Scrapbooking FAQ

I've seen great pages that use torn paper but I can never get a nice decorative tear. Is there any way to make it easier?

Yes, there is. Try dipping a paintbrush in water and running it along your paper where you'd like it be torn. The paper will tear with ease.

I'm always afraid of cropping my photos for fear that I'll ruin them. What can I do about this?

If you're using a one of a kind photo that you'd be devastated to lose, always get a copy before you use it in your scrapbooking. Also, practice cropping photos with photos that you already have extras or with those that aren't of the best quality. You'll get the hang of it in no time. In addition, when you go about cropping photos you may want to leave in things that future generations might be interested in such as houses or cars. When in doubt, don't crop!

I've seen some gorgeous vellum papers in the craft stores. What can I use them for?

Vellum is perfect for items that are translucent in real life such as water, clouds, and balloons. Vellum can also be used to soften a very bold background paper.

What are eyelets?

Eyelets are the small metal circles that can be found on your shoes that your laces go through. Lately they have become all the rage in scrapbooking. They're used as embellishments to attach different items to a scrapbook page. When you're attaching an eyelet to something it's called riveting.

What is paper piecing?

Paper piecing is using different types of cardstock or paper for form an object. You can use patterns and solid colors to make your paper pieced item for interesting. Paper piecing is becoming more and more popular in scrapbooking.

Other Tips
  • Die cuts make great journaling templates.
  • The internet is a great source for scrapbooking. You can search online for poems and quotes to use on your pages.
  • Don't throw out your scraps. They can be used later for punches and piecing.
  • Photos should always be the focus of your pages. Don't use so many embellishments that your photos are overwhelmed.

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