Scrapbooking

UPDATE If you like scrapbooking and collecting funky storage stuff to keep it all in, have I found the site for you… see below… also there’s a bit of an update from me on my (complete lack of) progress.

It’s the biggest crafting phenomenon of our time, it’s the perfect starting point for anyone starting to flex their creative muscles and it can be as basic or extravagant as you like.

What took me so long to get turned on to the idea of Scrapbooking?

A recent visit to a craft store made me realise how much Scrapbooking has taken off, and how many options there are out there to make beautiful and personal souvenirs of those special events in life. And since we here at PigPog have just had the perfect special event, I thought now was a good time to check out what’s available online and get ready to have a go at making a scrapbook myself.

After getting just a small amount of stuff I realised just how much space it takes up. If you’re going to get into this in any serious way, you’ve got to get your stuff organised, not all crammed into a box like I did. Fortunately, there is a plethora of bags, boxes and folders to keep your scrapbooking paraphernalia in – check out Joann.com‘s mind-boggling collection. Until I have my own room for all of this stuff, I’ll keep it nice and small and make ATCs instead.

My First Scrapbook

Page 1 – The Hen Night

My First Scrapbook Page

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Scrapbooking Links

  • Scrapbooking.com Magazine – a scrapbooking magazine that’s “so big, only the internet can hold it”. A big resource of articles on scrapbooking and papercraft (including altered books). Doesn’t seem to have much for the beginner, but if you’ve made a start and you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration, this looks like a good site to keep an eye on.

  • Scrapjazz – The Scrapbooking Megasite – another good resource of articles, and this one does have a section for newbies. It also links to Scrap Tutor – online scrap classes, but you do have to pay for these. Worth thinking about if you need some extra help. Scrapjazz also shows off the latest new products to add interesting new effects to your scrapbooks.

  • Creative Memories – this is a company set up to do for scrapbooking what Tupperware does for food storage and Ann Summers does for battery sales ;). Looks like fun, whether you choose to organise a Get Together, or become a Consultant.

  • Scrapbook.com Neighborhood – Buy supplies, take classes, sign up for newsletters, online gallery space and a blog.

  • Lakeland’s Scrapbooking Store – A good UK-based supplier for all your scrapbooking needs.

Wow, there’s certainly a lot out there. If you’re into scrapbooking, and would like to leave some tips for all the scrapping newbies (including me), please leave a note in the comments.