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Have you ever been in this situation? You’ve found the perfect paper for your layout, and assembled a great collection of stickers but the lettering just isn’t working. Or maybe you’ve decided you really need three holly stickers to balance out your design, instead of just the two that you have in your sticker file. This normally means another trip to the scrapbook store and postponing the finishing of a page.

However, it doesn’t have to mean that anymore, thanks to the use of printables. Printables are scrapbooking accessories that can be directly printed from your computer to be used on your pages. There are a wide variety of printables that you can use in your scrapbooking layouts. Printables range from small decorative elements to full-page layout designs that just require you to place your pictures in, and every size in between.

Printables give you more control over your scrapbooking. If you need more design elements on a page, you can just print them out instead of having to run to the scrapbook store. You can print the same design on different colors of cardstock to create depth to your layout. Printables also allow you to keep a cohesive theme throughout the page. Often you can find matching lettering, patterned mats and design elements. This makes the scrapbooking process simple and easy, which in turn can save you a lot of time.

Printables are versatile. When you use a printables sheet, you can select to use each element on the page to give a cohesive look to the page. Or you can pick and choose from the provided mats, and mix them with other printables. Many printables sheet can also serve double duty for digital scrapbooking, which is a great option if you take part in both types of scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking printables are available from many different sources. There are a wide variety of free printables available online that can be found through Internet searches. You can also purchase printables packs from online retailers. For those of you who are more creative, you can even create printable elements using a program like Adobe Illustrator. If you have a scanner, you can also scan in elements from your scrapbook collection to duplicate. The possibilities are endless!

Using printables in your scrapbooking is extremely easy. If you use 8 X 12 albums, you can often find full-page layouts that you can print off on cardstock, attach your photos and instantly have a completed layout. For embellishment printables, you print out the sheets on heavy paper or cardstock and then cut out the elements and attach them to your page. Using lettering printables works in the same way. You can also try using your printable files with clear sticker paper for more ease of use. Make sure to use acid-free paper with all of your printables to protect your photos.

Printables can add a whole new dimension to your scrapbooking, and can help bridge the gap between digital scrapbooking and physical scrapbooking. They can give you more control over your layouts and give you endless options for customizing your designs. If you’re not using printables now, hopefully we’ve inspired you to make this versatile tool a part of your scrapping habit!

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Scrapbooking is fun. There is no question about it. It’s a fantastic way to protect your memories and at the same time explore your creative side. Listed below are some good tips and methods that I’ve acquired over the years that I hope could improve your scrapbooking experience.

Scrapbooking Packages. If you’re a beginner, packages are a good way to get started.  There is a extensive variety of them available at crafts stores. A lot of packages come with scrapbooking paper, die cuts, stickers and everything you need for a specific layout. Most scrapbooking kits create a page, although others can build a whole album. All you need to do is add the photographs. In either case, it’s a fantastic way to leap right in.

Baby Scrapbooks. One of the most popular kinds of scrapbook album is the infant book.  There are tons of embellishments available for infants: stickers, die cuts, paper, everything you need to put a book together in no time. Infants grow up fast, make sure you capture each minute in a scrapbooking album.

Lettering. If your intention is to have your letter stickers go on in a straight line, use a plastic ruler, make a fine line with a pencil.  Put your letters on the line and erase the pencil mark after your done. I like my letters crooked which lets my creativity fly and I don’t have to ever fear making a mistake.

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Rubber Stamps. Not long ago, I found the rubber stamp and now I have a large collection. One can use letter stamps to produce messages or simply stamp on a word that describes the page. It is possible to coordinate the color of your stamp to the shade of the page. One can purchase stamps in different shapes. One of my favorites is the dog paw print which I use all across the page to look like my dog walked across it. The choices are endless.

Organization. I could go on and on about this subject, but I’ll give just a couple of items that work for me. I use 3 ring binders to store many of my stickers and die cuts.  I use plastic pencil holders with zippers to store my bigger die cuts.  I use business card holder or baseball card holders to organize my stickers. I use accordion file holders to store my paper. I use fish tackle boxes to store pencils, pens and stickers. I arrange my photos in photograph boxes by date.

I find that often I need a little extra space when I’m putting a scrapbook together. I get out my ironing board and adjust it to the height of my desk and use it to keep things that I want within my reach.

Last but not least, my favorite tip.  I save the large 12 x 12 inch cardboard filler papers which come with scrapbooking hinged pages and page protectors. I use them as page layouts for each of my pages.  I layout all the pictures (trimmed), stickers, die cuts, etc, that I want to use on the page as if I was making the page and then stack the next cardboard page on top. This way I can lay out a number of pages, or a whole album before committing anything to the page. I find it much easier for me to put all the page ideas together and afterwards produce the actual album.

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