Looking for creative scrapbook ideas? Help yourself to this list we’ve had so much fun rounding up, so you can make creative memories from this year’s photos and memorabilia!
DIY Scrapbook Ideas You Have to Try
1. Use Pressed Flowers
If you don’t want to make flowers from paper, why not press real flowers for your scrapbook layouts?
You can use a flat iron, flower press, or even just wax paper and a heavy weight. Pressed flowers will definitely add an extra-special touch to your scrapbook design.
Note: Be very careful when handling pressed flowers as they are very fragile.
2. Try These Border Ideas
Working with a plain white paper? It doesn’t have to be boring.
Why not outline the edges of your scrapbook pages with watercolor to give it a whimsical design? Freehand some stripes, vines, or ribbons and paint it with watercolor.
These border designs add so much style to your scrapbook layout edges. It’s one of the great scrapbook ideas perfect to set as a theme!
3. Use Buttons
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Make cute shapes and design pages with a colorful buttons collection.
Glue or thread your buttons into your paper and photos to add color and create a stunning design on your scrapbook page. Use different colors and kinds of craft buttons to showcase your photos.
4. Use Tabs
Add some fun to your scrapbook ideas! Save space and wow anyone who looks through it.
Use washi tape to stick photos on a page, and create a mini flipbook within the pages of your scrapbook. You can also create tabs on each photo to add a little description of it.
5. Paper Flowers
This is a staple in many scrapbook themes. Grab some scrapbook paper and paper flower punches to cut out flower shapes.
Make as many flowers as you want. Then, layer and glue the flowers together, or pierce a hole in the center and put a brad.
Make these beautiful paper flowers with the kids.
6. The Pencil Eraser Design
They used it to design a tote bag but who said it won’t work in a scrapbook? Grab a thick heart template and lay it on the paper.
Then, dip the eraser into the paint, press it on the edge of the heart, all the way around the template. Make several prints until you are out of paint.
Once you’re done, remove the heart template and you should have a beautiful heart shape. Try it with other shapes, too.
7. Travel Scrapbook
Want a theme? Make a scrapbook of the places you’ve visited or planning to visit. It would be so much fun!
You can include things like leaves, sand, clouds, stickers, or stones in your scrapbook ideas! Anything goes with this design. This is also perfect for a DIY birthday scrapbook.
8. Heart Butterflies
Did you know you can make cute little butterflies with your heart puncher? An interesting trick to add to your scrapbook ideas, right?
Simply fold a patterned paper in half and partially punch the heart shape. Add a little twine to make the body and antennae.
9. Chevron Pattern
Got some paper scraps? Don’t throw them away. Make them useful by turning them into these adorable chevron pattern designs.
Simply cut patterned paper into strips and segments, and line the paper pieces to create stripes on your scrapbook page. One of the most wonderful scrapbook ideas!
10. Faux-Quilting Technique
If you don’t want to make a chevron pattern, here’s another brilliant idea on how you can use your paper scraps: faux-quilting technique.
Faux-quilting definition: To give the appearance and texture of a quilted fabric without actually applying the stitching technique, the effect is achieved mainly with cloth or paper scraps and adhesive (with stitching used for aesthetic purposes).
Transform your scrapbook page into a cozy creation with a few patterned paper scraps, dimensional adhesive, and a sewing machine. Simply adhere your patterned paper squares with dimensional adhesive to create a quilted look.
Then, stitch the squares to the page and rough up the edges to get a bit more of a fabric feel. Repeat the process until you achieve a full paper quilt.
11. Embroidered Map
This was done as an artwork but why should it stop you from stealing this idea and adding it to your scrapbook? Grab a needle and poke some holes in the map along the route.
Then, sew the map along the route using a back stitch. Finish off by embellishing the map with an X at your destination.
12. DIY Mini Hangers
To make mini hangers, you only need paper clips and pliers. All you need is to extend the paper clip and bend it accordingly.
Then, use your pliers to make a hook. Isn’t this one of the most ingenious scrapbook ideas?
13. The Things I Love
Want to start your scrapbook but not really know what it is about? Why not start with the things you love and begin journaling about them? I’m sure you’ll be able to make a lot out of that idea.
Keep adding photos with beautiful memories and a lot of love from your family and friends!
14. Use Pressed Leaves
Why spend money on scrapbook supplies when nature is giving you all the material you need?
Gather some leaves and use punchers with different shapes for your scrapbook design. You can use paper stamps to get cute designs from your leaves!
15. Ombre Paint Chip Design
Head over to your local hardware store for some paint chips.
Emily Grace from Grace and Good Eats may have used paint chips to make cute little note cards, but I’m sure they will also look perfect in your scrapbook. Make a few punches on the paint chips and create a wonderful layout.
16. Diamond Twine
Isn’t this just adorable? Grab a few sheets of craft paper and cut several diamond shapes.
Use the cuts as a template to trim your photos into the same shape and size. To create a diamond pattern, use the twine to create the grid, then add your photos and embellishments. And you’re done!
It’s one of the most original scrapbooking layouts.
17. Watercolor Design
Get creative by using a doily as a stencil and painting a wash of color over it for a unique design.
