Sunday, November 27, 2011

Handy Tips To Make A Nice Scrapbook + Free Software!

Handy Tips To Make A Nice Scrapbook
by Renee Cross
Scrapbooking is a hobby enjoyed by kids and adults alike. It is a way of preserving memories and family history with use of photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbooks tell stories and transform a simple photo album into a creative and exciting storybook. Putting a scrapbook together however takes time and patience and careful choosing and organizing of the appropriate craft supplies that will be used. 
          Scrapbooking is a hobby which started 150 years ago. However, scrapbooks have been around since the 15th century which was back then known as commonplace books. These books compiled different information such as recipes, quotations, letters, poems and more with each of them unique to its creator's particular interests. This led to the creation of friendship albums in the 16th century which contain local memorabilia including coats of arms or works of art commissioned by local artisans. By the 1800s, photography became very popular which started the incorporation of photographs and other craft supplies to scrapbooks which continues to this day.As was aforementioned, scrapbooking is a craft enjoyed by both kids and adults. However, despite the popularity of said hobby, it is a not very easy task. One should exercise patience and allot time to complete a book. The size and binding of the scrapbook are the first two important things that should be decided before starting said craft. Identifying these properties of the book would allow one to identify the appropriate craft supplies that will be necessary to complete the scrapbook. There are four types of binding scrapbooking hobbyists may choose from. First among these is the post bound. This type of binding features a 12-page book with finished pages loaded into the page protectors from the opening located at the top. Also, this type of binding, which is also considered the most common, is 12-by-12 inches in size.The second type is the strap hinge which is held together by staples in order to hold the plastic straps in place. Thirdly, we have the three ring album which is quite similar to the post bound but has three ring notebooks which gives one more room to add and remove pages. Book bound is the last type of scrapbook binding which is put together like a standard hardcover book. Binding is glued together in order to secure the page protectors together.
The craft supplies and materials that will be used to design the scrapbook are the next things that should be considered and collected before starting the book. These materials include the scrapbook paper, the embellishments, and the photos. The most common types of scrapbook papers often used for scrapbooking are card stocks and vellum. These supplies may be purchased in a variety of sizes, colors, prints, textures, and patterns. Scrapbook embellishments, on the other hand, include colored fabrics, paints, pompoms, glitters, and bells. All these embellishments can be used to add an artistic value to the scrapbook. Lastly, and most importantly, the photographs that would be used and will tell the story of the scrapbook should be identified and collected before starting the book.
Scrapbooking is a rewarding hobby that will help you keep memories that will last a lifetime. it is also a way to showcase ones own artistic and unique style.

To make it even easier...
I'm giving away scrapbooking software that can't be beat. All you have to do is leave a comment. When we reach 25 comments, I'll draw a winner out of my proverbial hat (I'll actually use a computer number generator) to win! My Memories Suite Version 2 digital 
scrapbooking software is a fun and creative way to keep and share memories, whether you have a Mac or PC. The software's design tools will help you to build entire albums effortlessly using one of the many installed templates, or designing your very own pages from scratch.
Available worldwide. Intended for English-language computers. Technical support is English-only.
$39.97 USD but if you don't win the giveaway, you can use my $10 off coupon that will be posted after the giveaway!


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [28 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. been hearing raves about my memories suite...would love the chance to play with it! Thanks for the chance, Susannah! Hugs!

  3. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 1 post on Nov. 28, 2011. Thanks again.

  4. Thank you for the opportunity. Of course would love to learn and play with this software.

  5. thank you loved the history of scrapbooking