In the past year I have become an avid scrap-booker! In the age of Pinterest scrap-booking has become rather obsolete, but I know there are lots of people out there that still love to do it and I can only urge you to start yourself, it’s so fun!!
Naturally, my scrapbook generally revolves around fashion, but there are pictures of homes and cute animals and pretty places and a few written playlists as well. Apart from the process itself, I think one of the key things I like is the idea that in years to come I can look through it and enjoy it with children and grandchildren, and it can be a visual diary of my favourite things. So, I thought I would do a little run down of how I have been doing things and I hope you will start one too!!…
A few of the pages I have so far…
What you may need…
Aside from printing out pictures you like, find old magazines you don’t want any more and cut out pictures you like. Catalogues are also a good place to find images, remember to cut out little decorations you could use as well: flowers, little cute images , etc. Also, backgroud images! Try and find some full page pictures that you could use to create a scene you could glue other things onto, I always find pages with foliage/flowers are handy to have, but whatevwer takes your fancy really. Also, taglines! (as you can see above!) They come in very useful! Here are some good catalogues:
- Cath Kidston
- H & M
- John Lewis
- The White Company
If you know of any more let me know, I’m always on the look out!
A cheap box file is very handy to keep the images tidy and pristine in.
I’m sure I could spend a fortune in craft/art shops , there are always more papers, stickers and embellishments to buy, a few definite things you will need are:
- A good quality stick glue, nothing too runny as it can spoil light papers.
- A nice sharp pair of scissors.
- An art pad/scrapbook. You really need something with sturdy paper, it doesn’t have to be too think, but strong enough to hold out under a lot of glue. Also it is best if you get something with a ring-binding. Oh, also, preferably acid free!!
- You may also need a hole-punch and string if you want to attach extras between the pages.
There are a few other things that may come in handy as well:
- STICKERS!!! Those ones you see in craft shops, usually silver or gold, they have flowers, and letters and borders, and words, and all sorts!! They’re usually about £1.00, so not too expensive, you can always go back for more at a later date anyway;)
- Craft paper. If you go to your local art shop they will probably have a section for all sorts of paper, so stock up on various colours, textures and patterns. You can always improvise though, a sheet from a newspaper can make a very interesting background!
- A nice pen that you can use to display your best handwriting on titles, etc. Maybe go retro with gel pens! Maybe even the smelly ones!
A Little Run Down..
- First off I place things and move things about, make sure they are sitting right, I usually theme a page and try to have a bit on continuity through a few pages to keep things flowing, it’s fun to have a page that pops every so often though. I think I was going for a cosy/homely/elegant/pastel vibe for this page.
- Next I find some complimentary background paper and cut it to size, I find if there are quite a few pictures then a more ‘silent’ background is best.
Once you’ve got everything stuck down then you can add a few sparkles of flowers, or whatever takes your fancy. They help tie everything together I think. So, this is the final result…
I hope you have found this a bit interesting! I want to do more crafty/personal posts like this so hopefully I’ll be able to get my photography up to scratch and find some interesting things to do! Happy scrapbooking!!!