How to Make A Scrapbook

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How to Make a Scrapbook

This step-by-step guide will elaborate on how to make a scrapbook in easy steps for beginners.

First off, let’s talk briefly about scrapbooking and its definition.

Scrapbooking can be defined as preserving memories by arranging photos, a page title, journaling and embellishments in an attractive layout after which the completed page is then put into a scrapbook album for the family, loved ones and your own enjoyment.

Remember how you used to have fun making a scrapbook as a kid where you simply pasted photos on colored papers, stuck on your mementos and scribbled some wordings on? That’s scrapbooking in its early years.

Scrapbooking has evolved so much so that there’s a whole scrapbooking industry just to cater to scrapbookers. Now there are tons of acid-free papers, acid-free adhesives, acid-free embellishments and many scrapbooking supplies for you to choose from.

Each layout you created is called a scrapbooking layout or page, and a scrapbook is simply a collection of scrapbooking layouts or pages put together in an album.

To create a scrapbook album, you’ll have to start creating scrapbooking pages.

To begin scrapbooking, let’s check out the basic scrapbook essentials you’ll need for creating your first scrapbook pages.

Basic Supplies for Making a Scrapbook

Examples of scrapbook supplies
  • Cardstocks
    Solid-colored plain or textured, acid-free papers. Usually used as background papers and as photo mats.
  • Patterned Papers
    Acid-free papers with designs or prints. You can use them as photo mats, as background papers, as part of your page accents and such.
  • Scissors
    Crafts scissors or a pair of straight-cut scissors you can use to crop your photos and to cut down your papers to desired sizes. Sometimes, you want a pair that can see you through detailed cutting jobs and for this, I’m using the Cutter Bee Precision Scissors.
  • Adhesives
    Acid-free adhesives. There are liquid glue, glue-dots and glue-tapes.
  • Journaling Pen
    Pens used on your scrapbook layouts should preferably be pigment ink, acid-free, waterproof, fade proof and non-bleeding. Such pens are easily available at scrapbook stores or at the craft sections.
  • Scrapbook Album
    A scrapbook album is the “house” for your layouts. After completing each scrapbook layout, just slot it into one of the page protectors inside your scrapbooking album for protection and viewing. NOTE: Make sure your scrapbook album comes with page protectors. For the popular D-ring/three-ring scrapbook albums, the page protectors are normally sold separately. So be sure to check if you need to buy the page protectors separately.
  • Embellishments
    You’ll be amazed by the variety of embellishments available to the scrapbookers. From flowers, buttons, ribbons, fibers, sequins, tags to frames, it’s really an eye-popping experience shopping for embellishments. But keep in mind that embellishments are the “extras”.

Basic Steps to Making a Scrapbook

Armed with the above-mentioned basic supplies, let’s move on to the step-by-step guide on how to make a good scrapbook.

1) Brainstorm on a Theme

Making a scrapbook layout in process

Think about what you want your scrapbook to be about. Having a specific theme will help you to have a good idea of the kind of pages you’ll like to create. It also makes it easier when you purchase your scrapbook supplies as you can look out for items related to your theme.

There are many themes you can consider, for example, your grandson’s graduation album, your baby’s first year, your wedding and so on.

If you don’t have a theme in mind, that’s perfectly fine! Simply start off with a general album where everything you’ve made will go in here. Then after you’ve been scrapbooking for some time and have a good number of pages, you might want to sort the layouts into different albums. You can have an album for each individual family members or you can have different albums covering travel, holidays, birthdays, graduations, etc.

If you want to focus on creating a scrapbook about your own stories, check out this list of easy scrapbook ideas where the focus is on scrapbooking all about yourself.

2) List of Stories to Tell

For a specific theme, you might want to make a list of the little stories you want to tell or the memories you want to save. Have a big picture of the pages you want to create for your scrapbook.

