No Fear! Getting Started at Scrapbooking & My First Scrapbook Album

Are you new to scrapbooking and afraid to start because you feel you will never be “good enough” or it looks too hard? When you are browsing your favourite scrapbooking blogs do you feel intimidated, like you could never be as good as what you see?


Well, everyone starts somewhere, and often where people start isn’t always of a professional standard.

I know that I have felt that, sometimes, and I have been scrapbooking for many years. I think this is a natural reaction for people to have. After all, there are always going to be someone out there that are better than you. But don’t let these feelings stop you from scrapbooking. No matter what your skill level, you can create a fantastic scrapbook album.

I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that you aren’t up to a professional standard, and that your next scrapbook page is not going to remembered for all eternity as the pinnacle of scrapbooking. But, it doesn’t mean that wont be. The only way you are going to get better is to practise, which means starting.

By starting you may surprise yourself. At the very least you’ll be left with a keepsake that you will treasure, as will those around you.

So just start!

Here is a video of the first album I ever made:

As you can see the pages are very simple. For a lot of pages I used two pieces of card stock, and maybe an embellishment or two. Often I didn’t even use letter stickers but wrote out my own title.

But while the pages are simple, I think there is a simple balance to them that don’t make them outright ugly. They are all the more precious to me because of the memories they contain to me of my family who live in America while I live in Australia. It is the first album that I have ever completed – finished many years since I started scrapbooking.

I can also see progression in my pages. I can see where I started using more paper and where I was starting to experiment.

The crazy thing is my next album that I created – I feel like it is miles ahead in skill than this one. I don’t know how, but I think by just finishing one album it opened something up in me where I could experiment more confidently and it is also where my personal style started to emerge. I think my second album allowed me to gain more confidence in what products suit my style, and that the products that I purchased were starting to be more “me” rather than simply theme based.

So get out there and start scrapbooking!

For those who are new, please let me know in the comments what is holding you back – I’m sure we’ll all help you try and get over your hang ups because scrapbooking is awesome.

For those old-hat scrappers, tell me about completing your first album. How long did it take, and what did you learn from finishing your first album! I’d love to know.




Great advice, what did I learn..I felt good when it was completed but now 15 years later I just want to redo it, thankfully they were for my kids so they are out of my hands and I can’t jump on that urge.

Carlie Hamilton

I guess I don’t want to forget how far I’ve come with scrapbooking, as well as remember the events that I have actually scrapbooked, so I don’t really have that urge to re-do. Plus, there is so much more I want to scrap, so I don’t have time to go backwards, only forwards!!


Great video, awesome memories. Ahhh… you make me want to scrapbook so much.

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