Even if you are just starting out scrapbooking techniques can add some pizazz to your pages with a few basic additions to your basic tool kit. Under each technique is a shopping list of items required. I keep my cardstock scraps in an inexpensive plastic pocket portfolio sorted by color, these scraps come in handy.
Beginner Technique #1: Mounting photos on cardstock this may seem like a basic step but it is one overlooked by many scrapbookers just starting out. It automatically makes your photos pop off the page for greater visibility. On average you want about Ό of cardstock visible beyond the edge of the photo.
Shopping list cardstock (which you probably already have scraps work fine)
Beginner Technique #2: Double mounting photos on cardstock This can really add some dimension and a new look to your photos. Mount first on one color and then again on a second color. On average you want about Ό of cardstock visible beyond the edge of the photo for each mount although the inner or outer layer may be adjusted to attain the look you want.
Beginner Technique #3: Ink edging on cardstock this technique can be used on cardstock mounted photos or an embellishment made from cardstock. The easiest way to do this is to get a Color Box fluid chalk inkpad often called a cats eye (due to its shape). To start get a couple of colors that compliment your favorite color palate. My favorite color is chestnut roan. It is very versatile and is the only cats eye I have a new back-up for at all times.
Beginner Technique #4: Paper tearing - this creates a completely different look from a straight cut. Pull the paper towards you to have the white edge of the torn paper visible.
Beginner Technique #5: Decorative scissors using scissors with a decorative cutting edge to cut paper or to cut around cardstock mounted photos can add a new look. If you dont already have these handy they can be purchased inexpensively at a chain craft store.
You can see by viewing these photos how a simple scrapbooking technique like matting or edging can change the entire look of a layout without taking a lot of extra time.