Monday, November 25, 2013

Scrapbooking Tips for Beginners

One of the best ways to preserve life’s important memories is by making a handcrafted scrapbook. While millions of people are enjoying this hobby, many are just getting into it and often find themselves overwhelmed—which papers should they buy, what embellishments should they get, how will they design their scrapbook. For newbies, here are a few tips to make your foray into scrapbooking easier and more enjoyable:

Start by Journaling
Pictures indeed tell a thousand words but short journal entries give the photos further context, which is especially important if you’re gifting the scrapbook to someone else. After all, the date, occasion, and even your feelings when the photo was taken are things pictures alone can’t convey.

It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect
As a beginner, your first scrapbook doesn’t have to be the most perfect scrapbook ever made. You’ll learn something new with every layout you finish like new color combinations, better ways to crop photos, and choosing the best embellishments.

Buy the Basics
These items are must haves for beginning and expert scrapbookers alike: scrapbook, page protectors, colored cardstock, patterned paper, colored pens, decorative scissors, and adhesive. You can order these basic supplies from online scrapbook stores, and purchase more advanced materials as you become more skilled.

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