Simple Scrapbook Techniques – Paper Tearing

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Scrapbook and personal card crafters are always looking for ways to enhance the quality and uniqueness of their finished creations.  Paper tearing is one of those simple, yet very effective ways to add that uniqueness to their cards and pages.

The reason this technique is so popular is because of its simplicity, and there are not tools required to make your creations–just paper and your fingers.  In a matter of just a few minutes you can turn your cardstock, photos, vellum and other papers in to useful and interesting additions to your projects . . . adding varied dimensions, textures and interest as you go.

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As you begin this simple technique you may want to experiment on scrap pieces of paper to see what effect your tear will have, and that this effect is what you’re looking for.   Tearing gives you two separate textures:  a smoother side and a rougher side.  You get the smoother side by tearing the paper towards you, and the rougher look by tearing away from you.

Some papers have different colored cores–some card stock for instance.  If you are looking to reveal that core you may want a more rough looking tear, so tear the paper away from you.  Remember to experiment a bit with some scraps to see what the end result will be, and if that results is what you want.

A controlled jagged edge can best be made by placing the paper you wish to tear on a flat hard surface.  With one hand hold your paper on the hard surface, and with the other hand–using only your thumb and index finger–begin the tear  in small sections working down the paper to what ever length you wish.  This slow small tear approach allows you to control the size and length of the tear.

For a wide tear effect, hold your paper with both hands and tear in opposite directions with each hand.   The speed of your tearing will help determine how much control you have on the width of the tear.  This techniques is best suited for longer paper tears.

If you’re looking for a more soft, fuzzy and delicate tear you’ll need to crease your paper where you want the tear to be.  Then add a bit of moisture to the creased area using your finger moistened with water, or use a soaked cotton swab, or a sponge (not overly wet).  Wipe the creased area to add a bit of moisture to the paper.  With the crease moistened begin your tear–on a solid flat surface to help control the tear.  Tear the paper down and towards you.  The completed tear, when dry, will have a soft fuzzy appearance.

tearing paper with straight edge Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Paper Tearingpaper tearing guides Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Paper TearingAnother soft tear technique is to use a straight edge down on your paper and pull the paper towards you.  The end product will be similar to the wet method above with a soft straight tear line.  There are tearing guides that will also give your a patterned tear like the deckle or scallop edge.

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Simple Scrapbook Techniques – Card Stock


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In the beginning years of scrapbook crafting, card stock was the prime paper available and used by most crafters.  With the coming of printed papers many paper crafters abandoned the plain color card stock offerings.  Nothing against patterned papers, but there is a place–a significant one–for plain colored paper.

As you acquire your scrapbook and personal card making supplies, paper will obviously be a staple.  When choosing the primary papers you want to work with, and there are tons of choices out there, be sure to have ample supplies of card stock.

Beginning scrappers may be well served to “cut their teeth” using plain colored card stock on their initial scrapbook projects.  Card stock offers you a simple clean and fresh looking paper to begin your layout.  There is less time and focus needed to select accents and embellishments that won’t clash with a printed or patterned paper.  A beginning crafter need only concern themselves with an appropriate color, selected photographs, some journal entries and an accent or two to bring our your page’s theme.

With time and experience, paper crafters can expand their horizon.  They will learn balance, symmetry and color schemes that will allow them to begin mixing textures and patterns in their creations–but in the beginning they will do well to stay with simple elements.

cardstock scrap cutouts Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Card Stockcardstock photo frames Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Card StockCard stock holds a great deal of versatility.  In addition to being the backdrop of your scrapbook’s pages, with the help of scissors and die cuts, scraps of card stock can be the embellishment you need for a particular project.  This also extends the cost value of the card stock itself by making more use of the whole sheet for other than your page’s background.  Consider, too, using card stock for photo mats, journaling strips and blocks, tags and borders.  You’ll find more uses for this important material as your effort and experience increases.

Be sure the card stock you purchase is lignin and acid free.  If you purchase your paper from reputable scrapbook and craft supply stores or outlets (online), you should be comfortable their providing you with reliable card stock.

Scrapping can be tons of fun, but costly, if you let it.  Use these tips to help you enjoy your crafting and help reduce your expenses.

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Simple Scrapbook Tecniques – Handmade Embellishments

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No scrapbook is complete without the addition of well thought out touches of color, accents or embellishment and some chosen journal words. Otherwise you just have a plain old bland looking photo album. Scrapbook crafters are all about providing those special touches to their pages to give feeling, dimension and tell a story along with the photographs.

Each scrapbook page is unique in their stories. The addition of embellishments certainly helps bring them to life. Personal cards, too, say something special with the right embellishments and comment(s). You can easily buy hundreds of embellishments from professional producers at your favorite craft or scrapbook supply store. The real creme de la creme embellishments are those created by your own hands.

Handcrafted embellishments are well thought out additions to your project–along with your page’s basic layout. The selected pictures are there to help tell your story. The words you choose to journal have personal meaning. These aspects of your crafting a scrapbook page or a personal card are priceless. Many handmade elements you add or use in your page or card creations don’t take a great deal of effort or expense. In fact the expense part may be one of the real benefits because you can, and should, use leftovers and other things about your house and craft area.

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Consider some of these items as you look at adding those special treatments to your pages and cards. These special items can add a touch of elegance where needed, or give the page some levity or whimsical flare . . . you’re the judge: yarn (knitted or crocheted items), lace, beads, ribbon, paper, silk or plastic flowers (don’t forget dried flowers–but remember they’re very dedicated, so use some of the more hardy items like leaves and stems, etc.). Be sure to check your magazines for pictures, letters and phrases. Certainly this list is not all inclusive, but a guide to get your creative juices flowing. Maybe a bit of your own art work (see article on “Theorem Painting with Scrapbook Pages”) or tole painting.

When considering creating your own embellishments–especially for scrapbooks–be sure the items you use are acid and lignin free. You don’t want your creative enhancements to be harmful to your pages. Also be sensitive to sharp or jagged edges which can cut your pages and cards, and items of extra thickness. You want to make your pages uniform in their look and thickness where possible.

Use good judgment and remember that a lot goes a long ways. Don’t try to over due any page with accents that over whelm or detract from your overall page’s theme and feeling . . . that said, hand made embellishments add a great deal of feeling and focus. Use them wisely because they’re “one of a kind.”

