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Scrapbooking Ideas and Solutions - Tools for the Trade

Updated on May 9, 2011

Using Templates for your Scrapbooking Pages

Using alphabetical and shape templates are an affordable and versatile way to create titles, wording and embellishments for your scrapbook pages. Templates definitely make a valuable addition to any scrapbooker’s collection.

To use a template, lay it on the BACK of the paper you are using, and make sure that the template is back to front, especially if it is an alphabet template, or your letters will be facing the wrong way when you are finished. Tracing on the back of the paper also means that you don’t have to worry about erasing pencil lines later on.

Trace around your letters or shapes with a pencil. If the letter is a D, A, B, P or O or your shape has a center, cut this center part out first. Next using small scissors cut around the outside of your shape. You could also use a sharp craft knife on a cutting mat to protect your work surfaces. A knife works better than small scissors for cutting out finer detail; it just takes a bit of practice to get used to.

Glue your shapes or letters onto your pages for fast and fun embellishments. Mix and match your shapes for more interest. It also works well to cut two of the same shape in different sizes on contrasting paper, and then laying the smaller one over the larger one. Also a lot of one shape can be quite effective, for instance to make a bouquet of flowers.

Some more scrapbooking idea’s and solutions you can use with your templates are to cut out tags and glue your shape or letter onto them. This is also a great way to make your pages stand out. You can also glue your alphabet to contrasting colored and individual squares to build your word and add interest.

Another scrapbooking idea is to cut out two of the same letter, one in a patterned paper and the other in a matching plain colored paper, then cut one letter in half horizontally and lay it over the top of the complete letter. You could also put the one uncut letter over the other slightly skew, in order to create a shadowed effect.

Another scrapbooking solution is to mat your letters on plain paper like you would your photos. This makes the letters stand out and gives them definition, especially if your letters are cut out on patterned paper. This idea is great for titles.

Experimenting with different ideas and solutions is a lot of fun, and many new and original ideas can come out of this.

How can I turn my Scrapbooking Hobby into Profits

What if one could make money from your hobby. Wouldn't it be great to make money from your scrapbooking.

Turn scrapbooking into a profitable venture.  You also receive layout ideas and business ideas, and also ways in which you can save on your tools. Did you know that a lot of suppliers actually get their tools for free.

Imagine waking up each morning and looking forward to going to work. Not many people in this world can say that they are passionate about what they do.

I know somebody who goes around to all the different schools and takes photo's of the children during special events, or even just a normal school day. She then scraps the pages for busy parents, and they get to see a part of their child's life that they never do. She hands out the albums at the end of each term, and takes them back at the beginning of the next term to continue working on. She scraps the best photo's and at the end of the year gives the parents a disk with all the photo's of their child on it. As you can imagine, she is doing quite well with this venture. She says it takes a lot of her time, but it is a job she really enjoys.

Idea's and Solutions - Cutting Tools

Gone are the days when we used to cut all our paper with good old fashioned scissors. In this age of speed and time saving devices, there is one must have solution for your scrapbooking kit.

If you are beginning scrapbooking for the first time and are wondering what tools to get, I highly recommend purchasing a cutter first. This is definitely the most used tool in my kit.

These come in various forms and sizes, but the best ones to get are the ones that have built in rulers so that you can measure the size of the card or paper you need to cut. This will save you a lot of time in the long run, as you no longer need to measure and draw lines before cutting. The more expensive ones fold out and even have built in magnets so that you can hold your paper still while cutting it.

There are loads on the market ranging from about R100 to about R500. Bear in mind the cheaper ones need to have the blades changed quite regularly, depending on how much you use it, which can cost from about R60 for two blades.

I don't know how people manage without one. I do everything with mine. The only time I use scissors is to cut out curved shapes like letters or pictures.

It gives your pages a professional look when everything is cut 100% straight - something not many of us can do perfectly by hand. I can now create pages in a fraction of the time that I used to when I first started scrapping.

Ideas and Solutions with Stamps

Stamps are a wonderful addition to any kit.  They can sometimes be a bit pricey, but with some good choices, such as alphabet stamps or picture stamps that are used a lot, you can save in the long run.  The ink you buy doesn't only come in black anymore - you can pick and choose when it comes to colors.

There are many different types of stamps out there.  You get the old heavy rubber on wood stamps, which are great, but do create storage issues.  You are also forced to use whatever design is on the stamp when you purchased it, and this can get boring.

The new wave stamps are the plastic ones that stick onto perspex blocks.  These are a wonderful, but also expensive investment for your kit.  This is a far more creative way to stamp than ever before, because you can make up your own personal picture on the stamp by arranging the stickers as you like on the block before stamping them onto your page.  The stamps are simply washed off after use and they stick again the next time that you want to use them.  The perspex blocks can be bought in different sizes according to your needs.

Stamps can be used for a lot of things.  A good trick is to stamp glue onto the pages in the picture of your choice, and then add glitter or glitter powder over it.  Simply blow the powder off, and you have a stunning picture.

Remember, practice make perfect.  Always practice with your stamp on scrap paper first before committing it to your precious layout.

Happy Scrapping until next time.


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