Scrapbooking is a creative and fun hobby for many people, but it takes some planning and organization to start a scrapbooking project. If you are like most of my home organizing clients, you may have collections of photographs, school work, art work, certificates, travel brochures, ticket stubs, playbills and more that you and your family have collected over the years. You may want to create scrapbooks displaying these keepsake items, but you just don’t know where to begin. Here are some of my tips on how to prepare for scrapbooking your keepsakes.
Gather All Keepsakes in One Place
Search throughout your home and find all of the memorabilia that you might use in a scrapbooking project. These can often be found under beds, inside drawers, or in closets. Choose one location, preferably near the area where you will do the scrapbooking, and move all of those albums, boxes and piles to that space.
Set Up a Workspace
Set up a large surface such as a table or a desk, and add a comfortable chair (or additional chairs if you’re doing this with a friend or family member). Make sure there’s enough lighting by this workspace. Add a desk lamp to make it easier to see the details of your project.
Sort Keepsakes by Type and Size
Initially, just separate photographs from any types of paper. This process often involves removing photographs and certificates from frames, so they can be more easily sorted and categorized. If you have odd shaped or sized items that are too large to put in a scrapbook, gather those together to be organized and stored later.
Use Storage Products to Sort and Organize Your Keepsakes and Photos
You can use items such as a file box with labeled folders for sorting categories of paper memorabilia, or plastic or cardboard document cases and boxes in a variety of sizes, here are some products that I recommend.
Sort Keepsakes by Category
Further sort photos and paper keepsakes by category based on the topics you’d like to scrapbook. For example, you can sort them by child, or by occasion such as vacations or weddings. Place each category in a labeled folder, case, or box.
Shop for Scrapbooking Supplies
Once you know what occasions you want to scrapbook, you can shop for the scrapbooking paper, pages, stickers, stamps, etc.
Set Up Easily Accessible Storage for Your Scrapbooking Supplies
Scrapbook organizer carts, rolling drawer carts, storage caddies and small supply drawers are some storage products I recommend for organizing your scrapbooking supplies. Set these items up within reach of your workspace surface.
Schedule a Time to Work on Your Scrapbooking Project
Block out time in your calendar to work on this project. Find a time when you are well rested, focused, and free of distractions to start your project.
Begin Your Scrapbooking Project
With all of the storage supplies, scrapbooking supplies, photos and keepsakes now organized and in one space, and with a comfortable and bright workspace ready for you, you can now begin your projects and enjoy time being creative with your hobby.
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