As I was having a bit of a sort out the other week, I came across my scrapbook, that I’m going to admit has been neglected for some time. I had planned to fill it a while back but things got in the way and that didn’t really come off. I decided last week that I WAS going to get back into scrapbooking and set it as a mission to carry on doing so.
It’s reminded me how much of a lovely past time it is to sit and stick printed memories that you can look back on whenever and in years to come. It does scare me that half of our lives (photo wise) are on our phones and if anything happened, they could all be gone. (well mine would anyway, I really should back it up shouldn’t I.) Anyhoo, I downloaded LALALAB. which seems to be the app that most scrapbookers use which is where the process starts. I’m not sure anyone should be taking advice from someone who just lays the prints out and hopes for the best but I suppose with scrapbooking, there really isn’t a right or wrong way to go about it, although I am planning on adding a few more bits to each page. You can really make it your own and get creative which I love, or in my case try and be creative. I thought I would share the easiest and cheapest way I have started to fill my scrapbook again for fellow scrapbookers or for anyone wanting to start one!
As mentioned, I use the app LALALAB. which is BRILLIANT. They have everything from photo books, wall art, to any size print your heart could desire, that would also make great gifts. I went for the ‘mini-vintage’ size prints as my scrapbook is fairly small and I love the polaroid effect and the whole going back in time theme that’s coming back, a bit like the old vinyl records.
These cost £0.35 each or you can order them in packs of 50 or even 100 photos! Which could perhaps come in handy for weddings or occasions I suppose. When you make an order, you receive a discount code to share, so if you fancy, you can get £5 off using my code PGLBCYT5 to save some coin and you can get quite a few prints worth! The other app I was looking at getting was FreePrints but they don’t have the range of print sizes and larger ones wouldn’t fit in my scrapbook which is a bloomin shame as I believe you get a certain amount free every month. I am really impressed with the quality of my prints from LALALAB however and they weren’t too expensive. You also have the option to add a caption to the prints which I did with a few of mine or even change the colour background and add a filter. I added black and white to a few of mine to add to the vintage feel. With your order you also get a little scratch card which you obviously, scratch that reveals a number that you put into the app which gives a prize such as a certain amount of free prints on your next order too! The delivery time from them was fast also and it’s super simple to do. (I’ve just realised this is sounding like a sponsored post so just to clear this isn’t, just wanted to share!)
My actual scrapbook is from Boots that cost £9.33 which has 40 sheets which should keep me going! They also have some other lovely designs too in store! In the back of the scrapbook it actually comes with lots of sticky dots on sheets which you can pop on the back of the photos and easily stick them down onto the paper which I thought was fab so your photos won’t slide around or come away over time. Or you of course could just use good old glue! Before I stick them down, I lay them down and play around with the layout until I’m happy, take a picture of it on my phone, (see what I mean) remove the photos and start sticking them down in that order. And that’s all there is really to it! I’m going to try and get some washi tape and maybe do a few doodles around the prints to finish it off. I’d love to know your ideas!
So far I have printed off a few photos from my holidays this summer, some of which you might have seen from my previous post on my week in Loch Lomond and some memories from this year so far. I now intend to continue to print as the year goes on and gradually fill it to look back on and keep now I have found a fairly cheap and easy way of doing it! Scrapbooks don’t always have to be about photos though, I think mines going to be a little bit of everything.
I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday – enjoy the rest of your week cherubs!
Do you scrapbook?