For example, if you want to scrapbook about your baby’s first year, you could break down the scrapbook into 12 months, and for each month you can create pages about your baby’s developmental milestones or your favorite memories from that month, etc. You can dedicate a page to each month or a few pages to each month. It’s really up to you.

If you’re not working on a specific theme, you won’t have to think in terms of the whole album but rather the next page idea you want to work on. Still, you can make a list of topics you’ll want to scrapbook about and save this list. When you’re ready to scrapbook, you just pick an idea to work on.

To keep it even more loose and free-form, you can just scrapbook about whatever memory that makes you want to create a layout.

3) Photo Selections

Photo selection for a scrapbook layout

Select the photos you’ll like to go into your specific theme album. For the example on the baby’s first year I’ve used above, you can choose a few photos from each of the 12 months to scrapbook about.

If you don’t have a theme in mind, you can choose photos that can help you to tell the story you’ll like to scrapbook about. If it’s event or occasion specific, it’s easy as you just have to pick one or a couple of photos from that event or occasion for your layout.

But if it’s a memory or idea where you find yourself without any photos, you can still choose a photo that’s somehow related to the memory you want to save. Let’s say you meet your idol but didn’t manage to take a photo with that person. You can create a page documenting that memory by using a photo that you already have of them.

4) Placement of Page Elements

Example of placement of elements on a scrapbook layout

For specific themes, a good idea to try is to set a consistent layout design for all the pages for a unified look. By planning your theme page design in advance, it will save you time when you are creating your pages, help you to utilize your theme supplies more fully and give you a harmonious feel to the overall look of your scrapbook.

For a non-theme based scrapbook where you create each page whenever you feel like it, you can simply play around with the placement of elements and try to achieve an eye-pleasing arrangement for that particular layout.

Nevertheless, a little planning will save you from cropping the photos into the wrong sizes, or realizing you’ve run out of space for your journaling or committing to a layout design that doesn’t look right. So have a good idea of where your photos, title, journaling and embellishment should go before you start cropping and pasting.

If you want to save time and create attractive layouts even as a beginner, try using a scrapbook sketch when you’re creating a layout.

5) Crop, Mat & Adhere Your Photos

If cropping of photos is needed, make fade pencil markings on the back of the photos and then crop the photos to your desired sizes with your pair of scissors or paper trimmer.

OK, you can choose to mat or not mat your photos. Matting will make your photos stand out more, draw your eyes to the focal photo and add a pretty border around the photos. You can use cardstock, patterned paper, fabric and other materials as your photo mats.

If you’ve already planned out your placement of elements, you would know where your photos should go and the next step would be to adhere your cropped photos to your scrapbook page with acid-free adhesive.

6) Page Title

A page title can highlight or support the page theme or topic.

You can handwrite your page title, add swirls or creative extras to make your title into a decorative page topper. Stamped letters, sticker letters, stenciled letters are great as page titles too.

You can also create computer-generated titles. If you do anything with your computer and print it out to use on your page, you’re doing “hybrid scrapbooking”. You can use types/fonts to create beautiful titles for your page.

If you’re wondering about coming up with eye-catching page titles or need a little inspiration on what to write on your page, take a look at this ebook, 5,000 Scrapbook Titles & Quotes.

7) Journaling

Journaling for a scrapbook page

Journaling is important, It helps you to tell a good story. Photos are there to support your story. So do spend some time thinking about your words.

For your journaling, you can choose to add in names, dates, captions, lyrics, quotes, heartfelt letters and such.

You can either print out your journaling using computer fonts or handwrite them.

When I first started, most of my journaling was handwritten because I didn’t want to buy the ink refill for my printer. ;) Later on, I did experiment with computer fonts for a short period of time before I ran out of ink again. That was when I went back to handwriting my journaling.

So if you want to save money or add a more personal or whimsical touch, handwrite your journaling.

But in terms of readability, I would have to say that if you use classic type computer fonts such as Arial, Century Gothic, Times New Roman, Garamond, etc in your journaling text, it’s usually easier to read than handwriting. If you’re aiming for a clean and simple look to your pages, go for the classic font types in journaling.

