(Closed) I want to start scrapbooking!!! Howww…. I’ve never done it.

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got into scrapbooking w/ Creative Memories… I think they have a website.

Post # 4
145 posts
Blushing bee

I’m just starting out too!  At a Christmas swap, I got a scrapbooking kit from Wal-Mart.  They’re about $20 and have an album, some papers and embellishments, and I think scissors and glue.  I figure I’ll start with that and add my own things to it.  Check at your local Micheal’s or AC Moore too.  They often have classes that last one morning and give you an intro to something. 

Post # 5
497 posts
Helper bee

My obsession with paper and invitation design started with a healthy obsession for scrapbooking way back in the day.  The most important thing, in my mind, to remember is that if you are scrapbooking with the intent of other people appreciating the scrapbook, the words you write will be far more important than any emellishments you can add to the page.  Once you know that, you are golden….try not to get too caught up and best of luck.

I also highly recommend Creative Memories, at least for the albums…they truly are the highest quality that are available and while you can get stickers and paper anywhere these days, they also have the best tools on the market.

Post # 6
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love to scrapbook, creative memories is the name brand that a lot of people use, but they are really expensive. They have great ideas though. Go to wal-mart, you’ll need a book it has larger pages than a regular album, and protective sheets to go over them. They also sell extender kits, so if your book isn’t finished but your running out of room, you can add pages in.

Scrapbooking works best when you have a theme, since your theme will be your wedding, you can include pictures of you guys planning certain aspects of your wedding, also include things that mean a lot to you, if you have example pictures of your centerpieces, and other things. It’s best to collect a lot of things you want to include first, than try to break it down into sections of your book.

Start with a layout of one page, use 4-6 pictures on a page depending on how many embellishments your going to use. You can also cut pictures down to fit them on, be creative their are so many ways to get the look you want, just take it one page at a time.

Also the best thing to get is mounting squares, they come in a little box and they are double sided sticky, so you can work with them easily, don’t use glue, it gets really messy.

I’m so excited for you, be sure to post some pics of your scrapbook when you get started!

Good Luck, Have Fun!

Post # 7
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That’s great! Scrapbooking is a great way to be creative! It can be a bit overwhelming however, so don’t worry.

I started scrapping back in college than not again until a few years later when my sister got engaged and I decided I wanted to do an album for her. Oh, how scrapping had changed. There were elements of scrapping that I didn’t even know exisited. The main thing to remember, however, is that you should do/create what you’re happy with. Don’t worry about staying with all the trends or trying to copy other’s styles, just do what you’re proud of.

Check out this awesome site that I started to look at once I started scrapping: scrapbook.com There are forums there too, where you can find info for beginners all the way to advanced. And all the members are always happy to help/answer questions. People also post their layouts, cards, and projects in the gallery, so you can start looking around at all the possibilities!

The other important part about scrapping is that these days most products are archival safe, meaning they will last much longer than our grandmother’s albums did because they don’t have that acid in the glue and paper that makes the paper age and ruins the pictures over time.

People now are stamping, inking, tearing, punching, painting, doodling, antiquing, distressing, journaling…the list goes on and on. But I think the basics that are important to have are scissors or a paper cutter, some type of adhesive (glue dots, mounting squares, glue stick…just make sure it’s archival safe!) a picture, and some cardstock (again, make sure it’s archival safe!) From there on, you can build your supplies to include more fun stuff, like embellishments (flowers, etc.)

Have fun with it and enjoy!

Post # 8
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

as another Bee who would like to start scrapbooking but bever has, I suggest classes. Most that I have checked out have been fairly inexpensive, it gives you an idea if you do actually like it or not, you get to make pretty things and get the ball rolling on making your books.

I have seen many of scrapbooking kits too. I dont know how well those are, although I saw a bride above who got one from Wal-mart, so cheap and easy! that works!

As far as how expensive its going to be, I have heard someone tell me, its going to be as expensive as you want it to be. Obviously you’re the one who goes our and buys all your bells, whistles, baubles etc so the less or more you buy, or the quality etc is going to determine how expensive it gets…however, it probably will end up being expensive cause it gets addicting Ive heard.

I went into a dollar store the other day and they had the exact same stamp I found at a high end crafts store for $12 at $1….so you can look around for the deal!

good luck! it will be fun!

