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!)
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. 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.
I used leftover tissue paper that was used to make the decorations at my wedding to make some embellishments for my layout.
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.
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!
Embellish 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.
Complete the other page if you’re making a 2 page layout.
Slip the pages into page protectors and into your scrapbook.
Continue for all your photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I 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.
I used plain white scrapbook paper and used acrylic paint to paint trees for the background of my page.
I 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!
I used green to fill in the writing as well.
I 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!
I 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.
I 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:
The background page. Plain scrapbook paper that I painted.
Photo mat paper.
Adding the photo.
The title. I put it off to the side and then cut off the excess.
Finally, 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.
Valentine’s Day is coming up! This is a cute, unique card for your sweetie!
Here’s how to make it:
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Cut the right flap at the mark, creating a tab in the middle where you made the tab.
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.
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.
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.
Use a glue stick and glue the heart down. Smooth it down.
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.
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.
Use your glue stick to adhere it to the outside of the card stock.
Find the slot from the inside of the card and cut it with your Exacto knife.
I just curved the tabs so they looked a little nicer.
Cut smaller hearts out of map for the front of the card.
Glue them down with your glue stick.
Sign your card and give it to a loved one for Valentine’s Day – or really any time!
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:
Tools and Materials:
Paper (scraps, dictionary pages, scrapbook paper, etc.)
Glass – my glass came from a leftover glass sample from a glass company (I purchased it at Lancaster Creative Reuse)
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.
Using your glass as a guide for size, start to design your mini collage. Also cut out a piece for a background paper.
I used my vintage typewriter to type out the word “Freedom” to add to my collage.
Use Mod Podge to glue down all the elements to your collage.
Add a layer of Mod Podge to the top of your mini collage and then glue it to the bottom of the glass.
Allow the Mod Podge to dry. It doesn’t take too long, 20 minutes or so depending on the amount you use.
Type ribbon or lace around the paperweight. Make sure the bottom is flat.
Cut out felt in the size of the paperweight for the bottom.
Glue the felt on the bottom of the paperweight using E6000. Allow to dry overnight.
After it dries, trim any excess felt.
Use your paperweight to hold down any papers that might suddenly get blown away in a gust from your desk. 🙂