Make a Fashion Scrapbook

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Since getting back fro the UK and deciding that I only have one more week to enjoy those truly blissful times people call the holidays, my general functions have decreased so drastically that I now find it an effort to get up at least once in a week for 10.30am. Therefore I now think that any of my actions, including writing this paragraph, should be at the very least applauded. I digress.

After reminding myself that I am in fact doing Visual Arts, and it is required of me to put a level of commitment to the tasks we do pursue in our classes, I thought it was better to start out early, rather than late. So I decided to create a scrapbook, to push me in the direction I at least should be going. When it comes to scrapbook making, my usual routine is simply grab the glue and scissors, and go on a cut/glue rampage. Not a good look for me. Deciding that some kind of order should be established, I stuck to some simple steps.

Inspiration. Choosing my inspiration wasn’t hard- every fashion magazine trend spread nowadays seems to be based on the scrapbook, especially Elle and Vogue. So I took a look at my past issues (which I will never, God forbid, cut up) and decided that a simple trend will be easier to focus on than a whole season. Therefore, a quick scrutiny of Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest told me what I should be going for- still a un-researched topic, my scrapbook page was to be on the colour Purple for our elegantly chasse-ing winter season 2012/13.

Favourite pictures displaying the trend. Since my page was to be on fashion primarily, I did little to look for anything else than runway looks found in old issues of less valued magazines, as well as other publications, promotional lookbook’s etc. Having gone through the list (Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane… the list goes on, don’t you worry), the next step was simple. You might also want to pick out a title and a subtitle for your page, although the order when you place it is up to you.

Snippety snippety. Cutting out figures for scrapbook making can be a daunting task, as most publications require a thin white edge to make each figure standout. Try doing that with nail scissors. Other options include a square, an oval edge and others, although it is the white edge which is the most popular.

Organization. Nothing is more important than this stage, as I found out. Put the still unstuck pieces together, and fit them in a way you find not only pleasing to the eye, but also coherent and clear at the same time. You do not want to over-crowd the page with either pictures or text (although I think that the pictures should take up a tad more space), so feel free to take out some of the pictures completely. If you would like to include a direct illustration, you might also want to plan around it so that the illustration is the focus of the page.

Stickedy, stickedy. After you are happy with your layout, you can start glueing. For my scrapbook page, I though it was essential that I glue smaller background colours first, then the larger pictures, then the smallest pictures, as the glue usually dries quickly enough for you to feel bad when you make a mistake and you rip this seasons Prada coat in half.

Written content. Since most people prefer to put in more pictures, it also makes sense that the writing (which can be bent around the pictures) should go last. When describing a trend, make sure you explain why this is the colour of the season, as well as the best look to go with it. For me, the written content did not just end there- I decided since purple is going to be all over the public figure, why not add a Beauty Tip and a small Fashion Tip as well? This could break up the text in a way that would make the reader more interested in your content.

For me, these were the most important tips to follow when creating a fashion scrapbook. It is also worth mentioning that all customization of these tips is strongly advised- when creating my second summary of the S/S 2012 ‘Hyper- reality trend’, I also planned to use nail varnish to show just how glittery the season was. Past, present or future fashion can be a theme for your scrapbook, although it is best to focus on one aspect, rather than trying to grip the whole phenomenon.

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By Stylion

Writer, creative and explorer of all things Japan. Central Saint Martins graduate and fashion journalist for 1 Granary and Lampoon Magazine. Writing about all things fashion – from fashion weeks, food and technology to fake influencers, art exhibitions and cultures around the world.

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