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Instructional Videos


ABC's of Scrapbooking

Album -- Blank book used to store photographs and scrapbook pages.
Analogous Colors -- Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.
Archival -- Term used to describe a product or technique used in preserving artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and other items.

Basic Templates -- Templates in basic shapes, such as circles, squares, ovals, etc.
Blending Pencil -- Tool used to blend colored pencils to create different shades of a color.
Buffered -- Word used to describe products capable of maintaining the core of a solution. For example, buffered paper prevents acid from moving from a photograph to paper.

Calligraphy -- Formal, old-fashioned lettering.
Cardstock -- Thick, sturdy paper available in a variety of weights.
CK OK (Creating Keepsakes Okay) -- Scrapbooking seal of approval. Items that have the CK OK are considered safe to use in scrapbooking.
Clip Art -- Art purchased in book or software form with pictures that can be applied to scrapbook pages.
Collage -- An artistic composition made of various materials (paper, cloth, wood, etc.) that are glued onto a surface.
Color Wheel -- Shows color relationships and placement. Corner-Edger Scissors -- Scissors that cut corners. Each pair creates four different types of corners.
Corrugated Paper -- Thick, wavy cardstock available in many colors.
Crop -- 1. To cut or trim a photograph. 2. A scrapbooking party hosted by an expert who shares techniques, products and information with the group.

Deacidification Spray -- Spray that neutralizes acid in newspaper clippings, certificates and other documents.
Decorative Scissors -- Scissors with a decorative pattern on the blade.
Die-Cut Designs -- Paper designs cut from die-cut machines. Paper is placed on the die and pressure is applied either by rolling or pressing down on the handle.
Double-Mount -- To place a photograph on two background papers.

Embellishment -- Any scrapbooking extra (stickers, die-cuts, punches, etc.) that enhance the pages.
Emboss -- To create a raised surface by applying heat or pressure.
Encapsulation -- A method of displaying three-dimensional memorabilia and protecting nearby items from acid contained in the memorabilia. Items are encased in stable plastics.

Fine and Chisel Pens -- This pen has a fine tip (0.5 mm) and a chisel tip (6.0 mm). The fine tip is good for lettering and it's extremely versatile.

Gel-Based Rollers -- Pens with pigment ink.
General Pattern Paper -- Paper with patterns (stripes, dots, plaids, etc.) that is made to be used for any occasion.
Gift Album -- A compilation of photographs and mementos created with a person or event in mind.

Handmade Paper -- Paper made by hand that is often rough and uneven in texture. There are flowers and leaves in the paper sometimes, which can add to the natural look.
Handmade Scraps -- Embellishments made from layered-looking die-cuts.
Heading -- The caption or title that explains the theme of a layout.

Idea Books -- Books usually about one aspect of scrapbooking. Some are written for particular themes (weddings, babies, pets, etc.) while others are devoted to a particular product (stickers, die-cuts, templates, etc.).

Journaling -- Any words you write in your book or on the scrapbook page, from titles and captions to long descriptions, poems or stories.
Journaling Templates -- Templates with space left for writing.



Layout -- The grouping of pages in your scrapbook that go together. Some layouts fit on one page, most fit on two and some are put on panoramic layouts.
Letter Templates -- Templates in the shape of letters of the alphabet.
Lignin -- A naturally occurring acid substance in wood that breaks down over time. Paper with lignin is not suitable for archival projects.

Memorabilia -- Certificates, documents and other items that tell a story. Memorabilia can include souvenirs from trips and mementos from special occasions or historical events.
Monochromatic Color Scheme -- Employs different values of the same color.
Mount -- To adhere a photograph, embellishment or other item to another piece of paper.
Muted Colors -- Subdued tints or shades of colors that tend to be more suitable for backgrounds.



Oval Croppers/Cutters -- Paper trimmers that cut paper and photographs into ovals.

