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Scrapbooking Ideas and Solutions
Scrapbooking is the gathering together and recording of precious memories, important events and everyday happenings, using photos, memorabilia and journaling. It is a way of preserving your family history in a way that is both artistic and safe, so that it will be around for future generations to enjoy.
Scrapbooking is a way to leave a part of you behind – a legacy.
Scrapbooking is one of the fastest growing hobbies today. It is fun and creative and each scrapbook is as individual as the person who made it. However, the most important reason for scrapbooking is to get your photos into an acid and lignin-free environment, so that they can be safely preserved for years to come.
Lignin is a substance present in wood fibre and pulp, and it is acidic. It is the acid in lignin that causes paper and photos to go brown and brittle, ruining our precious memories.
Make sure the paper and paper products that you use say ‘archival, acid-free or photo-safe.’ These terms describe products that have had the lignin removed, have a PH level above 7.0, and are considered safe to use with your photos
When scrapbooking, there will be times when you want to include things that aren’t photo-safe, such as theater tickets, awards or newspaper clippings. There are sprays available that you can use on these paper products that will neutralize the acid and make them safe to include. For the bulkier mementos, you can use special memorabilia pockets and holders to keep the acid from affecting the rest of your scrapbook page. Another way is to make color photo copies of the mementos, or you can scan them onto acid free paper.
Scrapbooking Ideas and Solutions agree that it’s easy to start scrapbooking. The first thing you need to do is to get those photos in order. You can sort them either chronologically, by people or by events. Whichever way you choose, find yourself a large clear space to work on. It will make your job easier if you have all your photo’s laid out in front of you.
When sorting your photo’s, have a separate pile for the ones you have difficulty placing. It’s often easiest to sort these at the end and look at things like similar hair styles, colors, clothes, cars etc.
Where you go from here is entirely up to you. You can start working with your most recent photos and work your way back in time if you prefer. With this method your memories will still be fresh and it may be easier for you. You can also work by person and create albums specifically of that person, or you can just work at random.
There is no right or wrong way to organize your photos, so decide what works best for you to keep you motivated and excited.
Another good idea is to take yourself to a scrapbooking class or two. Here you will meet like minded people and learn some tricks and new techniques that you can use in the future on your pages.
Whether it’s for an occasion, or as a record of your personal or family history, making a scrapbook is a highly rewarding experience that is guaranteed to bring out the inner artist in you.
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What's on a Scrapbook Page
Scrapbooking Ideas and Solutions recognize that most pages are made of the following elements:
1. Your Background: This is where the scrapbooker sets the mood for the page.
2. Photos: These will be the focal point of your page.
3. Mat: Doing this technique highlights your photos.
4. Title: This is a must as it names your page.
5. Journaling: This documents memories and recollections.
6. Embellishments: This is the final stage for your page, like the icing on the cake.
The background that you choose for your page is very important, as it sets the mood for your page. The easiest way is to use the coloring and content of your photos as a guide for your background. The right color is usually quite obvious, but sometimes you will have to look a little harder. The best solution is to place your photos on several background colors to see which one looks the best.
These will be the focal point of your page and is usually the main reason you’re scrapbooking. Some photos will need to be cropped. This is the trimming off of parts of the photo that detract from the main image, or if you have too much background.
Be careful when cropping that you don’t cut away part of a story. Also don’t crop a photo that you don’t have a negative for. Best to make a copy of the photo and keep the original in tact.
Don’t cut a Polaroid or instant photo.
How many photos’ you put on a page is entirely up to you. You don’t even have to tell the entire story on the same page – the rest of your photo’s can be put away for another page another day.
These are layers of card or paper that are different, but complimentary to the background of your page. They are placed behind your photos to enhance and highlight them.
You can change the look and style of your mats to suit the mood of your page. You can also use multiple layers to frame your photo. Experiment with different widths, or one of my favorites is to place the photo skew on the mat. You don’t have to mat all your photos in the same way on a page. Try matting one photo differently to draw attention to it.
Titles give your page a personality, and can be as individual and varied as the pages that you create. A title can be situated anywhere on a page and can be a single word or an entire sentence. You can also use your handwriting to create a title. Stickers are a great time saving device for titles, or you can use your computer.
Journaling is also an important part of scrapbooking, as it is a written record to go with your memories. It may be a list or recollections of a specific event, or even just a quote, song or poem. Make your journaling count, and make it personal and genuine. Computers are becoming a huge part of scrapbooking and there are thousands of fonts to choose from to add character to your journaling. Don’t forget however, that your handwriting is also a part of your, so make sure it is documented somewhere in your album.
These are the decorations that you put on your page to finish it off – the icing on the cake as such. Make sure that whatever you put on your page is safe, and if in doubt, do not place anywhere near your photos. First mount on acid free card, or in a pocket. With embellishments, you are limited only by your imagination, so go wild.
Scrapbooking - Storage Solutions
Crafters who are new to Scrapbooking soon realize that there
seems to be an unwritten rule: 'She who has the most stuff, wins!'
There is no real reason to have masses of supplies, although it is tempting with so many beautiful and creative products available today. The temptation is often just too much, as I have found out the hard way.
This is when effective organization, idea's and storage solutions comes into play.
There is a difference between organizing your scrapbooking supplies and storing
Arranging, categorizing and dividing help to organize your scrapbooking products and therefore help you to find what you want, when you want it.
Storing means protecting your scrapbooking supplies so that they are safe, protected and accessible.
Scrapbooking Supplies can be organized in many different ways, but an easy solution is to organize by product type. This can be done by separating ribbons from fibers, beads from brads, and eyelets from snaps etc. This will make finding any of them much simpler. Organizing by color is another way, for example a box full of green fibers, beads and brads can make coordinating a green page a breeze.
The method or ideas you choose for your storage solution will be personal to you and will depend upon how you craft and the types of products you own.
Basic tools are used so frequently, that it is a good idea to keep them close at hand. A tool roll or small toolbox from a DIY store is a great way of keeping everything together. A sturdy shoe box could be the perfect home for tools at no cost whatsoever.
Try to store pens horizontally, as this ensures the ink remains evenly distributed along the length of the pen. Cutlery trays work well to store pens, pencils, rulers and knives. If wanting to store pens vertically, remember to stand them nib downwards to prevent leaks and drying out. Pot plant jars work well for this method.
Stamps should be stored in clear plastic containers that hold the stamps flat, visible and protected. Heavier wood blocked stamps need a more rigid plastic container. All stamps should be stored out of direct sunlight to protect the rubber.
Store bottles of paint and ink upright to prevent spills. A household spice rack could be the perfect home for a host of bottles.
For all your other stuff, investigate things like shoe hangers, glass jars and baskets.
Visit craft shops, as they often have the perfect storage solutions for all your supplies, but on the other hand can also be a little pricey.
Remember out of sight is out of mind, so keep things visible to remind you that you have them.
Having an organized craft space creates order out of chaos. This in turn can help you to make more efficient use of the time you set aside for your scrapbooking. After all, time is precious, and can be better spent doing what you are passionate about, rather than hunting through your stash trying to find what you need. One needs loads of cheap ideas and solutions to use to get the most out of your craft.