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Attention to anyone who wants to learn how to make a scrapbook. While enjoying scrap booking while retired was the original purpose of this how to make a scrapbook article, we feel this information would be great for anybody interested in learning how to make a scrapbook. This information will tell you everything you need to know in a short time to get you started with scrapbooking.

How to make a scrapbook

Scrap booking is a wonderful way to preserve the most special and valuable moments we share with the ones we care about the most.  Scrap booking is a way to bring happiness into your heart and joy to others who look at the scrapbooks with you.

If you are a beginner and you want to create beautiful keepsake scrapbooks, but you just do not know where to begin this article will show you all the tricks of the trade to creating beautiful scrapbooks for you or for others.  

Since the holidays are here this is a great time to make keepsake scrapbooks for gifts.   What better gift to have than to receive a scrapbook full of special moments and keepsakes.  Since the holiday is almost here if you want to present this scrapbook as a gift than we do not have a lot of time to spare.

To create a beautiful scrapbook quickly, so you can give it to the one you love we have to organize the supplies and make sure we have all the necessary supplies to begin.  It is easy to create scrapbooks, so do not worry if you have no previous experience making scrapbook albums.

If you follow my simple rules to creating scrapbooks, you can have a scrapbook completed and ready in a week or two.   Amazing huh!   Below are steps to making scrapbooks.  You need to follow the steps one by one in order and you should be done in no time.  These steps save you time and energy and you do not have to get stressed out.  There is enough of stress around the holidays, you do not need anymore, and after all, a finished album that highlights the photos in a unique way is the goal.  Be creative, do not be afraid to be different (unique) that is what scrap booking is all about.  So let us begin:

The materials you need before you begin are:

  1. a large box or bag to keep all you supplies together as you work
  2. a 3 ring binder or top loading album to fit the size paper you use
  3. page protectors or zip bags that will hold your paper and add-ons in the ring binder
  4. 40 coordinating papers of solid cardstocks for your page backgrounds
  5. 40 coordinating pattern papers for add-ons, titles, and matting
  6. 2 shape templates
  7. 2 pens
  8. 2 photo corner treatments
  9. 1 decorative scissor
  10. 1 fiber
  11. various page add-ons as you desire
  12. the album itself
your photos for this album only

1) Plan Each Album One by one
Here is what I would do for each scrapbook album I want to create quickly. When putting together the essentials for any scrapbook album, the center of attention for that day is the scrapbook you are working on.  Do not focus your attention on more than one scrapbook at a time.   Focusing on organizing one project at a time is very important. You may be planning to work on more than one scrapbook. That is fantastic! Organize each into its own box when planning it. Plan the supplies for each album separately. Do not get distracted or stressed out.

2) Get a Container or Tote.
Find a big sturdy bag or box with handles. You need a big box to keep your supplies in it for this scrapbook. Your box should be big enough for a binder, an album, your photos, tools and several basic supplies.  Also, get a large three ring binder for short-term storage of your speed scrapping page protectors as you work. You can use a three ring binder that fits your size pages.

3) Determine Your Theme.
Is it a particular year you are focusing on, vacations, a child, sports or a holiday? Decide on whatever theme you want to put into this particular album. Pick a scrapbook album style (top loading, strap, binder, spiral, mini size, 8.5x11, or 12x12) and the cover color. Try to choose this cover and color to bring out the theme of your album photos. There are so many beautiful albums out there now that choosing should be a fun process.

4) Plan the Inside of the Album.
Based on your album theme and maybe the color of the outside cover of the album, decide on the albums inside pages. This is where we keep it simple. You need to make sure that the pages in the album can move easily.  Do not clutter the inside pages. Spiral bound albums are very hard to use for speed scrapping. If you really want to, you can get it done! You will just need to really plan the layouts of the pages a little more thoroughly using a spiral bound album and use a zip bags to hold the kits since most spirals do not have top loading page protectors.
A) Choose two colors of solid cardstock. These should be coordinating and harmonious with the album cover. Buy at least ten to twelve sheets of these two colors of cardstock. If you want all the background paper to be identical cardstock, buy 40-45 sheets of one color.
B) Choose two kinds of patterned papers. These should coordinate in color with the two colors of cardstock already chosen. Take advantage of pattern paper packs that have lovely coordinated designs. Many companies like SEI, Chatterbox, Provo Craft, Sharon Ann, KMA and more make these packs of pattern paper and they save you a lot of time deciding your patterned paper coordinates!

5) Pick two template shapes for photos.
Keep it simple. Square, rectangle, oval or circle. Do not choose cutesy pillow shapes or intricate stars. If using a cutting device, like a circle cuter, put this in the speed scrapping tote or box. If you are doing it, keep the shapes very basic... rectangles with some corners rounded and one rounded shape every second or third page.

