I thought that scrapbooking was pretty self-explanatory, so I didn’t expect to find much when I started doing some research. I was in for a big surprise!
Step 1: Choose a topic. I take A LOT of pictures. I think part of the reason why is because most of the photos of me as a child are gone – they were lost in one of my mom’s many moves. Also because I am a super sentimental person. I want to remember everything. I decided my topic for my first scrapbook would be my trip to Nebraska to visit my brother, sister-in-law, 6 year old nephew, 4 year old niece, and 1 month old nephew. People always ask, “if you could go anywhere, where would you go?” Most people answer with, “Europe, Mexico, New York.” My answer is always the same, “I would go to Nebraska to visit my brother and his family.” This trip was extra special, as it was the first time I met my newest nephew. He was born with a rare condition similar to cancer, and spent the first 3 months of his life in the hospital. Right before I visited, the hospital accidentally gave him a double dose of chemo, and they weren’t sure he was going to make it. Anyways, back to my project. I went through my photos from the trip and narrowed it down to about 105. That should be plenty to get started.
The next thing I read about was using the color wheel. Colors are used to set a mood. Here’s what each color says:
Red: bold & sassy
Yellow: happy or cautious
Green: young or reserved
Blue: tranquil or masculine
Purple: mysterious or regal
Pink: delicate or feminine
White: pure & innocent
Black: solemn or powerful
Brown: natural & earthy
I took an art class and learned about the color wheel and what colors go well together. I also read that you can use the same color but in different tones. I watched some videos on how to create a layout that’s pleasing to look at – colorful, fills the page, but not too busy.
Photo CC: by Jason
I think I now have a pretty good understanding of the basics and am excited to get started creating my own scrapbook!