When you go for shopping you make a list of what you need. Do stick to it! You will avoid losing valuable time and indulge in the many invitations that offer these caverns of Ali Baba. Here is the idea of making your first album you tickle. Thousand and one projects are stuck in your head… Before you start, here are some steps.

The choice of photos. Dive into your memories! Empty your drawers in search of evocative photographs. This is called moving backwards. Tears and laughter are guaranteed! Organize your images and then by themes or by year. This step is crucial, as the picture element is the base of your album.

Colors and patterns of interest. Now flip through your old magazines with your scissors, in search of colors or prints. Then cut the grounds that will ornament. To dress up a page in the blink of an eye, visit a specialty shop. You’ll find all kinds of papers, colors and motifs.

A harmonious layout. Spread out the photos in front you that you’ve selected by themes, colors and embellishments chosen. In this way, it will be easier for you to find harmony sought between each element. Place and move in any way you want, there is no mistake! Try it out!

Cropped photos. Change of scenery! The final aspect of your installation depends largely on the demonstration of your photos. Again, your scissors will play a vital role here! Feel free to crop them by cutting a contour that eliminates superfluous elements. Use various tools to modify the effects, like scissors to create fancy borders. Avoid fingerprints when handling photos by wearing cotton gloves. Do not stick them right away! Get ready for the narration of your story.

Words to say. Each image hides a story inside it. It’s time to add necessary information, anecdotes, thoughts, jokes to your photos that will support your vision. Identify the basic facts by answering the questions who, what, where, when, how and why. Put yourself in the shoes of your reader. Your text can be just as easily to create an atmosphere or reveal your feelings. Fill in the papers all about self that you’ll stick then. On error, you will not have to repeat the entire page.

Bonding. Are you ready? Is your layout satisfied you? It’ll just solidify everything. Some decorative items and some specialty papers require a special adhesive. Use glue sparingly to avoid buckling and unsightly marks.

Storage. A final recommendation: store your scrapbook in a library to protect it from dust, moisture or strong light. Be sure to place the album vertically on the tablet to avoid compaction of the images. It should not spoil all the care you have put to this book!

Basic materials of scrapbooking

Album. You can buy one or make your own with cardboard and rings.

Rule. Preferably choose a metal ruler so that you can work with scissors.

Papers. Unite colors and patterns, and play with textures. Beware of acids that accelerate the degradation of paper and other materials! Look on the package marked “acid free” (or acid-free).

Scissors. Have to handle scissors to more detail.

Adhesives. Double-sided tape for photos and paper. Glue stick or liquid, for smaller collages.

Pencils. Markers and pencils, but also various paints. Graphite is necessary to write factual information (names of people, date, location, etc.) on the back of the photos.

Ornaments. Any decorative item. All you can get hold of are buttons, shells, dried flowers, etc. But also, objects evoking memories, like a concert ticket or a train ticket will be a good fit.

Storage. Use a protective sleeve or a plastic box compartment for storing your trinkets. We find the radius of the craft.

A green scrapbook

Revive all those everyday items that you overstock. To embellish your pages, grab the lace of a bra or panties. Keep your eyes open and empty the clutter of your drawers like buttons, ribbons, lavender sachets, puzzle pieces, old labels etc. Creativity is also being developed by using ingenuity and trying to hijack the meaning of things!