Scrapbooking Primer

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to keep track of your memories and indeed memorialize your life. Once you retire you will have lots to reflect back on and perhaps many things to organize and clear out. You can arrange photos, mementos, and even print items from your computer, arrange and embellish them in as many ways as there are people that scrapbook.

If you are new to scrapbooking, a short trip to your local craft store will introduce you to a whole new world of scrapbooking.

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Here are some easy steps  to follow for beginners:

  1. Start by organizing your photos and mementoes like ticket stubs, play programs, or even receipts. Anything that you bring home from your travels or even look up in the internet after you get home can be used. Lay it all out on a table and come up with a way to organize it.
  2. Plan an overall theme for your book. For example, if it was a special travel trip for you to celebrate your retirement, there may be the various work related items that tie the them together.
  3. Pick the medium – the book style and album size and how you will be affixing the mementos.
  4. Set up a repeating pattern or template for each page. You will want some continuity in style and quantity per page.
  5. Group similar items in a logical order – that may be chronological, by location or by person.
  6. Decide how much copy or writing you will do on the pages and try to keep the pages similar in feel.

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