Starting anything, including a hobby like scrapbooking, can be daunting and overwhelming. One crucial thing to remember is that people who have mastered any craft started out as a beginner.
With some patience, time, and dedication to learning, you will soon become an expert at making scrapbooks.
But before you get started, there are a few critical things that you need to acquire and master if you truly want to learn how to scrapbook.
Create a Space Devoted to Scrapbooking
Setting aside a space devoted to making scrapbooks may not seem essential. After all, you can work on your scrapbook projects practically anywhere inside your home.
However, there are numerous advantages to finding and keeping a space for your scrapbooking hobby.
It becomes easier to work on a scrapbooking project when you have everything that you need all in one area of your home.
With your materials stored in your scrapbooking area, you needn’t spend too much time gathering your photos and materials. And with the time that you save, you can spend that time refining your ideas or actually working on your current project.
Whether you spend hours or just a few minutes each day working on a scrapbook project, you need to focus on what you are working on.
That becomes a little harder when you have to spend an excessive amount of time looking for the materials you need.
Additionally, carving a space devoted to scrapbooking allows you to momentarily leave all your worries behind, giving you great focus on your scrapbook project.
Keeping things organized
As you continue to enjoy this hobby, you’ll accumulate a lot of stuff, from scrapbooking materials to photos, and yes, even the projects you are currently working on.
Having a devoted space for working on scrapbooks allows you to get and organize everything in one area. In turn, this will enable you to enjoy the hobby of scrapbooking more as you are no longer bogged down by minor details like knowing where are specific material is located.
How to organize your scrapbooking space
When it comes to creating your own space for creating scrapbooks, there are a few helpful things to remember.
First, be sure to find your scrapbooking space before you purchase supplies. This will help make it easier for you to organize your stuff rather than buying supplies before having your own scrapbooking workspace.
In terms of size, you would want an area that can accommodate your desk, supplies, and organizers. It also helps if your workspace has minimal foot traffic. This will help you work on your scrapbook projects with minimal disturbance.
Consider investing in a desk light or two to help keep your scrapbooking space illuminated no matter what time you choose to work on your project.
Finally, you might want to create an inspiration wall in your scrapbooking space. By surrounding yourself with beautiful pictures and designs, you’ll have plenty of design cues that you can draw inspiration.
Essential scrapbook supplies
One of the obstacles people new to making scrapbooks typically face is the temptation to buy tons of supplies.
Fortunately, you do not need to buy a lot or spend a small fortune to get started with your first scrapbook. Yes, it can be tempting to fill your shopping cart with every supply that catches your fancy. However, that is the quickest way to waste your money on stuff you probably won’t use anytime soon.
To help you whittle down your scrapbooking shopping list, here are a few essentials that you need to buy first. With these scrapbook items, you can do many projects as you would be using most of these.
- plain and patterned scrapbook paper, preferably acid-free
- plain cardstock
- die-cut machine with die cuts
- washi tape
- scrapbook embellishments
You may also want to buy a few magazines and books for inspiration and tips.
With this shortlist of scrapbook supplies, you will have almost everything you will need to work on your first project.
As you get more confident in your scrapbooking capability, you may want to explore different themes. This is the time to consider shopping supplies to match your new scrapbooking project’s theme.
Choosing photos for your scrapbook
When it comes to making scrapbooks, photographs are the proverbial star of the show. As such, you’ll be spending a lot of time sorting and choosing photos for each scrapbook project.
To help make this task easier for you, here are a few helpful tips.
Start by organizing your photos as soon as you possibly can. This will help you over the long run. You might not use some pictures for the scrapbook you are working on, but the photos you have stashed away can come in handy for your next projects.
But how exactly do you organize your photos? Start by investing in a few clear plastic bins. You don’t need to buy the big ones. A few boxes roughly the size of a shoebox will do the job fine.
Once you have purchased these bins, try to make a list of categories for your photos and mark each container accordingly. As you begin sorting the images, put these in the appropriate bin and label the boxes.
Inside each box, you can use index cards to use as labels within each box. This will make sorting easier for you.
Basic scrapbook layout
After choosing the right photos for your scrapbook project, the next most important element that you should pay special attention to is the layout.
While there are no hard and fast rules for the layout of each scrapbook page, there are a few things to remember.
For starters, the first page of your scrapbook serves as the title page. Ideally, this page should convey the main theme of the scrapbook.
To get the most out of your project, do not look at each scrapbook page as individual pages. Instead, think of side-by-side pages as a unit. This will help you maximize your theme for each double-page spread.
When working on a scrapbook page, try different photo arrangements until you find something that works.
Once you have settled for a particular photo arrangement, you can add various scrapbooking elements. As much as possible, you should place the embellishments as close as you possibly can to each picture.
Finally, keep things simple and avoid overcomplicating things.
Start your first scrapbook now
Looking at other scrapbooks shared on the Internet can scare some people from getting into the hobby.
However, scrapbooking is practically for everyone. You do not need to have a specific set of skills or invest thousands of dollars to get started.
If you start with the basics covered in this article, you’ll finetune your scrapbooking skills and impress your friends and loved ones.