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  • Where do I start?

    4 posts, 3 voices, 674 views, started Feb 23, 2008

    Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2008 by Sherri Tozzi

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    • Amethyst
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      Many ladies come to me with this question because it can be an overwhelming idea when you begin the process of getting started. So many of us have tons of photos, especially now in the digital era, and often times we feel we have to scrapbook them all. While we each have our own way of scrapbooking, I would like to help break the paradigm or mold of how we think about this craft. The truth is, you don’t have to scrapbook each and every one of your pictures to be a scrapbooker that has a sense of accomplishment for what she does. In fact, scrapbooking chronologically often times promotes the thought of “never feeling caught up“. Ugh! Who needs that kind of pressure? There are other ways and steps to scrapbook stress free...here are some:

      1. Try using a top loading page protector album. This step allows you to personally scrapbook your story in the order that you‘re in the mood for. At the end, you can rearrange the layouts in the order you want them. The beauty of this is that if there are timeline gaps in between the layouts, it won’t matter because that isn’t how the scrapbook is set up!

      2. Theme albums are a great way to get some of your favorites stories or relationships documented. This is often times a money saving way as well because you can carry the same color theme throughout your book which means less supplies are needed. I personally use 6×6 albums which allow me to take one 12×12 piece of carstock, or patterned paper, cut it into four 6×6 pieces and have four pages to use! This size is pesonal, and cost effective. They also make a great gift size or look cute sitting on a coffee table for all to appreciate.

      3. If you make your album more of a decorated and documented account of what the important people in your life mean to you, instead of creating layouts for each event in your life, I can guarantee there will be a deep rooted sense of accomplishment if you choose this type of scrapbooking.  

      I look forward to hearing your thoughts and am open to any questions you may have!

      Happy scrapping!
      Sherri Tozzi
      stampbooker@cfl.rr.com
      www.stampbooker.myctmh.com



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          Stacy Gandy wrote Sep 14, 2008
        • I want to make a portfolio of all of my artwork and pics of my creations.  I would also like to make the ‘book’ myself.  Any suggestions on binding, myself?



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          Wendy44 wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • Hi sewdiva—(beautiful artwork you have!); I used to make hand-bound photo albums as gifts for people and it was so much fun. The only trouble was my fingers would get sore from trimming out the pages/cover :)  Good instructions were in a book called Decorative Paper Crafts, by Vivien Frank (it’s from 1991 though, not sure if it’s still in print). All you really need is cardboard, nice paper and then choose your assembly method: sew, staple, glue, or use special screwbinders or those old T-shaped clasps; it depends on how big a book you‘re making. Crafts stores will have some good options. And my #1 tip: When you glue the cover paper to the cardboard, paint the glue on with a brush so you you don’t get lines seeping through. Have fun!



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          Stacy Gandy wrote Sep 22, 2008
        • Thanks Wendy, for the tip!  I plan to give journals for Christmas.  And was planning on gathering all of my grandmother’s recipes that the family loves and making a recipe book - for all of the grand and great-grands.  They will LOVE it!  We all loved Granny’s cooking!



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