Saturday, July 26, 2008

Directions for Scrapbooking

If you are brand new to scrapbooking - then here are the basic directions for scrapbooking that you need to know...(this list by the way is very short, simple and to the point - so if you need more clarity - just leave a comment below and I will answer it as quickly as I see it)....

Hope this helps...

  1. Every scrapbook deserves a theme.
  2. Every theme should be supported by its album, photos, papers and embellishments
  3. Most albums will show 2 pages side by side - which essentially means that you will have to conceptualize 2 page layouts more often than not (with the exception of the cover page - and the back page).
  4. And MOST pages are either 8x8 or 12x12 SQUARED. So if you are going to create your own layouts (which might be helpful) before starting - you will want to sketch them out in squares (I have created a template in WORD that gives me 2 4x4 squares on the page; I can use this template to cover both pages and I am done - really quickly).
  5. If you sketch on your template with pencil - it will be much easier to erase and redo again.
  6. The idea is to start collecting everything you want to go on those pages, sorted by some level of chronology of course, then sketch your layout around them.
  7. The layout should of course include room for the title, the photo's and the journaling.
  8. Once you have that can get started on the album itself.
  9. You will want to play around with background papers as much as you can.
  10. Both sides of your 2 page layouts should have "cooperative colors" - in other words they work together. They don't have to be a direct match. (And shouldn't be - as that could make it seem like TOO MUCH)...but some patterns or solids for example should be repeated on both pages.
And that's it... hoped you liked these directions - for scrapbooking experts this is just the beginner but for newbies, I hope it's enough.

Hope this inspires you to create that perfect scrapbook album TODAY!

Happy scrapbooking!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Whats better? Digital or Paper Scrapbooking?

I have been asking myself for a while now. Does everyone try both? Do you try both? Or does everyone gravitate towards one more than the other? And why?

I think there are features and benefits of each but I still can not PICK ONE. Do you struggle with this? Does everyone struggle with this?

Would love to hear your input. It's a quandary that I simply can not get passed..