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Simple Scrapbook Techniques – Sanding

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imaginise d stress Simple Scrapbook Techniques   SandingSanding is a simple inexpensive yet very effective way to add a worn or aged look to your scrapbook pages.  With the aid of an abrasive such as sandpaper, sanding block, emery board, wire brush and steel wool you can create a totally different look to an embellishment or space on your scrapbook page.  You also may want to consider using a distressing tool like Imaginisce’s d-stress cordless hand-held sanding tool.

Like many techniques scrapbook crafters can and do use, limiting them to a few pages enhances there usefulness.  Over doing one technique can reduce the desired affect you are seeking to get.

sanded embossed scrapbook page Simple Scrapbook Techniques   SandingSanding offers a quick and easy way to make a new item or element look old, worn and used.  You add a dullness, a softening and aging to an otherwise new item.  This change of texture on paper or an embellishment can create an awesome feeling of nostalgia.

With little effort you can create new looks on such items as: photos,  chipboard, paper, card stock, metal and other embellishments.   A few rubbing strokes on these elements can do wonders to their overall look.

distressing abrasive tools Simple Scrapbook Techniques   SandingTo get that distressed look all you need to do is begin by lightly rubbing your desired element with your choice of  abrasive–some experimentation may be needed to ensure the abrasive you use gives the desired affect you’re after.

Sanding can be a messy task as you remove color and material from your objects.  You should work in an area away from your scrapbook pages so the unwanted removed material doesn’t get on your pages.  Cover the work area where you do your sanding with paper to help in keeping the work area clean.

As you use this simple technique try or experiment with different abrasives and materials to be sanded.  Try using different ways of sanding:  against the grain, circular or directional (all in the same direction or across–in two directions at ninety degree angles).  With sandpaper and steel wool try different coarseness of each to see their individual benefits.

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Cardstock Before Sanding

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Cardstock After Sanding

Areas that can be rubbed or sanded might include: edges of paper, card stock (try color core) and photos; stickers and embellishments; lettering, patterned paper.  Always begin your sanding on a lighter basis first and heavier as you try to get the look you are after.

This sanding technique works equally well on personal cards  and invitations you may also be creating.

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Simple Scrapbook Techniques – Custom Made Toppers/Titles

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What is a “topper” you may ask–simply put: the notation or title you make for your scrapbook page.  A good topper will set the tone for your entire page.  Before anything is viewed one can determine what your theme is for the page from your topper.

thanksgiving toppers Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Custom Made Toppers/TitlesToppers are frequently, and more easily, provided by  using a professionally produced rub-on, clip art, or other embellished statement.  There is nothing wrong with using one of these store bought helps.

However, a topper which is hand made often speaks as much about the creator of the page as it does about the page’s theme itself.  A well handcrafted topper or title to your scrapbook page can become an additional accent of it’s own.

What differentiates a topper from a page title?  Well, a page title is simply a descriptive notation of your pages theme.  A topper, on the other hand, is both descriptive and decorative.  Some additional creativity and art goes into a good topper.  Toppers easily add a flare or sense of elegance to your pages.  They may be whimsical, formal or something in between.

hand lettered scrapbook topper Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Custom Made Toppers/TitlesFree hand toppers allow you to show your artistic talents–we all have them, some more so than others, but we all have them.  These hand created (in many cases just lettered) toppers don’t have to be elaborate.

sketched scrapbook layout title Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Custom Made Toppers/TitlesWhen creating a free hand topper begin doing so as part of your pages layout before you begin cutting and pasting photos and embellishments.  Determine what your topper will say–your title, and where at the top of your page you it will be located.

Lightly rough-in or sketch what you topper will say and how it will look using a pencil.  Light pencil marks can be removed later.  Be sure to leave ample space between letters if you plan to use block style lettering.  Once you are comfortable with your design or topper creation, using markers, paint, etc. outline and  fill in the  areas where you want color and definition.  You can use any of your embellishing techniques to help, such as adding glitter, etc.  You be the judge on how you want your topper to be decorated.  Once you have completed the stylish decoration of your topper you can erase any pencil marks you don’t want to show.

letter stencil cutout Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Custom Made Toppers/TitlesYou could use a stencil or template to cut out the letters and designs you want to use for your topper.  You can also simply trace them onto your page.  Color and/or decorate them as you wish.  Affix them to your page in a formal order or a random order.

Like many new techniques you may try, you may want to do a dry run on a scrap piece of paper to help you learn and visualize what you can and can not do to create your topper.

You’ll find fun and a special feeling for your custom/hand crafter scrapbook page toppers.  You can use commercial titles too, but your own creations will always standout more!

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Simple Scrapbook Techniques – Tags

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scrapbook tag handmade Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Tags The use of tags has become a chosen embellishment for use on scrapbook pages by many scrapbook crafters.  Tags represent a great way to extend and enhance the function ability of your pages.  They can become their own mini-page on your page.  Tags allow for the addition of photographs, captions, decorative mats, journaling, page titles and much more . . . let your creative juices flow.

Tags can be purchased ready made, or you can cut them from templates–as well as create them freehand.  There are die-cuts too to help you make needed tags.scrapbook tag ready made Simple Scrapbook Techniques   Tags They can be made from paper, wood, fabric, card stock, metal, sponge, press-board, or other craft materials you can easily cut.

Shapes of tags are primarily: rectangle, square, oval and round, but are not limited by these boundaries.  Your own imagination will create the right tag for the right project.  Tags can be various sizes: small, medium and large–depending on what your specific need is.  They should be so large as to overpower your page, however.

Pre-cut tags can be purchased and your favorite craft or scrapbook outlet, or from a supplier online.  There is a myriad of colors, shapes and sizes to choose from.  You’ll just have to do some looking.

scrapbook tag fasteners Simple Scrapbook Techniques   TagsTags are easy to attach to your scrapbook page projects.  Use staples, fibers, ribbons and brads to name a few special ways to affix your tags to your pages.

You can keep them plain–for journaling, or gussy them up some to add to a photo you may be using, or as a simple embellishment of its own.  The uses for tags is limited mostly by your own imagination.

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Scrapbook Mistakes Beginners Make

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Scrapbook crafting has exploded over the past several years . . . both crafters and suppliers.  This trend does not seem to be slowing down.  So, if you are new to this special craft of creating books filled with pictures embellished to tell wonderful and heartfelt stories, you would be well to review this common mistakes beginners make when getting started.

Understanding and correcting these common mistakes often made by beginning scrapbook crafters can save you time and money.

