10 tips to get started scrapbooking

10 Tips To Get Started Scrapbooking

I have been trying to get back into scrapbooking.

You know, because I have so much free time and that hour between 2 am and 3 am was just not filled up.

Ok, just kidding but really, I don’t have as much time as I would like but I do already, just after 3 years, wish I had more documentation of Avery’s life.  I have always said I have my blog, and while that is half true, my uber awesome scrapbooking friend told me that was ridiculous and I still needed and secretly wanted actual tangible books.

She was right, I do.

But it is a lot to think about and a lot of supplies and a lot of .. well.. everything! But, I figured out a way to get back into scrapbooking and here are some easy tips for you from me and my scrapbook mentor. I promise, if I can do it, you can! These tips are great for any beginner or not-in-a-long-timer.

1. Think about a plan: For me, I needed something easy, like super easy. And attainable. I chose to start with an album for the year with just one layout per month. {A layout is two pages that face each other}. Many avid scrapbookers would think that most of my layouts could be entire albums themselves and they are probably right! Things like Disney trips and birth parties have a lot of effort going in and goodness knows, a whole lot of pictures to choose from. But I didn’t want to get ahead of myself. The first project needs to be easy and have almost immediate gratification.

2. Start Recent: This tip came from my friend. You might think you have to start back when your kid(s) were born or from your wedding album when you start scrapbooking and while that is an option, she didn’t suggest it. That becomes daunting and you already feel behind. Instead, start from events currently, so in my case my album is the 2012 album. Then when you catch up you can work your way back. I loved this tip because I felt I couldn’t do anything until I finished my wedding album which was why I wasn’t scrapbooking, I was just blocked.

3. Traditional vs. Digital: There are two methods these day, are you someone who wants to manipulate things by hand or just do it on the computer to avoid the clean up? Either way, there is a method for you. They both have their pros and cons and some initial investment. 

4. Buy a Kit or Paper Pack: Once you have decided what you are going to do, go to the store WITH A COUPON {sorry, was that loud?} and get either a kit or a paper pack. You will for sure need an actual scrapbook but I am a big fan of the scrapbooks I have picked up at costco. Paper packs are great because you can pick them up for $10-$12 with the coupon or on sale and they will have everything you need  because all of the pages will coordinate. Also helpful is a cheaper pack of plain cardstock that matches your big stack.

5. Print some pictures: I always have to control myself, there is a fine line between a ordering all the pictures you have taken and having a selection. I like to go through and get pictures for a couple layouts at a time. It is cheaper this way and feels like I have made progress. 

6. Search for some ideas: Now, here is the thing, I will not be winning awards for super amazing layouts anytime soon. But, they are thoughtful, of my family, and getting better each time. The inspiration is still helpful. If not only to get me started. This layout I saw in my mentors book and it was two pages, I loved it so I did it for my first page and last page of Avery’s book.

7. Get started!: Just try it, put adhesive to paper. Attach a picture. Make a layout, the first one may not be your favorite but you did it. It will lead to better things! Do I love this layout below, no, it isn’t my favorite but I did it and I am glad I did it and I still love looking back at those pictures {Once I caught up last year I started working on the 2011 book, but when I got behind again, I am not focusing on the 2012 book and will get back to the 2011 when I am done.}


8. Create a plan/goal: With my method, once I catch up, I can do one layout a month and stay up to date. That is my type of plan! But until I catch up, I am happy if I complete a couple of layouts a month. I would love to do one a week but I don’t want to set myself up to fail with something I don’t think will work. Some weeks are busier than others. Sometimes I get the bug and get two layouts done in two days, then it could take a while, the point is no stress. It is supposed to be fun.

9. Scrapbook fun and hard things: I have tons of happy pages, but in the 2012 book, there is a hard layout. The one about Avery being in the hospital. I needs to be there, I can’t look at 2012 and get to June and pretend like anything else mattered that month. Yes there was her first class field trip that was amazing and should have been that layout but when I think about June 2012, that is not what comes to mind first. Blogging was helpful in this layout. I went to the post that I wrote shortly after it happened and wrote everything, I copied it and put it into a word document and it was 5 pages long. Crazy. So I decorated an envelope to hold it for the page. 

10. Don’t give up: I started this at the beginning of last year, I did Jan, Feb, and March. I was up to date and on top of things. Then life got crazy and Avery went into the hospital and I didn’t start back up until December. But it was there, I could come back to it and I did and I have done a few layouts these last two months.

I hope this post helps!! Let me know if there is anything else I can share!

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One Response to 10 Tips To Get Started Scrapbooking

  1. Hilary January 30, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    I have been working on an album for my son over the past year and I still only have 3 pages completed :( This post is a great help! Hopefully I can get more pages done soon :)