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Sticking With Scrapbooking

Aug 17, 2007
Like most things, scrapbooking isn't always easy to learn right off the bat. It can take patience and a development of your own creativity to get the most out of it.

Learning all about the various tools and techniques can also take some time. Scrapbook paper patterns and styles run the gamut of designs. Paper punches, rubber stamps and even the glues have a unique purpose, so it pays to know how to work with all of them.

If your just starting in scrapbooking, try not to get overwhelmed. Our advice is to focus on one project, and a single task and learn to do that well. You don't have to tackle learning everything it once and there's no worry or hurry. Simply enjoy the process one step at a time.

If you work on the process of creating your scrapbook project, with an eye on the end result, you'll find yourself getting pulled in the direction of completing the project. One of the greatest challenges is staying motivated when you can't finish everything at once. It's what stumps a lot of beginners in a world where quick gratification only comes through some work and effort.

Stick to it though and you'll find yourself greatly rewarded. My sister was always one to put off starting a new project on her kids. She used to say, "They'll be grown up and moved away before I finish this baby scrapbook!" Amazingly though, one day she simply buckled down and got to work and in a few days,the book was done. Today it stands proudly on a mantle where friends and family can view it and it really is a showpiece of sorts.

If you need motivation in the challenging times be sure to visit some online scrapbooking forums and talk about your project there. Not only will you get some terrific support but you'll also come away with some new ideas you may not have thought of before.

The same goes for picking up some good scrapbook magazines or dvd's. While it's true, they won't finish the job for you, they can help get you back on track and fire you up enough to finish the job at hand. Afterall, it's never an issue of you not being able to create the greatest journal ever...it's just a matter of being motivated enough to focus on it and finish it.

Getting started in scrapbooking isn't always the easiest thing in the world to do, but with the right guidance and the right attitude, you'll be looking at some wonderful memories on your mantle sometime soon.
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Mark Washburn is a freelance writer with experience on creative memory scrapbooking and scrapbook instruction.
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