Scrapbooking your photographs

May it be any occasion we all love to take photographs of our loved ones. Today we take many more photos compared to what we used to take a generation or two before. But what do we do after taking those snapshots? Store them in boxes or put them away in albums? Do you even remember when and where those photos were taken? In your absence who will tell the story behind those photos?

Photos are the memories of your family and scrapbooking is the most creative way to document and showcase your family heritage. It is a wonderful way to preserve your family history for future generations. While it may seem a daunting task, scrapbooking is actually both fun and easy than you might think!

Begin your scrapbook project by gathering as many photographs as possible, from boxes, storage room and even old albums. Now organize and protect them by sorting them in an archival safe folders. Divide these photos further into groups - by person, family, time-period, life-stages or other theme. Next, use a photo-safe pen or marker to write details of each photo on the back, including the people's name, the event, the place and the date when the photo was taken.

Piles of Photos
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Organized Photos
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While choosing your photos, remember that all types of photos can be used in a scrapbook. Photos don't necessarily need to have people in them - pictures of old houses, scenic lookouts and even monuments can add depth and interest to your scrapbook pages. You can choose pictures from a specific event or occasion, or just a collection of family photos. They don't have to be all from the same event. Just make sure that you choose not only sharp, vibrant pictures for your album, but also shots that are interesting and engaging.

There is no specific number of photos that should be included on a page. Albums with larger pages will hold more photos than those with smaller pages. One single-side 12" x 12" page usually holds 2 to 4 photos. However, you can fit more photos on a page by cropping them. You could also opt to do a double-page spread, which has two pages that lie side by side to present a unified spread when your album is open. Ultimately, the number of photos that you use will depend on how many photos you have, how much you want to say about them, and your personal style. If you have lots of photos from an event, you might want to include all of them. Alternatively, you might choose only one photo and have it enlarged. I will share more ideas on this topic in my later posts, so keep reading.

12" x 12" Single Page Layout

12" x 12" Double-Page Spread

When creating a scrapbook it is important to decide what the focus will be. If you are creating a family album, you may want to create a page for each member of the family, or in case of a larger family, focus on family groups over individuals. It is important to choose good quality photos that clearly illustrates the focus of your scrapbook. But remember that scrapbooking is permanent so it is preferable to use copies of your original photographs especially if you have a single copy of it. Simply scan the photo and print the image on lignin free and acid free paper.  

Basic scrapbooking begins with - an album, cardstock, background and textured (B&T) paper, adhesive, scissors, paper-trimmer and a journaling pen.

Start capturing your precious memories and let your special relationships live forever in those beautiful scrapbooks!

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