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Suggestions for Scrapbook: Journaling a 25th Anniversary Celebration

August 28th, 2006

It’s hard to believe that my husband and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year. We are having a dinner party at the church where we got married. I’m already planning a scrapbook of the event. Here are some of the things that will be included. Maybe you can get some ideas here for your next celebration.

1. Digital photos

My sister will be bringing her digital camera. I want to get a picture of every family or couple who attends. In my scrapbook, I will write who they are and any special memories about them. I will also be taking pictures of the church, even though it has been totally remodeled since we were married there. Pictures of the cake and dinner food will make a nice addition, along with a copy of the menu and mention of who catered it.

2. Guestbook pages

I’m not sure what type of guest book we will have. If it is already in a nice album, I’ll make a copy of the pages for my scrapbook. One idea would be to have pretty guestbook pages in a looseleaf binder. Then, I could just take them out and put them in a plastic sleeve in my anniversary album.

3. Invitations

A copy of the invitation will probably be the first page of my album. On the other side will be an original invitation from my wedding.

4. Then and now pictures

I want to take picture copies of my wedding showing my husband and myself, my parents, bridal party, and special guests. Across from each of these, I will put pictures of these same people now. There will be captions under each picture, identifying the people, and writing something special about them.

5. The album

The pages of the album will be wedding-type scrapbook paper. My favorite color is pink, so there will probably be a lot of that color in the pages. The pictures will be spaced so there is room for a paragraph or so to describe each. Finally, each page will be in an acid-free, archival quality plastic sleeve for preservation and protection.

If you are planning a celebration of any kind this summer, let your imagination go free. Come up with ideas of pictures, scrapbook layouts, and written descriptions that you will treasure for years to come. It will provide you with many hours of enjoyment and memories.

How To Choose The Perfect Scrapbook Embellishment

August 28th, 2006

A scrapbooking embellishment is a wonderful way to spruce up any scrapbook page, and with so many embellishments to choose from, the choices may feel overwhelming. On the other hand, you may be tempted to jump right in and buy as many as you can because they’re so enticing. This may leave you with a lot of wonderful embellishments that you don’t know what to do with. One of the best ways to make the most of your options and your budget is to approach these wonderful additions with a plan.

Before you start shopping, have a good idea of what type of scrapbook embellishment you’re looking for and give yourself a budget. You don’t need to have your scrapbook all planned out (that can take away from the fun of choosing extras!), but if you know your theme and colors, you can make the most of your money and won’t find yourself “stuck” with an embellishment that is so specific you can’t use it for multiple purposes. One exception to this is clearance items. You can find great deals on off-season embellishments, and some are simply too good to pass up.

What types of scrapbook embellishment should you choose? This is entirely up to you! With so many to choose from, let your imagination run free. You’ll probably have some ideas in mind, and will probably think of some new ones as you shop. Consider a variety, but not so many as to become distracting. Embellishments range from everything from specialty papers to brads, eyelets, tags, and photo anchors. Choose those that are complimentary, serve your theme, and that add that special touch that only you can create.

Interested in other, less expensive alternatives? Consider using scrapbook embellishments you make out of keepsakes and other special items. Did your mother crochet an heirloom baby blanket? Ask her for the extra pieces of yarn to include on a photo page of your child wrapped in the blanket. Did you pick up a keepsake on recent travels? You might be able to use this in your vacation scrapbook. When you start looking around, you may see that the perfect scrapbook embellishments are right in front of you.

Throwing a Scrapbooking Party

August 28th, 2006

A scrapbooking party can be a great way to introduce guests to the art of scrapbooking or for experienced crafters to share ideas and tips. (These get-togethers are called “crops.”) There are many ways to approach a scrapbooking party, and the best approach for your party depends on your guests and the goals of the party. A children’s birthday party can incorporate scrapbooking as a fun activity, or a number of experienced scrapbookers can spend an afternoon (or an entire day!) sharing their secrets. The following ideas can help you plan a great scrapbooking party.

General Parties
Whether you’re throwing a child’s birthday party or a party specifically for scrapbooking, be sure to consider your guests. Children may be new to the idea, so creating some simple kits for each guest is a great way to introduce the craft. Consider using mini albums and offering a range of papers and embellishments for each person attending. Put your own scrapbooks on display, or favorite pages, to show guests the possibilities and to give ideas. For children’s parties, you may need to provide some individual assistance. If you have a friend or other parent who can help, invite that person as well. Inform guests ahead of time that you will be scrapbooking so they can bring some favorite photos.

