If you are unsure of what ABC scrapbooking albums are, quite simply they are albums for anyone or any event that work similar to a school book. Each page is a different letter of the alphabet, in order from A to Z. ABC albums aren't meant to be just A-B-C in order with no real rhyme or reason, but they are supposed to center around a particular theme.
For example, suppose you wanted to make a baby ABC scrapbooking album. For the first page, you would have a phrase or words that start with A, such as "apple of our eye," "adorable," or "angel." You would decorate the page with embellishments or cutouts or other items that highlight these same words. If you used "apple of our eye," you would of course make it a red and apple green colored page, with apples or apple trees, along with a picture of your smiling baby. Your B page might have words and phrases such as "beautiful baby boy," "bath time" or "blessing from above." Your decorations could be anything that starts with a B, such as balls, bats, bells, bibs, and so on.
The real trick to ABC scrapbooking albums is that you want it to be obvious what you're doing with every page. The ABC order and the theme should be clear. For your pages, make sure you have several styles of the letter scattered throughout the page and on top of the elements and embellishments you are using so that it is obvious you are doing these letters in order.
Babies are not the only theme you can use for ABC albums. You can also do Christmas albums or other holidays, graduation albums, or albums that just have a certain someone's pictures. Usually you can find phrases, words, or elements to use that fit on every page. For instance, for weddings you could have announcements, aisle, altar, and arrangement, then bride, bouquet, best man, and so on. Each page simply needs to revolve around the next letter of the alphabet.
ABC scrapbooking albums make great gifts. Children love the idea of going through the alphabet on each page. Consider making an album for a child that lists all the people who love him from A to Z. For example, A is for Aunt Marge, B is for Betty and C is for Cousin Ann. Get creative with themes. How about a recipe ABC album for a bridal shower gift?
You can make ABC scrapbooking albums very simply if you just get creative with your words and phrases, and make sure to include that particular letter throughout the page. Mix up your lettering style from large block letters to script style. If you get stuck on certain letters, such as X, Q or Z, don't hesitate to cheat a little and check the dictionary, or take some creative license. X can be "x-tra special" or "x-cellent." After all, the entire point of any scrapbooking project is to be creative and whimsical.
Christine Perry is an avid scrapbooker and has over 10 years of scrapbooking experience. Her favorite scrapbooking subjects are her reluctant teenagers. She invites you to her website, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com/ for more on beginner scrapbooking and scrapbooking tags.
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