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.
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