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How to Create Your First Scrapbook Page

Simple steps to help you get started with the hardest scrapbook page you'll ever create--your first one.

Difficulty Level: Average Time Required: 1 hour

Here's How:
  1. Select 6-10 photos of one event, for example Christmas, Halloween, Family Vacation, or a Birthday Party.
  2. Choose the best of these photos to include on your page (all of them may be included) removing those that are out of focus, too far away etc.
  3. Crop the photos as desired, trimming away unneeded elements and creating fun shapes (see link below for help).
  4. Create a sample layout by laying the pictures on the page in a pleasing design. Continue experimenting with the layout until it pleases you.
  5. Use a pencil to lightly trace the outline of your pictures when you have them in the "perfect" places on the page. Set the photos aside.
  6. Select one color of acid-free photo mounting paper that accents the colors in your photos.
  7. Cut 2 triangles (approximately 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches) from your photo mounting paper.
  8. Place the triangles in opposite corners of your page on top and bottom, affixing with mounting tape.
  9. Replace the photos, affixing with mounting tape, and erasing the traced lines just before adhering each photo to the page.
  10. Consider adding a title to the page with either acid-free permanent pens or sticker letters (see link below).
  11. Journal below and/or around the photos, remembering to include Who was there, What you were doing, When it took place, Where were you, Why were you there, and How everyone was feeling or what you were thinking.
  12. Add a few acid-free stickers to give color to your layout and continue the theme of the page (for example: candles, a cake, balloons, and/or party hats for a birthday page).
  13. Slip on a page protector to keep your completed page safe from dirt, dust, spills, and fingerprints.
  14. Admire your first completed page showing it off to friends and family.
  15. Start thinking about your next page.
  1. For your first page, keep it simple.
  2. Don't think about the 18 boxes of pictures under your bed, just focus on the page at hand.
  3. Most of all, have fun, relax, and try not to get frustrated or overwhelmed.

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