Scrapbooking has been around for ages, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity. People from all walks of life have discovered the joys of creating albums to showcase their treasured photos and keepsakes. But with all the elaborate scrapbooking techniques and myriad embellishments available, getting started can be intimidating. The truth is, anyone that can use scissors and glue can scrapbook. And you don't have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create attractive pages. With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you can create lovely scrapbooks that will be adored for years to come.
What you need to Paper Scrapbook with Digital Kits
You can start scrapbooking in three ways. There is traditional scrapbooking where you need papers and embellishments (and I promise you'll love to shop them but it can become expensive!). You can also scrapbook digitally where you "just" need your computer, an image editing program, your favorite digital kit and later on a printer. But you can also grab the best from both worlds and do hybrid scrapbooking which means that you use digital scrapbooking kits, print them and scrapbook traditionally.
Having said that it's a way to start scrapbooking on a small budget. Here are the things you'll need for Hybrid Scrapbooking:
The easiest way is to buy a digital kit, print out what you like and need and paper scrapbook with it. Scrapbooking albums come in all shapes and sizes or you create them yourself - I have several videos for different scrapbooks on my YouTube Channel. The most popular sizes are a Traveler's Notebook in 8.25 x 4.25, Letter Size in 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12". Although in our Digital Scrapbooking Kits Papers come in 12x12 I'd be careful with that size because most of us do not have a 12x12 printer at home. So it's better to print the 12x12 pages on A4 or Letter Size paper.
Your Scrapbook Paper is the basis for each page. So it's a good idea to print them on stronger paper, maybe with about 40 lb.
You can easily get by with just a good pair of scissors. But an Exacto knife* might make photo cropping easier. And if you're no good at cutting straight lines, you might want to invest in a paper trimmer*.
There are all sorts of adhesives* one could use for scrapbooking. Glue sticks and double-sided tape are quite popular. Some scrapbookers also use rubber cement or glue dots for certain applications. But when you're getting started, just use what you're most comfortable with.
Beginning scrapbookers often start out with old photos that they've accumulated over the years. This makes for a nice, nostalgic album. Of course you can also take new pictures for your scrapbook. Your mobile phone and a photo printer* are two modern conveniences that make scrapbooking easier and we all have it with us all day. When purchasing scrapbooking supplies, it's important to make sure they are acid-free. This will keep them from harming your priceless photos. You are on the safe side with digital scrapbooking - you choose the paper where you print your backgrounds and embellishments on.
Hybrid Scrapbooking in Short
Basic Techniques to Paper Scrapbook
You don't have to know a lot about scrapbooking techniques to create an attractive album. Just a few simple techniques will suffice.
One of the first things many scrapbookers learn is how to mat photos. This can be accomplished by simply cutting a square or rectangle that is about a half inch longer and wider than the photo you want to mat. Then glue the photo to the center. To make a photo really stand out, double mat it by cutting out a shape a half inch longer and wider than the first mat, and center the matted photo on it.
Journaling (aka Storytelling!) gives scrapbook pages a nice personal touch. Simply write a note about the photos on a page, telling what was happening or sharing your thoughts on the subject. Use paper that coordinates with the background, and be sure to write with an acid-free pen.
Adding borders to your pages gives them a finished look. You can make them out of strips of coordinating scrapbook paper. You don't have to border all four sides. A strip along the top, side or bottom will do.
For easy embellishing, use some stickers. There's no need to throw in the towel if you don't have the time, money or know-how to create elaborate scrapbooks. Just start off simple, and learn new techniques as you go.
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Just two samples what you can do with the Digital Scrapbooking Cluster:
You can also do all this with each and every digital scrapbooking kit.
Choose a digital scrapbooking kit of your liking and start hybrid scrapbooking.
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