Scrapbook Ideas and Tips for the Beginner
Are you thinking of making a scrapbook but not sure where to start? The possibilities are as endless as your imagination will allow – which can make things downright overwhelming! But fear not, this list of scrapbooking ideas and tips will get you started today!
Basics: Scrapbook Tips at the Very Start
Choose your story/theme
Are you telling a story in chronological order? For my 1 year anniversary I made a scrapbook detailing our 1st year together, from the first date onward. Because of my story format, the order of the pages became self-evident.
Don’t forget to gather your supplies based on your theme! A list of Basic Scrapbooking Supplies if you follow the link.
Scrapbook Ideas and Tips – Story Ideas:
- Baby’s 1st Year
- Our 1st Year together (or any anniversary time frame)
- Our trip to _______
However, maybe you are looking for a more free-formed scrapbook. In this case I would suggest choosing a theme. A scrapbook theme can really be whatever you want. I have a scrapbook I love that chronicles all of my travels within the year. Below are some scrapbook theme ideas.
Scrapbook Ideas and Tips – Theme Ideas:
- Pet Scrapbook
- School Days
- Summer Memories
- Winter Wonderland
- Coping Strategies
Check out my About Me Scrapbook Ideas post for some great auto-biographical themes!
2. Choose your album
The most common album size is 12×12. I would suggest starting with that, as most of the scrapbook layout inspiration you will find online corresponds to the 12×12 dimensions. You are also able to do more with embellishments and paper scraps with that page size. That being said, 8 1/2 x 11 is a good page size if you are worried about having too much space to fill.
3. Choose your photos
Think of the theme you have chosen for your scrapbook and find photos that will tell your story. I love using Free Prints to get my photos – you get 85 free photos a month that come in matte print and the quality is great. Keep in mind that matte photos are preferable to glossy as you will not see finger prints on them as easily.
Before you place your photos – think of how you want them arranged in your scrapbook. Which photos will be going together? Which get their own spread? Do not paste them yet, but put them in order – this will make things much less confusing later and you are much less likely to overlook a picture for your scrapbook.
4. Plan your layouts
Before pasting anything think of where you want your photos to go, how you will mat them and where the embellishments will go. I’d suggest the sites below for layout inspiration.
Scrapbook Ideas and Tips – Layout Inspiration:
Once you’ve got your layout planned out it is time to paste those photos! Below are the glues I’d recommend.
- Adhesive Roller for photos and paper/lightweight embellishments. It is also great because if you change your mind about placement you can still readjust the photos.
- Glue Dots for heavier embellishments, metal, larger items etc. Also, great for velum.
- Glue Sticks