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What is Scrapbooking and How to Create Your First Scrapbook?

Simply put, a scrapbook is a book in which anyone can keep letters, pictures, publications, or similar things that they may likely need or use as reference in the future. And the process of keeping these memorable things in a scrapbook is what is known as scrapbooking.

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Types of Scrapbooks

One of the first decisions you need to make when you start scrapbooking is what kind of scrapbook you want to use. This is because they are several different types of scrapbooks which include;

Post Bound Scrapbook Album

This is one of the most traditional types of scrapbook album. In this kind of album, when you open it, you'll find that it's held together by three posts, which screw apart to allow you to add more pages to your album. Each page protector holds your pages in place, and they come in different sizes.

D-Ring Scrapbook Album

D-ring scrapbook album comes in different sizes too and is very popular amongst all. With this scrapbook, one can use it to collect recipes from friends or during training. When you open it up, you will find that it's like the notebooks we had in school; only bigger and better. Plus, the D-Ring style of the scrapbook is not the type that has not one big page protector, but a page protector with lots of little pockets to put things in. Overall, D-Ring scrapbooking style is popular because there are several different types of scrapbooking brands that follow this kind of a format.

Smash Scrapbook Album

Smash is a brand name whose style of scrapbooking has earned it a position as a form of scrapbook. This form of scrapbook makes use of coordinated papers where you'll find pre-decorated designs, and all you'll have to do is fix your images. However, different brands have a similar kind of a look to this free-form style of scrapbooking.

Strap Hinge Scrapbook Albums

Probably the oldest form of scrapbooking is the strap hinge albums. It is called strap hinge because the album has plastic straps that hold the pages in place, and thread through little metal kind of staples. The hinge style is how this kind of album is held together. So, with that being said, let's have a look at how we can create our scrapbook album.

How to Make a Scrapbook Album?

Often, scrapbook albums measure at about 12 inches by 12 inches. Other times, you can find them in a wide array of various sizes, page number, styles, and colors. That's why you should add "refill pages" so that you'll be able to expand the album anytime you feel like. Plus, there are some items you'll need when making a scrapbook. So let's look at them.

What Tools Should You Use?

Tools Paper Cutter or Trimmer

This will be needed in case you want to trim or cut unequal proportions on the paper. For instance, scissors will be needed for cutting, as well as carving purposes. It's important for both the photo and paper on the scrapbook.

Pen or Marker

This will help in marking points for a correct measurement/dimension when placing the photos on the paper. Plus, you’ll need it when you’re about journaling on each photo.


The adhesive is needed to help the photos stick firmly to the paper album(scrapbook). You don't want to find random missing pictures from different pages of your scrapbook. Glues, gum or double-sided tapes would do the job.

What Materials to Use?

As you'd expect, you'll need a:

  1. one 12-inch by 12-inch square scrapbook album.

  2. Also a one 12-inch by 12-inch square scrapbook page

  3. Then a one 12-inch by 12-inch piece scrapbook paper. This isn't necessary; however; it makes up for a good background.

  4. You'll need to get patterns, card stock, white, and solid colors of your choice patterns.Four images of your choosing

  5. Although not necessary, you can have some stickers and other embellishments with you for more decoration.


Step #1 Pick Your Images

To get your four-squared page, pick the four photos of your choice and arrange them in the grid, 12-inch by 12-inch scrapbook page. You can choose to place the pictures in order of importance, or just about the way you want it. If you want to create a two-page spread, then you will have to pick more photos to fill the two pages. Once you've done that, move to the next step.

Step#2: Select the Main Photo

In most scrapbook albums, there is always that main photo that stands out of the rest. And you can do this by cropping or reprinting the main photo to be larger than the other three. Then in regards to the layout, the main photo could be on top, with the other three-lined beneath, or vice versa. Doing this adds more attractiveness to the album.

Step #3: Pick Your Desired Paper and Embellishments

After implementing the layout, you should choose the color of the paper based on the pigments found in the photo. Put differently, the color found in the photos should at least compliment the color of the paper you'll be using. For instance, if the photos were taken in an ocean when you went on a skating expedition with your friends, obviously the basic color in the photos will be sky or deep blue depending on the color of the water. So, the shade of your paper should be either navy blue, sky blue, or any kind of blue. If not blue, then any other color that compliments blue such as red, pale pink, yellow and so on. Also, ensure to use coordinated papers, as that will make the job of fixing the images a lot easier for you. Coordinated papers are more like mock-ups, which are predesigned to make things easier for those who want to use such a design. You will always find coordinated papers with layouts of your choice.

Step #4: Make a Background

Canvas is what you need to create a background on a scrapbook page. And they are two ways to do this. You can make a 12-inch by 12-inch environment using card stock and patterned paper. If you're not able to do that, you can make use of a 12-inch by 12-inch firm scrapbook paper sheet as the background of your photos. Either way, you're guaranteed a beautiful background.

Step #5 Double-Matting

If you can't crop or reprint your focal picture to be bigger than the rest, then double matting can help you achieve that. By double matting, it means adding an extra layer of frame around the focal image. So for instance, if your scrapbook page background was made with a stock blue paper; by adding a slightly bigger red color frame around the focal picture alone, will make the photo to stand out from the rest without the double matting. Below is an example of a double matted photo in a scrapbook page.

Step #6: Experiment

At this point, you should try out the layout in various forms. You can transfer the main picture's position from top or bottom to the center, left or right. Just try out different layouts until you arrive at the one you love the most. Once you're satisfied, using your adhesive, glue them onto the paper.

Step #7: Journaling

In the future, it would make more sense and invoke more emotions when you find these images with inscriptions you made underneath them years ago. Most iconic scrapbooks often have photos with brief descriptions on each one of them, perhaps defining what happened at that moment and so on. So, take the time to inscribe on the photos either through printed ink or handwritten.

Step #8: Stickers

Although not necessary, stickers can also add to the beauty of the page. Often, you'll find them at the topmost corner page, or bottom. So, you can give it a try if you want.

Step #9: Transfer

After doing all of the above, and your scrapbook page is ready, it'd be time for you to transfer it to your scrapbook album. However, depending on the kind of adhesive you used, it's ideal that you wait for at least an hour or two for it to dry up firmly. You want to avoid any picture from falling off during the transfer. Overall, scrapbooking is a great way to attract potential customers, and share special memories by displaying such photos in a page known as a scrapbook page. Plus, it can also add flair to your online store.


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