How To: Get started scrapbooking

Get started scrapbooking

You have many great memories to share. Why not collect them all in one book? Learn the fun and meaningful craft of scrapbooking. In this video how-to, learn how to get started on your scrapbooking adventure.

You Will Need:
• A theme
• A scrapbooking album
• Photos
• Memorabilia
• Cardstock
• Accessories
• Scissors
• Adhesives
• Specialty pens for scrapbooking
• Family (optional)
• A small box (optional)
• Page protectors (optional)

Step 1: Decide on a topic
Decide on a topic. If you pick a theme before you start, you'll be more prepared to organize your material.

Step 2: Pick a book
Pick a scrapbook that suits your theme or has colors or patterns you prefer. There are enough choices for every taste.

Step 3: Find photos and memorabilia
Find photos and memorabilia such as newspaper clippings, certificates, and movie ticket stubs.

Step 4: Buy paper
Buy cardstock to use as frames for your pictures.

Step 5: Pick out accessories
Pick accessories to dress up your pages. Craft stores sell stickers, buttons, and three-dimensional decorations for scrapbooking.

Step 6: Assemble pages
Cut and paste paper patterns, ribbons and bows, and decorative buttons. Trim edges with your scissors.

Step 7: Choose pens
Choose colorful pens to write names, dates, and quotes on your pages. Use acid-free, waterproof, and fade-proof pens, available at arts and crafts stores.

Trivia: In 2007, a letter written by George Washington in 1787 was found in New Jersey in a 19th-century scrapbook.

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