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Scrapbook Albums and Scrapbooking Kits

Updated on November 6, 2009
A beautiful example of a baby girl scrapbook, made digitally
A beautiful example of a baby girl scrapbook, made digitally

What Makes Scrapbooking So Cool?

For decades scrapbooking has been an incredibly popular hobby because of people who want to preserve their memories without sticking photos in frames. Using scrapbook albums instead of frames lets you keep all your photographs from any special time in one place. Using decorations and captions, you can really tell the whole story that goes along with your photo albums. It can be a wonderful experience to look at your scrapbook and reminisce about good times.


Scrapbooking in the Digital Age

Some people have even taken to digital scrapbooking. This is a way to keep your scrapbooks as safe as possible, because you can save your digital files as many times as you want and store them in a safe place. No more worrying that you’ll lose all your photos in a fire; just keep you digital scrapbook albums in different places. Another great thing about scrapbooking in the digital age is that if there are tons of digital scrapbooking freebies available online, so it’s possible to put together an entire digital scrapbook for free.

Scrapbook Kits

There are many different types of scrapbooking kits that you can get started with. There are kits for different seasons, themes, events, hobbies, sports, holidays, and some that are just for beginners. Online and in stores you can find kits for wedding scrapbooking albums, baby scrapbook albums, and so much more. All of these scrapbook kits come in a wide range of materials, colors, sizes, and prices. They usually include an assortment of patterned scrapbook paper, a scrapbook album, decorative labels, color markers, wrappers, glue, page templates, and more. A scrapbook kit will include everything you need to create the perfect custom scrapbook for you to preserve your memories in. These kits make putting together a scrapbook fun and easy, and I highly recommend them.

Scrapbooking Supplies

If you choose not to use a scrapbooking kit, there are many materials that you can use to create your own custom scrapbook. There’s no need to limit yourself to just scrapbook paper. Some of the best materials for scrapbooking include fabrics, stamps, ribbons, flowers, stencils, stickers, and lots of other things that you can find around your house. All you need to start your scrapbook is an album, paper, a hole puncher, glue, scissors, photos, and whatever decorations you’d like to use.All of these materials will help to create anything from a birthday scrapbook to a wedding album.

Some Things to Keep in Mind When Starting Your Scrapbook

1.Choose how your scrapbook is going to be set up. Do you want to make the scrapbook chronological? Do you want it to be for one particular event? Or maybe you’d like it to be based on a time span, showing your kids from when they were little through all of the years that they grew up.

2. Decide on a color theme. This could lead page by page or the entire album. Do you want every other page two of the green and purple? Do you want the entire album to be themed green and purple? Or do you want a new color theme for every page?

3. Pick a dominant shape. Again, this could be page by page or throughout the entire album, it is up to you. Decide whether you want your photos to be cut and into squares, rectangles, circles, stars, or whatever other shape you might prefer. You may also want to try pattern edged scissors, which you can use to give your photos a scalloped edge.

4. Make sure that the paper and glue you decide to use are free of acid. For years people were using staff stick paper that had acid in the glue, not realizing that the acid was causing their photos to yellow and breakdown overtime. By sticking with acid-free paper and glue, you can ensure that your beloved memories will stand the test of time.

Get Started Now

Scrapbooking is one of those hobbies that wind up being put off so many times that it just never winds up happening. The best thing you can do to make sure that doesn't happen is to get started right away. You've got all information you need now, so get scrappy!

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    • Lady Rose profile image

      Lady Rose 8 years ago from Taiwan

      I didnt think about the digital scrapbooking, but now i may pay attention to finding a good program to do some album of my kids. Although they are already grown up, i am sure that it would be nice for them to see their lives in picture and reassure them of their mom's love. A nice birthday present that would be.

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      Leandraluv 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I like your hub, especially about the things to keep in mind when starting your scrapbook! When I first started I remember I bought a scissors set with about 20 different kinds of designs. Now I into digital scrapbooking. Any form of scrapbooking is so much fun! Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      mapletree 8 years ago

      Wow great hub on scrap booking! I like the idea of the digital scrapbook. A lot of people seem to be going that route these days and burning them to DVD/Blu-ray.

    • Ted Waggoner profile image

      Ted Waggoner 8 years ago

      I Know that I am a guy but I like the Idea of a scape book to pass onto someone special.

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