1. Cookbook Albums
Simple Recipe Organization
If you don't really want to scrapbook but rather just organize the recipes you have saved from magazines, etc then my first tip on this would be to go through first and throw out the ones you will never use. Go on be truthful... will you ever make that pudding that takes 10 hours to prepare and then has to be eaten straight away. -)
If you are just wanting to compile the remaining recipes for easy use then just use a top loading ring binder style album or folder and sort them by food category and then alphabetically. If you have the patience, compile an index on your computer to slot in the front or back
Using Old Handwritten Recipes
If you are lucky enough to be compiling your scrapbook from old hand-written recipes then consider having the originals color copied onto acid and lignin free paper for your pages. A color laser copy will keep better and be safer to use near photos as old hand-written recipes can tend to end up covered with all sorts of food splatters. There is also no way of knowing what sort of ink has been used. Make the last page of the album into pocket page for storage of the originals so they are kept safe.
If hand-written recipes are the meat and potatoes of a good scrapbook, then once you have started gathering them, it is time to consider what you will add for dessert and garnish. The perfect scrapbook album should feature anecdotes, stories and photos of the people and dishes you have chosen to record. For garnish you could add photos of, or actual labels from key ingredients.
For a simple scrapbook, assemble your recipes in alphabetical order. Place a nice heading above each one, write a brief line about the author or/and circumstances in which the dish is usually served, mount the recipe on photo mounting paper and if you wish use some of the cooking theme stickers that are available to decorate.
Plan for Expansion
A good recipe scrapbook is one that can be added to. Choose an album that is expandable and do not put more than one recipe per page. This way you can slip new recipes in as they are developed, found or your family becomes larger.
2. Black Pages
Scrapbooking on black pages gives a classic feel to an album. Black page scrapbooking is perfect for heritage or wedding albums but can also be used on day to day albums.
When using black pages remember that:
Bright colors look brighter on black--you can obtain great impact by using plain card in primary and secondary clear colours;
Simple cropping and decoration looks elegant on black pages;
Realistic stickers such as the Mrs Grossman´s Photo Essence line look fantastic on a black background;
Pencil lines will usually not rub off so write on a ruler or use a line reflection tool;
Ordinary pen will not be visible on a black page. Invest in some metallic pens or journal using journaling boxes (card stock mounted on the page);
If you make a journaling mistake blot it out using a black pen then leave to it to dry before over writing; and when changing between black and white pages you can ease the change over by either creating a pocket page or using a black background page.
3. Family Efforts Make A Wonderful Album
Send a scrapbook page along with a self addressed stamped envelope to friends and family of a loved one and have them write a favorite memory or funny story of that person. Then have them include a picture of themselves and/or their family and return it to you. Then you can put together a great memory album as a gift for a milestone birthday or anniversary. I did one for my parents 45th wedding anniversary and they loved it!
**Guru note: don´t forget to include a note to remind them to use a pigma pen for their journaling. If you are using a style of album other than top loading sending card stock instead of a page will make it easier to assemble the finished album. This will stop you ending up with blank pages or opposing colors that scream at each other.
4. Collecting Your Photos & Memorabilia
If you are a good little scrapper, then you will have collected memorabilia; taken photos of everything from monuments, to signposts, to hotel food and rooms; and written in a travel journal all the while you were on your vacation. If, however, you went on your trip of a lifetime before you heard of scrapbooking then don´t despair--you can still make a fine album with what you have. First things first--gather everything you have in one place, sort it in chronological order and see what you have got.
5. Perpetual Album
A Perpetual Album is an album given over a period of time. Choose an album - a small format works well if it is to be posted - and remove all but the first two pages. Place the spare pages somewhere you will be able to find them again. The first page should be the title page and include your family name and encompass the theme of the album (Christmas, birthday, anniversary, regular updates). On the back of the title page explain your reasons for giving them this form of Greeting Card and let them know that you will be giving them a new page or two regularly to add to their album. The second leaf will be the first card. On the front place the date, photo(s) and basic information. You can make it as plain or decorative as you wish. On the back you might like to journal about the years events or just write a simple greeting and add more photos. Dont forget that the more journaling you do the more worthwhile the album will be for the recipients to look back on. Send more decorated pages as you desire. Over a period of years this type of album can actually be less expensive than sending an ordinary card.
6. Frienship Album
Keep a scrapbook about your friends. If you`re younger, keep pages of your friends in it forever, then you can look back at who was friends with whom... ,
When you are older you`ll never have to wonder who you were friends with when you were younger.
