By Sandy Burke
I enjoy scrapbooking as a hobby because it produces great results. Unlike some hobbies that only sharpen the skills but don’t produce anything, with scrapbooking, I not only get to develop my creative skills but also create great pieces of artwork in the process.
Maybe this is why scrapbooking is one of the hottest hobbies in the country. As a testament to how big scrapbooking is, there are numerous shows and magazines that have cropped up on the subject. You can also find annual fairs and conventions just on scrapbooking. On the Internet, there are websites, webzines and web rings that are devoted to scrapbooking.
Now scrapbooking might seem a little daunting at first if you are a person who feels you have no artistic or creative bones in your body. Cutting, sticking, and designing may seem like a nightmare if you are not really much into the practice. You might even find the prospect of putting together one page of artistic work too much for you to handle.
But I want to tell you that making a scrapbook is not that difficult. In fact, it can be the easiest thing in the world especially with the tools and gadgets that are coming out and being sold online and in craft stores. There are scissors that cut lines with designs in them. There are punchers that not only punch holes but can punch different shapes. Craft stores also sell stickers that we as scrapbookers can stick into our pages for that more finished touch.
If you just know what to do, where to go and how to go about it, scrapbooking can be a breeze.
Below are just couple of the ideas and tips on creating quick and simple scrapbook pages.
Buy Prepared Pages
Scrapbooking products are more and more sophisticated these days and they are all designed to make scrapbooking as simple as possible. Maybe you feel like you don’t have the talent to put together one page even if your life depended on it. Maybe you just don’t have the time to create a layout that will look nice with the photo or photos you want to use. Why worry about it when you can buy prepared scrapbook pages that already have layouts and designs. You just need to add the finishing touches like the photo and some accessories if you feel like it.
You can buy these pages based on themes. For instance, there are pages that can be used in a wedding scrapbook; others can be used in a baby shower or in a kid’s birthday party. Often, there will even be slots where you can put photos and other notes.
Stick Them Up
Another innovative product that has made my life and the lives of other scrapbookers worthwhile is scrapbook stickers. Like the scrapbook pages, these stickers can also be purchased in themes. Luckily, the themes are not limited to occasions and special events.
For instance, in addition to the usual themes of birthdays, Christmas, baby showers, weddings and the like, there are stickers that will also depict Christian sayings, kiddie images, business matters, girly stuff and sports. Don’t worry; there are a lot of themes to choose from.
These stickers are great when you are decorating a page that you have already put together. They often add color and appeal to the page without the hassles of drawing, cutting and pasting. All we as scrapbookers have to do is buy the stickers, peel the sticker off and stick it to the page.
Using these techniques makes scrapbooking easy enough that even a child can do it and my grandchildren have done so many times.
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