Q: I'm interested in learning more about scrapbooking. Do you have any ideas to get me started?
A: Absolutely! Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, this is the perfect time to give the popular and rewarding hobby of scrapbooking a try. Starting anything new can be intimidating, especially when it involves something as important as your special memories. I've got some great suggestions to get you started. There's no better time than now to pull those photos out of the boxes or computer files where they're being ignored. Just imagine the joy you'll feel when you can open your scrapbook to enjoy and relive some of your cherished moments.
Starting small is a great way to test out the world of scrapbooking. Just like when you first begin cooking, it makes sense to start learning with a simple recipe instead of a five course meal. Begin by selecting a theme for your album. It could be five photos of your mother that you'll use for a Mother's Day gift, a dozen photos of your favorite flowers from your garden, or a handful of photos from your favorite vacation. You pick whatever theme excites you! Mini albums can be created in a variety of styles and sizes that range from whimsical to formal. Create a mini album from a few card stock tags held together with a binder ring, a 6" x 12" piece of card stock folded like an accordion, a stack of standard card bodies punched with the Crop-a-Dile (#108362) and bound together with ribbon, or from our 5" x 5" Art Journal (#108495). Add your photos, layers of Designer Series Paper, stamped images, and punched accents that coordinate with your theme. Don't forget to add journaling as that is an essential element to any scrapbook. Journaling can be simple date and name information or more detailed expressions of thoughts and feelings that your photos represent.
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