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Choosing The Perfect Scrapbook

by Isabelle Johnson

So you've decided that you want to start scrapbooking. You head to the craft store and eventually wander to the aisle(s) filled with scrapbook supplies. Obviously, the first thing you need to buy is the book itself. Then you realize something... you've never scrapbooked before... so what kind of book should you buy? No need to break out in a cold sweat or feel lightheaded in the craft store. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're shopping for your scrapbook.

You will find in your scrapbooking adventures that there are all shapes and sizes of scrapbooks. However, there are two general sizes that you will be able to find on a regular basis, the 12 x 12 inch books, and the 8-1/2 x 11 inch books. To make your experience a little easier, especially if you are a beginner, you will probably want to choose one of these sizes. The scrapbook paper that you will use to fill your book is commonly sold in these sizes. Because of the larger size, the 12 x 12 paper is more expensive. But on these pages, you can fit more photos and writing. It's your choice which book you want to use.

Many people like the 8-1/2 x 11 inch book because the inkjet printer in your home can print on that. Additionally, you can walk in any office supply or art store and find paper in this size without a problem. You may want to purchase a regular 3-ring binder to store your pages in while the book is in progress. With these thoughts in mind, it may be the best bet for beginners to start with an 8-1/2 x 11 book. After your initial experience, you can branch out a little more.

Other things to keep in mind when picking out your book. Try to avoid the spiral non-removable page scrapbook. With this format, you are unable to add additional pages or rearrange pages. When scrapbooking, you will find that you want to make changes often, so this book limits your ability to fix any mistakes.

To signup for 7 Great Scrapbooking Tips for free, check out http://www.scrapbooking-is-fun.info. Alternatively, check out the book "Creating Stunning Scrapbooks - 101 Handy Tips" at http://www.scrapbooking.learnheaps.com to learn more about scrapbooking.

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