Simple Scrapbook Guide: Getting Started with Scrapbooks

Simple Scrapbook Guide

I love scrapbooking.

I love seeing my photos and words on pages and looking back at memories.  Sometimes I actually forget how much cool stuff I do until I see the scrapbook filled with my memories.

If you have thought about starting a scrapbook, but you were overwhelmed with how to get started, I have a series of posts for you:  Simple Scrapbook Guide.

Step 1:  Photos

Step 2:  Supplies and Materials

Step 3:  Cover Page

Step 4:  Layouts

And a bonus DIY embellishment tutorial:  DIY Brad Embellishments

Click the links above to go to each step and get started today.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Simple Scrapbook Guide Step 4: Creating Layouts

Simple Scrapbook Guide

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

Simple Scrapbook Guide Step 4

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

Traditional Scrapbook TutorialYou’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.  Your scrapbook may have a lot more detail than mine does.

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

A layout is just comprised of paper, embellishments, photos and journaling.  So choose photos, paper, accent paper, embellishments and any other memorabilia you may want to use.

Step #2

Embellished BradI 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

Traditional Scrapbook Tutorial

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.

Step #4

Traditional Scrapbook TutorialAdd 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

Traditional Scrapbook TutorialComplete the other page if you’re making a 2 page layout.

Step #7

Traditional Scrapbook TutorialSlip the pages into page protectors and into your scrapbook.

Continue for all your photos.

Traditional Scrapbook Tutorial

There are entire blogs just about creating layouts for scrapbooks, so this is a really simple overview.

If you’re just starting, you’ll find that your style will continue to evolve and change as you go.

If you get stuck:

  • Draw out ideas on scrap paper before you get started.
  • Experiment moving around photos, paper and embellishments before securing anything down.
  • Check out other people’s layouts on Pinterest for ideas.
  • Remember that you can always fix it or change it.  Just get started.

Simple Scrapbook Guide

I hope you enjoyed this simple introduction to scrapbooking.

If you’re just starting, you can start small with a few supplies and even a small album and go from there.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Step 1:  Photos

Step 2:  Supplies and Materials

Step 3:  Cover Page

Step 4:  Layouts (this post)

DIY Brad Embellishments

Simple Scrapbook Guide Step 3: Cover Page

Simple Scrapbook Guide

This week we’re making a cover page for our scrapbook.

For step #1 click here.

For step #2 click here.

To learn how to make your own embellished brads, click here.

Simple Scrapbook Guide Step 3

Step 3 is creating the cover page.  It’s not really on the cover, but actually the very first page of the scrapbook.

I like to do a cover page first to set the tone of the scrapbook (depending on what kind of scrapbook it is.)

For this scrapbook, it’s only about my wedding.  I also usually do a yearlong scrapbook that has a lot of different events in it.  If it’s a big event, I’ll do a cover page within the scrapbook for that event and then follow it with the pages for the event.

You may want to wait until the end to do the cover page so you have a better idea of how you want the cover page to look.

Scrapbook Cover page Layout

I’ll show you the steps of how I made my cover page, but please make your own however you like.  I use some techniques like painting that other scrapbookers may not use.  You may or may not want to try it yourself.

Scrapbook Cover page LayoutI had a difficult time deciding exactly how I wanted it to look.  I was getting hung up because this was one of the most important events of my life and I was afraid of messing it up.

But then I thought, if I don’t like it, I can always change it.  I can even have photos printed again even if I can’t remove them, use different paper.

You can always change your mind.

To get myself thinking, I sketched out a general idea.

I thought about the elements and decorations of my wedding.  I had a green wedding, as in eco-friendly, but it was also green, as in the color.  So that would obviously would be an important color throughout the entire album.

Another major theme of my wedding was branches.  I hand painted branches on the invitations, programs and the bags that held the lavender that guests threw at us.  I also used branches for decoration.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3I used plain white scrapbook paper and used acrylic paint to paint trees for the background of my page.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3I wanted a title for my cover page.  I wrote it out in pencil first and then used my pens to fill it in.  Then I erased the pencil.

Note:  Make sure the pen is completely dry before you try to erase the pencil!

Create a simple scrapbook step 3I used green to fill in the writing as well.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3I made a few embellished brads to use on my cover page.  This tissue paper is the exact tissue paper I used to make decorations for my wedding!

For the Embellished Brad Tutorial, click here.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3I had a difficult choice for my cover photo because my photographer took so many great photos.  I decided on this cool legs shot that I loved.  Not only is it a cool shot, but it also showed that we got married on a dock on the river, which I wanted to somehow show on the cover.

Then I chose some background paper for the photo.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3

Create a simple scrapbook step 3I like to use glue dots to attach my elements, but a glue stick works, too.  There are plenty of adhesive choices and honestly what you use is just based on your own preferences.

Here’s step-by-step of how I layered my cover page:

Create a simple scrapbook step 3The background page.  Plain scrapbook paper that I painted.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3Photo mat paper.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3Adding the photo.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3The title.  I put it off to the side and then cut off the excess.

