Scrapbook Ideas To Increase Scrapbook Creativity And Motivation.

Try to use the next scrapbook ideas for fun scrapbooking. When I went to one place for vacation two months ago, I already had my scrapbook pages planned before I got home. I knew I wanted to buy some postcards of my trip, but I ended up buying around 30-40 of them! I wanted to show my postcards in my scrapbook, but not on separate pages. Instead, I used the mosaic scrapbook ideas, and placed several postcards on one page. It was a great space-saver as well as a fun way to display the postcards.

While enjoying my niece's birthday party at Club Disney, I came up with a great lettering scrapbook ideas for my future layout about the event. On one wall was written "Happy Birthday"-the letters were a series of holes lit from behind. I knew the look was perfect for my birthday pages! To re-create the letters, I wrote the title in pencil on purple cardstock. Then I turned my Family Treasures mini-extension, 1/16" circle punch upside down and positioned the hole over my pencil line. Next, I just punched holes along the lines to create the letters. As a final touch, I mounted the title on white cardstock to make the letters stand out. This fun "marquee sign" look can also be used with metallic or glittery papers. It's perfect for a title about a night on the town or a trip to New York!

When my son was born, a co-worker offered to babysit him for me because she decided to stay home with her son as well. And she presented me with a wonderful scrapbook of the entire year with my son at her home. She journalized his development and took pictures of him as well. She has done this for me every year since and I look forward to her gift every Christmas. Not only does this give me a wonderful keepsake, it also helps me to see what I may be missing while working.

Here are scrapbook ideas to display your child's handprints and footprints. Turn these precious prints into the body and wings of an angel. First, prepare a surface for the angel (such as a scrapbook page, album cover, apron or wall hanging). I used a scrapbook binder, so I painted the background first. Next, put white craft paint on a paper plate and have your child place his or her hands in the paint one at a time. (Try not to get excessive paint on your child's hand because it will pool on your project. It's helpful to practice on a piece of paper first.)Have your child apply the right hand print for the right wing, and the left hand print for the left wing. When the wings are dry, have your child dip his or her foot onto a paper plate with soft-colored paint. Press the foot down at the center of the wings, with the heel at the top. When the body has dried, paint a round circle for the angel face and embellish it with details, including hair. You can also outline the body to make a long "robe," adding scallops and dots for a feminine angel or a collar and angular lines for a masculine angel. Be sure to keep your embellishments simple so they don't overpower the prints. Finally, top your angel with a halo and add background embellishments if desired. Remember to put a name and date on your masterpiece!

Something I like to do to help decide on a color to use on my scrapbook page is to close my eyes for a few seconds and then open them again looking at my page. Then I ask myself "What is the first thing I saw?" If it was the paper or embellishments etc I know I need to make a change. If it is the photo then I know it is a good color choice.

In order to stay motivated to scrapbook, I rely on two things: my scrapbook journal and artistic and creative publications. Like any other arts and crafts related activity, one needs a boost now and then to keep going.
My scrapbook journal is one way I stay motivated to scrapbook. I bought a beautiful woman's day book just for recording my scrapbook experiences and ideas. In it, I record pages completed, new techniques attempted, and quotes from my children or anything I want to include in a future page. An added bonus: the daybook includes preprinted quotes on every page! Another helpful task is by checking out art and creativity publications from my local library. I have garnered much useful information from art magazines concerning creativity boosters and design tips. Of course, I also rely heavily on all of my magazines!

My favorite scrapbooking tips follow three basic criteria: cheap, easy, quick. This is one that I like to do: If you want to include your child's favorite characters in their scrapbook, but are having a hard time finding products, look to their books. You can scan, print, and cut out, or, for a more artistic look, place vellum over a page in their book (or cover to a favorite movie) and trace, leaving out any unwanted elements. You can color it in, or leave it as a pencil drawing. You can even make small changes (ie, putting a character's arm around a silhouetted photo of your child) very easily. I like doing this because it personalizes the pages, and it requires no artistic talent.

My children love scrapbooking. Great for rainy and sick days! We keep a large container full of stuff for them when they need it "this also teaches them to recycle rather than discard" Things we have put in it. Discarded magazines, stickers, ribbons, buttons, wrapping paper, crayons, string, yarn, writing items, shoelaces, junk mail flyers with pictures, material scraps, construction paper, safe children scissors, glue sticks.. Always something being added and it all gets used! My children sometimes scrapbook without photos so I don't mind if the things are acid/lignon free or not. It is just for hours of fun!

Help the person celebrating a birthday feel like a star for a day by setting out completed scrapbook pages and/or albums about them at the celebration. Everyone will gain a better appreciation for the unique person that they are and the birthday person will feel even more special!

