2. Sort them into separate boxes-one for each family member.
3. Further separate these items into two categories:
a. Items that can be placed into a scrapbook (programs, photos, drawings, important letters, certificates, ribbons and so on).
b. Items too large or bulky for a scrapbook that need to stay in the box (trophies, medals, special clothing, baby blankets, favorite toys). These can possibly be photographed, color copied or scanned at a later time for placement into your scrapbooks. See the article "Color Copying Scrapbooks." Label the box. Start a notebook for future reference that lists the box contents and the box they can be found in).
4. Sort items that will go onto pages in chronological order into a large accordion file or into file folders. Have one or two files that hold all the material for each person initially. Work from these files until everything is sorted into it's own file. This insures that items won't get mixed up again.
5. Label each file folder in one-year increments (or every five years for limited photos) of the person's life.
Example: Whitney Davis 8-14-93 to 8-14-94 (birth to age 1)
Whitney Davis 8-14-94 to 8-14-95 (age 1)
NOTE: Files can be set up to go from birthday to birthday, from school year to school year, or from January to January. It works well for many people to go from birthday to birthday until kindergarten and then change from school year to school year. After graduation it seems to work well to create files for separate events (i.e., college, job, travel, and wedding).
6. Sort doubles of photos into two stacks. Use a "photo-safe" pencil or pen to label the back of ALL photos with "Who? What? Why? Where? When? information. In years to come, you'll be glad you took the time to label photos. Then, if a photo is separated from the stack of photos or a complete scrapbook page, it can easily be returned to where it belongs. Place one photo into the appropriate file and keep the other with your negatives. File these photos and negatives chronologically in acid-free envelopes or an acid-free storage box. Date each envelope and briefly describe the event(s) on the outside. Store this box away from your scrapbooks?a safe deposit box is the safest place. Scanning and storing all your photos (and your pages) onto a CD or Zip disk, or using an online storage site or other electronic media are other options.
7. Remember that box of keepsakes that could be color copied or scanned? Put a Post-it-Note? on the files where applicable to remind you to incorporated those items into the pages you will be creating. Keep a piece of notebook paper in each file to jot down the memories that come as you work. These notes will be used later to "journal" your pages.
8. Start working on scrapbook pages from present events, then work back through time. Dates, times and details of current events are fresh in your mind. By working back through time, you also have the benefit of your first pages (which very few scrapbooks love) being hidden and not being obvious at the front of your first album..
G - GET STARTED
Purchase a limited amount of basic supplies and borrow equipment for your first scrapbook pages. Decide after scrapbooking for a while if this is worth a significant amount time and money. Below is a modest list to start with.
1. Album (when full, store upright)
2. Sheet protectors (free from PVC)
3. Cardstock (acid-free), is used for the background on pages so that photos won't bend when mounted or when pages are turned)
4. Photo-safe pencil for writing data on photo backs
6. Eraser, white polymer
8. Cutting tools: straight-edged scissors (one regular, one embroidery-size with sharp points), a personal trimmer (that uses replaceable blades), Exacto knife
9. Archival pens that are permanent, waterproof, light-fast and fade- proof in fine point (.005) and broad point (.08)
10. Adhesives (liquids, tapes, tabs or pastes)
11. Photo Corners
You can purchase most of these at your local scrapbook store, or from the Scrabpbook.com Neighborhood Store
1. Choose a few of the best photos from a single event, and discard the blurry ones or photos that don't help tell the story. You should have from three to five photos left to scrapbook.
2. Pick one focal point photo that best depicts what your layout will be about. It should be the largest photo, so don't do much cropping on it. Crop the other photos only if necessary.
3. Choose a theme for the page. This will become your title. If you have a difficult time with titles, you may want to check our the Scrapbook.com "Play on Words" electronic book.
4. Choose cardstock that complements your photos. Look at the whole scene in your photos and see what colors are dominant. Use these in your background paper and mats for your photos. You can use an extra layer or two of color to mat your focal point photo so that it stands out. Mount photos using corner mounts and/or and adhesive. Make title and journal boxes and finish with lettering.
5. Arrange the photos, title and journal boxes on the background paper in a pleasing manner. If there are too many photos for one page, do a two-page spread. For ideas on layouts, see our Scrapbook.com Page Gallery.
