Scrapbooking 101: Beginners

                Getting started with a scrapbook is a lot easier than it may seem, though it is important to do some research before leaping in headfirst. I gathered a ton of important information here to provide beginners with information on scrapping. You can make your own albums or purchase an incredible pre-made scrapbook Singapore. With this information, you can spend time keeping the memories of your family. All you need are the basic supplies, which are your albums, page protectors, cardstock, patterned paper, inks/pens, adhesives, scissors and embellishments. Once you have your supplies together, you can begin scrapping!

Choosing a Theme and Color Scheme

                Consider what story you want to tell with your scrapbook. Is it about your life or your child? It might be a vacation, a family pet or anything else for that matter. You have a ton of stories to choose from. Once you select one, you can pick your title. Your title can help you to pick the theme. One great way to spark your creativity is to check out this page. Next, you need to choose a color scheme for your pages. A color scheme allows your pages to show continuity. You can choose a number of different combinations of colors. Keep these in mind for selecting a color scheme:

  • Avoid overloading the page with colors. Fewer colors keeps the focus on your pictures rather than the paper. You want to attract the eye to the focal point.
  • Use colors that convey the emotion you want to get across. Bolder colors are exciting, warmer colors are soothing.
  • Never forget that brown matches everything and will look incredible.
  • Choose three colors and stick to them for the album. Vary the amount you use each color. Choose a neutral shade for your primary color. Use the color that is most prominent in your picture for the high color. Choose a third color that is between the dominant and highlight shades to add intrigue.
  • Determine your focal point and pick a dominant color that is slightly darker than the one in the picture.

Choosing a Container and a Layout

                Determining the way you want your album to be presented is the next step. Some prefer the traditional means of scrapbooking, while others may use a journal or memory box. Beginners often prefer the 12x12 pages, though you may want to place it in a ring binder or use post style albums. For journaling, smaller albums, such as 8.5x11, might prove more beneficial to your memory keeping. Learning the ideal way to arrange your pages may take time, so try googling layouts that attract you the most. I have some tips for you in this area:

  • Choose your main photograph to select your focal point. Follow up with supporting photos as needed.
  • Group embellishments (smaller ones) in groups of 3 or 5 as people are drawn to odd numbers.
  • Arrange your accents near one another to encourage viewers to see them as a unit.
  • Create a triangle using the three points to arrange your pictures or embellishments.
  • Follow the rule of thirds by dividing your page into a 3x3 grid. Set your focal points across these lines.
  • Keep everything in balance. Factor in the size and intricacy of your subject and distribute them across the page.
  • Give your page a natural flow by arranging your photos in a way that turns the eye toward the center of the page/focal point.
  • Repeat things, whether they are shapes, sizes, textures or colors.
  • Sketch out layouts from your favorite books or magazines. Analyze these to find the designs that create the most appeal for you.

Cropping Pictures

                For cropping, you will need a paper cutter or some good quality scissors. Don’t just blindly cut your photos. It isn’t necessary that everything be cropped or cut out. Instead, here are some tips for cropping your photos.

  • Don’t crop heritage photos or pictures taken with insta cameras. These are comprised of layers that can come apart in your page.
  • Crop if the main focal point is off-center. Use the rule of thirds to determine the best framing point.
  • Use a mat for your main photo. Choose one that compliments your picture in terms of color without overwhelming.
  • Avoid cropping off heads or limbs.
  • Experiment with cropping to achieve dynamic effects. You can crop the photo into circles, ovals and other shapes. It can help you to remove unwanted faces, compliment the subject and result in a dynamic page.

When cropping is completed, you need to frame the picture. Use a ruler and some cardstock colors to create a photo mat. Mount the photo to that cardstock and enjoy.

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