Forever and always, I’ve been one of these people who just have to keep everything from everywhere. Anything that is connected to something just wanders into my pocket. I have boxes full of memories from all the places I’ve been and it goes back to my childhood days. But I don’t just keep the stuff in boxes, I usually make albums etc. For the last few days, I’ve been constantly working on a new scrapbook with everything from my 13 months of working as an au pair in the US. You wouldn’t believe how much stuff I have but I just absolutely love putting it together and making something nice from all of it. This is why I haven’t been very social, online and in real-life, or blogged, watched TV etc. I was super occupied by this because once I start, I just can’t stop. So I thought I share my way of scrapbooking with you and maybe you want to try it yourself. As mentioned above, the example I will give you is my au pair scrapbook.
What you need
► Form of Presentation
When I start with a new project, I think exactly about how I want the end product to look like. Since my year as an au pair contained a lot of traveling, I wanted something to properly show that. Furthermore, I’m obsessed with everything that has maps on it so I settled for a scrapbook from Paperchase, covered with maps. I also chose this one because it’s not too big and has rings, which, from my experience, makes it easier to hold lots of memorabilia, especially thicker items. And I bought two, just in case one isn’t enough.
► Stickers, Washi Tape, Cardboard etc.
I just love when everything matches, so I need the perfect art supplies to go with my memory books. I have a general collection of tapes and stickers, so I didn’t have to buy a ton for this scrapbook. However, I did order special stickers that go with different places I visited during my year abroad, like cities, states, parks etc. I also use a lot of travel and American themed washi tapes and of course project life cards, which are super cute to add some notes to the book. You can basically use whatever you feel like using, I just love when it matches. When I visit places, I also look for stickers to buy on site, while picking out cute souvenirs to take home with me. And of course you need the general stuff like scissors, glue and my favorite: double-sided duct tape.
► A Box Full of Memorabilia
Of course it doesn’t have to be a whole box full of things you collected, because not everyone is crazy like me, but I just happen to have a box. On short trips, I probably have a bag or something smaller. Keep whatever you feel like keeping because there are no rules. I just collect literally everything and see how I can use it, afterward. Tickets, postcards, maps, napkins, price tags, business cards, wrapping paper, receipts, luggage tags, pressed pennies, flyers and anything else you come across. This is just to give you an idea of what to use when starting something like a scrapbook.
In my personal opinion, no scrapbook would look perfect without photos in it. They tell a story and just work great with all the other things in your collection. So I usually look through all my photos, pick my favorites and get mini-prints. For a book like I’m currently working on, I use hundreds of pictures and if I’d use big ones, the pages would be full. I only include my favorite photos in bigger sizes, but it always depends on the page dynamic. Also don’t forget to include strips from photobooths or any other pictures that you have. Personally, I go through the things I collected during a vacation or event and I pick the photos accordingly.
What you do
There are really no rules when it comes to putting together a scrapbook. Everyone has different tastes so I would say just go for it. Before you whip out the glue though, start with a layout and see how everything fits together. Once you’re satisfied, you can make it all permanent. I like to work more or less chronologically, so I try to get all of my memorabilia into order. Yes, even my receipts are in different piles because shopping can’t go with food. I have a list with the dates and events throughout the year, so I don’t mess it all up. I always think that I’m super fast with putting together the pages but it actually takes forever to get one done. Everything has to be cut right and match and its just a very detailed work process, at least when I do it. Everything just has to be perfect.
So I hope you feel inspired and want to start your own scrapbook, or you found a fellow scrapbooker right here. If so, let me know because I would love to see your work or learn about your process. In the past, I’ve also done a smashbook, which is truly a beast and a little different from scrapbooking, and from that, I know how expensive this hobby can be. So if you don’t have the money to buy tons of stickers and cards etc. just make your own. You can do so much with a printer and internet, don’t let that keep you from being creative.