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There isn’t any definitive, one-size-fits-all way to make a scrapbook. Scrapbooks are as unique and individual as the crafters who make them. Nevertheless, there are some tried-and-true approaches to making a scrapbook — and so, if you are new to scrapbooking, and you aren’t sure where to start, you might find it helpful to have step-by-step instructions for one of these well-tested approaches to making a scrapbook.
6″ x 8″ Scrapbooking Albums and Layouts
I LOVE scrapbooking 12″x12″ pages. However, I am running out of space to store my large photo albums, so I have switched over to scrapping in a smaller size. I wanted to scrap 8″x8″, which was trendy when I first started scrapbooking in around 2006. However, it is unfortunately a lot harder to find scrapbooks and page protectors in that size now. 6″ x 8″ albums seem to be more plentifully available, so I started scrapping that size. I bought 12 albums and hundreds of page protectors in this size, and I plan to share the best examples with you as time permits. The following are a few of my 6″x8″ albums and layouts:
I made this scrapbooking album to document the time my husband and I made a road trip from Oxnard, California to Colonial Beach, Virginia. The purpose of our trip was to check out a newly-purchased sailboat that would become our home for 3+ years as we cruised across the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
This scrapbook includes both road trip pictures and sailing pictures. When I was trying to decide which supplies to order for making it, I had a hard time determining whether I should use a nautical- themed collection of scrapbooking papers, or a road-trip themed collection. I pondered that question for awhile and ended up deciding to go ahead and buy items from both collections. So if you have travel photos of either variety that you want to document, I hope you’ll find inspiration on the pages of this mini album. You can tap here if you want to check it out.
I made this colorful mini album for displaying photos from the fall season, but you can make a similar album to document any season, event or ideas you want to remember. You can tap here if you want more information on this album and how to make it.
I created this travel-themed mini album using a 6″x8″ Sn@p! Binder by Simple Stories. This mini album documents a trip my husband and I took to the island of Oahu in Hawaii. You can tap here if you want to see more pages and details from this album.
There are a couple of reasons you might want to check out this page:
- If you have a couple of 5″x7″ pictures that you want to scrap in a 6″x8″ layout, this page will give you some inspiration for one possible way to lay out your pictures and page title.
- My husband, Mike, and I spent about 5 years living aboard sailboats and cruising. We cruised halfway around the world. If you want to read the story of how our journey got started, I share it on this page.
12″ x 12″ Scrapbooking Layouts
One of the more interesting elements in this scrapbook layout is a large heart shape with pretty scalloped edges. If you want to learn how to make either the heart shape or the layout, take a look at this page, which includes instructions for how to cut shapes without a die cutter plus more information about the layout and the supplies I used to create it.
If you need some inspiration for placing 3 vacation pictures on a single 12″x12″ scrapbook layout, check out this vacation-themed scrapbook layout.
Learn how to make this adorable dog-themed scrapbook album. The project includes ideas for heart-warming dog-related quotes you could use in your own mini album or scrapbooking pages about your dog(s). Cathy Schellenberg is the designer of this project.
Tiny Mini Albums
These little albums are small, affordable scrapbooking projects that fit on your keychain. They’re easily portable, and you can take them anywhere. They also make fantastic, affordable gifts for your friends and loved ones. Get free instructions for making tiny mini scrapbook albums on the following pages of our website:
- Santa Barbara Mini Scrapbook Album (Not pictured!)
More Scrapbooking Ideas
Paper for Scrapbooking
Paper for Scrapbooking
Cardstock is one of the most popular papers to use for scrapbooking. Patterned paper is also popular. You can find patterned paper in a variety of colors and themes — florals, dots, stripes, travel themes, school themes and many others.
Project Life is one of the fastest, easiest possible approaches to scrapbooking. Learn more about the Project Life system HERE.
Actually, this section should be more like “Scrapbooking without tools”, because I honestly don’t use that many tools in my scrapbooking process. But there are a few cheap, low-tech scrapbooking tools I use to get stuff done — like a paper cutter, scissors and punches.
- Scoring tools for paper
- Fiskars Paper Edgers decorative scissors
- How to Cut Paper Shapes if You Don’t Have a Die Cutter
- Mini Crochet Heart Photo Frame with Beads
- Hand-Stamped Sentiments for Your Scrapbook Layouts and Greeting Cards
- Why Scrapbooking Is an Essential Hobby
- Scrapbooking Sketches: What Are They? Where Do You Find Them?
- Should Every Scrapbook Page Have Journaling?
- What Should You Put in a Scrapbook?
- Is Scrapbooking Still Popular in 2023?
- Paper Crafts
- Best Christmas Craft Books
- Holiday Crafts
- Christmas Crafts
- Fine Art
- Paper for Art and Crafts
- Learn how to cut paper shapes, even if you don’t have a die cutter
- Check out scoring tools for paper.
Learn How to Make Your Own Scrapbooking Embellishments
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So there you have it: Those are the most important pages on our website on the topic of scrapbooking. We hope you found these ideas inspiring. Happy scrapping!
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Posted By: Amy Solovay
This page was last updated on 1-4-2023.