Page design

Hopefully that picture you thought was perfect, actually came out super.

If it didn't, and you have a digital camera or a scanner, you may want to consider using a computer graphics program to correct the faults and cleanup the images. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements (a less expensive, easy-to-use version of Adobe Photoshop) and Paint Shop Pro are some common programs.

But remember, this is scrapbooking. So, you'll be able to cut out strangers, unrelated objects and empty space from the pictures.

Now choose the best pictures to include in your scrapbook. Ask yourself: Which six or seven pictures best depict the event, show emotion, engage the viewer and tell a story?

Layout

Once you have your favorites, it's time to consider how many pages you want. For example, you want to make two pages from your Halloween party. So, you'll probably want three to six pictures.

Now get creative with your materials:

  • Use orange or black paper, with lighter decorations, like ghost cut-outs and stickers.
  • Cut out any unwanted material from the pictures.
  • Don't be afraid to cut pictures jagged or in shapes.
  • Use different angles when glueing the pictures: slant one to the right and one to the left.
  • Use colored pens or markers to write a two-sentence description of the event, the date and the people in the pictures.

The last step is to enjoy your hard work. I hope you'll like the experience as much as I do. Happy Scrapbooking!

Step 1: Choosing a scrapbook and materials
Step 2: Taking pictures

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