Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to document special memories. From birthdays and weddings to family reunions, first bike rides, and any other family memories or special keepsakes, scrapbooking is fun, creative and fulfilling. And, you don’t have to be especially “artsy” to get started!
Go to your local craft store (or there may even be a store devoted specifically to scrapbooking in your area) and purchase a blank photo album. It can be any size, shape, texture or color that you like. Don’t see anything that catches your eye? You can always buy a plain scrapbook and decorate it later. Use materials like construction paper, stickers, pipe cleaners, glitter, fabric, and even wallpaper. You can purchase scrapbooks online as well.
One of the most fun parts about scrapbooking is going through old pictures. You’ll find that this helps to not only refresh your memory, but it keeps your hands working and busy as well! Scrapbooking is a great past time because it’s fun to do with others. Go in on one scrapbook with a friend or family member, or create two individual ones. Scrapbooking is said to be surprisingly cathartic and relaxing.
Before you commence on your scrapbooking adventure, it’s best to make sure you are organized first. Gather all of your materials, arrange your photos in the order in which you’d like them to appear in the scrapbook, etc. You can even choose a theme for your scrapbook. From nautical or holiday themed to nature or party-related, this is YOUR scrapbook – have fun with it. At a loss for themes? Check out scrapjazz.com for ideas and inspiration.
Remember, scrapbooking doesn’t have to be all about the photos. You can include tickets (concert, plane, movie, etc.), postcards, pamphlets, anything you want. Be sure to layout your designs first. You may decide to switch things around later, and if you get glue-happy, that may get messy.
Once you have completed your masterpiece, don’t be afraid to share it! Scrapbooking is for you, but it’s also fun to share with relative and friends. Just think of the conversation starter it can be! Reminiscing on old memories is more fun with others.