You can purchase a basic scrapbook at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore or Walmart. You can also find a variety of scrapbook paper, tools, embellishments, stickers and ideas at Scrapbook.com.
The size of scrapbook is determined by how many photos you wish to use. Most people start with a 12 inch x 12 inch scrapbook, the standard size.
Standard scrapbooks come with 20 pages. You can purchase three-ring binder style scrapbooks that will allow you to add many more pages.
If you're making a digital scrapbook, you will want to use an 8.5 inch x 11 inch size scrapbook. If you are making a scrapbook for a young child, a 6 inch x 6 inch scrapbook may be the best size.
Decide if your scrapbook will have a specific theme. Some themes you might choose include: family heritage, school years, family life, a new baby or a family vacation.
Choose paper and embellishments that match your theme. Scrapbooks generally come with plain white paper, but you can replace the pages with brightly colored or patterned paper if you prefer.
Some embellishments you may want to use in your scrapbook include stickers, die-cut shapes, adhesive letters, journal cards, sequins and ribbons.
You may also want to use rubber stampers and stamp pads to add decorations or designs,markers or pens to write on journal cards or directly on the pages, and stencils to make letters or designs.
You will need photo tabs or a photo-safe glue stick to attach the photos to the scrapbook pages. Be sure that all items used are acid-free to protect your photos.
Gather all of the photos you might use in the scrapbook. You'll want at least 20 to 40 photos to fill all of the pages. If you plan to crop the photos, you will need more.
You may use 100 or more photos in a scrapbook if using cropped photos. It's better to have too many photos from which to choose than not enough.
A special photo cutter is a good investment if you're planning to crop a lot of photos. It's easier to keep the edges straight and even with a photo cutter than with scissors.
If your family is large, you may want to opt for more photos and fewer embellishments in your scrapbook. This will allow you to include more memories.
Make copies of original photos to use in your scrapbook so you can retain the originals. Decide whether your photos will be in chronological order or not.
Don't attach any photos until you have laid out all of the pages. Some people prefer to make two-page spreads in their scrapbooks with matching paper and a single theme.
Other people prefer to create each page individually with unique paper and designs. You can use the first page as a title page with a single, larger photo or a collage of smaller photos.
If you have too many photos, pick and choose which ones to remove. When laying out the photos, leave spaces on the pages for embellishments or for writing on the pages.
Once you're satisfied with the layout of your pages, begin attaching the photos to the pages. After the photos are attached, add the embellishments.
Working on a family scrapbook is a great rainy day family project. As you put the scrapbook together, you can relive the fun memories depicted in the photos.
A family scrapbook is a wonderful gift for any occasion including a wedding or anniversary, the birth of a child, a milestone birthday or graduation.
Scrapbooks also make great gifts for parents or grandparents for the holidays. Share your family's happy memories in a scrapbook to keep or give as a gift. You'll have fun making a unique, heirloom family scrapbook to treasure.