Starting out with Scrapbooking

Sam sent me this request, I figured I could get a post out of it:

I have been meaning to ask you for some time. I want to do a scrapbook for Ayla about her first year and I have no idea were to start or what to get. Can you help me with some ideas etc.
I would recommend starting with some inspiration. Get some scrapbooking ‘hot to’ books out from the library. I can recommend especially the Enclyclopedia or scrapbooking by Creative Keepsakes magazine, Cathy Zielske’s Clean and Simple scrapbooking books and the magazines Creative Keepsakes and Scrapbooking Memories.

Have a look through the books and magazines and decide what kind of style appeals to you; do you like lots of stuff going on in a page or do you like it to be more streamlined? Maybe make some notes about things you especially like to use later. What colours you prefer is also worth thinking about.

Once you have an idea of the kinds of pages you want to produce go to a scrapbooking store. My ‘local’ is Craft House on Thorndon Quay. There are also great shops in Paraparaumu Beach and Waikanae. You can also get supplies at Spotlight, Whitcoulls and The Warehouse.

Pick out an album in a size you feel comfortable with, if it’s your first album, for a finite project, like Ayla’s first year there’s no reason why you couldn’t get a cute little 8 x 8 (that’s inches) sized album or an A4 sized one. I generally work on the standard 12 x 12 format because you can fit so much onto each page, but these albums do get heavy pretty quickly.

Pick out papers in the colours you like, matching stickers, acid free adhesives, ribbon, anything that appeals. This is where scrapbooking gets expensive, there’s just so much pretty pretty stuff available.
When you come to start your first scrapbook page, choose a photo or group of photos that you really love and play around with how they look on different papers, what accents/accessories you want to put with it. Scrapbooking pages usually have a title and a wee bit of journalling explaining something about the pictures, it’s good to get detail into the journalling and record your personal experiences in there as well.
There are whole books about journalling, so I won’t go too far into it here. I like to make sure I’ve named everyone on the page, put in the date and info about the event (Turkey dinner, November 17th, Giffy and Beau, for example) and then maybe explain the whys, wheres, hows, if they are interesting.

Things to remember when you are starting out:
->Nothing is set in stone. You can always add more later, you can always pull your photo off and start again, if you make a mistake you can cover it up with a sticker.
->Relax.
->There’s no right or wrong way to do it, just make how you like it.
->Have fun!
->Show other people, it’s a little but surprising sometimes just how much other people can enjoy looking through your scrapbooks, but it is very rewarding when they do!

Some links:
NZ scrapbook is a shop in Auckland but you can shop online via their website. Navigate using the categories menu on the left hand side.
The Paper Peacock which you used to be able to order pretty things from but not so much now. Great layout galleries though.
Scrapbooking supplies on Trade Me, a great source of all sorts of bits and pieces, just do a price compare before you buy πŸ™‚

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5 thoughts on “Starting out with Scrapbooking

  1. Sam: welcome! It was good fun to write actually πŸ™‚
    Sproke: I have never had a ring binder style album, they’re always so very expensive, so I like post bound by default. Having some fun with the snap lock system too.

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