Scrapbook Making

Written by Liza Hartung
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For those who are avid scrapbookers, you know that scrapbook making is almost a form of meditation. It's a wonderful way to use creative energy, express yourself and preserve important memories. Yes, it can be frustrating at times. We all know that "scrapper's block" is nothing to be envied. However, the feeling that you get when you slip that finished page into its protective cover and you stand back to see how it looks is a beautiful feeling of accomplishment.

With scrapbook making, you can tell your story. You know the old adage, "There are two sides to every story." Well, when you're holding the scissors and glue, you get to tell your side. You never know, eventually it may become the only side that anyone knows because you designed it that way! So, what are you waiting for? Grab your photos and let's get cracking.

Brain Storms for Scrapbook Making

Scrapbooks are great for gifts. When you make a scrapbook as a gift, it's usually easiest to focus on one particular event. For example, a scrapbook dealing with a birthday, New Year's Eve or a trip to Europe is easier to put together for someone else than an entire year's worth of events. You will probably want to pick up a smaller scrapbook for such subjects. Go for one that is 8.5x11 or 6x8.5 instead of the larger 12x12.

To get started scrapbook making, you only need a few tools and supplies. You obviously need your album. You will need scissors, glue, permanent and fade resistant markers, decorative paper and any accents you like. Things like fancy scissors, die cuts and punches are very helpful, but not necessary. However, if you feel that scrapbooking is something you will continue doing, you might want to invest in a few of these extras that make scrapbooking life easier and more creative.

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