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When looking at others scrapbook pages you can feel over whelmed. The first thing you need to do is be yourself. Your pages should reflect you, and what you want your page to say specifically about your picture’s, thought or theme.

Remember, this is your scrapbook. You can make a page or book as simple, cute or complex as you feel is warranted. Your page or book should convey what you feel about the subject or picture(s) being displayed.

Like most everything else in life there are processes and procedures that, when we follow them, we should come to a successful conclusion. Don’t forget that when we are attempting to learn something new we can learn from the experiences of others . . . just as they learn from us.

Get started by doing simple things first. Make it easy on yourself. As you learn more you should open yourself to experiment a little and grow. Have fun as you learn. You are the “captain” of your scraping.

Getting started isn’t all that difficult. Here is a list of items you will need to get your first project started. The overall design of your page should be centered on your favorite activities or focus–subjects that suit your personal taste. Remember, your scrapbook should reflect you . . . it should please you first and foremost.

Supplies you will need to get started:

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  • An album – something to store your scrapbook pages in
  • Scissors
  • Straightedge cutter
  • Acid free and lignin free adhesive
  • Double sided tape
  • Paper – card stock which may include activity themed paper
  • Buttons, stickers and ribbon
  • Markers and journaling pen(s)

You may have to visit a craft store that has a scrapbook department, or a scrapbook specialty store to get all of these items. They are also available via the internet . . . Scrapbooking with Jo-Ann.com has a supper scrapbook supply selection. Check them out!

Putting Your Page Together

As you sort through your photographs, you may want to pick out those that center on a common theme or focus. There most likely will be several themes you want to use as you go through this part of the process. Place the various photographs into separate piles based on your themes.

Once this sorting process has been completed, select one theme you want your page or book to be centered around. Now with your theme focused photographs in hand, lay them out in a design that represents your theme. Usually one to three photographs are used per page, but more can be used if space will allow and it helps add strength to your focused theme. (See “Plan Your Page” for more specifics.)

You can now gather or pick out the embellishment supplies–like buttons, stickers, ribbon, etc., you feel will help enhance or add focus to your page’s theme.

Next, trim your photographs. Your objective here is to keep the photo’s focal point, but cropping out the unnecessary background images that could draw attention away from your theme. This is what was done to the cherubic baby’s face in the photo above.

You will need card stock frames you can purchase at a store or online, or you can have one die-cut that better expresses your theme–especially if store stock items don’t work for you.

Now layer or place your different items onto your page. If you are using an activity themed paper let it work to help enhance your theme. Once everything is placed where you want it–glue it all down!

At this point you can add what ever embellishments you feel will help focus and enhance your photographs and theme. Use items like stickers, buttons, string, yarn, ribbons, etc.

Oh! Don’t forget to leave space to “journal” on your page. This is where you want to write comments about your photographs or page: titles, quotes, explanations, personal thoughts, etc. Journal notes help convey your inner thoughts. They help clarify your focus or theme. Don’t worry about your penmanship for now. Remember, this is about you and what your page means to you. If you feel the need you can always use rub on, stencils, or pasted words and letters from other things–magazines, books, etc. (but you need to be sure they are acid free).

For more detail about the scrapbook process, go to the “Basics of Layout and Design” section.

There you have it. A simple but effect scrapbook page. Do several pages and you have yourself a “scrapbook.” If all is true to form you will want to do more. To grow and expand your horizons, check with scrapbook supply stores, magazines and don’t forget to ask for help from friends.

Now, go have fun scrapbooking!!!

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Ron on January 27th, 2009 | File Under Basics | No Comments -