The third topic in our Create mini-series is: Scrapbooking.
Scrapbooking is a great activity for expressing your creativity, and a fantastic way to showcase the exciting things you’ve been up to. Jack McKechnie, our expert Lead Wellbeing Coordinator, talks us through the process…
Step one… Choose your topic
Scrapbooking is all about telling a story, so have a think about the story you want to tell! For example, if you are tending to the outdoor garden and preparing it for the summer, could you evidence this journey?
Step two… Sort your photos
When developing pages that are full of photos, it is important to remember that often less is more! It helps to choose a focal point – be aware of where you want your viewer’s eyes to be drawn. This will support with creating bigger impact when people are observing your finished piece. Use photos with the best lighting and avoid dark or blurry images.
Step three… Create a background
Find different materials to work on to make your backgrounds super interesting! You could use paper, but look at different kinds with different consistencies, for example by using vellum or lace paper to give your work transparency.
Finding the perfect paper-crafts supplies is part of the fun! For most pages, you’ll need: Patterned paper and/or card stock, adhesive, embellishments , like ribbon, buttons and stickers, paper trimmer, scissors and page protectors/album.
Step four… The finishing touches
Once your photos are in position (look online for layout inspiration if needed), add text/ journaling to tell a story within your piece. Also, stick on simple embellishments to bring your work to life. For example, try out beads, buttons, confetti, glitter, foam shapes, eyelets, die-cuts, pressed flowers, charms, sequins and stickers.
Double mount your focal point photo & group mount the supporting photos. Then stick your photos to the desired area of the page! Voila – you’re a scrapbooking pro…
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