Pick A Topic
The first step in scrapbooking is choosing a topic. This can be anything ranging from sports to academics to family vacations. Start by thinking about the specific moments you would like to document and go from there. Once you have a general idea, it will make the whole process much easier.
Pick A Size
Two of the most common scrapbooking formats are 12”x12” and 8.5”x11”. While other formats exist, many albums and layouts are created to fit this format, so it’s best to pick one of these sizes. The 12-inch formats will allow you to fit more on a page, but 8.5”x11” are great for beginners as it may seem difficult to fill the page in a larger book.
Choosing the pictures can seem like an important and overwhelming task. You want to tell a story, without overdoing it. Start by picking photos with the best lighting, and avoid dark or blurry ones. If you can, add photos with a matte finish as opposed to glossy as glossy photos are more prone to fingerprints.
Pick A Layout
Choosing your layout can be one of the most troublesome tasks of scrapbooking. Start by choosing the focal point, then think, what do you want readers to be drawn to? If you’re using a lot of photos, trim them down to direct the focus onto what’s important.
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Gather Some Basic Supplies
To get started scrapbooking, you’ll need some basic supplies. This will include patterned paper, acid-free adhesive, embellishments and stickers, photos, and page protectors. This part of scrapbooking is generally the most enjoyable, as well as the most customizable.
Now that you know the steps, put it all together and you’ve got a prize-winning collection of memories. Give it as a gift this holiday season, or keep it as a conversation piece in your home!