If you read last weeks blog post on why you should print photos then you know that creating a scrapbook or family album is something we are 100% for! It allows you to save all your photos in a tangible way for your future generations of family to see. It captures the time that you lived in, the outfits, hair, cars, etc. and you can add your own personal flair to the album when working on something physical.
Deciding to create a scrapbook is one thing but can also be an overwhelming task if you haven't done it before. The first step is to go ahead and buy the binder as well as the page inserts, these can be found at any crafting store near you.
Next, you'll want to decide what you want put in the scrapbook, are they all your childhood photos, college pictures, high school? Decide exactly how many time periods you'll want to cover and if you'll want a whole page dedicated to a certain event or era. This will also help you buy decorative stickers and other pieces to decorate your scrapbook with.
Another tip for keeping yourself organized is once you have your photos all printed to place them in chronological order, if that's how you want your album to go. This way you can clearly lay them out and see what pictures will look good together on a page and exactly how many pages you're going to want to have.
Now you can start pasting pictures in! Be sure to lay everything out before even opening the glue to make sure you like the layout of all the photos. Play around with different decorative stickers, colored paper, labels and layouts. Not all the photos have to be straight and square. Use scissors to cut corners on pictures so that more can fit on a page if you prefer that look! You can also buy scissors with fun edges to cut out more designs.
Overall the most important part about scrapbooking is making it your own and true to your personality and style. As long as you like it that is all that matters.
Lastly, make sure to leave a few blank pages at the end so you can add photos as time goes on, you never know what adventure you will have next!