We’re all digital-lovers these days, myself included, but it does sadden me slightly. I love film photography.
There’s an off-putting perception that taking photos the old-fashioned way is pricey but film can be cheap—my family/fella often spot 35mm film in £1 shops and are trained to pounce. For processing I often use Truprint‘s mail-order service, starting at £5 a roll (having some patience can halve the processing costs you’ll find in your local shop!).
Though we occasionally all have photographs printed I’d guess that (like myself) you have boxes full of snaps, likely long-neglected and hidden under the bed. Now the nights are dark and damp it’s the perfect time to indulge in some classic cutting and sticking!
I’ve been scrapbooking since my art GCSE days, when gathering inspiration was often my favourite part of a project (I’m talking about you, soil painting). Last summer I got back into it when I made a little book compiling photos, tickets, business cards, etc. after our Italy trip.
Recently, I like a more simple style—I’m making a book of my favourite film camera snaps and the ‘tidy’ style seems to nicely exaggerate the faded saturation and graininess of the photos.
Scrapbooking is such a fun way to pass an evening: it requires minimal attention (e.g. can be done while watching Homeland), costs next to nothing and is impossible to get ‘wrong’.
So, what do you need?
- Scrapbooks (both of mine above are from Paperchase)
- Glue dots
- Things to stick! Photos, receipts, magazine tear-outs, drawings, etc.
- Scissors (you can always just tear)
- Sharpie marker pens or label maker: I personally prefer a retro-style label embosser!
- Washi tape, stickers and other embellishments