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of Scrapbooking

Creating Keepsakes

Encyclopedia Keepsakes
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When it comes to making the most of your memories, take a page from the Creating Keepsakes experts. Beginners and more experienced scrapbookers alike will turn to this hefty new reference guide time and time again for helpful insights and daily inspiration on tools, techniques, layouts - plus all the can't-miss tips you'd expect from The Scrapbooking Authority.


Scrapbooking Tools
and Techniques

Susan Pickering

Tools and techniques
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This guide to everything scrapbooking (for the uninitiated: decorating a photo album) will acquaint both novice and experienced creators with the astounding array of products and methods available to them...


The Amazing Page:
650 Scrapbook
Page Ideas

Memory Makers

Includes a CD-Rom of 75 printable page layout sketches...

Amazing page
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This book takes two of scrapbooking's bestselling topics--page idea galleries and page layout sketches--and combines them into one blockbuster book !

Impossible to circumvent !


How can we talk about styles in scrapbooking? Any attempt of classification is dangerous: there are no styles. There are a multitude of styles! In fact, each scrapbooker has its own recognizable technique and therefore defines its own style ... However, there are main trends and a lot of styles are scattered among them.

American Style

This is the style of the early days of scrapbooking. Remember that this creative hobby was born in the USA and reached Europe at the very early 2000s ... then necessarily it counts.

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The style known as "American" is a very heavy scrap (for US readers, no problem... I want to say that the page is loaded), with relatively few pictures (usually one per page), based on playing with papers of different textures, colors and designs. In this style, is used a lot of embellishments (see page embellishments ). The decor is very important for fitting of textures and colors ... The papers are always coordinated, with complementary or degraded colors.

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We love the American style because all the pages seem to be different : there is so much work on papers for the page backgrounds, so many embellishments that we always feel a great diversity.

Sometimes this style is too heavy, too much. The interest for the photo disappears because the accumulation of various decorations ... There who love ... The American origin of scrapbooking became evident as the U.S. things are rapidly becoming excessive !

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It is often because these excesses that some scrapbookers love this style and be identified on specialized sites.

Note that the cost of this become quickly prohibitive: By trying to load the page with embellishments, the bill from the embellishsement specialized store increase accordingly the number of all kinds of embellishments you order... 

The European style

Unlike the American style, European style is much more stripped.. The greatest importance is given to pictures which become the focus of the page.

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All the decoration is based on the selection of papers that must be consistent in tone, these papers are then "worked" with chalks, markers and pads.

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There are fewer embellishment - which is lowering the cost of the page - and creativity takes over to supplement the purchasing of stickers and other decorations from the trade.

The technique is to stage the photos by very simple ways such as cutting, gluing, mounting, framing and adding text and color. Cutting templates become indispensable tools in order to give some required regularity to the pages (TOGA).


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The European leader of commercial scrapbooking is AZZA whose concept defined in the early 2000s is conveyed by a team of animators, all passionate about photography and its highlighting and development.

These "home" facilitators accompany and guide you through your achievements, they will advise you on equipment and help you to choose according to your own project. Of course, these facilitators are custodians of the brand AZZA and sell its products.

In short, European-style decor emphasizes the photo. This photo is used in all its forms: cut or not. The cuts placed on the page create a movement that inspires, gives life. The very reduced and simple decor is does only to assert the picture Simplicity and denudation.


The free-style

freestyle : is used to describe an activity (often an individual sport), for which a member is free to choose his figures, style, or rules... (Wikipedia). It's exactly what appears to be in scrapbooking about the freestyle.



For what interests us, we can say that it is the key of freedom and freshness that is taken from the general rules of scrap. In a few words please :  
Let explode your creativity and let yourself go!

It starts with the use of non-standard dimensions ... Abandon the traditional 30x30 or even the A4! Innovate, invent new dimensions, new forms! Make mini-album, make round pages , domed-shaped, boat shaped... That it's a bit the freestyle!



Create your own paper! Feel free to use paint (preferably acrylic) and give brush strokes on your sheets following your inspiration! Use masks - purchased or better, made by yourself - toner gets on your sheets, match your own shapes and colors.

Use for embellishments, unusual materials to embellish your pages. Feel free to write your journaling "by hand". You write poorly? Too bad or good! The key is that you leave on the page a personal touch, your mark! Draw, decorate, do doodleling ... as in this last image ...



Freestyle is often confused with mixed-media.

As the name implies, mixed media is a mixture of techniques : paper, glue, acrylic paints, old pictures diverted, old buttons, plugs ... very close to the scrapbooking contrary to what some may think!