Scrapbooking Your Memories That Aren’t Photos

I recently came across a binder that I have kept for many years now. This caused me to begin to think about putting the contents into a scrapbook album. This binder is dedicated to all of my memories from my courtship with my husband, and it is packed full.

Our relationship while dating was long distance. I lived in Missouri, he was a soldier in the Army who was stationed in upstate New York. As you can imagine, I have a lot of memories that are not pictures in my binder. There are many cards, letters, poems, drawings, dried flowers, and the list goes on.

Even though I have loved to scrapbook for years now, I have never put together a scrapbook with as many memorabilia as this scrapbook will have. So, I set out to do some research that I would like to share with you today about scrapbooking your memories that are not pictures.

What Are Memories That Aren’t Photos?

Memories that are not pictures can be basically anything. It could be the napkin you got from your significant other with his/her phone number on it, a ticket stub, cards, maps, bingo cards, coins, clothing tags/scraps, newspaper clippings, a lanyard or anything else you can imagine saving to remind you of those special moments in your life.

For this post, I will call these type of items memorabilia or ephemera, items meant to be disposable such as ticket stubs, napkins, bottle caps or maps.

Non-valuable Memorabilia vs. Valuable Memorabilia

The first thing you should do is decide how valuable each piece of memorabilia is to you. This will help you decide how you will put different items in the scrapbook.

Some pieces may be historical, collectible or irreplaceable to you. Other items may be special, but not as valuable to you.

For example, the concert ticket you saved from your last birthday may not be as valuable as the $2 bill given to you at birth by your deceased grandfather. You may want to take different considerations into account when putting them into a scrapbook.

For items that are not as valuable to you, you might consider gluing/taping the items down directly on the scrapbook page.

Whereas, more valuable items may call for a different approach such as using photo corners to fix the items to the page.

My point is to be careful and thoughtful while preserving your memorabilia. I say this to prevent any accidental damage that could be caused by gluing items down to the page, cutting, or altering items in any way that you may regret after the fact.

Memorabilia Scrapbooking Techniques and Strategies

If the aforementioned photo corners do not seem like a good way to put your valuable memorabilia into your scrapbook, you may want to try making a decorative pocket to put things in. These pockets could be made in different sizes to add interest to your page. Using extra brochures/maps to make pockets is another way to add interest to the page and scrapbook your memorabilia.

An alternative to using pockets, is to use sleeves. These can be bought premade at a craft/hobby store or you can make custom sleeves to perfectly fit your items with a Photo Sleeve Fuse Starter Kit.

You can also make or use a premade envelope – make sure it is acid free – to put memorabilia in. If you make dividers for your envelope, you can use one envelope to organize memorabilia from multiple events on a 2-page spread.

Here are some more ideas to use/preserve your memorabilia.

  • Substitute a post card for a photo in your layout
  • Use a lanyard as ribbon
  • Layer ephemera with papers and photos to create an interesting look
  • Make a collage of ephemera to use as a background
  • Frame pictures with ephemera (e.g. cut the center out of a Bingo card and use as a frame)
  • Use memorabilia as embellishments
  • Create journaling spaces out of ephemera
  • Use memorabilia as thematic accents for your layout

What about those greeting cards you saved? How can they be preserved in a scrapbook? I’m glad you asked because I have thought of a few ways that may be helpful.

If you do not mind cutting your cards, you can cut them in half on the seams and affix each half on the page so the whole card can be seen through the page protector without having to open the card.

Another option is to show the front of the card and share what the inside of the card says in a journal entry.

A third option is to make a plastic sleeve that will allow you to look at the card without having to remove it from the sleeve. This can be done with the aforementioned Photo Sleeve Fuse Starter Kit.

Putting the cards into pockets or envelopes is also an option. Just make sure that the pockets or envelopes are acid free.

What If My Memorabilia is Too Large?

Sometimes memorabilia can be too large or awkward to fit into a scrapbook. If you run into this problem try scrapbooking a photo of the item or make a photocopy to size the item down.

You can also use file folders to extend the scrapbook page outwards in order to fold out the larger piece of memorabilia. A twist to this solution is to add fold out pages.

Final Thoughts

Scrapbooking is not meant to only include pictures because memories come from many items other than pictures. As a matter of fact, scrapbooking was originated in the 1800’s and began with just preserving scraps, not pictures.

It is important to preserve all of your memories whether they come in the form of pictures or not. Challenge yourself to preserve all the items that serve as remembrances of your past. I know that I will be preserving my long-forgotten binder of memories from the courtship of my husband and myself.

Do you have any ideas on how to preserve memorabilia? Did this article spark any interesting thoughts for you? I would love to hear about it. Please share in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Help with Halloween Scrapbook Page Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner which means candy, parties, costumes, imagination, creativity, family, fun and Halloween themed layouts. How exciting!

When scrapbooking for the holiday, the theme doesn’t always have to be the traditional dark, spooky theme commonly used with Halloween. Your layouts can be fun and colorful, highlight the costumes, or celebrate autumn.

In this post, I will give you some different Halloween scrapbook page ideas to help you find the perfect layout for each of your Halloween pictures.

Just the Layout You Need

If you do not have Halloween themed items in your scrapbook stash, do not worry. You can use neutral products for your layout. Orange and black scream Halloween. Pair it with purple, yellow or green and add your Halloween pictures and journal entries for a layout that is just what the holiday calls for.

Do you have a limited supply of Halloween supplies? No worries. Here are two ways to stretch them further.

  • Use a Halloween themed paper as the background/base. Then, use your neutral items to build on top of the base.
  • This also works in reverse. Use a neutral background and a few Halloween-themed embellishments to make the page Halloween specific.

Using bright, fun colors will always lighten the mood of the theme.

Every scrapbook enthusiast has scrap paper/cardstock. A good way to use your scrap supplies is to make a mosaic layout. This can be done with a lot of small square shaped pieces or a few larger shaped pieces. If using smaller pieces of paper, you can frame the picture with a Halloween inspired shape such as a pumpkin all surrounded with background pieces.

Play on words to make your layout more interesting. Choose a common phrase that makes sense with the pictures to build your title around.

Emphasize the costume in your layout.

  • Use colors based on the costume characters in the pictures and Halloween themed embellishments.
  • Make the entire page about the costume (both theme and color) and add journal entries about Halloween.

Speaking of costumes, a good way to display more than one costume on the same page is to use a two-column design. Split the page in half and display a different costume on each side.

