We are down to the home stretch, so most of us have gifts bought and wrapped, cards sent and homes decorated to the hilt, but have you thought ahead to scrapbooking Christmas? I only ask, because in my world, having my memories of family and friends saved forever in photos is so important, especially since the older I get, the more things I’m forgetting!
Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to not only to document important events, but reliving those times in my mind as I create, then reminiscing again in the coming years as our family gathers around the completed photo albums.
If you are new to scrapbooking or don’t have a lot of time, it is best to keep it simple to start. You can always add embellishments later, but at least get those photos organized! I suggest the following:
1. Start with the basics- paper, scissors, adhesive, sheet protectors, album and a decent paper trimmer. Keep it simple!
2. Make sure you get names, dates and possibly place on your photos a.s.a.p. after developing before you forget! Most cameras have the capability of recording the date now, so I like to have a back up CD as well just in case with that information stored on it.
3. Organize you photos -I put mine in order of date in photo organizer boxes, but at least get them organized by month or year. This will help you know where to find certain events quickly.
4. Get started! Group photos either according to event, person, place-however works best for you, but start putting them together on pages and remember to jot down any journaling that tells about the photos. Just because you know all about them doesn’t mean someone else will down the road. Don’t worry about what other people may think or about being to frilly! Everybody has had to start somewhere, so just ENJOY THE PROCESS! You will get more crafty as you get the hang of it.
5. You may want to create a “craft budget” to start collecting a few supplies. There are a whole slew of stickers, stamps, dies, die cutting machines, markers, etc. on the market and it can get overwhelming, so think about what you would actually use and start out a little at a time. Remember, those of us who have been doing this for a long time have been collecting for a long time as well! I started with paper and stickers. As you get into this hobby, your supplies will evolve according to your style, which you will find along the way!
After 20 years, I have gone from a box of supplies to a whole room! My daughter’s mother-in-law saw my craft room and said it was embarrassing how much stuff I had, but I don’t think she realized how long it took me to collect, and she didn’t realize at that time how much I love to create and use what I have!
6. Learn to play again! Have fun, and enjoy the process of starting a creative hobby! This is the #1 important part of scrapbooking! Besides, isn’t scrapbooking all about the photos and not the page anyway? Embellishments are just a bonus.
For those of you who have already dove head first into scrapbooking, but are looking for fresh supplies, check out our Christmas Theme section HERE. There are pages and pages of awesome products that will help you add that special touch to your layouts from paper and dies to inks and stamps, Spellbinders and Sizzix to Tim Holtz and Hero Arts!
Better start by making sure you have fresh batteries in your camera!
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!