how do i start a scrapbook?
Alison - posted on 10/15/2009
I started by doing each on of my kids first year. I started each of their scrapbooks withtheir ultrasound pics and their name page, with a story on why we choose their specific names and what their names mean. Then I simply went month by month using my favorite pics from that month and writing a quick rundown of important events for that month and any mile stones they reached. I also added in their 3mo, 6mo,ect pics with their weight and hight at that stage. But the truth is there is no right or wrong way to do it, so just have fun!
Lynn - posted on 10/15/2009
I recently comprised a 10-page scrapbook of my daughter's first 12 months. (she is now turning 17 yrs) "time flies" lol It's a 12x12 loose leaf 3-ring binder style. I used one sheet of cardstock per each page cover, utilizing BOTH sides of 1 page. (cuts down on the bulkiness) I make "lumpy" pages, so that was an issue for me. They're nothing fancy, just mainly coordinating papers, buttons, flowers and sticker alphabets.
Days scrapped about:
Birth - journaling briefly about my thoughts
Sleeping & Growing
Comparison photos of me and her @ same age
Learning to brush her teeth
Unique places she played (2 page layout)
1 year old birthday bash (embellished with a saved greeting card from a godparent)
If you'd like to see a few examples, message me. (smile)
Have FUN with it, don't sweat it! Anything goes with scrapbooking.
Sarah - posted on 10/14/2009
I have two kids and each have a special scrapbook that involves their first year of life. After the books are completed then I just put the pictures of everything else into a family album using a three ring album, this way I can create some 12 x 12 pages and also use pages that have 4x6 photo slots. Makes it real easy and less of a 'task". Hope this helps
Melissa - posted on 10/14/2009
First, I make a list of theme I want to do for each page. ultrasound, one month, first time walk, first time eating, etc. I search online for scrapbook idea. there one, www.pagemaps.com It give a diagram idea of how to put paper together.
Sara - posted on 10/13/2009
I started mine with being pregnant, doctor's orders, ultrasound photos, etc. Then I made a two-page spread for the birth and baby's first photos outside the womb. Just do a little at a time, you'll pick up things along the way. A great thing for me was my mother-in-law is a scrapper and got me started with some basics, an album, paper and a few odds 'n' ends. Now whenever I get Christmas or birthday presents from her there is always some new stickers or stuff to help me along. I have three so I am not caught up, but I try whenever I can. So tell people that you want to start and maybe you'll get some help along the way.
Michelle - posted on 10/13/2009
I don't care for the pre-made scrapbooks! Takes the personal vive out of the book! For my daughter's book I started with a title page, then put in the ultasound pictures, baby shower pictures, hospital pictures, I do a page for her "month birthday" and then I just put anything else I want in it! If you need any help, feel free to msg. me and I would love to help you out:o)
Beverly - posted on 10/13/2009
My suggest would be to buy a pre-made album. These can be found at JoAnn's, Pat Catan's, Michael's, or Archiver's. Most of these stores offer classes. the last thing you want to do is get too overwhelmed and loaded down with "stuff". But it will happen anyways.
Polyleah - posted on 10/13/2009
Hi, this is an exciting time for you with your little one, and try not to get caught up in having a perfect book. Think of it as a story, that is what scrapbooking is vs. a simple photo album. Take photos and start to store them with notes about the event, so that as your time allows you to work on your album, you won't forget to write the details. Also, kits are good for first time scrapbookers, just until your creative niche kicks in.
Many people see fancy albums and try to get that effect quickly, but the more important thing is to get the photos and journaling done into the books. I am a creative memories consultant, and I do recommend their products. Although the company has evolved with new age scrapbooking, I love the old slogan which was "simple pages, completed albums", eventually you will be able to jazz up your books with more experience. Just get a filing system done so your photos are in safe storage (something acid and lignen free) and the details are recorded and take it month by month, do a little bit in between chasing your little one. Have fun and enjoy the ride!!!
Sara - posted on 10/12/2009
Really it's all up to you. I know some people that put EVERYTHING in their books, and others that just do the milestones. I'm somewhere in between. I figure if it's important enough that I'd want to remember it, I better put it in the book or it will be forgotten.
A kit is a great way to get started, but they can be a little limiting. If you find one you like, then go for it. And you can always add other pages to the kit, as long as you find paper that goes along with it (one reason I recommend Creative Memories).
Another option is a digital scrapbook. Especially if you've got digital photos that haven't been printed, this is a fantastic choice. Easy-peasy, just drop your photos onto the page, add some info and you're all set. When I do digital books, I use Storybook Creator by Creative Memories. You can check this out on www.creativememories.com The basic program is free, and if you really love it you can upgrade to a "plus" version that lets the pages become completely adjustable. If you have any questions about it, just let me know. I've made several books with the basic program, and I'm working on my second book using the upgrade.
and big Kudos to you for starting. That seems to be the biggest hurdle. Once you get going with it, you'll find it's easy to just keep going. :-)
If you know someone who scrapbooks near you ask them to help you get started. It can be very overwhelming when you first start out. Remember that you don't need to "do it all." I agree about starting with a kit is a great idea. It will give you a feel for it and you can build your scrapbooking skills on them. Creative Memories has some really cute kits that you can customize, are easy to use, and look like you spent a lot more time on it than you will. You can see these at www.mycmsite.com/cchaillet.
Once you start, you are going to be amazed at how addicting it can be. With anything else, it will take time to learn the ticks of the trade. There is also a idea area on my site that can help. Plus tutorials on getting started.
Good Luck and Have fun!
Shanya - posted on 10/10/2009
Start with a kit. You can get these by theme at hobby stores, and they come with stickers, paper, and extras. For instance, you may want to buy one with a baby boy theme, which will contain blue papers, boy stickers, etc. Then you can add to your collection once you get started. You should also pick up a scrapbooking magazine to help with ideas for pages! I still do that.
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