Failing To Follow Your Own Style

Too often beginning scrapbook crafters just try to duplicate designs and layouts down by others.  “Duplication is the best form of flattery.”  This statement holds a great deal of truth, but the benefactor is someone else.

When you create your pages incorporate your own personality: colors, shapes,  embellishments that are to your liking–that you feel helps best express the theme of your page or book.  You certainly have freedom to use an idea you’ve seen, but always try to add your own little twist or improvement to it.

Not Recognizing “A Little Goes A Long Ways”–Embellishments for Added Decoration

Over doing pages with too many embellishments will detract from the focus of your page–telling the story with your pictures.  Colors, embellishment and journaling are important, but use moderation.  Each of the enhancing elements should help, not drown-out, the story your trying to share on your page and in your book.  Over doing things is easy because there are so many little touches you can purchase to “spruce-up” your pages.  Keep it simple, is good counsel as you begin.  A couple of accents, some well thought out words to journal are the pure essence of success.

Not Using A Color Scheme–Which Help To Bring Focus To Your Page/Book’s Theme

Too much color, or too many colors can confuse viewers.  When selecting your colors follow the basic color scheme (see article on Color) to help you add harmonizing colors.  If you’re using color photos pick a color from the picture that best focuses on the story you are telling with your page.

Understand colors help to enhance and focus attention when properly used.  They can imply a mood: formal, fun, funny, serious, etc.

Black and white photos basically are neutral–thus most any color will not clash with them.  You may want to use colors your perceive items in a black and white photo may be to invoke a specific feeling or look.

Place your photos on several different colors of paper to see which you feel the most comfortable with, and you feel helps you in your story telling.  Patterned paper may have a good blend of colors, but can also be too busy for a particular set of photos.

Using Too Many Shapes

As you design and construct your scrapbook pages, like much of the counsel here, be frugal in the types and number of shapes you use.  When cropping your photos, simple shapes work well . . . round, ovals, oblong, etc. help break the monotony of sharp cornered squares and rectangles.

Not Following Basic Balance or Symmetry Rules

As you design your pages you’ll want to follow the basic rules of balance and symmetry–the “Rule of Thirds.”  For specific guidelines and help in this area check these two articles: “Balancing Your Scrapbook Page Layouts” and “More Information About Symmetry in Scrapbooking.”

Knowing Which Paper To Use–Patterned Paper Versus A Solid Color Paper

There are many wonderful patterned papers available for your use . . . some which are theme oriented.  They come in small, medium and large patterns.  Be sure to mat your photos–especially when using patterned paper–with a complimentary solid color matting to one of the colors in your patterned paper.

Be sensitive in your selection of a patterned paper.  Don’t choose a pattern that is too busy for your there and focus.  Sometimes a busy pattern adds to your page’s focus, but more often than not you will overwhelm your photos with too busy a paper selection.

A conservative orientation will always serve you well–especially as you get started in this fun craft.  Plain papers would fall into that conservative vain.  Color selection would be the significant determining factor in your selection of a plain paper for your page.

Failing To Use Grouping Elements on Your Scrapbook Pages

In the art world there is a rule about “odd numbers.”  Following this rule will be helpful.  Visually, the eye sees things more comfortably when they are grouped in odd numbers.  Whether you are selecting the photos to use on a page or the various embellishments to add keep them in odd number groupings.

In the case of photos, don’t overload your page with too many photos–three works well and allows ample room for journaling and the addition of some embellishment.  If you have more than three photos you want to use consider a second page.

Don’t make your pages too garish with an over abundance of buttons, beads, eyelets, etc.  As has been noted earlier–a little goes a long ways.

Not Using Modest Repetition Which Can Work Wonders on Your Pages

As you create your scrapbook pages be sure to consider repeating elements and features from your photographs.  By doing so you bring greater focus and attention to the theme you are presenting.  Colors, as noted previously noted is one element.  Consider natural items-dried flowers, leaves, etc., or buttons, pins, etc.  These repeated items should be drawn from the photo primarily, and help to add attention to your focus otherwise you could just be adding clutter.

Lack of Journaling

Pictures say a thousand words, but sometimes you still have to say something, and in scrapbooks we do that via journaling.  Journal entries should help clarify or add unknown information to your page.  Quotes and facts are keys to viewers finding a greater appreciation for the theme and focus of your page.  Identifying names, dates, places and other pertinent information about your photos is most helpful.  Don’t assume everyone knows what you know about the photos on your page.  Any helpful descriptive information will help enhance the value of your page.

When journal entries are made you certainly can use stamps, stickers and other mediums to say what you want to say.  Different fonts can also add a touch of elegance to your page.

Failing to journal using your own penmanship is a major mistake.  Doing so lends a personal touch.  Remember, your pages should be an extension of who you are–not someone else.  Just make sure your journaling is legible–printing is best, but cursive will work if viewers can easily read it.  If you have to, because your best penmanship lacks, you may want to have someone else do the hand journaling . . . a family member, friend, etc.

Trying To Acquire Too Many Supplies and Tools

This may seem like an odd error to make.  Beginners should go from the simple to the complex over time.   Real scrapbook creativity comes when you have to work with a  small amount of supplies.  The biggest factor here is cost.  If you rush out and “buy everything under the sun” you will expend a fair amount of cash–which may not be in your budget.  There are so many things you may want to have–pace yourself.  If for some reason, heaven for bid, you loose interest in creating scrapbook pages, you may have invested a lot of money and little to show for it.   Add to your cache of supplies and tools over time.  These additions may be more evident after more experience has been gained.

Not Attending Workshops and Classes

Beginning scrapbook crafters would do well to attend as many classes and workshops as time and finances will allow.  Expanding your knowledge and experience is very helpful.  Being around other fellow scrappers helps build confidence and enthusiasm for your craft.  Some of the larger scrapbook suppliers put on programs throughout the year in various places across the country.  Your local craft supplies stores may offer “crop days.”  There are retreats you can go to.  All of these are great sources of information about new products and new techniques.

Failing To Have Fun

If you’re not having fun creating your scrapbook masterpiece then why are you involved?  The more fun you have, the better your output will be, both in quantity and quality.  Because through scrapbook pages you are telling a story you want to preserve for others, you should have fun sharing your ideas on those pages.  If you find this craft to be a drudgery, you may well be served to leave the history and story telling to others in your family. . . share what you have, but let them do the creative work.  Be engaged, but be happy!!!

