25 Scrapbook Tips For Beginners

by linfcor

If you have decided to start become a scrapbook artist there are some essential things to know so that you start off on the right foot. Here are some great tips to get you started.

Scrapbooks tell the story of your life as told by you. There are no right or wrong ways to tell your story. It's your story to tell exactly the way you want to tell it. You are keeping a record of your families life through pictures, thoughts and journaling. You can become a scrapbook artist in very little time at all. Here are 25 tips to get you started the right way and on the right foot. They will keep your creative juices flowing and get you on the right track.

What You Need To Create Your First Scrapbook

Some thoughts on getting started the easy way !

1.I always recommend that everyone making their first scrapbook start out with a scrapbook kit. First of all it's very economical to begin with a complete kit as a package. The kits have an album that includes page protectors ( the pocket where your pages are held to keep them fresh. They also have all the paper that you need to create your pages. Most also include things like stickers, titles and embellishments. The only other thing you will need is a tape runner, a pair of scissors and an ink pen or two. Most of these kits even give you directions and ideas how to use the pages. You can get general kits for all occasions or themed kits. Themed kits come in all kinds of subjects like baby, wedding, birthday, sports and more. Kits also make great gifts for special occasions. If I am gifting a kit, I always include some double sided tape or a tape runner

Great Kits To Start Your Scrapbook

me & my BIG ideas Pocket Pages Scrapbook Page Kit, Family Time, 12-Inch by 12-Inch

Pocket Pages is a scrapbook kit that is completely coordinated with themed cards, stickers, embellished cards and page protectors. This kit includes treatments of glitter, foil ...

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me & my BIG ideas Scrapbooking Box Kit, They'll Always Be My Family, 12-Inch by 12-Inch

MAMBI's unique 12-inchx 12-inch Scrapbook Box Kits include everything necessary to personalize and record your memories, even the coordinated album to hold them in! This "Family...

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FaCraft Book Bound Scrapbook Kit Luxury Album Kit with Pages Protecters Pockets (10.5"x9",Green)

This clamshell album from luxury album kit by FaCraft,you have 1x Clamshell album,15xWaterproof pages protceters,15xPatterned papers,1x3Dsticker,3xDie-cut sheets,1xWood Floweris...

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ALEX Toys Craft Groovy Scrapbook

ALEX Toys Craft Groovy Scrapbook is all about peace, love and memories. Preserve your favorite moments with this 48-page (10in. X 10in.) hardcover book and over 400 supplies! Ad...

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me & my BIG ideas Lacey Charm Album Box Kit, 12-Inch by 12-Inch

Album box kits are perfect for everyone! everything you need to get started is included in one box. In this kit you'll get 1 post-bound album, 20 patterned papers, stickers, chi...

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me & my BIG ideas Scrapbooking Kit, Tie Dye Peace Friends, 12-Inch by 12-Inch

MAMBI's unique 12-inchx 12-inch Scrapbook Box Kits include everything necessary to personalize and record your memories, even the coordinated album to hold them in! This "Friend...

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Things You Need To Know About Scrapbook Albums

Getting Started With Albums

When you are shopping for albums, the first thing that strikes you are the choices that are available. So, here are some tips when you are thinking about scrapbook albums.

2. Most people prefer post bound albums. These are probably the most popular. They are easily expandable and come in a variety of prices and cover designs. Look for sturdiness and composition rather than design.
3. The materials that albums are made of run from chipboard all the way up to fine tooled leather. Consider the purpose of your album and how often it will be handled. For things like wedding albums, you might want to consider a better made album.

4. Most albums come with page protectors in them. On average about 10. each page protector holds 2 pages each. The paper that is included in the page protector is generally not strong enough to mount pictures on, but can be used for other things.

5. You should buy extra page protectors when you purchase your album, at least one extra set. This way you are prepared for all the inspiring ideas that you come up with.

6. Take a post-it note on the inside of your album with the information of the name, brand and size of the page protectors you may need. This way, you will be able to just take your note or copy the info when you need to shop for more page protectors


Scrapbook Paper Tips

7. The scrapbook paper that is generally used for the scrapbook page is called cardstock. It comes in all types of solids and patterned papers.

8. The best way to buy cardstock is in stacks. Stacks are generally themed by type of paper, colors or tones as well as themes. Generally there are two pages of each type of paper in the stack so that you can make two pages facing each other in your album. These two pages are called a layout.

9. The best way to cut scrapbook paper is with a paper cutter. They range in price and style. There are simple cutters that utilizes replaceable blades. You can move up from there all the way into professional laser cutters. These cutters cut a clean line on all your projects

10.You can add some decorative edges to scrapbook paper with decorative scissors. They can be bought as a set or individually. They are inexpensive and can add a lot to your layouts.

