Looking for a new hobby? Wanting to declutter and organize your photos and papers? Wishing you could better remember and relive your favorite memories? Scrapbooking is a fun and easy solution!
Anyone can scrapbook! If you do not have a creative bone in your body, or if you are up to your ears in crafty ideas, scrapbooking is the perfect medium to capture important moments. Your scrapbook can be as hassle-free and minimalistic, or bursting with glitter and pizzazz, as you like. In fact, stores even have scrapbooking kits with all the more artistic aspects already completed or in step-by-step format so you will appear more like a creative genius than you might really care to admit.
For those new to the crafting game, scrapbooking is essentially the process of compiling your pictures, programs/bulletins, ticket stubs, letters, awards, newspaper clippings, and any other tokens of life and memorable moments into a binder or album. Once completed, it is an invaluable creation that can span generations. You, your family and friends can pull it out at any time to reminisce or tell a story. You will not have to keep a collection of boxes of old papers and photos under your bed or in the closet any longer. No more searching for a document that you cannot easily find or finding a picture that you cannot remember when or where it was taken. When making your scrapbook, you can write as much as you would like on the pages, noting names, dates, locations, and how funny it was when Cousin Johnny fell into lake seconds after the photo was taken on the dock. Scrapbooks are a wonderful tool for remembering vacations, friendships, adventures, and celebrations to the fullest. It can be done alone, with a friend, or even as a special event with a whole group of “scrapbookers” sharing tips and ideas.
If you are interested in giving scrapbooking a try, here is what you will need to get started:
- A binder or photo album
- Pens, markers, etc.
- Tape, scissors, glue, etc.
- Any fun little things you want to add (stickers, ribbons, buttons, colored paper, etc.)
- Your memories
Most of these items can be found around the house and will do just fine. If you want your scrapbook to be of higher quality, you can find an overwhelming variety of supplies at craft stores like JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s. Many stores like Walmart, Tuesday Morning, or Target offer a smaller, albeit cheaper selection as well. You can use any printed photos you already have, or if you want to print pictures off your computer, smartphone, or electronic device, places like Walgreens and Meijer offer reasonably priced, easy-to-use printing services. Creative inspiration and help can be found online and, of course, at your local library! Check out these books at the Aurora Public Library District:
- Scrapbook Workshop by Cynthia Hart
- Moments to Remember by Jo Packham
- Scrapbook Storytelling by Joanna Campbell Slan
- Journal Revolution by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino
And these titles available through the Indiana Digital Download Center when you sign in with your library card:
- The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages by Editors of Memory Makers Books
- Kick it Up! By Greta Hammond and Angela Wigginton
- Outstanding Mini Albums by Jessica Acs
- Modern Memory Keeper by Ronee Parsons
Here a few websites to get you on the right track:
Now gather your ideas, preserve your memories, design your pages, and best of luck scrapbooking!