Last month I did a couple of posts about getting started & organizing your pictures. This month I’d like to move on to getting pictures on pages. First – we all have to realize that there are many different ways to do this – the three basic paths are:
- Traditional scrapbooking – gluing paper & pictures to pages & adding the story.
- Pocket scrapbooking – sliding pictures and pre-printed cards into divided page protectors
- Digital scrapbooking – using an electronic format to design layouts & then either printing a photo book or printing individual pages to add to a scrapbook.
Today I’m going to focus on traditional scrapbooking. Within this arena you have a variety of page sizes – from make your own mini-albums (I just did one that was 3 x 4) up to 12 x 12 (I know Creative Memories used to have something like an 11 X 15, but don’t know what other larger sizes are available.) Don’t feel confined to a single size – you can intermingle smaller sized layouts within a larger album (add 8 1/2 x 11 to a 12 x 12 album).
Something to consider on the size is how many pictures you want to scrapbook. If you have a lot of pictures, or if you like a lot of pictures on a layout – you might want to go with a larger format. One thought on the number of pictures, though – you don’t have to scrap every picture – (I constantly struggle with this!).
Another area to consider is the content of your scrapbooks/layouts. Do you want to focus more on telling a story or capture an event. Many of us start out as event-driven scrappers (a wedding, birth) and migrate to the stories. I’m a firm believer that all your layouts should have some story – if not, you might as well juts hang it on a wall (and that’s not a bad option either). My thoughts are that scrapbooking is a way to capture what’s going on in life so that in years to come my family can look back over the pages & share those memories. So if I don’t really identify what’s going on, I may not have much to share later if I can’t remember the details.
So, if you’re scrapping an event,
- Choose your pictures from that event (an easy task if you have them organized – if not, check out these other posts Where to Start? – Digital Photo Management – Where to Start (Part 2) – Piles of Pics).
- Find coordinating papers –
- Colors that match the pictures or the event (match wedding colors)
- Themed papers that match the event (birthday, Halloween)
- Patterned papers that match the event (florals for a wedding, animals for a zoo trip)
- Find a layout – you can design your own, but I find scraplifting is helpful – especially if you’re just starting out. Look for layouts with the same amount of pictures, similar theme, or the colors you want to use. There are so many great resources for this – Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, sketch/recipe books, catalogs (CTMH Idea Books)
As a Close To My Heart consultant, of course, I regularly turn to CTMH product. I love that each featured paper packet has a Scrapbook Workshops Your Way kit that includes paper, embellishments & and a cutting guide that is easy to use or adapt to my own needs. Everything coordinates leaving me less to think about, decide on, spend time on.
Another new CTMH product is the Cut Above Layout Kit. Talk about a great way to get started. There are currently 2 kits – one for a new baby,
and one for a wedding/love theme.
These kits include pre-printed die cuts and base pages. All you need to do is punch out the pieces (they’re perforated sheets) and adhere them to the base pages. There are also pocket cards to add to your traditional layout (I know, this wasn’t today’s topic, but they’re there & they do mix wonderfully with traditional!)
During April 2017 – you can get either of these Cut Above layout kits for half price!! – That’s just $7.48 each! What an amazing deal – check it out at gerri.closetomyheart.com. AND – watch for more Cut Above layouts in May!