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materials for scrapbooking A scrapbook is a place where memories live on. Scrapbooks hold on to the past, keep friendships alive and bear promise to the future. Children, parents, students, teens, friends and grandparents can preserve cherished photos, notes and keepsakes in a personalized scrapbook.

Scrapbooks have evolved from the days of simply pasting a favorite snapshot or snippet onto a blank page. Scrapbooking is a serious hobby and the industry has grown by leaps and bounds. There are so many different products on the market that getting started in scrapbooking can be a little intimidating. Follow a few basic scrapbooking tips and you'll be on your way to creating a keepsake you'll cherish for years.

One of the most important scrapbooking tips for a beginner to heed is to use a little trial and error. The beauty of scrapbooking is that there are no rigid rules. With this "anything goes" hobby, you can develop your skills as you go along. That's part of the fun. Even veteran scrapbookers continue to learn and experiment with new things. Enjoy the experience of learning, don't expect to create a scrapbooking masterpiece on your first try, and don't try to mirror what someone else has done. Your scrapbook is your personal creation, and should be a reflection of your life.

If you were to ask a group of seasoned hobbyists for their scrapbooking tips, they'd tell you that the proper use and preservation of photographs is crucial in creating an attractive and effective scrapbook. They'd encourage you to keep it simple with your photographs, using basic rather than wacky shapes. When you keep the shape of the photographs simple, you're free to add interest and texture by adding other elements. The danger in cutting photographs is that once you start snipping, it's easy to trim away half of the picture. If you really want to experiment with hearts and stars for your photographs, try setting the photos digitally first, then alter and change them until you've got it right. Rushing through a trimming job can ruin your one-of-a-kind photographs. This is one lesson that's often learned the hard way, so it's best to make copies or make sure you have the negatives before you begin to snip away.

When you are ready to begin shopping for your first project, a good scrapbooking tip to keep in mind is that you don't need to buy everything you see. There are countless scissors, trims, ribbons, glitter, stickers and baubles available on the market, and you probably won't ever use half of them. Begin with a basic album, pick some pretty paper and select a few interesting trims or embellishments. You'll save money, save room on your hobby table and save your sanity. Keep it simple, and then enhance your creativity as you build your skills.

Finally, it's important to choose a theme for your scrapbook and stick to it. Keep the style consistent from beginning to end. Set out your clippings and photographs beforehand, and don't overdo the extras. Save some pictures and mementos, because once your initial project is complete, you'll be eager to start another.

Following a few basic scrapbooking tips will help you take a plain old photograph album and turn it into a wonderful keepsake that will be treasured for generations.
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