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Creating Keepsakes with Scrapbooking

Aug 25, 2008
Use scrapbooking to preserve all your personal and family memories. Scrapbooking allows you to be imaginative and inventive while making a treasured family heirloom.

Scrapbooking is a way of getting your keepsakes in the right place. Lurking in the attic may be shoeboxes and dresser drawers with long-forgotten pictures.Keep an open mind when looking around for items that would be suitable to work with!

Separate your pictures into whatever categories you plan to scrapbook by. Using these specific categories will allow you to enhance your scrapbooking themes. Many memories, such as vacations, high school events, sports, or really anything you wouldn't want to forget, would be a good add-on. Select one idea to base your first scrapbook on and don't stray from it. That will ensure that your scrapbook is a cohesive keepsake.

Pick your theme, then choose the pictures that fit for each category. The photos that express your thoughts and feelings are better than the most aesthetically pleasing ones. It's okay if the photo is off-centered, fuzzy, or overexposed; errors can always be cropped out. You can use these pictures to complete each page in your scrapbook.

Including your photos in the scrapbook, consider the posibility of finding other momentos that are relative to the category desired. Adding items such as ticket stubs, a playbill, or pressed flowers can make your scrapbook pages more decorative and meaningful.

The next step is to arrange your page layout. This is the most challenging, but the most rewarding part of creating a scrapbook. Really let your imagination run wild! Be creative with the way you lay out your pages. You want each page of scrapbook to tell a story and be part of a cohesive idea. Use colored paper as background for your pages, scraps that you can make a collage out of, pieces of felt, fabric, or other unconventional background materials. You can really use anything that will give interest to your page.

Place the photos on top of these interesting backgrounds to create something unique. Long before placing it in one direct spot, consider the desired layout to balance your pages. This way, it will be satisfactory to you. Obtaining the specific look that you want to achieve will require you to crop and cut photos, as well as make adjustments to the other mementos you plan to include. This step can be extremely tedious, but you don't want to hurry through it. In the end, it is the way the scrapbook looks that will make it stand out the most.

To get ideas on layouts, you may need to do your research. Ultimately, you should use whatever layout is the most pleasing to you, but there is no shame in looking into pre-made layout guides for inspiration.

Insert your finishing embellishments. To your page, you can add text explaining your photographs, gems, glitter, buttons or anything else that may be interesting to others viewing your page.

The most important thing to remember when creating your scrapbook is that not only is your scrapbook a physical representation of your memory, it is the actual process that makes it worthwhile. Put love and care into your scrapbook, and you will be really pleased with the result. Happy scrapping!
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