How to Start a Scrapbook

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The Amercian scrapbooking industry has doubled in size in the last decade, with the craze starting to catch on over here in a big way. If you’ve never tried it before, here’s our insider’s guide to starting your own scrapbooking obsession.

Essentially there are no rules to the perfect scrapbook page. Creating a scrapbook is a bit like creating a story using pictures and embellishments, which means just about anything goes! Holiday photos, your child’s first day at school, even your new car can be included. It’s great for recording all those major events as well as those little moments that don’t seem quite so important at the time. Think about what you write too, it can be reflective and story-like, just a list of words or include lyrics and poems.

Shemelle Laine - Scrapbooking for Beginners #scrapbooking #papercraft

Where do I start?

Technically, if you just create an album with a photo and a few sentances about what’s going on then you’re scrapbooking, but these days with the amount of exciting supplies available scrapbooking can be more elaborate.

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Basic materials include background papers (including printed and cardstock paper), photo corner mounts (or other means of mounting photos such as adhesive dots, photo mounting tape, or acid-free glue), scissors, a paper trimmer, art pens, archival pens for journalling, and mounting glues (like thermo-tac).

More elaborate designs require more specialised tools such as die cut templates, rubber stamps, craft punches, stencils, ink tools, eyelet setters, heat embossing tools and die cut machines. Various embellishments are also used such as stickers, rub-ons, stamps, eyelets, brads, chipboard elements in varoius shapes, alphabet letters, lace, wire, fabric, beads, sequins and ribbon.

Shemelle Laine - Scrapbooking for Beginners #scrapbooking #papercraft

Did you know?

Scrapbook albums can build into entertaining records of family life  and are able to provide much more information than just a photo album. They make fantastic gifts too for anyone celebrating something special!

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