I’ve been scrapping for many years now, so I have an ever-growing collection of supplies. But my entire first album was completed using one pack 8 1/2 x 11 neutral cardstock for the backgrounds, one pack solid color cardstock for photo mats, a few packs of die cuts and stickers, straight scissors, one pair of decorative edge scissors, one basic black pen for journaling, and adhesive to stick it all together. (Oh, and my Fiskars 12″ Personal Paper Trimmer–a “must-have tool” for almost every scrapper I know!)
Below is an example of a page I did using these basic supplies.
This page was done in 1998 when my oldest niece was crowned homecoming queen. Below is a page of her younger sister receiving the same honor two years later. See how my style, and my stock of supplies (like the paper doll templates and colored gel pens) grew in two years; and yet, both pages show creativity and tell the story in their own way:
Finally, below is a page from my Christmas album (completed in late 2000) that I am particularly proud of. It shows a good blend of creativity and simplicity, which is what I now strive for in my work. However, some of my favorite page elements (like sparkly holographic stickers) will always be present no matter how much my style develops.
So you see, it doesn’t take a trailer-load of tools to create attractive pages. The most important element you add to your pages is LOVE – love for the hobby, and love for the people, places, and things in the photos themselves!
Writing about your photos is one of the most important elements that separates a scrapbook from a regular photo album; yet it is one of the things many scrappers are reluctant to do. They think their handwriting is inferior and they envy people who can do creative lettering. I’ve been doodling since I was in elementary school, so it comes pretty naturally to me; however, these lettering styles are easy to copy if you have graph paper, tracing paper, or white vellum. Print this page, or use a page from an idea book, and trace the letters to get a “feel” for the style. (Another suggestion is to use a creative style for “one special word” and do the rest of the title in normal writing.) If you practice and find you are still “stuck,” email me and I’ll offer some more suggestions!
Chalks have become one of my favorite media, especially for enhancing die cuts, punch art, paper piecing, and paper dolls. Just look how a little chalk on the top of the torn-paper “beach” and around the edges and details of these shells gives them so much dimension! (This was also my first try at using metal charms on a scrapbook page – they add a little extra interest to the die cuts and other page elements.)