Username Post: Where Do I begin?        (Topic#1579465)
ebonysmith19
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Hi everyone! My name is Ebony and I am new here. I'm so new that I have yet to start a layout. A few months ago I took an interest in scrapbooking because I wanted to have a positive hobby...other than watching tv,lol! I have thousands of photos so I figured this was a perfect way to feature some of my favorites. Since then I have watched tons of scrapbooking videos on YouTube and I have a wishlist going on this site. I also subscribed to the scrapbooking classes on this site. After quite a busy summer I think I'm ready to finally do my first layout. The problem is that I have no idea where to begin. I feel so overwhelmed by the layouts I see and the products in the store. If anyone has any suggestions on creating a basic layout for beginners or just anything to help get me started, that would be great:-) What products do you recommend? And one last thing...I'm having trouble adding my profile pic. I've followed the instructions (which aren't very hard) numerous times and I can't get the pic to come up on my profile. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your comments and I love all the layouts on this site by the way!


 
Here Kitty
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Welcome
The "Getting Started" link at the top of this forum section should be a bit of help to you.

As for the avatar, your file may be too large. Resize it to a much smaller size and see if it will work.


 
MiaFrancis
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Hi Ebony =)

I got into scrapbooking couple months ago and I just let my imagination run free =) Don't worry about having lot of stuff now, you can actually decide what theme of first layout and go get stuff for it and continue this way and you will slowly get what you need =) that is what I did. Don't let it to overwhelm you or you won't enjoy it.


 
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Wanted to add this thread - it has avatar info that will help you

http://www.scrapbook.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/15736...


 
ebonysmith19
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Thank you so much! I will try resizing my photo tonight and hopefully that will fix it. I will check out the link as well. Thanks again for your help!


 
ebonysmith19
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Thank you Mia. That's really great advice. I think that's my main problem which is the layout, but what you suggested should really help. Hopefully I will be posting my first one soon!


 
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Ebony welcome!! You sound like me!! I have been watching a ton of you tube videos. I started scrapping 12 yrs ago, took a long 5 year break. Wow has it changed!!! I feel like I have never scrapped before.
Remember scrapping is a very personal craft and be YOU(:


 
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Just start. I know that seems easy, but it is!!! I promise when you complete your first layout, the secondis easier, and the third is easier!!! Don't worry about being to "right" or correct.....just start. Sketches are a great way to start. I have a board of sketches on my pintrest (you can link through my blog in my signature).
Just start. But the only "rule" that I go by is that once I am done with a LO, I am done! No redoing layouts!!! You will get better with time, you will find your style, and when you look back at your first couple of layouts, you might be tempted to redo them. Don't. First of all, we all start somewhere!!! And they are great to look back and see how your style evolves and changes! Plus, if you are continuing to redo layouts, you never get ahead!!!!


 
ebonysmith19
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Yeeeeeah I was able to resize my photo and finally add it to my profile. Thanks again for your help!


 
ebonysmith19
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Thank you so much! I'm starting to feel a bit more confident about getting started.


 
ebonysmith19
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Thanks! Your right...I just need to start it and get it over with,lol! I think my problem is that I want my LO's to be perfect, but I realize that's it's not about that. I will have to check out your Pinterest board and follow you. I am a Pinterest-holic and have come across a few layouts on there for inspiration myself. Well time to go...I'm currently watching the Olympics as I'm typing this:-) Thanks again for your kind advice.


 
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Hi, Ebony:

Welcome to SB.com! I started scrapbooking by coming up with titles for the pictures I had. I started with family heritage albums, and I had pages for mothers and daughters, brothers and sisters, etc. In addition to titles, journaling will help you let teh pictures tell the story. You cannot write everything about everything, so you will need to develop an eye for the special details, etc. If you have great pics with cute titles and great journaling, you have what I consider to be the backbone of a good LO. That's all I can tell you, b/c like I said, that's how I started. actually, at the time I was working on what I thought would be just a plain old photo album. when I came up with titles for the pages, I realized I was, indeed, scrapbooking. Hope that helps.


 
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Ebony, your layout will be perfect =) It will be perfect because it will be you, that is how I look at it and like was here said you will only get better with time and I'm sure your first layouts will be really cute =) can't wait to see them!


 
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Exactly what MiaFrancis said!!!! It will be perfect!!!!
A lot of times I do a LO or technique just to see if I can! It doesn't always come out exactly right but it is always MY design!!! No rules to scrapbooking except have fun!!!!


 
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Hi Ebony and welcome!

Some advice from a girl who plunged straight into an album as a gift, so it had to be perfect LOL. Your wedding album will probably be displayed in chronological order, right? But you don't have to scrap each page in the order it will come.

I suggest roughly planning the papers you want to use, and the embellishments, and which photos you want on each page. Then pick some photos from somewhere in the middle - fun ones rather than elegant. Maybe you with your friends? And scrap that first. Get to know your tools, your colours, how the papers feel, what you like and what you don't. Maybe choose a page from the Gallery which has the same number and orientation of photos, and copy (scrap-lift) it using your own colours and products.

Don't try making your title page first, otherwise you will be overwhelmed.

Oh, and if you like the look of slanting your photos, don't angle them too much, just enough for interest.

You won't get "perfect" and that doesn't matter, because it's your wedding, your album, your way. And it will be beautiful. Good luck and have fun!


 
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I still don't know where to start sometimes when I start a new page. I finally found what works for me.

I get a 12 x 12 white page (I use one that comes in the scrapbook pages).

I put my pictures on it, the embellies, type out journaling if I'm journaling on that page, lay down die cuts, brads that match - whatever I want all on the white paper.

