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10 Awesome Scrapbooking Ideas
February 7th, 2017 by best

With scrapbooking you may think you have run out of ideas. Nonsense! You just need some scrapbooking inspiration. Here are some great ideas that you can use on your next project

Flip Up Panels

Keep your scrapbook interesting by adding in some panels flip up, or to the side. It’s nice to hide some bonus images under them.

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

Map Cut Outs

Document where you have traveled with a fun idea. Cut out your photos in the shape of the states and places you have visited, and put them on a map!

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

Clothes Pins

They are so versatile and interesting. From a page in a book to an entire wall in your home, hang string across and use mini or full sized clothes pins to hang photos and letters

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

Multi Layer It!

Don’t just have a plain background. Use a few different types of paper to create interesting backgrounds

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

Fonts & Scribbles

Different fonts can spice up a rather boring page. Use lots of colors and scribble around everything to keep it personal and interesting

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

Multi Layer + More

Take layers to a whole new level. Fun edges, many different types of paper, and even tissue paper. Keep it interesting, fun, and colorful

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

Pockets & More!

If you don’t want to glue or tape an item, consider making a pocket for it. Great for older photos you don’t want to ruin, and an interesting way to make your scrapbook almost 3D!

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

Layer With Items

You aren’t just limited to paper – use everything. Flowers, trinkets, and twigs. The sky is the limit when you want to decorate your scrapbook page.

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

Document The Fun!

Keep track of where you went and what you did there. Did you go to Disney and win some prizes – well turn those tickets into a great background!

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

10 New Scrapbooking Fun Ideas

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Baby Scrapbook Ideas
June 15th, 2015 by best

Getting baby scrapbook ideas is fun! And creating a scrapbook for a baby is an amazing experience. As you go through all the photos they will bring back a lot of fond memories, and now you can create a scrapbook that will help others re-live all the wonderful times you had watching your child grow up.

This scrapbook is going to stay with your all forever, so let’s make it a good one!

Step 1 – Get Some Photos

Depending on how old your child is now will determine the flow of this book. If your child is is still under a few years old, then this scrapbook should not be completely filled yet, as you may want to add to it later on. If you child is may 10 now, and you want this book to only go up to that age, then feel free to grab as many photos as you can.

Step 2 – Think of Your Theme

If your child grew up with certain colors, then the materials you choose to make for this book should reflect that. It will add a lot of personality to your scrapbook, and set you apart from other people.

Step 3 – Plan Out the Progression

Depending on how many pages are in your scrapbook you could dedicate a two-age spread to a certain age of your child. For instance, if you have 10 pages, and this book will be from years 1 to 5 of your child, then the first two pages will be year 1, the next two pages is year 2, and so one. If you have 30+ pages, try to keep the same amount of pages for each year. So if you use 6 pages for year 1, then use 6 pages for years 2, 3 and 4 as well.

Step 4 – Layout

Start laying out the materials you want to use on each page. Try to use materials that match the colors you child may have worn growing up, but also colors that match in to the photos as well. If your baby is wearing all green in the photo, try to find a color to use as the background that compliments that green clothing. It will really tie in your book – which is why a mock-up of the whole book is very important before any glue hits the paper.

You can use sticky-tack to adhere the background to the scrapbook, and then sticky-tack again to attach the photos and other embellishments around the page and photos.

Step 5 – Almost Done

Once you are happy with your layouts and colors choices, leave the scrapbook alone for a few days. Come back to your scrapbook after 3 or 4 days to see if you’re still happy with the colors, layout, embellishments, and so on. If you are, great! If not, now is the time to make changes.

I personally like to do this as after a few days you may change your mind. A decision you made in the spur of the moment may not be one you want to keep later on.

Step 6 – All Done

Take your scrapbook apart, one page at a time, and put it back together again, this time with some glue!

Also there you have it, a well thought out scrapbook of your baby using my baby scrapbook ideas method!

