HOW TO GET STARTED

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Scrap­book the now and or­ga­nize the past. You’ll get over­whelmed if you try to start baby books and your kids are al­ready in high school. Start from this year, buy photo-safe stor­age boxes and start or­ga­niz­ing pic­tures of years past chrono­log­i­cally.

Only use qual­ity, photo-safe prod­ucts. The pa­per, pens and tape you use on or near your pic­tures can even­tu­ally de­stroy an al­bum if they are not photo-safe. Look for acid-free and lignin-free prod­ucts. If it doesn’t say, don’t as­sume it is.

Fo­cus less on your em­bel­lish­ments and more on the mean­ing. You’re the fam­ily his­to­rian. Years from now, when your kids looks at their al­bums they’ll care less about the cool stick­ers you at­tached and more about the notes you wrote.

If you don’t like the idea of lots of tools and pa­per, think about go­ing dig­i­tal. Dig­i­tal books are all the rage and are in­cred­i­bly easy to make.

When in doubt, ask some­one at a scrap­book­ing store.

Anupy Singla

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