Build Your Own: Making a Scrapbook

                There is a lot that can go into scrapbooking, and you may be wondering how to make scrapbook. Well, here is our second edition of creating your own scrapbook at home! Scrapbooking is a lot of fun, and we are going to go into creating your very own album at home. In our last lesson, we discussed how to make scrapbook Singapore and the different page elements that are involved. This time, I wanted to talk about the scrapbook album itself. By the end of this page, you will know how to decide which type of album you want to use for your album and how to create your own without purchasing a pre-made album.

Choosing an Album

                You are learning how to make scrapbook, you may be wondering what to pick. There are several types of albums available today. You may want to consider the theme, contents and style of your scrapbook before you start picking out the album you will be using. People often ask if all their albums need to be the same when it comes to lining them on a shelf. Really, you only need to do that if it is something you want. Scrappers tend to choose their album type based on the purpose of the album. Family albums that hold all the family photos may be in a 3-ring binder and vacation pictures might be in a post-bound notebook. There are many different type of albums out there.

The Most Popular Albums Today

                There is the 12x12 album, which is available pretty much anywhere. The size allows you to use a single page for multiple photos, embellishments, journaling and other items. There are many papers that fit the album that are great for backgrounds. These sized albums are ideal for a general album, such as family or heritage, or for those who adore embellishing their pages. You can get 12x12 in strap, three-ring or post-bound. The second most popular size is the 8.5x11. This size page allows you to have 1-2 pictures, a little embellishing and some journaling. There is patterned paper available in this size, though the selection is typically smaller than the 12x12. You can find 8.5x11 in 3-ring or post-bound albums. These smaller albums are great for vacations, school year themes, pets or topical albums. There are 8x8, 6x6 or 5x7 pages are popular for making themed books and gift albums. With this size, you can create a page that has a 4x6 photo and some journaling. These most frequently come in post-bound styles.

Bindings and Options

                With three basic types of albums out there, which one you select all comes down to what you prefer and like the best. Post-bound albums come with cardstock pages that are black or white and shielded with sheet protectors. Each page is bound into the album using metal posts. You can remove these to add pages, as well as to change them around. You can remove the cardstock to add your page instead, saving the cardstock for later. The 3-ring or D-ring binders are similar to what you used back in the school days. With these, you can easily swap pages out, remove them or add them as you please. These kinds of binders can hold a lot of pages. A strap-hinge album uses plastic flexible straps. These straps are run along the edge of each page through wire loops.

                Regardless of which you select, you need to have sheet protectors. Most hold 10-12 blank pages that are shielded by sheet protectors with the options to add more pages. By using sheet protectors, you can defend your scrapbook page against fingerprints, spills and other damaging things. Prices for albums and pages vary widely, though you can find them at Maple Treehouse for far cheaper than many places offer. You can find colorful varieties. The covers may be leather, vinyl, fabric or other materials as well. With such a wide range of options to choose from, it can get overwhelming so simply focus on what it is you want, would like and aim to do with the scrapbook.

                You can find high quality scrapbook albums at your local hobby or scrapbook store. It’s best to check online ahead of time, as online shops offer low rates and a wider selection to choose from. The same online stores with these albums also offer sheet protectors, embellishing materials, writing pens, patterned papers, cardstock and other required tools and supplies. Which is your preferred scrapbook album type?

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