scrapbooking?

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  1. donnA

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    Does anyone do scrapbooking? I just discovered I loved the look on Saturday, met a lady from church in the store and she told me of another church lady having a scrapbooking party on friday. So I'm going! Went to the local scrapbook store today and picked up some school looking pages so I can do a book for each of my boys of their growing up years. The lady at the store helped me learn how ro choose papers and some basics. I can't wait for Friday night, I'm so excited.
     
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    I was very involved in scrapbooking right after my daughter was born (1999). But then I got busy (or lazy) and stopped. I loved the things I did do...maybe I'll get back into it after I go through the millions of photos I have of my baby!!
     
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    Well see this is something i need to get going in. I'm just having the hardest time focusing on anything anymore :-S
     
  4. I Am Blessed 24

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    My daughter does scrap booking and it is beautiful.

    My problem is I have a whole blanket chest full of pictures that have fallen out of dilapidated 30-year-old albums and I have not purchased new ones.

    It would take me 100 years to scrapbook them. I would be satisfied having them in an album for each of my 4 kids!

    Albums are expensive and I have SO many pictures - spanning 80 years. The task seems so overwhelming that I never get started.

    Any suggestions?

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    Yes,I have made a scrap book for my youngest daughter for her first year....I started when she was born and worked on it a little at a time this year. It has turned out really sweet. I used soft colors,toiles,and very elegant letters with some really neat stickers that have beautiful quotes. I have all of our other pictures in about 30 photo albums(I have kept up with these over the years). I would like to make one for each of my children. I,also have an idea to make a family vacation book and include all of our trips. That would make a fun memory book. I am thinking of making one for my husband of our lives together...maybe for our 20th anniversary.

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    Your book sounds beautiful Molly, I love toiles. I want to do one like that soft romantic, victorian of my husband and I .
     
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    :D I love scrapbooking!!

    Here's my best tip--if you want to get started take a class at your local store, or go to a party (just keep in mind they'll tell you their stuff is the only way to scrapbook and that's not quite true! ;) ) then start with your newest photos 1st and work back when you have time. Or do a them album like Christmas or Birthdays--so you'd dig through your picts find the Christmas ones and do an album with those and forget all the others right then.

    One thing is you just get started and then you get hooked and then it's no big deal [​IMG] because you love it so much!

    Do you have a Hobby Lobby or Michaels by you? lots of times they have great sales--the biggest thing is every last thing you use in your book must be acid free--adhesive, papers etc (no ball point pen!)

    here are a couple sites.

    www.creatingkeepsakes.com
    www.simplescrapbooks.com
    www.scrapstop.com
    www.dmarie.com
    www.twopeasinabucket.com

    Ok :eek: I better stop before I freak you out!

    Malissa
     
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    Thanks Malissa, I'm going to those sites now.
    I loved the party. She was selling Creative Memories. I don't know if you are familiar with ti or not. But I didn't care for thier style of scrapbooking. They do it right on the book page, white back ground(natural and black available) and do not back it with a decorative sheet. I just did not like it. I insiste on doing it the way the woman at the scrapbook store taught me the day before. Theirs looks like their stuff is floating off the page, mine looks anchored.
    I started with school pictures, thought I'd feel comfortble croping the white edges. But looking through all my pictures,a nd seeing all the different papers yesterday(I went back to show the lady what I'd done) I now have a lot of ideas for my pictures. Now my mom and friend want to learn to scrapbook. All I need now is a personal trimmer. But for $1. an hour I can use to back room and equipment at the scrapbook store. Want to have my pictures planned out first thought to get the most for my $1.
     
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    I don't care for Creative Memories style but a lot of people do. I do my own thing too.

    One thing about cropping--don't crop picts before 1970 because they were processed differently and the photos could be destroyed ( there's a protective coating on them now)

    Also for older picts--you don't want to crop anything that isn't replaceable (as in if it's priceless --like a pict of your great grandparents wedding--or you don't have the negatives--don't cut it!) you can however scan it in your puter and print it (or Kodak picture maker or color photocopy) and crop that one.

    another thing to think about cropping--modern or older photos is to not crop out things that show the time period--if you're cropping modern picts you just want to be mindful occassionally to not crop out every car, or landmark etc just so that some of them are in the photos for the future--but with older ones you'll want to be very careful with what you crop out that shows the time period.

    Oh, Creative Memories has a blue photo marking pencil that is safe to use on the back of your pictures for labelling.

