How to Scrapbook New York City

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How to Scrapbook New York City
Share your NYC scrapbook with family and friends. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A trip to New York City is something to remember for a lifetime, and there are many creative scrapbook ideas you can employ for clever layouts and page decorations that capture the spirit of the city and all it has to offer. Collect photos, tickets, Playbills and other memorabilia from your safari through the urban jungle and arrange them in your own personalised vacation scrapbook.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • NYC theme paper
  • Medium apple-shaped die cut
  • Acid-free pens or markers
  • Photos
  • Scrapbook page pocket
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape
  • NYC stickers
  • NYC skyline image
  • Scissors
  • Light grey paper
  • Pencil
  • Black card stock
  • Sky-blue paper
  • Airplane sticker
  • Solid-coloured paper
  • Taxi and car stickers or die cuts
  • Rhinestones or shiny dot stickers
  • Neon paper
  • Photo copies of mementos
  • Neon opaque markers
  • Green card stock
  • Tree die-cuts
  • Street sign stickers

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    Title Page

  1. 1

    Choose New York City theme-pattern paper for a background.

  2. 2

    Select a favourite photo to introduce the book, such as your hotel, your group in front of a favourite landmark or an image of the Brooklyn Bridge with the skyline in the background.

  3. 3

    Place your photo, apple die cut and a scrapbook pocket on the page meant to hold mementos, such as ticket stubs or postcards. Arrange these elements on the page in a pleasing design and affix them with glue or double-sided tape.

  4. 4

    Embellish the front of the pocket with NYC-themed stickers.

    City Streets Layout

  1. 1

    Print a copy of the New York City skyline, adjusted to about half the height of your page and the entire width. For example, on a 12-by-12-inch page, your skyline would be six inches high and 12 inches wide. Cut out the skyline as a template.

  2. 2

    Lay the template on a sheet of light grey paper. Trace it and cut it out.

  3. 3

    Cover the top third of a sheet of black card stock with sky-blue paper. Place the skyline strip across the card stock with the buildings overlapping the blue. Affix the arrangement with adhesive.

  4. 4

    Affix an aeroplane sticker on the top corner of the page above the skyline. Print the title of the layout on a narrow strip of paper and affix the banner behind the plane. Draw two lines from the corners of the title to the back of the plane, as though the plane is toting the banner.

  5. 5

    Use taxi and car stickers or die cuts across the bottom black strip of the page. Journal photo details, such as dates and names, on the taxi cabs.


  1. 1

    Use black card stock for the background. Line the four edges of the paper with rhinestones or shiny round stickers to represent the lights on Broadway.

  2. 2

    Mount your photos on neon paper and arrange them on the page.

  3. 3

    Photocopy and print theatre programs, autographs or ticket stubs. Cut out and arrange the copies on the page and affix them.

  4. 4

    Journal directly on the page or write the names of the shows you saw using opaque markers in neon colours.

    Central Park

  1. 1

    Make a city skyline shape on a grey strip of paper. Glue it near the top of a sheet of sky-blue card stock.

  2. 2

    Affix a sheet of green card stock to cover the bottom two-thirds of the page, overlapping the bottom of the skyline strip. Affix a row of tree die cuts across the top of the green sheet.

  3. 3

    Mount your images on the field of green. Make frames for your images with small street-sign stickers. Overlap them slightly so they completely cover the edges of the photos.

  4. 4

    Journal your memories on the grey strip of skyline.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray your mementos with acid-neutralising spray, or keep them in pockets so they won't directly come into contact with photos.
  • If you aren't happy with your city photos, copy and print images from books, magazines or the Internet to use in your scrapbook.
  • Scrapbook with products that are free of acid and lignin.

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