Scrapbooking is something that I have enjoyed immensely but which has been a real learning experience for me.
I started right after my trip to Paris last year in February as I endeavored to document that very memorably journey I took to the City of Lights. It was good that I refused to splurge and spend on scrapbook kits and elements. Instead, I used internet resources to find scrapbook sites for ideas and paper and elements for printing. I accummulated a lot of digital scrapbook paper along the way and have stashed them in folders in a bin I have. I started making my embellishments myself. I would stay up late “piecing” or “stitching” together paper to make the 12×12 layout I had chosen. I had the pictures, I had the elements, but I was lost as to layout and embellishments.
Towards the latter part of the year, I started a scrapbook for Mom chronicling her first months with Angel here in New York. This turned out to be a better vehicle for creative expression as I became better versed at coordinating scrapbook kits to make them more visually pleasing. While I used printed photographs for some pictures, I was able to create layouts with enlargements and some photo effects. The scrapbook is essentially finished and now just needs the journal entries and dates for captions. I meant to bring this home to Manila but never did. (Blame it on the dozens of other things Mom preferred to prioritize bringing home.) I hope to document the scrapbook by taking photographs once done for my own records. (Photographing the layouts, though, is another matter altogether.)
Since I started scrapbooking, I look at paper and textures in a different way now. I cannot wait to go to IKEA to get more fabric swatches which I can use as embellishments. I had cut out the letters with the darker shades and stitched them onto the lighter reds. (I will take a photograph and post it here.) Every time I go into a Home Depot or paint store, I pick out swatches and get 6-8 of my chosen color because they make such good tag materials. When I go to the dollar store now, I look at the twines and ribbons to check out what I could plop onto a scrapbook layout like the twine I featured a while back.
Except for purchasing the scrapbook itself, additional page fillers, and some paper stock (colored but undecorated), as well as a self healing mat and some cutters, I have kept my expenses to a minimum. I’m starting to experiment on doing my own digital elements (such as the summer photo overlay of Angel’s photo in a recent post) and will be toying with doing my own alphas (alphabets) through Paint. Taking it a project at a time, I am amazed at all the free resources out there. One can never run out of sources for more ideas, each more inspiring than the next.