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7 Scrabpook Mistakes To Avoid

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While scrapbooking is a wonder art craft, there are pitfalls scrappers can do that either add cost or diminish from your finished product.  Understanding these mistakes that many of us make at one time or another can help us avoid them when we see them.  Part of the problem stems from the creative genius each crafter has . . . or at least the think they have.  Add the myriad of materials and products you can use to create, enhance and embellish your pages, and you have the potential for the beginnings of trouble.

Consider these faux pas as a beginning to mistakes often made by scrapbook crafters:

Being Organized

A major mistake scrapbook crafters make is being unorganized . . . clutter being a primary factor, and not knowing what supplies and tools you have being another.  When possible, have a designated scrapping area where you regularly work.  Store your tools and supplies in a designated area in and around your work space.  Structure your organization by putting those items you use most frequently in the most convenient and easily accessible place near your work space.

Keep your work space neat and clean.  Avoid letting clutter pile up around your work space.  Clean your work area frequently.  Do your best to let material gather on your works space that could be transferred to scrapbook pages–i.e. glue, glitter, etc.

Using The K I S S – Keep It Simple Stupid – Principal

In the beginning of our scrapbook and personal card crafting this principal is easy to follow because we generally lack knowledge, supplies and tools to do much else than be simple.  As we acquire more knowledge, supplies and tools we tend to increase what we feel we need to complete our pages and cards.  Too often we go over board in the process.  We add too much of one thing or another because we have it and we can (no overly restrictive rules to abide by).

We have to remember what our goal is in creating a page or card.  Once we have our goal defined then we have to make sure we do only what is required to create the end product.  Too much focus on one thing, or the wrong thing, can distract from our original goal.  What we do as we create our project is let the object of our page or card shine through.  In the case of scrapbooking we need to focus on the pictures (see below).  On cards, we need to focus on the purpose of the card–generally what it says and how you display what you want to say.

Forgetting Scrapbooks Are All About Pictures and Telling Stories

The center of attention of each scrapbook page should be directed to the photos you have selected. These selected photographs should in someway tell a story or convey some thought to the viewer. Everything you add to these thoughtful pictures should help enhance the story or thought they are meant to share with others. Adding too much clutter (embellishment) can over power what your pictures can easily say–so much so that the photos have little value for your page. You can vary the placement on the page or the size of the photo you wish to use to add variety. Select colors that also help enhance your photos. Where black and white photos are used, you may have to imagine the dominant colors in the photo–green grass, autumn colored trees, color of a persons hair, etc.

Not Cropping Photos To Eliminate Unwanted Elements and Help Vary Photos Sizes

Photographs are seldom taken with the specific purpose of mounting them in a scrapbook–although that can happen. Most pictures are taken to capture a moment in history or a scene for others to enjoy later . . . when the benefit of the scene or moment is no longer available. So as we consider what a particular page’s story or thought must convey, we may need to remove aspects that appear, but are not needed or are unwanted, in a picture we plan to use.  Cropping simply allows you to select the most important elements from your picture and allows you to fit pictures more comfortably on a page.

Failing To Use Archival (Acid & Lignin Free) Quality Supplies

If your goal in creating a scrapbook is to provide a story or thought for long term view, you must also consider the preserving nature of using materials that will last and not damage your crafted pages.  Papers, adhesives and embellishments which contain acid will cause damage to your pages over time.  Making sure your supplies are free from acid and lignin.  Most products sold in scrapbook and craft stores are free of these elements, but be sure to check the labels and packaging to be sure.  If there is no notation indicating the item is free of these harmful items, don’t use them.  Again, because of the explosion of scrapbooking in recent years most reputable scrapbook supply sources are sure to make their products acid and lignin free–BUT ALWAYS CHECK THEM!

Photos will disintegrate naturally over time, but more quickly when acid is present.  Using acid free products and lignin free paper will help retard this process.  Ensure your papers and products that will be used on or near photos are labeled “photo safe.”

Failing To Journal On Your Pages

Don’t assume viewers of your scrapbook pages will know what you know about your pictures. Embellishments can help you say what you want them to know, but nothing falls short of writing what you want them to know. Journaling adds depth and meaning to photographs. You can share the where, when, who and what of a photo. Time diminishes our own memory, so jotting down simple details will help us as we view these pages for our own pleasure, or sharing them with others. Be sure to include such things as dates, places, names of people and special thoughts you have about a particular photo.

When journaling, you can use “produced” writing, but the best and most endearing journaling will come from your own hand. Make every effort to write in your own thoughts using your own penmanship. Printing is the most legible, but sometimes a cursive note is what’s needed–just make sure others can read it too, otherwise the effect may be lost.

Not Considering Learning From Classes and Workshops

Even the most experienced of scrapbook crafters may think they have all the knowledge and experience they need, but because of the continued development and production of new products and services for scrapbooker they can easily find themselves behind in the craft.

Beginners should take advantage of gaining as much knowledge through classes and workshops as time and finances will allow. Working with knowledgeable and experienced crafters will save you time, money and many mistakes from the school of “hard knocks.” You’ll know when you need to taper off, or become more selective about the classes and workshops you may need to attend as time goes on.

Classes and workshops help keep your crafting skills sharp. You will learn about the latest methods, supplies and tools to help you in creating your scrapbook masterpieces. Sharing your knowledge and talent with others is a great way to further expand your scrapbook association with fellow scrappers.

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Buy Scrapbook Supplies On Sale

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Scrapbook supplies can run up the charge card balance in a hurry. We never seem to have enough of all the things we want, need or use. To help soften the blow, we suggest you check the sale racks at your local scrapbook supply stores, or while on line check out the clearance section to see if there are not items you can purchase for fantastic discounts. Here are links to the prime suppliers we use, but there certainly are others. Check them out right now to see if they have something you need, want or use a lot of: Buy Scrapbook Supplies On Sale

Don’t be bashful, there’s nothing wrong with shaving a few pennies (or even dollars) of your scrapbook supply budget.  You may want to share this with scrapper friends–maybe even splitting an order.

Scrapbook crafting should be about doing your craft magic–not about worrying over cost.

Good luck!  We hope you find a ton of scrapbook supplies you need at reduced prices.

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Glossary of Scrapbook Terms

Here is a useful glossary of scrapbook terms.  We apologize in advance if you don’t find something you were looking for.  Updates are always taking place.

Alpha Index

 To go to a topic you are interested in:

Simply click on the letter of the alphabet your term or topic starts with,
Or, you can just scroll down the page to where your term or topic is.


    ABC Album – A scrapbook album in which layouts/pages are themed around each letter (or a word beginning with each letter) of the alphabet.

