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Scrapbooking with your handcraft skills

Updated on August 13, 2011

Scrapbooking is a hobby with a real purpose and benefits. A hobby admired by your friends and family but admired mostly by yourself for such an accomplishment.

The memories therein will be secured for generations to come as you secure precious photos by a method where your creativity has been displayed in full.

Traditional scrapbooking brings beautiful results working with numerous sheets of colored papers. This method of collating printed matter to create your page in a scrapbook does not however give you the opportunity to use your skills with needlework, knitting, crochet, painting etc.

Turn your next scrapbook into a coffee table showpiece with a difference!

Taking the photo of your choice to scrapbook, reflect on that moment in time and note all the colors and items related. You will be surprised how many items you can list.

For example in the photo of a child you can note items such as a jumper, dress, hair ribbons, toys, a hat, and many more.

All these items can be reproduced in miniature by using your handwork skills.

With this method of scrapbooking you will be more absorbed in creating ‘the moment’. In fact you will feel somewhat sentimental about the baby jacket you once crocheted for example. This is when your work becomes very personalized.

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There comes that time in ones life when you think of that ‘something special’ you can make to hand on through the generations and this style of scrapbook is such an item.

Think of this project as a book displaying your handwork therefore making a ‘fabric story book’.

I made one of these books to be handed on to each of my two children for them to cherish and always be reminded of the ‘special’ times our family spent together.

My grandmother crocheted a small blanket for each of her grandchildren for ‘keepsake’ and so loved by all but a ‘special’ scrapbook consisting of your handwork throughout will touch heartstrings. Nothing bought over a shop counter can compare with a gift made from mums loving hands!

The direction your story pages take depends greatly on the content of your photos. I focused more on this factor than quality as old or damaged photos can be restored in photographic labs. I always make it a practice to make a copy of every old original photo just in case one gets damaged in the process of creating a scrapbook page.

This is not important if your photos were taken over the years of the digital camera but for people in my age group total reliance was on the use of film so without having kept the negatives we had no backup.

Instead of using glue on photos I often use different types of pins or photo corners to attach original photos. This way I can always detach the photo should I need to reproduce it a second time.

When needing a frame for a photo use your imagination by either sewing one using lace and adding pearls to beautify for example, but the ideas are numerous. This way you can slip a photo in without having to completely secure.

In my next hub i will be going into more detail on how i created some of my favorite pages.

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    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      5 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for taking an interest in my article.

      Scrapbooking is a huge hobby worldwide and no wonder as it brings photos to life.

      Have a nice day!

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      trusouldj 

      5 years ago from Indiana

      Didn't realize that so many people were making such creative things of beauty. Keep up the good work.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      5 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for taking time to read my ideas for scrapbooking. I hope April takes a keen interest in this hobby as the younger generation don't seem to be as interested in handwork as were people of our generation. I tried but to no avail to interest my daughter in scrapbooking,handwork etc.

      I also crochet and knit anything and everything finding it relaxes me besides creating items of beauty.

      You are my fan!

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      Gail 

      5 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      Such beautiful scrapbook pages. My daughter-in-law, April, scrapbooks and is busy trying to get my oldest granddaughter (her neice) interested in it. I crochet and have sold several groups of tiny goodies to folks who scrapbook. I of course provide them to April on request non-gratis :-) Really nice hub! Thanks! Thumbs up!

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Veronica, I am pleased that you enjoyed my article and thank you for making the comment.

      Scrapbooking can be addictive and my only problem is not having enough time to be at it more often. As for reliving the past, there is no better way!

      Hope to her from you again!

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      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I love scrapbooking, and started to years ago, while in High School. Your pictures are lovely, along with your tidbits of history and memories! =] How beautiful that you create masterpieces for your children!

      I look forward to reading your next hub on scrapbooking!

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Sannel, how complementary of you! The truth is, I just like to give all things to do with handwork a go.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Sannel, how complementary of you! The truth is, I just like to give all things to do with handwork a go.

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      SanneL 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      LadyLyell - How in the world did I miss this hub!?

      Well, better late than never I guess!

      Gosh, this is so pretty. Such a beautiful handwork and what a precious gift from you to your children.

      You are so talented. Thank you for sharing this.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thanks for your interest storykeeping,maybe you can give it a go to make miniature clothes for your books as it is cute and satifying to see your accomplishments.

      Happy scrapbooking!

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      storykeeping 

      6 years ago from Western United States

      Thanks for sharing the ideas on adding handcrafts to scrapbooks. I did make a scrapbook page with a doily as the background, but I hadn't thought about recreating in miniature memorable handcrafts. I'll check your other Hubs for more information.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thanks for the 'congratulations'. I was surprised to come up as the winner. I hope you enjoy my following hubs.

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      Remy Francis 

      6 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Hey there thank you for sharing your scrapbooking details. I really liked this nice and crisp hub.

      Congrats on your hubnuggets wannabe nomination. Welcome to HubPages

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thanks Movie Master, that nomination turned into a hubnugget win! In a bragging mood

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination!

      I love scrapbooking and you have some wonderful ideas here, thank you for sharing.

      Welcome to HubPages and happy writing!

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for congratulating me I hope you cast a vote for me. I am enjoying writing hubs and hope to achieve as you have one day.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      What a beautiful way to keep photos and recall happy memories. Now if I can only have time to do scrapbooking...hehhehe I bookmarked your hub for inspiration.

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination from ripplemaker and the Hubnuggets team. To read and vote, this way please: http://enellelamb.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/A-H... Best of luck!

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thanks Josh, please vote for me :-)

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      .josh. 

      6 years ago

      I'll be honest, Lady Lyell, I'm not much of a scrapbooker. My partner is, however, and will be absolutely thrilled to read this.

      Really well written, and congrats on your nomination!

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for the "congratulations". I hope you enjoy adding some handwork . It does change the "paper" look!

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      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I love scrapbooking but have not ever added any handiwork to any of it. Fantastic tips in your hub. Congrats on your nomination!

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Whatever form of scrapbooking one takes the purpose is the same, memories!

      Thanks for the words of "congratulations"

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      6 years ago

      These are great ideas for people who can do them-my photos are in albums, however, and my scrapbook is full of cards, articles in the paper, concert programs, etc.They take up a lot of space and I do not have much space for anything else on the page. When I do I either draw a picture or add stickers of a related them. I got those scarapbooks that are blank-no designs on them.

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment. Why don't you give scrapbooking a go? The ideas come to you as you progress and it can be rather addictive.

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      Mark 

      6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Very nice - I see why scrap booking is so popular now.

      Good job

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thanks Peggy for the kind comments. The ideas for scrapbooking are endless but I thought of sharing a few around. I hope you find my following hubs interesting and I look forward to reading yours.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your scrapbooking skills are imaginative and you end up with beautiful pages. Great ideas! Welcome to HubPages!

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thanks for the compliment Simone. The ideas to make a good scrapbook are endless so I have had to stop here or I would be writing on the subject forever.

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thanks for the compliment Simone. The ideas to make a good scrapbook are endless so I have had to stop here or I would be writing on the subject forever.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      This is so lovely! Your scrapbooking skills are incredible... gosh, I feel proud when I go so far as to upload my photos to Facebook! The extra effort you take is amazing.

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      asmaiftikhar 

      6 years ago from Pakistan

      that's really an amazing idea.keep it up

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR

      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank You Sarena and Lady rain, glad you enjoyed my first hub.

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      lady rain 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for sharing the lovely ideas and pictures. They are very nice.

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      Sarena Taylor 

      6 years ago

      Great article, i really like the idea of using handwork as part of scrapbooking. Look forward to your next article.

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