There was a period during high school where I was in to scrapbooking big time! Then I just kind of fell out of the habit and didn’t give it much thought for years.
Over the last year I’ve been collecting scrapbooking supplies (thanks to Project Life and A Beautiful Mess’ Messy Box) but I haven’t actually done much scrapbooking until recently! It’s quite the horror when you see how many supplies I’ve been hoarding.
My main issue is that I don’t actually take enough photos of every day life. So this year I’m making it my mission to take more photos of everything we’re up to.
Alongside this, I’ve been scrapbooking old photos that have been lying around in boxes or were only on the computer. This page is about Blogcademy which I attended with Sophie well over a year ago. I’ve been enjoying this so far – it’s great to take a walk down memory lane as I do a page. But I’m really looking forward to getting to the point at which I’m just scrapbooking last month’s or even last week’s photos. Who knows if that’ll ever really happen though?!
I really want to look back in a year’s time or ten years’ time and have beautiful albums filled with wonderful memories.
Over the last few months I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks to share with you.
SORT YOUR PHOTOS
Sorting your photos is especially important if you’re playing catch up like I am. I’m assuming your photos are mainly digital, like mine. If so, go through all those folders on your computer and come up with a bit of a structure for them. All my photos are now organised by year and then some years are organised further by month and/or event. You then want to go through and sort the photos you want to print and scrapbook. I created a “To Print” folder and every couple of days I slowly go through my photos and copy them over to this folder. Try to keep them sorted by year still. Once they’re printed, I delete them so the folder is clear again. Make sure you’re copying into this folder, not cutting.
If your photos are already printed, go through them and sort them by year or even month (unless you’re very organised and that’s already done!).
GET SAVVY WITH PRINTS
I’d recommend printing your photos at a stationery store or through a photo website as this will be more cost-effective than printing at home. Try print heaps at once too as often the more you print, the less you pay per photo.
In saying that, I’d recommend having photo paper on hand for your at-home printer too. I couldn’t tell you the number of times I’ve almost finished a page and then realised I’d forgotten to print one necessary photo.
GET CREATIVE WITH PHOTO LAYOUTS
As I started scrapbooking back in intermediate (in the early 2000s), I’m used to traditional scrapbooking where you glue photos on a piece of paper. I absolutely love the new style which comes from Becky Higgins’ Project Life method but I’m still getting used to it.
I love that there is no gluing involved but it does mean that you’re quite restricted to the sizes and orientations of the photo pockets. This becomes particularly tricky if you’re working with photos that are both portrait and landscape. Don’t be afraid to get creative and think outside the box.
In the picture above, there’s a square photo in the middle. The thing is, this photo wasn’t square to start off with – it was portrait. But my other two photos from this day were landscape. Now one option would be to use two different pages (one with landscape pockets and one with portrait) but this didn’t seem worth it with only three photos. So I decided to trim off the top of the photo which wasn’t really needed, making it square. I then layered it in front of a card from one of my Project Life kits so that it sat in the pocket nicely. Problem solved! Another solution would have been to print the photo at a smaller size, making it fit into the 4×3 portrait pocket.
To make this easier, make sure you buy a few different types of photo pages so that you’ve got more combinations to play with.
This last tip is one of the most important. Collect, collect, collect! Collect ticket stubs and cards and anything that might look good in your scrapbook. It’s the dates, the journaling and the memorabilia that’ll really make your pages special.
I’m still very much a beginner scrapbooker as I’m just getting back in to it but I think I’m making some progress towards a streamlined process. As I learn more and make layouts I love, I’ll share them here.
Do you have any tips for scrapbooking your life?