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You must use acid free and lignin free products.
Most computer manufacturers inks are acid free.
Lignin is a natural, acidic substance found in most papers, used for
strength and stiffness. It causes chemical degradation of your photos and
will cause them to turn yellow over time.
You can buy acid free and lignin free products at your local
scrapbook or business supply store.
The best way to begin is by sorting photos.
Organize and sort your
photos by subjects, such as People, Events, Places, Activities, Things,
Time, etc. I start by
sorting events into shoeboxes. After
you get all your baby photos into their respective shoeboxes and the
wedding photos into their boxes (digital photos can be put into their own
electronic folders), etc… You
are now on the path to successful scrapbooking.
Sort each category into
chronological order. Don’t
panic if this takes you more than 1 day.
There are a lot of photos out there in boxes in dusty attics.
start scrapbooking with a baby book, wedding album or vacation photo
album. Baby pages seem to be
a very easy first choice as there are so many things to do with babies or
children’s albums. Choose a
corner or room in your house where you can spread out your work for easier
scrapbooking. If you plan on using the dining table any time soon, you may
not want to set up shop there.
Choose your first album subject (theme).
For instance my first album was for my granddaughter (Baby Theme).
If you want to hand scrap your albums, you will need to purchase
cardstock (heavy weight paper, multiple colors), background papers (solid
colored or with theme preprinted), acid free pens, scissors, stickers,
glue and rulers. If you plan
on computer scrapping, you will need to find a program that works well for
you. I prefer Microsoft PowerPoint, but any desktop publishing,
graphics or scrapbook software program will work. The key is to keep the software simple to use at first.
You can graduate to more complex programs as you learn.
I offer a free Microsoft PowerPoint scrapbook tutorial
on my website at www.princesscrafts.com
under the free goodies category.
Whether you decide to hand scrap or computer scrap
your next step would be to search the internet for appropriate clipart or
pick up some appropriate die cuts (pre-cut shapes) or art at your local scrapbook store.
A good thing to note here is that many of the PrincessCrafts.com
pages have the theme and art built into the pages.
To hand scrap, you will need to print and cutout clipart and page
headings. For computers, you
can set up your page right on the screen.
Type in “baby clipart” in your internet browser
search field and you will get more sites to look at than you will probably
be able to see in a week. Remember
to put your search in “quotation marks”.
This allows the search engine to search for combined words, instead
of each word individually, thus narrowing the search to exactly what you
are looking for. Do not
capitalize your words unless you only want to find the capitalized
phrases. Lower case searches
will search for either capitalized or lower case words.
Also, searching for “baby layouts” will give you some wonderful
page examples to get you started with your first page layouts (how you set
up the page). Try our website at www.princesscrafts.com
on the layout ideas page. We also have
pages for you to experiment with on our site. If you
enjoy those, we have many pages for you to print and use in your layouts
with a convenient inexpensive
or to buy as
individual set purchases. With
our annual membership, you have unlimited download privileges for an entire
year. New pages added
For computer scrappers, if your photos are not in
digital format, your next step will be to scan all your photos onto your
hard drive (preferably in chronological order).
If your files are in chronological order, it makes them much easier
to find in a directory. If
you have a digital camera, you can download those photos directly. Set up your page and begin your layout (page arrangement).
If you get stuck on a particularly difficult page, come back to it
another day. We all have less
creative days at one time or another. For our annual members, we have all our scrapbook papers in GIF format with
transparent frames for you to insert directly into your publishing program. Just layer your
photos behind the frame openings and print.
What could be easier for computer scrappers? Note: if you
want a little more detail on how this is done, check out our easy example
There are 3 basic types of scrappers.
Conservative scrappers generally use very simple, organized basic
layouts. They usually don’t
care to have things over done and believe that less is more.
Balanced scrappers usually have everything evenly laid out and
balanced across the entire page. They usually have an even amount of photos, stickers and
other embellishments. Page fillers tend to crowd and over fill their pages.
I myself am a page filler. I
have a very creative mind and am usually doing more than one thing at a
time. None of these scrappers
are any more right than the others. It
all boils down to preference and taste.
What you enjoy, your neighbor might not, so just have fun and
design what makes you happy.
Don’t be afraid to copy other layouts that you may
find, you’ll find yourself making up your own versions in no time.
Scrapbooking can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it.
We at PrincessCrafts.com want to make it as easy as you want it to
be. After all, it's not your layouts that are memorable, it is the people
included within the pages. Above
all things, remember to have fun while you create those much loved
heritage albums. Your future
generations will appreciate all your hard work.