Going through a home improvement project is often an exciting time for homeowners. Many people want to have their dream homes but cannot afford them at the time they are ready to buy a house. They instead purchase a fixer upper, and decide later to renovate and improve the structure. Deciding to undertake a home improvement means moving closer to that dream home, and you may decide to commemorate the experience by recording the event in a scrapbook.

If you are interested in creating a scrapbook to record your home improvement project, consider following the steps outlined below.

Take Pictures Before, After and During the Project

The decision to scrapbook an event needs to be made well before the event even takes place. Though it is possible to put together after the fact, making a memory book of your home improvement would not be the same without before and after pictures of your home. Throughout the project, be sure to take photographs of the rooms in which you are working. If you are doing a kitchen remodel, remember to take shots at each stage of the improvement. Keep in mind what your final product will look like when taking pictures. If you want to create a scrapbook page about your new maple cabinets and granite countertop, you will want ample photos of the demolition and replacement.

Purchase Appropriate Scrapbook Supplies

Once the home improvement project is complete and all your pictures are taken, go through them to get an idea of how you want your scrapbook to look. Grouping photos together by page idea (e.g. bathroom, kitchen, counters, etc.) will help you know which scrapbook supplies you should shop for. You will need a 12×12 quality album that will allow you to add extra pages, should the included amount be insufficient. Papers of the same size should be chosen by coordinating colors in the paper to colors in the photos. There are a variety of stickers and other paper adornments that you can choose from that will greatly enhance your scrapbook pages. Colored fine tip pens made especially for scrapbooking will help you record memories alongside the photographs.

Assemble the Scrapbook

There is no right or wrong way to put a scrapbook together; it all comes down to personal preference and your individual creativity. Many people use scrapbooking tape to secure the paper directly onto the pages, then arranging their cropped photographs on top. Adorning the page with “extras” such as stickers and cutouts comes next. Most people leave lettering and writing on their pages as a last step. Be sure to write a rough draft on a piece of paper first, since you will want to use permanent pen directly on your pages.