If you have several photos of the same costume, you can feature them all on the same page with smaller embellishments. This will allow the pictures to steal the show.

Making a photo strip montage is another way to showcase multiple pictures on the same page. All your title and journal entries above and/or below the pictures. Presto! You have a great layout.

Another way to display multiple pictures is to create a timeline layout. Put the pictures in chronological order in a line and add journal entries to make it appear as a timeline.

Premade layout collections can be picked up pretty inexpensively at garage sales, flea markets and similar places. Many times, the set will not be complete. Use these collections with die cuts you make yourself to make the collection layout your own.

Make a big shape the focal point of your page such as a moon or a pumpkin. This add a nice dramatic effect to the page.

You can also shape pictures to fit the theme of your page. For example, cut your pictures in pumpkin shapes for a pumpkin patch theme.

The Halloween holiday does come during the autumn. So, why not use an autumn theme to display your pictures. This works especially well when the costumes fit in with the autumn theme like animals, pumpkins, or sports.

A how-to page is a great way to something extra to your album. This works well with traditions such as carving a pumpkin. Use your pumpkin carving photos to create a how to carve a pumpkin page.

A less traditional way to scrapbook is to use a photo pocket page. This will allow you to display multiple pictures when you have less time to invest in the layout.

Topics to Include in Your Layouts

The obvious topic to add to your scrapbook pages is the costumes, but there are other things to add that will add a lot of value in memories to your layouts.

First of all, do not forget to include your extended family, pets. Why go through the trouble of dressing up your pet if you don’t plan on remembering your little buddy with a picture. After all, are not they always there for us when we need them?

Don’t be afraid to use candid shots you have of the holiday. Sometimes, these unexpected pictures catch the best moments because it is real life, not poses.

Does your family have a favorite Halloween treat served every year? Make this a part of your memories by making a layout dedicated to the recipe. You can even add pictures of a loved making the treat.

Having a party? Don’t forget to include the spread in your layouts. After all, is it really a party without food?

Helpful Tips

You can always liven up a white background with accessories such as buttons and brads. They come in a multitude of shapes and colors. This method can give you a more simple, clean look to your layout.

Make your own Halloween embellishments when you can. Die cuts are easy to make. Just draw out the shape you want and cut it out. If you are not an artist, use a template to trace the shapes and cut them out.

Have fun! It is Halloween which is all about fun, family, candy, and costumes.

Conclusion

There are many ways to preserve your Halloween memories. Whether they are in a pumpkin patch or all about costumes and parties, there is a layout to us that will accentuate the moment. You just have to take a little time and be creative.

I hoped you enjoyed this post. I would love to hear from you.

Which of these ideas were most helpful to you? Please share in the comment section below.

Creative Scrapbooking Ideas: How to Think Outside of the Box

In my last post, Scrapbook Page Layout Ideas and Tips, I mentioned using nontraditional supplies in your scrapbook layout to make your page more interesting and save money.

Today, I will discuss how to use some creative scrapbooking ideas that expand on using nontraditional scrapbook supplies to help you start to get your creative juices flowing. The areas of discussion I will talk about are backgrounds, borders, embellishments, and journal entries/titles.

Set the Mood with a Creative Backdrop

Backgrounds set the tone of the layout. It can make the rest of the page stand out or fall flat, but it also helps tell the story being shared with others.

Materials to make a backdrop for a layout can come from practically anywhere: maps, water color paint, aluminum foil, notebook pages, vellum paper, ribbon and more.

Maps make a great background for travel layouts. You can use a map as a general background, or you can cut your pictures out in the shapes of states or countries on the map. Then, glue the pictures over the state or country it represents.

You do not have to be an artist to use water color paints as a background. Simply paint designs or patterns on the page. If you are a little braver you can paint flowers or hearts. For those of you who do have the talent of an artist, the sky is the limit. Have fun!

The first time I saw aluminum foil used as a background, I was amazed. To use it, use an embossing machine like the Silohuette and emboss the foil. Then, lay it on the paper and paint over it with acrylic paint. It is up to you where you want to go with it from here. You can use ink to distress it, trace designs on it, leave it as it is, or anything else you would like to do.

A notebook page would be an ideal background for a school layout page. Even better! why not use a notebook page with math or English notes/assignment on it? This could be a wonderful way to showcase your child’s school work and have a unique background that adds to the page. Don’t think this is the only theme to use notebook pages. Get creative and use it with a variety of themes: old diary pages for a all about me theme, blank notebook page for a long-distance love theme or anything else you can think of.

Vellum paper can be decorated with handwritten designs or patterns of your choice and used as a backdrop for a layout.

Ribbon also makes a nice background when a page is lined with different ribbons or the same ribbon across the page. You can glue the ribbons to the page or sew them. The choice is yours. Another twist on this technique is to use washi tape to create the same effect.

Frame It!

Framing pictures with borders is an excellent way to give emphasis to the focal point(s) in your layout. Borders can also be used for memorabilia, the layout page, or embellishments. When using it as a border, you can either put your photograph, memorabilia, or embellishment on top of the foil, or you can also cut the center out and place the foil on top of the picture or memorabilia.

Here are some good materials to use for borders.

Maps

  • Aluminum foil can be used in a similar way it is used as a background.
  • Use water color paints to paint around an item as a border.
  • Notebook paper
  • Ribbon
  • Use embroidery floss to sew your pictures/memorabilia onto the page and have a unique border.
  • Washi tape
  • Pick up some paint chips at your favorite hardware store and use them as borders. Again, you can either put them under or over items. You choose.
  • Glue paper clips (colored or plain) around your photos/memorabilia.

This is just a small list of the endless materials you can use as borders. There are many other items you can use if you are creative.

Let’s Add Some Personality

Embellishments are the perfect way to a piece of yourself to your work. This is how you make the layout reflect who you are.

Some non-traditional ways to embellish include: maps, aluminum foil, notebook paper, ribbon, embroidery floss, washi tape, paint chips, paper clips, staples, old book pages, crocheted items, small wooden dowel rods, needle and thread, measuring tape, buttons, photo scraps, felt, printed images on old book pages, vellum paper, and pressed flowers.

You can cut out shapes, make flowers, butterflies, heart or other shaped embellishments with maps, notebook paper, paint chips, old book pages, picture scraps and felt. You can also make photo corners out of these materials.

