There is truth to the saying that you don't really know what you've got until it's gone. All that remains are the memories to hold onto them. Sadly, human's ability to remember can be limited by time, age and health, and it may sometime fail. What you thought you'd never forget can sometimes fade from your memory as time passes. The details you think you'll always remember will often slip into an oblivion you cannot reach. Unless you preserve memories more tangibly you won't remember them all. Thankfully, there are many ways to preserve memories: photo albums, journals, video recordings, blogs, and online uploading on social media sites are but a few.
Perhaps nothing can beat your dedication to enshrine precious memories if you know how to make personalized scrapbook.
The History of Scrapbooks
Modern scrapbooks take their form from the "commonplace books" that were popular in England during the 15th century. Each commonplace book catered to the special interests of its creator's desire to compile objects worth keeping, such as letters, recipes, poems, quotations, and more. As the years passed, it became fashionable to include colored plates depicting popular scenes and places. Later, engravings, illustrations, and even disassembling the pages to insert new materials then rebinding them became the practice.
Most of these procedures are applied to making contemporary scrapbooks. The only difference lies in the abundant supply of materials and methods to help you become more organized and creative while at the same time, preserving precious memories. While it is always convenient to purchase a blank scrapbook from craft stores, there are certainly more advantages to enjoy making a personalized memorabilia keeper.
Your own personality is stamped in every color, design, and theme you conceptualize in making the scrapbook. There is always the flexibility to add or remove elements as desired. The scrapbook becomes a beautiful collection of pictures, words, cutouts, quotes, and accessories making it truly a product of art and hard work. In itself, the scrapbook is a good piece of memorabilia worth treasuring.
Organizing the photos depends on your preference. You can arrange them in chronological order from childhood to teenage to married years, or perhaps according to who or what your priorities are. You may start putting family pictures on the first few pages then add pictures from school and work. The endless possibilities are in your hands.
You only need to flip the pages of the scrapbook to see the scenes you want to relive. It is not only for safekeeping, the scrapbook becomes your bridge from the past to the present, which you can always review anytime, anywhere. Looking at the pictures will either make you smile or cry as you reminisce on the good old days.
You can share the scrapbook with family, friends, and other people. Together, you can recall the past, create more stories, laugh repeatedly, and be nostalgic about everything. They may even suggest some ideas or provide more photos. More importantly, they will feel honoured to be included in your collection and strengthen the bond that holds your relationship with them.
This may seem morbid, but if you end up with Alzheimer's or Dementia, your scrapbooks may help you hold onto your memories longer. If someone in your family has either of these, or has had head trauma causing a loss of memory, you might use your scrapbooks to help stimulate their memory.
Themes can be anything from being specific, such as last year's Disneyland Holiday, to general, such as a collection of pictures portraying diverse family experiences. Creating categories and organizing events into categories can help you select a theme.
Choose pictures that belong to the theme you want to establish. Look for relevant things like movie tickets, gate passes, invitations, place cards, programs - anything that will provide description or spark memories when placed on the page alongside the pictures.
Choose one or two photos you want to place on the cover
The photos will provide an idea of what will be seen inside the scrapbook. For example, a photo of the entire family in front of the Christmas tree is enough to reveal this scrapbook is about holiday celebrations.
Pick the primary and secondary colors in the photos to choose the contrasting or complementing colors to use for the cardstock frame. Glue the photos onto the cardstock. Cut the cardstock, leaving ½ inch margin from the edge of the photo. If desired, you may double the frame by gluing another cardstock and leaving a smaller margin between the two cardstocks.
Dress up the page by adding embellishments that mirror the theme of the scrapbook. You may consider spelling out the theme by cutting out letters from patterned paper, or using alphabet stickers across the page.
Sort the pictures and form cohesive groups for each page. For example, if you're making a wedding scrapbook, you may group pictures taken before, during, and after the ceremony. Supplement them with significant items are memorable, like the wedding invitation, dried petals from the bridal bouquet, and gift cards from guests.
Arrange and rearrange the photos on each page to achieve the best composition and combination of elements. Try to position the photos diagonally, horizontally, or even upside down to create an interesting angle.
Create an individual look for each page while maintaining the general theme of the scrapbook. You can write a shout-out, add poems, captions, quotes, phrases, and anecdotes to tell a story in a way that grabs attention. Accentuate each page with colourful embellishments that match the theme.
Decide which side where to punch the holes for binding purposes. Like most books, scrapbooks are typically bound on the left side. You may, however, opt to bind the top portion. It is crucial for holes to be aligned from cover to cover.
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