    Acid-Free – Papers and materials free of acid at the time of their manufacture, with a pH ranging from 7.0 to 9.0. This term is used to describe scrapbook products that are “safe” to use with photographs and memorabilia.  The acid scale ranges from 0-14 with 0 being very acidic, and 14 being very alkaline.

    Acid Migration -  The leaching of acid from one object to an object it is in contact with, i.e., bare hands to photos and paper.

    Archival Quality -  Materials which have undergone laboratory analysis to determine their acidic and buffered content is within safe levels.

    Acrylic Paint – Water soluble paint made from pigments and a plastic binder; sometimes used with stamps instead of ink; sometimes applied directly to paper and other embellishments.

    ADDY – abbreviation for: address (either snail or e-mail).

    Adhesive-The general term for bonding agents that are used to affix one item to another. There are assorted types used in scrapbooking and paper crafts including glue stick, double-sided tape, spray adhesive, photo tabs, adhesive dots, etc.

    AF/LF- Abbreviation for: acid-free/lignin-free.

    Album – Blank book used to store photographs and scrapbook pages.

    Alpha cellulose -  The strongest and most stable of all plant fibres often used in permanent paper.

    All About Me Pages – Albums Layouts or albums that address the theme of sharing personal information, memories, stories, etc.

    - Using scrapbooking/paper crafting techniques and supplies to collage, stamp, embellish, and otherwise altering a found item to reflect an artistic idea or narrative. Altered items often include books, CD’s, metal tins, paint buckets, and book covers.

    Analogous Colors – Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

    Aperture – The opening in a camera that lets in light. The aperture opens and closes when the shutter is released.

    Archival – Term used to describe a product or technique used in preserving artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and other items.

    Art Journal – A diary that chronicles the ideas, memories, and thoughts of an artist. Pages within an art journal include words, pictures and even embellishments.

    Artist Trading Cards (ATC)
    – Tiny works of original art that are traded among artists. Cards usually measure approximately 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

    ASAP – Abbreviation for: as soon as possible.


    Background Paper- The bottom-most layer of paper or card stock that is a scrapbook page/layout.

    Basic Templates - Templates in basic shapes, such as circles, squares, ovals, etc.
    Beading/Bead-work – Ornamentation and decoration with beads.

    Blending Pencil – Tool used to blend colored pencils to create different shades of a color.

    Bone Folder – A flat piece of bone or plastic, round at one end, pointed at the other; about the size of a letter-opener. Used for scoring and folding paper.

    Borders – The outside edges of a page/layout that are specially decorated or in other ways made distinctive.

    Brad Embellishment/accent
    – That is usually metal. The top often looks like a small nail head, but can be a variety of shapes and colors. Bendable metal prongs attached to the bottom of a brad are pushed through holes in paper (or other material) and then bent outward to secure the brad in place.

    Brayer – A small rubber “rolling pin” used to flatten papers or clay, smooth surfaces, or apply paints or inks to surfaces.

    Buffered – Word used to describe products capable of maintaining the core of a solution. For example, buffered paper prevents acid from moving from a photograph to paper.


    Calligraphy – Formal, old-fashioned lettering.

    Card-Making- Creating greeting cards by hand; a popular paper craft involving the use of materials and techniques also used in scrapbooking.

    Card stock – Thick, sturdy paper available in a variety of weights.

    – Applying chalks to papers; shading, coloring, aging, highlighting, etc; sometimes used in conjunction with templates or stencils. Chalks are usually applied with cotton swaps, cotton balls, or make-up applicators, and are available in a large assortment of colors.

    Circle Cutter/Oval Cutter
    – Paper trimmers that cut paper and photographs into circles and ovals.

    Circle Journal (CJ) – A themed album that is passed throughout a group of people, each person completing a page/layout in the album before passing it to the next person.

    - abbreviation for: Creating Keepsakes Magazine.

    CK OK (Creating Keepsakes Okay)
    - Scrapbooking seal of approval. Items that have the CK OK are considered safe to use in scrapbooking.

    Clean-Line Design- A scrapbooking “style” that emphasizes the simple, “less is more” approach to layout
    design; generally involve straight-lines, geometric shapes, and very few, if any embellishments.

    Clip Art – Art purchased in book or software form with pictures that can be applied to scrapbook pages.

    Collage – An artistic composition made of various materials (paper, cloth, wood, etc.) that are glued onto a surface.

    Color Blocking
    – The technique of using blocks of different, colored paper to create layout/page backgrounds.

    Color Wheel
    – Shows color relationships and placement.

    Complimentary Colors
    – Two colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel; a color scheme using two opposite colors on a layout or paper craft.

    Computer Generated (CG) Layouts/Digital Layouts – Scrapbook pages that are created digitally using a computer.

    Conventions- A variety of large shows and meetings sponsored by and for the scrapbooking and paper craft industry; retail, wholesale, and educational conventions held across the United States. Example: Creating Keepsakes University (CKU).

    Corner-Edger Scissors – Scissors that cut corners. Each pair creates four different types of corners.

    Corner-Rounder – A punch used to round the square corners of paper. There are also punches that cut corner edges into different shapes/designs.

    Corrugated Paper- Thick, wavy card stock available in many colors.

    Creative Lettering/Hand Lettering
    – The use of pens, markers, and/or colored pencils to create unique and decorative titles/words on layouts/pages/cards.

    Crop- 1. To cut or trim a photograph. 2. A scrapbooking party hosted by an expert who shares techniques, products and information with the group.


    Decorative Scissors – Scissors with a decorative pattern on the blade.

    De-acidification Spray – Spray that neutralizes acid in newspaper clippings, certificates and other documents.

    Decoupage – The technique of decorating a surface with cutouts, as of paper, or a creation produced by this technique.

    Die-Cut Designs – Paper designs cut from die-cut machines. Paper is placed on the die and pressure is applied either by rolling or pressing down on the handle.

    Digital Image – An image (such as a digital photograph or layout) composed of pixels or dots, the smallest units found on monitors.

    DPI/PPI – (dots-per-inch/pixels-per-inch) Measures the resolution of a scanner, printer, or image; the more dots (or pixels) per inch, the sharper the image.

    – To place a photograph on two background papers.

    Dry-Brushing – The technique of applying chalk or paint to a dry brush or applicator and removing most of it by wiping/dabbing it on a piece of paper or rag before using it. This prevents paint from bleeding under the edges of a stencil, and chalk from looking to dark.