8) Dressing Up with Embellishments

Examples of scrapbook embellishments

Embellishments can enhance your page as interesting decorative pieces. If you want to add dimension, glitz or texture to your page, try adding on an embellishment or two.

You can glue your embellishments, sew them or tie them with ribbons to your layout. It’s up to your imagination.

Try not to go overboard with embellishments though and don’t let them overshadow your story. Embellishments are the extra bits to your scrapbook page. It’s optional.

9) Protecting and Housing Your Layouts

After you’ve completed your page, it’s ready to go into one of the page protectors inside the scrapbook album you’ve chosen so your page is protected from getting torn, dusty or damaged.

Continue to create more pages to go into your scrapbook!

For more articles on scrapbooking for beginners, you can check out the basic elements that make up a scrapbooking layout and also look at how to create a layout from start to finish.

83 thoughts on “How to Make A Scrapbook”

    1. Hi Susan, I hope by browsing through the information on my scrapping website, it’ll give you enough information and ideas on how to start scrapbooking. Take your time, get some basic supplies together, and start scrapping away! It’ll be fun. :)

      1. Hi Fion, I want to studied more about how to make a scrapbook. The information I get from your website gives me more ideas to make a scrapbook, but I don’t know how to make scrapbook properly.

        1. Hi darksaber,

          Take a look on this page to find out the basic steps to creating a layout. You can also watch a video here to see how to put together a scrapbook layout. Then go gather some basic scrapbook supplies and try scrapbooking your first layout. Enjoy!

      1. Hi Deborah,

        If you would like to bind your scrapbook pages together, usually we would get a scrapbook album such as a 3-ring or D-ring album with page protectors where you can slot your completed layouts into them, in order for you to flip through the pages and view your scrapbook pages. An example of a 3-ring album.

        It’s common that you would have to get the page protectors separately. Here’s a popular one that goes with the binder shown above but note that these don’t come with the paper inserts:

  1. Thanks! Just what I needed to make a memorable gift for a great friend on her wedding day. I’ve never scrapbooked before and was anxious about being inspirational since my mind doesn’t really work in those ways. You’re my life-saver!

    1. Hi Soua,

      A scrapbook album would make such a meaningful, thoughtful and sweet wedding gift to your friend! I’m sure no matter how your scrapbook turns out to be, your friend would be very appreciative of your thoughts and efforts. All the best in your creation! Do visit this website again if you need more scrapbooking information and ideas. :)

  2. This is a very good website for people who haven’t made a scrapbook before, and I found it really easy to make one with these really easy steps to follow, and it gives you ideas as well on how to make a scrapbook. :)

    1. Hi Lilly,

      It’s great that you’re finding these how to start scrapbooking steps easy to follow! If you have friends or family who will like to learn scrapbooking, do let them know about this site! Happy scrapping!

  3. I am having a problem. I had received a scrapbook for X’mas gift and all the sleeves were torn away from the center binder. What can I do?

    1. Hi Elaine,

      It’s great that you’ve received a scrapbook album as a Christmas gift. I’m thinking what you’ve received might be a D-ring scrapbook album where you’ll have to open up the 3 rings inside the binder and insert the page protectors (plastic sleeves) onto the 3 opened up rings and then clip them close to hold the page protectors.

      You’ll have to create scrapbook pages and insert each layout into each of the page protectors. Each page protectors can hold two pages/layouts, front and back.

      There’s a video I’ve found where you can look at the different types of scrapbook albums and identify the one that you have on hand. Hope this helps!

  4. I’m trying to make a scrapbook of pictures of me and my girlfriend, and I really need ideas for this because honestly i have no idea what I’m doing lol.

    1. Hi Manny,

      It’s great that you’re trying to make a scrapbook of you and your girlfriend! Don’t worry about getting it “right” because it’s your scrapbook and you can choose to scrapbook the memories that mean something to you. For starters, you can take a look at my romantic scrapbook ideas and see if any of the ideas might work for you.

