Being organized before you start a project certainly does help in getting it right and takes out the frustration of getting half way through something and finding you don’t have everything you need.

The first thing you would generally have ready when starting to scrapbook is your photos. Have them printed and categorized into the pages you would like to do. I find having handy a text book and jotting down the tittle of the page, what photo’s I would like to use and a rough drawing of how I might like it to look. Making a note of the things you wish to journal about is very useful before you go to write on your paper permanently.

A good storage idea for storing your photo’s is a Photo box. They come with tabs inside for you to be able to categorize your images and have them in order for you to start scrap booking. It also keeps them nice and straight without bending or scratching them.

Choosing your paper does not need to be a long and painful decision. A good starting point is to look at the photo’s you are using and find a colour in that image
you might like to use. For example if someone is wearing a red shirt, you might like to start with a nice rich red piece of paper.

Go through your embellishments and select a few you might like to use then chose things that won’t take the focus away from your image. You can match colours, or go completely opposite; it is all about personal choice. You may end up with little bits and pieces all over the place, so purchasing a cheap box or container will keep them all together.

When you have selected your photo’s, paper, embellishments and you have a rough idea of what you want to journal and the layout you would like to try, just sit everything in place. It is a good way to see what your page is going to look like before you actually stick everything down. This allows you to change things, and get it all into prospective.

Before you know it you will have your very own page that you have created all on your own. Once you do more pages and take a look in the galleries here, you will see more styles and different ways of scrap booking, it doesn’t take very long for a beginner to turn into a pro, so take your time and have fun doing it.