There are a lot of computer programs out there to help make the job easier. One program is from Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio. You can purchase the main program as a disk to upload to your computer. Each month Stampin’ Up! comes out with many more uploads that you can purchase. Maneuvering the program is fairly easy and when you are done, you can send it off to the Stampin’ Up! print shop and have them print your album and ship it back to you. I have been able to create an album in a matter of a few hours using this program.
Personally, I am more of a Traditional Scrapbooker. I do enjoy attending crafting retreats in order to work on my projects. Right now I have 100’s of pictures of my children from the time they were born up to today which have yet to be scrapbooked.
The Basic Supplies: Make sure all of your materials are archival quality: Acid Free and Lignin Free is a must!
The Nice To Have Supplies:
Good Advice: Never use historical or one of a kind photos, with all the scanning abilities out there, ALWAYS use a reprint. Keep the originals in an archival quality storage box and label them!
Wish I had never: Purchased all that specialty paper from another company. It doesn’t match a thing I have, is only one sided and very thin! Having the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper is a life saver! The colors blend together so amazingly! It’s a true pleasure to use on your beautiful pages.
I’ve also discovered that stamping in my albums is much less expensive than buying specialty stickers!
Live and Learn: Pre-making your pages is a time saver! I do often wait to mat the pages until I have selected the pictures so the mat color matches the photo size and colors!
Always Be Sure To: Journal. Whether you journal just the date or write a few paragraphs, journaling is very important to your project. I love to create journal “pockets” you put on your page to add that special touch!
Don’t be afraid to write in your own handwriting. I love seeing my grandmother’s handwriting in the album she created for me. She wrote all of that just for me!
A Little Goes A Long Way: Embellishments are wonderful, but don’t overdo them, too many make your page way too busy and bulky. Think about how they will layer with other pages before you add them!
Layers, Make My Heart Sing: I love layers! To me they add a richness that just cannot be accomplished any other way! Layers of mats add depth, color, patterns, and texture. You can add textures to these layers by using embossing folders, then by using ink and sponges to add even more depth to it….so much fun!!!
Background stamps are so perfect for base layers as well. I have a shelf full of background stamps just for my scrapbooks!
If you don’t have the time to make traditional scrapbooks and digital scrapbooking is not your thing, stay tuned for Stampin’ Up!’s Becky Higgins Project Life Pocket Scrapbooking Supplies available on May 1 at mystampingstore.com!