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Card Making And Scrap Booking - Create Your Own Backing Paper

One of the main things a card maker or keen scrapbook maker can never have enough of is paper.

If you are anything like me you will have a huge pile of papers but when it comes to making a card or designing a scrapbook page you simply can not part with some of your wonderful and beautiful papers.

There are so many stunning designs of paper available for card makers and scrap bookers some are so stunning it seems a shame to cut them up and create cards from them, although the cards will be beautiful if you are like me you just do not want to part with any of your paper.

I have often found that when I want to create a card I will search through my pile of papers for background paper and cant find any thing simple enough to use, most of the pretty papers are too mach for a small card especially if you are going to add a large embellishment or maybe even a decoupage piece.

One of the solutions I came up with was to create my own backing paper. I tried out many ideas, some worked some did not the best way I found to create simple background papers is to use my ink pads.

Firstly I decided what topper, embellishment or decoupage piece you want to use so that you can determine the colors you will need so that the picture and the paper correspond and work well together.

Simply stamp your ink pad all over the paper or card front, do not worry about making it even it actually looks better if it is not perfect. If you are lucky enough to have a large supply of ink pads you could always use more than one color but make sure it matches what ever you are going to place on top of it.

It is important to wait until the ink has dried so that you do not smudge it. One dry you can then add your embellishment to the paper or card.

Making your own backing paper will save you money and you can choose the color to match your design perfectly.

You can use this technique on both paper and card but try not to be too heavy handed with your ink pads as this can leave a thick layer of ink. I find when doing this, less is more.

You can also lightly spray your paper or card with a small amount of water, this will make the ink go a lot further, again do not over wet paper or card as this can cause it to crinkle and no longer be flat making it a lot harder to work with.


Scrap Booking - An Introduction

Scrap booking is a hobby that relates to pasting articles, photos, magazine, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia into personalised decorative albums. Scrap booking is a growing hobby and often 'scrappers' meet on a regular basis for weekends or evenings to share tips and ideas for scrapbook ideas.

In its earliest form scrap booking was a way to blend memorabilia and journals. Scrapbooks have been created since printed material has been available.

Older style scrapbooks tended to have photos that were mounted with photo mount corners with quotes about who was in the photos and when the picture was taken. Quite often these pages would have memorabilia attached to them to make them more attractive.

If like me you are the type of person who is always taking photos and keeps memorabilia from places you visit such as tickets or receipts then scrap booking would be a perfect hobby for you to embark on.

Scrapbooks are great to improve and express your creative side as well as being something that you can store all your photos in.

It is important to use high quality materials when doing scrap booking, as your scrapbook will probably become one of your most treasured possessions due to the time you will spend on it. The most important thing to remember is always use products that are acid free using something that is not acid free can deteriorate and colors may fade over time.

It you are stuck for ideas there are so many books, websites and magazines that will give you great ideas for scrap book pages, however I do think it is important for you to try and create something personal and unique as this will reflect your crafting capabilities and your own personality.

Scrap books can also be given as gifts, sometimes just looking through a pile of photos can be rather boring but choosing the best ones and presenting them on a beautiful page filled with memories will bring a smile to any ones face.

If you are new to scrap booking then you could always purchase a kit to get you started scrapbook kits will contain the basic supplies to create a few pages. The items you will receive will all correspond in colour so you know that it will work together. Although the more professional scrapper would probably not use a kit they are perfect for beginners and will give you great ideas where to start and what colours go with what.

Once you have created your first scrapbook page and have seen how wonderful it looks im sure you will be as hooked on this hobby as I was. Then you can be more creative and try the 100s of techniques there is. It is also a great way to make new friends so keep your eyes out for local scrap book clubs that you could join to share tips and ideas.


Easy Scrapbook Ideas

Scrapbooks have many purposes - they can hold your family photos, post cards, letters, artwork and more. You can craft one for yourself or for a gift. Here are some easy scrapbook projects to inspire you.

Family scrapbooks.
Create a family scrapbook to tell the story of your family. The first thing to do is to collect all the photos, letters and other objects related to special and significant moments from your family history. You can go back in time as much as you want or as much as possible. After all the mere idea of creating a family scrapbook is to make the connection from past generations to future ones.

The next thing to do is to organize the memorabilia you've collected. It is likely that you will have a lot of photos, letters, awards, ribbons, and certificates, even a lock of hair or newspaper and magazine articles. Make copies of the documents that are important, such as marriage certificates. Than place each object in a clean scrapbook pocket and stick it to the pages. You can make pictures of the bulky objects such as jewelry pieces or quilts that cannot be placed inside the book.

Pet scrapbooks.
Pet lovers would enjoy the idea of creating a pet scrapbook for their pet friends. All you need to do is to have photos of your pet and a photo album. You can decorate the album cover using colored papers, markers and fabrics. If you prefer an elegant pet scrapbook, than get a classic hard cover photo album and stick your pet's best photo on it.

After you are done with the design, organize the items you'd like to go into the scrapbook. You can put pet photos, awards and ribbons won in competition, as well as everything else that you think might fit.

Summer scrapbook.
Craft a summer inspired scrapbook to capture the memories from your summer holiday. Stick seashells and sand over the scrapbook cover and decorate the pages with sea pictures. You can make a seashell, fish, sea start template and have it painted as many times as you want over the inner pages.

Than stick everything connected to your summer holiday inside. Plane tickets, bus tickets, a piece of a map, festival program, photos - the sky is the limit. If you've been to a vacation with your best friend than let this book be a gift for him or her. You can bet that this will be the best gift of all times to be treasured forever.

As you can see there are a number of possibilities and you will not need a lot of time nor money to create a fabulous scrapbook.


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