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Scrapbooking For Beginners

Mar 5, 2008
Scrapbooking is one of the fastest growing hobbies today. It is a fun activity, allows people to use their creativity in witty and imaginative ways, and allows you to create a beautiful product that will endure for many generations to come. Because of this, many people are learning how to scrapbook.

One of the best advantages of scrapbooking is that everyone can do it. You don't have to be a professional and with many templates and embellishments ready for purchase, beginners can create gorgeous scrapbooking page. It doesn't take much to begin, and once you see the finished results, chances are you'll be hooked on this incredibly craft, scrapbooking.

It's important to understand some of the basics of scrapbooking before you begin your projects. First, you may want to have a digital camera. Digital cameras are an excellent way to get your photos. They're portable, convenient, and your photos can be easily downloaded to your computer or uploaded to a photo shop and printed. You can even print them yourself. One of the advantages of having a digital camera is that you can edit the photos before printing them. This enables you to add graphics, retouch the photos, or even change the background or add embellishments to the photos themselves. There's no doubt that digital cameras add a lot of versatility to your scrapbooking projects.

Next, you'll need to understand matting. Matting is the process of applying your photos, embellishments, and memorabilia to your pages. You may even prefer to double or triple mat your photos for added effects. By using colors creatively and choosing colors that contrast the colors of your photos, you'll create designs that will ensure your photos pop and make dazzling pages.

An added benefit for beginners to enjoy is using pre made designed papers and templates. These include plenty of embellishments, designs, and prints that will make your pages look wonderful. Additionally, the pages will be color coordinated so you can rest assured that your completed pages will look organized and have a continuous theme.

You'll also find that using rubber stamps is a great way to create perfect scrapbooking pages that look professional and come out perfect every time. There are numerous rubber stamps available and you can choose stamps that will compliment your scrapbook's theme. You can also choose various colored ink for your stamps. Sometimes, you'll want to just leave the stamp's outline as it is, other times you may find that coloring or shading in the stamp gives a vibrant look to your pages. Likewise, stenciling is another way to add a professional touch to your pages.

Beginning scrapbookers should never forget the importance of wording. If you have a difficult time, get a thesaurus and look up some alternative words for your theme. You can use stamps to create the words, or write them in your own handwriting. Depending upon your theme, you may even want to enlist the services of your children and have them create some words as well. Sometimes, a word written in a child's handwriting is the perfect touch for your scrapbook. The key is to have fun with your scrapbooking. The more you create, the better you'll become
About the Author
I have been enjoying the world's greatest hobby,scrapbooking,for many years.For more articles,tips and resources about scrapbooking visit http://www.funscrapbookshop.com.
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