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Scrapbooking - It’s all about the tools

You wouldn’t expect a painter to come to your house to paint with only a dried up old paint brush. When you want a job done it’s really important to make sure that you have the tools that will make the job easy. It’s the same when you are Scrapbooking.

While there are heaps of great tools you can use there is one that is commonly overlooked and I believe to be under rated is the Fiskars Shape Cutter. It wasn’t until I was talking with a friend of my who purchased the Fiskars Cutter under my recommendation when frustrated she mentioned that she was having trouble with this is showed her the way it was supposed to be used that she really got the benefit of easy cutting for her scrapbooking out of the Cutter. Now she raves about the Fiskars Shape Cutter so I thought I would share the tips with you as well.

One thing to remember when using the Shape Cutter is to make sure that the cutting mat that you are using is not too soft. If the mat is too soft then often you will find that the blade is cutting too far into the cutting mat and quickly making your blade blunt. So while it is always recommended that you use a cutting mat so as not to cut your furniture it is important that the mat you have isn’t too soft.

The next thing to do is make sure that you are using the Fiskars Shape Cutter correctly I have found a great YouTube video that explains the best way to use the Fiskars Cutter have a look this should help.

Enjoy cutting out all those difficult little embellishments.

Scrapbooking layout in less than 5 Minutes!

Well I don’t know about you but I spend most of my time thinking about how and where I am going to position things on my scrapbook layouts.

Some times I pick the photo’s first then I look through all my scrapbook supplies and come up with some matching scapbooking card stock and some scrapbooking embellishments then I move it all around the page several times over until I’m happy with the layout and finally I glue it all in place.

Other times I simply have a theme or color that I’m working with and I look for pictures to match them. So I go through the whole layout quandary again until I come up with a scrapbook page that I’m happy with then I finally glue it in place.

This whole exercise for me takes at least 15 minutes per page and I have been scrapbooking for years.

So when I decided to see if I could find any quick scrapbookers and I came across this great YouTube Video that I thought you might like so enjoy.

Have fun Scrapbooking.

Conventional and Digital Scrapbooks - Great Scrapbooking Papers for Your Pages

Creating a scrapbook is a wonderful idea. It allows you to have a great time while creating your own memory book to keep for the years to come. Whether creating digital scrapbooks or conventional ones, you are going to need great templates and papers for the pages. Having great papers for your pages is important to the beauty of your scrapbook. So, how do you ensure you get great scrapbooking papers? Here’s a closer look at scrapbooking papers for your scrapbooking pages, whether they are for conventional or digital scrapbooks.

Types of Scrapbooking Paper Available
When you are creating digital scrapbooks or even conventional scrapbooks, you’ll find that there are many different types of scrapbooking papers that are available. Great papers are the building blocks for your scrapbooking templates. The papers available can help you to personalize your scrapbook and allow your personality to shine through. When you’re buying actual traditional papers, you’ll find that there is card stock, patterned papers, and so much more. Online papers are available for scrapbooking digitally too.

Considerations When Purchasing Papers
When you purchase papers for digital scrapbooks or traditional ones, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. First of all, it’s important that you consider the quality of the papers. Since they’ll be creating your scrapbooking pages, good quality is essential. For traditional papers, ensure that your papers have a long shelf life. You don’t want them to discolor over time and you need to ensure that they aren’t going to damage your pictures either.

Customizing your Papers
Customizing the papers for your digital scrapbooks is a great idea. Traditional papers for traditional scrapbooks can be customized as well. After all, you’ll want to personalize the papers that you have for great scrapbooking templates. You can combine different papers for a great look or you can use whole punches or stickers for personalization as well.

Digital Scrapbooking Paper
Of course digital scrapbooking paper is quite popular today with all those creating digital scrapbooks. The great thing is that you can create so many different options when going with digital papers. You won’t have to pay for them or even store them. Not only can they be used for your digital scrapbooks, but you can print these papers for use in your traditional scrapbook as well. So, creating your own papers digitally is definitely a wonderful idea.

A History of Scrapbooking - From Offline to Digital Scrapbooking

Today we have digital scrapbooking, and more and more people are starting to use that method of scrapbooking. However, scrapbooking wasn’t always that way. While you may think of a digital scrapbook when talk of scrapbooking comes up, it didn’t start there. Scrapbooking has been around for hundreds of years in different forms, and it’s definitely interesting to take a look at the history. Here’s a look at the history of this art, from early scrapbooking to digital scrapbooking today.



Used to Record Information

In the beginning during the 15th century, long before digital scrapbooking ever came along, scrapbooks had the name common place books. They were basically used as a way to record various kinds of information. Things that they often contained were prayers, poems, medical information, and even weights. Often students used them as well for recording important information that they would learn. Recipes, illustrations, and articles were eventually added.



Victorian Memory Books and Friendship Albums

Later on during the Victorian times, these books existed as memory books and they were often called friendship albums as well. Often these books were used to keep hair, scraps, writing, cards, poetry, photos, and more. They were a way of sharing their memories and keeping them for years, just as digital scrapbooking is used today.


Famous Scrapbookers


Through the years, there have been many different famous scrapbookers. Long before we even thought about digital scrapbooking, Mark Twain was scrapbooking. In fact, each Sunday he would scrapbook all day. He actually would sell them as well, through the store known as Montgomery Ward. Another famous person to keep a book much like a scrapbook was Thomas Jefferson. He had leather books that he kept news clippings, leaves, drawings, and other important memories in.



The 80’s and 90’s Scrapbooking Movement

It really wasn’t until the 80s and the 90s that scrapbooking really began to get popular. This was the time when it really picked up, especially in the United States. More and more supplies and tools became available, and sales rocketed. However, digital scrapbooking didn’t really become popular until late 90s or even later.



Digital Scrapbooking Today

Today there are many people who are involved in digital scrapbooking instead of traditional scrapbooking. People find it easier and cheaper to get involved in digital scrapbooking, especially with all the free digital scrapbooking sites that are now available. It is definitely very interested to learn where scrapbooking has come from and how it has all evolved through the years to what we have today.


I don’t know about you but I still love the traditional Scrapbooking.

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