scrapbooking supply store nearby.

* Paper – Scrapbooking paper can be found in a variety of solid colors and patterns. This will be the basis for each page. You may also use scrapbooking paper for journaling and to create your own photo mats and embellishments. 

* Cutting tools – A good pair of scissors is a good start but an Exacto knife might make photo cropping easier. If you’re no good at cutting straight lines, you might want to invest in a paper cutter. You might also want to try scissors with different patterns if you want to be creative.

* Adhesives – Glue sticks and double-sided tape are quite popular. You can also use rubber cement or glue dots for tougher applications. 

* Photos – You can’t have a scrapbook without photos. You can use old photos for a nice, nostalgic album. A digital camera and photo printer for new photos can make scrapbooking easier, but they are not necessities.

When purchasing scrapbooking supplies, it’s important to make sure they are acid-free. This will keep them from harming your priceless photos.


Basic Techniques

*Matting Photos- The first step is to cut a square or rectangle that is about a half inch longer and wider than the photo you want to mat. Then glue the photo to the center. To make a photo really stand out, double mat it by cutting out a shape a half inch longer and wider than the first mat, and center the matted photo on it.

*Journaling- Simply write a note about the photos on a page, telling what was happening or sharing your thoughts on the subject. Use paper that coordinates with the background, and be sure to write with an acid-free pen.

*Borders-Adding borders to your pages gives them a finished look. You can make them out of strips of coordinating scrapbook paper. You don’t have to border all four sides. A strip along the top, side or bottom will do. For easy embellishing, use some stickers. 

Now that you have the materials needed and you know some basic techniques, you can get started scrapbooking!