OK, here’s a quick guide on how to scrapbook to show you the exact process of scrapbooking. Plus there’s scrapbooking images to highlight the main steps to you.
Instead of just seeing a finished scrapbook layout, you’ll get to witness the whole scrapbooking process. From a blank page to a completed scrapbook page.
The idea of creating this article struck me when I was out with one of my girlfriends one afternoon. She’s a beginner scrapbooker and we’ve agreed to take a look at each other’s layouts. Then in the midst of looking over her scrapbook pages, she blurted out, “You know, sometimes I just feel a blank and I have no idea how to proceed.”
I sat quiet for a few seconds and told her, “That’s what happened to me when I first started out too. Blank. Empty-headed. But in time to come, you’ll come up with your own little scrapbooking process.”
I shared with her my little scrapbooking process. Then I realized that if she’s feeling lost at times, then it’s very likely that other beginners would feel likewise. I mean, I felt lost too when I started out.
That’s how this little scrapbook guide was born. My goal is to share with you my process and let you know that scrapbooking is nothing complicated, and you can start off quickly on your own too.
Everyone starts from somewhere. Everyone creates differently. In time to come, you’ll come up with your creative process that fits you nicely.
It doesn’t mean that I follow all these steps in the order specified all the time. Sometimes, I might get inspired by a layout I’ve seen and I would go in search of photos that’ll match that layout. Other times, I might jump forward to the journaling portion first. This is just a guide on my general work flow that I go through when I scrapbook.
Hope you’ll get some scrapbooking ideas and good inspiration from my scrapbooking process!
Pick out a set of photos to work on. The number of photos will depend on the story you want to document. Sometimes a single photo would be enough but other times, you might want 15 photos to do a double-page layout.
Pull out matching cardstock and patterned papers. All these are a matter of choice. You might need two cardstocks and two patterned papers. Or three cardstocks and one patterned papers. Or all cardstocks. Your preference. Draw colour ideas from your photos.
Arrange photos in various placements to see which one works best or appeals to you most visually. OK, at this stage, it’s not surprising that you’ll feel lost.
When that happens, I would pull out one of my scrapbooking magazines, flip through the pages and get inspired. It always work for me up till now. And that’s why I think it’s important to look at others’ scrapbooking pages.
Decide on the layout you wanted and now you have a “blueprint” to work with. Or if you saw a layout from a magazine you want to scraplift (copy), just place the magazine at a place where you can glance at it often and scrapbook at the same time.
Mat your photo(s) and crop them if needed. If you mat all your photos, it’ll give you a rather “boxy” look which might be what you want to achieve. Alternatively, you can just mat your focal-point photo and let the rest go without mats, which will lend the page a softer look. The number of mats varies based on your preference.
Adhere the photos to your layout as you’ve visualized, planned or according to the layout you’re scraplifting.
Design your page title and adhere it to your page.
Think of your journaling and write it out in draft. I’ll normally have a piece of recycled paper when I would write out my journaling to see if it’s what I wanted and to make the necessary changes.
Write your journaling as you’ve planned on the journaling box. It could be on a piece of cardstock, your mat patterned paper or your actual background paper.
Give your almost done layout a good look over. Start to think about embellishment choices.
You can handmade your own embellishments. Select a store-bought one from your supplies. Then adhere the chosen embellishment to your desired spot on the page.
Voila! You’re done! What I did as a habit is to flip the page over and write out the creation date on the bottom far left corner. You don’t have to do this as this is just my personal preference.
OK, you might look at your completed layout and still feel that something is missing. If so, go back to the layout and mess with it further until you know that you’re done.
Ultimately it’s your page, and you gotta have that “completed” feeling within you. But completion doesn’t mean filling up the whole page with stuff! It’s more of a balanced look.
That’s the scrapbooking process I usually go through. I’m sorry if my scrapbooking images didn’t turn out that well. I don’t have a scanner which I believe will make all these images look sharper. Until I could get better images, I hope these will help at the moment.
If you’ll like some suggestions for beginner scrapbook supplies, click here.