    DW Stickers – Stickers that are designed by David Walker.

    Dye-based Inks – Are water-based, washable inks and are permanent once they are stamped/applied on papers; for use on all types of papers. Dye-based inks stamp well, dry quickly and will dry on coated papers. Dye-base inks will fade with time, they are harder to use for embossing because they dry so fast, and they tend to bleed.


    Embellishment- Any scrapbooking extra (stickers, die-cuts, punches, etc.) that enhance the pages.

    Emboss – To create a raised surface by applying heat or pressure.

    Embossing Gun/Heat Gun
    – A professional heat tool that directs hot air to a precise area; used for heat embossing. The forced heat melts embossing powder, creating a slightly raised surface on the design.

    Embossing Powder- A fast melting powder that delivers rich colors and solid surface bonding (used in heat embossing); available in a large assortment of colors and granulation. It is sprinkled onto a wet, inked surface; the excess is shaken off, and the remaining powder is melted, creating a slightly raised design.

    Encapsulation – A method of displaying three-dimensional memorabilia and protecting nearby items from acid contained in the memorabilia. Items are encased in stable plastics.

    Ephemera – Mainly refers to printed matter of passing interest (like ticket-stubs, canceled stamps, playbills, vintage postcards, etc.) that is used on layouts, pages, paper crafts, and altered items.

    Eyelet- A metal ring designed to reinforce a hole in fabric; in scrapbooking and paper crafts, eyelets are mainly used as embellishments. Eyelets are available in a wide assortment of colors and sizes. They are secured (set) in place using a tool called an ‘eyelet setter’.


    Fibers -  A fancy thread used to decorate scrapbook pages.

    Film Speed – Refers to film’s sensitivity to light. Lower-speed films are less sensitive (use these on a bright, sunny day). Higher-speed films are more sensitive (use these in low-light situations).

    Findings – Also known as “found objects” or “ephemera,” findings are items that an artist encounters (either accidentally or purposefully) and collects for use on layouts and paper crafts.

    Fine and Chisel Pens
    – This pen has a fine tip (0.5 mm) and a chisel tip (6.0 mm). The fine tip is good for lettering and it’s extremely versatile.

    Foam Stamps – Like rubber stamps but made of foam material; available in an assortment of designs, shapes, fonts, etc; generally acrylic paint is thinly applied to the stamp design, which is then pressed onto paper or another surface. Ink may also be used.

    Focal Point – The element of a design where lines converge. The eye is naturally drawn to the focal point in an image.

    - The style of a typeface; thousands of different fonts are available in word processing programs, on CD’s, and for download on the Internet. The creative use of fonts for journaling and titles can enliven and enhance scrapbook pages.


    GASC – Abbreviation for: Great American Scrapbook Convention.

    Gel-Based Rollers – Pens with pigment ink.

    Genealogy – The study of the descent of a person, family or group from an ancestor. Many people who wish to create a family tree by researching their family’s genealogy.

    General Pattern Paper – Paper with patterns (stripes, dots, plaids, etc.) that is made to be used for any occasion.

    Gesso – An opaque, chalk-like base (painted on) used to prepare surfaces for painting, lettering, gilding,etc.; useful when altering items.  Gift Album – A compilation of photographs and mementos created with a person or event in mind.

    Gloss Finish – A lustrous, shiny, surface on photographs; can also describe the surface of some metals, papers, paints, etc.


    Handmade Paper – Paper made by hand that is often rough and uneven in texture. There are flowers and leaves in the paper sometimes, which can add to the natural look.

    Handmade Scaps – Embellishments made from layered-looking die-cuts.

    – The caption or title that explains the theme of a layout.

    Heritage/Heritage Pages- Traditions passed down through a family from one generation to the next; a family’s legacy. Scrapbook layouts that contain photos, journaling, and/or memorabilia of this nature, are ‘heritage pages.


    Idea Books- Books usually about one aspect of scrapbooking. Some are written for particular themes (weddings, babies, pets, etc.) while others are devoted to a particular product (stickers, die-cuts, templates, etc.).

    Ink (Pigment) - Different from normal dye-based inks, pigment inks are thicker and fade resistant, with slower drying times. They are generally bright and vivid and work well on matte papers. Pigment Ink works well for heat embossing; must be embossed when applied to coated or glossy surfaces to prevent smearing or smudging.

    Inking- The technique of using ink-pads to smear, stain, smudge, accent, and/or age papers (and other accents) with ink. Mainly, inking is done across and around the edges of papers and other objects, but sometimes the technique is used across an entire surface.

    Ink-jet Printer- A popular tool of scrapbookers and paper crafters for printing photographs, clipart, journaling, and other images for use on layouts, etc. The inks are not always waterproof or suitable for archival pieces.

    Intensity – The strength of a color based on how true it is to the primary color.


    Journaling – Any words you write in your book or on the scrapbook page, from titles and captions to long descriptions, poems or stories.

    Journaling Templates
    – Templates with space left for writing.



    Lamination -  A thin translucent coating put on paper–often with the assistance of heat.  This is not considered an acceptable conservation method because of the heat and pressure used during application.

    Layout- The grouping of pages in your scrapbook that go together. Some layouts fit on one page, most fit on two and some are put on panoramic layouts.

    Letter Templates – Templates in the shape of letters of the alphabet.

    Light-fastness - The speed at which a pigment or colored paper fades when exposed to sunlight, heat or other unfavorable conditions.

    Light Refraction
    – Light bent through a prism that shows the colors of the visible light spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, Indigo and violet.

    Lignin- A naturally occurring acid substance in wood that breaks down over time. Paper with lignin is not suitable for archival projects.

    LSS-  Acronym for Local Scrapbooking Store–used on Internet scrapbook websites/boards.


    Masking – A technique used to get the effect of stamped images behind each other, in front of another, or coming out of or going into one another.

    Mass-Merchandising Store – Stores that sell a large variety of products from sundries to automotive tools to craft supplies.  Matte Finish Describes the surfaces of photos, paints, papers, etc. that are dull/not glossy.

    Master Family Album – Holds photographs of everyone in the family and family documents, typically in chronological order.

    Mat/Matting- Placing paper behind, or a border around a picture to serve as a frame or provide contrast between the picture and the background. Cutting a piece of background paper or card stock that’s slightly larger than a photo is one way to create a simple ph.

    Memorabilia – Certificates, documents and other items that tell a story. Memorabilia can include souvenirs from trips and mementos from special occasions or historical events.