    Ok, can you tell I like this subject? [​IMG]

    Malissa
     
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    I'm going to try for the color copies. Mom and I were planning on doing an album of all my grandmothers old pictures.
    I wondered how best to crop some pictures. I want stuff in them that are going to be part of memories, like that kitchen in that house we lived in 20 years ago, things of interest we will want to remember, parts of our loves. I like to see things like that in pictures, soo where and how we lived then.
    I'll have to remember theres an expert here when I ahve questions. Later when I do more I'll see about taking a pictures of some of my pages to show you.
     
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    glad I could help.

    A book I liked was Scrapbooking from the Heart (or something like that!) by Rebecca Sower it tells how to scrapbook and include memories from your heart --like your grandma's kitchen. It's printed by Creating Keepsakes magazine.

    Also I like Simple scrapbooks magazine cause it helps you get more done and they're just as nice.

    Have you searched on Ebay for scrapbooking stuff--or magazines you could buy for the ideas?
    you could search for

    Close to my heart
    Simple scrapbooks
    Creating Keepsakes
    Rebecca Sower
    Becky Higgins
    Creative Memories


    for starters [​IMG] hope I'm not boring you!

    malissa
     
  13. donnA

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    No, not boring me at all, I'll do a search for those tomorrow, I love looking at others work so I can get some ideas, I like everything I do to be the best I can do them. For some reason I research everything.
     
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    oh one more thing--older one of a kind irreplaceable picts should be put in photo mounting corner so you can remove them from the album at any time--like to make a copy for a family member etc.
     
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    Great, I was worried about that. Thanks
     
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    I find it amusing that a hobby I had when I was in high school (many years ago) and then in college was keeping a scrapbook. I wish I had known that it would be a thriving business today.

    I didn't have all the fancy pages, books, that are available today, but I still have those scrapbooks.

    I would paste the items in the books and decorate the pages. This was a wonderful thing to do in the summers.

    But....I was so busy with my family and children that I didn't continue the practice. I did sort pictures a few years ago to give to the different families, but I still have them. It would take too many books to put them in albums now.

    One thing I do that I have found that people enjoy....I place pictures in a large basket on my coffee table and guests will look through them where most of the time they will not look at an album.

    One suggestion would be to involve your children and grandchildren in making scrapbooks of their pictures, awards, etc.

    Maybe I will take this suggestion myself and staring one with my grandchildren.
     
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    Betty, I'm not adding anything to mine other then my photos and the decorative background pages.
    One of the biggest differences now is that everything is acid free and won't harm the pictures over time. I will be doing this becasue I want to preserve my pictures for my children and grandchildren, to see who their family is and was. To me thats worth my time.
     
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    I love scrapbooking. I do it by the month. Since I love to take picture, each month I add a page or two to my scrapbook for the year-based on what happened that month. Slowly, I am going back and doing previous years. It is soo much fun.
     
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    Hi charliegirl, noce to see you, I ahven't seen oyu before.
    I love the scrapbooking. Only thing is I need a personal trimmer so I can do it at home.
    I have never been very good about tking pictures. When my kids were young I just could not afford it. I ahve a good bit of my oldest, and after the youngest was born I just don't have a lot. Doing it the way you do it makes sence, but I don't the pictures. So my plan is to 1. do the school pictures, I have all of those,2. growing up pictures of the boys, and when possible grouping them by theme, what they were doing that day, or some hoilday.I don't have a lot of each event or hoilday. And in some where it just all looks annomous, I am thinking of building a theme, when possible.
    Looking at some pictures that only a year or two old I know I can make themed pages, thast when I'll start using stickers or othr things i've seen. Like I want to do two page layouts of thisngs like my son likes fishing, and last sumer casught a whopper, this year we are all going fishing together and I'll get one of him fishing to go with the pictures I already have. I ahve one of my husband working on the car, so I'll get a few more and make another two page layout. I have plans for his barbecuing, his love of popcorn, my sons love of books and reading, my cooking.
    I think it'll all work out. Maybe not exactly like a pro might do it, but I have to work with what I have.
    Any suggestions, I bought the bottle of scrapbook glue instead of the tape dispenser, because of the price difference,and I didn't have much to spend. Is there going to be a big difference when I use it? Is it ok to use it you think? I'd hate to think I'd wasted the money and have to buy the dispenser anyway.
     
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    I use stick glue that is photo safe. It is cheap. And I think the main thing to remember with a scrap book-it should reflect your style, no one else's. I don't just put pictures in mine. If I have no pictures of an event, I still write something about it and put in. It has become a history book for me. I have the scissors, but not a trimmer. I am content with that. I do not want it to become a major investment, just major fun [​IMG]
     

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