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Getting Started On Your Frugal Scrapbook
• Go through your photos your old photo albums, shoe boxes, or
from your digital pictures stored on your PC.
• Separate your photos into smaller categories such as year,
special events, individual children, holidays, vacations,
• Pick your best photos. If you like, choose a theme. Choose 4 to
8 of the best shots.
• Choosing a focal point. From the 4-8 best photos, pick your
absolute favorite as a focal photo.
• Arrange the photos on a page. Don't make everything symmetrical.
It's okay to tilt the photos and overlap a little. This adds
interest to the page
• Choose a theme for your pages, such as birthday, season,
• It’s best to start with a solid background, then build on top of
• Choose a color scheme of 2-3 prominent colors from the focal
photo to use as a color scheme for your layout.
• Choose a coordinating (I like to call) “back-drop” for your
picture(s). Use the decorative scissors to trim the sides if the
• Here’s the fun part.
• Decorate your page with stickers, or those cool caption
• Die cuts. You can also make your own die cuts out of cardstock
• Ribbons, old jewelry can even be used.
• Old invitations. Party decorations.
• Use old scraps of cardstock and put on all 4 corners of the
• One thick piece of cardstock which is a 3 inches wide the length
of your page, and position on the either side of the page.
• Or, take a piece of cardstock that is about 3 inches wide and
the width of your page and position at the top or the bottom of
• Use these areas for your journal.
• Make a pocket page and store love notes or old movie stubbs.
Fix it to the Page:
• Once you have everything in place just the way you like it,
you can use a hot glue gun or acid-free stick glue, but don’t glue
it until you're happy with the layout.
• Tell a story about the people in the photos. Where they were,
be sure to include dates.
• Use cardstock or color coordinating paper to write your story
then place close by the photo, or on a designated page of it’s