Scrapbooking: 10 Easy Steps to Get Started Now

Want to scrapbook? Here's everything you need to know to start saving your favorite memories and photos.

4. Share photos with family and friends. Send away any that don't have special appeal for you or your immediate family. Get rid of any double prints.

5. Decide which photos will be keepers. You might want to start out using some boxes to sort the pictures until you can see what you really have. Select photos that are important to you and that illustrate the story you want to tell.

6. Choose a photo album. You may also want to get some frames that hold several snapshots for display. Whatever you want to do, start small, but start.

7. Get creative. Remember, it is okay to cut photos for your album or display -- really! Use sharp scissors for a clean cut, and go for it. Cut hearts or stars or ovals or whatever your heart desires. Cut out the background and just position the people on a page. Include captions that describe what's happening on each photo. Set everything out and arrange -- and rearrange -- until you get it just the way you really like it.

8. Take a class. Consider signing up for a class in scrapbooking if you are looking for ideas or motivation.

9. Make it a family project. You may end up with photos that you like, but don't fit into any of your albums or displays. Get your family involved in creating their own photo albums with these, or with spare double-prints. Small children love to page through pictures of their families. Later these special photo albums can help ease homesickness when your child goes away to camp or college.

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