The first step is to organize your photos. You will want to classify all your photos according to:
- the event or occasion when the pictures were taken like your school's intramurals or your wedding day;
- the people whom you are with, your family, friends or significant other; or
- the stages of your life when it happened such as your high school or college days.
Place and compile the photos in a photo organizer or in separate envelopes to avoid mixing it all again together.
Next, you have to pick a scrapbook theme. Choose which among the photos you have sorted you want to work on first and decide what kind of theme you would want for your pictures. Most of the time, the pictures themselves dictate the theme of the scrapbook especially if the pictures are of a special event or occasion such as a wedding or graduation party as examples.
Sometimes the theme might also take on a prominent color or item in the photos. Other times, you may also just get inspiration from scrapbook layouts online for your scrapbook theme.
The third step is to prepare all your scrapbooking supplies. This may include different sizes and shapes of Paper Trimmer, various kinds of adhesives such as double-sided tapes and tape runners, archival quality pens, card stock and paper in different colors and quality and of course, scrapbook embellishments. Just make sure that whatever materials you use, it is acid-free so that it will not bring damage to your pictures in the long run.
Now, you need to start to think about how you are going to put everything together. Try doing some sketches first before laying and gluing everything onto one of your scrapbook pages to minimize mistakes. Start by creating a focal point on your page before placing all other elements around it.
The basic elements of a scrapbooking layout are:
- Journaling, which tells the story behind the pictures;
- Page Title, which summarizes what the page is all about; and
- Embellishments and Decorations, which beautify the scrapbook page layout.