Page Protectors -- Plastic sheets that display and protect pages.
Page Toppers -- Hand-drawn illustrated phrases in bright colors meant to be used as titles at the top of pages.
Paint Pens -- Pens with soft, brush-like tips. The amount of ink dispensed is controlled by the pressure that is applied to the tip.
Paper Trimmers -- Paper-cutting tools used by placing paper, lining it up on a grid and moving down a blade.
Pattern Paper -- Paper with designs repeated on the entire page.
Perforated Punches -- Shapes that the scrapbooker can use as embellishments on a page by punching out on the perforations.
pH Level -- Measurement that tells a scrapbooker how acidic or basic something is. For scrapbooking, you want to use products with a pH level of seven or above.
pH Testing Pen -- A pen used to test the acidity of paper. The pen mark changes colors, depending on the level of acid present.
Photo Corners -- Paper with adhesive on the back used to adhere photographs to a page on the corners. Used to adhere photos in scrapbooks and photo albums without applying adhesive directly to the photograph. Polypropylene, Polyethylene and Polyester -- Stable plastics that are safe for photographs.
Post-Bound Albums -- Albums that are held together with metal posts that run through the pages.
Pre-Embossed Paper -- Paper with a raised design. Some of it is thick, like cardstock, and some is vellum.
Product Swap -- A scrapbookers' swap meet where the host gathers up duplicates of products or tools that she/he doesn't use anymore. The guests also bring their unwanted scrapbooking items to trade.
Punch -- 1. A tool used to create small shapes. 2. the shapes created by the punches.
Puzzle Templates -- Templates in puzzle shapes.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chlorides) -- Because this substance is harmful to photographs, scrapbookers should avoid it and use products that are composed of polypropylene.



Red-Eye Pen -- Used to take red-eye out of flash photographs.
Reversible Adhesive -- An adhesive that can be undone.
Rubber Stamp -- A detailed, intricate design cut out of rubber and mounted on wood or foam. A design is made by applying color to the rubber and imprinting on paper.

Scroll and Brush Pens -- Pens that have one tip for coloring and one for writing.
Secondary Colors -- Colors created by blending primary colors. Orange, green and violet are the secondary colors created b mixing a combination of red, yellow and blue.
Shape Cutters -- Tools designed to cut shapes (ovals, circles, squares, etc.). The cutters can be adjusted to create different sizes of these shapes.
Spiral-Bound Books -- Albums that are secured with a metal or plastic spiral binding running up the side of the album.
Sticker -- An adhesive decorative accent ranging in size from a few centimeters across to a full page.
Strap-Binding Albums -- Albums secured with plastic straps that run through a holder directly on the pages and keep the book in place.

Tape Roller-- A device that distributes tape on the back of photographs and scrapbooking pages.
Template -- A stencil used to trace shapes onto scrapbook pages or photographs.
Tertiary Colors -- Also called intermediate colors, these are blends of primary and secondary colors. Colors such as red-orange and blue-green are tertiary colors.
Theme -- The overall emphasis of a page or scrapbook.
Theme Album -- A scrapbook devoted to one idea. Some popular them albums focus on birthdays, weddings and school days.
Title Sheets -- Pages with a variety of premade titles. They are often used as the starting point for a section in a scrapbook.
Triad -- A group of three colors that form a triangle on the color wheel.



Vellum -- A lightweight, translucent paper.
Velveteen -- An archival paper with fabric-like, velvety texture.
Vivelle -- An archival paper with fabric-like texture similar to a terry-cloth towel.

Wax (or grease) Pencils -- Soft pencils designed for use on photographs.
Wide-Edge Scissors -- Decorative-edge scissors that make a cut that is five times deeper than normal scissors.
Workshop -- A class usually held at a scrapbooking store and taught by an expert. Participants bring photographs and pages to work on and get advice from the instructor.

Xyron Machine -- A machine that applies adhesive to pages and can also laminate.



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