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Scrapbooking Tips and Tricks

Scrapbooking is not just for the creative artist. With a few simple tricks and tips anyone can start scrapbooking their own family memories. I started scrapbooking a few years back and I love it. I don't have much talent artistically, but I do have an imagination and an eye for detail and design. I may be a perfectionist, but that only allows me to create the best possible pages for my book that I can. I hope these quick fun and easy tips will help you do the same.

Whether you are looking for something upbeat and colorful, romantic and classy, or no particular theme; there are papers, embellishments, letters, and so much more for each project. From books for vacation pictures, to homemade cards, and even those boring baby albums, scrapbooking can help you make the most of your treasured photos and memories.

Don't take scrapbooking so seriously! Scrapbooking is about having fun and making it a memorable event. You can scrapbook with your kids, spouse, family, or friends. Turn it into a fun evening or a series of evenings. Either way do crazy stuff, let your imagination run wild, and don't think about stuff too much. Scrapbooking is a great way to let your creative juices flow.

A page for my wedding scrapbook

A page for my wedding scrapbook

Get Organized:

The first step to creating a quality scrapbook is getting organized. This can mean gathering photos, creating a vision or theme, finding tips and techniques to help you document and memorialize your family photos, as well as maping out a blueprint of what exactly you want your scrapbook to look like.

Organizing your supplies, photos, and keepsakes will keep your work station clean and easy to manage. Organize your photos in the way you want to put them into your scrapbook. This allows the story and memories to flow in an easy to read fashion and makes creating your book so much easier.

10 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbooking:

1. Once placed, many embellishments and stickers cannot be removed without making a major mess or ripping up paper. Not sure if a stamp is the perfect design for a certain spot or page? Stamp it with solvent ink like Stazon on a piece of plastic and lay it over your project in progress to check. Clear inserts or packaging are perfect for this.

2. Place embellishments in odd numbers like 3's or 5's for a better visual impact. I like using them at the ends of words or in a corner or two.

3. Running low or out of a certain letter? Look at what you have, using a little imagination can turn a 3 into an E. You could also turn g's into h's and y's with a little work and the right font.

4. Use left over theme products on unrelated projects to save money on new embellishments, paper, or stickers.

5. Buy kits you can stretch. Look through the papers and see what you can use beyond the intended theme of the kit.

6. Trying using a hole punch and creating a little booklet full of memories for that special someone. Use ribbon to tie the whole book together instead of binder rings for a touch of accent and color.

7. Layer colors and papers to add depth and character to your pages to create a different theme for each page or book. Using decorative scissors or different shapes adds fun and style to any page layout.

8. Don't tape or glue everything right away. Most people cut their shapes and get all their pictures and start gluing right away. This causes many mistakes as people usually do not like the first layout they choose. Try different layouts before securing anything.

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9. Making cards with themed paper is a great way to add a personal touch to what could have been a boring commercialized card. I love making them with themed paper and pockets for gift cards or money. Layered cards are also easy to make. I made a Christmas themed letter K for my nephew as a gift tag for his Christmas present last year and everyone loved it.

10. Use your pictures as a guide for your story. For family vacations take the pictures as if it were a movie. Get the basic overview on a photo and some nice details. Add family fun and some photos of the scenery and end with a family photo or destination pictures. This way your scrapbook will start with good guiding pictures and be able to describe the whole trip to anyone flipping through the book.

© 2011 Cholee Clay


Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on November 14, 2012:

sparkleyfinger--Thanks for the comment and voting! I usually buy pre-bound books, however when I do bind my own pages I prefer to use ribbon. I've only made small bound scrapbooks however so ribbon works well for those. Ribbon gives it a more elegant look, in my opinion. I'm not sure how well ribbon would work for a full size scrapbook though.

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on November 06, 2012:

Voted up and useful! Looking forward to starting my own holiday scrapbook. Quick question though, what's your favourite method of binding your scrapbooks? Or do you just buy pre-bound ones? Personally, I like to be able to touch things, so am looking for a way to bind pages without having them under a plastic sheet?

Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on April 20, 2012:

I do too. It's a great way to keep the stories and memories of the photos. Thanks for the votes KJhusak!

KJhusak on April 20, 2012:

Thanks for the tips! I love scrapbooking and will have to check out a few of these suggestions(: voted up, useful, and interesting(:

Cholee Clay (author) from Wisconsin on December 22, 2011:

Thanks alocsin! I have definitely seen wonderfully crafted scrapbooks. These tips can be used for making cards and such too.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 22, 2011:

I'm not really into scrapbooking but admire the ones I've seen as works of excellent craft. These sound like useful suggestions, so I'm voting this hub Up and Useful.

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