Choosing a Scrapbooking Magazine

Scrapbooking has become such a huge industry and it seems like every month there's a new scrapbooking magazine on the scene. So, how do you decide which magazine is worth your subscription?

It's important to do a little research before you subscribe to a magazine. Each magazine has different focus. Do you want to stay updated on the newest techniques and products? Are you looking for a magazine full of layout ideas? Want to find out all about digital scrapbooking? Are you looking for an electronic magazine or one that comes to your home mailbox? Making sure you have the right subscription will help ensure you get what you're looking for.

Here are some of the most popular scrapbooking magazines, and the ones we recommend.

Memory Makers Magazine
Memory Makers was one of the first scrapbooking publications. You'll find hundreds of ideas in each issue, complete with supplies lists and easy-to-follow instructions. Memory Makers features the ideas and stories of our readers around the world—people who believe in keeping scrapbooks and the tradition of the family photo historian alive. Memory Makers doe> a great job of indexing, which makes it easier to go back and find the layout that caught your eye.
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Scrapbooks Etc.
Scrapbooks, Etc. is published by Better Homes & Gardens and is a great publication for both beginner and experts. They have great product reviews on the latest tools and supplies, layouts ideas and sketches that are stunning, and a great balance between trendy and familiar techniques.

Simple Scrapbooks
Simple Scrapbooks is a great magazine for help with scrapping your photos and preserving your memories. Issues feature helpful tips from experts and reader pages. Especially ideal for the beginning scrapbooker - or scrapbookers who like to get a lot of nice-looking pages done, fast!

Paper Crafts
Paper Crafts Magazine focuses on general interest in paper crafting. Even if you are not interested in handmade cards, bags, and tags, this magazine can provide some very creative ideas for your scrapbook layouts. It really sparks creativity.

Creating Keepsakes
Each monthly issue of Creating Keepsakes is packed with hundreds of fresh scrapbook page ideas, tips and tricks, creative sketches for layouts, and really great feature articles. A great scrapbooking magazine for every skill level.

Scrapbooking & Beyond
Scrapbooking & Beyond is a unique new magazine geared for both the archival and creative scrapbooker. Learn how to create and display treasured keepsakes. New products and tips are features in every issue.

Before subscribing to any scrapbooking magazine:

  • Get a copy of a few different issues flip through them. You can usually find the latest issues of all of these scrapbook magazines at your local scrapbook, craft, or hobby store.
  • Take a look at the regular columns or sections to get an idea of the magazine's focus. Because the featured articles can change so frequently, don't avoid or choose a magazine simply based on one month's features.
  • Check out the magazine's to see what kind of skill level and scrapbook style they cater to.
  • Ask around to your fellow scrapbook artists - find out what magazines they like the best and why.

Once you've got your new magazine subscription, don't let all those great ideas get lost in the trash after reading. Check out our suggestions for organizing your scrapbooking magazine collection. These suggestions will help you make the most of your subscription and ensure you never suffer from scrapper's block again!

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