Following are the 10 steps I use to help me complete my scrapbook layouts:


1.    Gather Page and Album Ideas

  • Love to Know – ideas for wedding pages
  • – ‘10 Tips for Unifying an Album’
  • process for beginning an album – beginner scrapbook video tutorial part 5 is ‘Creating an Album’ is below
  • – under ‘Resources’ tab then ‘Articles’ there are ideas for different albums

2.    Select the Photos

  • best to start with your most recent photos (and stories) and work backwards otherwise it will be overwhelming
  • you don’t need to scrapbook every photo especially in the digital age – be selective
  • have one main photo and then if you want, you can add others to help tell the story. The main one should stand out – it’s in color and others in B&W or it may be bigger than the others or it may be matted and the others not etc.

3.    Crop the Photos

  • crop photos to remove any unwanted background that will distract from the main subject of the photo (don’t cut originals unless you have a negative or digital copy).
  • mat your photo to make it stand out (pop) from the background and attach to layout

4.    Select a Sketch By the Number of Photos

  • sometimes called a map, a sketch is a plan for how the elements on your page will fit together
  • you don’t have to use the sketch as it is – you can rotate it (900, 1800 or 2700), flip it vertically or horizontally or develop a new one using a couple of sketches
  • in the video below, Shimelle Laine demonstrates a layout from sketch to completion

5.    Decide On A Color Theme

  • this will be something that matches your photo/s
  • select 1 color from your photo/s
  • if you aren’t sure (when first starting out), buy coordinating sets i.e. a pack with papers, rub-ons, flowers etc. The advantages are they’re usually cheaper than buying everything separately and you also know that everything matches

6.    Match Your Papers

  • I usually start with a plain paper – this should be the main color you selected in the step above
  • then you can select either a patterned or another plain paper that will match your selected color scheme

7.    Memorabilia

  • attach any memorabilia e.g. programs, tickets, maps, brochures etc.
  • you can include non archival items (e.g. tickets, programs etc) just don’t place them near your photos. If you want them to last without yellowing – scan and then print them on acid and lignin free paper

8.    Embellishments

  • best to keep it simple to start
  • examples of embellishments include – flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, bugs, a flag banner, turtles, stars, circles, crochet, leaves, bling, buttons, trees, birds, chandeliers, birdcages, keys, locks, hinges, tags, shells, stitching, brackets, balloons, hot air balloons, flourishes, gears, clocks, ribbon (bow, straight, gathered, pleated, as a banner), string, stamp (as in stamping an image or posting a letter), rub-ons, pockets, tickets, arrows, patterns or flowers cut out of your paper, bubbles, doodling, tape measure, tools, tabs, staples, paperclips etc

9.    Title

  • All Crafts - title ideas for pages (in categories)
  • create your own titles:
    • print the letters on your computer (you have a huge variety of fonts available), cut them out, mat them, use dimensional magic or glossy accents and mount them on foam tape to make them pop
    • use your printed letters as a stencil to cut a photo, card-stock, cardboard, vellum or matching paper
    • card/cardboard can be painted, stamped, dry and wet embossed, crumpled, crimped and/or inked
    • use stencils to cut letters out of scrap paper (you can then paint them to match if needed)
    • use stencils to cut letters out of cardboard to make your own chipboard title
    • use the negative of the cut out letters
    • replace letters with embellishments e.g. a flower, button or heart for the letter O
    • enlarge words in your journaling to form a title
    • alphabet stickers
    • alphabet stamps
    • bling, glitter
    • letters printed on small tags
    • print on ribbon
    • dymo labels
    • outline with a pen
    • titles from pattern papers
    • print letters over another image e.g. text, photo, music sheet etc. and then cut out
    • hand or machine stitch
    • place lettering straight, uneven, overlapping, in a circle/semi-circle, same/ different fonts, same/different sizes, same/ different colors, printing/running writing, horizontal/diagonal/ vertical
    • parenthesis (brackets) around title
    • cover non-matching or plain chipboard letters with matching paper, then sand and ink the edges

10. Journaling

  • very important as this is the storytelling that goes with the photos, and it goes on telling the story long after you have forgotten the details
  • although I put this last, it doesn’t mean you have to do it last. I often write the story as soon as I select the photos, so I know how much room to leave on the page and where it will go
  • see Journaling to get some ideas on what to write if you’re stuck.
  • check out Free Quote Sites to help with telling your story

What steps do you use?


Kaye xoxo