we gave you the following homework:
assignment between now and our next article? Choose a trip or project.
Get out those pictures and get them sorted into labeled envelopes. In
our next article, we'll give you some pointers on how to buy the right
products for your pages, without going overboard. We'll also start working
on layout design, including how to decide how many pictures to use on
especially those of us who are also shopaholics, know that much of the
fun of the hobby is in the shopping, but just like clothes or shoes shopping,
it's easy to go waaaaay overboard. Almost every scrapbooker I know has
stashes of stuff they bought because they were sure they would need it
some day. If you have a great organization system for your stuff, that
might be ok. A lot of us get caught in the trap though. When we actually
get to those pages we bought stuff for 6 months ago, we either don't even
remember that we bought it, or we are pretty sure we did but have no idea
what we did with it.
have to jump into shopping for your pages, I want to cover organization
a little first. Taking some time to get a plan now will save you hundreds
of dollars in the long run. There are loads of scrapbook supply organization
systems on the market, and most of them are good ones. As your supply
inventory grows, you may find that you need different kinds of organization.
Paper is addictive. You might not know that yet, but you will soon. Your
paper stash will most likely grow faster than you are using it for pages,
so you'll need a plan for how to store papers you haven't used yet. For
a tight budget, you might just need to designate a flat surface area where
can keep papers out of the way until used so they don't get damaged. For
a medium budget, you might purchase something like an Iris Scrapbooking
Cart seen below. There are several sizes, but this one has drawers large
enough to accommodate the 12"x12" papers that are industry standard.
Many scrapbookers start with one cart similar to this one, and add more
as needed. They can be found in office supply stores, craft stores, and
online. This one sells at Office Depot for a little under $50. You could
buy single or double shelf units like the one below to get started on
a very tight budget. However, you will probably outgrow it quickly so
it might be more economical to plan ahead and save for the larger one.
products, like this plastic cart from Office Depot,
can be a very cost effective solution for your hobby storage.
For a budget
that has few restraints, you might buy a store fixture for scrapbooking
papers, such as this one that is currently available on Ebay for $79.95:
It has 30 slots for 12 x 12 papers, allowing you to sort your papers by
colors and themes.
store fixtures, like this unit on sale on eBay on the day
we finished up this article, can be a great find!
©Mouse Memories, 2008.
budget might choose to go straight to a Scrapbook Armoire, such as those
shown below by Hobby Hideaway or Creative Havens. There are several styles
and price ranges on the market, many of which can be customized to suit
your needs, so be sure to do your research before choosing one!
This is a
purpose designed scrapbooking armoire by Hobby Hideaway.
©Hobby Hideaway, 2008.
contains a lot of storage space for your scrapbooking supplies.
©Hobby Hideaway, 2008.
can even be used as a scrapbooking work station!
©Hobby Hideaway, 2008.
supplies, we highly recommend the Clip It Up unit by Simply Renee. Seen
below, it consists of an upper tier and lower tier. A 2nd Upper Tier can
be added to make what ends up to be a 3 tiered system. This product allows
your supplies to be sorted by theme, and available at your fingertips.
It has become our favorite organizational tool on the market. We use 3
full ones in our design studio. It is available for purchase on MouseMemories.com.
provides storage for a lot of product in a relatively small space.
©Simply Renee , 2008.
a slight sidetrack from today's major topic, but does give you a tiny
idea of some of the types of organizational products on the market. It's
good to have an organization plan before you begin purchasing a bunch
on now to actually beginning the planning of and shopping for your page
layouts. If you're working along with us as we go, you should have a group
of pictures sorted into labeled envelopes. The next step is to take the
pictures from one themed envelope and determine how many pages it will
be necessary to create to appropriately capture the memories.
If you have
3-5 pictures of a Disney Castle, with or without family members in the
picture, you might want to make that into 1 two page spread. If you have
15 Castle pictures, you will either need to make some tough decisions
and eliminate some from the project, or plan to add additional pages for
the Castle. One other alternative is to crop the pictures into small subsections
of the Castle and feature a bunch of close-ups on one page.
As a general
guideline, our Mouse Memories design team plans to use 3-5 pictures per
page, which would be 6-10 for a two page layout. Occassionally we will
create a collage page that uses "leftover" pictures that really
didn't fit into a specific theme. We will also include in these collage
pages any pictures that did fit a specific theme but did not end up fitting
on that theme's layout. A collage page might use tons of pictures that
have been closely cropped.
is the term used for trimming excess from edges of pictures that is not
relevant to the picture. This gives a better focus on the important part
of the picture, and also helps eliminate distractions. Personally, I love
to trim hips from the edges of pictures -- instant liposuction.
The Parade of Dreams is captured in a lovely two-page layout!
McClennen Project Scrapbooking Page Layout, Produced
Mouse Memories. ©Mouse Memories, 2008.
have a good idea how many pages you're going to make for a specific theme,
you're ready to begin shopping. But if you've read many scrapbooking magazines
or looked at a friend's albums, it can be overwhelming to figure out what
you need. Start by searching for papers to match your theme. While many
people love to mix and match patterns on a page, we feel that often it
can make the page seem busy and detract from the photos. In general, we
will search for a patterned background paper (this can be themed, or simply
a printed pattern that is in colors that will coordinate with the colors
in the pictures), and one or two solid colors to use in each layout.
If we were
doing a two page Castle layout with 9 pictures, we would purchase 2 sheets
of the same patterned paper to be the background pages, and then either
2 solid sheets of the same color that coordinate with it or 1 sheet of
2 different coordinating colors. The solid colored papers will be used
for matting (framing) the photos. This will help them stand out from the
patterned background. In the end, we will have purchased 4 sheets of paper
for each two page layout.
would search for some stickers or other kinds of embellishments that fit
the theme, just to add interest to the page. One tendency people have
is to buy every embellishment they can find that fits the theme of their
page layout. The problem with that is that in the end, you can only use
so much of that on any one page. It is better to buy a little and need
to purchase one more thing to complete the page than to have 12 products
at home and have to figure out what to do with the extra pieces you have
already done some shopping and want to jump right in, but aren't sure
where to start, don't worry. As you first get started, and for a long
time after that, there is nothing wrong with copying the ideas of someone
else for your pages. (Of course, if you decide to sell them or in any
way profit from them, you would need to seek permission.) Otherwise, page
layout ideas are free game for "scraplifting." Feel free to
search online for galleries of page layout ideas. You should be able to
easily find some that you are drawn to because they match your style and
personality. This hobby is more personalized than any other I can think
of. The end product ' your album or project ' is all about you and your
family and should be a reflection of your tastes and styles. As you scrapbook,
your style will evolve into you own.
if you're working along with us:
or 3 of your labeled envelopes, and do some preliminary shopping so you
have supplies at your fingertips. (Be sure to pick up at least one kind
of adhesive so you can affix things to the page. You'll also need a pair
of scissors, and a 12" trimmer.) Next time we're going to start with
pictures and already purchased supplies, and show you with step by step
images how to create that layout from start to finish. We'll include some
design tips for making your layouts look balanced, and emphasizing your
pictures. Have fun shopping!
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