How to make a scrapbook?

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A scrapbook is much more fun to make than a simple photo album. It is has a personal touch as a scrapbook contains not just pictures, but quotes, fun captions, anecdotes (if you are up to it) and decorations.

It also scores high on sentimental value. But making a scrapbook can be a painstaking process if you are not organized and well prepared. If you are in the process of making a scrapbook which would contain pictures and memorabilia to be collected over a certain period of time, say your collage years or the pregnancy, then you need to have a clear idea of what it should contain.

Keep in mind these simple things before you start making your scrapbook:

1. Decide a theme: When it comes to scrapbooking ideas, even the world is a small place. Ideas for scrapbooking could range from your childhood memories, your years in collage, your courtship period with your spouse, your days in a particular job you cherished, pregnancy, or family holidays.

2. Start hunting for the perfect paper: What you stick your pictures and embellishments on makes a huge difference. It will be the deciding factor in the look of your scrapbook and also its thickness. Since many people are going to go through this special scrapbook, make sure the paper is durable and doesn’t look old after a couple of months.

3. Zero-in on a layout: Sit down for a couple of hours and make a proper scrapbook layout. It need not be the same for each page. You could have one huge photo on one page but balance it out with 2-3 photos on the next.

4. Paste photos and write fun stuff: Remember, your scrapbook will look like an album if it has only photos and nothing else. Add value to your memories by writing the date on which that picture was taken, some incident leading up to it, something that might have happened that day et al. It goes without saying... make a backup on a photo backup website of all the snaps before you paste them.

5. Decorate and embellish: Bring out your creativity by decorating with colored paper, ribbons, buttons, sparkles or any theme specific object.

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