How to make a scrapbook – Equipment needed.
Scrapbook Albums – The most important part is the scrapbook itself. Try to find a scrapbook album that is top loading as this will stop your pages from falling out when being stored upright. Scrapbook albums come is a huge range of styles, themes and colours to suit every taste.
Scrapbook paper and cardstock – acid and lignin free cardstock, paper, vellum etc
Adhesive – Make sure that any adhesive used is photo safe. There are many different types of adhesive including double sided tape, sticky dots and spray glue.
Cutting Materials – A craft knife is essential and a really sharp pair of scissors. You may decide to invest in a paper trimmer however you can use your craft knife and metal edge ruler to cut straight lines.
How to make a scrapbook – Embellishments
Embellishments are used to decorate scrapbook page layouts and come in many different forms including scrapbooking stickers, eyelets, brads, ribbon, buttons, wire, charms, stamps and rub ons. You can also purchase machines that will cut shapes so that you can create your own embellishments.
How to make a scrapbook – Preparation
To begin making your scrapbook album you firstly need to decide on the theme. You can create scrapbook albums for all kinds of events such as a wedding scrapbook or a birthday, vacation scrapbook and so on.
How to make a scrapbook – Process
Begin by selecting the photos you wish to place in your scrapbook album. Choose one picture to be the focal point of the page and use the colors in the picture to determine the color scheme of the whole page layout.
Decide what scrapbook quotes you are going to add and mount the pictures on coordinating paper. Get the layout you want before fixing it together permanently. Once you are happy with the design fix the photos to the page using the correct adhesive.
Once the quotes and photos are in place you can then decorate the page using brads, ribbon, paper, eyelets and scrapbook stickers.
One of the most important things to remember when creating scrapbook page layouts is not to over do them. Remember they will need to be placed into a thin plastic sleeve so attaching bulky embellishments simply wont work and will look unsightly in your scrapbook.
Finally and most importantly always use products that are acid and lignin free. Using anything else will cause your pages to deteriorate over time.