For those of you who are wanting to start scrapbooking or curios about starting, well you can and it is not hard. Any age has the ability to scrapbook. It really is just about taking the time and making the time to scrapbook. I know at this time of age there are barely anytime to put a lipstick, let alone to set some time to scrapbook. You are probably saying "it's okay for her to say since she stays home and have the time". True I am blessed enough to stay home to have time to enjoy my hobby and for that I am thankful for my husband who works hard to fund my hobby. But if you are curious and would like to start...I have 3 advice for you before you embark into this wonderful world of preservation of your wonderful memories.
There are 3 rules that I advice for scrapbook newbie:
1 - No Expectation...means no one expect for you to make those wonderful pages or layouts that you see in pinterest or in the magazines. No one expect for you to know all the ins and outs of scrapbook world. It is okay to ask questions and please ask questions because scrapbookers and other crafters are actually enthusiastically wants to share their passion for crafts. Crafting/scrapbooking beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Everyone has different way to decorate their pages/layouts, so you can't really judge what looks good. You are an artist, what you create is beautiful for you and that is what matters. So when you begin, don't put expectations and don't compare your pages/layouts to others.
2.- There are no orders in scrapbooking. While it is wonderful to be organize because your work space will get disorganize or you loose track what items you want to put into your layouts, it is not necessary. There are no orders on which photo you want to start first, or should you do it by theme. No!! You can make layouts on photos that inspire you at that hour, or photos that was 10 years ago that made you smile. As you get advance in your craft, you tend to organize which project you want to start, but in the beginning just have a feel and enjoy creating something pretty in those particular photos that you want to put into an album or hanging on the wall to share to others.
3.- Don't overwhelm yourself... This is very critical. People who are not familiar with scrapbooking world, there are literally millions of products out there that will make your layouts beautiful. There are more scrapbook items compare to woman's accessories. I kid you not and when you go to a big chain store like Hobby-lobby to start your scrapbook layouts you are going to go crazy because there are tons of items that you will get overwhelm and probably will not continue at all. My advice is to know the basics first and you can get these at Hobby-lobby, and as you progress you tend to just pick what you need compare to what you like. Be aware that these items aren't cheap either. Yah, 1 item might cost $.99 but if you are not careful you have a huge pile in your cart that your spending more than you need to. So..make a list what you want and need then go to the store, and please try to stick to those list.
I will be posting some basic items to introduce you into scrapbook world and maybe you will love it and continue make pretty things. So stay tuned for that.
Below is an example of a layout. I did this layout couple of years ago and still have them. Thanks for reading and please make a comment. Thank you...Happy crafting.