Easy Scrapbooking For Beginners
So you've seen some of the eye-catching and heartwarming creations your friends
have made scrapbooking, and think, "I can do that!" Visions of four-year-old
photos stuffed in random boxes in secret corners of closets nag at you, and you
think, "Oohh- organized picture albums!" Truly, these are some of the thoughts
and motivations that compel woman the world over to trim, journal, crop and
create the most inspired photo albums ever seen.
Yet, for a beginning scrapbooker, the choices can be overwhelming. During my
first crop, I spent most of my time awed by the dazzling array of paper,
stickers and cutters. I was so afraid to commit to any one decision, I didn't
get a single page completed. So, if you are just embarking on your scrapbooking
journey, here a few pointers to help you enjoy this great hobby, and enjoy the
fruits of your labor.
Where to Start?
Scrapbooking for beginners can be a daunting task. I truly believe the key is to
start where you are. Yes, I know there are childbirth photos of your 8 year old
sitting in a box under your bed. You will get to them eventually. If you start
back in time, you will feel like you are forever catching up. I strongly advise
that you begin with your most recent set of photos, and get into the habit of
cropping regularly. Eventually, you will find you are up to date with current
photos, and then you can start to travel back in time.
Step by Step
First of all, it is helpful to use a scrapbook with removable pages. This will
allow you to decide on placement of the pages as you go, and allow you to add
pages at a later date. Just knowing that the page placement is not set in stone
will help you to go ahead and try new things without fear of "ruining the page."
Beg, Borrow, and Steal
Your best sources of inspiration will come from looking through other people's
books, and getting ideas from websites and catalogs. Don't be afraid to "borrow"
someone else's idea. Eventually, it will morph into something uniquely your own.
For your first page, a prepackaged kit can be really helpful. These come
assembled with pre-cut paper in coordinating colors, with lined paper for
journaling, or with event appropriate stickers. Think of it like teaching a
child to draw. They need to start with the basics of drawing a face: the shapes,
the features and the correct placement. Eventually, every child will develop a
unique style of drawing.
It is the same with scrapbooking. If you start by following a plan, you will
soon be comfortable enough with the techniques, tools and methods to branch out
and create your own masterpieces. And don't worry, with a little pre-planning,
your pages will look great!