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Scrapbooking Supplies
June 14th, 2015 by best

When you scrapbook you are going to need a lot of scrapbooking supplies. This can be a wide range of items, since the world of scrapbooking is so diverse. There are papers, ribbons, fabrics, adhesives, kits, and so much more. You should see how many supplies I have on hand at any moment in my scrapbooking room. In this article we will dive into some of the common things you will need for scrapbooking.

Paper – Scrapbooking Supplies

Paper is key to a good scrapbook. Not only will you cover a lot of the scrapbook pages with paper, but you will be cutting out shapes and designs from all different kinds of paper. Paper comes in many different thickness’s, called “weight”. Here is an article that talks a little bit more about paper weight.

Depending on what you plan to do with the paper, you will want the correct weight. If you plan on folding the paper a few times, then a heavy paper weight isn’t ideal since it may not bend much, and if it does bend, it may break.

Once you have planned out a page in your scrapbook, check out stores that sell paper that fit in with your plan. If you buy you items online, like I do, you can go to Amazon and purchase a lot of different types of paper to suit your needs. I buy a few at a time, because you never know how well it will suit your photos until it’s on the page.

Now that we have our paper all set it’s time to move on to ribbon!

Ribbon – Scrapbooking Supplies

Ribbon is an amazing way I like to add flair to my scrapbooks. I like to outline the edges of photos, and I will even place the ribbon around the whole page if my photos allow for it. If you want to fold the ribbon into a bow and place it underneath a photo it will add lots of style – especially baby photos.

Ribbons come in many style, just like paper, making it so much fun to play with. Ribbon can be small or wide, and you should always keep a lot of ribbon on hand, as it’s very cheap, and easy to pick up.

Just look at how much ribbon you can buy for next to nothing

Outline a page would usually require a thicker ribbon, while outlining a photo would use a smaller sized ribbon. Ribbons can also be lace, opaque, or have fun designs in them. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Stickers – Scrapbooking Supplies

When you think of stickers, you are probably thinking about stickers that your children, or nieces and nephews play with. Well, stickers have come along way! You can add tons of flair to your amazing scrapbook with elegant stickers and floral designs.

Click the link below to see the stickers I bought!

Those black stickers above add a lot of charm and style my scrapbook. I added photos of my mom and dad, and the black and white photos with the black stickers really made the book feel personal and kept the theme going.

Stickers aren’t just designs either. When I make a scrapbook that has a family theme I will buy a sticker that says “Family”, or “Cousins”, to go with the photos. Stickers can even has full quotes on them too. As I said earlier, the world of stickers have come pretty far in the past decade, and you are only limited by your imagination.

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Scrapbooking Ideas For Beginners
June 8th, 2015 by best

In this article, scrapbooking ideas for beginners, we will go over some topics and ideas that you may want to do on your own!

Books – Scrapbooking Ideas for Beginners

A lot of scrapbookers like to have one full scrapbook that goes over a certain theme. This theme could be anything. Remember back in the day when your mom would show your “baby book” to all of your friends an embarrased you? Well, that scrapbook had one full theme: babies.

If you choose to make a full scrapbook with one theme, pick out a theme where you can fill the entire book – all the pages. If you pick a “hiking” theme, but you don’t go hiking often, then it may be hard to fill a full book and it may be better to choose a them of “out door adventures”. That way you can put any picture that you take outdoors into it, and you’re likely to fill the scrapbook with no problem.

Designs – Scrapbooking Ideas for Beginners

If you pick one theme to run with for the book, dress up the front and back of your scrapbook with items taht relate to that them. If you choose to do a baby book, consider choosing a color for the book that matches the colors you dress your baby in.Be creative. It you are doing a scrapbook for your son and you dress him in blue and green often, choose those colors throughout the book.

For extra flair you can even take some of his old colthes, cut out shapes and designs, and use those on the pages inside the book. That what this book is completely cutomized for him using his clolors and even some of his old clothes.

