How To Get Started Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking has always looked like a fun way to keep mementos for your family.  If you have wondered how to get started scrapbooking, have no fear getting started scrapbooking is not hard at all. Here is how to start your first scrapbook project.

Gather Your Supplies

Start by gathering some scrapbook supplies. This can be anything that YOU like. A good starting point is some of those loose pictures you have stashed out of the way. I like to try and keep my scrapbooks to one or two themes. For example, one idea might be; “Fourth of July at the Lake.” If you’re unsure about layouts or designs, simply google “scrapbooking ideas for the fourth of july

Organize and categorize your scrapbook materials. Scrapbooks can cover any subject you want. If you keep your scrapbook to one or two subjects, then you can probably bypass this step. A scrapbook over a large subject like “Family” can be broken down into manageable categories such as school days, first job, first loves, family vacations, etc.

Create Your Layout

Visualize then Design the layout of your scrapbook. I like to take as much time as needed to design my scrapbooks. I like to try and visualize how I want my scrapbook to look and how I want it laid out. I like to use short phrases or sentences to describe the pictures. I also use titles for every page. Keep the page titles and pictures relevant. You wouldn’t want pictures of your first day at the job under “Our Bermuda Vacation.” This is also the time to pick out any decorations you might want in your scrapbook. Don’t overdo it!  Here is a video to help you get you started.

Scrapbooking Tips

Keep your photo’s in an acid-free photo box for best results. Shoe boxes are also good if you’re on a budget.

Be Yourself. If you’re making the scrapbook for yourself, then make it the way you want it! There’s no law that says you must make a scrapbook this way or that way. This is the beauty of scrapbooking.

Pick one photo to be the main theme of your scrapbook

Think before you cut. New scrapbookers are so excited, they tear into their photo’s and start cropping or cutting them out in all types of shapes. Before cutting any photo, have a designated place for it. Makes sure it’s going to work in that spot. I prefer to matt the photo rather than cut the photo itself.

Don’t cut the Polaroids! The chemicals inside can ruin other pictures. Again think about matting and overlays.  Or scan them into your computer and print them on photo paper.

KISS – Keep It Simple Scrapbookers! Nothing screams “AMATEUR” more than a scrapbook with every design, sticker, and decoration imaginable. Stick to a few shapes and designs for each theme.

Find the Best Scrapbooking Supplies Online

You already know that there are more places to buy scrapbooking supplies online than you can fit into a scrapbook. It takes less than a second to narrow down those places to those that have a good price. But there’s more to it than that, so what I want to do is give you some practical advice on some different strategies for buying supplies online, rather than at your next crops.

Know What you Want

In other words, know your brands. If you like Tim Holtz  materials, you can find them at a wide variety of places online. The only drawback of this approach is that you are limited to what you already know. The most valuable scrapbooking item you can find online is a new idea, and those are harder to get if you are not willing to do a little exploring.

Facebook Groups

Is there anything more enjoyable than sharing something new with someone you know will just love to see it? That is why Facebook groups exist! Scrapbooking groups share new ideas and product information at an astonishing rate. They are the perfect place to learn about new brands and new products. It’s old fashioned word-of-mouth for the internet age.

Online sites of Regular Stores

Michaels, Jo-Ann , Walmart and others have brick-and-mortar stores where you can check out the touch and feel of things you like online. It works almost as well the other way around, but the problem is that when you find something in the store you like, why wait to go home and buy it online?

Scrapbooking Clubs

Find scrapbooking kit clubs. Kit clubs like Club Scrap bring both the ideas and the materials together into a single site. There are nice blogs that explain in detail how to do the project and have the materials used in the project available for purchase. The process works by way of a monthly membership, but you can cancel at any time.

Host a Party Businesses

Like other fun items, scrapbooking materials are sold by hostesses that would love to get you and your friends to come over together. They work online too! Close to my Heart  and Stampin’ Up  are two examples of sites that sell you a complete kit, just like in the clubs, but with the added value of a personal representative. The representative is someone who is into scrapbooking and can make suggestions, put together special packages or just offer advice. One of the most valuable things they do is offer ideas on what to do with the scrap material from a project.
Check out one of the sites and get the materials and ideas you need for some great scrapbooking projects!