Scrapbooking – What is it All About and How Do I Get Started?

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Scrapbooking is the synthesis of many creative pursuits into one. It can involve painting, drawing, computer art, digital and standard photography, photo editing, writing, stamping, paper artistry, and design and color theory, making it a fulfilling creative outlet for even those people whose imaginative side runs in many different directions.

From the big milestone moments to the little pleasures that make up the fabric of our everyday lives, scrapbooking is a way to immortalize our memories for future generations, to scrapbook is to create a legacy.

But how do you actually get started?

You don’t even need pictures to start; you can add them later. You will need some basic supplies, though. Invest in a good paper trimmer (a lower-end one will not give you a clean, accurate cut), some acid- and lignin-free cardstock and patterned paper, a good pair of scissors and an archival-quality adhesive.

Now, you’ve got your pictures and your basic supplies. Next you’ll need ideas. Where do they come from?

After you’ve been scrapping for awhile, inspiration will likely come to you from just about everywhere. But when you are first starting out, you might need a little creative nudge and some technical help. The best place for both of these is your local scrapbook store.

Although the large chain stores offer a dizzying array of scrapbook products and may even offer some classes, you won’t get the kind of personal attention that you will get from a local store. Even before you buy your basic supplies, visit a local store and ask for some help.

A good store will take the time to help you get started by making product recommendations and project suggestions. And if you bring in some pictures, they can even help you choose some cardstock and papers to complement them and help you with your first layout.
And it’s a good idea to take a beginner’s class at the store too. Chances are these classes will have fewer participants than a class at a larger store, and that can be very helpful when you are just learning the ropes.

Armed with your supplies, instruction and inspiration from your local scrapbook store, and your own imagination, you are well on your way to creating a memory. Life is all to fleeting, and although there is nothing one can do to halt the hands of time, you can freeze your memories forever in between the pages of a scrapbook.

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