2006-10-23T17:39:19.476-07:00One of the most fun ways to network with other people who enjoy a similar hobby is to attend a convention. Scrapbooking is no exception. Every year, venues across the country hold state, national, and international conventions for scrapbookers from beginners to experts. Going to a convention can be a great way to immerse yourself in your hobby along with others who also feel passionate about the art of scrapbooking—it truly is a scrapbooker’s heaven.
2006-10-23T05:40:36.406-07:00Scrapbooking takes three things—time, space, and dedication. Anyone interested in this craft has the dedication needed to complete an album masterpiece, but what about time and space? With the countless papers, stickers, and other supplies (not to mention photographs), scrapbooking requires room, both for creating pages and for storage. The sheer volume of supplies is part of what makes scrapbooking so time consuming; by the time you get everything out and organized, you’ve already wasted 15 minutes or so, and the time spent looking for that perfect stamp leaves you little time to create a page before you have to clean up. It can be frustrating, and if you’re nodding your head in agreement, the perfect solution for you might be digital scrapbooking.
2006-10-22T13:27:18.890-07:00You don’t have to spend hours every day creating painstakingly perfect pages, but scrapbooking does take a certain amount of time and care. Don’t despair if you’re already busy with your family and job—there are ways to make beautiful albums that don’t require as much of a time commitment as traditional scrapbooking. By learning some alternative options, even the busiest person will be able to scrapbook in the few spare minutes of the day.
2006-10-22T08:47:53.173-07:00Learning to scrapbooking is something that takes commitment, just like learning any art. If you think that it’s a craft you’d like to enjoy, there are a few basic tools, supplies, and skills you will need to get started. Creating albums takes time, but the projects are rewarding and the end result is a family heirloom that can be enjoyed and then passed down to your grandchildren, along with your love for scrapbooking.
2006-10-21T10:20:47.343-07:00With the hundreds of thousands of scrapbooking papers and embellishments available on the market, it is easy for your craft area to become overwhelmed by scrapbooking supplies. This becomes an especially difficult challenge for scrapbookers who live in small spaces such as apartments or dorm rooms. Never fear—with a little effort you can follow a few easy steps to create a space for your things that is organized, clean, and beautiful.
2006-10-20T11:15:42.816-07:00The many adhesive options available on the scrapbooking supply market may leave you mystified as to which ones you need for your project. Not only are countless types of adhesives available, but you often are given choices between a number of brands as well. This can leave beginners frustrated and ready to go home and use a hot glue gun for the whole project. A word of caution, however—learning to use the different types of adhesives will help protect your photographs and keep your work in tact for many years.
2006-10-20T07:21:48.066-07:00Perhaps the most rewarding type of scrapbook you can make is one that you intend to give as a gift. Scrapbooks make special gifts for almost every occasion, because there handmade touches show that you care about the person. When someone receives your scrapbook as a gift, he or she may be inspired to create a scrapbook as well, and in this way you can spread the scrapbooking bug to friends and family members.
2006-09-18T11:39:00.416-07:00Some scrapbookers prefer to create entire albums page by page. Others work solely with two pages at a time. Still a third category of scrapbookers makes albums that are a mixture of one- and two-page layouts. Both types of layouts have clear advantages and disadvantages when compared side-by-side, so the last set of scrapbookers probably has the right idea—take advantage of both types of layouts to create your album.
2006-10-20T08:09:31.830-07:00Every scrapbooker has one of those days now and again when it’s impossible to create a decent page. As hard as you try, you can’t get the pictures to look good on the page. Another situation is finding yourself in a rut. If every page starts looking then same, its time to take a break and get over your scrapbooker’s block—find some new inspiration.