You could also cut out the aforementioned shaped with aluminum foil or emboss it for a creative embellishment.

Tie a bow with ribbon, use it to make stems for your flowers, or accent your page with pieces of ribbon. These are just a few ways ribbon can be used as an embellishment.

Sew a design into the paper with thread or embroidery floss to add a special embellishment. For example, sew a curved line with loops to show the pathway a bee or ladybug has flown, or sew your journey on a map from a trip you have taken.

Washi tape can be used to make one of a kind stickers. First, tape a few pieces of washi tape side by side by slightly overlapping the edges of the tape. Then, use a punch or scissors to cut out the shape of the sticker you want.

As I have already mentioned, you can also punch or cut out shapes with paint chips, but if you add washi tape to the paint chip shapes, your embellishment will be more extravagant.

Paper clips can be used in the traditional way to embellish a page, or you can bend the paper clip into any shape to add to your layout.

Staple a piece of cardstock to your layout to add something extra to your layout. You can use colored or regular staples.

If you crochet, then use your talent and some crocheting string to make a nice embellishment for your layout. This is a great way to show off more of your talent and creativity.

Small wooden dowel rods can be used as posts for boat sails, fence posts, or many other things.

Decorate vellum paper with colorful designs or patterns to use as embellishment in your layout.

There are so many ways to incorporate unusual items into your scrapbook page. I have barely scratched the surface on this topic, but this will get you started.

Making Journal Entries and Titles Come Alive

How do use non-traditional supplies to make journal entries and titles? I’m glad that you asked. Here are some ways that I discovered.

  • Use old book pages
    • Make pockets for hidden journal entries.
    • Cut out letters for titles or journal entries.
    • Use words on the page for jour entries by covering all of the unnecessary words.
    • Create a poem or saying by blocking out unwanted words and use it as your journal entry.
  • Use office supplies
    • File labels come in a variety of colors and are great for journal entries.
    • Coin/kraft envelopes with or without string can be used to tuck journal entries/ memorabilia into.
    • A dime label maker can make journal entries in a variety of colors, or you may choose a more modern label maker for journal entries.
    • Envelopes can be used to add hidden journal entries or memorabilia. The envelopes could be store bought or you can make them yourself out of scrapbook paper/cardstock.
  • Cut letters out of thin metal and paint or decorate any way you want to make titles.
  • Write your journal entries on a piece of notebook paper in your own handwriting. This could also be done in the form of a letter, poem, or song lyrics.
  • Write on top of washi tape to make your journal entries stand out.

There are so many ways to liven up your journal entries and titles.

Creative Scrapbooking Ideas

There are many, many ways to get creative with unconventional materials. It just takes some originality, an imagination, and a good look around your environment. I challenge you to get creative and use what you have around the house to design beautiful scrapbook layouts.

I would love for you to share your ideas with me. Leave your ideas in a post below, and thank you for sharing.

Review: Sizzix 661500 Big Shot Starter Kit (US Version)

Product: Sizzix
661500 Big Shot Starter Kit (US Version), White/Gray

Price: $113.47

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

My Rating: 9 out of 10

Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 6.6 inches

Product Overview:

Sizzix is a very popular brand used among scrapbook lovers because it is known for its quality. This starter kit features a roller machine, called a Big Shot, that cuts and embosses. The Big Shot Start Kit comes with the Sizzix Machine, a multipurpose platform, 2 cutting pads, a small pack of paper, a few thinlit dies, a big die, and an embossing folder.

There are other machine accessories that are sold separately.

Sizzix Big Shot features a three-year limited warranty and does not use electricity to operate.

The directions come in a variety of languages, but if this proves to be too tedious for you, YouTube has multiple videos to show you how to operate this machine.

Benefit(s)

Sizzix Big Shot is very versatile because it works with the entire Sizzix product library (except for Big plus and Big Pro dies) and other brands’ dies and embossing tools. There are endless possibilities of what the Sizzix can help you with: scrapbooking, cards, home décor, fashion, altered art, quilting and more. The fact that the Sizzix Big Shot is completely portable makes it even more versatile.

Cut and Emboss?

The Sizzix Big Shot not only cuts. It embosses without heat as well. It does this by pressing an embossing folder design/decoration of your choice into the material. This is a wonderful way to add texture to your scrapbook projects.

This machine cuts and embosses many materials: card stock, chipboard, contact paper, cork, craft foam, craft metal, cross stitch canvas, papers, fabrics, felts, flexible magnet, foam, tins, leather, milk carton, shelf liner, sponge, and more.

The platform has diagrams on it to use as guidelines making it easy to sandwich the cutting pads together with your materials for a perfect cut or emboss every time.

I think that this machine is well worth the money because you will be able to make your own die cuts and textured card stock which will save you money in the long run, and you will also be able to use it for other random projects around the house as well.

Conclusion

This is a great starter kit for any beginner scrapbook enthusiast. It offers a lot of versatility, is portable, cut and embosses, and comes with everything you need to start trying your Sizzix Big Shot out immediately.

I hope this review was helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment below with any questions or comments you would like to add.

Scrapbook Page Layout Ideas and Tips

In my post, Creating Your Own Scrapbook from Start to Finish, Part 2, I said, “Design your layouts by arranging the photos, memorabilia, embellishments, journal spaces, headings, and captions by trial and error until something appeals you.”

Today I would like to expand on that by giving you information that will help you find the perfect layout you need. These scrapbook page layout ideas, tips and helpful suggestions will address topics such as having balance in your page layout, how to save time making a layout, how to put a large number of photos on one page and how to make your scrapbook pages more visually pleasing to the eyes.

Balance: Symmetric or Asymmetric?

So, what is balance? For our purposes. balance means arranging the elements of your scrapbook page in a harmonious and satisfying way that is pleasing to the eye.

The first way to accomplish this is to make both sides equal in appearance whether horizontally or vertically. Imagine a balance scale, the page is split in half down the middle. Everything you do on one side of the line has the same treatment on the other side of the line to make it look equal. This is called symmetry.

The second way to accomplish balance is a little more difficult to do. It does not involve symmetry at all. The two sides of the page are not equal at all, but balance is still achieved using a few guidelines. This is asymmetry.

Here are some guidelines to achieve balance when using asymmetry.

Use common margins. This means that your margins will have the same distance between the various elements on your page.