11. Matting your photos is an easy technique to add dimension to your pages. You can by precut mats in stacks, which is always the most cost effective way to do it. or you can cut mats out of scrapbook paper, patterned paper or vellum.

12. Never throw away any pieces of paper that you might have left. Store them. You can use them is dozens of ways on future projects. Every scrapbook artist has a stash of paper bits saved for use later


Scrapbook Paper Pads

Penny Black 80-001 Madison Paper Pad

Create unique one-of-a-kind greeting cards, scrapbook pages, home décor and more with Penny Black's designer paper pad.

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"Sn@p! Color Vibe Collection Paper Pad 6""X6"" 36 Sheets-"

SIMPLE STORIES: Sn@p! Color Vibe Paper Pad. This pad contains thirty-six sheets of 6x6 inch single-sided scrapbooking paper (two each of eighteen designs). Acid and lignin free....

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K&Company 12-Inch by 12-Inch Best of K Paper Pad, 360 Sheet

K&Company 12"X12" paper pad includes 360 pages of K&Company's best acid and lignin free scrapbook papers. In this pad you will receive three each of 120 fun prints and designs.

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Echo Park Paper Company The Story of Fall 6 x 6 Paper Pad

Echo Park paper - the story of fall. This paper pad contains twenty-four 6x6 inch sheets of double-sided scrapbook paper; 2 sheets each of 12 designs. Made in the USA.

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K&Company Susan Winget Meadow 12-by-12-Inch Designer Paper Pad

This designer paper pad from artist Susan Winget's Meadow collection brings you coordinated designs for scrapbooking, card-making and other paper projects.

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Simple Stories Enchanted Double-Sided Paper Pad (24 Pack)

Simple Stories-Enchanted Paper Pad. The perfect pad for cards scrapbooks and other paper crafting projects. This package contains twenty-four 6x6 inch double-sided sheets in twe...

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Photo Tips And Ideas

13. Limit your photos to three at the most on each page, unless they are tiny photos

14. Crop your photos. That means cutting the extra unnecessary background that clutters your images. You can also crop them into shapes for your layouts.

15. If you are using patterned paper on your pages, add a photo mat- a solid color mat, between the photo and the patterned paper. That way the photo won't mesh into the pattern of the paper.

Designing Your Scrapbook Pages

16. Before you start gluing or taping your scrapbook page, lay everything out on the page to make sure that it all looks just the way you want it to look.

17. Groups of three of anything are pleasing to the eye. Remember, you don't want to clutter your pages to distract from your photos

18. When making a layout (two pages facing each other) you can carry the title between the two pages. A layout is two pages with the same theme. It's very nice to have a book that tells your story in a very organized method.

19. Journaling is an important part of telling your story. People love to read more than just a title. You can journal on the computer and print it out, but, it's always nicer to write in in your own hand.

20. Stickers add a nice touch to all your pages. There are stickers to cover every theme and they are relatively inexpensive

21. Don't go crazy critical about your art. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to scrapbook. You will create simple pages in the beginning and then gradually you can add elements.

22. Sign the back and date your scrapbook pages. Someone in the future will appreciate that thoughtful idea

More Tips And Ideas

23. Involve your children in scrapbooking. Make a family fun night. You can sit down together and work on pages. Sharing time together is a huge esteem builder.

24. Get your photos organized. This is a great project for an evening or a quiet Sunday afternoon. Organize them by year, theme or person.

25. Work at your own pace. Rome wasn't built in a day. Making scrapbooks is an ongoing project and hobby


Updated: 03/19/2014, linfcor
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linfcor on 11/16/2014

You go girl. I just finished two scrapbooks for my 35 year old son....For Christmas-all his childhood pictures. Now I am working on my daughter's pictures...lots of memories going out. I also have a scrapbook for each of my 7 grandchildren and one grandchild. Each of them will receive their scrapbooks before they are married. Good thing I am retired, LOL

sheilamarie on 11/13/2014

These are some great ideas about making scrapbooks. I have a few projects I'd like to finish. You've inspired me to finish them.

linfcor on 03/20/2014

Scrap book kits are a great way for new scrapbook artists to start their new hobby. It's also very economical to buy it as a package. Thank you. Appreciate your warm welcome

Mira on 03/20/2014

I've never seen a scrapbook kit. I agree it's a great idea to buy one if you want to experiment with scrapbooks. You have some nice suggestions on this page.
Welcome to Wizzley! :)

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