If you've taken thousands of photos over the years then it might be a good time to start turning them into beautiful scrapbook pages.
In this guide, I want to show you the top 5 pages I love to create, plus a few bonus creative ideas!
I hope these ideas will show you some new scrapbook trends
and give you some memory scrapbooking
Building Themed DIY Scrapbook Pages
If you've got boxes of pictures and photos, grouping them together is a good way to get organized.
Being organized means you've got more mental space to be creative. And for me, this is when the scrapbooking
That's why I dedicate a good amount of time grouping my pictures and creating scrapbooking themes.
An example of this would be grouping all birthday photos together.
Each theme should have its own storage. That way when you're ready to dream up some ideas for scrapbook layouts you'll know exactly where your pictures are.
Once you've grouped your pictures by theme, it's time to create - let's start off with my favorite layout - the baby scrapbook pages
1. Baby Pages Scrapbooking Ideas
Baby scrapbooking pages are popular, but don't forget, there's a 9 month journey that babies goes on before they're born.
Pregnancy layouts are a wonderful way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a baby.
Amongst all the medical appointments, there's lots of things to journal about - think food cravings, the feelings of being pregnant, the highs and the lows!
One of my favorite creative scrapbook ideas is to use some of the ultrasound images to really bring the story to life.
See an example of this below...
A great scrapbooking idea is to use ultrasound pictures!
If you're going to do this my advice is not to use the originals though - you would scan the originals and then print off a copy.
One of my favorite ways to adhere ephemera to a page is with washi tape!
You can also store your ephemera on your page in creative ways.
One scrapbook idea is to make beautiful envelopes for them. This helps store them and protect them .
Once the baby is born, you'll have hundreds of photos and memorobilia.
In the scrapbooking world, this is called ephemera.
Ephemera (collectible items of a special event).
So in the case of a new baby it could be a hospital tag, a hospital admission certificate or even birth certificate. On some of my pages I've even used the first strands of hair.
Using ephemera adds a wonderful 'real world' touch to your scrapbook page.
When you start on your baby layout spend some time thninking of the color of your scrapbook paper (sometimes the best scrapbooking ideas come
from thinking about colors).
Don't be afraid to go traditional. Think pink for girls and blue for boys. But my advice is to stick with soft colors. I tend to steer clear from anything to bright or harsh. Little babies have sensitive eyes after all 🤣❤️.
Also - try using patterned paper. After all a new addition to the family certainly creates chaos in the house.
That's why I think this patterned paper on this baby layout works well.
Those arrows sum up how I felt at the time. Life was moving in a different direction and it was hard to tell at times which!
Use soft colors for baby layouts
Here's another one of my best scrapbooking ideas for a baby layout!
On this page below, I cut out illustrations from an old childrens book and embellished around the black and white photo of my son.
I think the bright colors of the illustrations really work well with the black and white photo (which reminds me a bit of a high definition ultrasound image! 🤣)
On this layout I cut out illusstrations from an old childrens book
2. Holiday Pages Scrapbook Ideas
The best way to prolong any kind of vacation vibes is to create a holiday scrapbook page or even photo album!
Here's some ideas on how to prepare for a memorable vacation page
♥ Beach Scrapbook Page Ideas
Since having kids, most of my holidays have been by the beach, and creating beach theme scrapbook pages with paint is always so much fun!
I love using the palette of blues and greens to really set it off.
Using watercolors on plain white cardstock is a great way to build your own patterned paper. I've done this for my beach layouts (be sure to use lots of blues!). I also put some nautical embellishments (the anchor and wheel) to bring everything together.
Another one of my favorite techniques is to use tissue paper on my pages.
In this example layout below, I used blue and yellow color tissue paper to represent the ocean and sand.
On this layout I used blue tissue paper to create the effect of the ocean
Sunsets are my favorite and they look wonderful as 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.
If you're stuck for ideas for your vacation pages you should take a look at our scrapbook sketches
♥ Vacation or Travel Scrapbook Ideas
Another scrapbooking idea is to use old card stock to create sleeves and envelopes!
Wait! Now That You Know These Amazing Scrapbook Ideas, Then You'll Need To Start Working On Your Layout....Let Me Show You...
3. Couples and Boyfriend Pages Scrapbook Ideas
The romantic in me loves to create couple scrapbooking
Here's a few scrapbook ideas to get you started.
Try using black and white photos, they give any page a 'timeless' look and always look great on couples pages.
Black and white also gives you lots of flexibility. You can add lots of additional color with embellishments and backgrounds without anything clashing.
Also what looks really cool with black and white photos is a colorful washi tape border!
Here's an example of using bright colors to set off a really lovely black and white photo style.
Highlighting black and white couple photos with strong accent colors
♥ Wedding Ideas and Design
Choosing the theme of your wedding page is really important in telling your story.
Will you focus on the vows, leaving the church or the celebration afterwards?
Here are some wedding scrapbook ideas I've recently used on my own pages.
Firstly, try using vintage pages with distressed edges, rustic papers and rustic flowers can produce a beautiful design for more mature couples.
Modern scrapbook paper and a minimalist layout style are lovely for wedding pages.
The bride and groom should take centerstage so I recommend keeping everything else to a minimum. Here's an example of what I did for my own wedding page:
Keep the bride and groom centre stage with wedding layouts
Another cool idea I've seen is to adhere your wedding invite to your wedding scrapbook pages.
If you have a lot of photos, consider doing a mosaic style layout.
Also consider including your love letters (the bits that aren't too revealing 😂🤣🤣).
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Although I didn't create one for my wedding, another unique scrapbook ideas is to make a secret envelope that can store all your personal messages.
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.
You can't quite see it in the photo, but I held the journaling cards together with a few paper clips and a pink ribbon.
A hand made envelope decorated with a variety of stamping effects
4. Family Scrapbook Ideas
If you're like me, trying to organize your family photos into an album, design can be overwhelming.
Here are a few tips you can use to get started:
♥ Create one double page spread for every year that you scrapbook.
♥ 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 great family scrapbook 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 are some scrapbooking on a budget
Scrapbooking the older generations - their stories can be a wonderful subject matter for a page
Just recently I interviewed my nana about her experiences and wrote them down. I planned to make a scrapbook page about this.
My nanny talked a LOT, but it was fascinating, and to document her experiences was wonderful.
Including original handwritten letters or documents on your scrapbook page is a really beautiful thing to do and really makes a wonderful vintage style.
If you don't want to include the original documents, photocopy them and keep the original extra safe.
5. Scrapping All Other Elements Of Life
Here are a few page scrapbook ideas I really love to make:
♥ Favorite foods - including recipes
♥ Careers I have had and the places I've worked
♥ Day-to-day experiences
♥ The cars I've driven and the places they've taken me.
♥ Favorite films, artists, writers, poem, artist
♥ Illness and recovery
♥ Christmas! (I'm addicted to the new Christmas patterned paper available each year!)
Not all layouts need a special occassion...here's a page of my son standing next to a friends mini car
Unique Scrapbooking Ideas
♥ Scrapbook Idea # 1 - Collection scrapbook
♥ Scrapbook Ideas # 2 - Interactive scrapbook ideas
♥ Scrapbook Ideas # 4 -DIY embellishments
♥ Creative Scrapbook Ideas # 5 - Pocket scrapbooks
♥ Scrapbook Ideas # 6 - Geolocated travel scrapbook
In this layout I used maps to add a geolocation for this page
♥ Creative Scrapbook Ideas # 7 - Mini scrapbook inspirations
♥ Scrapbook Ideas # 9 - Bucket list scrapbook