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Archive for February, 2010

Easter Scrapbooking

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Like with most holidays, these days become a great time to capture some holiday snapshots and put together a scrapbook to showcase your favorite memories. With the holiday of Easter, look forward to capturing pictures of the young ones with their Easter dresses and bonnets, fun times at the egg hunt, poses with the Easter bunny and more. Plus, this holiday allows you to scrapbook with pretty pastels and bunny, chicks and spring flower embellishments.

Not a child’s first Easter? Collect pictures from past Easters and create a collage of pictures throughout the years.

Remember the “firsts” of this holiday. Those can be the first picture with the Easter bunny, the first egg hunt or his or her first Easter basket.

For many, Easter is about the religious significance rather than the materialistic things. Focus on your faith on your scrapbook pages. There may be things that are part of your life that are symbolic and journaling about these experiences in an Easter scrapbooking is another technique to consider.

Creating a single scrapbook for Easter or including a few Easter pages to your Holiday scrapbook is a great way to cherish your pictures and to celebrate each of the holidays. Easter will be here before you know it, so make sure you have your camera ready and brainstorm some Easter related page layouts.

Things That Can Harm Your Scrapbooks and Photos

Anyone who scrapbooks or deals with photos knows that they have to be protected, but when it all comes down to it, do they really know what’s causing damage to their treasured keepsakes? Here are some of the most common things that your photos and scrapbooks could come in contact with that can cause damage:

1.) Any liquids or moisture can destroy your photographs, negatives, or scrapbook pages by causing the paper to break down and the colors to distort. Store photos in a cool, dry place where no excessive amounts of moisture can get in.
2.) Sunlight and extreme temperatures can also compromise the integrity of your photos, so be sure to keep any photographs, scrapbooks, or negatives out of direct sunlight. Also, try to store them in areas that are moderate in temperature.
3.) Fingerprints on photos can become visible on photos and negatives over time. Try wearing gloves or wipe down your pictures using acid neutralizing wipes to remove any oils that came off from your hands during handling.
4.) Papers or cardstock with acid are also known to discolor photos, so be sure that you’re using papers that are only acid-free. At MemoryScrapbooks.com, we specialize in only acid-free products so that your photos are never compromised. All of our scrapbooks and papers are made with your need to be acid-free in mind.

Thinking of a Scrapbooking Retreat?

Scrapbooking retreats are a great way to reflect on your skills and goals of scrapbooking, meet new and exciting people,  and to learn about new tools and techniques in this popular pastime.  There are many popular scrapbooking retreats such as Get Crafty Studio and Scrap Camp in the Virginia area which are great experiences for all scrapbookers.  If you are thinking of signing up for a scrapbooking retreat, there are a few items to consider.

  1. An area to scrapbook is most important – find out what space is available and if it caters to individuals or group needs.
  2. Inquire about necessary scrapbooking supplies – what supplies are available at the retreat and what supplies of your own should you bring?
  3. Know fellow scrapbookers? – Some retreats offer discount packages to larger groups and can save you money.
  4. What activities beyond scrapbooking? – Does the retreat offer other activities you can become involved in beyond scrapbooking?

If you need a weekend to get away or even to allow you the opportunity to focus on your scrapbooking passion, research scrapbooking retreats in your area and get away for a weekend while enjoying every minute you are gone!

Making the Most of Your Memories

I, myself, am guilty of just this – leaving all my pictures hiding on my digital camera for no one to enjoy them, including myself.

If this sounds like you, then break the habit this year and become encouraged by showcasing some of your finest snapshots into media you and all can enjoy.  If you enjoy the craft of scrapbooking, create mini scrapbooks such as this Cloth Frame 5×7 Scrapbook and stick to one central theme in the book.  Hiding away Christmas pictures?  Create a scrapbook to hold those photos.  Ringing in the New Year while out on the town?  Create a scrapbook to hold those photos.  Whatever array of pictures it may be hiding on your camera, get those out in the open to share with all to enjoy!

Who says it is too late to set a New Year’s resolution?  Make an effort going forward this year to share your memories with others whether it be in the form of scrapbook, a standard photo album or even a digital frame, enjoy those pictures.  You took them for a reason didn’t you?

Capture the Memories

How many times have you gone on a trip only to find that you’ve left behind your camera? Or maybe you just decided to leave it at home so you wouldn’t be stuck carrying it around while you enjoy your vacation. Either way, you’re missing out on all of those fantastic memories that help to make a trip last forever. By taking time to take some photos, and scrapbook those snapshots later, you’re showing that the trip was more than just an outing for you – it was something that was meant to be treasured.

Right now, many families are starting to plan trips either to get away from winter weather, or to celebrate the summer once school gets out. If you’re looking to take a trip anytime soon, remember to pick up your camera and shoot. The pictures that you’ll take on this trip will help to keep the memories alive. Plus, with photos, you can always look back on your vacation and give yourself a chance to get away for a little while as you look at the photos and remember just how much fun you had.