I have a few tips for those of you wondering how to start scrapbooking since I know it can seem like an overwhelming project.
#1) Pick an easy theme for your book. Don’t try to scrapbook some grand event (like a wedding) on your first try…start small with something like “January 2016”. Maybe you can gather your pictures from that month and start there. You’ll gain confidence for bigger projects as you keep practicing.
#2) Choose your book that will hold the pages. This can be a regular notebook, an album, a mini book or whatever you want! I highly recommend starting with a small sized book (instead of a huge 12×12 traditional album) that already includes paper, or a small Project Life/photo album. This way, there’s no intimidation and pressure to fill/decorate a huge blank space, etc.
#3) Gather your pictures. You can print them at home or in a store; they can be all the same size (like 4×6) or various sizes; you can have just a dozen photos or more or less…it’s up to you. If you have a small book, you might want to print small photos. Likewise, if you start with a Project Life/similar type of photo album, take a look at your photo pocket sizes; if they are mostly horizontal 4×6 pockets, you may want to print pictures that will fit nicely into the pockets (just makes things less complicated).
#4) Place your pictures anywhere you want in the book. Seriously, don’t get crazy about organizing perfectly. That could easily take the fun out of it! Just glue/insert them any way you want. If you want to place them in chronological order, cool. They can be randomly ordered, placed by size, whatever looks good to you. Just try to leave a space on the page for journaling.
#5) Time for journaling. Write down some memories or thoughts that have to do with the event/day/photo. To me, journaling is what really matters. Even if you’re a professional photojournalist who takes amazing storytelling pictures, the words won’t lie. In the future when we look at that photo, the surrounding details will be fuzzy and we may start “making up” memories. Journal what the story actually is, and it will be even more special.
And here’s a bonus!
#6) Optional–decorate and add scraps. One of the most fun parts for me when it comes to memory keeping (storybooking? :)) is adding embellishments like washi tape, stickers, colorful paper and mementos like ticket stubs, brochure cutouts or wrappers…Get creative, the ideas are endless!
And these tips are more for how to start scrapbooking physical albums, not so much digital scrapbooking. Why? This way, you’re just learning to scrapbook, not use Photoshop and digital scrapbooking programs on top of things! Starting with a physical book is easier, I think 🙂
Another thing: I will link to a glossary of terms as soon as I can in case some of this stuff needs more clarification, as well as lists of my favorite items & other resources. Till then…
Any more questions about how to start scrapbooking? Ask away! I am happy to help however I can.
By the way, I’ve made and received a few scrapbooks over the years and I still feel like a beginner…part of the fun is that there are so many cool things to learn and try! 🙂