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TOP 5 Scrapbooking Ideas I LOVE!

I have taken literally thousands of photos of my kids and over the years and created beautiful pages to preserve some of the most amazing memories of our lives. Whether it's their birth, going on holiday, or those special pages for the one I love. Here's my top 5 Pages I love to create that will hopefully give you scrapbooking ideas to create meaningful, original pages to tell your family story.

1. Baby Pages Ideas

You can start scrapbooking baby pages even before birth - I love creating pregnancy layouts. One of my favorite ideas is to use some of the ultrasound images to really bring the story to life. Don't forget to journal about all those important dates, weights, and feelings. Whilst a page can really set the scene and tell a story it can't tell you all about how it felt.

When creating a baby layout, think of the colors and tones that set the scene, this is especially the case when you're choosing your scrapbook paper (you'll find that scrapbooking ideas come simply from thinking about colors). Here's an article on cute baby boy layout ideas.

baby layout

You can start scrapbooking baby pages even before birth - I love creating pregnancy layouts. One of my favorite ideas is to use some of the ultrasound images to really bring the story to life. Don't forget to journal about all those important dates, weights, and feelings. Whilst a page can really set the scene and tell a story it can't tell you all about how it felt.

baby layout

When creating a baby layout, think of the colors and tones that set the scene, this is especially the case when you're choosing your scrapbook paper (you'll find that scrapbooking ideas come simply from thinking about colors). Here's an article on cute baby boy layout ideas.

Ephemera (collectible items that you usually throw away - receipts, letters, etc) are such an important part of your scrapbook page and can include elements of the memories that might otherwise stay hidden away in a box for years. They tell a story and enrich your page. One of my favorite ways to adhere them to a page is with washi tape!

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When it comes to baby scrapbook pages, you're spoilt for ideas. One thing you can do is use hospital tags or first strands of hair. For the above page, I used an Ultrasound scan print out on this Baby page.

Making beautiful envelopes helps to store them and protect the ephemera and your photos. Here I used an old map to create an envelope to store some ticket stubs and journaling in. You could even use washi tape as a cute way to seal your envelope and ribbon to create beautiful borders.


Making beautiful envelopes helps to store them and protect the ephemera and your photos. Here I used an old map to create an envelope to store some ticket stubs and journaling in. You could even use washi tape as a cute way to seal your envelope and ribbon to create beautiful borders.

2. Holiday Pages

Let's face it, who doesn't love to relive their holiday through the creation of a holiday scrapbook page or even album!! Here are a few ideas on how to really bring out the most in your holiday snaps.

I highly recommend either writing a journal on your holiday or at least jotting a few thoughts and ideas down on your phone as you take the many many photos during your stay. Including dates and locations (including the correct spellings). These will come in super handy for your scrapbook later.

When you go to create your page you will be able to easily document the holiday and travel with fun titles and journaling. See here for more great scrapbook ideas and inspiration for cruises.

Beach Ideas

Since having kids, most of my holidays have been by the beach, and creating beach layout ideas with paint is always so much fun! I love using the palette of blues and greens to really set it off.

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Here I used scrapbook watercolors to bring out the turquoise in the ocean. Using watercolors on plain white cardstock is a great way to create your own patterned paper. I also use some nautical embellishments (the anchor and wheel) to bring everything together.

Sunsets are my favorite and look wonderful on more minimalist pages - one of my all-time favorite scrapbook ideas is to use monochromatic colors (colors of the same hue) to keep the page simple and the sunset the main feature. Here are some other amazing scrapbook beach ideas and tips.

Vacation Ideas

Don't be overwhelmed by the number of photos you may have at the end of your holiday. If you want to create a 'one' page spread for one holiday - here's a creative way to do it! Choose 3 of your favorite photos, maybe from different days on your holiday that complement each other with color or theme - e.g. locations you visited, food you ate, windows you looked through, etc. This will help you narrow down your photos to a more manageable volume. Here are some more ideas on how to choose the right photo.

