|Graduation from OSU|
These last few weeks instead of taking photos I have been scrap booking photos from the past 2 years. I took a long hiatus from scrap booking simply because I wasn't in the mood for it. But now I have renewed interest in it and have been cruising through putting layouts together.
I have a few friends that also like to scrapbook and know a few people who would like to learn how but have no idea where to start. So, I decided to put together a little tutorial about basic tools and tips on how to start scrap booking.
|My scrapbooking stash. Charlotte hidding in the background.|
The first step is picking out your photos. Choose photos you really love. I have a tendency to print more photos than I actually use. Its nice to have a variety to choose from. And don't feel like you need to put every single photo in your scrapbook. I like to use the ones that have the most meaning. When selecting photos make sure to take the time and adjust any red eye or to crop any photos that are too distant. Photos look best when the subject takes up most of the picture. For example:
If you've never scrapbooked or haven't done it for a few years it might seem daunting with what photos to start with. If you like to keep memories in chronological order (like I do) start with the most recent events first because they are still clear in your mind, and then work your way back in time. Or, if you like to jump around and like looking at photos in random order, work on the photos that inspire you the most.
Now that your photos are ready you will need some basic supplies. Scrapbooking doesn't have to cost a fortune and you don't need fancy equipment. Start with a few basic supplies and add more as you go. Buy items that you can use for multiple layouts and stick to the necessities. Choose paper and embellishments not just because they are pretty but because you have a need for them. I have countless supplies that I bought because I liked the design but I have no idea when or how I will use them (not a good money saver). My scrapbooking stash is large but I've been adding to it over 8 years so over time I have accumulated a lot. But even when I first started out I enjoyed being creative with my pages using simple items. Here is a list of very basic supplies: