Jumpstart Creativity with Scrapbooking Hobby

Scrapbooking is one of the most absorbing things you can do to save and share memories and moments in highly artistic and creative ways. You can turn dull photos into amazing images with a splash of color, stunning cut-up patterns, or a line of humor or poetry. It’s not just about the pictures or the captioning themselves, it is how you present them. Thankfully, there are an amazing array of scrapbooking accessories on the market today that just shopping around the stores inspires further creativity.

There are things in nature and in your home—in plain view—that when you look closely, can be used to put together to highlight a frame, or enhance a picture in your scrapbook. The scraps of color paper in your child’s room, or cut up pieces of velvet to shade the pages as border or background. Golden leaves left to dry out, or dried blossoms to remember a fall moment enhance images—and memories—ferrying the viewer to a certain time.  Continue reading

Scrapbooking Tips for Your Wedding Mementos

Scrapbooking is a fun and wonderful way of preserving the memories of your special day. It’s livelier than a typical wedding album, which makes your moments more memorable as each page is turned. Here are some scrapbooking tips for your wedding memorabilia:

Choosing Your Album

Find an album style that allows you to move around the pages easily to make organizing less stressful. Some good choices will be a 3-ring binder-style or post-bound album. You can open a standard post-bound album at the back to add in more pages and simply pull the page from the protector should you wish to replace or switch pages. Continue reading

Three Smashing Scrapbooking Tips for Beginners

Don’t just rely on your phone, computer, or ‘the cloud’ alone to house your memories. You could do more than just stashing your pictures in your phone, and the only way you can look at them is by scrolling through. Print. Record. Reminisce. You can do all that when you start scrapbooking your remembrances.

So how do you get good at scrapbooking? If you’re new to the craft, here are ways to simplify the process and maximize the enjoyment you get out of it.

Keep a journal

“Get ready to take notes,” is something a school teacher would often say, and it’s something you should take seriously now if you want to hone your scrapbooking skills. When something memorable happens, write it down. The notes you collect will come quite handy when you’re creating a layout for your scrapbook.

Learn to consolidate

Do some of your stories overlap with repeating patterns or information? Are you missing some photos for a certain event, but have pictures for another similar event? Maybe your scrapbook can benefit from the consolidation of some stories. Try consolidating two stories into one, using only a single photo for them.

Use only one font

Using several fonts in your scrapbook can make it look shoddy and haphazard. Use instead complementary colors to achieve a uniform look throughout your scrapbook.

Essential Supplies from Online Scrapbooking Stores

Essential Supplies from Online Scrapbooking Stores

Scrapbooks are a fun and creative way to preserve your memories using photos and other materials. If you’re a beginner, you might find it a bit overwhelming at first because of the sheer variety of supplies to choose from. It is recommended, however, that you start with only the essential supplies.

  1. Papers and Pen

Scrapbooking requires the use of a variety of papers, from car stocks to patterned papers. You would need to keep these in a large supply. Likewise, you would also need to keep a collection of high quality pens to write things down on your scrapbook.

  1. Cutting Tools

A good pair of scissors, and maybe a handy cutter and trimmer,, are all you need to handle all the paper you need to cut.

  1. Designs

What makes scrapbooking fun is adding colorful designs as a final touch. You would need a selection of ribbons, buttons, eyelets, tags, stickers, and other items. Build up your collection by getting the designs that would suit your style.

  1. Albums

After all that cutting, writing, and decorating, you would want to put your work somewhere it will be preserved for a long time. Buy special scrapbooking albums in different kinds of styles, colors, and sizes.

These are the essential supplies you need to get started on your scrapbooking. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can expand your collection by getting different supplies for your next scrapbook.

Personal Scrapbooks Help the Elderly Remember

As people grow older, they start losing their memories. This condition can be managed by reminiscence therapy; in individual or one-on-one settings, the therapist makes use of the same tools necessary, as well as encourage the patient, to create a “life history book”, which others also call a “scrapbook.” Putting together bits of the patient’s memorabilia and encouraging creativity and imagination with the use of scrapbook supplies can help achieve the therapy’s main goals, which are to help the patient re-establish self-esteem, alleviate boredom and depression, and improve the ability to communicate. Also, by stimulating the brain, scrapbooking can help in delaying cognitive degeneration. Continue reading

Top Reasons to Try Scrapbooking

Numerous people around the world are into scrapbooking, and it’s no surprise, really. While the primary reason is personal pleasure derived from the craft, many people consider scrapbooking as a means to tap into ways where other skills and pursuits can be developed. Here are a few of them:

Photos deserve a home IRL – There will be a time when your iPhone wouldn’t be enough to store all of your photos. Scrapbooks are the perfect home for such photos in real life, and they would technically last longer in one; long enough to be viewable by your future children and even grandkids to look at. Continue reading

What You Need to Make a Travel Scrapbook

The best way to preserve travel memories is to put them in a Scrapbook. Unlike a typical photo album, a scrapbook tells the story of your journey more creatively. Here are some ideas you can try when you create your next travel scrapbook:

Design it with a theme in mind

It would be a cool idea to choose scrapbooking materials with a theme related to the state or country you visited. For example, if you want to keep a record of your day in Disneyland, you can add stickers of your favorite Disney characters. If you traveled to Japan, use papers with an oriental design as your background. Continue reading