Guru note: Friendship pages would be a good addition to a school album or you could create an entire album for a special friend--make a copy of course.
7. Final page Idea
For the end of my childrens ABC albums I typed out the end of the ABC song -- Now I've said my ABC tell me what you think of me.
Guru Note: that could also be--Now I've done my ABC next time won't you scrap with me!! Or a spot for a Memory Button with your child saying his/her ABC.
8. Story Book Album
Create a story book album for your child from your left over photos. Choose a simple nursery rhyme or tale and crop and draw in the illustrations. Silhouetting is a great technique to use here as you can crop out the real background and draw in a fantasy one. You can use as much poetic license as you wish with the story line. Jack and the Bean Stalk, Goldie Locks and the Three bears and the three little pigs all lend themselves well to story book albums.
9. Things To Include In A Baby Album- Hospital Stay
You can include anything relating to the child in his or her album. However, here are a few "must have" guidelines for recording your hospital stay, if you are lucky enough to know what you will need for your album when baby is born. You should take photos of the new-born with mum, new-born with dad, new-born meeting siblings, having that first drink, delivery staff and doctor, hospital room, cards and flowers, baby (or crib) with each visitor, dressed to go home and any of the actual labor room photos you feel comfortable using. Memorabilia is simple. I suggest keeping everything from name tags to head measurement tape that you can get your hands on and just decide if you want to use it when the time comes. Don't forget to keep a copy of the newspaper from the day after the birth so that you can record the news from the actual day of your baby's birth.
10. Adult Milestones
Apart from the obvious--graduation, wedding, and birthday milestones--don't forget to include other life events in your album as well.
Here are some milestones to jog your memory: first driver's license, first date, first plane flight, first holiday without your parents, first time you met the love of your life, first time you went to your favorite artist's concert, first time at a really posh restaurant, first major purchase, first job, last day of a job, anytime you do anything adventurous (doesn't mean you have to be a daredevil--eating oysters au natural could count) and going back to school as an adult.
11. Pre-mounted Heritage Photos
What do you do with older black and white photos that have been mounted on photographer's card? If the card is light and in reasonable condition mount the whole thing into your photo album using self adhesive photo corners. If the card is thick or damaged then it is probably prudent to have a copy made for your album and to file the original in a safe place. Never try to remove the photo from the backing as this could result in damage to the photo or/and the backing card.
12. Baby Milestones
Babies have many milestones that may be recorded in a scrapbook album. Here is a list of firsts which may help to prompt you. Don't forget last times too.
First smiles, holds a rattle, laughs, rolls over, sits up, shy with strangers, drinks from a cup, puts food in mouth, first tooth, babbles, plays peek a boo, holds out arms to be picked up, claps hands, waves bye-bye, stands up holding on, stands alone, walks one hand held, walks alone, first mischief, says mama and da-da, climbs stairs alone, puts two words together, makes a joke, potty trained during the day, potty trained at night, first nasty fall, manages buttons, talks in adult sentences, ties own shoes.
Although a good scrapbooker will always have a camera ready, just journaling the milestone, the date and the reaction of you and the child is sufficient.
13. Kid's Own Scrapbook
Give your duplicates, extras and imperfect shots to your children and let them work on their very own scrapbooks. A top loading style album is great for this as you can take better pages and compile them into a better quality "display" album. That way you can leave them to exercise their creativity in the everyday album. I really do suggest taking out your favorite pages as children can sometimes go back as they get older and add to (or destroy) pages because they do not consider their earlier pages good enough. As memories, rather than perfection are the aim of scrapbooking, that needs to be avoided.
14. ABC Album Basics
ABC albums is one of the easiest type of theme album to put together. Each page (or double spread) features one letter of the alphabet. ABC albums are a great way to use up odd photos and to let you indulge in fun stickers and diecuts. Before you begin, plan the basic set up of your pages. Are you going to have a border around each page filled with words starting with the featured letter? Are you going to just label the objects on the page or are you going to journal and pick out the featured letter in a contrasting color? If you are looking for words which start with those difficult letters such as X, Y and Z, children's books (and Sesame Street) are a good source.
15. Christmas Albums
Green and Red are lovely traditional Christmas colors but ones we tend to use over and over again. How about being a little adventurous; Throw in Gingerbread or Plum Pudding Browns; Silver or Gold accents for an elegant look. Team plain card with patterned paper - plaids work really well. Some keen scrapbookers have even been known to dress their family in co-ordinating clothing and use those colors for the basis of their Christmas pages.
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