Topics – Scrapbooking Ideas for Beginners

Finding a topic is pretty easy. When you look around your home and your daily activities you can brainstorm a lot of ideas. I’m suer you have some really close friends. Maybe there is a place your family went to every year, or every few years on vacation.

Here is just a small list of topics that you can choose from

  • Best friends
  • Cousins you love
  • Mom and dad
  • Babies
  • Fun times at the lake
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Trying new foods
  • Travelling around your state/province
  • Travelling to other countries
  • Driving in your old car

The possibilities are endless. Even if you only go hiking a few times, take a lot of photos, and alternate photos. That way your main photo on the page has some supporting photos to go with it. That’s a great way to fill up space.

Final – Scrapbooking Ideas for Beginners

I hope you now have a few ideas on where you can go with a scrapbook: anywhere!

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Baby Scrapbook Quotes
June 7th, 2015 by best

If you want more style to your scrapbook think of adding in some baby scrapbook quotes. They not only add a lot of flair and style, but they can also bring more meaning and thoughts behind the photos you use on the page. We have listed some of our favorite baby scrapbook quotes down below.

Baby Scrapbook Quotes

Child rearing myth #1: Labor ends when the baby is born – Anonymous

Children are a handful sometimes, A heartfull all the time… – Author Unknown

Every baby needs a lap – Henry Robin

Having a baby is like falling in love again, both with your husband and your child – Tina Brown

Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful – Charles Osgood

A baby is sunshine and moonbeams and more brightening your world as never before – Author Unknown

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it – Frank A. Clark

A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities – Eda J. Le Shan

A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother – Mark Twain

A baby has a special way of adding joy in every single day – Author Unknown

A sweet new blossom of humanity – Author Unknown

Babies touch the world with love – Author Unknown

Don’t forget that compared to a grown-up person every baby is a genius – May Sarton

Flowers are words which even a baby can understand – Arthur C. Coxe

It is not a slight thing when those so fresh from God love us – Dickens

No one likes change but babies in diapers – Barbara Johnson

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one – Leo J. Burke

It is the nature of babies to be in bliss – Deepak Chopra

I believe that each personality is complete at conception and comes in the soul of every child – Taylor Hartman

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit – Bill Cosby

Babies are such a nice way to start people – Don Herrold

A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house – Milwaukee Journal

A baby usually wakes up in the wee-wee hours of the morning – Anonymous

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on – Carl Sandburg

Babies are a link between angels and man – Author Unknown

Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God – Barretto

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for – Anonymous

A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can – Author Unknown

Families with babies and families without are so sorry for each other – Ed Howe

It was the tiniest thing I ever decided to put my whole life into – Terri Guillemets

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body – Elizabeth Stone

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all – Benjamin Spock

Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give the more you get and the more you get the more you feel like giving – Penelope Leach

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Scrapbooking Layouts
June 7th, 2015 by best

Thinking of good scrapbooking layouts can be a tough task. It’s one thing to have ideas of what you want to do, but putting them into a book is the hard part. You don’t want to keep repeating the same layouts, but how many options are there?

 Centre Photo

One of the most common scrapbooking layouts is having the photo in the centre of the page. Doing this brings your focus right to it, but it can also leave a lot of blank space around the photo. With this blank space you can add embellishments and extra personal flair. Try to find something in the photo, or maybe even something that you remember about the time you took the photo to place around it.

For example, if the photo is a photo of you and your friend hiking, why not keep a leaf from the trip, or maybe even a trinket from something that happened to you guys on your way to the hike?

Top Center Photo

Placing a photo in the top half of the scrapbook page is great for scrapbooking layouts. It leaves lots of room underneath it for add ons. If you remember my hiking example above, you could take three additional photos you took during that hike and place them below. That way you have one big photo and three supporting, or enhancing photos. Maybe there was a sunset, some wildlife, and a stream that you took pictures of. Maybe you want to add three more photos of you with this special friend. You could center you main photo, and underneath have two photos with that friend and a small bit of text that says where you were, the date, and how much fun you had.

