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Scrapbook Tips And Techniques

Aug 17, 2007
If you have never made a scrapbook before and are going to start on your first one you are about to enter the wonderful world of scrap booking and I promise you you will be hooked as soon as you start.

Creating a scrap book is a way of displaying pictures and memories with stunning paper designs and added little extras.

There is no right or wrong way to make a scrapbook page as this is down to your individual taste however when I created my first scrapbook page I did run into a few problems, so this article will hopefully give you a few tips and ideas should you come across the same issues as I did.

The most important thing to remember is to always use acid free products and papers when creating your scrapbook. Using products that are not acid free could potentially cause your photos to color and your papers to deteriorate faster than you would have liked.

One of the problems I came across time and time again was finding the right color brad to attach photos and embellishments to my scrapbook page do I embossed the brad to match the paper. Simply dip your brad in pigmented ink then sprinkle the embossing powder color that matches your project or use clear embossing powder if you have used a colored ink then heat emboss as normal. Try not to over heat as this can cause the brad to become fragile and snap.

Try not to make your pages too perfect sometimes throwing things together on instinct can have a much better effect.

If you are using rubber stamps for your scrapbook pages try to keep them as clean as possible, baby wipes are great to clean the actual stamp but take care not to make the wooden mount too wet, one way round keeping the wood dry is to carefully peel the stamp from its wooden mount then varnish the wood with a clear varnish and remount the stamp, doing this will not only make the stamp waterproof but will mean you can easily wipe away any ink.

If you want to cut a circle there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive templates and cutting guides I found keeping lids off old bottles and the actual bottles themselves can make fantastic templates and if you save them from different products soon you will have all different size circles.

Sometimes I found that once I had created a page that I thought was finished id look at it and feel there was something missing, id try adding something to the page but felt that it then looked over done so my solution was to mounted the whole page and it finished it off a treat, you can try using as many different colors until you find the one that works.
About the Author
Vicki Churchill writes for several sites that specialize in scrapbooking and step by step guides on cards to make.
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