  • Make your page harmonious by looking for anything that sticks out in an obvious way. When you find something that sticks out, fix it by removing the item, replacing the item, disguising the item to make it blend in or move it closer to the focal point of the page. Do what you feel works best to make the misplaced item fit into the page better.
  • Use patterns on your page to give your scrapbook page more consistency. You can use patterns with colors, products, sizes, shapes, or even techniques to bring the page together more. This is also an easy page design to follow whether you are new to making scrapbooks or are just short on time.
  • Color choice is important when thinking about balance. A good way to find the exact colors to create better balance on the page is to look at dominate colors in the pictures you will be using to decide on what shade of color to use. For example, if your pictures have dark colors like navy, black, and mocha, you wouldn’t want to use a bright orange as one of your colors.

You can use your theme to pick your colors. Use orange, black and purple for Halloween, blue for the birth of a little boy or reds, pinks and white for romance, love or Valentine’s Day.

  • Make sure that the chosen colors in your palette for your layout compliment each other. A good way to do this is to use a color wheel. You can find one for free if you use a search engine on the internet. A color wheel points out which colors naturally compliment each other no matter how many colors you are using.

Scrapbook More Photos with Fewer Pages

There a number of different reasons one would want to put more pictures on a single scrapbook page whether it be to save money, to save time, or to try to fit the whole story in on the page. No matter what the reason is, here are some ways you can accomplish this goal.

  • You do not always need everything in the picture to tell your story. Crop/cut off the excess of the pictures that you do not need. Do you really need Aunt Mae eating a hot dog in the background of the picture of your child taking his/her first step? I would venture to say probably not. Cut out the part of the picture of your child walking for the first time to keep the child the focus of the page, not Aunt Mae.

While you are cropping pictures, why not make them all squares of the same size to add balance to the page and fit more pictures in? This technique will also take some of the guess work out of designing your page layout.

  • Using photo collages is a great way to use a lot of pictures in a small amount of space.
  • Frame your title with photos to make your title pop.
  • Use hidden journal entries to make more room for pictures.

Hidden journal entries is done by writing your journal entries on a piece of cardstock that is then slipped into the layout in a way that it is not completely in view. Try having pictures that flip up, pockets that the journal entries will slip into, or slipping the journal entries behind the pictures. If you use pockets, decorate them to add to the flow of the page.

Hidden journal entries is an excellent way to journal when you use photo collages, a large number of square photos on a page, or when you surround the title with photos.

  • Do you have photo strips? Why not scrapbook them? There is no need to cut them apart. They will tell a chronological story and using them will save time and space. Try putting several photo strips in a straight row across a page and embellish around them, or mix them up with regular photos. The choices are endless.

In a Time Crunch?

  • So, you may have a lot of pictures to catch up on when it comes to scrapbooking. After all, pictures do have a way of accumulating over the years. Don’t they? If you need to save a little time, here are some helpful tips to help you on your way.  Use 4″ x 6″ pictures and save time from cutting the pictures down. You may want to crop the photos before they are printed.
  • Use the paper tearing technique to embellish your scrapbook page. This is exactly what it sounds like. You tear the paper with your hands instead of cutting it with a cutting tool such as scissors. Using the paper tearing technique add texture and dimension to your layout while saving you time.
  • Use scrapbook page sketches to take the guess work out of creating a scrapbook album. These are sketches that tell you where to place items on a page to make a previously designed layout. You can find an endless number of scrapbook page sketches online if you type “free scrapbook page sketches” into a search engine. Click on the images tab at the top to see a lot of different sketches to choose from.
  • Save time with your journal entries by using bullets, lists, and phrases.
  • Journal one time in the center of the page and surround it with your photos. This saves time from writing multiple journal entries.

Helpful Tips to Keep in Mind

While you are making your scrapbook page layouts, keep the following tips in mind to help you achieve balance and save money and/or time.

  •  Use an odd number of sets of items on your page. The most common numbers to use are 3, 5, and 7. This will draw the eye to the whole page, add to the balance of the page, and give a finished look.
  • Using layers in the layout will add texture and depth and make it more interesting to the eye. It will also bring the page together more and add balance.
  • When placing items in your layout, be mindful that everything visually connects. You do not want an item off to the side by itself with no purpose. Doing so would take away from the balance of your layout.
  • Use similar items together to add to the visual appeal of your scrapbook page.
  • Use patterned paper to fill in empty spaces that take away from the balance of the layout.
  • If you choose to use patterned paper as a background or filler, make sure it helps tell the story. For example, use a blue and yellow star patterned paper as a background for a sleeping child.
  • Repeat the use of shapes to make an emphasis. When using this technique, always make your focal point the largest shape.
  • Use nontraditional supplies in your layout to save money and add a different effect to your layout. For example, use office supplies in a layout featuring coworkers.

I have a word of caution for you before you try this technique. Be careful of the possible damage certain items can cause to your pictures or page. Don’t do anything that may cause you grief later.

  • Reusing your paper scraps is a great way to save money. I store my scraps separately from my full scrapbook pages of paper.

To me, there is nothing worse than having to cut a small shape out of the corner of a full piece of paper. This doesn’t set right with me because if I would have just saved that small piece of paper I threw away earlier, I wouldn’t have to cut into a new sheet of paper.

Fun Ideas to Liven Up Your Layout

Here are some ideas to help you make your scrapbook page come alive!

  • Mix different leftover letter stickers for titles. This is a great way to get rid of remnants of letter stickers and save money while giving your page layout a little twist.
  • Hand-cut graphic elements printed out on cardstock and use them as embellishments to save even more money. Making your own embellishments this way opens endless possibilities of what you can do when embellishing your scrapbook page.

Be careful not to use any copyrighted material. Look for royalty free or free domain pictures.

  • Use black and white photos on the page for a classy look.
  • Mixed typed and hand-written journal entries to add interest, or use different fonts when typing journal entries to add interest.
  • Using different colors of the same patterned paper is an easy trick to use, and it adds balance to the page.
  • Focus on the faces of your subjects and use quotes as your journal entries to add a personal touch.
  • Enhance your layout by using paint techniques. For example, paint simple horizontal lines across the page to add journal entries onto once it dries.
  • Design your layout around the lyrics of a song. This would work well for first dance wedding photos or an intimate scrapbook layout for someone special.
  • Using stamping techniques can add texture, dimension and interest to your page.

That’s a Lot of Information!

