New and Confused?
By Traci Daugherty
Having a creative outlet like scrapbooking is great mental exercise
and lots of fun! This pastime has become a creative way to
preserve and show off your photos for generations to come,
and has literally swept the nation.
If you are new to scrapbooking or just want to get started,
you may be overwhelmed! To help you get started, I have defined
several common scrapbooking terms.
Scrapping -- A shorter, more common term for scrapbooking.
Die-cuts -- Accents to use on your pages.
Crop Party -- A scrapbooking get-together; can also be referred
to as a home party, with someone in the scrapbooking business
showing their products and new scrapbooking techniques to a group
Paper and Card
These are used to set the background for your scrapbook pages.
They are also needed to "hold" your
Page Protectors -- Used to protect your scrapbook pages; some
albums come with page protectors.
Binder, Album or
Memory Book -- Terms used for scrapbook albums,
which are put together in many different ways. The three most
common are post bound, spiral and ring.
Page Sets or Theme
Sets -- These are terms for a complete page
set (that you purchase) containing all of the items you will
need to make a couple of scrapbook pages. It usually comes with
frames, paper and other items to add to your pages.
Frames -- Just like a photo frame, they frame a picture on your
Journaling-- Writing a bit about what is going on in the picture
on the scrapbook page. Some people use poetry.
Workshop -- A gathering of people at a pre-determined place
to work on scrapbooks, or to learn how. There is usually a fee
involved, but most of the time you receive items for the cost.
You'll also learn a few new tricks and tips. It is a great place
to share your photos and get ideas. These are especially great
to attend if you are in a creative slump.
Fiskars -- A brand of scissors and cutting tools.
Top loading -- A term to describe the way completed pages are
loaded into the scrapbook album.
Adhesive -- Used to adhere your photos to the page. You can
use stickers, stick glue (make sure it's acid free and will hold
photos in place!) or tape. If using stickers, you can substitute
frames for them.
Embellishments -- Items such as eyelets, ribbons, buttons, glitter
or just about anything you can add to your pages. With your imagination,
the sky is the limit when it comes to embellishments!
Templates -- Guides that can help you place pictures on the
page or help with titles.
Cropping Tools -- Cropping tools are a BIG help. There are so
many that do different things, such as Xyron machines that make
stickers, labels and magnets; the Fiskars paper crimper; paper
punches that come in all shapes and sizes; cutting tools like
the Fiskars paper trimmer; Sissix cutting tools and many more!
When you are just starting out, scrapbooking can be overwhelming.
The easiest way to get started is by buying a page set. Page
sets have everything pre-cut for you and will contain everything
you need to get you started, except for the adhesive and scissors.
Also, there are two basic items I couldn't live without -- a
paper trimmer and a shape cutter.
Don't forget your album!
Albums range in price and in size. Be sure to check your album
size and the page size you want to
put in them. You can't fit a 12" x 12" page into an
8 1/2" x 11" album.
Albums can range in size
from 5" x 7", 7" x 7",
8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12". The price range
will be anywhere from $8.00 to $40.00 or more per album. The
price will depend on the size, how many pages it will hold, quality,
Once you get the hang of scrapping, add more creativity to your
pages. Begin adding embellishments, using different papers for
your title and journaling.
Traci Daugherty is a scrapbook consultant for Cock-A-Doodle
Designs and also works on custom scrapbooks. You can reach her
at email@example.com or through her website at www.myscrapbooksupplies.com .