Completing Scrapbook Pages

I’ve been scrapbooking since 2006, and new products continue to arrive in the market for scrapping, but I find the basics don’t go out of style. For me, it’s about the photographs. I want to tell our story, remember the details, and enjoy decorating the pages for our albums.

Whether you are new to scrapbooking or need a reminder to get back to basics, here’s an easy 8-step process for completing your scrapbook pages!

Focal Point

Step 1: Decide on most important photo
  • choose the very best photo for the focal point
  • select a photo that best sums up the event
  • double mat that picture
  • place this photo prominently on your layout


Step 2: Decide on solid & patterned papers
  • examine the colors in your photos, select complimentary colors
  • for a 2-page layout, use 2-3 solid colors and 1-2 pattern papers
  • use the solid colors for the background for a cleaner look
  • use patterned paper for the background for a whimsical look
  • mount the photos on a solid color to make them pop off pattern paper


Step 3. Edit your photographs
  • flip thru all your photos from the event and keep your favorites
  • one idea, sort your photos by event; create a PRINT folder and only print the great photos, saves costs and scrapbooking time
  • you can fit 3 to 4 “4×6” photos per page
  • print smaller “3×4” photos to get even more photos on the page
  • a 2-page layout is nice for a birthday event, but you might consider an entire 6×6, 8×8, or even 12×12 album for large family trips
  • keep in mind, if a few pictures will tell the story, don’t print a ton of photos, it will not be interesting to look at the same photos thru many pages


Step 4. Shrink down the size of your photos
  • to best tell the story, crop your photos to eliminate unwanted information in the pictures
  • you can do this before you print, or simply trim using a paper trimmer to crop
  • be creative and cut the photo into a shape (circles, ovals, stars, or hearts are popular; use Creative Memories templates or punches)


Step 5. Arrange the photos on your pages
  • place the focal point first, it should be double matted
  • balance the images across the spread
  • leave room for the title, date, and journaling


Step 6. Add a good description
  • this will be the title of the layout
  • be creative, search for ideas or refer to scrapbook idea books
  • use sticker letters, stencils, die cuts, or electronic cutters such as Cricut


Step 7. Date & describe the event
  • be sure to write down everything you can remember about the event
  • include the good, the bad, and the funny
  • it’s nice to use a computer or typewriter for cleaner writing, but be sure to include some journaling in your handwriting


Step 8. Now decorate the page
  • add buttons, brads, ribbon, torn paper to add color
  • you can also use die cuts and stickers for the subject of your layout
  • don’t use anything too thick if you are placing your pages into an album