Learning From Scrapbooking Mistakes

Live and learn.

When it comes to scrapbooking, trial and error can often yield incredible results.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, right?

When I attempted to make my first scrapbook, I was clueless. The process was akin to driving backwards down the wrong side of the highway. I was ill-prepared and it showed.

The biggest mistake I made was not planning ahead. I waited until after the fact before deciding to piece together an entire book of memories. For me it was a vacation scrapbook, but I’ve seen others do the same with wedding memory albums. Overzealous brides, who don’t have a ton of experience scrapbooking, often make the mistake of designing a memory book with their formal portraits. Personally, I think this is a huge mistake unless you are using copies of the prints and not the originals, or if you employ photo corners rather than permanent adhesive. You never want to be put in a position where you can’t salvage photos if you decide you are dissatisfied with the look of a page design.

You are better off creating a scrapbook with non-professional photos taken by friends and family on your big day. These candid shots typically lend themselves to more interesting layouts. If you are concerned that the quality of the photos are not as good as the ones taken by a professional photographer, then use image editing software to crop or enhance the pictures you want to feature in your book.

It also pays to set aside mementos from your wedding day. I know from experience what a pain it is to scramble for memorabilia after the event is over. By planning ahead you will ensure that your wedding scrapbook is loaded with special mementos, such as an engagement announcement, wedding invitation, copy of gift registry, wedding program, monogramed napkins, reception place cards, flowers from your bouquet, and sample swatches from your wedding dress.

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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.