Hello Scrapbookers! A few days ago, I announced the beginning of a series of articles on scrapbooking and gave some tips on sorting and organizing your photos. I talked about your printed photos in this post, and your digital photos in this post. Today we'll make a page.
Because sorting and organizing photos; whether printed or digital, can be an ongoing process let's go ahead and make our first page so we can start having some fun and begin the creative process. Select a few photos that are related; maybe a birthday party, vacation or a visit to a friend's house.
For a physical scrapbook, we first need to decide what size album we want to make and if we prefer ring binding or post binding. Our choices are: 6" X 6", 8-1/2" X 11" or 12" X 12". You can see the album choices on page 180 in the Idea Book & Catalog and there are two 8" X 8" limited edition Designer Printed Albums available in the Occasions Mini Catalog until April 30, 2011.
If you're undecided about which design or color of album you want, you can begin with polypropylene page protectors and get an album at a later date. We'll need page protectors anyway, so this can be a good place to start. I recommend storing all your scrapbooking papers, sheet protectors and the photos you're working on in a plastic container large enough to hold everything without having to bend or curl the papers. Also, when you're not working on it, store it away from direct sunlight which can fade your photos.
Here is an 8-1/2" X 11" page using one 4" X 6" photo. I chose Concord Crush as my background paper to coordinate with the purple on the spider's legs. This size page could easily hold 2 pictures, or more if they were smaller.
This is a 12" X 12" page using two 4" X 6" photos. Again, this page could easily hold more, but I wanted to keep it simple. I matted the photos in Pumpkin Pie card stock to coordinate with the barrel monster.
For digital scrapbooking, My Digital Studio is a great program. Actually, that's how I made these pages. Simply open the program, select the page size you want and add photos and text. My Digital Studio comes with predesigned templates or you can design your own. I made the layers by adding a square punch and dragging it into the sizes I wanted, then filling in the colors. To avoid that "flat" look, add drop shadows to the photos and layers.
To get you started, I recommend the following supplies:
- 104152 Paper Cutter
- 104153 Cutting Blade Refills
- 104332 SNAIL adhesive
- 103305 Dotto repositionable adhesive
- Card stock & Designer Series Paper in a variety of colors
- 105394 Stampin' Write Journaler
- Page protectors in the size you need (pg. 180 IBC)
Digital: 118108 My Digital Studio
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