For easy reference here are the first steps:
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 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.
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.
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.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Step 4: Layouts (this post)