by Michelle Cardello
Nuptial-themed scrapbook albums don’t have to be made only for the wedded duo. Chances are high that many people would love a tangible reminder of the happy day.
These life changing, always memorable events are frequently the catalysts for nuptial-themed scrapbook albums. But true creative scrapbooking artisans have come to realize that only one wedding scrapbook might not be enough!
Here Comes the Bride… Her Dad… Your Cousin… The Neighbors…
Take a moment to consider how many people are in attendance at the typical wedding. Aside from the bride and groom, there are usually bridesmaids, groomsmen, attendants, flower girls and ring bearers. Add to that the plethora of family members and friends—fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, former roommates, school chums, grandparents—and you have a bounty of people for whom scrapbook albums would be perfect mementos.
Of course, this is great news to the professional scrapper who desires to make a partial living off her creative scrapbooking abilities, selling her innovative scrapbook albums by the dozen.
It’s also terrific for the recreational scrapbooking fan (and new bride!) who wants to test her skills at arranging wedding scrapbook albums as a “thank you” for everyone who attended her special day.
But no matter who is putting together the scrapbook (seasoned scrapper or newbie artist), it’s critical to have a plan in place before setting off on this exciting adventure. Otherwise, you could find yourself with tons of scrapbooking embellishments and few finished projects.
The Wedding (scrapbook album) Planner
The key to arranging phenomenal wedding scrapbook albums is to develop a strategy before ever lifting a gel pen or unpeeling a sticker. This game plan can be as intricate as you need. Some scrappers prefer to simply write down the names of recipients for whom they’d like to make albums and then jump right in to their work. For them, a simple list is enough of a guideline.
Other scrapbooking gurus prefer to establish a more comprehensive blueprint, describing their intended scrapbook albums in greater detail (e.g. including approximate number of pages, size of album, theme of album, anticipated scrapbook products.)
Regardless of your organizational style, once you’ve written down at least a general idea of how you want to create your wedding scrapbook albums, it’s time to check your scrapbook accessories. (Nothing’s worse than finding out you’ve run out of card stock in the middle of a fun project!)
Evaluate your inventory, then decide whether you need to purchase scrapbook supplies online or if you have enough items in your scrapbooking kit. If you’re unsure as to whether you need more, know that it’s always better to have a little too much.
Making Memories Come Alive Again
Your next step will be to sort applicable photos and nostalgic items for inclusion in the wedding scrapbook albums. Simple enough, but don’t breeze through the process.
For instance, if you’re creating an 8-page scrapbook for your six-year-old niece who served as your flower girl, you’ll want to create a very special scrapbook using photos of her (don’t forget about those silly candids that make such delightful creative scrapbooking items!) If you have dried flowers, pictures of flowers or even flower-themed scrapbook products, you could add them, too.
Taking this hypothetical creative scrapbooking scenario a step further, you could also choose card stock that mirrors the colors (and perhaps fabrics) of both your wedding and your flower girl’s dress. Remember—there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to arrange scrapbook albums, but they should have a strong sense of originality and personality.
I Do… Thank You
Once your scrapbook albums are completed, the method of transporting them is entirely up to you.
Sent in the mail to friends and relatives who took part in your marriage ceremony, wedding scrapbook albums make a lovely surprise. Of course, a face-to-face delivery is a powerful way to say, “Thanks for being a part of our marriage”, too.
In the end, your creative scrapbooking generosity will not go unnoticedArticle Search, and the thoughtful scrapbook albums you’ve produced will be treasured for generations to come.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michele Cardello, director of marketing and creative for Life Imprints, a creating scrapbooking supplies company in Cleveland, Ohio, has worked in the photo packaging industry for 10 years. Cardello helps customers find creative ways to preserve and appreciate a lifetime of memories. http://www.lifeimprints.com/