is becoming one of the most popular craft/hobbies in the
country as it is both creative and practical. It's easy
for anyone to create exciting, artistic pages to enhance
their photos. On the practical side, this rewarding hobby
provides a family treasure that will endure for countless
generations. Planning a scrapbook page/layout is much like
planning a greeting card. All it requires is a theme, a
bit of time, and your creative ideas. Here are some facts
and steps to help you get started.
Get those pictures out of shoeboxes and onto the coffee
table where they can be enjoyed. Organize and sort your
photos by subjects, such as Activities, Events, People,
Places, Things, Time, etc. Then sort each category into
chronological order. Most people begin with a memory book
for each child, a Christmas book, a birthday book or a vacation
book. Gather your decorating materials. Everything that
touches your photos should be of archival quality, that
CREATE A PAGE
Select photos with which to build a theme for your page.
If desired, crop photos to desired shapes, using die cut
templates, scissors, corner borders, craft punches, etc.
Select enhancing papers or stickers, or create a background
with rubber stamps. Before adhering anything to your page,
experiment with the layout by moving things around until
you are satisfied with the results. Then assemble and glue
ARRANGE YOUR MEMORY BOOK
Assemble your finished pages in chronological order to tell
the story. Add memorabilia to facing pages, such as letters,
awards, programs, tickets, etc. Leave room for journaling.
Add information and details.
Any material that does not contain acid, which destroys
photos with time. A neutral pH of 7.0, like that of pure
water, is ideal for archival use. If the pH value of stamp
pad ink is unknown, mat your photos with acid free paper
before mounting on a stamped background. Heat set or emboss
stamped images. Heat embossed images should be kept away
from direct contact with your photographs, since the pH
value of embossing powder cannot be determined.
Lignin is a natural, acidic substance found in most papers,
used for strength and stiffness. It causes chemical degradation
free paper which has been stabilized to eliminate the
formation of destructive alkaline substances.
LIGHTFASTNESS: Resistance to fading. Dye based inks tend to be "light
fugitive" or fast fading when exposed to light, heat or
moisture. Pigment based inks are fade resistant, colorfast,
and often waterproof.
Produce decorative artwork, accents, borders,
scenes related to the page theme.
Use to punch shapes in layered pieces, create confetti-like
accents, or decorate photo or paper corners.