6. When you are satisfied with your arrangement, secure all pieces in place with an acid-free adhesive.
H - HISTORY IN THE MAKING
What you scrapbook today will be history tomorrow. Are you preserving worthwhile memories that someone will enjoy looking at and reading about in the future? Do they tell a story? Does every page answer the vital questions: "Who?" "What?" "Why?" "When?" "Where?" and sometimes "How?"
I - IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY
Today there are more scrapbooking products available than you can imagine to help you do great artwork. Just a few years ago, you had to hand letter page titles. Now you can design them on your computer or with die cuts, add the colors you want, or you can buy the preprinted title, with mats and diE-Cuts that all match by theme. Making your own mats, title boxes and die cuts, however, is still the most economical way to scrapbook.
J - JOURNALING
Journaling is second only to the photos on a scrapbook page. Including the information that answers "Who?" "What?" "Why?" "Where?" "When?" and "How?" increases the value of the page. Pertinent information of your life now will be significant and interesting to someone in the future. Journaling can also be thoughts and poems that help to preserve the memory of the event(s) in the photos. Make your pages interesting to look at and fun to learn from. Always use acid-free pens.
K - KEEP IT SIMPLE
More is not always better in scrapbooking. Remember that the photos and the memories associated with those photos make up the most important part of a page. Papers, stickers, die cuts and other embellishments only help tell the story. Any good story always focuses on the characters.
L - LETTERING
Lettering is different that handwriting. Lettering is a series of geometric shapes and lines put together to form letters. The more you practice lettering styles the more your confidence grows. Practice Makes Permanent! Any lettering should complement the photos and story. Using fancy frilly letters on the page of a little boy collecting bugs wouldn't be as appropriate as thick and solid letters with bugs added. Titles that depict what is happening in your photos are sometimes hard to come up with. The Scrapbook.com Play On Words is an excellent resource and help for titles that you will hand letter or create on your computer. A title for each new page will help your scrapbook flow smoothly. Write everything in pencil first. Choose ink, colored pencils and chalk colors that complement your photos.
M - MANAGE YOUR TIME
Our lives are full of things that have to be done. Is there ever time left to do the things we want to do? I can give you an emphatic yes to that question. By setting aside a regular time to scrapbook it becomes a priority. I have found extra time through effective housecleaning and by finding recipes for meals that seem to fix themselves. (See the article "The Ultimate Secret Weapon...In the Fight for Scrapbooking Time" in the Articles and Tips Section of the Learning Center).
N - NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS
If you save newspaper clippings you can de-acidify them with Archival Mist or your can color copy them. The Scrapbook.com Store is one of the few places we know of that carries Archival Mist.
O - ORGANIZING
I was at a meeting once when a man joked that organizing was for people who were too lazy to look for things. As funny as that comment is, there are plenty of people who live that way at certain times in their lives. I also attended a workshop on organizing where the teacher stated that if it takes longer that 15 minutes to find something, it's time to change your organizational system. It is fun and so easy to scrapbook when your photos and supplies are organized and your workplace is clear. I can collect my thoughts and photos in just a few minutes if I know where everything is. Think about how you now have things organized and how you could improve your system.
P - PHOTOGRAPHS
Photographs are the heart of scrapbooking. Knowing how to take good photos and how to use your camera lets you turn ordinary into interesting, and memorable into captivating. If you're in the market to purchase a new camera, unless you are really interested in photography, purchase one that does everything automatically. Ideas: Take photos of a child on his/her birthday with fingers up to show how old they are. Take photos of you alone with each child, then write them a letter expressing your feelings about them and add it to their own scrapbook. Do the same thing with your spouse. Take photos of your homes. Take photos of everyday living that would interest someone 20 years from now?like you climbing into your new car...it will be a relic one day.
TIP: NEVER cut a Polaroid print. A chemical reaction takes place with air and the image will eventually disappear. Always use photo corners and/or mats over photos that are over 30 years old. These photos may not have a negative and many old photos don't have protective coatings.
Damage to photos occurs from:
- "Magnetic" photo albums (those with "sticky" pages)
- Water & humidity
- Rough handling - getting bent, ripped or scratched
- Dirty or oily hands
- Fluctuating temperature: basements and attics
- Highly acid surroundings
- Regular ink pens used to write on the backside
- Contact with acidic materials (see "Acid-Free" above)
Q - QUALITY PAPER PRODUCTS
All papers, die cuts, stickers, printed die cuts and title cards need to be acid-free to insure that your photos will be safe for years to come. Buy from a reputable company or store and check your products with an acid-testing pen. Through the years I have seen companies cut costs by using paper and cardstock that isn't acid-free and not inform the buyer. Buyer, beware .
