How to get started with scrapbooking

Hello Girliemom Friends! I would like to introduce you to our very first GUEST BLOGGER, Amy!  She is our first of many contributors to come in a special “How-To” Series I have lined up just for you. This first post will teach you all about how to get started with Scrapbooking. Hope you enjoy it!


amy 150x150 How to get started with scrapbookingHi, my name is Amy and I am 37 years old. Yikes! I am a SAHM to 2 very active and loving boys and a beautiful little princess ages 9, 6 and 5. Scrapbooking is a method of relaxation for me.   I have been scrapping for 8 years now and my main source of inspiration is my family. I would say my style is ever-changing. I enjoy the creative process of scrapbooking and trying new things, even if they don’t work out so well. I like to try every technique at least once and some a lot more. I have a passion for patterned paper, embellishments, bling, ribbon, stitching and my cricut to which I just can’t seem to get enough.

The best thing about scrapbooking is that although there are a ton of scrapbooking supplies available on the market, you really don’t need a lot to make your very first scrapbook. Below is a list of materials to help you get started:

    1. Archival safe album
    2. Page protectors for your album
    3. A good pair of scissors
    4. Paper trimmer (at least 12 inches long)
    5. Adhesive (tape tabs in a dispenser are the easiest for beginners
    6. Pens (especially a black, acid free journaling pen)
    7. Assortment of acid-free paper (cardstock and patterned)
    8. Stickers or other embellishment (My favorite thing to shop for!
          Now that you have your supplies and photos. What do you do next?

Decide your Theme

For example, I am starting a baby album for my daughter. I have decided to make the album her first year of life, highlighting all her “FIRSTS” (first bath, first doctor visit, first meal, first tooth, first vacation, first steps, etc.).

Now you are ready to create a page.  Before you begin I suggest putting on your favorite music. Music always ups my mood and gets my creative juices flowing.

Many people are often very nervous about completing their first pages, however, if you follow these simple steps you will be creating layouts in no time.

•        Select 5-7 photos of one theme to go on a two-page layout, or 3-5 photos for a one-page layout
Keep in mind that not every photograph has to be scrapbooked. Select only the best photos to highlight the event, feeling, or moment that you want to convey.

•        Select 2-3 colors of acid-free paper that will compliment colors found in the photographs
Experiment with different color combinations to find the perfect colors to enhance your photographs. You may want to include decorative paper that supports the theme of your pages.

•        Choose a photo to be your focal point
Select a photo with sharp images, vivid colors and well-lit subjects, or a photo that conveys the mood or theme of your layout.

•        Crop your photos
When cropping your photos you want to remember a few things.  Cropping is where you trim off unneeded or unwanted parts of the photograph. This is best done with your straight edge paper trimmer.

•        Mat your photos, adding extra prominence to your focal point
Mat several photos. You may want to double or triple mat photos to add prominence to a special photo. I love to mat photos! It really changes the look of the page.

•        Add journaling
No page is complete without adding your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Take a few minutes to write down not only the “who” and “when”, but also the “what” and the “why”. I can not stress the importance of this.  I made two honeymoon books and did not journal. Ask me now, 10 years later, if I remember which island each photo was taken on. The answer is a big fat NO! I swore I would remember. Three kids later I write EVERYTHING down.

•        Add a few extras
Add a few extras such as stickers, die cuts, rubber stamps, and punches are among the most popular page accents.

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•        Arrange photos, journaling, title, and embellishments on your pages
As you arrange these elements, pay close attention to the direction your eye moves. In general, well designed pages are well-balanced and will lead the eye throughout the entire layout. To check the balance, imagine that your layout is on a scale. Does one side tip the scale? If so move some stuff around. Once you are pleased with the layout, adhere everything to your paper.

Scrapbooks bring back memories, and touch the hearts of the people who leaf through them.  Happy Scrapping !!!


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  1. My daughter LOVES scrapping and I LOVE the results. GREAT post Amy!!!
    xoxo Your proud cousin, Pattie

  2. I love scrapbooking. I need to make time to do it more often.
    melissa, please stop by and accept your award:

  3. Great post!!!

  4. Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something
    completely unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

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