A Beginner’s Guide To Scrapbooking

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12 years ago this year I met Mr B. I don’t mean to be soppy, but you know what it’s like when you are in your 20’s and know you’ve found the “one”. You savour every moment. Where you first met, what you did and where you went on the first date. Those sorts of things. Well back then I collected everything and put it into a scrapbook. I saved things like cinema and bowling ticket stubs, receipts, a weird pencil sketch we had done in a booth, and photos. I stuck everything carefully into a scrapbook. To treasure those memories for years to come. It’s what got me into scrapbooking and today I’m going to share with you some tips in a beginner’s guide to scrapbooking. So you can start your own.

Beginner's Guide To Scrapbooking

How To Start Scrapbooking

What is a scrapbook? It’s a blank book with pages that are begging to be filled. It’s a method of preserving, presenting, and arranging personal memories. It’s a blank canvas for you to use to tell the story of your memories. You can add photos, embellishments, different types of printed media like leaflets and cards, and your own drawings and words.


To start, decide what you want your scrapbook to be about. So it could be about your hen weekend, a birthday or a celebration of some kind.

Size and Layout

Next, decide on the size of your scrapbook – do you only have enough bits and pieces to fill just a few pages? If so choose a mini-book. If you are scrapbooking your wedding, you may wish to go large. There are many scrapbook designs and layouts to choose from. Scrapbooking is a visual memory of images and words combined. You can choose your colours to fit in with the emotion of the memory and the theme.


Photos will be the main focal point of your scrapbook. If you go for the one on a page layout, make sure it’s a great photo and not blurry or dark. Don’t forget it’s a scrapbook so you can trim your photos if needed for page space. Tip – get photos printed on a matte paper not glossy so fingerprints are not shown up.

Scrapbook Files

To make your scrapbook truly special you can look at background patterns. You can print out paper designs with a floral background that would look elegant in a wedding scrapbook.

Image Credit – Design Bundles

A great website to check out is Design Bundles. The perfect website for crafty hobbyists and professionals like myself. They have a vast collection of resources like:

Illustrations, Mockups, Resume Templates, Free Designs, Backgrounds, Characters, Presentation Templates, Free SVG’s, Textures, Infographics, Flyers, Free Mockups, SVG’s, Web Elements, Newsletter Templates, Free Icons, Images, Add ons, Magazine Templates, Free Templates, Icons, Business Cards, Free Backgrounds and Textures, Royalty free images, Logos, Objects, Packaging and Branding, Decorations, Cards and Invites, Brochures and more.

With these files, you can design and create almost anything. Plus it’s all very affordable and can be downloaded at any time and anywhere. If you are into having everything digital, you may want to explore digital scrapbooking.


You will need some crafting supplies to get you started on your scrapbooking journey. Here is a basic list to get you on your way.

  • Your photos
  • Patterned paper
  • Coloured card from your theme colours
  • Acid-free paper adhesive
  • Glue gun if you are sticking buttons and beads
  • Embellishments, like beads, ribbon, buttons, and stickers, washi tape
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Page protectors/album

I hope you have enjoyed my beginner’s guide to scrapbooking, it’s a fantastic hobby to take up in your spare time.

rachel bustin

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