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Scrapbooking Dos and Dont’s

If you’re a beginner scrapbooker, sorting out just what exactly you have to do to get started with building beautiful scrapbooks can be a challenge. To help you get through it, here’s a list of common dos and don’ts for scrapbooking:

DO:
1.Be true to yourself and your sense of style.
2.Use embellishments to decorate your pages.
3.Learn from others to get great scrapbooking ideas.
4.Always look to please yourself while scrapbooking.
5.Tell as story with the page.
6.Make time for your new hobby
7.Write great captions or descriptions of photos on your pages
8.Use found objects to decorate your pages.
9.Journal in your scrapbook pages to create more dimension.
10.Have fun!

DON’T:
1.Limit yourself to just one form of scrapbooking. Try all different kinds.
2.Stop once you’ve completed one scrapbook.
3.Worry if you make a mistake.
4.Think you have to copy someone else’s style.
5.Worry about what others think.
6.Limit your scrapbook to just photos. Use clippings, programs, ticket stubs, too!
7.Think about filling up the whole book at once. Take your time.

How to Start Scrapbooking

Old Photographs

Learning something new can be a great opportunity for you to start up a new passion or hobby. From painting to golf, crafting to cooking, there are plenty of ways that you can choose to spend your spare time. Scrapbooking is just another one of those options, but unlike other hobbies, it allows for you to express your creativity in a way that immortalizes your favorite memories. By creating a scrapbook to capture your family photos and keepsakes, you’re making an investment for the future. You’re making something beautiful that can be passed down through the generations. You’re creating something that’s more than just a family album.

To get started scrapbooking, all you need are a few supplies, your family photos, some keepsakes, and your creativity. It’s that simple! Here are the steps to starting your first scrapbook.

1.First, start out by purchasing a scrapbook, some glue, a pair of scissors, and a nice pen.
2.Next, sort through your crafting area and scrounge up some buttons, stickers, fabric scraps, or ribbons that can be used as embellishments.
3.Then, look through your albums and choose family photos, newspaper clippings, programs, or ticket stubs that mean something special to you.
4.Put them all together on dedicated pages throughout your book. Try to write in captions, notes, or other information about the photos or about a special event. Be sure that you’re dividing your scrapbook up by themed pages.
5.Decorate your pages using the embellishments you’ve created from your craft room scraps or choose some professionally-made ones to add flair.
6.Share and enjoy!

Easy Photography Tips Everyone Can Use

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Even if your photos are just for your family album, it doesn’t mean they can’t be good. Taking good pictures doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a huge, expensive camera. In fact, with a few easy pointers, many people can produce gorgeous images using their own point-and-shoot. To get you started on the road to taking perfect pictures for your photo album or scrapbook, MemoryScrapbooks.com offers these easy photography tips:

1.One of the best things you can do is to take pictures regularly. By starting a tradition of capturing memories now, you can be sure that you don’t miss out on anything big later. Plus it can help you track your family’s growth.
2.Be patient when it comes time to take the picture. You may not get it right the first time, but give it another shot. Also, be sure that you’re waiting for the right moment. Once it’s there, shoot quickly.
3.When shooting pets, children, or baby, shoot at eye level. This allows for the picture to really bring you in to the scene.
4.Always keep extra memory cards and batteries on hand. That way, you can be sure that you’re always prepared to capture every moment.
5.Get close to your photography subject. Just be sure that your camera is focused.
6.Stay within your flash range. Most cameras tend to have a range of about 6 to 10 feet, so try to stay within your zone, and adjust your flash strength accordingly.
7.Avoid red eye by using asking your subject to look at your shoulder rather than at the camera.
8.When taking a picture of a person or object, use a plain background. This will keep the focus directly on your subject.
9.To add dimension to your photos, shift your focus away from the middle.
10.Always be mindful of your surroundings. Make sure that everything you want in the picture is there and looks good. This is a great tip for group pictures – be sure you can see everyone!

Back to School? Already?

Back to School Books

It may seem hard to believe, but back to school season is almost here. In just a few short months, students will return to their schools, colleges, and universities to settle in for another year of busy schedules, homework, and exams. But before you start to stress over finding new school clothes, getting you textbooks together, and shopping for school supplies, remember that you can work towards getting your back to school to-do list completed well before the mad rush happens. For example, organizing your photos now before moving into your dorm can save you a lot of hassle – and packing – in the long run.

At MemoryScrapbooks.com, we offer a ton of great items to help you get your favorite photos in order for your big move into the dorms. From scrapbooks to albums, photo boxes to scrapbooking supplies, we have just about everything you need to capture those memories, organize them, and store them in a way that you can enjoy for many years to come.

Take some time out of your summer right now and work on completing some of your back to school to-do list. Organize your photos with the Photo Supplies from MemoryScrapbooks.com.