The first Saturday of May, since 1994, is celebrated as National Scrapbook Day. Whether new to the art of creating these special memory savers or an old pro, this a great way to capture special events in both your life and the lives of those who mean the world to you! Here are some fun ways to enjoy the day.
Gather the gang together for a fun afternoon, evening, or even brunch scrapbooking filled event. You can have everyone bring their favorite supplies to share, perhaps make it a “leftover” day where those oddball bits and pieces of paper, extra stickers, duplicate stampers, and so on get shared and traded with one another. You can also reach out to a local craft store or consultant for companies like Stampin’ Up or Creative Memories to host a party, which can often be a great way to not only introduce friends to new products, but earn some goodies for yourself!
There are many online opportunities to check out as well, such as Hip Kit Club, that will give you the opportunity to be a part of a crop without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Check online, too, for local groups that get together. It’s a great way to meet folks with similar interests and enjoy being part of a social group. Stores like Michael’s and Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts will often host classes (sometimes free) at their locations.
Head on over to your local craft store or do some cruising online. There are lots of terrific suppliers out there, many offering the bonus of DIY videos and written tutorials. Check out Crafter’s Toy Box , Blue Moon Scrapbooking, Overstock, Scrapbooking Warehouse, and Scrapbook.com, for a wide range of materials and ideas.
The one thing that most scrapbookers will tell you is to make sure you stay organized. It’s very easy to have things go missing or become out of place when you are working, and let’s face it, some of us are better creatively when everything is everywhere, but after all the work is done, it really helps to keep it all in a special place. How detailed you get, that’s completely up to you. Otherwise, there are many great videos out there filled with great information. If your new to scrapbooking, want to create your own bling, find ways to save money, or get some good advice from Martha Stewart, you’ll find lots of terrific ways to grown your scrapbooking skills.
If you are interested in scrapbooking, but may not be as interested in all the paper, paste, glitter, ribbon, and other delights that go along with the physical aspect of the craft, a digital scrapbook may be your creative outlet of choice. Check out the Scrap FREE Scrapbooking, Mixbook, Smilebox, and Shutterfly, each with different tools and styles to help you make something one-of-a-kind.