How to Decoupage Scrapbook Paper

Updated February 21, 2017

Scrapbook paper comes in hundreds of styles and colours for creating special memory pages, but you can also create other projects if you d�coupage your scrapbook paper to keepsake boxes, artist's canvas or other objects. Decorate bird houses, planters or vases with thick and protective craft glue called a d�coupage medium. Embellish the scrapbook paper with vintage jewellery, beads or buttons to make individualised gifts or photos to turn an ordinary picture collage into a work of art.

Tear strips of scrapbook paper or cut sections that you wish to d�coupage. If you're decorating a keepsake box, certain expressions and pictures from the scrapbook paper should be cut first, and then torn around the edges, if you like, to preserve the image or wording intact. If you are making a collage on a poster, covering a planter or other object where the scrapbook paper is layered, leaving the edges jagged and torn may contribute to the overall look of your project.

Clean the surface of the object you wish to d�coupage. Remove dust particles, grease or any other dirt or debris.

Apply a layer of d�coupage medium, like Mod Podge, to the surface of the object with a sponge. Paintbrushes leave brush strokes in the thick glue surface. Mod Podge dries clear, but it is white and filmy during application. Lay the scrapbook paper on top of the glue, and then apply another layer of d�coupage medium to smooth the paper in place. Work in small sections, applying glue then paper then glue, until you've covered the surface of your object. Let the d�coupage medium dry.

Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the surface of the project. Let it dry. Repeat this step several more times until the finish is as shiny and thick as you like. You can apply the medium to your entire project, not just the section where you placed the scrapbook paper.


Select the level of sheen for your project by selecting a d�coupage medium in either a matt or glossy finish. You can find scrapbook paper and d�coupage medium at your local craft store.


Apply d�coupage medium in a well-ventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrapbook paper
  • D�coupage medium
  • Sponge
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.