    Metal Embossing Art – or process of creating a raised design in the surface of metal by hammering out or pressing thin metal from the reverse side.

    Mica Shapes – Used in jewelry making, card making, and ornamentation of layouts and paper crafts. Mica is a mineral that can be separated into thin, flexible layers. It is a heat-resistant laminate available in varying thickness, colors, and levels of transparency.

    Mini-Album – Small, usually handmade albums that contain fewer pages than typical albums. Generally mini-albums are dedicated to a certain theme, event, etc.

    Monochromatic Color Scheme
    – Employs different values of the same color.

    Mount – To adhere a photograph, embellishment or other item to another piece of paper.

    Mulberry Paper/Kozo- The most common fiber used in Japanese paper-making, it comes from the mulberry tree. A long, tough fiber that produces strong, absorbent sheets; has the distinction of easily feathering edges when wet and torn; available in a huge range of colors in both lightweight and smooth and textured handmade styles, plus.

    Muted Colors – Subdued tints or shades of colors that tend to be more suitable for backgrounds.


    Neutral – Materials with a pH level of 7.0 — meaning they are neither acidic nor alkaline. (See also acid free.)

    Neutral Colors – Black, white, silver, gray, and brown (and all their values); make good backgrounds, serve to unify diverse color palettes, and also often stand alone as the only or primary focus of a design. Neutral colors help to put the focus on other colors or serve to tone down colors that might otherwise be overpowering.


    Oval Croppers/Cutters
    — Paper trimmers that cut paper and photographs into ovals.


    Page Protectors – Plastic sheets that display and protect pages.

    Page Toppers - Hand-drawn illustrated phrases in bright colors meant to be used as titles at the top of pages.

    Page Exchange
    - Participants are invited to create a page to share with other scrapbookers. Often, a theme is given (Halloween, Christmas, etc.). Each participant brings enough copies of an original page to trade with the others.

    Paint Chips
    – A sheet of color samples like those found in paint section of a hardware store; each paint chip/strip usually has from 3 to 6 color samples in one color family. Some paint chips have the color name and code number written on the front. Several manufacturers of scrapbook products also produce and sell paint chips.

    Paint Pens- Pens with soft, brush-like tips. The amount of ink dispensed is controlled by the pressure that is applied to the tip.  Paper Crafts A general term to describe the making of arts and crafts using paper as a main material. Paper crafting goes hand-in-hand with scrapbooking because both utilize many of the same tools, techniques, products, supplies, etc.

    Paper Crimper – A tool used to corrugate paper or card stock.

    Paper Piecing
    – The use of cut out shapes to produce a picture.

    Paper Trimmers – Paper-cutting tools used by placing paper, lining it up on a grid and moving down a blade.

    Pattern Paper – Paper with designs repeated on the entire page.

    Perforated Punches- Shapes that the scrapbooker can use as embellishments on a page by punching out on the perforations.

    Permanence – The degree to which paper resists deterioration or change to its properties over time. Permanence must also take into consideration storage and end-use conditions. Even a paper with a 4.0 acid pH will last indefinitely if stored under ideal conditions.

    Personal Die-Cutting Systems –  Created and sold by several different manufacturers, these systems allow for die-cutting “at home.” Dies are available in a wide variety of fonts and shapes.

    pH Level- Measurement that tells a scrapbooker how acidic or basic something is. For scrapbooking, you want to use products with a pH level of seven or above.

    pH Testing Pen – A pen used to test the acidity of paper. The pen mark changes colors, depending on the level of acid present.

    Photo Activity Test (P.A.T.) – This test, created by the American National Standards Institute, determines if a product will damage photographs. If a product passes the P.A.T., it is safe to use with your photos.

    Photo Corners
    - Paper with adhesive on the back used to adhere photographs to a page on the corners. Used to adhere photos in scrapbooks and photo albums without applying adhesive directly to the photograph.

    Photo Mosaic – An arrangement of photos that are cropped.

    Photo splits or tabs-  Acid and lignin free double sided tape safe for photo–Considered permanent.  They are generally dispensed in one centimetre lengths.

    Photo Safe- A term used to indicate a product is safe for use with photos (in regards to scrapbooking preservation).

    Photo Sleeve -  A clear plastic pocket slipped over photographs for protection.

    Pigma-  A brand name of fade resistant, acid free and water proof ink used in pens manufactured by Sakura.

    Pigmented -  Another expression for “colored.”

    Pockets – Created with paper, vellum, and even fabric, pockets are used on pages and cards to “hold” other elements like tags, photos, memorabilia, etc.  Polymer Clay A malleable clay that can be hardened with baking; can be used to create embellishments, letter tiles, jewelry, and much more.

    Polaroid or instant photos-  A self contained photo that develops on its own.  They tend to fade over time, and cropping or cutting the photos will cause harmful chemicals to seep out which can cause damage to scrapbook pages.

    Polypropylene, Polyethylene and Polyester – Stable plastics that are safe for photographs.

    Post-Bound Albums – Albums that are held together with metal posts that run through the pages.

    Postoid- Faux postage stamp, often created with art stamps and collage techniques; not meant to be used in place of regular postage; they are an art form, sometimes collectible.

    Pre-Embossed Paper
    –Paper with a raised design. Some of it is thick, like card stock, and some is vellum.

    Product Swap- A scrapbookers’ swap meet where the host gathers up duplicates of products or tools that she/he doesn’t use anymore. The guests also bring their unwanted scrapbooking items to trade.

    Published – Refers to having a scrapbook layout or other paper craft photographed and published in one of many magazines dedicated to paper arts. Usually, along with a picture of the project, a magazine will give the artist written credit for their design.

    – 1. A tool used to create small shapes. 2. the shapes created by the punches.

    Puzzle Templates – Templates in puzzle shapes.

    PVC (Polyvinyl Chlorides)- Because this substance is harmful to photographs, scrapbookers should avoid it and use products that are composed of polypropylene.


    Quilling – a technique where you roll strips of paper into various shapes.


    Rag board/Rag Paper -  Board or paper made from material other than wood, like cotton, which is naturally lignin free, stable and durable.

    Red-Eye Pen – Used to take red-eye out of flash photographs.

    Repositionable adhesive -  Adhesives (glues) which do not create a permanent bond until dry.  This adhesive allows for the movement of objects without damage  to the underlying surface.  Once the adhesive dries, however, it then becomes permanent.

    Reversible Adhesive – An adhesive that can be undone.

