I started out here telling you some of my rules and some of the basic scrapbooking items I think you’ll need to make a traditional paper scrapbook. We also looked at paper vs digital. Today, we’re going to dig a little deeper into the two types and I’ll help you determine what kind of album you’re going to put together.
First, you should determine how you’re going to create this album – digitally or traditionally with paper. Both ways have their pros and cons:
Pros – instant gratification for completing a page; very easy to include pictures, embellishments and other items; anyone can scrapbook using this method
Cons – Can be expensive to purchase materials and printing pictures; items can become damaged if not stored properly; storage can take a lot of space
Pros – very easy to try a variety of techniques or changes without much hassle; no cost of printing pictures to use; can quickly complete an entire album and have it printed
Cons – Upfront cost can be expensive to purchase program; can be more challenging to include mementos (but not impossible!)
Once you know how you’re going to create your album, you should determine what kind of album you’re going to work on. Here, the possibilities are endless. It could be a vacation, baby, wedding, holiday, school year, graduation, sports season, pets, ect. The list could go on and on. Take a look at your pictures and decide how YOU want to see them organized. It doesn’t matter what “they” say is the right way to organize them – do it how you want to see them and what makes the most sense to you. If you’re not happy with what you’ve put together, you’ll never look at the album which totally defeats the purpose. You’ll also need to consider the size of pages you want to work with. Generally pages are 8×8 or 12×12.
Try not to worry about the length of your album. It’s ok if there are some large ones (like a year of your child’s life) and some smaller ones (a yearly vacation). Variety is the spice of life and you should not feel like you have to use a template to complete your scrapbook or fill a certain number of pages.
You’ll now need to get an idea of what you want your finished product to look like. Are you going to purchase an album to put the pages in? Are you going to use a service like Shutterfly to print your book? Both are great choices; do what fits your needs the best and feels right to you.
From here, we’ll get a list of products you should probably have on hand to get started with this project.