      If you want something less structured and random, you can try out smashbooking, a form of memory keeping that’s easier, less time-consuming and less costly, but with very fun results. It’s like a mishmash of journaling and scrapbooking. :)

  5. Hi, I need some help. I want to make my bestfriend a scrapbook for her birthday but I am not sure of how to put the pages together. Do I put them in a binder or photo album or is there a special type of book I should get?

    1. Hi Brittney,

      I still remember that when I first learned how to scrapbook, I also put together a very simple scrapbook as a birthday present for my best friend! Back then, I created several layouts using her favorite photos of us spending time together over the years. I also created a simple cover page. Then I slotted all the completed layouts into several 12″x12″ page protectors, and hold all the individual page protectors together by using ribbons to tie up the three holes by the side of the page protectors.

      There’s other ways to go about it too. You can get a scrapbook kit and create on the designer pages and decorate the pages using the embellishments that come with the kit. It can saves you time as all the coordinating work of papers, colors and embellishments are already done for you.

      Or you can create from scratch like I did. If you feel that 12″x12″ pages are too big, you can buy a 8″x8″ scrapbook and create individual scrapbook pages and slot them into the included page protectors. A scrapbook album usually comes with about 10 page protectors and you can fill it with 20 pages, front and back. Another size would be 8.5″x11″.

      You can also create a mini 6″x6″ scrapbook for your friend. A mini scrapbook is a great way to get started on scrapbooking as it’s smaller and so it’s easier to complete the scrapbook. Here’s a video that shows you how to create a mini album using cardstock.

      For ideas on creating layouts about friends, you can take a look at
      5 Friendship Scrapbook Page Layout Ideas
      5 Simple Scrapbook Layout Ideas on Friends

      If you’re looking for the basic supplies to get started on scrapbooking, check out these beginner supplies.

  6. Hi, I have to thank you, this has helped me so much! I want to to do ideas and inspiration in my scrapbook, but could you please show me how to lay it out? Many thanks. (:

    1. Hi Zainab,

      It’s good to know that you’ve found my scrapping information useful. I would encourage beginners who are at a loss on how to arrange elements on a layout to look at other people’s layouts for inspiration. Alternatively, a time-saving way to get ideas on arrangement different elements on a scrapbook page is to use a scrapbook sketch. You can read about scrapbook sketches here.

  7. Hi, I have been wanting to make a scrapbook for each of my girls to give them on their graduation day. Though they are still young, I want them to remember all of the fun they had, and things they learned throughout their years of school. I decided to make a scrapbook to catalog their journey through school. I gathered all of their pictures, and then I was stuck! I realized that I didn’t know what I was doing! Thank goodness I found this page! You saved the day!

    1. Hi Anani,

      It’s wonderful that you’re undertaking the task of creating a very meaningful scrapbook for each of your girls. I’m so glad that my scrapping information is helping you out! Have fun scrapping and I’m sure your daughters will cherish and treasure what you’ll be creating for them. Keepsakes. :)

  8. I am trying to find the best way to store newspaper articles in a scrapbook and wondered if there was anything on your website about this. I did a search, but didn’t find anything, maybe I am searching the wrong thing. Thanks!

    1. Hi Joyce,

      If you’re looking into storing newspaper articles in your scrapbook, there’s a few ways you can do so. Newspapers can be highly acidic so placing them directly onto your scrapbook pages is not advisable.

      You can see that newspaper usually turn yellowish around the edges or all around after a number of years and the newspapers can turn brittle. So letting them stay in your scrapbook might affect the scrapbook pages or even the entire scrapbook album.

      Here’s some options you can look into to safely include newspaper articles into your scrapbook album:

      1) Scan the newspaper articles and print out these onto acid-free, lignin-free paper, and use them in your scrapbook layouts. The advantages about scanning is that you can save the copy, enlarge and crop out the desired portion, or adjust the colors using a photo editing software.

