How to Make a Good Scrapbook

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How to Make a Good Scrapbook
Craft stores sell speciality scrapbook pages. (bike scrapbook image by robert mobley from

An artfully designed scrapbook creatively displays and stores photographs and memorabilia. For creative inspiration, attend scrapbook classes or look online for scrapbook design ideas. Ambitious scrapbook enthusiasts tend to reach beyond the traditional scrapbook, which is comprised of photos and keepsakes, affixed in an orderly fashion within the pages of a scrapbook. Instead, they cut images into interesting shapes, artfully layer decorative coloured paper and add engaging embellishments. To preserve the quality of your photographs and scrapbook pages, use acid-free scrapbook material. Paper products containing acid break down over time, resulting in yellowing and brittle pages and photographs.

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Things you need

  • Photographs and keepsakes
  • Box
  • Envelopes
  • Scrapbook with pages
  • Scrapbook adhesive
  • Scrapbook embellishments

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  1. 1

    Define a theme for your scrapbook. A theme might be a specific family vacation, a child's first year or adventures pursuing a favourite hobby.

  2. 2

    Collect the photographs and keepsakes to include in the scrapbook and place in a box.

  3. 3

    Organise the photographs and keepsakes, dividing them into pages. Place all the items for one scrapbook page into its own envelope. Place all the envelopes into the box, until you are ready to begin assembling your scrapbook.

  4. 4

    Purchase the scrapbook album and the necessary number of pages. Refer to the envelopes filled with photographs and keepsakes to give you an idea of how many pages you need.

  5. 5

    Purchase scrapbook adhesive or tape at the craft store, to use when affixing your photos and keepsakes onto the pages.

  6. 6

    Shop for scrapbook embellishments (in theme with your scrapbook), at the craft or scrapbook store. For example, if your scrapbook is about a trip to Hawaii, you might purchase palm tree stickers, cutouts or rubber stamps.

  7. 7

    Assemble each scrapbook page by artfully arranging the items from an envelope and adding embellishments, such as stickers, stamping, ribbon or paper cutouts.

  8. 8

    Write necessary text on each scrapbook page, such as brief comments or information identifying people or places in the photographs.

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