Simple Scrapbooking Newsletter

Crafter's Touch August 5, 2004 In This Issue: * Editor's Note * Project Idea: Using Paper Photo Borders * Project Idea: Scrapbooking Supplies * Tips & Tricks: Choosing the Best Colors for your Pages ******************************************************************** Editor's Note: Scrapbooking can be fun and easy! All you need is a few supplies and a few simple techniques and you can be creating scrapbook pages like a pro. The best part is your finished scrapbooks will be cherished for years and years to come. The purpose of this issue of Crafter's Touch newsletter will be to introduce you to scrapbooking and help you to get started. You can visit our site and look for future newsletters for more advanced topics! ******************************************************************** Project Idea: Using Paper Photo Borders A simple photo border can create an amazing difference in your scrapbook pages. Check out our website for before and after pictures. All you need is the following supplies: Several pieces of cardstock 2 photos Ruler Scissors Adhesive To get full instructions for this project, visit our site at ******************************************************************** Project Idea: Scrapbooking Supplies Remember you certainly dont need to purchase all of these items to create beautiful scrapbooks. I have found that it works best to start out simple and add new items and tools as you see fit. If you have friends who also scrapbook you may want to share or pool your equipment. Hold a scrapbooking night where everyone brings in their personal die cuts, stamps, scissors or other equipment to share with the group. Albums - There are many different types, styles, and colors of albums to choose from Refill Pages - Often times albums dont come with very many pages inside so you may wish to purchase some extra pages for your scrapbook. Make sure you get the right kind of pages for your album. Page Protectors - Page protectors keep your pages safe from water and oils from handling. Some albums come with these included. Adhesive - Be sure to get an adhesive that is acid free so that you can use it for photos. Scissors - You will need a good sharp pair of scissors. A large pair will come in handy for general cutting. Smaller scissors are better for detailed manuvering. Paper Trimmer - The 12 inch variaty is a good size. Look for ease of use and safety here. Card Stock - Look for muli-colored packs to get the most for your money. Card stock comes in three different weights; light-weight, medium-weight, and heavy- weight/cover-weight. Light weight card stock is perfect for when you want to use craft punches or decorative scissors. Medium weight card stock is a general purpose paper for most anything. Heavy weight card stock is best for your backgrounds as it will make your pages sturdy. Printed Paper - You should really purchase these with your specific page designs in mind as these get outdated quickly and can be difficult to store without damage. For information on more scrapbooking supplies, visit our site at ******************************************************************** Tips & Tricks - Choosing the Best Colors for Your Pages Usually the best way to begin selecting the colors for your pages is to start with the photos themselves. Look closely at the different colors in the pictures you've chosen. What are the dominant colors in your photos? Often you may want to focus on this for your the colors of your page. Alternatively, you may want to a pick a non-dominant color in your photos and work off of this. This willl draw the focus towards that spot in your picture so be sure that this is the affect you want to have. In general, you want to try to keep the number of colors that you use on one page down to three. Using too many colors on a page can make the page look cluttered and overwhelming. Try to choose one dominant color and up to two complementary colors. One good way to choose supporting colors is to try various shades of your dominant color. For example, if you've chosen a shade of blue as your dominant color, you may want to use a lighter shade of that blue as a background color and a darker shade of that blue for your lettering. Be careful when selecting very bright colors for your scrapbooks because this will draw the eye. Use these bright colors when you want emphasis on something. If you're still having trouble choosing colors by eye, you can always invest in a color wheel. You can match up your dominant photo color to a color on the color wheel and the color wheel will suggest other complementary colors. Remember these are just guidelines, and the only way to get really good at choosing colors is to experiment, experiment, experiment! If you have any questions that you'd like answered by our experts send an email to and we'll be happy to help you! ******************************************************************** Other New Articles At Crafter's Touch New Candle Making Tip - Wicks (8/2/2004) New Candle Making Tip - Embedding Objects in Gel Candles (8/1/2004) New Kids Craft Project - Window Clings (7/21/2004) New Cake Decorating Tip - Frosting a Cake Perfectly (7/20/2004) ******************************************************************** FEEDBACK TO THE EDITOR WEBSITE TO SUBSCRIBE Send an email to TO UNSUBSCRIBE Send an email to
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