Crops
Crops are a great way to share ideas, tips, and talk about scrapbooking with others who share your passion. You can host a party based on a particular theme (such as birthdays or weddings), or host a party for scrapbooking in general. You can offer supplies, or consider having a scrapbooking “potluck” where everyone brings something to share. This can be a great way to exchange items for a minimal cost. Depending on your supplies, you can provide many of the tools to make it easier on your guests (although many will have scrapbooking totes). If you use a particular theme, add to the party with appropriate decorations, music, and food to set the mood.

Have You Tried Scrapbooking Software Yet?

August 28th, 2006

Have you considered using scrapbooking software but are hesitant to try? I know I was. I put off my purchase for quite a while but was pleasantly surprised when I recently bought Scrapbook Factory Deluxe. This program has greatly exceeded my expectations and really comes with many more features than just the ability to create scrapbook layouts. Of course, I was concerned with the quality of the pages and was curious if something would be “lost” from the scrapbook in creating pages with digital images rather than the traditional paper crafting.

Scrapbooking software is relatively new on the scrapbooking scene. It allows you to do some great digital stuff with your scrapbook projects. But another benefit is that you don’t have to purchase all those other scrapbook supplies, you know, like tons of embellishments, stickers, die cuts, fonts, alphabets and the like. The software comes with these in digital form so you can try things out to your heart’s desire, without spending additional money. If you don’t like the outcome, you simply “remove” it from the layout. This software makes putting together your own pages a breeze. It comes with a large assortment of pre-done layouts. You simply need to upload your photos and with a click they are inserted into the desired scrapbook page. You do have the ability to make your own layouts too so the program is suitable for even the advanced scrapbook enthusiast.

The program was very easy to install, I just had to follow the directions on the screen. As soon as the program was loaded, I was ready to start creating scrapbook pages. It is really that easy.

The program comes with 5000 templates, 40,000 graphics, and more than 1000 fonts. You can choose from a variety of projects too like journals, mini-albums, calendars, cards, envelopes, and labels. A really fun aspect of the program is that it gives you the ability to create web albums, so you can share your scrapbook layouts with family and friends.

A special section of the program allows you to create a large variety of paper craft projects including origami, scrapbook pockets, mobiles, book covers, gift boxes, paper dolls, and table tents. Honestly, this program will keep you busy for hours with all the pre-made crafts.

Another benefit to the scrapbooking software? My kids love to use this. It has so many features from pre-made layouts, which make it easy for the younger kids, to the ability to add journaling and do some graphics work which keeps my older child happy. The only drawback to this software I have found is that I have to set the kitchen timer so that everyone gets their turn to use it!

Dee Marie is a freelance writer and enjoys scrapbooking. You can read more about scrapbooking software and get other scrapbooking tips and ideas at http://www.scrapbooking-bug.com.

Scrapbooking with Kids and Teens

August 28th, 2006

As adults, when we think of scrapbooks, we immediately think of photographs. When we look online, we find albums filled with photographs. Of course many of the layouts we see are filled with embellishment but the central focus is the photographs.

Kids and teens also enjoy scrapbooking. Scrapbooks do not have to be photographs. Here are several ideas for both kids and teens:

• Lyrics to songs
• Photos from magazines
• Postcards
• Greeting cards
• Collector cards
• Classmate photos from school
• School reports
• Photos off the web of a favorite television star or musician
• CD covers

Kids and teens enjoy collecting all types of things that can be put into scrapbooks. Older kids of course can use all of your scrapbooking supplies. You might be amazed at the creativity teens show through scrapbooking.

Young children often do better with very small scrapbooks, and your scrap paper. They can glue it, cut it and add it to their treasures.

For the older kids, you may want to consider copying whatever they wish to scrapbook onto acid free and lignin free paper so that it does not turn yellow and crack.

Kids and teens both love stickers. We have always watched for sales on stickers. Over the years we have bought more than our fair share of stickers. For very young children, I don’t think it’s necessary to worry about the stickers being acid free. I have from time to time found stickers that come 1000 to a box. I’ve bought those and had the younger kids use them in their scrapbooks.

One of my daughters actually created a wonderful album of all of her stickers. It came out beautiful. The pages were nothing but stickers.

Another idea for kids making scrapbooks is to use homemade albums versus the store bought albums. Start with a piece of colored cardstock for the cover. Punch three holes in the side of the cardstock and then add pages. You can either use white cardstock as your base, or full sheets of scrapbook paper. Punch holes in each page. Use ribbon through the holes to tie it all together. Not only do the kids love these scrapbooks but they can make wonderful handmade gifts to give to others.

It really is possible to scrapbook at almost any age, and with almost anything as your focal point. Next time the kids say “I’m bored” suggest they create a scrapbook.

Audrey Okaneko has been scrapbooking for several years. She can be reached at audreyoka@cox.net or visited at http://www.scrapping-made-simple.com

Creating a Surprise Party Scrapbook

August 28th, 2006

It is so much fun to plan a surprise party. I planned a party for my mom for her 70th birthday. After it was over, I realized how much she did not know about the planning I had done.

