10 Steps to Create Your First Scrapbook

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Do you find it really difficult when you think of creating your first scrapbook? You’re not alone! There are many who adore scrapbooks, but when it comes to creating it, they simply don’t give it a try.

Scrapbooking is one of the most creative memories keeping craft to work with pictures. A scrapbook can contain photos, stamps, postcards, movie tickets, invitations, greetings… and everything that you want in there. It is a way to store your family photos, travel photos or any photo that you have a memory associated with. Scrapbooking is something that can be an addiction. Creating a scrapbook of your memorable moments will give you a permanent reminder of your happy times. Another thing that adds value to your scrapbook is journaling.  Journaling is basically telling the story of your photos and memories. It can be a simple headline or an elaborated description of the incident or the moment that is captured in the photo. We strongly believe that journaling is an important part of your scrapbook. It allows viewers to connect with the photos and know the story behind it.

Journaling in a scrapbook is an excellent way to turn memories into an engaging story that will last forever.

Here’s the step by step process to create your first Scrapbook and be proud of it.

1. Pick out Photos :

The first and the most important step is to finalize photos that would be in the scrapbook. You can choose to pick theme based photos like all your vacation pictures, or some important moments in your life, sibling love etc. It’s all up to you what pictures you want in your scrapbook.

2. Pull out Matching Card stocks & Patterned Papers :

Using matching card-stocks & patterned paper adds a creative element to your scrapbook. You can use as many colored & patterned papers as you want. But make sure it doesn’t look messy. Also, make sure that the papers you choose do not overshadow your pictures. Your pictures should stand out.

3. Arrange Photos in Various Placements :

Before you finally start sticking your pictures in your scrapbook, create a draft and see which one works best or appeals to you most visually. If you feel lost or confused, search the internet to get inspiration. Try out few placements and then select the best one.

4. Decide on Layout :

A layout will work as a blueprint to work with. If you want to follow someone else’s layout, that’s absolutely fine. Keep your inspiration at a place where you can refer it often.

5. Mat & Crop if Needed :

If needed, you can crop your pictures to fit in your layout. The number of mats on a scrapbook page is according to your preference.

6. Adhere photos as per your layout :

Once you have finalized the design and placement of your pictures, it is time to adhere them accordingly. Just place them the way you’ve visualized them to be.

7. Design Page Title :

This is completely optional. If you want to give a title to your page then do it or else you can just leave it. In our opinion, giving a title to a scrapbook page gives a nice feel to it.

8. Prepare a Draft for Journaling :

Think of your journaling and write it out in the draft. As mentioned earlier, journaling is like storytelling. If help viewers to connect with your pictures and know the story behind that moment. For you its a walk down the memory lane. It is at this point that you decide as to what to journal and how to place it.

9. Write your Journal as Planned :

Select the paper where you, color pen/marker that you want to use for journaling and start writing as planned. It could be on a matching cardstock that you picked or the actual background paper.

10. Think of Embellishments :

Embellishments are to decorate your scrapbook. It is something that adds an extra creative edge to your scrapbook. These embellishments could be ready-made or handmade pieces.

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