Scrapbooking by Lesley Farrell

Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve memories and record events for future generations to look back on. It is so easy to forget who is in photos, what the event was and when it happened so making some albums is an enjoyable way of using some of those treasured photos that are living in old boxes and drawers!

If you are a cardmaker, you will already have a lot of the basic requirements, such as papers, embellishments, paper trimmer, adhesives etc. so there doesn’t have to be a big outlay for new materials to begin with. If you become addicted like I am, then that is another matter!

There are some good scrapbooking magazines available which are great for inspiration and ideas, but once you get started – anything goes! There are no right or wrong ways to scrapbook – however you like to do it is fine!

The important thing to remember is that everything you use should ideally be acid and lignin free – especially if it will come into contact with your photos on your page. Otherwise over time, your photos could become yellowed and damaged.

Scrapbook albums are available in a wide variety of sizes so don’t be put off by thinking you have to fill 12″ x 12″ pages. You can also get 6″ x 6″, 8″ x 8″, 8.5″ x 11″ and the new popular 6″ x 12 ” too. Sometimes it is best to start with something smaller then there is not as much space to try and fill, and then progress to a bigger album if you wish.

It is important to try and include the names of people and also the dates so in the future, people will know who is in the photos! I have seen some great pages done by people with no information on them, and that is a shame. Journalling can either be done by handwriting or on the computer and printed off. I think the trend is more for handwriting these days (which I prefer). Titles etc can be done in all sorts of ways – stamped, die cuts, stickers, rub ons etc.

All sorts of techniques can be used in scrapbooking so you can incorporate things you already have. Rubber stamping, peel offs (these are usually acid free), die cuts, rub ons, all sorts of embellishments such as eyelets, brads, ribbons, fibres etc. The possibilities are endless!

A good way to begin is to choose a few photos that you would like to start with. Look at the colours in them and pick out a couple of the dominant ones to give you an idea of which paper or cardstock to use. You can mat your photos if you wish to make them stand out more, but it is entirely up to you depending on how you want the page to look overall. Decide on a title if you are having one, or journalling and embellishements, but most importantly don’t stick anything down until you are completely satisfied with the postion of everything! Have a shuffle round until you are happy with it!

So dig out those photos and have a go!!

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Published in: on March 30, 2008 at 12:10 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thanks Lesley – I really must make a start. You always enthuse me so I now have no excuse especially as I have two complete scrapbook kits jsut waiting to be used.


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