Your scrapbook pages need to have balance, whether symmetrical or asymmetrical. This means it will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. There are many ways to achieve this while saving time and money. The possibilities are endless, but the most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure the end result is a good reflection of you.

What ideas and tips have you discovered while scrapbooking that you would like to share? I would love to hear about it. Please share in a comment below.

Review: IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cart

Product: Iris Scrapbook Organizer Cart

Price: $61.99

Dimensions: 13.86″ L x 15.04″ W x 43.31″ H

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

My Rating: 8 out of 10

Product Overview:

We all know how important it is to stay organized while making a scrapbook. It is extremely nice when you can stay organized and have mobility. The IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cart does just that. This 21-shelf cart has casters on the bottom to make it mobile. You can hide it in a closet or pull it into another room allowing you to keep your scrapbook materials close by you while you work.

Each shelf is designed to hold up to a pound of weight and can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. A black, canvas cover is included to protect your materials.

Because you can store a variety of supplies on this cart, there is no end to the organization solutions it can provide you.

I’ve discussed the pros of this cart with you. Now, I feel that I must mention the con. This cart may require time and patience to assemble. It is held together by S clips which take time to put together.

Versatility is Paramount in Organization

When purchasing organization items, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck. The best way to do this is to buy items that can be used for multiple purposes. This will keep you from having to dispose of or store it once the item has met its purpose.

The IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cart is versatile. You can store paper, cardstock, scrapbook albums, or storage containers with unfinished projects, embellishments, scrapbook tools, stamping materials and the list goes on. You will always have a use for this cart with adjustable shelving.

Bonus: Cover

A black cover is included when you buy the IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cart. This black cover is made of canvas for durability. Using the cover that comes with this cart will prevent your paper, cardstock or whatever you are storing from getting dusty or dirty. In addition, it will also prevent fading or sun damage because the sun is totally blocked from ever reaching your scrapbook materials while the cover is over the cart.

Space Saver

The base of the IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cart measures 13.86” x 15.04”. With such a small base, this cart saves a lot of room. Put in a small corner or a closet until it is needed. Then, roll it to your work area. What could you do with all the extra space?

Final Words

The IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cart may require time and patience to assemble, but is worth it for all the positive aspects it has to offer.

  • It has 21 shelves which provide a lot of storage capacity.
  • It is versatile because you can store virtually anything on it.
  • Each shelf holds up to a pound of weight.
  • Shelves are adjustable.
  • The casters offer plenty of mobility.
  • The included cover prevents dust, fading or sun damage.
  • It does not require much space to store.

I hope that you enjoyed this review. If you have any questions or comments about the IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cart leave a comment below.

Organizing Your Scrapbook Supplies to Save Time and Money

So, you have decided to make your own scrapbook. You have all of your pictures, scrapbook materials and the album. Now what? The best advice I can give you is to take some time organizing your scrapbook supplies before you start the actual process of creating a scrapbook album.

Why Organize?

Organization will allow you to be able to go straight to the items you need instead of spending a lot of time looking for what you need. It will also prevent you from purchasing items that you already have. I learned this one from experience. After searching endlessly for an item that I need, I would finally break down and go buy it and then find the item I was looking for when I got home. This is so frustrating, so spare yourself the trouble and get organized.

This is an enormous subject to cover in just one post. So, I will only be able to give you the basics and some tips/ideas in this post. Then, I will continue with some more detailed posts that break it down even more.

Organizing Photographs

Let’s face it. Organizing photos can be an overwhelming nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few simple steps to help you.

  • Get all of your pictures in one place. This includes pictures in photo albums, on the refrigerator, in drawers, photo boxes, and anywhere else you may store your pictures.
  • Make sure you have a photo safe pencil/pen to write on the back of the pictures. You will also need photo safe sticky notes and index cards to help with sorting, dental floss to remove pictures from magnetic picture albums, dust rags, rubber cement to remove any adhesive residue on the back of pictures, and photo boxes to sort you pictures into. I use a photo keeper like the IRIS Large Photo and Craft Keeper.
  • Decide if you want your scrapbook to cover time chronologically or by theme. This will govern how you sort your pictures into the photo boxes. If you choose chronologically, each photo box will represent a different period of time, whereas, if you choose to sort by theme, each box will represent a different theme (e.g. birthday, vacation, wedding, etc.).
  • If you are able, it is a good idea to back up your pictures by scanning them into digital format and storing all your digital pictures in one location. I suggest using the cloud or an external drive to store all your pictures on. Storing your photos on a source outside of your computer protects them should the unthinkable happens to your computer. It also gives you the ability to access the pictures from any computer.

Here are some suggestions to make organizing you photographs easier and more fun.

  • Don’t try to do it all at one time. Work on it consistently a little at a time. You can even break the pile of pictures down into smaller, more manageable groups and sort through a group each day.
  • Make it a party! Invite some friends and family members over, get out the refreshments and go down memory lane together. Caution: Be extremely careful about having food and drinks near the pictures to prevent photo damage.
  • Hire a professional to sort them for you.

Embellishment Organization

There are more ways to organize embellishments than one person can count. This topic is endless, but I will give you a quick overview and tips.

The goal of organizing your embellishments is to have like items together in an assigned place, so you can know what you do and do not have and can access quickly and easily. There are two ways to do this: buy organization storage or make organization storage using your creativity and a search engine of your choice.

Here are some common ways to store embellishments.

  • Mason jars – store smaller items with the lids on the jars or larger items without the lids
  • Clear plastic food containers that have been cleaned out – like mason jars, store small or larger items
  • File folders – store fabric, stickers, lace, etc.
  • Peg board – very versatile for storage, hang containers to store things in or store items directly on the board
  • Old spice or thread racks – small items such as jewels, charms, buttons, eyelets, brads, ribbons, etc.
  • Inexpensive paper towel holders – storage washi tape, ribbons, anything with a circular shape
  • Clothes pins – wrap embroidery floss around it
  • Wine rack – put cups in the rack and store pens, markers, scissors, and other tools
  • Baskets/bins – another very versatile storage
  • Spice canisters – store small items
  • Old vases – store pens, markers, paint brushes, rulers, scissors, etc.
  • Decorated boxes – store anything
  • Sauce/dip containers – use to store small items

If you would rather purchase an embellishment organizer, you might want to try something like the Deflecto Rotating Carousel Craft Storage Organizer. It holds a lot of supplies in a small amount of space.