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3. Couples and Boyfriend pages ideas

When you're in love, everything looks rosy and it shows when you create scrapbook pages! But I think black and white photos look really beautiful on Couple Pages - you can use lots of color to really set that photo off with embellishments and backgrounds. Here's an example of using bright colors to set off a really lovely black and white photo.
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Mini tutorial: Here's a deep dive into some romantic pages.
♥ Wedding Ideas and Design

Choosing the theme of your page is really important to help tell your story. Here are some ideas I've recently used on my own pages.

Firstly, try using vintage pages with distress edges, rustic papers and rustic flowers can create a beautiful design for more mature couples.

More modern papers and minimalist styles are lovely for wedding pages. The bride and groom should take center stage so I recommend keeping everything else to a minimum. Here's an example of what I did for my own wedding page:

wedding scrapbooking ideas

When creating a wedding scrapbook pages, check this blog out for some fantastic ideas on different embellishment materials and other great ideas on pages made for that one special love.

For those younger couple pages - why not include your love letters or handwrite out text messages.



When creating wedding scrapbook pages, check this blog out for some fantastic ideas on different embellishment materials and other great ideas on pages made for that one special love.

For those younger couple pages - why not include your love letters or handwrite out text messages.

For more privacy on your page, one of my favorite unique ideas is to create a secret envelope that can store all your personal messages. Click here for more fun ideas on boyfriends pages.

I love creating envelopes too! Here's an easy envelope I made for all the letters I received whilst at university. Note some of the precious paper scraps I've adhered to the flap and the beautiful embellishments:

envelopes scrapbooking ideas

4. Family Ideas

If you're like me trying to organize your family photos into some kind of album, design is so overwhelming but so important to do. Here are a few tips you can use to get started: 

♥ Try taking one year at a time for a double-page spread.
♥ Choose some of your favorite photos from the year that tell the stories you want to tell, then journal about each photo.

You can always go back to add in some embellishments later on - just get your photos laid out on a page and your thoughts and memories written down, then it's likely that more ideas will flow!

♥ Here's a quick tutorial with more family ideas.

♥ And don't forget to scrapbook the older generations or even the generations that have passed on (Great Grandparents often left behind their letters). Their stories can live on in a beautiful page. After all, this is what it's about: preserving family memories and creating something to give future generations to come.

Finally - here's some budget conscious ideas for scrapbooking.


Just recently I interviewed my nana about her life and wrote them down. I'm going to make a scrapbook page about this. There might be more writing than photos but I just want to document her life and what is important to her. Including original handwritten letters or documents is a really beautiful thing to do and really makes a wonderful vintage style.

If you don't want to actually include the original documents, a great idea is to photocopy them and keep the original extra safe.

Mini tutorial: Check this blog post for other scrapbook ideas that add sentimental touches to your page.

Just recently I interviewed my nana about her life and wrote them down. I'm going to make a scrapbook page about this. There might be more writing than photos but I just want to document her life and what is important to her. Including original handwritten letters or documents is a really beautiful thing to do and really makes a wonderful vintage style.

If you don't want to actually include the original documents, a great idea is to photocopy them and keep the original extra safe.

Mini tutorial: Check this blog post for other scrapbook ideas that add sentimental touches to your page.

5. Scrapping All Other Elements Of Life

Creating pages for the family is fun and certainly helps document who you are but there are so many other page ideas that help tell your story. Here's a few I really love to create:

♥ Favorite foods - including recipes
♥ Pets
♥ Careers I have had and the places I've worked
♥ Day in a life of me
♥ The cars I've driven and the places they've taken me.
♥ Favorite films, artists, writers, poem, artist
♥ Illness and recovery
♥ Christmas, Christmas, and more Christmas!

small car scrapbooking ideas
Here's a scrapbook page I did with my small car.
Mini tutorial: Here are a few other 'left-field' ideas.

It's so important for me to create spreads that have every element of my life in and of those around me. If something is important to you it will be important to the person looking through your album in years to come. ♥

 

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