Years ago, it was hard for me to find stores in Vancouver that sold scrapbooking materials. But avid scrap bookers created a demand, and today you can find local stores devoted to scrapbooking and other retailers like craft stores that sell a huge variety of books, papers, and decorations. In fact, the hard part today is choosing what to use in your scrapbook. This article covers some basis that will help you make wise purchases and create a beautiful scrapbook. I would really like to encourage my kids to start scrap books.
Planning your project is a great way to limit initial purchases and focus on a few items. That way, you’re not overwhelmed by the range of options, and you don’t get home with many items you’ll never use. Making that first trip for scrapbooking materials can be an expensive lesson in planning!
Even I at times fall into this trap. Stumbling upon a great sale is a sure way to overstock your own scrapbooking supplies. We see things that look great on the shelf and, even though we don’t have a use for it now, we just have to have it for later on. Planning your shopping trip by focusing on a few pieces will help you practice some self-restraint and save your hard-earned pennies.
Your first step for creating a wonderful scrapbook without going broke is planning. Sit down and think about what you want the final product to look like. Your vision doesn’t have to be detailed, but you should have a good feeling for your subject, colors, and how much material your scrapbook will contain. This is what was important for me:
- Finding the Right Album
The most important material for your scrapbook is the book itself. You’ll find hundreds of sizes, designs, and presentation formats at the store. These are a few basic choices that make sense. Traditional albums are the size of typing or copy paper (8-1/2×11″) or one-foot squares (12×12″). Smaller albums are growing in popularity as new scrapbooking approaches increase. You’ll find smaller squares that are easy to pack, carry, and decorate (for example, 6×6″ to 8×8″).
- Page Protectors that Don’t Also Detract
You’ll need page protectors to preserve your pages and the photos, memorabilia, and decorations they contain. Scrapbook pages can be vulnerable to tearing and other damages. Page protectors also help keep stock-on items from falling out of the book as it ages. There are two basic choices for page protectors: clear transparent protectors and non-glare protectors.
- Using the Right Papers
Papers are basic to your color theme and overall design. The paper you choose for your background is an important part of the overall appeal of your scrapbook. Patterned papers are the most popular today. But it’s important to remember that your backgrounds should frame your pages, not overwhelm them. They should be in subtle colors to help focus the eye on the photos and central items rather than the background paper.
- Selecting Cardstock
Cardstock is a staple in the world of scrapbooking. Cardstock is heavier than normal paper, though not as heavy as cardboard. Many office supply stores sell cardstock for report covers and mailers. It’s heavy enough not to crease or fold easily but light enough to bend. Used in a scrapbook, cardstock is an effective foundation for embellishments, memorabilia, and photographs. Hope these helped guys! Talk next week