January: Let's Get Scrapbooking
"Oh I love the idea of making a scrapbook album... But I wouldn't know where to start."
Funnily enough, you have no idea how many times we hear those words. Well, this year, Crafter's Companion is going to inspire you to begin scrapbooking! By the end of 2017, you will have played with some gorgeous Crafter's Companion ranges and produced a fantastic keepsake, which will be treasured forever.
Excited to begin? Well, let's sort out a few essentials and let's get scrapbooking!
A Memory To Keep
However old or young we are, we all have memories that we want to preserve. It might be a special photograph or an important event. Possibly an everyday routine with a little tale to match. Something you want to record because it made you happy, proud or maybe even sad. That funny thing that happened when you were sweet sixteen. The Grandma you want your baby nephew to know. The way that your other half always brings you a cuppa in the morning just ahead of a busy day. Have we got you thinking? Scrapbooking helps you keep those memories safe for the future.
To Treasure Forever
It goes without saying that these things are important to you, so you want to make sure that your album is going to be valued in the future. Now, that is where the papers and embellishments come in - the part the crafter in you likes to get their hands on. Those 12 inch by 12 inch, limited run, designer papers with matching embellishments, stamps and dies. Making your scrapbook layouts with a range of quality products, means the pages in your album look special and important. Building up the layout with co-ordinating pieces creates an heirloom which will be kept and handed on. A scrapbook kit is a great place to start as all the matching has been done for you and there is often a layout for you to copy.
For Generations to Come
Before you create something so special that will be handed down from generation to generation, you need to know that it is going to last for a long time. Acid and lignin free papers and adhesives will ensure that your albums last longer. Using products which are not acid and lignin free, means the photographs can be destroyed and the papers used to make the layout can deteriorate. Looking out for words like "archival safe" and "photo safe" will ensure that your memories will stand the test of time. The Sara Signature Range paper pads and Crafter's Companion Adhesive Tape Runners are all acid and lignin free. Colall Photo Glue is completely safe for your snaps.
So, now you have your photo and your story, your scrapbook kit and adhesives. Paper trimmer in hand, you are ready to start!