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Scrapbooking 101

Howdy! I’m really excited about my new project that I want to share it with you. Scrapbooking is such a special and heart-warming activity so let’s see what’s it all about!

What is scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking is a method of preserving personal and/or family history in the form of a scrapbook which is an album of memorabilia such as photographs, letters, cards, artwork, souvenir items, and the like.

An example of a dainty fashion scrapbook
An example of a dainty fashion scrapbook

Why scrapbooking?

Aside from being a therapeutic and relaxing pastime, scrapbooking is a good way to preserve memories into a creative and personalized keepsake. It can be an ideal gift, too!

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This is the scrapbook we gave our friend when she left for Australia.
It is filled with our wonderful memories! 🙂

How to make a scrapbook?

One common mistake we commit when starting to make a scrapbook is to run to the nearest bookstore or art-and-craft shop to buy materials. But scrapbooking is all about planning. The first step in making a scrapbook is to conceptualize. Decide what the theme of your scrapbook will be. Is it about yourself, your family’s history, or a gift to someone? If it is a gift, to whom shall you give it to? It is important to have a complete idea in your mind and it’s best to plan and write it down. This way, you’ll know what kind of embellishments and paper color suit your theme well, which can also save you shopping time since there are a lot to choose from!

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A vintage-inspired scrapbook

After deciding on a theme, go purchase an album first. Then, buy a few embellishments such as borders, stickers, ribbons, buttons, and clip-arts, depending on what your concept requires. I know it’s a little bit hard but avoid hoarding cutesie stuff! 🙂 Additional design embellishments can come in later as you go along with the project.

Also, it is on this phase that you shall prepare all memorabilia you’re going to include in the scrapbook such as the photographs (print them now, if needed), letters, cards, etc.

*tip* Good places to buy scrapbook albums from include Papemelroti, Yellow Violet House, National Bookstore, and Clipper store.

Washi tapes are an easy way to design your scrapbooks!
Washi tapes are an easy way to design your scrapbooks!
Tickets serve as good embellishments!
Tickets serve as good embellishments!
Fabric stickers are also ideal for scrapbooking. It gives the
Fabric stickers are also ideal for scrapbooking. It gives the “scrappy” feel although it may be quite expensive.

By this time, excitement and eagerness are in full gear. But after your materials are almost complete, plan every page of the scrapbook first. Which photographs are you going to place on each page? Is there a text behind it? Perhaps a cut-out frame or a ribbon? Do not start pasting anything unless you have a sufficient outline for every page. Now that the hard part’s over, hello pasting time!

*tip* It’s best to use double-sided adhesive tapes. But if you prefer glue, it’s helpful to use cotton buds instead of your fingertips. Or better yet, purchase one of those white glue tubes with what they call as “built-in glue applicator” like the one below.

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This is one of the coolest innovations I’ve seen! Haha!
My own scrapbooking project which I hope to finish in a month's time :)
My own scrapbooking project which I hope to finish in a month’s time 🙂

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These are just my insights. Feel free to search for more scrapbooking tips! Enjoy~! 🙂

Photos: Blogger’s own, raizasoleil, and Google Images

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8 thoughts on “Scrapbooking 101

    1. Hello Pam! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. 🙂 I’ve dismantled the old scrapbook but I’m more than halfway with the new one. 🙂 So yes, I still have our NSPC chronicles. 🙂 Do you want a copy of scanned pictures of our NSPC days for Throwback posts? 🙂

    1. Hello there! Thank you so much for your appreciation. 😊 Good luck on your scrapbook project and enjoy making it! Thank you also for following my blog; I’m following yours, too! 💕

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