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Scrapbooking Basics

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/26/2006 | Book Reviews
If you always wanted to get into scrapbooking but didn't know where to start, then this information is for you. Scrapbooking is the art of presenting your photos and memories in 'scrapbooks', hence the term scrapbooking. If you have a lot of photos and mementos that have been shoved into drawers, and find it difficult to retrieve them in an orderly manner, then scrapbooking is definitely for you.

Over the past few decades we used photo albums for our photos, but they became boring, everyone's photo albums all looked the same. And, more often then not, most of these photos never actually made it into a photo album, they were simply left in the developer's packet.

How much nicer would it be to pull out a gorgeous display of your prized memories to show off to visitors? Scrapbooking can solve this problem for you, for a very inexpensive price. And no, you don't have to buy a large scrapbooking kit to get started, you can simply buy bits and pieces as you progress with your scrapbook. Your only initial expense is the blank scrapbook itself, though you could use a plain school scrapbook but be warned that the acid in the paper will damage your photos.

There is no set way to organize your scrapbook, some people prefer to organize in chronological order and some don't, it doesn't really matter, as long as you're happy with the overall result. You can use your scrapbook to tell a story or to simply display some of your favorite things, souvenirs or mementos from a special time or place. You can even layout your scrapbook based on a favorite theme, like Christmas, Easter or birthdays.

When you first head off to your local craft store you may become a little overwhelmed by the vast amount of scrapbooking products available. Don't fret, many stores have starter kits that will probably suit your needs in the beginning. You can also ask for help from the staff, they will be able to show you many different methods and supplies to help get you started.

Another option with scrapbooking supplies is to make your own. You don't need to buy brand new materials that you are only going to cut up anyway. Have a look around the house (especially in the kid's rooms) and see what you can come up with. Usually the bottom two drawers in the kitchen heed the best bits and pieces, you'll be surprised by what you find in there.

The 8 1/2 x 11 inch scrapbook is a popular choice these days as it allows you to include printouts from a standard home printer. You can also download hundreds of different page designs and layouts from the Internet. This is a great option if you don't have time to get to the craft store. Another thing to consider is getting a scrapbook with removable pages, so you can rearrange your pages and add to the scrapbook later.

Hop onto the craft wagon and finally get your photos organized, and looking much more attractive than a boring old photo album. Start scrapbooking today.