Learn to scrap-Tips &Techniques

Welcome! In this tab, you can check back weekly on Thursdays for the next 20 weeks to get ideas, tips and techniques on scrapbooking. This is especially great for beginners!

I encourage you all to check out the “Scrapper” tab and join us one Wednesday night a month. It is a great way to swap ideas and get inspiration from other scrappers.

If you are new to scrapbooking and have not puRchased supplies, let’s review some of the essential tools and supplies. Hopefully this will help you to streamline a bit and keep from wasteful spending.

An album is a necessity. Choosing your album will keep you inspired to fill it with beautiful pages. It is also essential tool to keep your pages protected. You have many options as far as designs and set up of the album. There are many sizes to choose from. The smaller the album you choose, the fewer pictures per page. It will definitely be harder to create themed pages. If you decide to go small, you may want to consider doing the entire album in one theme like vacation or baby, for example.

It may be easiest to work with more traditional sizes like 8 1/2″ x 11″ or 12″ x 12″. They will come in different binder styles.
· Three-ring is a notebook-style metal with rings that hold page protectors in the album. The pages can easily be removed, added or rearranged, but it can limit how many pages can be added.

· Post-bound has two to three metal screw and posts in the binding that hold album pages in place. The album must be taken apart to add or subtract pages, but generally it s easy to purchase larger posts to expand the album.

Usually included with an album purchase are page protectors. Not only do they hold your pages in place in the album, they protect your work and help to keep novelty items and pictures securely in place. Sometimes it is easiest to purchase extra page protectors when you purchase the album. You always want to be sure that the items you are considering say “archival quality”. Essentially, this ensures that your pages and photos will not yellow over time.

Next you will need a paper cutter or trimmer of some sort. Not only will this save you valuable time when trimming photos and papers, it will give you quality finished projects. It is important to know that not all trimmers are made equal. Price is a factor here. A better quality trimmer/cutter will hold its precision better over time, generally can be used with more ease and cost you less in the long run with blade, paper and time expenses. Obviously, I support the purchase of a Stampin’Up! Trimmer 🙂 The blade glides smoothly, comes with a scoring blade, has storage underneath and can accommodate cuts up to 16 inches– most only allow up to 12 inch cuts. It has accessories for different types of blades as well. For instance, you can add a rotary blade, a perforator or a scallop edge blade.

Adhesives. There are many types and they all serve different purposes. The most common type used is a mono adhesive tape runner. The most common is Tombow. It is double sided adhesive that is archival quality. It is a permanent tape, so be sure to have a digital copy of your photos before applying to the backs of your photos. It is not necessary to completely cover the backs of photos as it is very strong. Simply applying a little to the corners will be sufficient.
Another common adhesive is Glue Dots. They are great to affix small items like buttons or ribbons. They are fairly inexpensive as well. Stampin’ Up! Sells a product called 2-Way Glue Pen. It is a liquid glue that has a felt type tip and is very good when you need precision.

Scissors are an essential tool as well. It is best to have a small pair of paper snips that are extremely sharp and small enough to cut out small details while scrapping.

Don’t underestimate an assortment of specialty pens and markers. They are great for journaling, drawing and adding creative accents to your pages. Be sure at least one is black and photo safe so that you can ix “red eyes”. It is also good to purchase a white gel pen. It is convenient when you want to journal on dark colored card stock.
There are a lot of styles of pens and markers. I would recommend that before you invest in large amounts of money on full sets, you should purchase one (perhaps black) in several styles. This way you can experiment to see how wide they write, if they are calligraphy style, etc. this can be very cost effective!

Last, a ruler! Seems silly, but it is great to mark pages, help to space items and aides in journaling when you want straight lines. Many people love a good metal ruler. I prefer a clear, 99 cent plastic ruler. I love the ability to see through the ruler to the page.

There are plenty of other things that you will want to collect over time, but this is a good place to start. Join me next week when we will discuss embellishments, card stock and more.

Okay, so you have pictures, you probably have bought a lot of stuff, you have checked out other peoples scrapbooks, but now what? Everyone tends to have their own approach to creating a layout. And every approach is a good one! But, all good layouts tend to have similar elements.

Theme: every layout should have a common theme. Looking at your chosen pictures, decide what you want the “subject” of this story to be about. The theme can be anything; baby, Holidays, traditions, school, remodel….the list goes on and on.

Color scheme: look at your photos. Is there a color that jumps out at you? Use it! Or, you may choose to use colors that coordinate with the subject. For instance, you may choose a pastel pink to go with the birth of a bay girl or sky blue to go with a picnic day.
Stampin’Up! has a great tool called the Color Coach (#130118 $14.95) that helps you to coordinate colors. It is a great way to have a color scheme going on.

Accessories: stickers, buttons, bows and more! Carefully selecting items to enhance your scheme will add dimension, detail and character to your pages. While many layouts use coordinating colors, sometimes it is nice to stay with a monotone scheme. Think about a wedding page. Perhaps the entire layout is done in vanilla with vanilla buttons, pearls ribbons and more. This can make a layout look elegant.

Layout: this is a fancy term for a “floor plan”. If you are struggling to balance your pages and make them look esthetically pleasing, using a template will make things very easy. There are many ways to find layout templates. You can purchase a book that has literally hundreds of templates or simply google “scrapbook layouts” for free. (You can also reach out to me as I have many as well). Floor plan templates take into account many basic design essentials such as focal points, balance and unity.
Using templates is as simple as placing photos where they alot space for them and placing accessories where they demonstrate them. It is a quick and easy way to get your pages completed without a lot of thought or imagination. They are great for beginners that are nervous to get going.

Join me next week when we will discuss the essential tools of scrap bookers.

Scrapbooking is a way to preserve past events for the future. It is a way to showcase a person or event. A good scrapbook page will tell a story. The pages do not have to be over the top fancy. They do not even need to take a long time to create! Anytime you pair photos with a detailed description of the people and events, you will have made an enjoyable page.

Step one: Choose a person, people or event that you would like to showcase. Maybe you would like to scrap pictures of how your child has grown over the years. Or maybe, you want to scrap your most recent vacation or parents birthday. Although you may have many ideas flood your head, focus on only one at a time. Perhaps you could keep a notebook handy to jot down ideas for future pages.

Step two: Sort through your photos and choose pictures that adhere to your theme. It is not realistic to think that you can or will use all the photos that you have taken. Remember to include everyday photos- ones that are not posed. Include photos of your loved ones laughing, playing and interacting with others. That is the way you will remember your loved ones. They are the photos that will demonstrate personalities and relationships in your book.

Step three: Decide how creative you enjoy being. That is not asking you how creative you CAN be. Most people, with a little guidance are much more creative than they think. Fear of trying inhibits most people from creating. Do you like a lot of embellishments or do you prefer a cleaner, more streamlined page? The bigger the album (12″ x 12″) allows you to get really creative as there is more space for photos and embellishments. Using a smaller book can be a bit more difficult to narrow photos down.

Step four: Find other scrappers! Friends, family, clubs…..go to the scrapbooking section in stores. What you are looking for is ideas! Ways to display photos, unusual accessories, colors and more. Sift through scrapbooking magazines. The more exposure you have to scrappers and scrapbooking, the more you will enjoy it. Besides the social, fun environment, being exposed to as many types of layouts and creative ideas will help you to narrow down your style.

Join me next Thursday for WEEK 2 of Learn to Scrap. We will be discussing themes, colors, layouts and beginner tools.

Please visit the “scrappers” tab at the top and join us for our next Scrap meeting!