      2) Photocopy the newspaper articles onto acid-free, lignin-free paper at home or bring them to your local photocopying center. Color photocopying allows you to achieve an almost exact replica of the newspaper clipping. Then you can use the copies in your scrapbook layouts.

      3) Get an acid neutralizing spray such as the EK Success 1-1/2-Ounce Archival Mist
      or the newer Krylon Make It Acid-Free! Spray, 6-Ounce
      and spray onto your newspaper clippings to preserve them. Mount the treated newspaper articles onto acid-free, lignin-free scrapbook paper, and store them inside page protectors.

  9. About the scrap book, I don’t have any photos like those, so can I put thing like a lead and it will tell a story too?

    1. Hi Rida,

      You can still scrapbook about a memory or an event without photos. You can tell the story with using journaling or something that’s related to your memory or event.

    1. Hi Jescyl,

      Sure, you can include your hobbies on your scrapbooking layouts. You can scrapbook to tell your favorite moments and stories. So feel free to share stories of your hobbies in your layouts. :)

  10. Hey Fion, I’m about to start my first scrapbook as a gift for our 1st anniversary (bf). I’m just a bit confused as to whether I can use different backgrounds (plain cardstock) for each collection of photos e.g. valentines pink/red, formal deep blue, or if i should stick to one colour e.g. black and use patterned paper or other colours as embellishments/frames.

    We have a variety of photos from different events over the past year that don’t match in colours except within their collections.

    Any help would be appreciated! Your site is filled with great tips for beginner scrapbookers :)

    1. Hi Anon,

      I’m glad to hear that you’re finding this site useful! I believe you’ll have a fulfilling time creating your first anniversary scrapbook and reliving those happy moments spent with your boyfriend!

      First, decide on a theme for your album, in your case it’s first year love anniversary. Next decide on the photos you’ll like to use from the past year events in your album. Each collection of photos from each event forms the basis of each of your scrapbook layouts. Each layout could be a single-paged or double-paged layout, depending on how many photos you’re using and how much you’ll be writing out your journaling.

      The two color schemes you’ve mentioned will both work. It’s up to your preference. You can choose a complementary colored background for each layout to make up a more colorful scrapbook album. In this case, look to each collection of photos and choose 3-4 complementary colors that you can use in your background paper, photo mats and embellishments for each layout.

      Alternatively, you can choose to use a single-colored background for example white cardstock for all your scrapbook pages in this album for a more consistent look. Then you can use other complementary colors in your photo mats or embellishments etc for each layout. Your theme and your white background would be the obvious unifying factors in this album.

      There’s also another option you can look into. You can get a scrapbook kit for couples and use this kit together with cardstock to scrapbook all your pages for this album you’re creating. Normally the patterned paper in a scrapbook kit would consist of a variety of colors that will likely to complement your photos. Using a scrapbook kit could save you time and help you to scrapbook faster and better as you don’t have to fuss over mix-matching your scrapbook paper as a scrapbook kit would have done it for you already. And using a kit would usually produce very nicely color-coordinated scrapbook pages.

      So ask yourself, which method do you like best? ;)

  11. Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for, you explain everything so well. I’m pregnant and really want to get into scrapbooking. I’m so excited to start!

    1. Hi Kara,

      I hope you’ll have lots of fun scrapping beautiful memories of your pregnancy and soon-to-arrive new baby! :)

  12. This website helps a lot for me, but how can I make a simple scrapbook page for our project? It’s all about the profiles of my friends and we have to make our own, creative scrapbook. Help please.

    1. Hi Krista,

      Since this is a school project, you can keep it simple by creating a simple scrapbook that’s made up of either single-paged or double-paged layouts for each of your friend’s profile. The number of pages will depend on how many profiles you’re creating. If there’s many profiles, keep it to single-paged layouts. If there’s only a number of profiles, you can consider doing double-paged layouts for each profile.