Keeping Your Paper Straight

I usually sort my paper and cardstock together by color: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple, black, brown, white, gray, and multi color. I have a place for multi color paper that would be difficult to put with just one of the colors preventing me from having to remember what color I put it with later. You can also sort by color and design or by just design.

Another decision to make is if you want to store your paper and cardstock together or separately. If you do choose to store them separately, be prepared to provide enough storage space to do so.

Once again there are organization items you can buy for organizing scrapbook paper and cardstock, but I will be giving you some DIY ideas here.

  • Tape stacked priority mail boxes together with one end cut out and decorate
  • Use a crate and dividers
  • Stackable paper trays
  • Store in pizza boxes, one color per box
  • A file sorter and file folders

If you would rather purchase a paper organizer than DIY, I would suggest the IRIS Scrapbook Organizer Cart. It is versatile because you can put paper, cardstock, albums or organization trays on the shelves provided. It doesn’t use much space, and comes with a cover.

Doesn’t that feel better?

We have discussed some of the many ways you can get your scrapbook supplies organized. When organizing your photos, make sure you are using a something that is acid free to put your pictures in. This will prevent future damage.

Embellishments can seem to take over a project, but if you keep them organized, they are easy to control. Look for way to store embellishments everywhere. I use empty oatmeal containers that I have covered, decorated and labeled. With a little creativity anything can become storage for your embellishments.

Organizing your paper is not just for whole sheets of paper. There will be plenty of useful paper and cardstock scraps to organize as well. Try using an accordion file or file folders for your scraps.

It is time organized. You know what you have and where it is. It is time to begin creating your scrapbook album. Enjoy and have fun!

What DIY ideas have you come up with for getting organized? I would love to hear from you. Please share your ideas below in the comment section.

Respectfully Yours,

Karla

Founder & Owner, Tru Kraft Creations

 

 

 

Creating Your Own Scrapbook from Start to Finish, Part 2

In part 1 of this article, Designing Your Own Scrapbook from Start to Finish, I discussed how to pick a theme, how to make a list of stories and events to be shared, how to organize pictures and memorabilia to fit into categories of the different stories and events, how to select specific photos to use in your scrapbook, and how to purchase the necessary materials.

In this blog, I will continue to talk about creating your own scrapbook. This will include creating pre-made layouts, arranging layouts into actual pages for your album, assembling and storing the finish scrapbook album.

Let’s get started.

Phase 2: Scrapbook Pages

1. Scrapbook Page Layouts

Before cutting or altering your pictures and memorabilia, make sure backup copies are available, if possible. Your backups can be hard copies, digital, or both. Next, take some time to prepare a few layouts that appeal to you. These pre-planned layouts will save you a lot of time and money later.

Design your layouts by arranging the photos, memorabilia, embellishments, journal spaces, headings, and captions by trial and error until something appeals you. As previously mentioned, you will need to find a few (or as many as you want) different arrangements that work for you in order to add variety to your scrapbook.

Each time you find a layout that works, write down any important information to help you remember how to reproduce the layout again. For example, you may need any relevant dimensions for photos or other items you will be using for the layout. Also, take a picture of how the arrangement looks to use as a reference later.

2. Arranging Pages

Find the story/event you would like to share on the page and make sure you have the photos and memorabilia that go with the chosen story/event. Then, choose one of the layouts that you have already designed.

Using the notes and photos of the layout, put the pictures and memorabilia on the page. Feel free to adjust or tweak everything until it looks right to you.

At this point, you should have you pictures and memorabilia arranged in a lovely layout without having used any glue or scissors yet.

3. Cutting and Adhering

Once you are completely happy about your layout arrangement, begin to trim and adhere items to the page.

Here are some tips to help you along.

  • Before cutting anything down to a smaller size, mark the back of the items with a light pencil mark on the back. This can be used as a guideline which will help prevent mistakes.
  • Only use acid-free adhesives. This will prevent damage over time caused by the acid eating at the page and/or the item being glued down.
  • If you want to draw attention to a specific photo, create a border around it. This can be done by using paper, fabric, ribbon, precut photo mats, or anything else you can get creative with.

Note: Make sure that whatever you decide to use as a border will not cause damage to the picture or the page in the years to come.

4. Titles

Now, give your masterpiece a name. Your title needs to be descriptive, yet short enough to catch the attention of your audience. Don’t forget to add your title to your layout page. This can be done using pens, stamps, stickers, stencils, a computer and printer, or die cuts.

5. Captions and Journal Entries

Add captions to your photos. Captions include the who, what, where and when in as few words as possible. How does that tell a story, you might be asking? It doesn’t. Captions just present the facts. However, your journal entries will tell about all the details in the story/event.

Journal entries do not have to be long descriptions of what happened. They may also be anecdotes, quotes, poems, or lyrics.

A little word of advice before you start writing your journal entries, treat this like any other written piece. Write a rough draft so you can go back and make sure everything is included the way you want it and it is error-free.

Journal entries can be handwritten or printed with a printer and adhered to the page.

6. Embellishment

You have done a lot of hard work up to this point. It is now time to have some fun with embellishments. What are embellishments? I’m glad you asked.

Embellishing is simply dressing a page up so that it matches the tone of the story/event you are telling. Embellishments add texture, dimension, interest and bling to your scrapbook layout. You may use as little or as much as you would like.

So, gather your stickers, stamps, ribbons, fabric, cardstock paper, die cuts, pearl and jewel stickers and anything else you would like to use. Now, make the page your own and have fun!

Phase 3: Assembly and Storage

1. Page Protectors

To protect all the hard work you have done, put your completed scrapbook pages into page protectors. These are plastic sleeves made to protect your page from dust, dirt, fingerprints, coffee or anything else that could damage your hard work.

Like scrapbook albums, page protectors are sold in a variety of sizes and binding styles. Make absolute certain that you have the correct page protectors to fit into your chosen album. (This was discussed in more detail in part 1 of this article, Designing Your Own Scrapbook from Start to Finish.)

Page protectors may open from the top or the side and are available in a non-glare or a clear finish.

2. Assembling the Album

Scrapbook albums are designed to easily allow pages to be added or removed. As you are completing your stories/events in layouts, add them to your album. This will keep them safe from harm while you finish the rest of your pages.

Do not worry about the order in which you choose to put your stories/events into layouts because you can always add them into the correct order when you put them in your scrapbook. Feel free to adjust pages in the album until you find the storyline that fits best.

