Starting Scrapbooking

Some of my friends have asked me how to start scrap-booking, although there are many  books and information on the web,  I have decided to do a post on how I scrapbook.

“A scrapbook is simply a decorated photo album that also preserves the stories behind the photos (called journaling), it can also hold memorabilia (tickets, certificates, letters, etc.).”-

Basic supplies needed
Album: (Acid-free) I use 12″ x 12″ three-ring binder photo albums.
Card-stock: (Acid-free) In solid colors like black, white, primary and secondary colors. You will need mostly the size of your album, but you can also buy smaller sizes to use as mats, borders, etc. Coordinate your colors with your patterned papers. If you can’t find acid free card-stock, you can also Acid-free) watercolor paper.

I use mostly White card-stock which I paint and decorate. Here I used a toothbrush and three different coordinating colors of Decoart Americana Acrylic Paint (which is acid free) to splatter paint onto white card-stock. (Please click on photo for more information.)

Here I experimented with watercolors and rock-salt. Please note that Rock salt is corrosive and should not come in contact with original photos, memorabilia, etc. Please click on photo for more information.

Here I used cream card-stock which I colored with water and instant coffee, sprinkled lightly with fine instant coffee and add rock salt. Note: Black coffee registers at 5.0. Please click on photo for more information.
Eraser: Good quality.
Glue-sticks: (Acid-free)
Nail-clippers: For cutting round corners.
Notebook: (Does not have to be Acid-free)
Page protectors: Transparent plastic sheets used to display and protect pages. (Acid-free) In the same size as your albums.  I use Top Loading Sheet Protectors 12″ x 12″
Pen: (Acid-free) For writing captions, journaling, titles, etc.
Pencil: Soft.
Pencil sharpener.
Photos: Do not use original photos, but make copies if possible. If you must use the originals, adhere them with photo corners for easy removal.
Photo Corners: (Acid-free)
Patterned paper: (Acid-free) You will need mostly the size of your album, but you can also buy smaller sizes to use as mats, borders, etc.  I always buy at least 4 pages of one pattern, as I often do more than one page layouts.

I also decorate my own patterned papers by rubber-stamping, painting, etc. on solid colored card-stock. Please click on photo for more information.

Scissors Small and big.

Alphabet Stickers (Acid-free) I always buy more than one sheet, as one uses some letters more than others, Dried flowers, lace, ribbon, small buttons, silk Hawaiian lei, etc.
Paint-brushes, coloring pencils (I like Aquarelle), Ink-pads (black is good, although I use brown a lot) rubber-stamps (try to get some that you will use in many layouts), Stencils, (Alphabets are handy), Tweezers, craft knife, etc.

You can remove old stuck photos by sliding dental floss beneath the corners of the photo and carefully sliding it back and forth to gently “saw” through the adhesive.
Scan newspaper clippings, cards, mementos, etc. and print them on archival paper

Captions and Journaling
Use the The 5 W’s and one H; who, what, when, where, why and how.

Terms (Scrapbookers Dictionary)
Acid-free: “If a product is acid-free, technically it means it has a pH value of less than 7.0, but more importantly it means that it won?t ruin photographs or cause paper fibers to disintegrate, become brittle, crack, or turn “brown.””
Archival: “An archival material should have a neutral or slightly alkaline pH; it should also . . . have good aging properties” (Artist’s Magazine).

Do you have any questions, hints or any suggestions ?

I would love to hear from you.


Scrapbook planning.



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