Simple Scrapbooking Ideas for Beginners

If you’re new to scrapbooking, you’ll need lots of free and easy scrapbooking ideas to help you along! This website is here to help beginners get started on this addictive and rewarding hobby where you tell stories… using papers, photos, glue, words and your memories!

I still remember the first time I set foot into a scrapbook store years ago. Seeing rows and rows of beautiful patterned papers, and boxes and packages of pretty embellishments quickened my heartbeat! I left the store empty-handed not knowing where to start. It was a dizzying experience as my head exploded with new possibilities. My heart found a new purpose. I would learn how to scrapbook. And I did.

What I’ve come to understand is that, you don’t have to be an artistic person to create an attractive page. Anyone can scrapbook when armed with memories and some basic supplies. We all have the ability to create and so we are all creative in this sense. Start seeing yourself as a creative person. You can create attractive pages, and you will!

Let the storyteller in you emerge. Start opening your eyes to little details. Let your mostly ordinary, everyday life and the occasional special events, find their way into your scrapbook pages. Start recording your personal life stories. Document those stuff that really matter to you and make you who you are. Celebrate your life through scrapbooking. Play and have fun with papers, photos, glue and journaling.

Experiment, and don’t get overly concerned about making mistakes on your layout and ruining it. It happens, just like life happens. More importantly, enjoy the process of creation and capture bits and pieces of your fleeting memories.

You don’t have to scrapbook it all. You don’t even have to start from the beginning. Let go of such stressful expectations. Start from where you are right now. You get to choose the memories you want to scrapbook about. Discard the rest. Scrapbook when inspiration strikes or when you tell yourself, “I must save this memory!”

This way, you won’t fall behind and you’ll be guilt-free. You can breathe easy and know in your heart that it’s really doable. Even if you stopped scrapping for awhile and come back to it later, it’s okay because you can simply pick up from where you stopped by choosing a new memory to scrapbook. Easy.

Not sure where to start? How to do it? Want a step-by-step guide that shows you how to create your first scrapbook page? Use this website to learn the basics of scrapbooking and fiddle with the ideas and suggestions here. Feel free to scraplift my pages, as I too have been inspired by many other scrapbookers. I don’t create stunning pages, and I don’t come up with groundbreaking layouts, but you know what, that’s absolutely fine because I’m preserving my memories and in the midst of it if I created something pleasing, that’s enough. That’s a joy in itself.

It’s my hope that once you start scrapbooking, you will soon will create a pile of page-turning scrapbook pages and someday say to yourself, “Scrapooking makes me happy!”

Happy scrapping!

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  • Take a peek at the gallery to see some of my layouts.
  • Get inspired by 50 page ideas that make you focus on creating pages about… you.

15 comments for “Simple Scrapbooking Ideas for Beginners

  1. January 14, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Wow! This is great! I remember trying my hand at scrapbooking years ago and loved it but digital?! So cool. Thank you for this and keep up the good work!

    • Fion
      January 21, 2014 at 3:13 am

      Hi Andrea, digital scrapbooking can be lots of fun less the messes! And you can save money without having to splurge on too many scrapbook supplies. So even if you were to stop scrapping, you won’t be left with too many supplies on hand. Another pro of digi scrapping is that you can redo the parts that you feel you’ve messed up, kind of letting you more room for mistakes. :)

  2. Sandra Freeman
    January 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Can I buy a hard copy of your sketch books? If so, please send purchasing information.

    • Fion
      February 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Hi Sandra, thanks for your interest in my sketches. However, I only have them in the eBook format which is great to be saved to your computer for offline reading or to be printed out as your reference copy. With eBooks, people from all parts of the world can have immediate download after purchase, without shipping costs involved. :)

  3. Sandra R Saravia
    April 27, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I like it!!

  4. Melissa
    May 8, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I love that you don’t always use pics. Telling stories about your life is AWESOME. I wish I journal more, it’s great that you do. Just found your site, maybe some of your skills will rub off as I look through your site.

    • Fion
      May 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Hi Melissa,

      Please feel free to visit my site again for more scrapbooking ideas! You don’t always have to include photos of people or faces in your layouts. Sometimes, just a a photo of things, could help you tell your story on a scrapbook page. There’s different ways for you to express yourself and have your memories and stories documented on a scrapbook layout. Have fun scrapping!

  5. Amor
    July 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    It’s so fun learning especially when you put your heart into it.

  6. November 8, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Nice scrapbook. I like it. Can I buy a hard copy of your sketchbooks? If so, please send purchasing information.

    • Fion
      November 12, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Hi Sandra,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m afraid I don’t have hard copies of my sketchbook for sale. It’s only in digital format. :)

  7. Kae
    October 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I am new to scrapbooking and I’m so excited to start. Thank u for the tips and tricks to help me out a little bit. Have a wonderful day!!!!

    • Fion
      October 2, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Kae,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the tips! Happy scrapping! :)

  8. DogLuver123
    February 3, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Is there anyway you could tell me how I can make a scrapbook for my family? My Mother passed recently, and I wanted to make one to remember her by. Any advice?

    • Fion
      February 3, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Hi DogLuver123,

      I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Scrapbooking can be therapeutic and it offers a wonderful way to record down some beautiful memories. If you have not scrapbooked before, you can look at this article that illustrates how to make a scrapbook.

      To remember your late mother, your scrapbook could perhaps contain some pages that chronicle her life, and also include some highlights over her lifetime. It could also consist of pages of favorite memories that you and/or your family members have of her. Just go with whatever layout ideas that you feel best in helping you to create a scrapbook that holds meaning for you and will be flipped through over time with fondness.

      Hope this helps.

      • DogLuver123
        February 10, 2021 at 2:44 am

        Thanks! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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