R - RECORD
If you don't have time to write lengthy journal entries, consider the Five-Year- Journal . With this unique journal you are able to record the events of the day quickly and permanently. When you scrapbook an event, you can locate that time in your journal quickly to see if anything else significant to your scrapbook page was going on and journal the page accordingly. Well kept records are a plus to scrapbooking. They make pages more interesting as we compare life now to what it use to be. We can learn about ourselves from our records.
S - STORAGE
Every scrapbooking product and tool is easier to locate and used when it has a safe place for storage. Storage containers work well for larger items and for those smaller pieces, use baseball card sheet protectors in a notebook.
T - THEMES
Scrapbooking is more effective when done with a theme in mind. Organizing stickers, die cuts, and page ideas by theme saves time and effort.
U - UNDERSTAND THAT...
Scrapbooking is a journey and not a destination!
V - VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS
Old photographs and portraits need to be taken out of those acidic photo mats/frames that were used years ago. Use your acid-testing pen to check the acid content. I always make color copies of old photographs that are passed on to me. This enables me to put the copy in a frame for my home and keep the originals in the safe environment of a scrapbook. Old photos look best when mounted in scrapbooks on deep, rich colors. Check out the Vintage Photo Paper in the Store . Modern products, such as stickers and die cuts detract from the feeling of old photos. When in doubt, keep it simple. Deckle edge scissors are designed to duplicate the jagged finished edges of older photos. Remember: don't crop old photos; mat them. Handle with care. Don't mount with adhesives; use photo corners.
W - WORKSTATIONS
The ideal workstation is the one that has all your materials organized and within reach. It should be easy to find things and put them away. Have a large work surface on which to spread everything out. Have shelves to store your supplies. Have efficient storage containers for equipment. A comfortable chair is a must. If possible, a waist-high surface is ideal for a paper cutter.
X - X-TRA EQUIPMENT THAT CAN MAKE SCRAPBOOKING EASIER, QUICKER, AND MORE FUN
1. Decorative scissors
2. Decorative papers
3. Templates and stencils
4. Rubber stamps
5. Stickers (available in images, letters and borders)
6. Die cuts
7. Circle & oval cutter
9. Colored pens
10. Decorative rulers
11. Pens in different colors with different sized points
12. White pencil
13. White, gold and silver pens
14. Calligraphy pens
15. Preprinted mats, die cuts and page titles
16. Computer clip art
17. Colored pencils
18. Blending pens and sticks
19. Chalks (pastels)
Going to affect generations to come with your scrapbooks.
Z - ZYGOTE:
Z best albums are Z ones that are done!
Jill Davis has scrapbooked for over 20 years and is President of Scrapbook.com
8 2001 Scrapbook.com, LLC
Great Scrapbook Page Ideas
As a bonus to the Scrapbook.com neighbors, We've included a number of ideas to help get the creative juices flowing. You may want to print this list out and keep it nearby.
First Helium Balloon
Where Does Daddy (Mommy) Work?
Mowing the Lawn
First Black Eye
Bathing the Dog
Playing with My Friends
First Ice Cream Cone
Painting the House
First Day of School
Kisses for Mommy (Daddy)
Our First Car (My First Car)
First Bike (Tricycle)
Lazy Days of Summer
In My Sunday Best
Fixing My Hair
Playing in the Rain
First Haircut (save a lock of hair)
Trick or Treat
Water (Balloon) Fight
Paint Ball War
On the Computer
Gymnastics in the Yard
Choosing the Christmas Tree
Easter Egg Coloring (or Hunt)
My Favorite Teacher
Playing Ball (football, softball, etc.)
Fourth of July Fireworks
First Trip to the Zoo
Tucked into Bed
Graduation Night (Day)
Family Reunion Time
My Missing Tooth
Picnic at the Park
Into Mommy's Make-up
Happy New Year!
First Fender Bender
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Our First Home
A Visit with Santa
Tubing on the River
My Favorite Babysitter
Laundry Day Blues
So, So, Sick
My Favorite Things
First Airplane Trip
Playing in the Hose
Listening to My Favorite Music
My Best Handwriting
Talking on the Phone