Scrapbooking is a fab way of capturing and cherishing memories. It's a great way of documenting a special trip or occasion.

Each page will tell a story, it's a way of storing photographs, using different backgrounds or incorporating tickets, recipes and memorabilia.

The History Of Scrapbooking

Believe it or not scrapbooking has been around since the 1820’s and was founded by John Poole. He kept books full of poems and engravings.

This art spent a number of years in and out of the limelight until Marielen W. Christensen, the Author of the book Keeping Memories Alive was accredited with the modernisation of scrapbooking in 1981 when she opened a scrapbook store in Utah.

Scrapbooking has become a popular hobby once again with more and more people becoming interested in documenting their family and social life. What’s more, scrapbooking materials, books and page protectors have become more readily available making it easier for this hobby to do.

Basic Tool List

  • Scrapbook Album – It goes without saying this is key on your tools list as this is the book that will hold all of your papers and memories together.
  • Page Protectors – These can be used in addition to your scrapbooking album to house any quote cards or photos you may want to include.
  • Scissors – Some smaller pointed precision scissors are usually better as scrapbooking is renowned for lots of cutting and trimming.
  • Glue – Some simple PVA glue with a small nib so the glue doesn’t go everywhere is perfect for scrapbooking.
  • Patterned/Printed Papers – These add different backgrounds to each of your pages – generally its better to go for a bigger sized pad as you’re likely to need to cut it down to the right size (a 12x12 pad is the size we’d recommend).
  • Embellishments – Buttons, glitter, stickers, ribbons and gems. They’re all key for scrapbooking. They can be used to create messages on your pages or even just to add some texture and sparkle.
  • Photographs – Photos are the most important element of scrapbooking as this is what captures your memories.

Getting Started

1. Find yourself the perfect crafting area – You need a flat, clean working surface that’s large enough for you to spread out all of your materials.

2. Have all your scrapbooking supplies at the ready – We recommend gathering all the equipment in our basic tool list and laying it out ready for crafting. A rubbish bin may also be handy as you’ll be cutting up your pictures to fill your book.

3. Picking your pictures – It’s worthwhile splitting your pictures into events so you can focus on one event at a time. Try and use your best pictures and none that are blurry (don’t worry if they need cropping as you can cut them to fit your book).

4. Cropping your pictures – This allows you to chop out any unwanted backgrounds or extras. What’s great about cropping is you can be as creative as you like, so pick different shapes and sizes to cut your pictures to.

5. Layout your page – This is your opportunity to get creative. Use different printed paper backgrounds and embellishments to bring your pictures to life. You can layer your ideas without sticking anything to make sure you’re happy and then once you are you just need to stick everything down.

More Resources

This video from Project Life is a great starting point for anyone scrapbooking for the first time!

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