Introduction to the book
The craft of scrapbooking is not new - in fact, it has been around for as long as there has been photography. The desire to record personal stories together with images that bring them to life is as strong now as it was over 100 years ago. Most of us have drawers, boxes or bags full of photographs that hold precious memories. Scrapbooking provides the opportunity to preserve these memories, both literally through the use of archival products and by taking the time to record our stories and memories for future generations.
Scrapbooking is also a wonderful creative outlet, drawing upon the skills and techniques used in a host of other crafts. Unlike many other craft products, scrapbook pages are made to be treasured and preserved for years, creating heirlooms that can be inherited and passed on. We hope that the skills and techniques you will find here will inspire and excite you to create pages and albums to treasure.
The first part of the book explores the fundamental principles of scrapbooking - how to take and use photographs to best effect and how to use composition and design principles to create exciting layouts. Advice and suggestions for journaling - the preservation of your own thoughts and memories - are also included, along with practical examples.
The second part of the book focuses on key techniques. Each technique is accompanied by detailed step-by-step instructions, so you can follow the procedure at each stage, and finished examples, which show the techniques in the context of professionally produced scrapbook pages.
- Scrapbooking is a wonderfully creative, rewarding and hugely popular craft. This comprehensive book reveals all the skills you need for making beautiful pages, whether you are an experienced scrapbooker or a complete beginner.
- Step-by-step instructions and photographs explain techniques such as stamping, colouring, embossing, mosaics and die cuts. Learn how to make beautiful background papers, crop and mount photographs and embellish your pages with everything from fabric and ribbon to eyelets and foil.
- Themed page and layout ideas will inspire you to be adventurous in your own scrapbooking: create hidden pages and messages within your album, organize and display your memorabilia in new and original ways and bring your treasured memories to life.
1st edition 2006, Pb, 160pp full colour throughout, 22.5 x 22.5 cm