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Free Papers, Ideas and Templates

Free Papers, Ideas and Templates

Scrapbooking Tips

You may ask yourself – what is scrapbooking?
Well, it is a craft of combining your memories with your photos.  Telling a story of that “moment in time”.  It is an enjoyable way of putting together a photo album that you and your family will treasure.

How to Design a scrapbook page?

There are two things that need to be considered before you start:
When designing your scrapbook pages, you should always try to use the following formula:

1. What is your theme?
You need to decide what you are going to do your scrapbook page on.  Is it
for a Birthday, Anniversary a special event etc.  The theme is taken from the photos.  Chose between 1 and 6 photos to start your page.

2. What colours are you going to use?
The colours should be taken from colours out of the photos.  This will then start your colour theme (see below for more information).

3. Templates
These are great to follow as they give you the inspiration you need to make that special layout.

4. Accessories
This will help you decide what accessories you wish to put on your page.

Colour Theme
Colours are very important, therefore once you have picked your colours from the photos you can start sorting out your card stock.  Go for simple colours and try not to incorporate too much colour.  Keep to 2 or 4 colours at the most.  A good tip would be to use the different shades of a colour. 

Scrapbooking Vocabulary

Acid Free
This is an important term.  Where possible use acid-free products as it will prevent the acids that are normally in paper and card from damaging your photos over time.  It will often caused them to become discoloured and brittle.

Cropping
Is the term used for cutting down your photo.

Ephemera
These are disposable items such as stamps and paper items or even handwritten papers, that can help tell your story.

Cardstock
This is another term for the card that you are using to produce your layout.  It comes in different weights and textures.

Matting
This is mounting your photo on card or paper to help it stand out.

Gutting
This is of saving cardstock by cutting out a centre that will be covered with other materials ie photo or tag.

Journaling
This is the wording that will complete your layouts story.  It can be just names, dates or even a complete story of what happen.

Embellishments
This is anything that is used to decorate your layout from charms, buttons, wire and beads.

Eyelets
These are small metal shapes that are fastened into a hole.  They are used as an add on to your design or to attach page elements.  A special tool is required to fix them to your pages.

Brads
These are metal paper fasteners available in all different colours and shapes.

Snaps
Like and eyelet, but with a domed or flat top and no hole. Available in all colours and shapes.

With scrapbooking you can use any materials that can make your layout personnel to you.   Listed below are some simple techniques that can be used in scrapbooking.

Ribbons
Ribbons give a very elegant look. These can be used down the side, down the middle or even on a tag.  You can add that sparkling touch by adding gems.

Gems and Embellishments
These are great, because of the simplicity of them.  A good tip is to use a bit of blue tac on the end of a cocktail stick to pick them up.

Papers and Cards
Remember, if you are using solid colours for the background of your layout, the other papers should blend with your colour scheme. 

Glue/tape
For sticking gems, flowers and ribbons silicon glue or tacky glue can be used.  To stick together paper and card use double sided tape.  Ensure that they are acid-free.

Techniques
These are techniques that can be used in scrapbooking

Magic  Embossing: 
You need to use embossing magic powder and ink as well as a heat tool and rubber stamp.  Put the ink on the card, then put a layer of powder on, shake the excess off and heat it up with a heat tool.  Repeat this once more and then press your stamp into the melted powder.  This will leave an impression.  This is a great technique as you can make metal embellishments to emphasize your theme.

Basic Embossing: 
You need to use embossing powder and ink rubber stamp and a heat tool.  Put the ink on the rubber stamp, press the rubber stamp onto the card, put a layer of embossing powder on, shake the excess off and heat it up with a heat tool

Punching & Eyelets: 
You will need a punching kit, hammer and eyelets, plus a mat.  Punch a hole in the card, thread the eyelet through and secure it to the back with the hammer and eyelet setter.

Chalking: 
This can be used to add highlights or shading.  This gives a very simplicity look; using cotton wool will give it a softer look.  Using chalk you can change the background of a paper by blending the chalks or you can use them with your rubber stamps.  Using embossing ink, put the ink on your rubber stamp, press onto a card then dab the chalk on top.  Make sure you remove any excess off. 

Tearing: When you tear, make sure you tear toward you; this will give a good edge, which can be chalked.

Distressing:
This is to age photos or papers.  Sanding, tearing and inking.

Rubber Stamping
Remember, to avoid the rocking image, put your stamp onto the table; then put ink on it, this will ensure an even pressure.  To print your image, hold the sides and press the rubberstamp in the middle with your finger on your card. 

Main Equipment for Rubber Stamping
Embossing Powder
Embossing Ink
Heat Tool
Easy Blocks


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