Scrapbooking is an amazing hobby that can sometimes look a little intimidating if you’re just starting. Don’t despair because I have collected 10 important tips for beginner scrapbookers to help you get started!
Tip No. 1
Choose a focal-point photo. Treat other photos as “accessories” that help you to tell the rest of the story. As we read from left to right, the top-left hand corner is an excellent point for your focal-point photo when you have several photos you want to use on your layout.
Tip No. 2
You don’t have to mat every single photo on your scrapbook layout, unless you want it to stand out from the background. Always mat your focal-point photo, though, or enlarge its size for emphasis.
Tip No. 3
Want an eye-catching background? Cut a piece of patterned paper into a large curved shape and attach it to your cardstock. It instantly creates visual interest to your background. You can use freehand, bowls, plates, and anything round to help you draw the curved shape.
Tip No. 4
You can also add visual interest to your background by using punches. Punch out using cardstocks and add these page accents to help you create an interesting background design.
Tip No. 5
For fast page accents, simply cut out designs from patterned papers. Adhere these cut accents to your page and you’re done! Saves money too.
Tip No. 6
For a great page title, cut out letters from patterned paper.
Tip No. 7
Don’t have any ribbons to add to your scrapbook layouts? Cut out strips from your lined patterned papers and adhere these faux ribbons to your pages.
Tip No. 8
Scraplift (copy) a page to quickly achieve a fantastic-looking layout! I love looking at others’ layouts and I love scraplifiting those designs that caught my fancy. Even with scraplifting, you can create very different looks, so you’ll still retain your unique look. Look through others’ scrapbook layouts, and if you see any inspiring layouts that you really like, scraplift that page.
Tip No. 9
To make your photos pop, just add a white mat. To save time, ask your photo lab to print your photos with a white border.
Tip No. 10
For interesting contrasts to your page, pair colored photos with black & white photos.
I hope you found these tips helpful!
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Today Einat is a versatile designer who owns her own business. She dabbles in various crafts from scrapbooking and altered art to mixed media and 3D paper crafts. She teaches online classes and design for several companies. She shares her projects and designs on her blog, FB page and very successful YouTube channel.
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