So, What is scrapbooking?
What is scrapbooking? The dictionary uses this definition of a scrapbook –
: a blank book in which various items (such as newspaper clippings or pictures) are collected and preserved.
You discover a box or an envelope of photos and go through them. You stop at one and think back to when that picture was taken. Maybe it was a birthday or a vacation at an amusement park. The photo triggers the details of that one particular moment, the one that is captured forever.
Of course, now you want to share that memory with family and friends. Everyone takes the photo and passes it around, touching it (maybe not so gently) and you retell the story again…and again. But what if there was a way to share the photo and the story at the same time, in a safe environment. You could also be as creative as you wanted to be sharing the memory. That is what scrapbooking is all about.
Where do you start?
Well the first thing you need is those photos. I know a lot of people (myself included) used to write on the back of photos with a ball point pen. Makes perfect sense, right? It turns out that after time the ink can run on the back or the indentations from the writing show through to the front.
There’s not much you can do to change the past, but you can start documenting on the back safer going forward. You will need to get a pen that is Photo Safe. Then you can list the important information on the back – Names, Place and Date. That is what I do with any photos that I have printed when they come back from being developed.
Tools to get you started
Next you will need to gather a few supplies to start:
- Scrapbook Paper (most are acid free, you want that)
- Scissors or a paper trimmer
- Adhesive – dot runner, double sided tape, glue stick
- Album with page protectors
- Pen – I recommend Sharpie Ultra Fine
- Something to decorate your page – stickers, alphabet stickers, ribbon
Now you’re probably looking at those things wondering “What now?” My favorite thing to do is to look on Pinterest and search simple scrapbook layout. This should bring up many inspiring designs. If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, go ahead and make one and create a board labeled Favorite Scrapbook Layouts.
You now have a place to go to if or when you need a little bit of inspiration. I use it at least once a week and I have many different boards set up. If you see things on the page you chose for inspiration, don’t worry about it. You are only using the layout to guide you on where to place your photo, title and journaling. The most important items on your layout – your photo(s), who, where and when. Add in a story if there is one or some memorabilia that ties in with the photo. Don’t be afraid to include your handwriting, but if it bothers you too much, use a typewriter or computer.
Another fantastic source to help you find inspiration is You Tube. I have been following several scrapbookers on there for years. I have even seen some of their styles change. That is what I love most about scrapbooking, do what you like. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. Remember, it is an art form and art can change and evolve over time – just like the artist. That is what you are, an artist!
Are You Ready?
Congratulations, you now have a starting point to this creative hobby and can answer the question – What is Scrapbooking! I hope you will come back to Just Simple Scrapbooking to continue along with me. I want to share more about the different scrapbooking styles, supplies (oh, the supply stash you will want), tools and lots of other fun topics that go along with scrapbooking and paper crafting. I am not an expert by any means, but I love scrapbooking and I want you to love it too!