Many Small Photos

The final type of scrapbooking layouts is having many photos. Most of the time about 6 photos will fit on one page. You could possibly have 5 photos, and the center area could be a write up that discusses the theme you were trying to go for. For example, if you have 5 cousins, the blank center space could say “2015 – Family get-together with all the cousins!” or it could say, “Best hike ever – I have amazing cousins”. That way it gives context to the photos on the page.

 Final Scrapbooking Layouts Thoughts

The sky is the limit when it comes to scrapbooking layouts. Depending on the size of the photos you use there are even more layouts than these main ones we have mentioned.

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How To Scrapbook
June 7th, 2015 by best

Learning how to scrapbook is fun! It is a great hobby the results in a book you can share with people for a lifetime. I will guide you through the steps on how to go from a pile of photos to a scrapbook that you’ll be proud to show off! Learn how to scrapbook right now!

How To Scrapbook Step 1 – Get Some Photos

The first thing you need to do is pick out some photos you like that represent a certain theme. For example I have picked out photos that relate to the season of fall. I have decided to a 12×12 inch page using these 4 photos.

You will want one main focal point photo, and then some smaller photos next to it to support the focal point photo. These small photos can either be taken the same day, same location, or maybe involve the same people. For example, if we went on a hike I may use a photo of myself and my husband as the focal point photo, but then the supporting photos would be the sunset that day, a river nearby, and may a picture of some wildlife from our hike.

Those smaller supporting photos help add a story to the main focal point photo.

Step 2 – Paper Choices

You will want to find a few different types of paper that have colors in it that match some of the colors in your photos. This paper can be a solid color, or it can have patterns and designs on it. Pick a variety of them as this paper will be used as the background for these photos.

Paper may be the hardest part when learning to how to scrapbook. There are so many varieties, and you’ll probably want to buy them all, but try to stick with once for now that match the photos you picked out.

Step 3 – Create a Background

Lay down some of the paper you have chosen on a page in your scrapbook. Mix it up – use some of the different style of paper that you picked earlier. Don’t fill the whole page with one solid color. Try to align the background paper with where you think the photos will be going. This may be the most essential part in learning how to scrapbook.

Step 4 – Complete Your Focal Point

Now that your background is complete you can work on the focal point. Take your focal point photo, trace the outline on cardstock paper, cut out the card stock, and glue it to your photo. This gives your photo a stiff backing to it. Once finished, measure your photo and cut out another piece of cardstock on a colored piece of cardstock to make a border. The border should only be about a 1/4 inch in thickness at most. This process is called “double matting”.

Step 5 – Layout

Now you can place your focal point photo on the page with the other complimentary photos around. Don’t glue anything just yet! Play around with the photos until you are happy with their positioning. You can even walk away and come back to it if you don’t think the positioning is best. Don’t rush in to anything.

Step 6 – Text For Later

Write a hand written note on a small square of paper, or print it off the computer. Write something about the photos, where you are, the year, and who is in them. This not only adds a personal touch and meaning, but it will also help you as other people see them. You won’t have to lean over someone and explain where you were and what you were doing. They will be able to read your scrapbook and see it all for them self.

This also helps as you age. If you start to forget where you were, or what year it was, it’s all there for you reference.

Step 7 – Embellishments

Once your photos are glued down you can add your embellishments. You don’t need many of these, maybe 1 -2 per page, but they can be as simple as a sticker, or even a cardstock paper cut-out of something that relates to your focal point photo. When people learn how to scrapbook they think they need lots of these, but please use them sparingly.

Using my hiking example as above, I may cut out the shape of a leaf from green paper. I could even using masking tape to tape in one or two real leaves that I picked up on our hike. That would really personalize it and make it stand out from other scrapbooks.

All done!

Now that you have learned how to scrapbook and you have one page complete, keep going. The paper you find at stores, the pictures you take, and the layouts you can come up with are endless. Don’t be afraid to buy lots of cardstock paper and go nuts.

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