Introduction to Scrapbooking

Introduction to Scrapbooking

So many of us have hundreds, or even thousands, of photographs stored digitally, never to be printed or looked at again. These are our memories and we should make the most of them. Scrapbooking is a fabulously creative hobby which allows you to make more of these photographs and other mementos. Whether you are creating the scrapbook for yourself, or as a gift for a loved one, it is a great way to document moments and even lives.


Types of scrapbooking

  •           Paper
  •           Digital
  •           Hybrid
  •           Pocket

We will mainly focus on traditional paper scrapbooking but for interest here is a quick explanation of the other types which you might like to explore.

–          Digital scrapbooking involves the use of digital images for your background papers, embellishments and photographs. These are often created using specific software programs and the pages stored digitally.

–          Hybrid scrapbooking is a mixture and paper and digital scrapbooking. The background paper is digitally produced and then extra elements added digitally (this may include digitally incorporating photographs). The page is then printed and the final paper touches and embellishments are added.

–          Pocket scrapbooking uses plastic wallets which can be stored in a ring binder. The wallets are split up into sections (pockets) and allow you to add either photographs or purpose bought, decorated cards.

Scrapbooking often uses 12×12 inch paper inserted into spiral bound books. However, ring binders and smaller sized books (7×7 and 8×8”) are becoming more popular.



Scrapbooking inspiration may come from the photographs themselves or from a piece of patterned background paper that you are itching to use. However, if inspiration is needed there are some great resources available.

–          Facebook Scrapbooking groups

–          Pinterest

–          Scrapbooking websites

As well as being able to look at what other people have produced, you will also come across ‘Sketches’. Sketches are outlines for page layouts which don’t actually contain the patterned papers or photographs. They just give you a starting point and allow you to tailor it to your own project. Some people can find it less overwhelming to take inspiration from a sketch than from a finished page.


The process

Once you have decided on the photographs you want to use, the next step is often to choose a background paper that complements the images. Some people prefer to use blank paper while some prefer patterned. Some always start with a white sheet of paper. Don’t forget, you can always create your own background paper using stamps and ink, stencils, texture pastes and even paint. Scrapbooking should be fun so play with lots of different techniques until you find your favourite style.

One creative aspect of scrapbooking is deciding how to attach your photos, notes and embellishments to the page. Some common options are:

–          Photo corners

–          Photo shelves

–          Brads

–          Eyelets

–          Staples

–          Washi tape

–          Pockets

–          Simple adhesive (wet glue or tape)

–          Foam pads

Scrapbook pages also generally have a title and maybe some extra text. Your text can be stamped, die-cut, hand-written, cut from newspapers or magazines or event literature. The extra text might be as simple as the time, place and event that you are documenting but some people use scrapbooking almost like journaling so, again, experiment with different styles until you discover your own!

Creating interest around your photos is what separates your scrapbook from an everyday photo album. You have the ability to tell a story but also to make it beautiful. Embellishments are an important part of this. You can embellish simply with strips of coordinating paper or you can add texture with ribbon, fabric, twine, thread, buttons etc. Even tearing paper, folding over the corners or distressing the edges can help to make your page stand out. Don’t forget to add other items which relate to the event. This might include tickets, newspaper clippings etc. Again, be creative when deciding how to attach these to your page.

If you are new to scrapbooking, consider starting by producing a two-page spread with the title, text and the main image on the first page and the extra images and embellishments on the second page.

It is often best to lay out all of your elements on the page and play around with the placement before sticking anything down.

Although, simple scrapbook pages can be really effective, consider trying out different techniques and letting your imagination run away with you, the result could be stunning.

When buying products for scrapbooking, look out for those that are labelled acid-free and lignin-free as these will not damage your photos and embellishments over time.

The most important thing is to enjoy it, be creative and try as many different techniques as you can! Happy Scrapping!


One Sheet Wonder!

Helen’s ‘One Sheet Wonder’

This is a great project if you have been hoarding your beautiful 12x12s for just the right occasion! You will create a fantastic matching set of items to complement a special gift for someone. Just make sure its someone who deserves your best papers!

What you will create:

  •           Notecard
  •           Envelope
  •           Gift bag
  •           Gift tag
  •           Bookmark

You will need:

  •           One sheet of 12×12 paper / card
  •           Trimmer
  •           Corner punch
  •           Hole punch
  •           Small scraps of white paper and card
  •           Scissors
  •           Ribbon / twine
  •           Tear tape
  •           Envelope punch board
  •           Gift bag punch board


Step 1: Trim the pieces as shown in the diagram and described below. Numbers in circles are the cutting order. Other numbers are measurements in inches.

a) Create one 4×12” strip by cutting along line 1.

b) Cut this strip into one 4×2” strip and one 4×10” strip by cutting along line 2. Put these to one side for the moment.

c) Take the remaining 8×12” piece and cut into one 8×4” strip and one 8×8” square by cutting along line 3. Put the smaller piece to one side.

d) Trim the 8×8” square into a 6×6” square, making sure you keep the trimmed pieces.

