Friday, March 27, 2009

Premade Scrapbooks

Often times I've been asked how to fill a premade scrapbook album, so here it is:

In every album I produce, I make sure to affix a 'How to' instruction card. You can follow the easy, step by step directions to get a complete, gorgeous scrapbook photo album. First step is to find the photos you want in that album, photos that will tell that specific story. You may choose to print different photos in different sizes, so you can fit more photos or create a 'spot light' on one single photo by printing it larger, making it the focal point of your story.

Choose a premade scrapbook album that fits your needs. If the colors of most of your photos are very vibrant and colorful (often happens with children's photos), better go with a subtle, multi hue color scheme, or a 3 color scheme that fits most, if not all, your photos. Also take note of journaling space if you're about to add that - where and how many words would fit?

In many of My Treasure Box albums we add photo frames you can use. Measure the inside of the window and see which one of your photos would fit best, both size-wise and location(where in the album is it? Does your photo fits front page? middle? last page? Is the size right for that photo?

As you can see, I chose to use Gaby's first brushing session for the window in Gaby's first years album. The focus is on Gaby and her tooth brush, and since it was taken at night, from afar, the small size is just right for this photo. In addition, the vibrant colors of the frame, matting and embellishments work well with the skin tones in the photo.

Some photos fit straight and nice, some need a little twist. Donald enjoyed the brushing and grooming as much as Gaby did!

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Books I liked

  • A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
  • Almost any book by David Grossman
  • Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child
  • Clean and Simple Scrapbooking by Cathy Zeilske
  • Creation Companion by Betty Higins
  • Great Design Using Non Traditional Materials by Wendy Lyonsand Sheree Clarck
  • Handmade Cards by Anne Akers Johunson
  • Life Lines by Carol Wingert and Tena Sprenger
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • People of The Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Thinking of You by Making Memories


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