Although there are many details and factors which can be involved in the art of scrapbooking, the act itself is relatively simple. You do not need a lot of time or money in order to make a beautiful and heartfelt scrapbooking album, as the basis of completing a scrapbooking album is to save, store, and display personal items or memorabilia that is important to you.
The most important thing to remember when making a scrapbooking album is to let the scrapbook reflect the time, care, and attention that you have given to it, and to feel proud about what you have accomplished in the end. Scrapbooking is a fun and entertaining way to store and show off your photos and other personal items, in a beautiful and intriguing way.
The Basic Materials Needed to Make a Scrapbooking Album
The first thing you should do when planning on creating a scrapbooking album is to gather all of the supplies that you will need for the project. This includes the basics, which are: an album, a paper cutter or trimmer, adhesives, paper, cardstock, journaling pens, and embellishments. The basic album for scrapbooking is a 12x12 top loading post which is bound.
However, you don’t necessary have to go with this particular option, as there are many other sizes and styles you can choose from. The paper cutter is important, because although you can use scissors, this tool will allow for more easier cutting and cropping of photos, as it allows you to measure and cut straight lines, especially when compared to simply doing it by eye with a pair of regular scissors.
Adhesives are important because a good adhesive will ensure that your photos will stay in place, as well as being there to protect them for years to come. You should be sure to pick an acid-free and lignin-free adhesive, so that your photos will not be damaged. The next item, paper, is of course essential to scrapbooking.
There are so many different and beautiful patterns and styles of paper available for scrapbooking, and when purchasing paper, you should remember to keep in mind the types of photos that you are going to be preserving. You will want to choose a color that coordinates well with the photos; for black and white photos for instance, you will want to find a color that is monochromatic, or another color that will make the black and white photos stand out.
Cardstock is important for your matting and framing, and journaling pens are essential as they allow you to write smoothly in your scrapbook the names, dates, and little phrases about each picture. Finally, embellishments are important, as they allow you to decorate your scrapbook beautifully. You can choose from many different particular items, such as brads, beads, ribbons, stickers, and more.