I was able to recreate quite a bit for her scrapbook. My dad and I actually began making plans a year in advance. I began her scrapbook with a calendar page from the year before. I then included photos and information from all of the banquet rooms we had considered. The banquet room we ended up choosing was in a hotel, so we saved a postcard from the hotel along with a brochure of the hotel.

We did hire an entertainer and so I included some information from his website to add to the scrapbook also.

When we compiled the guest list, I printed it out so she would know who we invited. I had asked for R.S.V.P.s through email and so I was able to print out all of the emails, both those saying they’d love to attend and those that were regrets. Some of the regrets actually wrote personal messages to give to my mom. So, they were given to her at the party and then put into her scrapbook with the other messages.

I also saved one of the invitations so she could see the invitation that went out to all of her friends.

Journaling can also be fun when planning a surprise party. For example, my mom did not want to go to the restaurant where the party was being held. We journaled about how we had to convince her that no one else could accommodate our family that night and how this place was the only one that served foods my sister could eat. When we arrived, we did not want to walk through the parking garage, and so we led my mom around the side of the restaurant. She truly thought we were all nuts, not knowing where we were going. These are great things to journal as a remembrance of the event.

During the party, we had multiple people taking photos. We of course were the last guests to arrive and I wanted photos of other guests as they arrived and of the hor d’orves table. And of course we wanted a photo of my mom walking in and being surprised.

We did take pictures throughout the evening and had a lot to work with when we went to create her album. My mom was able to see the party from start to finish through our eyes.

Audrey Okaneko has been scrapbooking for several years. She can be reached at audreyoka@cox.net or visited at http://www.scrapping-made-simple.com

Scrapbooking For Cash

August 28th, 2006

Have you always enjoyed designing and creating scrapbooks? Well why don’t you scrapbook for other people and get paid for it! If you’re like me you probably have loads of friends and relatives that see your scrapbooks and say “wow that’s great I wish I could make a scrapbook like that” I’m right aren’t I? If you are hearing this from others it may just be time for you to start your own scrapbooking business. There are plenty of reasons people like this can’t scrapbook like you can and I think the main reason is that the could not be bothered taking the time to learn how to do it, and if they had an opportunity for someone else to create a scrapbook for them, they would jump at the chance even if it meant paying to get it done.

If you’re an experienced scrapbooker or your keen to get into scrapbooking there is a very big market out their to sell your services especially if you’re good at scrapbooking. You see the business of scrapbooking relies heavily on word of mouth and there is no doubt that that is the quickest and easiest way to get your business off the ground. Simply call all your friends and family and tell them what you are doing and how much our are willing to charge them to create a scrapbook for them (remember not to charge too little as you’re the expert, charge as much as you want).

Once you have made a name for yourself within your own circle of friends and family you will find that they will tell their friends and the snowball effect will begin. Once you’re established locally you can then concentrate on setting up an online service so you can begin receiving customers from all over the world!

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More to Digital Scrapbooking

August 28th, 2006

With digital technology taking over our lives more and more these days it comes as no surprise that most traditional hobbies, arts and interests are turning digital. And scrapbooking is no different. With most families having access to personal computers and the internet there are a lot of scrapbookers that are breaking away from the traditional forms of scrapping and entering a new wave of digital scrapbooking.

Some of the reasons for this can be varied but with the availability of printers scanners and software packages, and the low prices associated with these items it makes more sense financially to turn to this style of scrapbooking. The internet is another revolution that people are using to harness the power of getting their scrapbooks seen all over the world. No longer do you have to waste money on trying different colors and styles with traditional methods when you can do the same with a click of a mouse. The use of image editing is a great advantage to the modern scrapbooker, with the ability of repairing damaged and marked photos being a huge help to creating the scrapbook you dreamed of.

But there are also a lot of scrapbookers out their who like to have a scrapbook they can touch and feel and keep close to them so the good old scrapbook will still be on home coffee tables for a few years yet.

Have you seen http://www.scrapbookingdomain.com check out the site for all your free scrapbooking needs including news, tips and articles.

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Tips for Scrapbooking

August 28th, 2006

Scrap booking is a hobby or craft that is related to pasting newspaper clips, magazine articles, and personal photographs or other into customized decorated albums or scrap books. So if you too share in the same interest you should choose the right paper, templates and ideas to make your own scrap book.

1. You need to choose the right paper for your project as there are a variety of scrap book papers available. Card stock is a heavy weight paper mainly used for your page layout especially for photo mats and paper piercing. Background and Texture paper is used to decorate the background of your scrap book pages. Gingham paper is a patterned paper used for background accents on your scrap book pages. Mulberry paper adds a bit of “flair” to your pages whereas Vellum looks very elegant and could be used for masking an image or embossing. When you choose a scrap book paper for your memory books always choose one that is acid free so that the photographs you need to preserve are not ruined.

