Simple Guide to Creating a Traditional Scrapbook, Step #4: Creating Layouts


If you’ve been following along then you have gotten yourself organized, put your supplies together, learned out to make a fun embellishment and created a cover page for your traditional scrapbook.

For easy reference here are the first steps:

Step #1

Step #2

Step #3

Make an embellished brad

Today we are creating our first layout!  Then you’ll have all the skills you need to complete your scrapbook.  Because really, a scrapbook is just a series of layouts.

Here I’ll show you the very first layout of my wedding scrapbook.  I’m starting with the decorations from my wedding.

(The actual photographs were taken by Erin Quintana Photography.  She did an amazing job!)

Step #1

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You’ll recall that I’m making an 8 x 8 scrapbook, so it’s small.  It just fits 2 photos on each page.  Honestly, it makes it a lot simpler, but on the other hand, there is less room for a lot of decoration and embellishment.  I tend to go for a more simple look lately anyway.  Your scrapbook may have a lot more detail than mine does.

Step 1 is to pull out your first photos and start designing.

Pick out scrapbook paper, pick out some accent paper and embellishments.

Step #2

Embellished Brad

I used leftover tissue paper that was used to make the decorations at my wedding to make some embellishments for my layout.

For the tutorial to make the embellished brads, click here.

Step #3

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I used 2 coordinating papers.  I love how they look together.  I had some scraps of the brown that were perfect to make an accent down the middle.  For the page with the horizontal photos, I placed the strip horizontally.  For the page with the vertical photos, I placed the stripe vertically.

Note:  This is where the fun is at:  designing your pages!

Step #4

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Add the photos.

I used glue dots because for some reason I have a lot of them (they must have been on sale!)  I’m finding that I don’t actually like them that much and plan to switch when I used them up.

I think I don’t like them because of the little plastic squares you pull of them get everywhere!

Step #5

Traditional Scrapbook TutorialEmbellish the page.  I added my embellished brad flowers and a little painted bag that was from my wedding.  (It held lavender that my guests threw on us.)  It’s on the page with a photo of the bags, too.

I angled the top photo off the page and then cut of the excess.

Step #6

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Complete the other page.

Step #7

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Slip the pages into page protectors and into your scrapbook.

Continue for all your photos.

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I would love to see any scrapbook layouts you’re working on!  Add links in the comments below or add them to the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Group.


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