Scrapbooking can be defined as preserving memories by arranging photos, page title, journaling and embellishments in an attractive layout, which is then put into a scrapbook album for the family and loved ones’ enjoyment.
Remember how you used to have fun making a scrapbook as a kid where you simply pasted photos on colored papers, stuck on your mementos and scribbled some wordings on? That’s scrapbooking in its early years.
Scrapbooking has evolved so much so that there’s a whole scrapbooking industry just to cater to scrapbookers. Now there’s tons of acid-free papers, acid-free adhesives, acid-free embellishments, and many scrapbooking supplies for you to choose from.
So first off, let’s look at the basic scrapbook supplies you’ll need to make a Scrapbook at home.
BASIC SUPPLIES FOR MAKING A SCRAPBOOK
- Cardstocks: Solid-colored plain or textured, acid-free papers. Usually used as background papers and as photo mats.
- Patterned Papers: Acid-free papers with designs or prints. You can use them as photo mats, as background papers, as part of your page accents and such.
- Scissors: Crafts scissors or a pair of straight-cut scissors you can use to crop your photos and to cut down your papers to desired sizes.
- Adhesives: Acid-free glue. There’s liquid glue, glue-dots and glue-tapes.
- Journaling Pen: Pens used on your scrapbook layouts should preferably be pigment ink, acid-free, waterproof, fade proof and non-bleeding. Such pens are easily available at scrapbook stores.
- Scrapbook Album: A scrapbook album is the “house” for your layouts. After completing each scrapbook layout, just slot them into your scrapbooking album for protection and viewing.
- Embellishments: You’ll be amazed by the variety of embellishments available to the scrapbookers. From buttons, ribbons, fibers, beads to metal frame, it’s really an eye-popping experience shopping for embellishments.
A variety of scrapbook supplies can easily be found here.
BASIC STEPS TO MAKING A SCRAPBOOK
Armed with the above-mentioned basic supplies, let’s move on to the step-by-step guide on how to make a good scrapbook.
- Brainstorm on a Theme: Think about what you want your scrapbook to be about. Here’s a list of easy scrapbook ideas to help you make a simple scrapbook about yourself. It also makes it easier when you purchase your scrapbook supplies, as you can look out for items related to your theme.
- List of Stories to Tell: For a specific theme, you might want to make a list of the little stories you want to tell or the memories you want to save. For example, if you want to scrapbook about your baby’s first year. You could break down the scrapbook into 12 months, and for each month you can create pages about your baby’s developmental milestones, or your favorite memories from that month, etc.
- Photo Selections: Select the photos you’ll like to go into your specific theme album. For the example of baby’s first year I’ve used above, you can choose a few photos from each of the 12 months to scrapbook about.
- Placement of Page Elements: For specific themes, a good idea to try is to set a consistent layout design for all the pages for a unified look. The planning will help utilize your themed supplies more fully, and give you a clean and simple feel to the overall look of your scrapbook.
- Crop, Mat & Adhere Your Photos: If cropping of photos is needed, make fade pencil markings on the back of the photos and then crop the photos to your desired sizes with your pair of scissors or paper trimmer. Matting will make your photos stand out more, draw your eyes to the focal photo, and add a pretty border around the photos. You can use cardstock, patterned papers, fabric, and other materials as your photo mats.
- Page Title: A page title can highlight or support the page theme or topic. You can handwrite your page title, add swirls or creative extras to make your title into a decorative page topper. If you’re wondering about coming up with eye-catching page titles or need a little inspiration on what to write on your page, take a look at this ebook, 5,000 Scrapbook Titles & Quotes.
- Journaling: Journaling is important, It helps you to tell a good story. Photos are there to support your story. So yes, please spend some time to think about your words.
- Dressing Up with Embellishments: Embellishments can enhance your page as interesting decorative pieces. If you want to add dimension, glitz or texture to your page, try adding on an embellishment or two. You can glue your embellishments, sew them or tie them with ribbons to your layout, it’s up to your imagination. Try not to go overboard with embellishments and let it overshadow your story.
- Protecting and Housing Your Layouts: After you’ve completed your page, it’s ready to go into the scrapbook album you’ve chosen so your page is protected from getting torn, dusty or damaged. It’s a good idea to use a butter paper for every scrapbook page to give it the required protection.