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The art of scrapbooking

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Every year, around this time, I start to think about the next year and brainstorm a few ideas that I’d like to see come alive in my life next year. It could be a car, it could be a new laptop, or it may even be to go somewhere that I’ve never been before.

Every year, around this time, I start to think about the next year and brainstorm a few ideas that I’d like to see come alive in my life next year. It could be a car, it could be a new laptop, or it may even be to go somewhere that I’ve never been before.

Now, normally I jot it down on a piece of paper, and try to make the white on black ink look pretty, by drawing lots of hearts and flowers – my signature doodle. This year, however, I am so excited to introduce to you my very first scrapbook!

I became obsessed with this expressive hobby during a recent trip to Holland, for a friends wedding. It was my job to help her create luggage tag label tags for the home cooked food on her wedding day. Given a roll of string, some brown paper, and a set of alphabet stamps, I fulfilled my duties and swiftly discovered a land of opportunities to create more luggage tags with inspiring words and using some left over wasabi tape that I could not use enough of.

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My then soon to be wed friend was super nice about my creative detour from the important task at hand that she kindly gave me access to her impressive collection of scrapbook essentials later on that evening. I made so many cards, and tags. I can’t show you all of them in this post, but I may post more photos later.

Of course, we went shopping the very next day and I made a beeline for the nearest craft shop, which I’ve completely forgotten the name off. I know this is really bad, but I’ll update later when my heads not so sleepy. My computer’s super slow this evening too!

Scrapbooking seems to be a rather big thing in Holland. I was truly inspired by their attention to detail in everything they do, and incredibly impressed by the detail of my friends wedding, from the food, to the ribbons, to the lights, make shift signs, and decorations for the tree, church and candle lite path. The gathering of a community of friends and family of all ages coming together to make this special day unique and simply wonderful took my breathe away. If my friend gives me permission I will share some of these photos in another post, but for now I thought I’d introduce you to my new and growing scrapbook collection.

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I can’t believe I didn’t do this before. I used to love making cards growing up. I din’t really understand what wasabi tape was until recently, if I’m honest; although, I did use masking tape during art class back in school. I purchased most of these in Holland for around £2.90, but I have since discovered that Paperchase have a fantastic selection of Wasabi tape, and even stock one or two of my favourites from Holland (the red pokka dot, and black and white love tape). They are a little more expensive over here, averaging between £3.50 – £8.00 for a set. I plan on popping in to the store for some lovely Christmas tape, of which I spotted in their flagship store in Tottenham Court Road. With my budget being rather tight this year, I have decided to be creative and make some home made Xmas cards for the lovely people in my world. It’s a great way to give a meaningful gift, and I highly recommend it!

So back to my scrapbook. Well as you can see from the pictures below, it’s still looking a little sparse.


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The great thing about scrapbooks is that you can make them you’re own. I’ve chosen a plan brown scrapbook as I want to create my own cover page after I’ve filled some of the pages inside. I know you can get lots of different designs ready made for you, but I feel it defeats the purpose of what a scrapbook is all about. I’ve been careful in deciding what I want to fill my brand new scrapbook. I’ve chosen to create pages of memories, inspiring words for different areas in life, and set a few pages aside of what I’d like to focus on in the future. This is also a great way to capture memories, and lay out goals if you don’t enjoy journaling. I’ve spent some time going through old magazines and cutting out anything that grabbed my attention, which can really enhance a memory and motivate an aspiration. In the few short months I’ve been doing this I realised it’s important to really think about the words I use, the colours, and the pictures I decide to use. Some of these pages inspire me more than others, so I usually stick them down in place with blue tac first, to get an idea of what it looks like. If I like it, then I glue it down.

I think I’ve learnt from past experience to try not to cut everything out from magazines, and stick only pictures and words down, which tends to make the page look dry and over done. Instead I shake it up by using alphabet stamps to create tags and titles for each section, and a mixture of wasabi tape and pen.

Have you got a scrapbook tip, or photo example that you’d like to share? I’d love to se Post below!