“What Am I Going To Do With All Those Photos?”
I had a yard sale recently, and while I was sorting through boxes in my garage I came upon several – like five – big boxes of photos. Photos going back to my childhood, which was before God made dirt. You probably have several boxes of photos, or maybe several boxes worth of photos on your cell phone.
What ARE we going to do with all these photos?
Well, with the ones in my garage I will probably sort through them box by box once the days get shorter and cooler. And most of them will probably get trashed.
But there are photos we definitely want to keep. So what do we do with them?
There are basically two ways to do scrapbooks – physical scrapbooks that you hold in your hand and leaf through, and digital scrapbooks that stay in cyberspace – unless you want to have them printed out into a physical book. Which makes a lovely gift, by the way. My granddaughter gave me a book like that after her wedding.
Today I’m going to talk about physical scrapbooks. So before we can even start making a scrapbook we are going to need some photos. If most of your photos are on your cell phone the first preliminary step is to go to Walmart or
someplace where you can get photos printed out, and print out the ones you want to start with.
Then you’ll need some paper. A printed paper for the background is nice, but you can use a solid color if you want. Get another solid color that coordinates with your background for matting your photos. You will also need something to cut your paper with – a paper cutter of some sort makes life easier, but you can use a ruler and a craft knife. And finally some glue. I use double sided tape mostly, or mono – white glue. Glue sticks also work.
Make sure everything is ACID FREE. Long ago I put some photos in those photo books that had sticky plastic pages, and they ate my photos. Oh, and while you’re at it pick up some page protectors for your pages, whatever size you’ve decided on.
OK. Let’s assume that’s all done and you’ve got what you need. Now we’re ready to begin with the
SEVEN STEPS TO AN AMAZING SCRAPBOOK!
(If you’re in a hurry and want to go straight to the freebie Check List, click on the word Library in the bar above. Don’t forget the password….create.)
- Decide on a page size.
Most scrapbooks are 12 x 12 inches. But that also means that you need 12 x 12 paper. If you know for sure that scrapbooking is what you want to do, then go to a big box craft store and browse around in their scrapbook section. You’ll get some ideas of what’s available. Or browse around on Amazon. Or if you are fortunate to have an independent scrapping/stamping store nearby, go there. They are a dying breed.
On the other hand you might want an 8 1/2 x 11 page – regular notebook size. If you want to just try scrapping, this might be a good way to go. You would put your finished page in a page protector and then into a three ring binder or something similar. Easy peasy.
There are also some other sizes, but they are not too common. 6 x 9 comes to mind. So your first – and most important step – is to decide what size of a scrapbook you want.
While I’m on the subject of scrapbook types, there are systems where you buy plastic pages of pockets and just insert your photos and journal cards in the pockets. Instant scrapbook!
- Gather your photos.
If you’ve got a lot of them, sort them into groups like Christmas, Birthday, Trip to the Zoo, Our Vacation, 1998, etc.
- Start Making Page Decisions.
Look at the groups of photos that you have. Choose a group to start with, and put the rest into separate envelopes – like manila envelopes that your photos will fit into. Label the envelopes.
Look at the photos that you’ve chosen – are there some that would naturally go together on a page? If there are more than three photos, maybe you’ll want to make a double page spread – that’s two pages that are side by side and are continuations of each other. Or maybe there’s just one great photo that would make a stunning page all by itself.
- More Decisions.
Choose a color scheme. Try picking colors that are in your photos. Find and set aside your background paper. Choose the paper for the mats behind your photos.
Choose some embellishments if you want – charms, borders, ribbon, brads, anything that will help tell your story. Play around with some possible layouts. Make sketches of the layouts you like. Trust me – you won’t remember! Put everything in the page
Create a Title.
This is what your page is about. You can use rub-on letters, letter stickers, hand written titles, computer-generated titles, letters on brads, buttons, whatever works. Create your title if possible and put it in the page protector, or gather the elements of your title and put them in the page protector.
- Think about the journaling.
This is where you tell the story of your page. It could be just a few lines or many paragraphs. Hand written ones are best, but you can also create your journaling on the computer. Write it out, remembering how much space you’ve allotted on the page.
Take everything out of the page protector, put it all together and glue it down. Attach the embellishments. Don’t forget the title and the journaling. You’re Done!
Now you get to stand back and admire your handiwork. Put the finished page in the page protector and start thinking about the next one.
You’ve made your first, of what I hope is many, scrapbook pages. In the years to come you will have good memories of not only what is on the page, but of the satisfaction you had in creating it. And if you have kids or grandkids who are old enough to take part it’s a great project to do together.
Go to the Free Library and download the Check List. It will remind you of what we talked about here. Just click on the word Library at the top of the page. You’ll need the password…create.
In a later post we’ll talk about digital scrapping, so if you think that’s more your style, stay tuned. And,
By the way, thanks for stopping by. And thanks for sticking with me – you are the best. You’re the ones I write for!
Love and Blessings,