2. There are different scrap booking templates that you can use for your scrap book pages like the lettering templates, envelope templates, die cut templates that shall assist you in making the perfect design for your scrap book layouts.

3. A scrap booking technique known as “Inking” offers a lot of variety whereby there is no specific way to ink your pages and you can use as much ink as you like in your project. For this you need to have 1) scrap booking paper, 2) clean and dry sponge, 3) ink pads of your choice and other supplies such as stamps, stickers, templates.

First you should cut your desired mattes and papers, then dab the paper in the ink pad and turn it into various directions. It will create a smudged color on your paper and then use a sponge to fill in the color in uneven areas you like. It adds a depth to your pages and gives an antique and weathered look by enhancing your paper and adding to overall layout.

4. You can even use craft punch templates that comes in different shapes and are usually only an inch or two in dimension. Punch your shape on the scarp book paper and place it on a copier with a dark sheet of paper covering the punched potion and lastly enlarge it to your desired size and cut out the black punch pieces for templates. This way you have some nice shapes for your scrap book layouts.

5. For beginners, there are some tools such as Eyelet setters, decorative scissors, paper trimmers that shall help you to get start off with the whole fun.

6. You can also include quotes to add some elegance to your page layouts. Thus your scrap book will become unique and also interesting for others to view.

Olivia Andrews, writer of http://www.craft-books.net is a freelance journalist and has written many reviews on subjects such as finance, education, health, entertainment, music, gifts, crafts, travel, apparels and mobile phones.

Journaling Prompts for New Mothers

August 28th, 2006

If there’s one story my kids love to hear again and again, it’s the story of their birth. But they are interested in more than the birth statistics. They want to know how I felt. They want to know how much their new presence in the world meant to me.

The most meaningful baby albums, scrapbooks, and journals go beyond the details of birthweight and time-of-day to capture the true emotion behind the birth.

Here are some questions to help you remember the details – whether it was yesterday or years ago.

When responding to each of these journaling prompts, don’t do so directly on the pages of your scrapbook. Write the answers in a journal or even a piece of scrap paper first, and make sure to keep your pen moving across the page. If you get stuck, write “I remember” and then write the first thing that comes to mind.

Try not to think too hard about what you are writing. Just try to just keep that pen moving – and don’t cross out anything. You’ll edit your journaling later and choose which details to include on your scrapbook pages. The most powerful words and emotions often aren’t the first to flow from your mind.

Sit with these questions and journal your way to poignant memories and the most sentimental of scrapbooks.

What do you remember about your surroundings at the time of the birth? What was the temperature like? The lighting? Detail the sights and sounds. What small, specific details can you recall that really bring the memories home? For me, it was the cherry Popsicle the nurse wanted me to eat and my husband’s coffee, the smell of which made me so nauseous that my nurse made him take it a trashcan clear down the hallway. What was it for you?

What about the process of childbirth did you find surprising? (I know, the answer is “everything!” but try to find some specifics). You’ll notice that the more specific the memories you recall, the more poignant they will be to those who shared the experience with you.

Describe the feeling when your baby was first placed in your arms. Think about the experience in terms of a snapshot. Imagine someone had taken a photo, just then. Describe the photo. What one or two details most stick in your mind about the experience?

Who were your first visitors?

What was your first meal after childbirth?

What was it like to feed your baby for the first time? Make a mental snapshot of those first feedings.

What are your memories of your spouse or partner? What feelings washed over you when you were together with the baby for the first time?

Were there any feelings of fear? If so, why?

What advice would you now have for mothers-to-be?

Reflect on how you told distant family members about the baby’s birth.

Recall how you felt upon seeing the other members of your family. In what special way did they each bond with the baby?

What was the first song you sang to your baby?

Tell the story of bringing the baby home from the hospital. What was the first thing you remember doing?

Do you remember when you were first all alone with your new baby, in your home? Describe how you felt.

What values do you most wish to pass on to your new baby?

What dreams do you have for him or her?

In what way are you proud of yourself – as a new mother?

How did the instance of becoming a mother change you? How did your worldview change upon becoming a mother?

How did your relationship with your own mother change? Was there a shift in perspective?

Using the above questions as a guide, try to open up and go beyond the surface of the moment. Writing about the birth experience will help you tap the true bliss of your baby’s birth. For many of us, this is the most life-changing moment that we will undergo. Make it last for generations.

Susie Cortright is the founder of Momscape.com, where you can find free baby shower ideas as well as free scrapbooking ideas. Visit her site today and get a subscription to her Scrapbooking Ideas newsletter for free: http://www.momscape.com/subscribe.htm