      You can decide on a standard set of information you’ll want to highlight for each of your friends. For example, for each layout, show a photo of your friend, then write them their name, date of birth, hobbies, their likes, their dislikes, your favorite memory of that friend, etc.

      When arranging the elements for each layout, you can choose a standard page arrangement to make things easier. However, even when using a standard page arrangement, all your layouts will look different because of the photos, the colors you’ll be using for your scrapbook paper and the way you dress up each layout. Have fun! :)

  13. I want to make a scrapbook with pictures and pieces of fabric of the quilts I have made for people. I have a picture of the people with the quilt. I am adding a description of the name of the quilt and how I made it. I’d like to include the fabric (2X2 inch) pieces of the colors I used in the quilt.I’d probably do 4-5 pieces of fabric. What’s the best way to attach the fabric to the pages?

    This is a scrapbook for me to remember all the quilts I’ve made and given away to family and friends.

    1. Hi Debbie,

      It’s a great idea to scrapbook about your passion. A scrapbook full of memories of the quilts you’ve made, the process and pieces of the fabrics, plus photos of people holding onto your quilts. Wonderful!

      There’s a few ways to attach fabric to your scrapbook pages. If you don’t mind sewing them onto your paper, you can do that. Another way is to find a good adhesive and glue on the fabric pieces. I’ve heard good reviews about the ATG gun which does a great job in sticking fabric to scrapbook paper. Then you can also look into buying pocket scrapbooking pages that can let you slot your fabric pieces into the pockets. Hope this helps! :)

  14. Hello!
    I’m a Broadway actor and I’d really love to make a scrapbook of the shows that I’ve been in. I have tickets, pictures and scripts/notes. The trouble is, I’m not sure how to put my (rather chunky) scripts into a scrapbook without it being ugly. Do I have to just use plastic pockets (which aren’t the prettiest things in the world) or is there something else I can try?

    1. Hi Jess,

      If you’re creating a scrapbook layout for each of your Broadway shows, you can consider adding a slot pocket on a scrapbook page using scrapbook paper, to hold your script/notes for that show. If your layout is 12″x12″, you can create a slot pocket that’s three-quarters of the scrapbook page, 9″x12″. Then you can decorate the front of the pocket with your photos, ticket and embellishments. For example, for each show, it can be a double-page scrapbook layout where the left page could feature your photos, and the right page could be your pocket page. This is just an idea. Hopefully, it’ll spark your imagination to create something to your liking.

      I hope you have fun creating a scrapbook that holds beautiful memories of your shows! :)

  15. Hello, I am supposed to create a scrapbook for school, but the thing is that I don’t know what I should based it on. Can you help me with some themes please?

    1. Hi Shana,

      For the scrapbook that you have to create for your school, are you free to choose the topics or does it have to be related to school? If you’re free to choose your own topic, there’s really plentiful of themes to choose from. Here’s a few themes to start you thinking about what you’ll like to scrapbook about:

      1. A travel scrapbook – various layouts on a recent holiday trip.
      2. A friendship scrapbook – about the fun activities or best moments you’ve shared together with friends.
      3. A School Year 2015 scrapbook – about the highlights of your last school year.
      4. Your Favorite Photos Scrapbook – a compilation of your favorite photos over the years.
      5. Your Hobby Scrapbook – various layouts about your favorite hobby.

  16. Hi thanks for the amazing page.
    Me and my sister want to make a scrapbook together but we’re not sure what to do it on. Can you help please?

    1. Hi Mayah,

      I believe it would be fun for you and your sister to create a scrapbook together. You can create a scrapbook about Sisterhood to celebrate the best memories you’ve shared together. In the scrapbook, create an About Me page for each of you. Then the rest of the layouts could be photos of the two of you together at different occasions. Talk about your close bond, about what each means to the other, about what it means to be sisters, etc.

