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How to Assemble a Scrapbook

Watch more Scrapbooking 101 videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to assemble a scrapbook in this Howcast arts and crafts video Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Shop for safe materials You've organized your material into layouts; now it's time to construct. The key is using adhesives, papers, and decorative elements that won't damage what you're trying to preserve. Shop for ones labeled acid-free, archival quality, photo-safe, and lignin-free. Step 2: Trim background paper Trim your background paper to the appropriate size for your layout. Tip A small precision knife will give you a cleaner, straighter line than scissors. Step 3: Check layout Make sure your layout will fit on your page or inside your page protector—if not, make the necessary adjustments to your layout. Step 4: Crop photos Crop photos if necessary. Step 5: Mat photos Mat the photos if you choose. Step 6: Arrange elements Arrange your elements on the background paper, shifting them around until they fit and are visually appealing. Step 7: Begin mounting Begin mounting the materials on the background paper in the arrangement you've just created, starting with the bottommost elements. If you have a custom-cut background for your picture, mount it first. Step 8: Mount picture Mount the picture next, then any printed captions, quotes, or titles. Step 9: Add decorations If you have decorative embellishments you plan to use on top or around the picture, mount them last. Tip Never use rubber cement, glue sticks, or "school" glues. Even if they're labeled acid-free, they don't work as well or last as long as other adhesives. Step 10: Let layout set Give your finished layout time to set. Step 11: Add captions or titles Add any handwritten captions or titles. Tip Practice writing on scrap paper first to ensure that the words will fit in the allotted space neatly and legibly. Step 12: Check your page Check your page for any loose elements before sliding it into the page protector or mounting it in the book. Congratulations—you're on your way! Did You Know? Mark Twain patented a "Self-Pasting Scrapbook" in 1872—by 1901, his line included 57 different designs.
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