(Family Features) Looking for a new creative outlet or a way to preserve memories? Scrapbooking might be a great hobby for you, and you certainly wouldn't be alone. The Craft and Hobby Association reported in its 2010 Industry Statistics report that 18.4 million households participate in scrapbooking and the popularity of scrapbooking is growing.
With today's archival-quality supplies, scrapbook pages have the ability to last generations. Today's scrapbooks are not just for photos either. Many are used for art and memorabilia preservation. The growing interest in DIY and handcrafting projects is helping the hobby to reach younger generations, with beginner scrapbooking sets available even for tweens and children.
Not ready to try it on your own? Classes, workshops, and all-in-one album kits make it easy to jump in. Helpful online sources, such as www.spottedcanary.com, offer inspiration and instruction across a bevy of crafting interests. If you don't see yourself as a hobbyist, beware. Those that do become involved often become passionate about the hobby. A Volt Marketing study found that 78 percent of scrapbookers have space in their home dedicated to the craft.
"We subscribe to three tenets central to our business: Inspiration, Education and Innovation," says Kevin Fick, EKSuccess Brands president. "We promise to continue to provide consumers with new and innovative ways to express their creativity through the power of crafts."
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"Love Every Day" Layout
STEP 1: Cut a half of a sheet of the Today patterned paper and adhere to the top section of the cream cardstock backing.
STEP 2: Divide the lower section of the cardstock into 5 sections. Their width and length can vary. Determine the patterned paper for each section.
STEP 3: Stamp images on each piece of patterned paper to create a rich and textured pattern. Use a scrap piece of cardstock and a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you lay out the stamped images. Arrange on the cardstock and then adhere your finished design to the cardstock test piece for extra stability. Make sure to heat dry the pigment ink and emboss some of the stamped images.
STEP 4: Cut Dots and Roses Patterned paper in 1/2 inch strips and use as a border between the 5 sections of patterned paper.
STEP 5: Adhere gathered ribbon to the back of the 5 x 7 inch photo. Place on layout with 3D-Dots.
STEP 6: Embellish photo with string and the stamped charm "love."
STEP 7: Add title using chipboard letters. Don't be afraid to change chipboard letters to match your layout's color palette. Embossing letters, paint, pattern paper, or even glitter will help you achieve a perfect match.
STEP 8: Embellish butterflies with rhinestones and wire. Add texture to the layout with buttons.
STEP 9: Write journaling and add stickers for more texture. Attach to layout with an office clip.