In the different steps I'd like to provide an overview for all the different techniques and materials that you can use to make your scrapbook one of a kind!
Here is a summary of the topics I'll describe:
* heat & dry embossing
* adding embellishments
* layering different types of paper
* using other materials to create borders and add interest
Also, you'll notice that many of the photos and messages are replaced with a space for a template. This scrapbook was a gift so I wanted to keep some of it private. I've edited it so that it serves as a template but I hope you still have an idea for what the final product looks like.
I hope you have a good experience making your scrapbook! I thoroughly enjoyed putting this one together :)
Step 1: Supplies
I purchased my scrapbook from Michael's arts and crafts store. It's 8" by 8" in size and came with clear, protective page covers. I also purchased some extra pages to insert and expand the scrapbook.
The paper you choose is the next major decision that you'll need to make. I purchased a packet of textured paper and another in a color pallet that I liked. I also purchased a few extra sheets of paper that are 'specialty' paper. For example, one is very sparkly when looked at from a certain angle and another is made up of pressed flowers.
Step 2: Determining What Story & How You Want to Tell It
In the attached photo you can see that I chose to organize my photos into small piles and in order (moving left to right). This helped me to plan everything before placing them onto the pages and having to move them around again.
Step 3: First Page
Step 4: Layout Ideas
In some cases, the photo is front and center. In others there are multiple pictures of different sizes on a page. It's all up to you!
Step 5: Layering and Incorporating Different Types of Paper
In the second example from my scrapbook, you can see that I used some of the paper made from crushed flowers and arranged it in a geometric way.
Step 6: Using Different Materials in Decorating a Page
Step 7: Heat Embossing
I found a great description and step by step instructions here:
You can see that I used this technique to create patterns or just interesting decorations for the pages. In one instance I used this technique to create a border around a photo. I also used the glue pen to freehand a design of the Space Needle (in the photo we're eating lunch at the top of the Space Needle so it was very fitting.)
Step 8: Paper (dry) Embossing
Step 9: Embellishments
You can make your own or purchase some. I purchased a set from Michael's of some shapes/decorations themed for Boston. I also had some paper ornament shapes which worked well for a Christmas theme. I made the 'sending love your way' envelop with hearts myself.
You can also bejewel your scrapbook, you can see that I added some tiny jewels in different design patterns.