Five Tips to Get Started Scrapbooking
From Stacy Julian, Co-Founder of BigPictureScrapbooking.com
1. Make up your own definition of a “scrapbook.”
A scrapbook doesn’t have to be ‘a work of art’ or take a lot of time to create to become something special for yourself or someone you love. Any time you pair a photo you love with words that bring that moment to life, you are scrapbooking. This means anyone can scrapbook and even better, we can all use scrapbooking to become more aware of life’s best moments. It can be a very fulfilling exercise that will remind you of life’s special moments and the people in it.
2. Forget the idea that you are going to do something with ALL the photos you take.
This is not a healthy or realistic expectation. No one, least of all your children, expect this from you. The thing that makes a scrapbook so special for a child is the intimacy they feel from it. You can’t feel intimacy for 10,000 photos, so pick a few and make them special.
3. Start small
Sometimes we assume bigger is better. This is not true. Pick up a great “little” photo album or scrapbook that won’t require hours of creativity or a degree in design and use paper and paste to bring color and perspective to a fun birthday party or vacation. Even if you printed 5 to 10 of your most favorite photos each year and recorded who, where and what, you’d have an amazing and memorable collection of life moments to look back on.
4. Focus on personality and relationships
After all is said and done and the trip to Disney is unpacked, it’s the people we love that matter most. Remember to take and print everyday pictures of people you love laughing, working, reading, playing and interacting with others. These are the images you’ll treasure.
5. Take a class
Any project worth tackling requires some basic skills. Visit Big Picture Scrapbooking and connect with other moms around the globe that love to take pictures and preserve memories. With online access to a wide range of imaginative on-demand projects and progressive multi-week workshops, you are given fresh ideas and simple step-by-step instruction that will unlock your creativity and fuel scrapbook stories. You’ll not only learn how to scrapbook, you’ll learn how to make scrapbooking a reasonable and sustainable part of your life.
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