Step 2: Score and fold the 8×4” piece in half to create the 4×4” notecard. If required, cut a 7×3” piece of white paper, score and fold in half, to create an insert. Use tear tape to attach to the inside of the notecard. This is only necessary if you are using double sided or a dark coloured card / paper and allows you to write in the card.

Step 3: Round the corners of the 4×2” piece to create your gift tag. Punch a hole at one end and thread a length of twine or ribbon through. If required, cut a 1×2” piece of white card and adhere to the back of the tag. This is only necessary if you are using double sided or a dark coloured card / paper and allows you to write on the tag.

Step 4: Round the corners of one of the long, thin offcuts to create your bookmark. Punch a hole at one end and thread a length of twine or ribbon through.

Step 5: Take the 4×10” strip and create the gift bag according to the instructions on the gift bag punch for a SMALL gift bag. Assemble using tear tape.

Step 6: Take the 6×6” square and create the envelope according to the instructions on the envelope punch – the score line for a 4×4” envelope is at 3”. Adhere using tear tape and add extra tape, leaving the backing in place, ready to seal the envelope.




It’s their birthday when?!

Most of us like to fuss over our cards for hours! Carefully considering where to place the three gems and what sort of bow to tie in the ribbon. However, sometimes we need something quick and easy because we need to get it to the post box in the next 10 minutes!

With a little bit of stamping, punching and trimming, you can create this colourful card in minutes.

I have used:

  • the new ‘in-colour’ Stampin’ pads: Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover and Lovely Lipstick
  • Pick a Pennant stamp set
  • Thoughtful Banners stamp set
  • Duet Banner punch
  • Lovely Lipstick cardstock
  • Whisper White cardstock

Step 1: create your card base using Whisper White cardstock

Step 2: trim a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock to make a background layer

Step 3: trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to make your card front

Step 4: stamp the bunting a couple of times in Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove ink

Step 5: stamp the star (first and second generation) in the other ink colours to create a background pattern

Step 6: stamp two banners and the words ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ within them

Step 7: punch the banners out. In my example I have also used the Lovely Lipstick Write Marker to add some dimension to the banners

Step 8: adhere the banners and layer up your card

Step 9: put the kettle on and write the card, you still have plenty of time to get to the Post Office!

Step it up! If you have a little more time to spare, why not add some personalisation to the bunting? Add the recipient’s name or age or an extra message.

Father’s Day Card

Quick and easy Father’s Day card

Here in the UK Father’s Day is on June 17th this year. Is it the same in the US? I know they have a different date for Mother’s Day than we do. Are you prepared? Do you have a card and present? If not, here’s a photo tutorial to help you make this quick and easy card. I’ll be back with more ideas for presents in the next couple of weeks. I’ll pop the shopping list at the end in case you want to make it exactly as shown. Images © Stampin’ Up!

Step 1: 

Cut an A5 sheet of Bermuda Bay cardstock and score to create an A6 card base.

Step 2:

Apply strips of washi tape to the right side of the card base. Rip, rather than cut, the tape as we don’t want it to look overly neat.

Step 3:

Stamp the ‘Wishing You A Dapper Day’ sentiment from the ‘Truly Tailored’ stamp set in the bottom left corner of the card base.

Step 4:

Stamp the ‘Dad’ sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, along with one of the extra images (the ‘bowtie’ in this case).

Step 5:

Die cut (or trim) the sentiment.

Step 6:

Die cut (or trim) a slightly larger piece of Crushed Curry cardstock and stamp using one of the extra images to give some interest behind your sentiment.

Step 7:

Adhere the Whisper White cardstock piece onto the Crushed Curry cardstock piece.

Step 8:

Adhere the sentiment to the card base using dimensionals.

Step 9:

Write the card, pop it in an envelope and post it!

Shopping List

All items from Stampin’ Up! Shop now at…

  • Whisper White Cardstock 106549
  • Crushed Curry Cardstock 131288
  • Bermuda Bay Cardstock 131286
  • Truly Tailored Stamp Set 147752
  • Crushed Curry Stampin’ Pad 131173
  • Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Pad 131171
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue 110755 
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430
  • Acrylic Block 118484
  • Washi Tape (slightly different to shown) 144223