For anyone who saw our spare room before we moved things around, they would clearly know that I have just about anything you could imagine in the world of paper scrapbooking. I’ve been scrapping since before I graduated high school and scrapbooking had a real name. I included my creations with school projects and was always picking up cute things to include. This was my one chance at being creative even though most days I do not feel very creative at all. I tend to jump into projects with both feet and get frustrated if I can’t figure them out quickly enough which leads me to giving up.
Scrapbooking is something that virtually anyone can do. There are really no rules (ok, maybe just a few) and no real “wrong” way to do it. You don’t need much to get started; I would suggest the following:
- Pictures of a recent event or person, depending on what you’re trying to do.
- Card stock to put your pictures on
- Scissors to cut the pictures as needed
- Some kind of photo safe glue to attach pictures to card stock (this does not include your child’s glue stick)
- Any other fun things you want to include (stickers, things you picked up at the event like tickets, programs, ect)
- If you’re taking the time to make a scrapbook page, take the time to make sure it will be around for a very long time. Don’t just purchase something because it’s cheap or use it because you have it. Make sure you’ve got paper, adhesive, stickers, ect that are photo safe so your creations stay around for years to come.
- Take your time but don’t over think it. This is where I tend to get stuck. Putting a page together shouldn’t be work or something you dread doing. It should be fun. Pick out a couple of pictures to use, find a paper that matches or compliments and go with it.
- It’s ok to change your mind. It’s ok to get everything laid out and decide you don’t love it. A good tip here is to never glue anything down until you’re 100% sure you love what you’ve done. Just try not to let your “what ifs” take over (see Rule Number 2).
- A Grieving Mommy’s Blog – Don’t let the name deter you. This amazing mommy makes some amazing Disney page elements which are priced reasonably and the proceeds go to amazing organizations in memory of her daughters.
- Two Peas in a Bucket – This is the first site Alyssa sent me to and I was honestly blown away by some of the creations here. I didn’t think I could ever create something like that but seeing it was possible gave me a little hope.
- Mouse Scrappers – While Disney themed, there are tons of layout ideas that you could use with any group of pictures.