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Scrapbooking Tips For Great Results
Putting pictures together to tell a story has been around for centuries.
In our modern day, with choices in color, styles, and elements, it is no longer a matter of just putting some pictures together. There are so many fun things we can do that it can become overwhelming to decide exactly which way we want to go with our scrapbooking endeavors.
However, no matter which way you decide to go, having the right knowledge to start with will ensure that we end up with a scrapbook that we like, and that our scrapbooks will not age faster than we want.
Following are five easy scrapbooking tips that will help you create the best looking scrapbooks possible.
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Five Scrapbooking Tips To Help You Make The Most Out Of Your Scrapbook
1. Pick Your Theme
Whether you want to tell a story about your child or the latest vacation you took, it is important to pick your theme before you start. This way you can plan out your scrapbook and progress through it in a logical manner. For instance, if you want to make a scrapbook based around a vacation, then you will want to start with the first day and end with the last.
I know this sounds like an easy tip, but trust me, understanding exactly where you want to go with your scrapbook will help you decide how you want it to look and what you want to put in it.
Think of it this way: A regular photo album holds a bunch of pictures from a bunch of different events, while a scrapbook tells a story. Think of what story you want to tell.
2. Select The Perfect Album
There are many different albums to choose from. There are albums with different colors, pictures and styles. However, only one will be a perfect match for your chosen theme, and you will know it when you see it.
Other considerations are purely based around the longevity of your album. For instance, you should avoid magnetic albums as the paper and adhesives in these albums tend to be very acidic, which causes photos to degenerate at a much faster rate.
As far as bindings go, make sure you select a binding that will fit your needs. For example, if your album is going to be handled a lot, then opt for a sturdy binding with a rigid cover.
3. Pay Attention To Colors
Putting your pictures together with relevant borders and additional images and words will come naturally after you decide on the theme and start building your pages; however you also have to take into consideration the colors you use if you want the end result to be a scrapbook that everyone enjoys.
Colors have a huge influence over people. Anyone who sees your scrapbook (including yourself) will be affected by the colors you choose. To understand this, take a look at the nearest color around you and pay attention to how it makes you feel. If it makes you feel sad, then don't include that in a scrapbook that is meant to cause positive emotions. Alternatively, do not use colors that make you want to get up and dance when the theme of the scrapbook does not call for that feeling.
Colors can also have a negative or positive effect on the way you scrapbook presents itself. For instance, strong and bold colors can help to highlight a particular focus or feature. In addition, bright and dark colors that are placed next to each other may sound like a good idea, but they can actually confuse the viewer. Also, if a background is too dark, it can cause confusion by not contrasting properly with other dark colors.
If you are not sure of what colors to use, look at nature. It naturally puts colors together that work well and bring out beauty.
4. Putting Together Visually Pleasing Pages
Besides colors, there are some easy scrapbooking ideas to help you get the composition of the pages just right. While there are many different ways to put your pages together, there are some things to do to make the pages more pleasing to the eye.
First, use the rule of thirds. Divide your page into three vertical and horizontal sections. The best place to put the focal point of the page (pictures or writing or whatever you want) is where those lines meet.
Also, repeat the same colors and layout throughout the album. This ensures an easy transition from page to page for the viewer.
If you want to create a visual whole on a page, rather than a bunch of individual elements, ensure that you overlap pictures and other elements, or place them close to each other, so that they can be viewed as a whole. Play around with your images and other elements before you commit, and you will see that the meaning of a page can be completely different depending on where you lay the elements.
Create contrast through color, texture, and size of various elements. This will help viewers differentiate between elements, while still maintaining a blended look. However, do not vary between too many shapes as this can make the page look messy and deter from the overall pleasantness of it.
5. Cropping Considerations
You may need to crop some pictures to produce the look you want, but there are some considerations to take into account before you do.
Make copies of all your pictures before you start. This will ensure that you have one extra picture to use if you screw up with the first picture. In addition, if you make two copies, then you will have an extra picture to keep in another album, which may come in handy in the future.
Always ensure you know what the most meaningful part of the photo (the part that will add the most meaning to your page) is before you crop anything; especially if you are cutting pictures.
If you are going for a vintage look, and you have a Polaroid, don't try to crop it. Polaroids contain an acid that can seep out when cut.
Use templates to cut your photos. While you may think that you can do it by hand, it is better to use a template to ensure it comes out perfect.
In the end, the above five scrapbooking tips will help you make the most out of your scrapbooks.
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Remember, you can put the best pictures in the world inside a scrapbook, but if you don't have a theme in mind, the perfect scrapbook, or build your pages just right, then it will not give you the end result that you are looking for.