New & Confused?

by Traci Daugherty

If you are new to scrapbooking, you're probably overwhelmed! Scrapbooking has become a very creative way to preserve and show off your photos for generations to come. Lets see if I can shed some light on some of the terms and help you find a starting point your comfortable with.

Scrapping--this is a shorter and more common term for scrapbooking -- means the same thing.

Die-cuts--accents to use on your pages.

Crop Party--this is where people get together and scrapbook with each other. Sometimes it is also referred to a home party, where someone in the scrapbook business shows their products and new techniques to a group of individuals.

Paper & Card Stock--paper & card stock are used to set the background for your scrapbook pages. They are also needed to .hold. your page together.

Page Protectors--like the name says, these protect your pages. Some albums come with page protectors and some do not.

Album/Memory Book--a scrapbook album. Sometimes called an album, sometimes a memory book, scrapbook albums are put together many different ways. Three most common are post bound, spiral and ring.

Page sets or Theme sets--this is a term for a complete page set (that you purchase) that has all of the items you will need to make a couple pages. It usually comes with frames and paper and other items to add to your pages.

Frames--just like a photo frame, this frames your picture on your page.

Journaling--journaling is when you write a bit about what is going on in the picture or you can use a poem. You do not have to do this on your pages if you don't want to.

Workshop--you get together with other people at a pre-determined place to work on scrapbooks, or learn how. There is usually a fee involved but most of the time you do receive items for the cost plus you will be able to learn a few new tricks and tips. It is also a great place to share your photos and get ideas. These are especially great to attend if you are in a creative slump.

Fiskars--scissors and cutting tools.

Top loading--this term describes the way you load your completed pages into your album.

Binder--an album. Sometimes it is called an album, sometimes a binder.

Adhesive--you will need something to adhere your photos to the page. You can use stickers, stick glue (make sure its acid free and will hold them!) or tape. If using stickers, you can substitute frames for them.

Embellishments--items such as eyelets, ribbons, buttons, glitter or just about anything you can add to your pages. With your imagination, the sky is the limit when it comes to embellishments!

Templates--these are guides that can help you place pictures on the page or help with titles.

Cropping Tools--cropping tools are a BIG help. There are so many that do different things. Like the Xyron machines that make stickers, labels and magnets, the Fiskars paper crimper, paper punches that come in all shapes & sizes, cutting tools like the Fiskars paper trimmer, Sissix cutting tools and so, so many more! Now you don't have to have all of these things to get started, especially if working with page kits. Items in page kits are pre-cut for you. There are two basic items I won't live without--a paper trimmer and a shape cutter.

When you are just starting, you may become overwhelmed wondering what you need to do this or what kind of album to put your pages in once they are completed. The easiest way to get started is buying a page set. The page sets have all you will need to get started (except the adhesive and scissors). Don't forget your album! Albums range in price and in size. Make sure to check your album size and the page size you want to put in them. You can't fit a 12 x 12 page into an 8 = by 11 album. Albums can range in size from 5 x 7, 7 x 7, 8 = x 11 and 12 x 12. Price ranges will be anywhere from $8 to $40 (& more) per album. The price will depend on the size, how many pages it will hold, quality, etc...

Once you get the hang of scrapping, go on to more creative ways to add to your pages. Like adding embellishments, using different papers for your title, and journaling. Scrapbooking seems to have literally swept the nation. Finding a creative outlet is actually a good mental exercise and is lots of fun!

When Traci isn't busy with her 2 children and taking care of her family, she's busy working on her second passion, scrapbooking and crafts. For questions or more information about her and her business, you can visit her website at or email her directly at [email protected] .

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