tips and tricks graphic Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook Pages

Helpful Scrapbook Tips and Tricks

Whether you are a novice or a well experienced scrapbook creator, we all look for new ideas and helps to get our precious masterpieces completed. We want to do them with ease . . . yet be as elegant or thoughtful as possible.  Making scrapbooking as fun as possible will help us want to craft more pages. Each new tip or trick we learn will bring variance and increased skill to our task. Our artistic ability will be enhanced as we learn new ways of doing things. We can learn from others tons of things to make our efforts easier and richer. Scrapbook artistry comes differently to each one of us. Our creations, however, are as individual as we are. If the page tells your story then you have been successful. Even our mistakes can be seen as an amazing touch. Still, there is always room for improvement. We can, and should, learn from others when we can. Here are 10 tricks and tips to help you in your scrapbook crafting.

The tricks and tips noted below are not presented in any order of priority. They are presented simply as helps to you in your scrapbook crafting.

1. Let each page tell its own story. 

 layout sketch2 150x108 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesAs you layout your page, consider the story you are hoping to tell. Each picture you use should add to the story. Layout the page in such a way as to make the story flow from the top to the bottom. Be sure to add the right comments, titles and embellishments to focus your page on your story. Even though you may be conveying a story over several pages, make each page a separate chapter in your book or story.

2. Organize your page before you glue things down.

glue arts logo Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesOnce you glue things down, and then you have a change of mind, getting them off can be tricky. In the process of removal, you could damage your page. So, with this though in mind THINK BEFORE YOU GLUE!!! You may want to use a moveable adhesive until you are sure where things really are going to go. Stickers can be a real problem. Don’t remove the backing that exposes the adhesive until you are sure of its placement. Stamping can also be a challenge. If you use a stamp, try stamping on a scrap piece of paper first, cut the stamp out and place it where you want it to go. Once you’ve found the right spot, you can do the stamp for real. Another way to use the stamp, would be to use a solvent ink on some plastic–clear inserts and packaging can work too.

3. Use themed paper when making cards.

greeting card Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesCreating your own personal cards adds a little something extra, a special touch for the receiver of your card. The nice thing about themed paper is having the paper say something about the occasion for the card. These cards are much more appreciated than commercial cards because the recipient knows your own personal effort and touch went into its making. You can layer the cards, or add pockets to put money or gift cards inside. This is where the saying, “It’s the thought that counts,” really comes to life.

4. Don’t throw away those scraps!

scrap odd and ends 150x150 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesAfter every paper crafting project there are scraps. The “round file” is home to many of them. The prudent and frugal scrapbooker would do well to collect them and put them away for use on another project. There are several reasons you would want to save your leftover scraps. Saving money would certainly rank at the top of the heap. Who knows what creative opportunities may come as you begin work on some future project that paper scraps, odd embellishments, etc. may be just the thing you need to complete your page. Those kits we often buy may have several elements we don’t use for a specific project. Try the challenge to create a page using only scraps . . . will the creative juices begin to flow then?

5. Move things around your layout before you make them permanent.

layout sketch 150x150 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesHaving a hand drawn rough layout can often speed the process of putting your scrapbook pages together. Even after you have been skilled at laying out pages, you can often see changes as they actually develop on your card-stock. Moving things around a bit may put things in their right place as you visualize them. Do this before you put adhesive to them and make your choice permanent. Undoing a misplaced item may be difficult to undo. Before you put glue to your items, take the time to do a dry run. Even if you follow the original design you sketched, you’ll be happy you didn’t glue them down as you placed them. If you find you need to keep something in a particular space while you construct your page use a bit of tape that can be removed when you are ready to make things more permanent. Also, you can use moveable adhesives, but keeping things dry makes the most sense until you’re ready to glue everything in place.

6. The Rule of Odd Numbers.

odd number of scrapbook items1 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesAs you create your scrapbook pages remember the artistic rule of odd numbers. 3′s, 5′s and the occasional 7 work best as you select your photos for each page and the embellishments. This may possibly mean having to do more than one page because you have more pictures, or the one’s you’ve selected create an even number on your page. This practice is equally true of the embellishments you use. While this is an artistic rule, this is not a rule that you can’t break from time to time. The object here is to not let even numbers be your rule, but odd numbers.

7. Create mini-scrapbooks with a hole punch and some ribbon.

coner ribbon bound mini scrapbook1 150x150 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesSometimes bigger is not better. For a variety of reasons you may not want a full sized scrapbook. Maybe the subject your are scrapping is small and limited in the amount of pictures you have. Perhaps the object of your creation is structured around a simple yet important activity, event or special person. In that case, you may want to craft a small book. You can do this by using a single hole punch in the corner and threading a piece of string, yarn or ribbon through the hole. Finish the decorative binding with a secure knot and a nice bow.  If you want to, you can do two holes along the binding side so that the pages leaf open like a regular book. You could also put the holes and fasteners at the top of your booklet. Folding over a sheet of card-stock and adding additional pages secured with holes on the binding side with the string, yarn or ribbon make an elegant touch. You may want to reinforce the holes, but no ring is needed.

8. Improvise when you have to.

improvised letters 150x150 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesThings are going great on your latest project. All of a sudden you realize you are short a letter or two to complete this page. What do you do? You could go to your favorite paper craft store, or if it’s too late to do that, you could do a bit of imaginative improvising. Let’s say you need another “E” or two. The number “3″ could be the right improvising solution by turning it around. How ’bout an upside down “h” in place of a missing “y”? If your page isn’t really too formal, you could create a letter from scraps as well, or just pen one in.

9. Switch things around a bit. Make them different.

paper layering 150x150 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesConsider switching things around a bit to create a different look with the same materials. Try layering colors or papers. This can add depth and a new character to your scrapbook project. Try cutting your paper with decorative scissors, or use different shapes to change the look. You could use the “tearing technique” to give a completely different feel to the paper.

10. Stretch the scrapbook kits you buy.

scrapbook themed kit 150x150 Tips and Tricks for Scrapbook PagesWhen you purchase a scrapbook kit for one of your projects, you may find there are some pieces that you don’t plan to use. That doesn’t mean those leftover pieces should go to waste. Look at them as elements for other projects you may be planning to work on. In fact, you may buy a kit to get just one or two pieces from it and there are many pieces left over. Keeping items you don’t need for one project may be just the right pieces for another. Besides, think of the cost savings that go along with making the maximum use of the things you buy for your scrapbook crafting. A penny saved is a penny earned.

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Ron on February 7th, 2013 | File Under Basics, Ideas, Scrapbooking | No Comments -