You’ve spent hours scrapbooking, creating vivid, unforgettable pages. You slip them into the album pocket and – now what?
Do you stack the album on the shelves with the others, only to be opened when you go to a crop meet or have visitors? Or is there some way you can display your album pages so they can be enjoyed every day?
In fact, there are some creative ways you can display your scrapbooks and pages like the works of art they really are.
First, look at your album shelves. Can you clear a space wide enough to open up one of your albums? Standing an open album on the shelf will display two pages at once, and you can change the display simply by opening at two different pages or opening another album. You can add a simple ornament to complement the pages or a photo in a frame.
Another idea is to set up a special table to display your albums. You can have one album open and a few stacked nearby with a vase of flowers. This is a simple, elegant arrangement that places your albums close at hand for visitors to browse through and allows you to display your favorite pages.
Framing your favorite pages is another way to showcase your scrapbooking skills. You can hang a framed page over the table mentioned above, or create a wall display of framed pages.
Frame USA make beautiful wood frames for your 12 x 12 scrapbook pages. The Creativity Shop have molded, embellished frames in a range of colors and designs to suit any scrapbook theme. The frames come in sizes 12 x 12 and 12 x 24 so you can display two pages.
Wall Avenue has designed special frames for scrapbook pages that come with their own range of embellishments. The frames come in sizes 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 and in décor friendly shades of black, white and stone. The frames are available through Top Line Creations online store.
If you have a scanner, why not scan your pages and set up a photo album on the web where you can share your pages with other scrappers as well as family and friends? If you use 12 x 12 pages and only have an 8 x 10 scanner it may seem difficult, but in fact you can scan both halves of your large page and join them together in a photo editing program like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.
You could even set you own scrapbooking website or submit your pages to existing websites and magazines in scanned .jpg form. Just remember that some magazines will want you to send the original page at some time so they can scan and photograph it themselves.
Scrapbook pages are a work of art, so why not display an open album or a scrapbook page on an easel? You can buy a special scrapbook with its own easel for display, or get an easel from an art supply shop. Look around flea markets and home wares stores for easels used to display large plates as well. These can be very decorative and effective.
Whatever method you choose, think outside the scrapbook album, and you can find creative ways to enjoy your scrapbook pages.