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Topic: I wanna make a scrap book, but...where do you start?  (Read 3467 times)
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« on: January 25, 2006 01:36:48 PM »

I'm totally unsure of where to start. I don't know a think about scrap books except its a book filled with stuff.

Does anyone have any info for a beginner scrapper like me?

« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2006 09:59:17 AM »

I take it that you have an idea of what to do. What you want your first book to be about. Start with that. Take your pictures to a crafting store and pick out some that matches whatever color you want to bring out of your pic. Just some stuff that looks like fun.

And make sure you check out the completed project pages.


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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2006 12:55:25 AM »

Welcome to scrapbooking!!!  Smiley
 Have you checkout any Scrapbook Magaizine websites? Simple Scrapbooks, Creating Keepsakes ,etc? I go to the library and the bookstore and browse and usually get inspired!
 Scrapbook.com is also cool...
     I browse magazines & websites to get ideas. There are also many groovy scrapbook pages shown here.
   Just make sure you use ACID-FREE glue, papers,etc. and HAVE FUN!!!!  Smiley
 When I'm stuck on a scrapbooking page - like if I have a picture I want to use and don't know which piece of paper to use as a background, etc I play around with my supplies (letter stickers, etc) and think about why I'm doing the scrapbook. What memories do I associate with the photo? Who is the person/what it the place of the picture, etc?
 I am still rather new to scrapbooking, but I am having a blast! Remember: if you do a layout and don't like how it turns out, it's only one page -you can re-do it if you'd like. Smiley
  Also, don't forget about journaling! (If writing is something you feel more comfortable with, why not start with writing about the picture or the feelings it envokes in you. You can stick qoutes on the page.
  And don't forget to check out the products at Hobby Lobby, Micheal's, etc! I always get inspired there! (& I always spend way too much money! LOL!)   Cheesy
  Hope this helps!!
   Good luck & happy scrapping! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2006 03:59:08 AM »

page one! teeheeheee!

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2006 12:36:06 AM »

That's AWESOME!!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2006 10:16:49 PM »

This is always one of the first places I look for scrapbooking inspiration.


This is the second.


I have been a member of the above yahoo group for a long time. All of the ladies on the list are awsome to talk to about anything.

Good Luck!

« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2006 06:14:21 AM »

I have some boxes of things that I've kept over the years--ticket stubs, subway transfers, notes, letter, little things like that. I basically took some thick cardstock paper (all different colours) and a handful of coloured permanent markers. I hole-punched the pages, and then glued/stapled in everything with a little comment on the side. I glued to pages together (to avoid the annoying staples) then put them in a three-ring binder that I decorated with an old shirt and a bit of duct tape. It's really inexpensive and a great way to start.

When I travel, I take my travelling bear with me--a little 10cm tall brown bear that can fit in a purse. Then, where ever I go I take pictures of the bear in those places. So I recently started my scrapbook on my travelling bear. In chronological order from the time I left to the time I got home. I started my England book, and my Germany one will come soon too. So each page has two or three pictures with a "This is bear in Buckingham Palace!" and "This is bear in a German U-Boat!"

Hope that helped!
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2006 07:18:48 AM »

I'm a beginner too.  I'm trying to resist the need to buy lots of embellishments.  I've gathered a bunch of stuff that I already have at home and have come up with a pretty good list!  If you are a craftster you probably already have lots of good stuff like:

~ wire, wire tools
~ embroidery floss
~ yarn
~ paper clips
~ metal rim tags
~ carbon paper (to trace stuff you print & cut it out of good paper)
~ glues
~ stickers
~ fabric scraps

I think that if you use things you already have, your project will become more "you" instead of cookie cutter.

