What’s the Idea?
Scrapbooking is a creative way of documenting yours and your family’s story with photos and journaling.
What’s the story
Scrapbooking is a arts and craft hobby that’s been around for decades. Traditionally something done by the family’s genealogist to keep the family history all together using photos, memorabilia and craft supplies.
I started scrapbooking when my sister-in-law introduced me to it in 2001. I have lost count of the albums I have.
I scrapbook as my creative outlet, it’s my “me” time and a page can take me anything from 30 minutes to a day, depending on whether I’m using mixed media (paints, texture paste and other mediums) to create my background or if I’m just stuck and need to put the page to one side and work on another project.
My style has changed a lot over the years and my first pages look very different to the one I have finished today.
People should do this because…?
It gets our photos off our phones and into albums that are more interesting to look at with the story right there written out.
How do you do it?
You start with a blank piece of card or pattern paper. Everything should be acid and lignin free because otherwise the photos become brittle and yellow.
The page I’ve shared uses a pre-made mixed media background from a designer called Vicki Boutin, but it can be created with paints or art crayons
I’ve then backed the photo with different pieces of pattern paper which are various sizes so that you can see each layer behind the photo.
I also used a paper punch to give one of the paper layers a decorative edge.
I used a puffy vinyl frame from Pink Fresh Studios with a sticker to embellish the page, but this sticker has now been replaced with my story
Stuff you may need
- Something to cut the paper and/or card – I use a 12″ paper trimmer, but I also use scissors
- Adhesives that are acid free
- Pen to journal
- Embellishments – there are lots of different types on the market, try Hobbycraft or the Range to get you started