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This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of scrapbooking, explaining the important phrases to look for when buying materials, the different techniques and layout themes you could use, and the actual process behind making a scrapbook page!
There's no correct way to create a scrapbook page. Some scrapbookers like to keep their layouts simple, while others like to try out different techniques to see what they're capable of achieving. If you fall into the latter category, we've put together a little list of scrapbooking techniques to help spark your creativity!
Calligraphy is the skilled execution of lettering with a calligraphy pen, ink and nibs, drawing visually appealing inscriptions for use as headings or an alternative to handwriting
Decoupage is the process of gluing paper cut outs onto an object or a scrapbook page using layers of decoupage glue, creating the illusion of painted designs.
Die-Cutting requires a die-cutting machine and dies, and is simply the process of cutting out intricate designs from cardstock by feeding the die, card and plates through the machine.
Embossing is the process of creating raised designs and patterns in a material, such as scrapbooking card, by using embossing folders and a die-cutting machine.
To add some interactivity into your scrapbook page, you could make Pockets using paper and adhesive to hold special little items or journaling cards.
If you have far too many photos to fit onto one scrapbook page, making a Miniature Photo Album using paper, chipboard and adhesive may well be the ideal solution.
If you have lots of memorabilia (such as cinema tickets) but no room on your page, you could make little Envelopes using paper folding techniques and glue to hold them.
Matting and Layering is quite simply building up an image onto numerous larger pieces of card, each layer slightly bigger than the last, to create extra dimension.
Paper Folding is an artistic way to create your own individual paper embellishments, such as roses, bows and pinwheels, adding dimension and distinction to your page.
Punching is extremely straightforward – it's the act of using a punch to cut out tiny, simple shapes in the corners of your card, or you could even use them to create borders.
Quilling is a popular technique which involves cutting out long strips of paper to then roll, curl and shape with a variety of tools, gluing them together into a design
Stamping is the process of precisely replicating an image; by using an ink pad with a stamp, you can quickly, easily and accurately transfer an image onto card or paper