6) Select two types of corner treatments.
Photo corners come in many styles (corner punches, stickers, laser cut, clear plastic, black, gold, white, etc). Pick just two that coordinate. You can also decide not to include photo corners at all. Just mat the pictures.

7) Pick two pen colors to use for journaling.
These pens should show well on both solid cardstocks in Step A. Many speed scrappers choose black Zig Writers and a white gel pen. Put all the other pens away except the pens you choose here.
If you like to journal on matted squares of paper, cut about 10 pieces of each color solid cardstock measuring 2 inches by 3 inches. Use a paper trimmer or see scissors tips. When it comes time to actually journal, keep it simple. Who, What, When, and Where. Never just put the title "Grandpa". Make sure those three generations from now, will know his full name, date, and his location!

8) Add-ons should be kept simple.
Only use the main colors you have already chosen to create the borders, punch art, paper piecing, etc. Do not get too carried away on add-ons. The same simple fiber, flower, or border throughout a whole album looks elegant, classic, and matching. This keeps the focus on the photos and the messages in the journaling and it saves you time. After you get this far, you might look through your sticker binder or punch art stash. You probably have many things on hand to match with the colors you have chosen.
Try to use what you have. If you have to make something extra, keep it simple. Take the supplies from your existing stash of stickers, papers, titles, punch art, and swaps to go with the theme of your pictures. Why keep them if you are not going to use them? If you just do not have something you really do need, add it to a shopping list.

9) designate just a couple of pages for being extra-artistic.
Do those time-consuming technique pages at the end of the speed scrapping process. You can certainly do a page, two, or three that can be time demanding and creative within each speed-scrapped album. Those can take longer and have pop ups, lovely punch art or paper piecing, etc. Get 34 pages done in the speed scrapping style and then go back to do about 4 to 6 later in a more 'artistic" way.
10) Chose one Decorative Scissors that You Love.
Use the same scissors in regular and jumbo cut scissors. This keeps the eye from registering the cuts used as too "busy". Using straight edge scissors on some pictures and mats and one decorative scissors on others is enough variety in the scissor dept.

11) Clear the Floor!
Find a clear area in your house. Get rid of the distractions! You will need lots of space for this.

12) Lay Out the Page Protectors on the Floor.
Place two pieces of cardstock or pattern paper in each protector to be the background. We are on our way!

13) Get Out Your Photos.
Whether in a box or an old album, bring your photos to the work area. Arrange your photos in the page protectors in the same sequence you want to use in the finished album. Most albums are in order within the event theme. Start taking out the 4-6 photos for a page and insert them into a page protector. Repeat this until all the groups of photos are inserted by page layouts into their page protectors. How many will fit on each page depend on the size of the photos? Keep it as estimation for now. You do not have to actually lay them out on the backgrounds exactly yet. Just loosely place them inside the protectors.

14) Unclear pictures can be taken out at this time.
Give your duplicates away or store them in a safe location. Label and store your negatives off site at a safety deposit box, a friend's home, or family member's home. Keep sorting the photos for this one album until you have all the photos divided up throughout the protectors in the binder or on the floor.

15) Use the binder.
Now put the page protectors with the background paper and the photos into a large three ring binder if possible. Do not put them into the final album until the end of the scrapping process. This will give you the ability to move them easily or work with them more than once until you get the pages in a 'final' arrangement that you like. The three ring binder is only a temporary sequencing help create the scrapbook.

16) Put Your Clear-cut add-ons into the Page Protectors.
Go back to the beginning set and place add-ons and page additions into each protector. Insert in only those that you know go with those photos. This includes any poems, stickers, die cuts, pre-made page toppers or other additions you already have on hand. Make sure that what you insert in is what you will use on that page with those specific photos. Add in a fiber strand here or there from your fiber choice. Not every page needs fiber but it is a pretty addition and adds texture and continuity to the album.

17) Save the time-intensive embellishments for other albums.
Do a small amount of complex add-ons when speed scrapping. Make sure you get the album done first before you do the more complex add-ons. Especially if you are giving, this as a present and you are on a specific period.
19) Pack Up that Tote.
Pack your bag, box, or tote with the glue of your choice, scissors, binder of photos and papers, pens, journal squares, extra corners, and the extras of the papers you chose to match. Add your photo corners to the tote. You are ready for cropping.

20) Now, you can create scrapbooks anytime!
Now you know that you know what you are doing, you have become a pro! You have all your supplies together. You have a goal in mind. Now you can make scrapbooks whenever your heart desires! Have fun!

Thank you to Stacey Chillemi for this article on how to make a scrapbook

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