One of the best parts of buying a new house is changing it. As soon as we hear “offer accepted,” we start picking out paint colors, flooring choices, and maybe even talking about knocking down walls or new cabinets. It’s a lot of work to make a house a home and many of us don’t think about recording the process. But a house scrapbook is a fantastic way to remember the work you did and show how you’ve made it your own. Plus, it indirectly tells your story – as you change an office into a nursery perhaps or add-on to accommodate your aging parent – it becomes a log of your life. And, if you ever decided to sell, it’s a nice thing to show prospective buyers so they can see the work you have put in into the home.
Paper scrapbooking is very popular and the supplies are easy to find at any craft, fabric or “one-stop shop” stores. The materials and types of embellishments you use are almost limitless. If you need ideas or help getting started, Michael’s has projects and videos. A quick search on YouTube, Pinterest and even Google can give you more ideas than you could ever imagine. At the most basic level, you will need:
- A scrapbook album
- Acid-free paper
- Acid-free pens or markers
- Printed pictures
- Photo-safe glue
This would give you the simplest scrapbook. All you have to do is glue your pictures to the paper and add a caption underneath. When dry, add to your album. Anything beyond that is up to you and how much time and money you want to spend on this project. Paper scrapbooking can get very spendy and it’s easy to go overboard so a it’s good to have a budget going in.
The nice thing about a paper scrapbook is you can add things like paint swatches that show your color palette, a scrap of left over upholstery from those pillows you made, or maybe even a square of the old wallpaper you tore down. It’s not just about showing the future, but also a way to remember the house’s history.
The best thing about this is probably the fact that it’s free. When you start adding up the cost of paper, embellishments, pens, printing photos, etc., this is a lot more cost effective. And, it’s stored on your computer instead of taking up space on your shelf – not to mention the space taken up by all the supplies. It’s also great for those of us that were not blessed with ability to cut straight, or glue things without making a mess. And, you can download it as a PDF to print out if you would like a hard copy.
Cliptomize.com is a great choice because you don’t have to download software. It’s always a bit scary downloading software from unknown sites. However, it is a bit limited in what you get. Here’s a quick overview:
- You can start with a blank template or one of their pre-designed ones.
- Even if you start with pre-designed template, you can change the backgrounds as you wish.
- They have 10 font choices and the full range of text colors.
- Backgrounds are ALL you get. They don’t have frames you can add to your pictures, or embellishments like flowers or rhinestones.
- You get 100 MB of free storage space for photos. If you use it up, you can delete images without having them disappear from any scrapbooks they have been put into.
- They have simple photo editing such as rounding the edges, changing the hue of the colors, rotating the photo and cropping. But that’s about it.
If you print out your digital scrapbook, you can still add the paint swatches, fabric pieces or old wallpaper if you want to or scan these items in and add them to your digital book. If you are keeping yours strictly on the computer, remember to back it up often onto an external hard drive or USB so you don’t lose it if your computer crashes.
And don’t be afraid to try this just because you think you are not creative. There is no “good or bad” in scrapbooking. It’s just a way of preserving memories and, in this case, a way of showing how you made your house a home.
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