3. Storage

Once you have added all of your layout pages into your scrapbook album, it is time to protect your work. It is a good idea to store your scrapbook album in a flat, preservation-quality box in a cool, dry, and clean place.

Do not store your scrapbook near radiators, vents or areas of your home that may have leaks or a large amount of moisture.

Congratulations on a job well done!

You did it! You have preserved your memories in a way that will keep them special for many years to come.

This article (part 1 and 2) walked you through the basic steps of creating your own scrapbook from picking your theme to storing your completed album. As I continue to blog, I plan on expanding on these basic steps with topics like stamping, scrapbook page layout ideas, or album cover decoration.

What are some questions you may have or topics you would like for me to discuss in future posts? I would love to hear them. Please just tell me about it in a comment below.

Respectfully Yours,

Karla

Founder and Owner of Tru Kraft Creations

 

 

 

Design Your Own Scrapbook from Start to Finish

As I explained on my About Karla page to the left, the purpose of this website is to help others preserve their precious memories via scrapbooks. This website addresses two types of people who want to preserve their memories in scrapbooks: (1) those who do not have the time to do it themselves and (2) those who do not have the skills to do it themselves.

Last week, I addressed the topic of customized scrapbook albums for those of you who are time challenged. This week I will address those of you who are skill challenged. I will start by going over the steps of how to design your own scrapbook from start to finish in a few basic steps.

There are three phases to designing a scrapbook: (1) preparation, (2) creating scrapbook pages and (3) assembly and storage. I will cover this information in two posts. The first post will cover the first phase, preparation. The second post will cover phase two, creating scrapbook pages and phase 3, assembly and storage of your new scrapbook.

Phase 1: Preparation

1. Theme

The first thing you will need to do is decide on a theme for your scrapbook you are designing. Themes may either be general or specific. A general theme is broad like family, children/an individual child, pet(s), or extended family members; whereas, a specific theme is narrow in nature like a wedding, birthday, school year, sports season, vacation, or a holiday celebration.

You might be asking why picking a theme is important? The answer is simple. The theme is what will tie all the pictures, memorabilia and stories you are telling together so that they flow smoothly. This is why it is important to only pick one theme per scrapbook.

2. Stories and Events

Make a list of the stories and events that fit your theme to include in your scrapbook album. As you are thinking about which stories/events to include in the scrapbook, write them down. The items in your list will then be organized into the order you want to present them in your album. You can order them chronologically, by sub-topic or any other way that makes sense to you.

Tip: If you write down each story/event on a post-it note, you can then use the post-it notes to physically organize the order you want to include these stories in your album. You can also use them when you categorize your photos later.

3. Photos and Memorabilia

Go through the pictures and memorabilia you have selected again to weed out anything that may not be directly related to your theme. It may take going through the selection process several times to get down to the pictures and items that best reflect the theme you have chosen. Give yourself permission to be extremely selective during this process.

Now it is time to use your list of stories/events and organize your pictures and items that made the final cut. Sort your photos and memorabilia into the story/event categories they best fit in. You can then put each category into a labeled folder, envelope, or a bag that seals.

The organization of digital photos and memorabilia is done in the same manner as described above, except you will use file folders.

4. Paper, Embellishments, and Tools

It is now time to pick out a color scheme that will complement your stories and events you have chosen. For example, if your theme is school and you are telling stories about your elementary child’s school year, you may want to pick out bright primary colors.

Head to your favorite craft store because it is time to do some shopping.

The first thing to keep in mind when shopping for scrapbook supplies is to always buy products that are photo safe, acid-free, or archival quality. This includes pens, markers, glue, paper, card stock, and anything else you use in your scrapbook album.

Using these types of products will lengthen the life of your scrapbook and do the best job with preserving your pictures. Using water-proof and fade resistant ink with your stamp pads and pens will also prolong the life of your album.

With that said browse the scrapbook aisles of the craft store looking for paper, card stock, and embellishments.

What is an embellishment, you may be asking? I’m glad you asked. An embellishment is used to add texture, dimension, interest and/or bling to the page. In other words, it is how you dress up the page to make it look nicer.

Now that we know what embellishments are, look for embellishments that match with your theme and color scheme. This may include things like die cuts, stickers, ribbon, jewel and pearl sticker sheets, charms, buttons, eyelets, brads, flowers, fabric, etc.

You will also need to find a variety of different styles, designs, and colors of paper and card stock. Some other supplies and tools you may need are scissors, writing/drawing instruments, colored pens/markers, glue, a paper trimmer and if you wish to make your own die cuts, templates, a craft knife, and a cutting mat. That should get you started.

5. Scrapbook Album

Before you go check out, make sure you pick up a scrapbook album. These come in a variety of sizes: 12 x 12, 8 ½ x 11, 8 x 8, 6 x 6, and 5 x 7. You will need to pick the size that will work best with your theme. How do I choose?

Here are some guidelines and tips to help you with this decision.

  • 12 x 12 pages can fit up to six pictures if they are not too big. You want to pick a large album like this when you have a lot of pictures, memorabilia, and/or embellishments to include in the scrapbook. General themes fit well in this size scrapbook album, as well as, wedding themes.
  • 8 ½ x 11 pages can fit up to three pictures once cropped. This size works well for specifically themed scrapbooks like a vacation, school year, child or pet.
  • 8 x 8 pages could fit two smaller pictures.
  • 6 x 6 and 5 X 7 pages only fit one picture.

The last three sizes make nice brag books for grandchildren, children, pets, accomplishments, etc. They also make nice gifts.

Congratulations! You picked out the size for your first scrapbook album, but there is one more thing you need to keep in mind because albums do not always come with enough page protectors for your project. So, if you need to pick up more page protectors, you will need to know what type of binding is used on the album in order to choose the correct page protectors.

There are three basic types of albums: post-bound, strap hinge, and 3-ring binder/D-rings. Post-bound albums have posts that go through the pages and are fastened with a screw. This type of binding is usually hidden by a flap.

Strap hinge albums feed a strap through staples connected to each scrapbook page. The straps are visible in the front and back of the album on the inside.

3-ring binder/D-ring scrapbook albums resemble 3-ring notebooks which we are all so familiar with.

Because the binding of scrapbook albums allow you to remove pages as you wish, it is relatively easy to rearrange pages or add/remove pages to/from the scrapbook as needed.

