Scrapbooking Tips: Ideas for New and Seasoned Scrapbookers

Why look up scrapbooking tips? Because they save you time, money, effort, and headaches. No matter how naturally artistic you are, every medium has conventions and styles, and scrapbooking is no exception. These basic scrapbook tips will help you put together beautiful pages without overwhelming the viewer.

The top ten scrapbooking tips and ideas

I've been scrapbooking for a long time, and these are the ten most important tips I've come up with.

1. If you plan to do a lot of journaling, consider doing it on a separate page and attaching an envelope to your scrapbook. Too much text takes away from the photos, so if you have a lot to say, put it somewhere convenient where it won't ruin your visual impact. Go ahead and glue an envelope right onto the page.

2. Use contrast. One color photo in a sea of black and white will jump right off the page. Matting your photos is another great way to make them pop. You can also use photo corners, especially colored ones, or colored borders and accents to draw attention to items of visual interest.

3. Make sure you have a focal point. This is an incredibly important scrapbooking tip: if you don't pick one photo or idea for your main theme, your page will seem disorganized and haphazard.

4. Experiment with different papers and even fabrics. You can cut out large pieces and use them as accents on a plain piece of cardstock if you're not feeling adventurous -- or if you just want an interesting effect.

5. If you want to matte in a hurry, trace around photos, letters, or accents with a fine tipped felt pen. You'll get the same visual effect without spending hours cutting out pieces of matting.

6. If you don't want to spend money buying expensive die cuts, create your own. Paper punches provide great small shapes relatively inexpensively, and you can cut out your own simple hearts, borders, etc.

7. Don't forget to use words. Your scrapbook will be more interesting if you journal at least a little. If you really don't like the idea, find appropriate quotes -- either from famous people or things you overheard people in the photographs say!

8. Keep your scrapbooking supplies well organized. There's nothing worse than spending twenty minutes searching for a specific piece of paper.

9. Look for scrapbooking paper online. If you have a printer, you can inexpensively print out gorgeous layouts instead of paying a fortune at your local craft store.

10. Always keep looking for more tips for scrapbooking, but don't overload yourself. Start simply -- such as with these ten -- and once they've become habit and routine, go out and search for more ideas to expand your repertoire.

Hopefully, these ten scrapbooking tips will help you make your scrapbooks more beautiful than ever.

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