If you are new to scrapbooks and want to create one, you might find it daunting to get started. Fortunately, there are certain steps that you can work through that will help guide you through the scrapbook process. These steps can be used as a basic guide to help you on your journey into scrapbooking.
Choose Your Topic
The first step in scrapbooking is to choose the topic of your scrapbook. It is important to remember that scrapbooking is all about telling a story through the moments and events chronicled. For your first scrapbook, it is recommended that you start with something small as going too large can be very intimidating. An example of this will be scrapbooking a weekend away with your friends.
There are many people who find that starting with a story is very difficult. If you are one of these people, you should consider a theme for your layout instead. A theme could be anything from graduation to a sporting event.
Choose The Album Size
There are 2 popular sizes for scrapbooking that you might want to start with and they are 12 inches by 12 inches and 8.5 inches by 11 inches. There are a lot of albums that have been designed in these sizes that you can use and all you have to do is choose the one that you feel works the best for you. It is important to note that the larger album size will allow you to add more pictures and embellishments to the scrapbook.
However, choosing a smaller album can be better when you need something that takes up less space. Additionally, when you start, you might be nervous about filling the larger album. The smaller ones will require less work to fill them and this can be beneficial to gaining confidence.
Of course, there is nothing that states that you need to stick to these 2 popular sizes. There is a range of smaller albums, often called mini albums that you can choose from. If you are feeling adventurous, you could also try making your own album in the size and shape that you want.
Choose Your Pictures
If it comes to the pictures in your scrapbook, less is generally better. You do not have to include all the pictures that you have related to the subject of the scrapbook. In fact, doing this will generally make the scrapbook too large and long.
When you have to choose the pictures, you should look for the ones with the best lighting and focus. Try to avoid using any blurry or dark pictures. You should also look at using more pictures that have smiling faces in them. If you are scrapbooking a baby, you should take some detailed pictures of their hands and feet and read some machines reviewed.
You should also try and get the pictures processed with a matte finish instead of gloss. This will limit the fingerprints and smudges on the pictures that come when you handle them. You need to remember that you are going to be handling the pictures regularly before you decide the final layout of the scrapbook.