Congrats! Time to Start Creating

You have covered a lot of ground so far. Let’s review what you have accomplished so far.

You have:

  • picked a theme,
  • made a list of stories and events to cover in the scrapbook,
  • organized your pictures and memorabilia to fit into categories of the different stories and events,
  • selected the specific photos you want to use in your scrapbook,
  • purchased paper, card stock, embellishments, supplies and a photo album needed for your project

That is a lot of information, but don’t fret. Feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below, and I will be happy to answer it for you.

 

Custom Scrapbook Albums: Preserving Your Memories When You Don’t Have Time

As previously mentioned in my About Me article, I am passionate about preserving memories in order to keep them special for many years to come. This website was founded in order to assist others who do not have the time or skills to preserve their memories with scrapbook albums. This article will address those who may be short on time. It outlines my custom scrapbook service offered through this website.

The Importance of Preserving Memories Wedding Venue

During my childhood, I was always curious about the past of my family members: my grandmothers, grandfathers, mother, father, etc. I would ask to see how they looked when they were younger and a million other questions about how things were when they were younger. Unfortunately, there were very few pictures to show me and my family had issues with remembering the specifics of the pictures as timed passed. This left me little access to my heritage through my family.

Scrapbook albums are a way to remedy what happened to me as a child. It is a way to organize, archive and write down the specifics of all the events in your life which creates a wonderful record for your family and descendants for years to come. This is why preserving memories is so important. Your family deserves to have access to the heritage they come from.

What is the Process?

The process I use is simple, and you may be a part of it every step of the way. It is as follows.

  1. Go to my “Custom Scrapbook Albums” page on this website to get all the specific details.
  2. Once you decide that you want to take advantage of my services, contact me to schedule your free consultation via email.
  3. Your consultation can take place using Skype, phone, email or in person if you are in the Springfield, MO area. We will discuss what you want your scrapbook album to be like. This includes color, theme, size and many other options which I will discus in this post.
  4. After I have all the details for your project, you will be given an estimate and a contract with the details of our agreement for your project.
  5. You will send me your photos, any memorabilia you may want to include, the signed contract and a 50% down payment of the original estimate.
  6. I will deposit your down payment once I receive it and create a more precise estimate while I wait for the down payment to clear. This second estimate will be based on the exact number of pictures you want to preserve. You will be informed of any price changes at this point.”
  7. Your project will be started as soon as your down payment has cleared, and I have received your contract, pictures, memorabilia and journal entries. I will complete the first 3 pages and make them available to you for any necessary changes and approval. If you do not respond within 24 hours, I will assume that you approve of the pages and continue to work on your project.
  8. After you approve the first 3 pages, I will continue to work on your project and make completed pages available to you 6 pages at a time. You will suggest any changes you would like to be made and approve the pages before I continue working on the scrapbook. I will contact you with any questions I have via email or phone, and you may contact me if you have any questions.USPS Truck
  9. When the project is complete, you will pay your remaining balance. I will wait for the payment to clear and ship your custom scrapbook albums to you via USPS. Your package will be insured by USPS. Should anything happen to your package, you can receive the full value of your package through USPS.
  10. Enjoy and share your finished album with family and friends for years to come.

The Cost

I bet you are curious how much this all will cost you. The answer to this question is completely up to you. Pricing varies depending on what you choose to include in your albums. I offer many options so that I can meet your specific needs and personality. Before I tell you how to get more details on the cost, I would like to make sure we are all on the same page with understanding what different words mean in scrapbook language.

Understanding the Language

Here are a few definitions that will help you better understand your options which will be discussed next.

  • Captions are the who, what, where and when of the pictures being archived.
  • An embellishment is anything used to enhance the appearance of a scrapbook. This can be made from paper such as die cuts, stickers, borders etc., or it could be made from other materials such as acrylic jewels, pearls, ribbon etc.
  • Journal entries includes longer and more detailed descriptions of an event, quotes, poems, lyrics, and anecdotes.
  • Photo organization is used to organize your pictures into groups of pictures that will be posted on the same page in order to tell a story.
  • A scrapbook page, also known as a layout, is one side of a piece of scrapbook paper. Two pages/layouts fit together in a page protector back-to-back. If the pages are located next to each other in the album, they are known as a 2-page layout and usually have the similar embellishment because they share the same theme.

Now that you are familiar with the terminology that I’ll be using, let’s talk about the different options I have to offer.

Creating Albums to Fit Your Needs and Personality

Everybody is different which is what makes each of us unique and special. The same goes for custom scrapbook albums. They vary from person to person because we each have our own unique personality, tastes, preferences, and budget. This is why I have created a variety of options for you to choose from. I want your scrapbook album to fit your personal needs and personality.

  • Embellishment – I offer 3 options here: lightly embellished, moderately embellished or highly embellished.Scrapbooking Embellishments

Lightly embellished scrapbook pages will use die cuts, stickers and paper made embellishments.

Moderate embellished scrapbook pages will use the paper made embellishments used in lightly embellished pages and add a few non-paper items as well.

Highly embellished scrapbook pages will have everything a moderately embellished scrapbook page has and will add even more non-paper embellishment items.

Please note that the more embellishment that is included in your scrapbook, the more the price will reflect it.

  • Size – There are 3 choices that I will mention here. They are 8” x 8”, 8½” x 11”, and 12” x 12”. These are the sizes that I keep on hand, but if there is another size that you wish to have, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.

Please note that you also have the option of providing your own album. In this case, I will simply ship the pages for the album to you, and you will put them in the album you have purchased. This is a great option for the budget conscious.

  • Journal Entries – I can include your journal entries electronically or handwritten, or you can hand write the information into the provided spots for journal entries in the album.
  • Photo Organization – I highly recommend you do this on your own because you know your pictures and events best, but if you do not have the time or wish for me to do so, I can do this for a fee.

Saving Time With Custom Scrapbook Albums

Archiving your memories in scrapbooks does not have to take a lot of your time or money. Now that we have covered the basics of what is included with my customized scrapbook album service. You can start saving time while preserving your memories by clicking on the “Customized Scrapbook Albums” page at the top of this website. This is where you will find more detailed information about the services I offer and some frequently asked questions that may help you gain a clearer understanding. So, let’s begin preserving your heritage for future generations. Go to the “Customized Scrapbook Albums” page and contact me for your free consultation.

Respectfully your,

Karla

Founder & Owner of Tru Kraft Creations