The finished product! My first scrapbooking attempt.
I have always admired the creative pieces of work that friends come up with for scrapbooking and even bought a magazine on scrapbooking when I was in the States (heard it's a big trend there as well!). However, I have never quite got down to doing it. I had a complimentary slot for an introductory class at Paper Market
and embarked on my very first project in scrapbooking.
I have never attended a scrapbooking class before so I don't have a benchmark on what it should entail. I did think that the ones held at Paper Market are pretty good though there were some possible areas for improvement which I will share on later.
The teacher who is one of the retail staff, was very friendly. We started late as it was supposed to be a full class but a few pulled out at the last minute -_- The group size is just right at about 6/7 max (I think). We had just 4 of us this time around. She starts off by explaining what scrapbooking is all about and explains the different types of paper available and which is used for what purpose - very useful information!
She also does a bit of subtle selling for the store when she explains why the paper sold here is more expensive compared to places like Borders or Popular Bookstore. Scrapbooking projects are meant to last for a long time and if the wrong type of paper is used, you might land up ruining the photos. Most paper contain chemicals, the ones from Paper Market are all chemical free. So unlike regular paperbooks for example, which turn yellow after some time, the paper from Paper Market wouldn't and would maintain it's original coloring for years to come.
We were all asked to bring along 3-4 photos that we wanted to include in the project but landed up using only just one. She will advise on which photo is better and also give tips on the colors and designs of the paper to select based on the photo that you wish to include. Everyone is asked to pick out the main color of the photo (in my case it's blue) and 2 more colors in the photo - mine was pink and green. The main color of the photo determines the color of paper you should select that will complement the photo and allow it to stand out.
It was really fun browsing through the store selecting the paper. There were so many options, that I was spoilt for choice and couldn't decide which I wanted. The staff does guide and help you to select matching papers but basically, it's almost all up to you. We were allowed to pick 3 pieces of paper - one as a main backing, another for cut-outs and a final which was free play. We were given a free acid free glue (looks like and functions like correction tape), lettering stickers and access to the wide array of scrapbooking tools.
After we had selected our paper, we were shown the various cut-out stamps that we could use to make nice borders, edges, shapes and also given a demonstration on how to use the distress ink. Fun fun fun. We then proceeded to creating our artwork and I can tell you that scrapbooking though fun, is not easy! It involves a lot of creativity, you need to make choices on what you want to use and it's hard when there are so many options available. We were given an hour to scrapbook but advised not to stick it on until we had finalized the layout. We were then allowed to select a set of lettering stickers that would compliment and match our designed theme.
None of us completed our projects and were given clear stiff plastic bags to bring the materials home. As I didn't have any scrapbooking tools at home except for the complimentary glue, I had to ensure that I'd cut out all the shapes needed etc! Later at home, I spent quite a fair amount of time re-working on my project before it was finally completed!
I have to admit that it was very enjoyable and addictive. I have a soft spot for pretty paper and craft but if I decide to proceed further into scrapbooking, it is going to cost a lot of money as materials are expensive and also, I don't have a lot of space at home to store the projects.
The class was a good introduction and I think I gained quite a bit of tips on how to actually get started onto a project. The only downside was that it felt rather rushed and stressful due to time constraints. In fact, though we started late, we ended early so it wasn't a full 2.5 hours as stated and that was slightly disappointing. Also, the class is at the back of the shop which means that customers that are browsing for paper and materials can stand around. It's stressful having people peering over your shoulder watching at what you do. I didn't like that at all! It made me more nervous that I already was especially when I was trying to do some difficult cut-outs. -_-
be contemplating trying out another class or so. I'm not sure but we'll see. Maybe I'll compile a book of memories for us using special photos and it'll be something nice to look back at in time to come.( Collapse )