How to Get Started Scrapbooking

Part of the Scrapbooking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Scrapbooking is an opportunity to preserve personal and family memories. To get started, gather the photos and mementos that will help make your scrapbook a continuing joy. Use the tips in the following list to help you get organized for scrapbooking:

  • Steal a day — a whole one if possible. Then you can gather all your photos and memorabilia (including what you loaned out to others) and put them in one place, such as a section of a room, an office, or a studio where you can work without being disturbed.

  • Organize photos chronologically by years into archival photo boxes (Print File's drop-front, metal-edge containers are good) and subcategorize later.

  • Organize memorabilia chronologically by years into acid-free and lignin-free folders. Lignin is a substance that bonds wood fibers.

  • Write photo notes on repositionable sticky notes rather than on the backs of your photos. Over time, inks on the backs of your photos destroy the emulsions on the fronts of them.

  • Create your own scrapbooking space, where you can leave your work out without it being disturbed.

  • If you're short on space or often scrapbook away from home, get a portable storage system on wheels for storing and stashing your scrapbook supplies.

  • Develop film that's been sitting around — like now!

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