Then I see a theme and things jump out at me. I substitute the white paper for printed paper or plain cardstock and even look for patterns and cardstock that look nice with those pictures or memoribilia.

Then I move stuff around and play with it until I like what I've done. But the only way I can do a page is just to move the stuff around and the only way I can pick papers and cardstock is to lay them all down on white and see what colors jump out at me.

Sketches don't help me, they frustrate me but I do occasionally look in the gallery for ideas once I have selected everything to get ideas for arranging my stuff if I don't like what I'm coming up with on my own.


 
ebonysmith19
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Thank you! Yes this helps very much:-) I think I would be better at the titles than journaling. I'm sure I can do some journaling since I'm able to look at some of my photos and still remember certain details of that day. It's the dates I don't really remember. I may have to start to keep track of them


 
ebonysmith19
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Thank you so much!!


 
ebonysmith19
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I like that idea...No Rules!!:-)


 
ebonysmith19
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Great advice!! I will keep this in mind. I've checked out a few sketches, but I'm thrown off by the picture sizes???


 
ebonysmith19
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Nice blog!! I started following your pins as well:-)


 
Henri Jean
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I made a scrapbook in 1969 when my husband and I were dating. We broke up, he got the book, gave it to his mother when he went in the army, his sister got it when his mother died. At some point it got wet - was a moldy mess but still basically intact.

I was able to salvage some of the pictures but am heartbroken that I didn't journal. I don't know the stories behind the pictures or the dates or who some of the people are. I learned my lesson.

Now I tell the stories and have learned to enjoy journaling the stories that go with the pictures. I want to know the details. If we went out to dinner - who did we go with and did we order something special? Was it a special event for someone in our group? Did something funny happen.

For example - and this is a wonderful story. My ex-husband went out to eat with about 10 people that worked for his company in different cities around the country. Total strangers to him - they met in class that morning and were together for 4 hours of morning meetings and classes and then went to lunch together.

After they were seated he excused himself before they ordered and went to the men's room.

When he came back he went to the table and sat down and then ordered with everyone. The food came and everyone was talking. Then someone asked him if he was friends of the bride or the groom? He said he worked with everyone.

While he was in the men's room the restaurant moved everyone to another table and he didn't realize it since he didn't know the people very well so he ordered with the wedding people and started eating with them before he realized he wasn't with the people he was supposed to be with. He was at the correct table - the people had just been moved to another table and another group seated there.

You can show pictures of the people all day but you need the story or its going to get lost.

Most of my pages have a story behind them - almost all of them do and that is what I don't want to loose.

When my kids go through books with pages on them they read the stories and pay more attentiont to the journaling more than they do the photos.

One person here said she would try journaling on the book she was making for her fiance. She couldn't believe it - he liked the jouraling best - he read every word and that is what made him smile.

Journaling and photos work together.

All I'm saying is I have big regrets that I didn't journal many years ago - so many memories lost.


 
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I think of journaling as me explaining the pictures to the person looking at the album...but I don't have to be standing over their shoulder. I write what I would want people to know about what's going on in the layout. It may sound boring as you're writing it, but every moment in life isn't a big exciting adventure. Well, except for Henri's


 
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Hi Ebony,
I remember that day like it was yesterday and not 12 years ago!!! Thats when I started scrapbooking. Enough of that nonsense. My main question to you would be how do you want to scrapbook. That might help you figure out where to start. I am a chronological scrapbooker so I scrapbook by year. I also have birthday albums for my children which includes their birthdays and any extracurricular activities that they do. Some people scrapbook by event and have albums for each holiday and events that have occured in your life. You can check out my site at scrappingwonders.com and you might find some ideas from there as well.


 
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That is funny Mrs. Driver. I don't think about my life as being exciting but I guess I do get to do a lot and go to a lot of places because my husband loves to travel.

However, my life didn't start getting fun until I was 60. Before then it was pretty normal.

Now my husband and I do have a lot of fun, we are loving retirement!

I agree with what you wrote - I also like a person to be able to tell what is going on and know the stories without me having to stand over their shoulders and tell them.

My oldest son really wants all my scrapbooks and I want everything to make sense to him. I want his daughter, my granddaughter to know me through my pages.

Everyone scraps for a different reason - like the Happy Scrapper said. I agree wholeheartedly.

And I think you have to decide that before you know how you want to scrap. Some scrappers want the artistry and beauty of each page. Some want to preserve the pictures.

I want to tell the story of our relationship, our travels and lives in words, pictures and momentos.

And I want books that my husband and I can enjoy when we can't travel anymore and I want all the stories and funny things to job our memories.


 
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Ditto...especially ditto to loving the retirement years. One of our kids gave my hubby a desk plaque that says, "You can't make me. I'm retired." and that pretty well sums up our life now. We worked hard for many years and now we're enjoying our pay-off.

I know our oldest daughter & her girls will want my albums. The other kids will enjoy looking at them at her house :>) But it won't be like my mom and me looking through my grandma's albums and wondering who some of the people were...like why this one guy is asleep in a bed right in the middle of a family picture from around 1900. If only the old pictures had been journaled!


 
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Everyone has good suggestions. What helped me when I was starting was collecting pics of layouts I liked. I used them to scraplift - whether it's the placement, style, sketch, etc. and it helped me feel comfortable creating my own layouts.


 
ebonysmith19
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Thank you all so much for your suggestions!! They are very helpful and I feel a bit more confident now. I'm looking at ordering this beginner scrapbook tool kit to help get me started. Hopefully I can start my first layout when I get back from my Myrtle Beach vacation next week!! Can't wait to show you guys my first layout!


 
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