Use a heavy, textured paper with watercolors. This is just a simple trick, but it adds so much flair to your scrapbook pages.
18. Woven Flower
If you really love flowers, here’s a quick and easy DIY tutorial that uses paper flowers and some ribbons.
Simply cut slits in the tip of each petal and punch a hole in the center. Weave the ribbon all the way around your flower.
Then, grab some adhesive and glue down your smaller center flower. Lastly, decorate the center of the flower with anything you want. You’ve got yourself a new woven flower.
19. DIY Sand Pocket
Love going to the beach? If you also take a bit of sand home every time you visit, add it to your pages.
Simply get some plastic film and tape it with some washi tape to seal the sand inside. You may also add a label with the place you collected the sand, along with the date.
20. Washi Tape Banner
Be festive and make a cute little banner with different colored washi tapes.
21. Photo Map
Add a sticky note beside every photo to indicate the date and activities you have done!
22. Photo Strips
Get scrappy and create a beautiful layout design. You may create the layout digitally, but it’s more fun to make it with your hands.
Simply cut one of your photos to create strips and group them together. Using photo strips as your background is a fun and creative technique to frame your photos.
23. Band Individual Letter Stamps
To create a perfect word alignment, band together individual letter stamps.
Banding together all the letters and stamping the whole word at once helps ensure the letters have good spacing on your scrapbook page.
Note: Make sure to roll the stamp onto your ink pad several times to make sure it’s completely covered with ink.
24. DIY Decorative Clips
Create decorative clips to hold photos. These clips are so easy and quick to put together.
You only need a few larger-sized paper clips, scraps, some embellishments to decorate with, and a stapler to create these adorable DIY decorative clips!
25. Use Photo Tiles
For that unique and elegant effect, display photo tiles. To start, choose a photo you want to use, place it face down on a flat surface, draw a grid over the photo and cut it into small squares.
Then, have fun rearranging these individual squares, or sections of photos, like tiles on a floor. One of the most beautiful ideas for scrapbooking!
26. Make Envelopes from Old Magazines
Perfect place to hold your summer pictures! To get started, all you need is an old magazine, scissors, an envelope, a glue stick, and a Sharpie.
Open up an envelope and trace it on a magazine page. Cut around the outline, fold down the four sides, then glue the edges of the flaps together.
Done! You just made your own envelope!
27. Scrapbook with Plenty of Colors
Summer is always fun and lively, so display fun and bright colors. Using a bright and colorful layout is a brilliant technique to convey happiness, energy, and excitement. So, experiment and enjoy using color!
28. Apply Monotone Color Scheme
Pick a monotone color scheme to let photos truly shine. Staying in a monochromatic color scheme makes you focus on using embellishments in a more elegant and creative way.
Choose one color, perhaps the color that conveys the emotions of the person in the photo, and play around with its shades to add attractiveness to the layout. This technique makes your photo stand out!
29. Photos In A Circle
Circle it is! The shape of the summer, reminiscent of the sun and water bubbles. It’s a great way to display your photos.
Draw a cluster of circles. Top some of the circles with your photos and some with patterned paper. You may add a few smaller circles and embellishments to finish it off.
30. Add A Burst Of Sunshine
Summer sunshine will surely brighten up your scrapbook. Create radiating bands using some paper scraps and place your photo at the center of the burst pattern.
The burst emphasizes the photo as the focal point and creates energy, too!
31. Add Other Nature Embellishments
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Bring a unique charm and some texture to your scrapbook layouts using flowers, leaves, starfish, butterflies, ladybugs, and other objects that come from nature, as natural embellishments. You can either attach them using a brad or glue them to the page directly.
They will definitely add texture and color to your scrapbook page. Utilizing the natural resources around you is an excellent way to collect scrapbooking supplies.
Note: All natural materials must be kept dry.
32. Design A Fun Popsicle Page
Popsicles are fun pages perfect for summer or you can immortalize your favorite recipe. Whip up as many popsicles as you can and display them on your scrapbook page.
All you need are cardstock, mini popsicle sticks, gel pens, a nail file, an oval punch, and glue. So, keep the seasonal treats coming! One of the best scrapbook ideas!
33. Don’t Forget the Water Fun Activities
Summer would never be complete without you taking a dip! So, scrapbooking your water fun activities is a must.
Adding some colors and layout designs would help you tell these summer splashin’ stories. All you need are yellow and blue colors, a brush and some water, to create a bubbly water feel in the layout.
Note: This design may be ideal for the summer season, but feel free to change the theme according to the season. This is one of my favorite scrapbook ideas for summer!
34. Chalkboard Scrapbook
Preserve memories with a classic black background and white ink for a cute chalkboard effect.
35. Journal Scrapbook
Treat your scrapbook like a journal entry and document what happened every detail with beautifully illustrated details.
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There’s no right or wrong way to scrapbook. In fact, the best scrapbook ideas come from resourcefulness and creativity. So whether you’re an avid scrapbooker or just getting started, these ideas are sure to get you inspired.
Experiment, have some fun and let your creativity flow at your next scrapbooking session. Now, get ready to showcase your photos and document those beautiful memories with these 33 creative scrapbook ideas!
Which of these scrapbook ideas is perfect for your special photograph? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.