Create a simple scrapbook step 3Finally, I added the embellished brads I made.

If you’re unsure remember:

  • Sketch out ideas on scrap paper to get your creativity going.
  • You might want to create the cover after you do the rest of the scrapbook.
  • You can always change it!

Have fun!

Valentine’s Day Map Card Tutorial

Valentine's Day Map Card TutorialMap Valentine's Card

Map Valentine's Card Tutorial

Valentine’s Day is coming up!  This is a cute, unique card for your sweetie!

Here’s how to make it:

Map Valentine's Card Tutorial

Materials and Tools:

  • An old map.  Get bonus points for using a map from a special location.  (Ideas:  where you met, where you had your first home, where you went on your honeymoon, a special vacation spot, or any other special location to you and your significant other.)
  • Card stock.
  • Another piece of scrapbook paper to cover your card.  Or a pages from a dictionary could be cute, too.  You could also not cover your card and leave it as the plain card stock.
  • Marker or pen.
  • Glue stick.

Step #1

Map Valentine's Card Tutorial

 

Map Valentine's Card Tutorial

Fold your card stock into thirds.  Don’t fold it into exact thirds, the part in the middle will be larger than the other 2.  Also, the 2 sides should overlap.

Step #2

Map Valentine's Card Tutorial

 

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

 

Make a mark with a pencil where the left flap overlaps the right flap.

Then make marks in the middle of the card where you’ll create a tab.

Step #3

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

Cut the right flap at the mark, creating a tab in the middle where you made the tab.

Step #4 

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

 

Close the right tab over the left flap and make a mark on either side of the tab.  Then draw a line between the 2 marks where you will be creating a slot for the tab to go in.

Step #5

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

Use an Exacto knife (or if, like me, you can’t find your blades, just use a box cutter carefully!) and cut a slot in the left flap between your marks along the line you drew.  Make sure the tab fits in and adjust as needed.

Step #6

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

Cut a heart for the inside middle of your card out of your map.

Note:  it doesn’t matter really if the map is a little folded/wrinkled.  It will smooth out when you glue it.

Step #7

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

Map Valentine's Day Card TutorialUse a glue stick and glue the heart down.  Smooth it down.

Step #8

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

Write something along the lines of “Without you I’d be lost” or something else you come up with that’s cute and map/direction related.

Step #9

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

 

I didn’t really like how plain my card stock was, so I decided to cover it with scrapbook paper.  Just cut it in the same shape as your card stock.

Step #10

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

 

Use your glue stick to adhere it to the outside of the card stock.

Step #11

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

Find the slot from the inside of the card and cut it with your Exacto knife.

Step #12

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

I just curved the tabs so they looked a little nicer.

Step #13

Map Valentine's Day Card Tutorial

 

Cut smaller hearts out of map for the front of the card.

Step #14

Map Valentine's Card

Glue them down with your glue stick.

Step #15

Map Valentine's Card Tutorial

Sign your card and give it to a loved one for Valentine’s Day – or really any time!

Map Valentine's Card

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

How to Make an Upcycled Paperweight

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a part-time corporate-type day job.  I have a cubicle (a relatively large cubicle, but still a cubicle) that is the normal corporate beige-ish gray-ish blah.  I have been wanted to make it more “me”, more colorful, more creative and more inspiring.  So I have been making little changes here and there and adding a little bit of my creatively.

This is a project I made for my desk.  One of my words for the year is “freedom” and so that is the focus of this paperweight.

This tutorial combines the use of a piece of upcycled glass and collage (and a little lace!)

Here’s how I made it:

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

  • Mod Podge
  • E6000
  • Paper (scraps, dictionary pages, scrapbook paper, etc.)
  • Lace
  • Glass – my glass came from a leftover glass sample from a glass company (I purchased it at Lancaster Creative Reuse)
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors

Step #1

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Dig through your paper scraps.  You might want to use old dictionary pages, pages from old books, scrapbook paper or anything else you have.  Pick out whatever catches your eye.

My glass is small, so I know I just need small pieces and then background paper.

Step #2

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Using your glass as a guide for size, start to design your mini collage.  Also cut out a piece for a background paper.

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

I used my vintage typewriter to type out the word “Freedom” to add to my collage.

Step #3

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Use Mod Podge to glue down all the elements to your collage.

Step #4

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Add a layer of Mod Podge to the top of your mini collage and then glue it to the bottom of the glass.

Step #5

Allow the Mod Podge to dry.  It doesn’t take too long, 20 minutes or so depending on the amount you use.

Step #6

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Type ribbon or lace around the paperweight.  Make sure the bottom is flat.

Step #7

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Cut out felt in the size of the paperweight for the bottom.

Step #8

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Glue the felt on the bottom of the paperweight using E6000.  Allow to dry overnight.

Step #9

After it dries, trim any excess felt.

Step #10

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Use your paperweight to hold down any papers that might suddenly get blown away in a gust from your desk.  🙂

Upcycled Paperweight

And here’s another example I made:

Paperweight