How to Make a Goodbye Scrapbook

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How to Make a Goodbye Scrapbook
A scrapbook makes a nice goodbye gift. (scrapbook grunge frame image by pdtnc from

Scrapbooking is the hobby of documenting important events by collecting photos and other memorabilia in an album. The album itself is usually centred around a theme--a wedding or a baby's birth, for example. The author arranges photos on different pages and includes writing to highlight the memories and photos. Scrapbooks can be kept simple or can be highly creative with embellishments such as stickers, patterned borders and numerous other scrapbooking decor. A scrapbook can make a thoughtful gift to someone you are saying goodbye to.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Photos
  • Album with card stock pages
  • Scissors, plain or pattern edge
  • Pen
  • Other memorabilia
  • Acid-free adhesive
  • Acid-free stickers (optional)
  • Decorative scrapbooking paper (optional)
  • Clear page protectors

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  1. 1

    Create a theme to unify your goodbye scrapbook. The theme could be a time line, beginning when you first met the recipient, or it could centre around special events and holidays you shared together.

  2. 2

    Choose which photos will go on each page. For example, a scrapbook using an events theme might include a separate page each for birthday parties, concerts, vacations and holidays. A best bet is using three to five photos per page.

  3. 3

    Cut your photos, trimming out excessive backgrounds. This will reduce the size of the photos, so you can fit more on a page. It also adds a creative touch when you use craft scissors that create a patterned edge.

    How to Make a Goodbye Scrapbook
    Scissors with a patterned edge (jagged scissors image by Maxim Pimenov from
  4. 4

    Lay out the photos and memorabilia for each page. Using acid-free adhesive on the back of each photo, place the photos on the card stock pages. You can add decorative scrapbooking paper on top of the plain card stock page first, if you wish. If you do, photos may look better matted on solid-coloured card stock before pasting them onto the patterned paper. Embellish the page with acid-free stickers and other scrapbooking decor, found in abundance at craft supply stores. Mount memorabilia, such as concert tickets, to acid-free scrapbooking paper and then paste onto the card stock.

    How to Make a Goodbye Scrapbook
    A sample page layout (Scrapbook Page Layout 2 image by Jut from
  5. 5

    Document each page in the album by writing in pen on the pages around your photos and memorabilia. You can write directly on the pages or write on separate pieces of acid-free paper and place them onto the card stock page with acid-free adhesive. If you are afraid of making a mistake, writing on separate pieces of paper might be the way to go.

  6. 6

    Place each card stock page in a clear, protective cover made especially to fit scrapbooking pages. Assemble your pages into the scrapbook album.

Tips and warnings

  • There are many choices for scrapbooking albums. Visit your local craft store and decide on the type of album, before buying other supplies.

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