Independent Learning Project – Getting Started

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
Orange: energetic
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.

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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!


13 thoughts on “Independent Learning Project – Getting Started

  1. I love the color wheel and what feeling are associated with the colors. Are you doing a digital scrap book or a paper one? I have done both but I think I like to make the digital one and then have it printed. It always looks nicer then the ones I put together.


    1. I’m going to make a paper one. I hadn’t thought about doing a digital one. Do you have any favorite websites or programs to make a digital one? I might have to try that next!


  2. I’m glad you found a topic that is very much so related to something you are passionate about! However, I would like to know what exactly is involved in scrapbooking? I don’t really know many people who do this, so I’m curious what your plan of attack will include in this?


    1. So far I’ve sorted my photos and put like ones together. I’m going to try to put them in chronological order. Then I’ll have to work on creating a page layout and deciding what kind of design I want. Then hopefully I can just put it together! We will have to see if it’s really that simple or if I run into any problems.


  3. I can’t wait to see your finished product. I think that the color wheel idea is awesome. My parents have a scrap book for me and each one of my siblings so I know they will love looking back at the memories. You can never have enough pictures!


  4. I also thought scrapbooking would be very self-explanatory. I was shocked to read that there is more that goes into scrapbooking than what I thought. After reading your blog, it makes sense that the color wheel should be taken into consideration and a specific topic should be chosen. I like that you chose to do a scrapbook over your trip to Nebraska. This sounds like an entertaining project. Will you be posting pictures of your creation in your blogs to come? I would love to see how your scrapbook turns out.


  5. Brianna,

    I think that scrap booking is a great idea for a learning project, not only will it be exciting but you are creating memories in fun way. Also I like the fact that you like going to visit your brother instead of going to bigger and better places, I think that he enjoys it as well. I am glad to hear that your nephew made it through, my youngest son spent two months in the NICU at Regional West because he was 7 weeks premature. So I have some insight into what your brother was going through, I know its not the exact same but I feel for him and what he has been going through. I also enjoyed seeing what the color wheel represents for each color. That was cool to see. Good luck with your project. Thanks for sharing.

    Peter Hernandez III


  6. That’s a great start to your ILP! Pictures are great, you can NEVER take too many in my opinion. They help cherish the moments even more and help that cherished feeling last so much longer! What a terrific idea on your blog for the first week of your project. I am not very artistic so I didn’t realize that some colors go better and tell you different moods. How cool. I can’t wait to see some pages that you finish up! Keep up the good work!


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