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Introduction to Scrapbooking and Photo Care Presentation

I am super excited to start doing crafting classes again. The first one is tomorrow evening. I truly love learning people’s stories. I would gladly sit with each one of you and listen and help you journal out the fascinating, painful, beautiful path you’ve walked.

Journaling is a huge part of saving our stories. The photos are merely the backup. You are welcome to join my FaceBook group by going to (it will take you to the FB page) and ask questions and learn more or just hang out.

For those that don’t know what scrapbooking is, it is the saving of one’s photos AND the story behind them. It’s really photo journaling. It is not a girly craft, fluff, a waste of time, silly trinket storage or ‘crap’-booking. I’ve seen amazing albums with hunting, fishing, basketball, football and other masculine adventures showcased in them! The albums are about the person and their life’s experiences.

The most important part to know is that this is all about the photo’s, the story behind them and the people in them. If you’ve got that, you are ahead of the game!

When purchasing scrapbooks, look for quality books with side loading sleeves (pages). If side loading is not available, then top loading is good too. The only reason I prefer the side load is that the completed pages can’t fall out.

Paper should come from someplace you trust. When purchasing from a yard sale or second hand store you should consider that the paper may have been stored somewhere that allowed it to pick up oils (like in a garage) or mold (like in a basement) or even dust. All of those items may cause your photos to deteriorate or even look liked they’ve melted.

I love to take advantage of the coupons! I set a budget and then wait for things to either be 50% off or has a coupon to make it that. That way my budget is doubled!

I rarely use stickers. I never use anything chunky (like bottle caps) in my albums as they will press into the page they are on AND pages before and after. That will leave the imprint in pages and your photos so I avoid them.

To get started you will need

  1. Album to hold your finished pages
  2. One paper stack (these are bound slabs of matching, fun paper) and
  3. coordinating solid paper. I do not recommend construction paper. It is not acid and lignen free, fades quickly and just doesn’t look very nice in the albums
  4. Double sided sticky tape – the permanent kind. The other kind won’t hold your photos on as it’s meant to be temporary
  5. Photo trimmer 
    1. – For cutting borders etc a nice paper cutter (my preference is for the guilotene type) is so much better than trying to guess
  6. A calendar or journal to document the events and information – especially when going through old photographs

Fun tools you might want to consider, but are not required so they could be put on a wish list:

  1. paper tearing tool 
  2. corner rounder
  3. paper piercer
  4. pie shaped ink pad

When storing your paper, keep it somewhere out of the elements, away from sunlight, dust, little fingerprints, and smoke. They make folders, drawers and other fairly inexpensive storage solutions.

Same with storing your photos. Most people don’t actually have physical photos anymore, but if you do, follow the paper guidelines. Don’t wrap them with a rubber band or store them in baggies. The rubber band warps them and baggies are not photo safe. There are excellent photo storage boxes available and I highly advise them.

For digital photos, I recomment naming your photos by event and year to make them easier to find later. If your software will let you, be sure to tag them with the imporant information like who, what, when, where and why.

A photo cloth to wipe the photo off before placing in your album is a good idea. That way anything from your workspace is removed before being place in the sleeve.

Photos are typically 4×6″. To add pop to your photos, find what color is strongest in the picture. Now pick the contrasting color and cut a piece of paper 4.25 x 6.25. Using the double sided tape, adhere the photo to the paper.

Cut a rectangle 4.5 x 6.5 with a solid, coordinating color and adhere your mounted photo to it. This is called a photo frame. It really helps the photo jump out and gives you the colors for your layout. Use the same papers to make a border and journaling box.

Be sure to journal, or write about, the event using Who, What, When, Where and Why. The story behind the picture is just as important as the photo. When you are writing, pretend you are writing to a great, great grandchild. What would they want to know? It is highly unlikely they will be able to recognize anyone or anyplace in the photo on their own. You need to tell them.

Once you have the elements on the page, slide it into the sleeve.

If there is something you would like to learn, be sure to drop me a note and I’ll see what I can do!

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