When I started to find a passion for photography I also started to take a lot of photos! At every family occasion or social gathering, I was there with my camera in hand. For a long time, my photos were just on my computer so I decided to start a scrapbook to have all the amazing memories I had captured close to hand.
In this blog post, I will talk through step by step how you can make your own scrapbook and I will also show a few pages from one I made.
Here are the steps you need to take to make your own:
Step 1: Pick a scrapbook
I got this spiral bound scrapbook from Hobbycraft. At £5 it’s a bargain! It’s strong and well made and has plenty of thick pages. I love how the front cover is bare because once I’ve filled the book up I’m going to put photos on the front that sum up it’s contents!
Step 2: Get your photos developed
I get my photos printed through the Jessops website. It’s so convenient because I just upload all my photos from the comfort of my own home and they print and send them to me. I always take photos of objects as well as posed and natural shots of everyone.
Step 3: Get some decorative items
I think this is one of my favourite things about scrapbooking…making the pages all pretty and colourful,
Some items I bought to do this are:
Decorative paper – The one in the picture is from Tiger (available in store only) Sticking decorative paper in your scrapbook really helps you break up the page and can set the mood to the story you are telling.
Washi Tape – This is a decorative tape. I got some in pastel colours with patterns on. You can use it to stick your photos and decorative items down and it really gives your scrapbook that homemade feel.
Clips and tags – A pack of clips and tags comes in so handy. The clips I got are large patterned paperclips that I love putting in the corner of the page and the tags are stickers that have space to write on.
Scrapbooking embellishments – Type this in eBay and lots of options come up. Say you are scrapbooking about a new baby. You can get new baby embellishment packs that contain bottle shapes, storks etc. You can buy so many different embellishments to match the theme of your scrapbook.
One thing I would say about buying decorative items is to really shop around. You can easily spend a lot of money on it without realising (I know I did!)
Step 4 – Save memorable items for your scrapbook
If you are scrapbooking a holiday get a postcard for your scrapbook. Keep tickets, receipts and anything else that will add to the memory. The more of this you have the more personal and special your book will be.
Step 5 – Get a label maker!
This is optional but I think the labels it makes look great in a scrapbook. I love using them to add the date of the occasion. My label maker is a really cheap and basic one but it does the job.
Step 6 – Plan the layout
I always plan the layout before I stick it all down. It’s good to plan each page first so you can make sure you have enough photos and decorative items to make each page look amazing.
Step 7 – Glue it all down and smile at your beautiful creation!
I will now show you a few pages from one I made. The first scrapbook I did was for my parents, they were celebrating their wedding anniversary. I took lots of photos on the day and couldn’t wait to print them out and create a scrapbook that would capture all the special moments.
For the scrapbook, each page had a theme.
The page above is all about the cake. I’ve written notes on the page to remember moments. I’ve also added backing paper and decorative embellishments that keep with the anniversary theme.
This page is all about looking back at photos of their wedding day. You can see I put a photo of us looking through old photo albums and I added the photos we were looking at on this page. I kept with the love theme by adding a big heart and wrote reminiscing in it to give the page a name.
It’s quite time consuming to do all this but it really is worth it because you will create a precious keepsake that you and your loved ones will cherish forever,
Have you made a scrapbook before or are you thinking of making one? I’d love to know!