I’ve Been Bitten by the Scrapbooking Bug

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I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of all things creative. I like making something out of nothing, and when I see something I like, chances are I’ll try to make it before I decide to buy it. But scrapbooking is one of those things I’d just never tried. I guess I’m more into digital “scrapbooking”, thanks to Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Still, when Walmart offered me a chance to try my hand at it, I figured it would be one more project I could tick off my list.

I honestly wasn’t sure where to start. I’d need a blank scrapbook, obviously. But what else? Thankfully, Walmart has a great selection of scrapbooking supplies, in store and online. I forgot to take a photo in the aisle, but in addition to books in various sizes, there are tons of stickers and embellishments, glue, paper, stamps, scissors, glitter, die cutting machines and more. My plan was to make a scrapbook for my daughter related to gymnastics, since she’s getting ready to start classes at a new gym where she’ll be able to compete, so I grabbed some embellishments and accessories that I thought would work for that theme.

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I bought:

  • Glitter scrapbook, $10
  • Scrapbook paper, $5
  • Phrase card book, $3
  • Stickers and embellishments, $1-3
  • Glitter tape, $0.98
  • Angled glue stick, $2.97

To begin, I chose a photo for the slot on the cover.

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This particular scrapbook has plastic sheets where you slip in the pages you create. I choose a couple sheets of pretty paper and a couple more photos of my daughter and got to work. This is where you really get to exercise your creative muscles, because really, anything goes.

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I bought a book containing some phrase cards that I thought would be cool to include on some of the pages. Many were related to family and travel, but there were a few inspirational ones that I thought could work. I laid out the photos and phrase cards on the paper first, then added embellishments around them. I’m pretty stoked about the outcome. If you want to get even more creative with your scrapbooking, you could even create your own custom made die cuts. See a list of the best die cutting machines for those who wish to take their craft to the next level.

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My daughter hasn’t seen it yet, but I’m really excited to show it to her and let her add to it. This particular book style offers room to expand, so we can keep adding pages once all the sleeves are full.

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This is a pastime that I could really see us doing together, and I’m waiting patiently for some ribbons and medals to include. Now that we have all the basic supplies, it’s up to us to add whatever we’d like to it.

I dare say I may have been bitten by the scrapbooking bug. I like the idea of having a tangible way to hold and display all our memories. Lord knows I have enough photos to fill dozens. Now, I just have to find the time to do it…

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