A photo album just shows you the photos but a scrapbook tells the story.
A scrapbook can contain photos, mementos, notes about the event and by the page's
look and feel, it can depict a 'mood'.
|What's the Best Way to Organize Photos?
||If you have a lot of older photos you'd like to make
Start by organizing your photos:
Do you have drawers or boxes of photos to organize or to remove from old 'magnetic'
It might be best for you to divide the photos into themes rather than try to go back and
make chronological scrapbooks covering years and years.
|Good organizational themes are:
All our Christmases
All our Vacations
All our Moves
Making a scrapbook of each theme is a good idea because you can put
them together fairly rapidly--each page doesn't need to be totally unique, in fact you
want continuity. It will save you time and money using the same colors of background
paper, for instance, and maybe for Christmas alternate red and green backgrounds to depict
Do a 'cover page' for each year or event and keep it simple and bold--maybe one photo and
the date and location. If all your 'cover pages' are similarly styled, there will be a
nice continuity throughout.
||Themed books are easy and enjoyable to look at and they
show how children grow and styles and
fashions change over the years. Even visitors to your home will enjoy flipping thru albums
type whereas they would get bogged down on a chronological album showing all the minute
details of life.
You can have color copies of your themed scrapbooks made so you can give each child
his/her own copy.
Do you have a new baby, child or business you'd like to start a
It is fun to look back and see how a business or hobby grows over the years.
Adding lots of text or 'journaling' as it is called in scrapbook circles really adds to
the fun & meaning later.
It is a good idea to start a scrapbook for each young child so you can pass it on to them
and let them continue it themselves when they are old enough.
||What Kind of Scrapbook Should I use?
Although there are all sorts of scrapbooks in various sizes on the market,
things in the general seem to
have settled into two 'camps', the 12 x 12 inch books, and the 8 1/2 x 11 inch format.
paper comes in those two sizes. I find that everything in the 12 x 12 format is a good bit
more expensive. It is true
that you can easily get more photos on this larger page size, but to me the disadvantages
outweigh the advantages.
The 8 x 11 inch format works best for me because:
*My inkjet printer prints in that size.
*I can use common 3 ring binders while my pages are 'in progress'
*I can put my pages in a post type binder and I can do a double
layout because the pages are close together and work easily as one
layout, so I can get a lot of photos on that way.
*There are scads of inexpensive products available in the 8 1/2 x 11 format
that I can use from office supply, school supply, and art supply stores.
If you use a 3 ring binder, your pages will have the rings and alot
of space between
them, but it is a good binder to help arrange and work on your pages before you put them
in a post type binder.Another advantage of ring type binders is you can find them in different depths in case you want to put three dimensional items such as pens or buttons to remember certain events or job conventions. Quality Logo Products is a company that can inexpensively print your logo on practically anything from coffee mugs to custom key tags.
I never use the spiral non-removable page scrapbook. For one thing, you can not add
and you can't re-arrange your pages. I make too many changes for this type of scrapbook.
must like them as they are still on the market.
What is all the ACID FREE, ARCHIVAL buzz about?
The acid present in certain papers will cause the paper to break down & get brittle
and can cause deterioration of your photos touching the paper. I'm sure you have seen the
old timey black paged scrapbook whose pages have turned powdery and brittle and crack
when you turn the page. This is what you want to avoid. It just makes sense to choose
products that will last rather than ones you know won't.
That said, I will now say that in light of the fact that nothing on this earth lasts
FOREVER (except the Word of God), I am not a fanatic about worrying if every little sticker
or ticket stub is archival. We all have examples of scraps of paper and mementos
that are way old and cause no problems and hang in there pretty well. Use your own
judgment about deciding what products to use, keeping in mind that some companies are
fanatical about this issue, but they also are the ones who want you to buy THEIR archival
|What is all this talk of CROPPING?
Cropping a photo is simply cutting off the boring, messy, or
distracting parts of a photo. Generally photos look best with straight sides and clean
edges, like a square or rectangle. There are times when an oval or a circle shape is
a great choice. You can also cut along the edges of an object or person and remove the
background altogether. Or cut a portion of the object out leaving the rest of the
photo intact. This can result in sort of a jack-in-the-box effect. It really is important
to use a tool to help you cut your straight sided photos in perfect 90 degree angles.
There are numerous small inexpensive paper cutters to do this job. Cutting a photo with
fancy edged scissors is usually not a great idea. It looks best to cut the photo with
smooth edges and use the fancy scissors on a colored paper mat around the photo.
|Why MAT the photos?
By having a narrow edge of colored paper around the outside edges of
your photos, you can 'bring out' a certain color in the photo. This enhances the visual
impact of the photo. You can use more than one color mat at a time. You can also off-set a
mat in creative ways. Lots of people cut the mat with fancy scissors to give a distinctive
cut edge that ties in with the over all design of the page. To me the simplest way is to
glue the photo to the backing paper and just trim around the photo freehand leaving about
1/8 inch of paper all around. With a little practice you can do this quickly. If it is a
big photo, I might put glue around the outside edges of the photo and cut out the middle
of the mat to save or use elsewhere on the scrapbook page. Sam's Club and similar
stores sell huge packages of acid-free construction paper for cheap that are bright colors
and handy for matting photos.
What about PAGE PROTECTORS?
Generally it is a good idea to slide your finished pages into page protectors in
You can get archival ones for a great price at Sam's Club, etc. I like the crystal clear
ones alot better than the non-glare ones. Since your pages will be constructed of
various cut papers and attached photos, etc, I find I can use a lot less glue when I
the page will be in a plastic protector in the scrapbook.
What about GLUE?
There are all sorts of special glues on the market. You can spend a lot on fancy
adhesives. I like plain old acid-free twist up glue sticks. They are cheap and I can buy
them by the dozen at Sam's Club or office supply places. Occasionally I will use a small
glue applicator like the ones Fiskers makes when I am gluing cut out letters or very
small items. Just don't use rubber cement. It turns brown over time. You just want to use
a glue that will not cause your paper to buckle, so you want a glue with no water in it.
Now, I do want to add that in climates with very high humidity I'd
not use the twist up glue sticks. Recently I had a crafts project where I used this type
of glue on the Gulf Coast which has almost 100% humidity most of the time--and the glue
turned gummy and let go--even though it was months after the project was completed. So in
areas of high humidity, I'd use the Zig glue pen with is more of a rubber cement type of
glue but is made for scrapbooking.
What about INKJET PRINTING? See Our Print Tips
What about my scrapbook page's LAYOUT? See Our Layout Tips Page
Paper Arts is a family owned online scrapbooking store. They have just about
everything you'll need, plus a nice SALE section.
There are many scrapbooking books that can give you great ideas and
layouts you can copy.
Click on the book to see more !
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