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Scrapbooking for Beginners!

 

Scrapbooking for Beginners!

 

When it comes to the arts & crafts/hobby world, there is one that has climbed the charts of popularity over the past few years. Scrapbooking calls out to a variety of people who, let’s face it, are truly sick and tired of cellphones clicking away, yet never producing PAPER copies of your grandchild’s photos. I realize that these electronic photos are simpler to use as backgrounds on laptops and backgrounds on the cellphones themselves, but they take away from the grandmother who wants to carry those PAPER copies in her purse to show off to others. But…I digress.

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Scrapbooking also appeals to all those out there who love to create and color, draw, and put together books on “topics” that are special to them. But, how do you begin that art of scrapbooking so that you can start making the perfect Christmas presents for everyone you love? That’s easy enough.

 

First, we talk about supplies. This is not an overly pricey hobby (although it can be for those who wish to go grand when it comes to weddings, etc.). For the basic scrapbook, supplies include: card stock and/or patterned paper, acid-free adhesive which could be tape or liquid, embellishments or stickers that coincide with the topic you choose, sharp scissors, your photos that you wish to include, page protectors, and the album, itself. Hobby Lobby is a fantastic store to find all kinds of these supplies.

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Now…how to choose a topic for your scrapbook? There are millions of topics you can go with. You just have to remember that the art of scrapbooking is basically telling a story to others, so think about the moments or events in your life that you would like to share. And you don’t have to “go big” when choosing your topic. Such as, you do not have to put together a huge scrapbook of your life with your mate. Start small: trips, moments or memories you wish to treasure, things like that. And if you find that telling a ‘story’ is too hard, just pick a specific theme such as, a kid’s graduation, a birthday, or even a pet scrapbook that’s all about your love for the four-legged creature in your life.

 

When it comes to the size of a scrapbook, the two most popular formats are 12”x12” and 8.5”x11”. There are so many varieties of albums and papers that are already cut to these sizes, but keep in mind that a twelve-by-twelve layout will give you more space to add text, stickers, and other embellishments to a page with a picture that’s already 8.5 x 11”.

 

There is also no law, by the way, that you have to “go big” in this area either. There are mini scrapbooking albums that are a whole lot of fun to use. All the way down to a 4” x 4”. There are also albums that are round, rectangular, triangular – you name it, they’re out there.

 

Now, it is time to choose those perfect photos of yours. For this step, try to remember that less is more. The scrapbooking pages themselves will be lovely, colorful and most likely will already come with embellishments, so there is no need to include every photo you have on hand. Take the absolute favorites so that your scrapbook will end up being 100% meaningful to you. Choose the photos with the best lighting and focus and add more than just the smiley-faced ones. In other words, when choosing to do a scrapbook of that new grandchild, include shots or drawn pictures of the little baby hands and feet, a shot of their first Christmas, their favorite toy, etc. But make sure to save photos for the next project.

 

Why? Because, just as it is with that precious grandchild, one scrapbook will never be enough!

 

Source:  GIG News

 

 

Christmas Style: The Past Still Wins by a Landslide

 

Christmas Style: The Past Still Wins by a Landslide

by Amy Lignor

 

family, traditions, holiday spirit, Christmas, memories, Santa Clause, Merry ChristmasTwas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

 

Even the words were prettier back then, wouldn’t you say? Yes, times change and always will. Yet, when you get to this time of year, it is amazing what you actually want to add as a tradition into your own family. This particular poem scribed by Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828), is one that enables all age groups to actually visualize everything in their imaginations as if it were all coming true the second the words are spoken.

 

There have been new things created over the centuries that were made to “fit” in with the holiday. And certainly there have been a ton of companies created that make Christmas their one and only business. But if you are looking at increasing your holiday “style,” perhaps you should start forward on your new path by…taking a walk into the past.

 

Let us begin with something extremely easy: Christmas cards. Parents will all say they never received a better Christmas card then the ones their little children made for them. Why is that? Because Hallmark may be lovely, and all these “virtual” greetings may be quick and easy to accomplish, but having a real card, made by a real hand, speaking their real emotions, makes it far nicer. It means someone took the time to really say what they meant. To begin, simply sit down at a table and create those old-fashioned handwritten cards for your friends and loved ones. Remember stationery? It still exists, and is still lovely decorated with holiday style. Make your “card” day a craft day, if you wish, and include the kids in the fun. Add personalized pictures to the card, perhaps, showing everyone how well the kids and/or dog is doing, and make sure to stick that seasonal stamp on the outside of the envelope before mailing. Not only have you done something fun, but it will mean far more to the person receiving it than any virtual greeting ever could.

 

It’s evening. The snow is falling (hopefully, lightly), and the fireplace is going, perhaps burning that seasonal pine that makes the house smell truly magnificent and as about as holiday-‘esque’ as it can get. Cocoa is always delicious at this time, but so is tea. There are so many teas on the market right now, you have a wealth of flavors to choose from. And it also allows you and the friends and family to just sit and enjoy that moment, making Christmas memories that are necessary to collect in order to get you through the more difficult days of the year.

 

There is no need to grab some Oreos to leave for Santa Claus. I’m sure he’ll like them. However, baking is not only a way to bring the family together, but it also produces a heck of a better cookie. Want some ideas? How about those gingerbread men that smell awesome when you take them out of the oven (and taste even better. This is one choice of homemade cookie that also allows you to delve into major decorating techniques that can be a whole lot of fun. There is also those homemade sugar cookies, as well as a list of old-time favorites that make your mouth water. They also make amazing gifts. Just bake what you wish, put into a Christmas holiday tin, and deliver. But remember to keep a few for yourself. And Santa, too, of course.

 

Garland is an issue with a lot of people. Although, why tinsel has become so hated in this world is odd. Seeing as that people decorate their homes with some pretty sparkly Christmas trees that range from electric purple to neon blue to a bright green that boggles the mind. So search for that beautiful tinsel that adds the shimmer and glow of new fallen snow to your tree this year. Or even string some popcorn and add it to the lights and family ornaments that you’ve collected over time. When it comes to décor, vintage works; especially when it comes to the tree. The more old-fashioned it looks, the lovelier it is.

 

If you have the option, go out with a group of friends and bring Christmas caroling back to the neighborhood. It really does spread holiday cheer. Everything from Jingle Bells to Rudolf will have kids cheering. And even the grumpiest of grouches will produce a smile.

 

In the end, going back to the past will only add style to your home and holiday in general. Bringing back the style and uniqueness of the past will most definitely add fun to your own household this holiday season.

 

There’s also a little poem/book you could read to the kids as you huddle around the fireplace next to the lovely Christmas tree. If you’re very quiet, you may just hear those glorious words announced from the rooftop as St. Nick proclaims…

 

“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”

 

Source:  Baret News