Guest Author - Kathleen Rensel
Scared? Overwhelmed? Starting a scrapbook can be very emotional. There are many decisions to be made. Itís exciting! What should you do first? What album do you purchase? Where do you purchase your supplies? How are you going to make your special pictures show the story that you want to tell?
Letís talk about some of the emotions. First, I want to introduce, Scrapbooker Sally. She is a beginner. She has never made a scrapbook and really doesnít know where to start. That makes her feel afraid and overwhelmed. Maybe she saw a magazine or someone elseís scrapbook or maybe she just wants to put her pictures together in a special way. Her photos probably make her feel very happy (or possibly sad.)
Any or all of these emotions are normal. Even experienced scrapbookers have these same feelings. Itís because this is important. Sally may want this book to be handed down to her children and grandchildren. She may want a place to put her favorite moments, or pictures of her favorite people or even some event that is very meaningful to her. Thatís why the emotions are normal and valuable. They are an integral part of the book about to be made.
Thereís excitement in planning a scrapbook album! Making the book is a journey through time and memories. There are several big decisions to be made as you work through the process. Take a deep breath. No need to be scared or overwhelmed.
Find a local scrapbook store or a home consultant for quality scrapbook supplies. They may offer a beginnerís class. They will be able to show products that can be used to create something beautiful. Tell them a little bit about the project. Ask them about an album Ė there are different types. Ask about paper and adhesive. The paper can be coordinating or mix & match. Try keeping one color (or one set of colors) throughout the album so that it all ties together. For adhesive, start with something that adheres paper to paper and is acid free.
In a scrapbook store or with a scrapbook company, the standard is acid free and will be appropriate for scrapbooks. It is also standard to note if it is acid free, so it can be double checked by reading the packaging.
Lastly, the fun part is choosing embellishments. Embellishments can help make the feeling or tone of the book. For example, bright buttons may make the feeling fun and childlike, but black ribbon may make the page feel elegant or even sad, depending on the rest of the page. Add stamps or stickers, glitter or buttons, almost anything can be an embellishment.
Thatís all it takes. See Sally, it wasnít so difficult or scary or overwhelming. Starting a scrapbook is a fun and exciting thing!