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Someone asked what scrapbooking was all about at a workshop and open house I once attended. Quite a few people had dropped in to the papercraft event just to satisfy their curiosity about why people were coming into the building where it was being held. I was glad there were some albums on display to show people the beautiful things you can do to create a personal book full of photos with journaled memories recorded in your own handwriting or on your computer, for that is exactly what it is, for those who do not already know.
"Stop and pause,
remember the precious moments,
the mundane and the challenging -
for herein lies life."
"A Birth Certificate shows that you were born, A Death Certificate shows that you died, A Photo Album shows that you lived."
Quote from an email I received.
Our photos and memories are precious. In the Japanese tsunami of March 2011, people had to abandon everything they had in the face of the onrushing walls of water, including their scrapbooking. Afterward, their photos and albums began to be found. They helped so many people to have their memories restored to them after such unspeakable devastation.
Understanding how important it is to tell your story can be the sole reason for starting your journey into scrapbooking. If you have not yet begun an album of your own, here are some tips for how to begin.
Did you know scrapbooking has actually been around for hundreds of years, in various forms? The earlier forms are not like today's versions and the craft is continually metamorphing into new forms. One scrapbooking writer on the web I know of, Beth Belair, has written a history of it that is very interesting to read. I only knew it had been around since the first World War. It has been something people have done for much longer than that!
Starting a Scrapbook can be as simple as gathering photos and memories you want to preserve into a pocket page album, such as Stampin' Up!'s Project Life albums. You just slide pictures and decorative or journalling cards into pockets, in the order you want to add them. You get all you need to finish a lovely project when you buy such a kit from my Stampin' Up! store.
You can find out what makes scrapbook paper different to other types of paper used in papercraft projects if you have not heard of it before.
Here are some pages from my December Daily album made with a Project Life kit:
You can make an album in so many different ways. Traditional scrapbooking is usually done on 12" x 12" cardstock pages, such as the simple page I added at the top of this article. You can make albums in many different sizes and using many different mediums, described in part on the making a scrapbook page.
For those of you with already completed albums, I invite you to think about your current photo albums. If someone who did not know you well (say, your great great grandchild or other new family member) looked at them:
Journaling allows you to tell your story so others can read and understand what is important to you. Future generations will be grateful for the time you spend recording your story for them.
I find this craft provides me with a creative outlet as well. I love to be creative with embellishing my pages, sometimes including designs that remind me of the events that I have recorded with my camera, like the page I made above. This page tells about my ninth birthday. My cake had pink roses on it, so I made some pink paper roses to embellish my page. I added my journaling, telling about my memories of that day. It was etched on my memory so I found it fairly easy to write about.
You can just add titles to your work, evoking a feeling or a single idea about the event you are scrapping about. Or you can just add dates and maybe the names of people on the page. Simple journaling like this orientates people to your life events.
On this page I will gradually add ideas for enhancing your own scrapbooking albums. I hope you will check back often to read about new ideas.
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Here is some more information about making pet albums.
Try a layout using the principles of a White Space Design for a focused and balanced looking single or double page for your album.
Friendship Scrapbooking is a great way to let a special friend know how you feel about your friendship, or that she will be missed if she is going away.
How to make Christmas Recipe Cards
Find out how to make your own Rub Ons for your projects
Having a theme for your album can provide a thread of meaning through all the pages of it. Here are some Scrapbook Theme Ideas to get you started.
How about making a Doggy Scrapbook about your favourite puppy?
Make a Special Occasion Page to remember it forever.
Please do share your scrapbook layouts and projects below.
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Recycled Battery Art Not rated yet
Attached are some decoupaged (12 V) old batteries. I have 7 various decorated batteries that are scattered all over the house. The black/gold one is …
Baby Photos Layout with Quilling Not rated yet
I am actually more of a quiller than a scrapbooker so I did this page for a DIY taping about quilling on scrapbook pages. It was the first time I had added …
Bluebells in Holland Layout Not rated yet
Hello Susan Here is a page I made about the bluebells in Holland. The paper flowers were made with curled strips of paper and I used photo safe marking …
Fathers Day Layout Not rated yet
Hi Susan Just wanted to show you a layout I made showing how we celebrated Father's Day at the Baptist Youth Camp. I used a punch to make the multi …
A Japanese Themed Layout Not rated yet
Hi Susan How do you like my Japanese themed page? I placed the finished page in a display frame and pegged a post card to the line across the bottom …
I would also love you to comment about why you make albums. The reasons can be as varied as the people who make them. I am sure I haven't listed ALL of the reasons people scrap!
Fion has a lovely scrap book site for beginners. It's where you can pick up all the essential scrap booking know-how for free and start creating some layouts today.
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