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Scrapbooking 101

by Leigh Harding

Okay, you have a box or drawer, or even a memory card full of pictures. Or if you are like most people I know – you have many. Now you have decided that you want to start a scrap book but have no idea on how to go about this. You are asking yourself:

  • Where do I start?
  •  What do I need?
  • I am not creative – how will this look?

It isn’t hard. It may take you a little while to figure out what your style is and how you like to work, but it will come to you. You just need a few pointers.

  1. Find a place to work. It can be any spot you find that you are comfortable working at. I use a small dining room table. I have containers for all of my paper and embellishments and baskets for my stickers. Now some of you may be wondering what an embellishment is. It is ribbon, buttons, felt, brads and the like to help finish a page. I keep my stickers separated by category so that I am not searching through a large numbers of stickers I don’t need for that page.
  2. I start by pulling out the pictures I wish to work with. They often change. Sometimes I am working on a 12×12 page so I may need a few, or I am working on an 8×8 page and only need 1 or 2. I then choose the papers that I wish to work with and find anything else I may wish to put on the page.
  3. I do a general workup of the page without taping or gluing anything down. This way I can move things around and see how I want them to work. Sometimes this is the longest part.
  4. I get many ideas on-line. I check out many sites and magazines, like Creating Keepsakes and Oriental Trading to get some ideas and find some supplies. I go to AC Moore and Michael’s to see what they have done. I look at other people who post their pages online and see what grabs me to work.

Each person has their own style. After a while you find what works for you and it becomes something that you enjoy to do and look forward to with pleasure instead of “something” that you feel you should be doing.