Everybody has them. Boxes and drawers full of photos and mementos, maybe a program from a high school play or an invitation to a friend’s wedding. Scrapbooking is a creative way to preserve these treasures, sometimes holding onto the most special and writing notes and reminders. While digital scrapbooking has taken off in recent years, there’s still a huge market for traditional scrapbooking. Craft stores and companies provide fun and exciting products to help make your scrapbooking a delightful success. It’s more than just taping a photo to a blank sheet of paper. Prints, stickers, stamps all help to to make your scrapbooking project into a personal memento that you’ll treasure for years to come. Here are some of the best web sites for traditional scrapbooking.
Browse through products to make your scrapbook a personal joy. Pages for holidays and special occasions. Hundreds of creative ideas. Adhesives, cut-outs, stickers, you name it and you’ll find it at Scrapbook.com. Build your own account and share resources and ideas with over 525,000 members. Be a fan on Facebook, and don’t forget to sign up for free learn to Scrapbook classes.
> > Scrapbook resources – Scrapbook.com
Creative Memories is perhaps the best known among the scrapbooking communities. With over 40,000 consultants worldwide who run their own home-based business and provide the resources and products for scrapbookers to tell their own personal stories, one page at time.
> > Enjoy the special moments, stories and photos of your life – creativememories.com
Scrapbooks etc. is a Better Homes and Garden Network site, so you have all the resources of the magazine to back up the products and ideas. Subscribe and create your own account or just browse through dozens of links to page sketches, collage templates, photography tips and more. Check back often for the technique of the month. Get inspired in the idea gallery or check out the printables for page layouts and designs.
> > Scrapbook inspiration - Scrapbooksetc.com
Here’s a basic site to walk you through the scrapbooking process. Take your materials and begin putting them into scrapbooks of your own. Get some inspiration as to what you want your book to look like, or is it a gift for someone else? This site provides a great outline to get your started on your project.
> > Getting started scrapbooking – http://www1.american.edu/IRVINE/schoch/howto.html
At Scrapbook Ideas you can get advice and inspiration from a lifelong scrapbooker. Jess Gordon shares the love she has for scrapbooking that began with a scrapbook her grandmother gave her when she was a little girl. She blogs and scrapbooks to help preserve the changes and phases of life. Through her posts you’ll be inspired to be creative with your own scrapbooking.
> > Advice from a lifetime scrapbooker – http://scrapbookideas.wordpress.com/paper-digi-hybrid-101/traditional-scrapbooking-101
Carolyn Gordon has a passtion to help people preserve their memories through photo albums. She offers tips for creating great layouts for your scrapbook pages. Complete with pictures and theme ideas, her work will inspire you to be more creative. Follow her blog as she talks about her work as a Creative Memories consultant and as she writes about her personal scrapbooking projects.
Stephanie Medley-Rath is a socialogist who did her dissertation research about scrapbooking. She writes her blog and weekly shares from that research. She says your life is worth scrapbooking. Here you won’t necessarily find tips about papers and glues and glitter. But she does offer reviews of scrapbooking books and tips for saving money. You can sign up for her weekly newsletter as well.
> > Life worth scrapbooking – scrapworthylives.com
Who better to offer advice about scrapbooking than someone who has been creating her own pages for years. Vicki offers page suggestions and layout tips. She also provides links to great resources for all the supplies you need. With a goal of making it easy for beginners, she offers step by step guides and fills you in on all the scrapbooking terminology along the way.
> > Scrapbooking for all occasions – vickisscrapbookideas.com/