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Expert Insights: Scrapbooking with Creative Memories Consultant Donna Vincenzino

April 25, 2013

by Michelle LaRowe
Editor in Chief

With over 12 years of being a Creative Memories consultant under her belt, Donna Vincenzino knows what it takes to capture and document family memories. From how to get started to how to keep it up, here’s what Donna Vincenzino had to say about the art of scrapbooking.

eNannySource: So a mom wants to start scrapbooking, what’s the first thing she needs to do?

Donna: Find a consultant or get a friend to join you.  I find when someone is working with you it’s easier to stay on track and finish the project.  Set out to make your scrapbooking time for you – a fun and social event.  While scrapbooking might seem hard at first, it will get easier as you get more pages done.  Just remember, the final album is so rewarding, not only to you but to others around you.  Albums are a one size fits all kind of gift. Start by printing your photos now.

eNannySource: Digital or paper? Why?

Donna: I prefer traditional scrapbooks.  To be able to touch the photos, paper and layouts is relaxing to me.  For families on the go, digital is faster.  If you are looking for great gifts for several people who attended a special event, like a wedding, birthday or vacation, digital is the way to go.

eNannySource: What’s the initial investment look like for each?

Donna:  For scrapbooking, well under $100. A Traditional Creative Memories Album size 12×12 runs $26.50. Pages are $19.00, page protectors $9.50, tape $9.50 and a pen to journal with is $4.00: $68.50. The 12 x 12 Picfolio Album has pockets to slide photos into and runs around $40.  Try to attend workshops in your area.  This will save you money because you can usually use all the great tools while there. Plus, you meet some nice people with the same goal: making memories for your family to share for a lifetime.

For digital scrapbooking, it can run $7 for basic downloads of designs.  The Storybook Creator 4.0 full DVD for PC is $30-$72. This does not include the price of printing the album.

eNannySource: What is the best way to keep current on your project?

Donna: Be sure to schedule time each month to keep up with your album.  This will save you a lot of time, as your memory will be fresh and you’ll recall the details you want to use to describe the photo or piece of memorabilia. Label and store all of your scrapbook supplies together for easy access.

eNannySource:  What are your top tips for storing and organizing photos?

Donna: Never be afraid to print and store labeled photos in a shoe box filer.  Write down and store notes with the photos that you would like to add when adding the photos to the album.

eNannySource: What should parents do with photos they don’t use?

Donna: You can keep only the good ones, but do keep extras on hand just in case your child might need them for a school project. You can also frame photos and display them around your home. But my personal favorite thing to do with “extra” photos is to make a photo card and send it to the person in the pictures.  This is always a good way to share your wonderful photos with others.

eNannySource: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Donna: Don’t let the time commitment scare you. Find a consultant to help you get started.  Some will even do your scrapbooking for you.  Always start with the current photos because they are fresh in your brain. The past years will already be a challenge and will be easier to complete once you get into the groove.  Scrapbooking does not have to be just photos, but can include special memorabilia, too.  Your pages do not have to be extra decorated to tell the story.  Being able to store your memories in an album will allow you to look back on and share the exciting times of your life.

To learn more about Creative Memories visit www.CreativeMemories.com and use the contact a consultant tool to find a consultant in your area.

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carol morast says:

I saw a wedding album that Donna was doing for my daughter last summer. It was such a great idea and she left room for pictures that others were taking. I know that Lyla really loved it and we all loved it as she was putting it together. Great job, Donna!! Your North Dakota ingenuity shows!!