Friday, February 1, 2008

Scrapbooking 101: Learn the Basics

You have taken the pictures. They turned out good -- focused, clear, centered, no heads were chopped off. You showed them to your friends, family, and colleagues. Now what?

Are you like most people who put them back in the envelope or into a box for storage to be rarely looked at again? Or are you among the lesser percentage who puts them into an album expecting them to remain as bright and vibrant as the day you picked them up? In reality, the box is a safer place for your beloved pictures than most photo albums sold today. Some of these albums are PVC-free, but most of them are not acid-free, lignin-free, nor buffered. The acid and lignin in photo albums causes pictures to yellow, become brittle, and degrade overtime. If you are among the growing majority of people who want to preserve your memories and have them to look back on and to share in the future, then you've come to the right place --

Today, scrapbooking is all about preserving your photographs, writing about them and enhancing them. For some, it is a way of connecting yesterday with today and the past with the future. For me, it is the most rewarding hobby I have ever done. There are no wrong answers as long as I strive to use archival quality products. If you do a two-page layout per week, you will have over 100 layouts done in a year! That adds up to a lot of events documented and preserved by you!

Once you have mastered the Basics of Scrapbooking....

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