      Another idea is to create an Our Family scrapbook where you can scrapbook about all the family members and some of your favorite moments together.

      Just pick a theme you can both do together and start scrapping! :)

  17. Thank you so much. I needed this for a project on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and this website holds everything I need. This is a great website, I’ll be sure to tell my friends about this.

  18. Hello Fion,
    I’m from Indonesian. I want to make a scrapbook for my girl friend. Your website very inspired me. This is a great website. Thank you so much :3

    1. Hi Arya,

      Thank you for letting me know that you found my website helpful! Have fun creating your first scrapbook for your girlfriend! :)

    1. Hi Hanis,

      Since your scrapbook is about your school trip, that already gives you a theme for your scrapbook. Your layouts in your scrapbook will focus on the school trip. You can create layouts about details of the trip (who/what/where/why/how), activities you’ve done on the trip, your favorite photos from the trip, your most memorable moments, what you’ve learned, fun photos you’ve taken with your classmates/schoolmates you’ve gone on the trip with, etc. Have fun scrapping! :)

  19. I want to make my 3 best friends scrapbooks for Christmas. I have known them for about 3 months and I want to make a scrapbook that they can keep adding bits and bobs to over the years. They will be Christmas presents for them and I want them to be something amazing.

    1. Hi Mollie,

      I think your best friends will be happy to receive your handmade gifts! Happy making these scrapbooks for your three best friends! Happy Holidays! :)

  20. I have a bunch of old photo albums, the kind that you put the photo in and it sticks. If I take everything apart and just leave the cardboard, can I use that to start a photo scrapbook?

    1. Hi Bianca,

      If you try to remove the photos from those old magnetic albums, there’s the risk that the photos might get torn and damaged.

      If you’re looking into removing all the pages in the albums and just leaving the album covers, I’m not sure about the materials being acid-free. Because it’s preferable to use acid-free materials when scrapbooking if you’re looking to preserve your scrapbook layouts and memories for many years.

  21. Hello! Thanks to this website, I got an idea to make my best friend a scrapbook on her bday but I only have one or two pics with her *that’s sad*, and she’s a big fan of kpop. Do you have any idea how should the scrapbook be?

    1. Hi e,

      You can create a smaller scrapbook, perhaps 8″x8″ and not all the pages have to have a photo. Since you know she’s a big fan of Kpop, you can create some pages about her favorite kpop artistes. You also scrapbook about your favorite moments with her. Add in photos of places you’ve been to together, the things you’ve done together. Or pages about what you like about her or what you appreciate about her. Hope these idea starters help! Have fun creating your gift! :)

    1. Hi Malik,

      I’m so happy to hear that you found my website helpful. Hope you have a great time putting together a scrapbook for your girlfriend! :)

    1. Hello Rinjani,

      For a school trip scrapbook, you already have a theme. Depending on whether you creating a single or several pages, some ideas could be: things you’ve seen on your trip, favorite memories of the trip, what you’ve learned from the trip, etc. These are just some ideas. Add in lovely photos you’ve taken during the school outing, some details and maybe a few of your thoughts, and you’re there. Happy scrapping!

    1. Hi Ronil,

      If you like to have a border around your layout, there are few ways to create a border for your page.

      You can cut down a piece of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper to 11″x11″ and paste it on top of a 12″x12″ paper to leave an inch of border on all four sides. You can use border sticker and adhere them on all four sides to create a patterned border. You can even doodle in your own border with a black pen to give it a more whimsical look.

      For more ideas on creating a page border, you can look at my article here. Enjoy scrapping!

  22. Help! My granddaughter’s wedding is on November 14th. Yesterday (November 7th) the maid of honor sent a text asking our family to each make individual scrapbook pages for the bride’s wedding scrapbook. I have never scrapbooked in my life! Can anyone give me some guidance about what you put in on a wedding scrapbook page for your first granddaughter? I only have 3 days!!!