    Rubber Stamp - detailed, intricate design cut out of rubber and mounted on wood or foam. A design is made by applying color to the rubber and imprinting on paper.

    Rubber Stamp Carving – Using carving tools to carve your own design or a found design into stamp material such as soft vinyl.

    Rub-on – Transfers art work, fonts, word art, and other designs that are made to be applied to surfaces (such as paper, wood, and metal) by “rubbing” them on; usually a tool such as a flat wooden stick is used to rub across the back of the transfer until the design has been.


    Sanding – A technique for distressing/aging and roughing up the surface and/or edges of paper, stickers, photos, etc; when patterned paper is sanded, its surface color is removed, revealing the white paper underneath.

    Scrapbook -  A collection of memories including photographs and journaling, but this definition may include such things as newspaper clippings, certificates and other memorabilia.   Also know as a Memory Book.

    Scraplift – To copy another layout, with credit of course.

    Scraplifting – Using someone else’s layout or craft design as a detailed pattern for one’s own creation; most designers appreciated being credited with inspiring someone else’s work.

    Scrapper’s Block
    – When a scrapper has a creative block and is having trouble coming up with ideas.

    Scroll and Brush Pens – Pens that have one tip for coloring and one for writing.

    Secondary Colors – Colors created by blending primary colors. Orange, green and violet are the secondary colors created b mixing a combination of red, yellow and blue.

    Shabby chic
    - a style of scrapbooking that includes sanding, crumpling, and distressing paper to give an old and worn look to your page.

    Shade – A color with black added to it.

    Shape Cutters – Tools designed to cut shapes (ovals, circles, squares, etc.). The cutters can be adjusted to create different sizes of these shapes.

    Sheet protectors -  Pockets made of (acid free) clear plastic used to slip over finished album pages.  Come in top-loading or side-loading pockets.  Note:  polypropylene (vinyl) is not archival quality and should not be used. 

    Snail mail - to send something by surface or air mail as opposed to e-mail.

    Specialty Paper Books- Books that contain information about different papers, both pattern paper and plain. Some may come with extras, such as templates.

    Spiral-Bound Albums - Albums that are secured with a metal or plastic spiral binding running up the side of the album.

    Spiral-Bound Books – Albums that are secured with a metal or plastic spiral binding running up the side of the album.

    Sponging – The transfer of ink or paint to paper (or any flat surface) using a small sponge (usually a cosmetic, craft, or sea sponge) in place of a brush. The ink/paint is applied to the sponge and then the sponge is dabbed/tapped lightly onto a piece of paper leaving a series of small dots. A sponge with many holes.

    Spray adhesive – Aerosol spray adhesives provide an even layer of glue that can cover large surfaces quickly. Sprays work well for adhering background papers or photo mats, and the dried adhesive won’t show through transparent papers, such as vellum. Use spray adhesives only in well-ventilated areas and away from flames; never let chill.

    Strap hinge album -  Uses straps, usually made of plastic, to allow pages to lie completely flat when the album is opened.

    Stationery – Paper with a decorative border that is blank on the inside.

    Stencil- A plastic pre-cut template used to trace and cut shapes. Usually used on paper and/or photos. They may also be used to apply paint/chalk to a surface in a contrasting color.

    Sticker – An adhesive decorative accent ranging in size from a few centimeters across to a full page.

    Stitching - To fasten or join with or as if with stitches.

    Strap-Binding Albums – Albums secured with plastic straps that run through a holder directly on the pages and keep the book in place.

    Stylus - A wood/plastic/metal stick with blunt, rounded ends used to deboss paper (also known as a burnisher or a dry embossing tool).

    – The process of sending in images of layouts and paper crafts to magazines, book publishers, companies, etc. in attempt to have them published or purchased for use.

    Swap- Scrapbookers or paper crafters trading different supplies or finished projects with one another in an organized way.


    Tape Roller- A device that distributes tape on the back of photographs and scrapbooking pages.

    Template – A stencil used to trace shapes onto scrapbook pages or photographs.

    Tertiary Colors – Also called intermediate colors, these are blends of primary and secondary colors. Colors such as red-orange and blue-green are tertiary colors.

    Texture – The appearance and feel of a surface of fabric or paper; the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality.

    Theme – The overall emphasis of a page or scrapbook.

    Theme Album — A scrapbook devoted to one idea. Some popular them albums focus on birthdays, weddings and school days.

    Three-ring Album –  These familiar albums/binders have rings that snap apart for easy page insertion and removal

    Time Capsule
    – A container holding historical records or objects that represent a culture and that is deposited for preservation.

    Tint – A color that has had white mixed in.

    Title Sheets- Pages with a variety of pre-made titles. They are often used as the starting point for a section in a scrapbook.

    Tole Painting – Painting on wood, typically done in a rustic style and depicting country scenes.

    Transparency – A clear film/sheet of material that has images, designs, word art, etc. printed onto its surface. When a transparency is laid over another surface, the bottom layer will show through wherever the transparency is clear.

    Triad – A group of three colors that form a triangle on the color wheel.

    Trimmer- A tool used for straight cropping of paper, cardstock and photographs.  They come in guillotine, rotary and blade styles.


    Unmounted Stamps
    - Rubber or vinyl stamps that are not mounted to any backing or block; most often sold in sheets.

    Upload- To transfer (data or programs), usually from a peripheral computer or device to a central, often remote computer. This is the method used by scrapbookers and papercrafters to add their layouts and other digital images to online galleries and websites.


    Vellum – A lightweight, translucent paper.

    Velveteen – An archival paper with fabric-like, velvety texture.

    Vivelle – An archival paper with fabric-like texture similar to a terry-cloth towel.


    - Colored pigment mixed with gum arabic binder. Usually transparent and water soluble after drying.

    Wax (or grease) Pencils – Soft pencils designed for use on photographs.

    Wheat Paste – Also known as wallpaper paste, it is the preferred archival adhesive of bookbinders.

    Wide-Edge Scissors – Decorative-edge scissors that make a cut that is five times deeper than normal scissors.

    Workshop- A class usually held at a scrapbooking store and taught by an expert. Participants bring photographs and pages to work on and get advice from the instructor.


    X-acto Knife – A super sharp hobby tool with a razor edge.

    Xyron Machine – A machine that applies adhesive to pages and can also laminate.



    Resources: This information for this scrapbooking dictionary was gathered from books, magazines,
    newspaper articles, Webster’s dictionary and friends. Thank you.

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