Simple Guide to Creating a Traditional Scrapbook, Step #1

This year, one of my goals is to get all of my wedding and honeymoon photos printed (done!) and then to scrapbook them.


I had purchased a small 8″ X 8″ scrapbook to use as a guestbook.  I had my guests take their photo at a photo booth and then sign/decorate a piece of scrapbook paper that I will add the photo to.

Now, I have a vision of creating a big master scrapbook with all of my wedding photos in the same scrapbook.  I was even considering adding the honeymoon photos, too, but I’m not sure it’s going to work because it’s only an 8″ X 8″ book, it may get too thick.  (Although, I do love a really thick scrapbook!)

We won’t even talk about another goal of mine to ALSO digi scrapbook the wedding and have scrapbooks printed.  That’s in addition to the traditional scrapbook.  You might be wondering how many different scrapbooks does one girl need of her wedding.  Well, the answer is when you wait 37 years to get married, at least 2.  Maybe in 3 or 4 if you throw in a scrapbook for the bridal shower and all the fun shots preparing for the wedding!

So, while I would love to make a big, beautiful complicated scrapbook, I figure DONE is better than one that is not done because I’m trying to make it perfect, right?

Breaking it down into easy steps will make it go a lot quicker and easier.  Now, some people disagree with me on this instead saying work on a project until it’s done, but I find that when I break a project down and do a step here and there, it’s done before I know it!  Not to mention, we all have busy lives outside of scrapbooking, so there’s no way we could put our lives on hold to complete an entire scrapbook, as much as we’d like to!

Do you have a scrapbooking project you want to work on but you’re too overwhelmed to start?  Let’s do this together in weekly steps!

Note, this is for a traditional, paper scrapbook.  Maybe we’ll do this for digital scrapbooking after we get done with our traditional scrapbook.  (Let me know what you think.)


Step #1

I uploaded my photos to an online print service in a very organized manner.  Yet somehow the photos came to me in a mixed-up jumbled mess.  Everything is completely out of order.

Therefore . . .

Step one is to organize your photos and other mementos for your scrapbook.

For me that means separating out the wedding photos, pre wedding photos and honeymoon photos.  And then placing them in chronological order.  Then I’ll add in any other mementos like ticket stubs, programs, flyers, etc.

**If you haven’t printed your photos, go ahead and do that now.

**If you have years of photos you want to scrapbook, then why not just pick a time period and start there.  It might be easier and more satisfying to start with the latest/newest photos first and work your way back.  So maybe just work on last year’s photos, or even just last month’s photos.  Or if you had a big event (like a wedding, for example), start there!

That’s it for this week!  That wasn’t so hard, was it?

If you’re going to do this project along with me, I would love if you would comment below and we can all keep each other on track!

Now get to sorting out photos!  I’ll see you next Friday for step #2!

Note:  This is a guilt-free zone.  If it takes you a month to get done with step #1, that’s fine, just keep at it!

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