Post # 9
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I started a scrapbook for my daughter-I am taking different elements of her wedding and do twp pages per idea – I have "the girls", " the proposal", "the dress", "shoe shopping" and I have "meeting the decorator", " meet the Monister" (she is a personal friend), etc – you get the picture…she will have this book from the past year to look over many times and I am going to have it on display at her reception. Here is the layout of "the girls"…I took them behind an old school they are going to tear down. I chosse this as the girls are very into dress and high heels so this was out of their comfort level but we had a blast!!

Post # 10
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

Sorry, I tried to add the pictures but I think they are too big and I’m not sure how to make them smaller

Post # 11
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have been scrapbooking for over 12 years now.  My advice is DON’T SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY.  Haha. 

Wait.  You’re in Boston?  Email me.  I am moving and I want to get rid of some scrapbook stuff.  I just packed 12 boxes of paper.  Just paper.  Seriously.

Here are some blogs/sites I like:

Good luck!  It’s a ton of fun!!

Post # 12
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

are you more comfortable with scissor and paper and print your photos?  Or do you prefer being on your computer playing with programs like Photoshop Elements or Paintshop Pro?

If the second way is more your style then I would suggest digital scrapbooking.  I have been doing it for almost 5 years now.  While I do still have a HUGE supply of paper scrapbook products I also have complete albums finished that I digitally scrapbooked.  Here is one link to an online gallery of my pages.  If anyone is interested in digital scrapbooking I would be more than happy to answer questions if you want to PM me



Post # 13
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I LOVE to scrapbook! I actually made a scrapbook for my Fiance after our trip to Europe. We planned it out beforehand and saved all the train tickets, museum tickets, flyers, postcards, everything in a folder during our trip so that I could put them in the scrapbook with the pictures.

Like someone else recommended, try not to spend alot of money, it gets really easy too, b/c i like to add cute stickers to represent a place (i.e. the real cloth bikini sticker on the Mykonos page, etc.) so I did end up spending alot, but its so cute and the extras tie the book togehter. And, I literally spent HOURS scrapbooking, I would sit down and by the time I got up it would be like 3 hours later, but I love it and have so much fun that I didn’t care.

Just be true to your taste, although I like stickers that represent the place or event that is on the page, I’m not a big fan of crazy scrapbook paper. In fact my entire scrapbook looks the same, I used the same lettering and created "intro" pages for each city. I used only black scrapbook paper, and to add a little something, I add splashes of color for the pages that were part of a particualar country. So for France I had blue, white, and red paper placed behing pictures, and for Germany I had yellow & red placed around those pages and so on. SO, make the scrapbook represent your taste and have fun!!!

Post # 14
18 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

If someone already suggested this, I apologize for not thoroughly reading all the responses!

Go to http://www.archiversonline.com and find out if they have a store in your area!  They have an AWESOME selection of scrapbook supplies.  Sometimes, you can find items cheaper at stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc., but you can’t beat the $1.99 HotSpot section where everything is- you guessed it!- $1.99! 

Most importantly, Archivers has FREE classes such as Scrapbooking basics, Albums Made Simple, Stamping Basics…  Okay, I completely sound like a commercial now.  But I really do love that store- my mister tells me it’s my "cocaine!"  Good luck, but beware, you might get hooked!  🙂

Post # 15
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I made a scrapbook for my Fiance a couple of years ago and I was floored at the response I got from him.  He said it was the best gift I had ever given him and we’ve been together for 8 years. 

That being said I went to Target and bought a scrapbook and some supplies.  I got some other supplies at Michaels and believe it or not some at Big Lots as well.

I tried looking for some ideas online but I soon realized that it had to come from within.

Post # 16
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1990

I think Creative Memories is overpriced but they have a nice selection.  My best advice is to make sure your papers, adhesives etc, are all archival quality, acid free, and photo safe.  This will help with the longevity of the scrapbook as far as maintaining the color and quality of the photos and details- this way your great grandkids will be able to enjoy it too!

I did the same thing with my magazines as well by the way, they were really starting to pile up so I wanted to keep just the stuff I liked.  I cut out all the things I liked and made a collage of them in my inspiration section of my planner.

I agree that a kit is a good way to start.  Maybe even a class.  I can’t say enough good things about taking a class.  It will save you so much frustration and even money on wasted materials.

Good luck, and have fun! 😀

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