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« on: December 06, 2007 07:25:59 AM »

I've never scrapbooked before, but I've decided to take on a fairly large project and am a little overwhelmed on where to start.

I've decided to make an album for my BIL. He's in this 30s and in the Air Force, so he doesn't get around to see the family much. I've also learned he doesn't have any photo albums, etc, of his own. I wrote my MIL about it and she got super excited because she's wanted to do one for awhile, but doesn't have time.

So, she sent me about 70 photos of my BIL from birth to HS. I plan on adding some pictures I have from the last few years of him at our wedding and our daughter's baptism. I will probably also add some photos of my daughter since he is her godfather as well.

I really don't know where to even begin! Any advice would be appreciated. So far my only supplies are a set of those scissors that cut pretty edges.

I expect to span this project out over at least a few months to help defray costs and give myself some time. My only craft shopping locally is Walmart.

Urg. Thanks.
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2007 03:20:28 PM »

I can see why you feel overwhelmed!  Since you've never scrapbooked before, I would recommend buying a kit with coordinating elements, as opposed to buying stuff separately. Companies like Stampin' Up! sells kits; they're called Simply Scrappin' Kits.  They come with coordinating cardstock, patterned paper and die-cut stickers.  If you'd like to see them, go to www.stampinup.com and look at the online catalogue. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2007 01:27:07 PM »

Whoa, that's quite a project! But you've got the time to spread your work out so that's a good thing.

Since it's such a project and you're new to scrapbooking anyways, if it were me, I would definitly use coordinating products, so even though you're going through the years, it all look cohesive and I find coordinating lines better for the stuff I make for men anyways.

I know that K&Company has a military line of papers and products if you're looking for stuff like that....
(that's just a link to K&co's website, to find the product you'd need to look around on some online scrapbooking stores or local scrapbook stores, but it doesn't sound like you have any near you.)

Do you have a local library - if so, I would look up some scrapbooking titles, most idea books have a list of items most scrapbookers use, adhesives, pens, etc.

Here's another idea for a large project:


I really like that for something with alot of photos, because it's easier to get done, easy to do over time and it's also very easy storage. Still personal, but not such a giant book or anything.

I would just keep looking online for ideas, start gathering your supplies and have a plan about what you would like to do, the type of album, the pages - keep it simple and cohesive so it doesn't get overwhelming! And have fun with it!

Sorry if this is all just a cluster, scrapbooking can be very overwhelming at first because there's so much out there!

« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2007 05:53:22 AM »

I would add that the thing that makes a scrapbook super special is the personalization of it.  If you haven't already, get the mom who sent you the photos to give you information on what was going on at the time of the photo, the year, the situation etc. and especially WHO IS IN THE PHOTO if it is older relatives.  My grandmother's generation in our family has largely died off and we are finding that no one now alive remembers who some friends and older family members are in some of our family photos.  Record this information in the book because it will be meaningful not only to your BIL but to his descendents as well.  It's amazing how quickly family history information gets lost; I'm finding that out to my sorrow in my own family!

If his mom has time, or if you have time to communicate with other family members or friends who are in some of the photos, it would be super cool to get them to write you up something about their memory of that day or of that whole time period (for example, a photo of BIL in high school can stand in for the entire high school experience and if you are able to communicate with anyone who knew him then and get them to write about their memories, that would be really really meaningful to your BIL).  Also if that isn't possible, leave some blank tags & spaces (I like to hide mine behind a photo so it can be slid out for reading and hidden away from the casual page-flipping person who doesn't need to know all the personal details) so that BIL can add his own notations and memories evoked by particular photos.

The patterned paper and bazillion embellishments are fun but the time spent making the book personally meaningful to your BIL beyond just pretty will be the most appreciated.

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2007 04:20:50 PM »

I agree that you need to get a set that color coordinates. It's MUCH easier, and Wal Mart actually sells nice ones for prices that aren't too bad. They actually have a really nice blue one that I bought for my boyfriend when I decided to do him one. It's masculine.

I would also suggest just going through and picking your favorite pictures to put on each page. Go from the earliest time to the most recent time you have. Journaling a little bit on the pages is a good idea too. You can just write little blurbs about what's going on in some of the pictures so that people will know what's going on. That will help to jog his memory.

If there's stuff that he's interested in, it's good to include pages about those too. Any activities, pets, special friends, events, etc. I would do those in a time line like fashion as well.

I think as long as you just try your best he'll love it. It's not hard to do, just time consuming.  I did something similar for my sister. I included the links. Hers is really bright and really busy because thats the type of person she is. I dont know much about the person youre making yours for, but if hes in the armed forces, probably, a really simple, straightforward, uncluttered look would be appreciated. Dont know for sure, but just an idea.



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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2008 03:26:40 PM »

It is overwhelming when you've never scrapbooked before. I usually buy packs of colored card stock paper and use this to mount all of my pictures on. I use the decorative scissors to cut the backing which makes each individual picture stand out. I also use stickers and glitter glue pens to make borders on paper. It gets expensive to purchase paper with printed designs on them. So I usually buy a few of those and alternate with solid colored sheets and make my own borders.

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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2008 08:39:58 AM »

You can make your own patterned paper by drawing, writting words or printing out clipart from the web. I do this when I don't have on hand the paper I want or can't find what I want. I did this for the pictures of one of my daughters when she got her drivers license. I drew all kinds of street signs on a plain white sheet of paper using different colored pens.

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2008 05:30:43 AM »

You can also use stamps to make your own patterned paper, and not all stamps are expensive.  They have a dollar bin at my Michaels with lots of stamps, and the dollar section at Target sometimes has stamps too.  And, you can always go old school and make your own stamp out of a potato! 
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2008 02:27:41 PM »

You can also use stamps to make your own patterned paper, and not all stamps are expensive.  They have a dollar bin at my Michaels with lots of stamps, and the dollar section at Target sometimes has stamps too.  And, you can always go old school and make your own stamp out of a potato! 

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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008 09:43:47 AM »

I agree 100000% about coordinating papers. Getting all your papers and embellishments together first helps.

I also find that smaller books (where I can only do one picture per page 4x6, 4x12, 6x6) are really easy to whip when you have all the papers precut to that size. I can get a couple of pages done a night. 12x12 sheets can be intimidating when you are first starting off.

working in smaller chunks so that you will feel like you've accomplished more. For example, focus on birthdays, holidays or one year at a time. Then you can separate them out with tabs.
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