Making Scrapbooking Easy

My seven-year-old daughter has been scrapbooking since she was about four. When she first started helping me construct pages, she’d be in charge of placing stickers and stamps on various layouts. She also had a say in what photos to feature on the page and assisted by doodling on some of the journaling blocks.

However, now that she is older she can design her own layouts. Thankfully, I discovered sticky back scrapbook paper, so putting together an entire page design herself is not nearly as challenging any more. Even if you don’t have kids, most scrapbookers know how messy adhesive products can be. Working with self adhesive scrapbook paper is so much more convenient, especially if you are working with young children.

Sticky back paper is readily available online and at scrapbook supply shops. It comes in an array of shapes, colors, and sizes. You can also find self adhesive photo mats, as well as 8 1/2 x 11 sheets that you can use to print out clip art on your home computer. I also love working with self adhesive vellum. Given vellum’s transparent nature it’s often hard to find adhesives that don’t show through, but with the self adhesive version, even young kids can design layouts using the specialty paper without making a huge mess in the process.

In fact, it is possible to create an entire scrapbook using nothing but self adhesive paper and embellishments. In addition to sticky back traditional, cotton, and mulberry paper, you can also find self adhesive photo frames, colorful charms fitting for a variety of themed layouts, as well as self adhesive twill and letters to spice up page titles and journaling blocks. It really doesn’t get much more convenient.

Some may argue that self adhesive scrapbook products are not ideal for all layouts. However, if you are working with children or you are a beginner looking for ways to minimize dealing with messy glue and maximize the creative aspect of scrapbooking, then I would highly recommend experimenting with sticky back memory book embellishments.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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