A – Z challenge: S is for…

S is for scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is too big a topic to cover in one post, but I’d like to give you a little overview of it. I’ve mentioned it before in my ‘J is for journalling’ and ‘M is for memories’ posts, so do have a nosey at those if you haven’t already. I enjoy scrapbooking because it enables you to put your favourite photos into a nicer setting than a standard album. You can personalise, embellish and journal around the photos, adding to them and giving more detail to the event. In years to come, scrapbooked photos will be the ones that are looked back on more often than loose ones, as they can bring sharper focus to your memories of the event.

There are many types of scrapbook. Here are just a few.

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The silver tin in the right of the picture is a mini-scrapbook-in-a-tin. It’s still a work in progress (as is so much of my stuff!) so I can’t show you the insides yet (but I will once it’s done, I promise!). The pinky one next to it is the Family History scrapbook I made for my parents. The pages are 8″x8″, a lovely size for scrapbooking a single good sized photo, or several small ones. The big blue one at the back is a standard 12″x12″ album. It’s a large canvas to work on, and can be daunting if, like me, you’re used to card-making on a much smaller scale. The benefits of 12×12 though are that you can easily fit more than one good sized photo on if you should wish, and there is so much scope for different layouts and embellishments. Scrapbooking paper is usually sold in the 12″x12″ size,too. A (very) small selection of mine is below (I couldn’t lift the rest!).

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There are so many styles of scrapbooking paper available – you can get very decorative pieces like those above (with glitter on too – fab!), or much plainer ones. Try to choose something to match the tone of the photos you’re scrapbooking. Bright papers for kiddie pics are great, but not so suitable for scrapbooking your Gran’s 80th. Unless you have a very funky Gran of course!

Ferreting around in my scrapbook paper file, I discovered this. I forgot I had it, although I don’t know how, it’s so gorgeous! The problem with having such lovely papers is that it’s really difficult to start using them!

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Once you ‘ve got the scrapbooking bug, you start looking at your photos in a different light, even while you’re taking them. My son was in the bath one night, pulling funny faces at me. I grabbed my phone and started taking pictures of him. I plan to make a ‘many faces of Isaac’ page. Here is where I’m at so far…

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…which isn’t very far at all! I’m planning on matting the photos onto card (although I have yet to decide what colour card), then I can arrange a layout, some journalling, and I think I have a couple of bath themed embellishments knocking about which I can incororate. Once it’s done, I’ll put a picture up, and link back here, so you can see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots!

I’m quite sure I’ll be writing more about scrapbooking in the future, but if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me cover, do let me know.

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