I’ve seen lots of scrapbooks and they are about as varied as the people who put them together. They come in all different sizes. Some are simple; some are elaborate and even 3-dimensional. Some are put together manually and hand-written. Some are put together digitally and professionally bound. It really doesn’t matter how you decide to make your scrapbook. Each method has some merit. Whatever works for you and makes it easier for you to create your scrapbook is what you should do.
When I started scrapbooking I did it the traditional way, but that seemed to be too cumbersome for me to keep up with all those papers, stickers, and photos. Now I do almost all of my scrapbooking digitally. I make my scrapbook pages 8.5 x 11 so that I can have them printed at a copy store (it costs about 50 cents per page) and then I put them into inexpensive 3-ring binders. Here is a photo of my binder holding our school yearbooks. Each tab represents a different school year.
The other advantage to digital scrapbooking is that once you finish a book, you can easily print more than one copy. For our school yearbooks, I upload them to viovio.com to have them bound into books. I usually print 3 copies: one for me, and one for each of my daughters. If we ever lose a copy, I can easily go out to the site and order another one.
However, if you have a bunch of old photos (non-digital) that need to be scrapbooked, you may need to do it manually. I did this recently with some old family photos my grandparents had kept in a box. It just depends on the project. If you go this route for your first scrapbook, I suggest you keep it simple:
- Use photo corners or double-sided tape for the photos.
- Get a package of cardstock you like in the size you need. I used solid black for my photo album with the old family photos. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
- Get a good, acid-free pen for journaling. Don’t skip this step! Even if you don’t want to write a bunch of information, you will at least want to write the names of the people in the photos. (Silver Sharpies write well on black paper.)
So for all of you scrapbookers out there (and I KNOW you’re out there!), what are your best tips? Do you scrapbook digitally or by hand? Do you prefer 12x12, 8x8, or 8.5x11 pages? Do you use online photo books? (If so, please give your recommendations. I have never used those but have seen some nice ones others have ordered.) Inquiring minds want to know!