Creating Your Own Scrapbook from Start to Finish, Part 2

In part 1 of this article, Designing Your Own Scrapbook from Start to Finish, I discussed how to pick a theme, how to make a list of stories and events to be shared, how to organize pictures and memorabilia to fit into categories of the different stories and events, how to select specific photos to use in your scrapbook, and how to purchase the necessary materials.

In this blog, I will continue to talk about creating your own scrapbook. This will include creating pre-made layouts, arranging layouts into actual pages for your album, assembling and storing the finish scrapbook album.

Let’s get started.

Phase 2: Scrapbook Pages

1. Scrapbook Page Layouts

Before cutting or altering your pictures and memorabilia, make sure backup copies are available, if possible. Your backups can be hard copies, digital, or both. Next, take some time to prepare a few layouts that appeal to you. These pre-planned layouts will save you a lot of time and money later.

Design your layouts by arranging the photos, memorabilia, embellishments, journal spaces, headings, and captions by trial and error until something appeals you. As previously mentioned, you will need to find a few (or as many as you want) different arrangements that work for you in order to add variety to your scrapbook.

Each time you find a layout that works, write down any important information to help you remember how to reproduce the layout again. For example, you may need any relevant dimensions for photos or other items you will be using for the layout. Also, take a picture of how the arrangement looks to use as a reference later.

2. Arranging Pages

Find the story/event you would like to share on the page and make sure you have the photos and memorabilia that go with the chosen story/event. Then, choose one of the layouts that you have already designed.

Using the notes and photos of the layout, put the pictures and memorabilia on the page. Feel free to adjust or tweak everything until it looks right to you.

At this point, you should have you pictures and memorabilia arranged in a lovely layout without having used any glue or scissors yet.

3. Cutting and Adhering

Once you are completely happy about your layout arrangement, begin to trim and adhere items to the page.

Here are some tips to help you along.

  • Before cutting anything down to a smaller size, mark the back of the items with a light pencil mark on the back. This can be used as a guideline which will help prevent mistakes.
  • Only use acid-free adhesives. This will prevent damage over time caused by the acid eating at the page and/or the item being glued down.
  • If you want to draw attention to a specific photo, create a border around it. This can be done by using paper, fabric, ribbon, precut photo mats, or anything else you can get creative with.

Note: Make sure that whatever you decide to use as a border will not cause damage to the picture or the page in the years to come.

4. Titles

Now, give your masterpiece a name. Your title needs to be descriptive, yet short enough to catch the attention of your audience. Don’t forget to add your title to your layout page. This can be done using pens, stamps, stickers, stencils, a computer and printer, or die cuts.

5. Captions and Journal Entries

Add captions to your photos. Captions include the who, what, where and when in as few words as possible. How does that tell a story, you might be asking? It doesn’t. Captions just present the facts. However, your journal entries will tell about all the details in the story/event.

Journal entries do not have to be long descriptions of what happened. They may also be anecdotes, quotes, poems, or lyrics.

A little word of advice before you start writing your journal entries, treat this like any other written piece. Write a rough draft so you can go back and make sure everything is included the way you want it and it is error-free.

Journal entries can be handwritten or printed with a printer and adhered to the page.

6. Embellishment

You have done a lot of hard work up to this point. It is now time to have some fun with embellishments. What are embellishments? I’m glad you asked.

Embellishing is simply dressing a page up so that it matches the tone of the story/event you are telling. Embellishments add texture, dimension, interest and bling to your scrapbook layout. You may use as little or as much as you would like.

So, gather your stickers, stamps, ribbons, fabric, cardstock paper, die cuts, pearl and jewel stickers and anything else you would like to use. Now, make the page your own and have fun!

Phase 3: Assembly and Storage

1. Page Protectors

To protect all the hard work you have done, put your completed scrapbook pages into page protectors. These are plastic sleeves made to protect your page from dust, dirt, fingerprints, coffee or anything else that could damage your hard work.

Like scrapbook albums, page protectors are sold in a variety of sizes and binding styles. Make absolute certain that you have the correct page protectors to fit into your chosen album. (This was discussed in more detail in part 1 of this article, Designing Your Own Scrapbook from Start to Finish.)

Page protectors may open from the top or the side and are available in a non-glare or a clear finish.

2. Assembling the Album

Scrapbook albums are designed to easily allow pages to be added or removed. As you are completing your stories/events in layouts, add them to your album. This will keep them safe from harm while you finish the rest of your pages.

Do not worry about the order in which you choose to put your stories/events into layouts because you can always add them into the correct order when you put them in your scrapbook. Feel free to adjust pages in the album until you find the storyline that fits best.

3. Storage

Once you have added all of your layout pages into your scrapbook album, it is time to protect your work. It is a good idea to store your scrapbook album in a flat, preservation-quality box in a cool, dry, and clean place.

Do not store your scrapbook near radiators, vents or areas of your home that may have leaks or a large amount of moisture.

Congratulations on a job well done!

You did it! You have preserved your memories in a way that will keep them special for many years to come.

This article (part 1 and 2) walked you through the basic steps of creating your own scrapbook from picking your theme to storing your completed album. As I continue to blog, I plan on expanding on these basic steps with topics like stamping, scrapbook page layout ideas, or album cover decoration.

What are some questions you may have or topics you would like for me to discuss in future posts? I would love to hear them. Please just tell me about it in a comment below.

Respectfully Yours,


Founder and Owner of Tru Kraft Creations




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