Video:Make Your First Scrapbook Pagewith Gretchen Siegchrist
There's no wrong way to decorate a scrapbook, but a few simple tricks will make your pages look charming and professional. See what you can do to step up your scrapbook.See Transcript
Transcript:Make Your First Scrapbook PageHi, I'm Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Home and Garden, and I'm going to show you how to create your first scrapbook page.
Choose a Scrapbook Page ThemeSelect some patterned and solid paper that go well with your photos and with your scrapbook theme. For each page, you will want to highlight one photograph as the focal point. You can use a couple of other photos on the same page, but they should be cropped smaller and only be used to complement the main photo.
Matte the PhotosAs a rule of thumb, you will want to matte your photos on solid paper before laying them down on a patterned background. The main photo should be double matted to give it extra prominence on the page.
Lay Out the Scrapbook PageAdding a chunk of patterned paper at the top of the page and a larger strip along the bottom is an easy way to lay out the page, and it gives you an obvious place to put your photographs. I like to sketch out my page before I assemble it in the book. Then you can crop your photos and cut out the shapes that you will need on the page.
Prepare Text or TitlesIf you are adding any journaling or titles to your page, it is a good idea to write these on card stock, which you can then paste onto the page. That way, if you make a mistake, you have not ruined the whole page. If you do not like your handwriting, type something up on the computer, and then print it out in a nice font on some heavy cardstock.
Assemble the Scrapbook PageWhen you have created all of your pieces, lay them down on the scrapbook page to make sure that they look right. If you are using stickers, they will look better anchored in boxes or on strips of paper instead of just scattered around the page.
When you have created all of your pieces, lay them down on the scrapbook page to make sure that they look right. When you are happy with everything, begin gluing the photos and the decorations to the page. Now you should have a beautiful page to begin your scrapbook.
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