Every year I take my kids school pictures and create a layout in which I create a special page that shows their change year to year. I use the school picture on one page and on the facing page I take paint and have them press their hand and foot on the page, I also "journal" 10 questions (the same ones each year) and have the kids write the answers down. It's a really neat way to show how much difference just one year makes. So use these scrapbook ideas.

Scrapbook Ideas For Fun.

Here are scrapbook ideas for fun scrapbooking. Often we have tons of less than perfect pictures, like the one of your child crying that you took right before you got the great one of her smiling happily for the camera. An ABC album is a great way to use those pictures as long as you're creative with your captions. Consider adding captions like "grumpy girl", "squirmy", and "entranced" to the appropriate pages. You'll be surprised how many pictures you have for an album when you look at pictures that weren't "worthy" of other pages.

I scan my children's drawings or paintings into my computer and print them onto acid free cardstock. Then I crop them and mat them and they look like little paintings! I then use them throughout my Albums to add color and preserve and show how their skills are progressing. Sometimes instead of scanning the art I just crop and matt the original work and just ensure that it doesn't touch any photos.

For those binders that have the insert-slip covers, here's a great cover tip. First, if there are rivets on the back cover use exact knife to cut the clear plastic, so that your cover page will cover them up. Use three 12X12 pieces of paper, cut 2 pages down to 11.75 in. wide by 11.25 in. high, use the third piece to make one strip 11.25 in high and 8.5 cm wide. The left over paper is enough to make an 8.5 X 11 sheet. Insert sheets into the cover and ta-da, easy custom album cover.

I fill my albums as full as possible and so I usually end up expanding them farther than their spine covers will go. To give my albums a finished look when they are on display I make my own spines covers for them. First I choose a paper that coordinates with my album. I then add the information to it that I want to see displayed on the spine of the album and embellish the paper to complete the look. Then I trim it down to a size just a bit bigger than I expect it needs to be, just to be safe, and laminate it with my Xyron. All that is left to do is to trim it to fit the album, punch holes aligned with the posts, and insert it into the album where the old spine cover was. This give a durable, informational, and beautiful touch to the album.

You can achieve really neat 3-D effects by simply cutting a silhoutte of your subject and saving the background. Tape your background down and then put a pop-up dot on your silhoutte. Magically you have an awesome 3-D picture. Try it with some posed sports shots i.e. boy looking like he is fixing to catch a ball or run.

You know how hospital's give you your baby's footprints in ink? Well, I take a Versamark Pad (watermark ink pad), ink up my baby's feet (even child's hand) and press it down on colored cardstock. Soon their image will appear and clean up is a quick wipe with no mess! Makes a great Thank You card, Birth Announcement or keepsake card. (don't do too won't like that).

Recently, I had a baby shower for gal. I got a small memory book, baby stickers, and my camera. Each guest wrote a short note, advise and best wishes and embellished with stickers. On each opposing page I attached that guest's picture and a space for gift description. I also added a few pictures of gift opening, cake, etc. She loved it so much she wants to take it to all her showers. I pre-embellish the remaining pages and added journaling boxes to the facing pages. She isn't a scrapper so this way she won't have to purchase anything and just might spark her to start scrapbooking her new bundle of joy and fun scrapbook ideas.

A fun way for children to send a personalized birthday thank you card is to create a page layout. I select 3 or 4 photos from the event, mat and mount them on a page in fun, theme colors, mat & mount a journaling box (with lines), then color copy as many pages as I need. My daughter can then write a personalized note in the journaling box and each of her guests receives a special momento of the party in the mail!

I appreciate ideas that help me add a homemade touch to my layouts. I mix water and cardstock in a blender, then squeeze the excess water from the paper. Next, I press the mixture into candy mold trays and allow it to dry overnight. The thickness of the shape depends on how much paper pulp I add to the mold. I use glue dots to attach the shapes to my layouts. The shapes have a great texture and are easy to work with. For even more variety, I create my own shades by using colored cardstock and adding chalks. I've used a variety of candy and soap molds, available at most craft stores, and I love the look!

For Christmas this year I purchased double (hinged) 5x7 frames. I put my daughter's Christmas picture in one side and made a 5x7 scrapbook page to put in the other side. Each year I will give my relatives a new picture and page to replace in the frame. The previous year's set can then be put into a scrapbook so that they will have a collection as she grows.

I was putting together a scrapbook page for my daughter's first lost tooth. She came along to see what I was doing just as I started working on the title. This gave me an idea--why can't she print her own title? She printed "I Lost My Tooth". The result was so personal, and it will be neat for her to look back to see her printing at that age.

Once I select the photos I'm using for my layouts, I go ahead and crop my extras (leftovers) into different size squares (I try to crop them into the smallest size possible). Then I put them away by size. Later, when I come to the end of my album, I make tile collages with all my leftovers. That way I don't need a place to store them. I also don't have to trash them.
So, try to use these fun scrapbook ideas.