Personalized Memorabilia: The Bride’s Guide In Making A Scrapbook

Creating a scrapbook for your wedding means making a chronicle of people and events leading up to, during, and after your big day. Don’t go for a small format like 8 by 8 for something this important. Buy a good quality scrapbook, letter size or 12 by 12. This will not only give you room for larger pictures, you can also include a copy of documents such as your marriage certificate without covering the entire area. Make sure that you copy all the photographs first before you use any of them, and of course you can scan and print your documentation at any convenient size.

As you think about the pages, consider the questions your daughter would ask you about the wedding, even if you don’t have one. How long was the engagement? What was the ring like? When did you know that you were ready to get married? Where did the dress come from? Why did you choose it? How much did it cost? Think of all the details that you want to include. Your wedding photograph album has the official version, you scrapbook can be as honest as you want it to be. You can share little known tidbits about how his mother added certain bridesmaids, or how your mother didn’t like the wedding dress, or you can simply go with the best memories and ignore the ones that aren’t so great.  When it comes to your daughters turn, it may be useful to be able to show her what you went through.

If you are scrapbooking a parent, or grandparents wedding you might like to create some embellishments which have been artificially aged. For example, the pictures for my grandparents’ wedding are in black and white while my parents’ are in sepia. Both would look out of place when put against colorful backgrounds so it is bes to make your own background pages Find a relatively plain background paper you like and choose two two toning colors of Ranger Distress Inks. Using a mask, such as The Flourish from Tim Holtz, you can create an effect which will be in your chosen colors, but will look printed, and it’s much cheaper than using the ink in your computer printer!

Masks are great for wedding pages and are easy to handle. Just put the mask down on the scrapbooking paper – it is adhesive but completely repositionable. With a toning ink begin to dab around the mask using a sponge or blender. Tim Holtz masks are transparent which means that what you see is what you get.  As you color areas of the page with your distress inks, blending and shading as you go, the area under the mask remains the same. Your background can be as subtle or as striking as you like, depending on the colors you choose. Using a fine water spray you can spread and blend the distress ink colors creating one of the mottled paper designs you see in expensive collections, only this time you are in control and can choose the right colors for your photos and layout.  If you plan to put your photos in the middle, concentrate the ink effects towards the edge. It’s easy to shade top to bottom or right to left, when you are in control of the shading! You can use this technique as often as you like – let the ink dry, move the flourish mask and work with another color, or use a different mask entirely. You can create wonderful effects by using masks and stamps together, create delicate, shaded backgrounds and stamp on top in white or grey ink this time, or leave the mask in place and stamp over that. Touches of gleaming gold can create a luxurious effect, and of course you can always add that touch of transparent glitter!

Weddings are intensely personal, and while there are many beautiful wedding papers, tags, frames and scrapbook embellishments available to buy, nothing is quite the same as creating your own unique pages for your own family wedding.  Once the pictures and other items are added, you not only have a wedding scrapbook, you have a family heirloom, ready to tell your story to generations yet to come.