Scrapbooking Ideas and Hand Made Greeting Cards
Paper crafts are a popular
passtime, while scrapbooking is a fun way to display pictures and chronicle family history. Other fun paper
crafts include making greeting cards and even making hand made papers.
Start easy with your paper
When getting started at paper crafts, it is easy to spend a lot of
money! Go easy at first with buying paper craft and scrapbooking supplies until you know what sort of paper craft
products and scrapbooking ideas you are likely to use. For instance, you may find that you love using stickers in
scrapbooks, but rarely use your rubber stamps. If this is the case, you would be better off spending more on
stickers and less on rubber stamps for your paper crafts.
|Having fun with paper crafts doesn't need to be
complicated, as these Christmas trees origami made from music sheets show. (Image by
Almost everyone has at least some of their photographs stored
somewhere in a shoe box. Scrapbooks are a great way to get those photos out where people can enjoy them. You will
need a loose leaf binder, some plastic page protectors, and some colored cardstock for starters. Many paper crafts
experts insist on only archival quality materials. Check the labels as you buy. Most paper products, even the
cheaper ones, are labeled "acid-free," which means that it shouldn't fade or otherwise deteriorate if stored for a
long time. Sunlight will bleach almost anything, but your paper crafts should not be out in the sunlight very
To start a scrapbook you have several options. You can select photos
that all relate to one event, such as a trip or a child's participation in sports. This type of photos scrapbook
will be short, but can be designed around a theme. This is a good choice if your photos are not in a jumble. If
they are, then you may wish to choose 3 or 4 photos around a general theme, and change the theme for each page. You
may want to include some 2 page spreads in your photos scrapbook. Make it fun and interesting.
|Choose scrapbooking binder design you like, or
have fun making one of your own
Attach your photos to the cardstock with double-sided tape squares or
a gluestick. Then it's time to decorate the page with stickers, paper shapes, or rubber stamped designs. In
addition, you can use a colored gel pen to write dates, names, and other highlights about the activities in the
Other items and paper craft supplies are available in paper crafts
stores. These include die cuts, which are pieces of paper already cut into shapes and objects. There are also
special scissors that cut paper with an interesting edge. A pair of the type called "deckle" scissors is very
useful for making elegant looking scrapbook pages, greeting cards, and other paper crafts. If you also have an old
pair of pinking shears that are too dull to cut fabric, you can use those for cutting out shapes and
Check first what's available around your house, before you rush off
to a paper crafts supply store. Remember, start easy with your paper crafts and scrapbooking fun - you can always
upgrade later and spend more once you know what sort of paper crafts and scrapbooking ideas give you most
enjoyment. Don't make a job of it.
Making your own
handmade greeting cards
Many paper crafts enthusiasts begin with scrapbooking, but then
branch out to making their own greeting cards. Greeting cards may or may not have an original poem written on the
inside. A simple "Happy Birthday," "Get Well Soon," or even just "Hi!" is enough to brighten someone's day. So
don't worry about not being a good enough writer to make your own greeting cards. Improvise and add your own
personal messages - they will be more appreciated than some great-sounding, borrowed sayings from greeting-card
authors. Although, don't avoid those if they make perfact sense for your greeting card purpose.
Rubber stamps can often make beautiful greeting cards. You can even
attach small ribbons, beads, and other items to hand made greeting cards. A handmade card is sure to please anyone,
whether they are interested in paper crafts or not.