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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2006 02:37:19 PM »

Yeah, just do what YOU like! Don't get me wrong, websites, magazines, and example pages can be great for inspiration, but it's always best when you come up with your own designs and really personalize it!
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2006 06:16:47 PM »

when i started scrapbooking, i had three bulletin boards full of mementos.  i took down the bulletin boards and sorted all of the stuff into different categories:  baby pictures, ticket stubs, programs, etc.  at that point i had some idea of what kind of pages i was going to do and bought paper and stickers to go with each theme. 

i think i did it kind of haphazardly, so maybe my approach isn't the best one to take, but it's how i started.   Cheesy

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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2006 11:46:03 AM »

Here's what I did (and always do!).
First, decide on a theme (ie vacation, baby photos, Senior year, college days, etc.).  I usually do a book for each vacation.  I have one book, divided by year, for all my college photos and a separate one for my sorority photos.
Next, sort your photos and memorabilia.  Find a box/baggie/scrapbooking pouch/etc. to keep everything in.
When you get ready to start, begin by laying everything out on the table or floor.  Try to organize pages by things that go together.  For example, if it's a vacation scrapbook, organize by state, city, then by site.  Such as Georgia, Atlanta, World of Coke.  Another page (or group of pages) might be Georgia, Atlanta, Olympic Park.  And so on.
You will need some basics to get started.  Don't try to buy everything at once.  I talk more about frugal scrapbooking in another post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=80368.msg907563#msg907563).
To start, just buy a good pair of scissors (I recommend Creative Memories All-Purpose Scissors: $4), some acid-free adhesive (I use 3-L Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner - Permanent: $5-$6), some acid-free paper in neutrals, colors, and patterns to compliment your photos, and a photo-album (either a binder type with acid-free plastic page inserts or the post bound kind, I've used both and like them equally well).  I also highly recommend a good trimmer for scrapbook.  Either the paper-cutter type or the straight type.  I have the 12" Ultimate Craft Rotary Paper Trimmer which is fabulous but expensive: $40-$45.  For a cheaper alternative, I've used 12" Portable Paper Trimmer: $20-$25, with good results (though edges can be slightly wavy...not really noticeable unless you are an uber-perfectionist like me!)
I've tried lots of different tools/brands and have found what I REALLY like, so I'm always giving out my recommendations.
You might also want to invest in a good set of shape templates for cropping.  I own three kinds.  The little flimsy plastic ones are pretty cheap, but I find them difficult to use.  Fiskars shape-cutting system is good for weird shapes and fancy edgings.  My favorite for basic shapes is the Creative Memories Custom Cutting System (tried it at a crop once and bought it that same night!).  I also have a bunch of edging scissors with the fancy cuts.  All mine, except one pair are Fiskars, but the other brands work just as well.  I happen to have Fiskars because I got them at a JoAnn's 80% going out of business sale, so they were less than $1 each.
You can add embellishments later or use crafty stuff you already have like FarAboveRubies suggested.  As for embellishing, I like to finish my entire scrapbook of basic layouts, then take the book to the crop-shop and purchase embellishments for the pages.  This way the entire book flows but each page is still a work of its own!
Notice that I did not say the paper you buy must match the photos.  It must COMPLIMENT them.  Take two or three pages worth to the scrapbook/craft store (like aromano101 suggested) and lay them out on different papers to see what you like best.  I like to put a neutral/solid color in the back, then use other colors/patterns to add to the page.  Occaisionally, I'll use a pattern as the background then mat my photos, but not often.
Always lay stuff out before you begin to cut.  Make a game plan either in your mind or sketched on a piece of scratch paper.  I would also suggest looking through idea books/magazines like Lollygaggle did.  I've been known to stand in Hobby Lobby/Hastings looking through the monthly issues of scrapbook magazines with no intention to buy, just to get layout ideas.  Colleen123 makes a good point.  You should use layout examples for ideas and inspiration, but not copy them exactly.  Otherwise you are just making a clone-book, not a scrap-book!  My solution to this has been to get the idea from a magazine/book/website/TV, study it for a few minutes, then never look at it again!  I wait a day or two (sometimes longer) and then sketch out a picture of what I remember from the layout (I have an old spiral bound notebook I do this in!).  Then later, I can refer to the idea when I'm cropping, but I'm not copying exactly.  (I have problems with seeing an idea, then not being able to transfer, say a birthday party layout to my own Christmas page, because I can't get the original context out of my mind.  The "look, ignore, sketch, transfer" (LIST) method I invented and just described works great for this!)
This is how I got started cropping and I still use these methods.
If you have any other questions, or if I left something out, please ask!  Hope this helps!  Sorry so long!
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