Scrapbooking Craft Ideas

April 17, 2006

A scrapbook page about a funny haircut.Here is a scrapbook page I created about my son's misdeed. My son was really into scissors. He'd cut his clothes, pants pockets, and he cut his sister's hair. He didn't understand why we were so upset and he just kept repeating, "But I only cut ONE side!"


I used scissor shaped brads to attach the title. I created a jagged cut silver (mirror) photo mat, I used bobby pins for photo corners and fibers to resemble hair.

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December 28, 2011

I made this inexpensive Christmas gift for my mother-in-law. I'd made two of my older children years ago and she specifically requested one of my youngest this year. It was very well received.

framed child's photos on scrapbook paper.


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February 16, 2010

"A scrapbook-in-a-box is mini-scrapbook that folds into a box to house your photo memories." This is surprisingly simple to make. I made it in a couple of hours time.

Closed box.


August 26, 2008

Use children's art work as a basis for a scrapbook with headings, other related pictures, etc.


October 10, 2006

Have photos of odd items or backgrounds? They don't have to sit in your photo storage any longer! They make great backdrops for pictures or items in scrapbooking.


September 1, 2005

I just started "scrapbooking" and have found you can make picture frames with old colorful clothing. I also used it to do the cover of my scrapbook. It looks professional and great.


Kelli Mahoney
August 3, 2005

Scrapbooking can be fun, but when you have all that stuff from a wedding, it can get overwhelming. However, that "stuff" can make for more interesting pages.

A wedding scrapbook with the wedding program and some photos.


May 27, 2005

Take lots of pictures using several different angles. You never know which ones will be perfect and which ones will have their eyes closed.


April 21, 2008

When scrapbooking, use your creativity. In this example, I cut the photo I was referring to in my journaling into several long strips.

Photo cut into strips.


January 21, 2008

Calendar/Planner gift idea: Scrapbooking isn't just for photo albums. Remove planner from plastic cover. Open plastic cover and lay flat on cardboard Trace around cover and cut it out with straight edge scissors (this is your template).

Front and rear views of personalized planners.



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September 24, 2008

Any good scrapbooking ideas? I have a ton of OLD pictures to go through and don't know where to start. Help.

Alice from Centerville, OH


By cyh (Guest Post)
September 24, 20080 found this helpful

Try for digital scrap booking.

September 24, 20080 found this helpful

Here's an article I wrote for "DotComWomen" website that I thought might be helpful to you...

Getting Started On Your Frugal Scrapbook



Go through your photos your old photo albums, shoe boxes, or from your digital pictures stored on your PC.
Separate your photos into smaller categories such as year, special events, individual children, holidays, vacations, birthdays, etc.
Pick your best photos. If you like, choose a theme. Choose 4 to 8 of the best shots.
Choosing a focal point. From the 4-8 best photos, pick your absolute favorite as a focal photo.
Arrange the photos on a page. Don't make everything symmetrical. It's okay to tilt the photos and overlap a little. This adds interest to the page


Choose a theme for your pages, such as birthday, season, wedding etc...
Its best to start with a solid background, then build on top of that.
Choose a color scheme of 2-3 prominent colors from the focal photo to use as a color scheme for your layout.
Choose a coordinating (I like to call) back-drop for your picture(s). Use the decorative scissors to trim the sides if the back-drop.



Heres the fun part.
Decorate your page with stickers, or those cool caption stickers.
Die cuts. You can also make your own die cuts out of cardstock scrap.
Ribbons, old jewelry can even be used.
Old invitations. Party decorations.
Use old scraps of cardstock and put on all 4 corners of the page.
One thick piece of cardstock which is a 3 inches wide the length of your page, and position on the either side of the page.
Or, take a piece of cardstock that is about 3 inches wide and the width of your page and position at the top or the bottom of your page.
Use these areas for your journal.
Make a pocket page and store love notes or old movie stubbs.

Fix it to the Page:

Once you have everything in place just the way you like it, you can use a hot glue gun or acid-free stick glue, but dont glue it until you're happy with the layout.



Tell a story about the people in the photos. Where they were, be sure to include dates.
Use cardstock or color coordinating paper to write your story then place close by the photo, or on a designated page of its own.

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

Step one is the most important: caption them with identity and place and time, close as you know or can find out.
After that there are two methods, group them by chronology or by occasion. In other words, Tommy's birthday photos can be a page all their own, and you can ornament the page with birthday stuff, however much or little.


Get the pictures into pages quickly, then go back and decorate as much as you want.
Keep shooting pictures, and plop them onto pages as you go, captioned very well. Your successors, kids who come along after you, can always dress up your pages more, but if you don't have that information, the pictures are lost. My favorite scrapbook has good captioning and storytelling, but no artsy purchased stuff after that.
Scrapbooking as we do it today was invented to transmit the family' spiritual heritage, did you know that? Each person can tell what God has done through their lives, however they wish to tell it, in the scrapbook. I know my grandparents were overcomers because my aunt transmitted that for me. God bless you.

February 14, 20090 found this helpful

I am in the beginning stage - collecting things for scrapbook. However I am not very artistic. My purpose is to preserve the history of my family. Instead of making a scrapbook OF my grandkids, I am making one FOR my grandkids. They will be in it, but most of it will be photos, newspaper clippings (copied to last longer),etc of their grandparents, great-grandparents,etc.


And notes about the history of our families as far back as I can go. My hobby is genealogy. Scrapbooking is, I hope, a great way of displaying what I have found and saving it for future generations.

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January 31, 2005

I am an avid scrapbooker but always checking out new ideas and tips. Being on a budget I love to try new things and embellishments. I will be attending a formal banquet this Valentines weekend as well as celebrating my 24th wedding anniversary and am looking for some great layout ideas. I would love to exchange ideas and tips with fellow scrappers as well. If anyone is interested in scrapbooking please let me know. We often set up scrapping events and crops and would love to have new faces join us.

Barb from BG, Kentucky


April 13, 20050 found this helpful

I live in Prospect KY (Louisville area) and am also an avid scrapbooker looking for new ideas

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January 4, 2011

Take close up pictures of your puppy, kitten, or child when they are babies. Take the same posed pictures when they turn 1 year or older. Then make a scrapbook page to compare how much they grew.

Orange kitten photos scrapbooked on a page


May 14, 2019

Scrapbooks are so useful for journaling, sketching or writing lists to keep you organized. They are easy to make at home, using recycled scrap paper.


February 2, 2017

This is a page about creating aged or distressed scrapbook pages. Use these techniques to make your scrapbook pages look antique.

examples of the three aging methods

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September 27, 2006

Your Child's 1st Holidays: Scrapbooking Layouts and Projects

A scrapbook page of a baby's first holidays.



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December 4, 2009

The perfect homemade gift idea! Pop in your favorite movie and have fun making this craft! Whoever you give it to will appreciate the time you put into it and the uniqueness of the gift.

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