Now that you’ve covered the rules, figured out what kind of album to make and got all the pieces together, you should have a bunch of completed scrapbooking pages just waiting to be made into a book to be treasured for years to come.
If you have created paper scrapbooking pages, you can simply put your pages into the album you picked out when you started this journey. If you want to have digital copies of your pages, you can scan your creations (be sure to use a flatbed scanner so your pictures and embellishments don’t get stuck in the scanner). From there, you can upload your “picture” to a photo sharing site and create an album to print copies for family and friends. You can also post your pictures to Facebook or Twitter or email them to family and friends so they can see your creations. Your scanned pages can also be entered into various contests on line through some of the websites I shared with you previously. Albums should be kept in a cool, dry place (inside your house is the best). The page protectors and album covers can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if needed. If you need to store your albums or pack them for moving, I’ve found it best to transport them in a plastic tote because it’s a little more sturdy that a plain cardboard box. The tote will also keep out any moisture you might encounter along the way. Store the albums either standing (like you would find them on a book shelf) or laying down flat, whatever you prefer. I’ve always tried to pack mine tightly so there’s not a lot of room for them to move around.
For those that chose the digital path, you’ve also got a couple of options. You can use a site to print your pages and add additional embellishments and mementos to the printed pages before putting them into the album you’ve selected. If you don’t have anything additional to add, instead of printing the pages, you can just create a book from various photo sharing sites like Shutterfly and have the book printed instead. Pages can also be shared on your Facebook and Twitter pages or through email if you’d like.
Once your pages are created, think outside the box with what to do with them. They would look awesome framed on the wall and are a perfect gift for family and friends (think “person who has everything”…now you have a gift idea for them!!). A nice layout could also be a great gift for your child’s teacher at the end of the year or for Teacher Appreciation Week.
Now that you’ve got the basics down, get going on scrapping the rest of your pictures! If you don’t have a bunch lying around, offer your services to local organizations like a church group or PTO to help them showcase the wonderful things they’ve done. I’m sure they would not turn down your offer.
So show me what you did!! I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…. 🙂 Some of my creations will be coming up in the future.