    1. Hi Theresa,

      As it’s your first time making a scrapbook page, you might feel a little lost. With such a short time frame, it’ll help to keep the layout and design simple. Since it’s a scrapbook page that will go into the bride’s wedding scrapbook, as her grandmother, you can perhaps consider including a favorite photo you have taken together with the bride.

      For journaling ideas:
      – your well wishes for her
      – your awe at how grown up she is now and that she’ll be stepping into a new phase of life
      – some words of wisdom on marital bliss

      Whatever you choose to put in there, I believe your granddaughter would appreciate the loving kindness you’ve put into creating a scrapbook page for her. Hope this helps! :)

  23. Hi! I’m wanting to make a scrapbook about my family. I’m only in 6th grade, and I want it to be special! It would be a Christmas gift. Do you have any ideas?

    1. Hi Ella,

      It’s great that you’ve been thinking of creating a family scrapbook as a Christmas gift! It would make a very special gift for your family and I believe it would be an album that will be enjoyed and looked through. One idea is to create a Christmas scrapbook album where you would feature past Christmases you’ve spent together as a family. Another idea is to create pages about your family’s Christmas traditions. Please visit my 10 Fun Christmas Scrapbook Ideas for more inspiration. Have fun scrapping! :)

  24. This was amazing way to help me, i’m doing a school project and you have a great way of explaining things! Many Thanks!😁

    1. Hi Alissa,

      I’ve overlooked your comment. Sorry! If you want to make a scrapbook out of construction paper, you can do that. Just that these paper aren’t of archival quality so they might not last for very long and the paper might affect your photos in the long run, so you don’t want to be using your precious old photos that don’t have backup copies with these paper. But if you are just doing a quick project that you don’t intend to keep for the future or want to try out scrapbooking, I think you can just use construction paper. The steps on making a scrapbook page using construction paper is the same as using scrapbook paper.

  25. Any idea where I can purchase a 24″ x 24″ leather bound scrapbook or photo album in Canada? I am trying to replace a very old large album.

    1. Hi BB,

      That’s a very large-size scrapbook album you’re looking for and I don’t remember coming across such a size before. I’ve tried searching but the biggest size I’ve seen so far is 12-inch by 15-inch album size. There are art portfolios that are sized bigger but even these are like 18″x24″ and these aren’t leather bound. Are the layouts within your album sized at 24″x24″? If the layouts are smaller in size, perhaps they can be store in a smaller sized album? I hope you have better luck searching for the large sized album!

  26. Hi Fion, I need some help. I want to make my bestfriend a scrapbook for her birthday but I am not sure of how to put the pages together. Do I put them in a binder or photo album or is there a special type of book I should get?

    1. Hi Robert,

      It’s great that you’re thinking of making a scrapbook as a birthday gift for your best friend! Well, when it comes to putting together the pages, there are a few options you can check out to see which one will suit your preferences and the style you’re aiming for:

      1) D-ring Binder: Also known as the 3-ring album, this popular option lets you add or rearrange pages quickly which makes it a cinch to use. You can use clear plastic sleeves to slide in your decorated pages and you’ll highly likely have to buy these page protectors separately. This choice provides flexibility and allows you to expand your scrapbook over time.

      Postbound album: This is the more traditional one that comes with plastic sleeves and it’s a rather convenient way for keeping your pages in the album. Simply slot your completed pages into the provided sleeves which will help to protect them from dust and potential damage. But do keep in mind that it might become a hassle to remove the posts should you want to rearrange the pages, and there are limited sleeves that can fit into such an album.

      Spiral-bound book: If you like the classic book style and want to create something truly personalized, this is the one for you. You will have the chance to decorate the book hardcover too. Make sure to get one with sturdy, durable pages that will last. You create layouts by adhering photos and embellishments and writing on the inner pages directly.

      Regardless of the style of album that you choose, I’m sure your best friend would be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful and meaningful gift from you, and it’ll be a memory keepsake she’ll cherish for years to come.

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