Article: Scrapbooking Your Wedding Photographs

Scrapbooking is one of the most personal ways of presenting photographs in an album. It encourages self-expression, personal taste and your own inspiration to determine the style and theme of the scrapbook, rather than merely having pages and pages of printed photographs. Each picture invites the artist to decorate and embellish it according to their mood at the time and the events around the picture. And what makes this hobby unique is that every person presents even very similar photos in a completely novel, individual way.

Because your wedding day is all about you and your new partner, scrapbooking is the ideal way to relive the day and to celebrate the one-of-a-kind bond that the two of you share. Your scrapbook can be formal, classic, humorous, zany or fun. By portraying your pictures in this way, you and others who enjoy paging through your scrapbook will get a sense of your personality and your feelings on and around that big day. It is a far more accurate representation of your day than any other.

The scrapbook wedding album has a “storybook” look and feel to it. This means that the entire love story can be told in a systematic way without having to narrate it to everyone that looks at your photos (since it is conveyed in words and messages around the pictures). The beginning of the scrapbook should include “couple photos” from your dating period, followed by pictures of the engagement and engagement party, if you had one. Then, the bulk of the book will be filled with wedding pictures (including preparations, the ceremony and reception). These can be followed only by letters, emails and notes from friends and family, or can have an additional honeymoon section as the final part of this love story’s real beginning.

By including your own notes as well as notes and mementoes from the wedding day, this album becomes even more personal and meaningful. Your handwritten comments make each picture come alive. Use this opportunity to express your love for your partner and your excitement from the day. “My handsome groom” or “Look at that grin!” have far more effect on you and other viewers than simply labelling the photograph “Derrick”. In addition, including letters or emails from loved ones that could not make it includes them in a novel way. When you reflect on these photographs in years to come, you will no doubt remember that love and joy with a renewed intensity.

The theme of the scrapbook will echo the colours, textures, look and feel of your wedding day. However, the scrapbook obviously allows for more creativity and flexibility than the day did, so do not confine yourself to one or two patterns or colours only. Rather, use the theme of your wedding as a basis or foundation, and then elaborate on that with the use of extra items. For example, if you had a country-style wedding, it may have been characterised by fresh flowers and an elegant setting within a formal garden. Your scrapbook, however, can be full of buzzing bees, butterflies, grass and images of sunshine and prosperity; all things that are reminiscent of the countryside, but may have been inappropriate to include as wedding décor.

Digital photographs should be printed onto photographic paper and not normal paper as this will look more professional and will last longer. They should first be edited to eradicate red eyes, balance the contrast, crop excess background and so on.

To complete your scrapbook, you will need a large post-bound book or a formal scrapbook (usually available from arts and crafts stores), a sharp pair of scissors, photographs, cards, a fixed blade, letters, mementoes (napkins, place cards, etc...), acid-free paper, acid-free glue, a journal pen, an acid-free black marker, coloured pens and the embellishments that will go around each photo.