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Scrapbooking for Two

by Jennifer Good

Scrapbooking For Two
When you need a more intimate or relationship-sparking activity for your date night, consider scrapbooking. Not only will you be recalling all your favorite moments of your past, but you'll be making something that signifies what your relationship means to the both of you. With today's quick and easy scrapbook kits, anyone can make something perfectly put together regardless of their "crafty" skills. Add up all the benefits, and you've got yourself a nearly ideal date night activity.

What You'll Need:
Note: Always pick archival safe products to avoid discoloration over time.

Scrapbook Album
Albums are typically available in three main sizes: 12x12, 8x8 or 6x6. For a quicker project, pick a smaller album size. Not only will it speed things up, but there will be less space on the page you'll need to fill. The smaller albums are also great if you don't have many pictures, as they usually only have room for one or two pictures per page. If you have a large amount of photos, especially if they are group together by events such as a wedding, consider a larger album that will give you room to place multiple pictures on the same page.

Your pictures are the main staple of your album! Get together around 15 to 50 favorite photos, depending on your album size. Don't worry about "having" to use all of the pictures. Consider trying to tell a story with your photos to help you select each one. For instance, you can journal a specific event such as a party or wedding, show a timeline of your relationship, or scrap about a vacation you went on together.

Your paper is your biggest accent piece, besides your actual photos. Select coordinated patterned and solid colors to give your scrapbook an overall theme or feel. Most stores that sell scrapbook supplies will carry "packs" of paper that will have a large selection of coordinated paper already put together. If you're doing a small album, still consider buying 12x12 paper because you can reuse the pieces you end up cutting off in other places in your album. For extra savings, check to see if your paper is double-sided.

There are so many adhesives for scrapbooking available, it can almost be overwhelming. Make sure you get a few glue sticks and mounting squares to raise some parts of your pages higher for a fun effect. All your glue should be archival safe. If you're feeling experimental, ask a store clerk to help you with some of their other adhesive products to find one that will meet your needs.

You'll need an archival safe black pen to journal any special memories or thoughts about the photos. If you don't like your penmanship, you can always print your journalling out instead. Markers make great accents for little doodles as well.

You can do a lot with just paper, pens and glue, but the real fun comes into play when you start exploring the world of embellishments. Just like the prepackaged, theme paper packs mentioned above, you can get embellishments at most major craft supply stores to match. If you want to branch out on your own, consider some of the following ideas: mementoes from past dates or outings, stamps, paper flowers, stickers, buttons, brads, ink, ribbon, rub ons, glitter glue, printed out quotes or fabric. If you're doing a theme album, stay on the look out for anything that might fit. To save money, consider browsing a thrift or dollar store for small items that may work. If you're not sure how to use something, ask someone at the store. More often than not they are happy to explain everything.

Tips For Planning Your Date

  • Make sure you have everything before your date night occurs.
  • Have some snacks and drinks ready, and an upbeat playlist playing in the background.
  • Choose which photos you want to use together.
  • For a fun, romantic twist, create a his perspective/her perspective journalling theme, where each of you write your thoughts about the moment being captured.
  • You may not finish your album in one sitting. Considering devoting one night a month until it's complete. This also gives you the opportunity to add in any new memories.

Alternative Date Idea
If you're not up to making something at home, many craft stores offer scrapbooking classes. Grab some photos and the basic supply list and let someone else teach you some really creative ways to preserve your memories.

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