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How to Make a Scrapbook

Updated on March 2, 2016
Front Cover of Scrapbook Album
Front Cover of Scrapbook Album | Source

Getting Started with Scrapbooking

Are you wondering how to make a scrapbook? This page covers the basics of creating an album, recommends a list of supplies and demonstrates how to assemble a simple layout.

Getting started can be confusing. There are so many choices and options. This hub page covers the basic, essential information that a newcomer to the scrapbook hobby needs to know.

Non-scrapbookers with an interest in learning more about this fascinating pastime will find much here as well.

Heritage Page (Cowboy Joe)

Scrapbook Heritage Layout
Scrapbook Heritage Layout | Source

Elegant Scrapbook Album at Amazon

Pioneer 12-Inch by 12-Inch Text Faux Suede Scrapbook, Family
Pioneer 12-Inch by 12-Inch Text Faux Suede Scrapbook, Family

This attractive, but simple scrapbook album is ideal for creating a family- themed scrapbook. Because its post bound, you can add additional pages and expand the spine to accommodate them. The suede finish gives it an elegant look.


Why People Scrapbook

There are a number of reasons why we scrapbook.

First and foremost, scrapbooking is a way of preserving memories. More than a photo album, a scrapbook contains memorabilia of all sorts -- photographs, keepsakes, letters, scraps of fabric of yarn, travel brochures, tickets, certificates, and more or less anything flat enough to incorporate in an album. Very importantly, scrapbooking contains jourhaling. We record our thoughts, feelings and memories in written form, to enhance the pictures and other items that go into a layout.

We scrapbook because we want to commemorate a special occasion such as a wedding, graduation or even a death. We scrapbook because we want to preserve heritage photographs and keepsakes for future generations. We scrapbook because we want to record the daily events in our lives --- and we scrapbook because it is a fun, joyous, creative activity that fulfills something in us.

We make scrapbooks dedicated to one theme -- perhaps a vacation, a retirement, our garden landscaping. We make scrapbooks containing miscellaneous layouts because sometimes there is a special event that doesn't warrant an entire book.

In short, there are no right and wrong ways about how to make a scrapbook. We do what inspires us at the moment.

There is one important thing to keep in mind, however. That is the need to use special, acid free or scrapbook friendly glues and other products. Products containing acid and lignon will rot out photographs over time. Therefore, if the album is intended to last for future generations, using the right products is critical. Scrapbook stores typically stock acid free products. Ask to be sure,

In short, this is what you will need:

  1. A scrapbook album or memory book in the size of your choice
  2. Cardstock in the color or colors of your choice
  3. Scissors
  4. A paper cutter (optional but recommended)
  5. Acid free adhesives
  6. Photographs as desired
  7. Scrapbook papers (optional but very nice to use)
  8. Embellishments as desired
  9. A pen or other tool for journaling

The video below covers the basic supplies that you need to get started.

Scrapbook Video Tutorial: Scrapbook Supplies

Layout in a Heritage Photo Album

Simple Scrapbook Layout
Simple Scrapbook Layout | Source

Creating a Scrapbook Layout

Knowing how to make a scrapbook means overcoming the hurdle of creating that first, challenging layout.

I remember all too well how it was when I first started. I asked the clerk in the scrapbook store to pick out my supplies and basically design my page for me. In time, I moved beyond that nervousness and began flexing my own scrapbooking wings.

The video below takes the newcomer through the steps of creating a simple but attractive scrapbook layout. I hope it helps you to see that there is no great magic to doing this. It's simply a matter of getting at it and doing it.

How to Make a Scrapbook Layout

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    • nightcats profile image

      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver

      Thanks Cindy! I made the videos with the thought that not everyone has access to a bunch of scrapbook stores the way I have..... so I kept it simple.

    • Cindy Lietz profile image

      Cindy Lietz 9 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

      I liked the videos nightcats... perfect for the beginner interested in scrapbooking. Simple easy to understand instructions without too many complicated supplies!