What is Scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking is a method of preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Memorabilia such as photographs, printed media, artwork, fabric, coins, locks of hair etc are displayed in a decorative & creative way.  By adding journalling to your pages means that your story, your families story is preserved for generations to come. Scrapbooking is a widely practiced pastime in the United States & is the largest growing craft around the world.




STEP 1 - Organise your photos

There are a couple of ways to organise your photos {TIP - set aside an hour at a time so that you don't become overwhelmed by the task}


Chronological - day, date, year, age.

If you have all of your photos on a hard drive then it is pretty easy to set up folders for each year. Start good habits to make this process quicker.

Hard copy photos can be set up into years >> then seasons {this is helpful} >> then months >> then you can use size C6 envelopes which hold 4x6 photos perfectly to package events, ready for scrapping.

Write on the front of the envelope for easy access.


Events & themes

This method can be the most freeing as it allows you to work outside the box. You can draw photos from lots of different age groups to make a "How his smile has grown" page. This is a fun fun fun way to scrapbook.

Ideas for themes
  • family
  • kids
  • boy
  • girl
  • birthdays
  • festive
  • gatherings
  • pets
  • seasons
  • holidays
  • pregnancy
  • baby
  • school achievements
  • milestones
  • friends
  • social
  • work
  • travel
  • family tree
  • music
  • hobbies
  • inspiration
  • extended family
  • vintage
  • recipes
  • celebrating me
When you are deciding on the theme of your project take down ALL barriers that may squash your
creativity & have FUN with your projects.
There really aren't any rules. Its ALL messy, creative, artsy play xxx


STEP 2 - Albums, etc

Choose a format, a style in which to display your beautiful memories.

Album - pocket



Album - Post



Album - D-Ring or 3 Ring






Home made
this is when you feel more confident & would like to conquer the world of paperbag albums {these can be made in a variety of sizes}
Off the Page {OTP}

this is where you are only limited by your imagination. You can find lots of examples online.








STEP 3 - Gather your supplies

To start scrapbooking you will find the investment is determined by your style & skill level.

Basic tools are all you need when starting off but allow yourself to purchase tools that help you to express your style.

By purchase tool kits you will save as they have been discounted due to bundling products together.


Basic Tool Kit #1



Basic Tool Kit #2



Or purchase items individually
  • Cutting tools - Trimmer, scissors {not good for straight lines}, steel ruler + craft knife + mat
  • Adhesives {make sure it is made for use with photos} - Liquid, double-sided tape, foam for 3D effects, photo squares, glue stick
  • Journalling pens - black fine tip and white gel pen are so versatile. Embrace your handwritting as it is an important part of you. For your "fancy" pages you can print out the journalling with a printer or typewritter
  • Stamping supplies - stamping is an easy and affordable way to add interest & accents to your layouts. Permanent ink pad {black} acrylic block set for acrylic stamp sets {more affordable than wood mounted stamps} water colour pencils.
  • Distressing tools - sandpaper, edging distresser, filing set
  • Heat tool - used for embossing powders, drying wet applications like sprays & mists


  • Decorative supplies {some of these can be found in kit form which saves you time & money. They also take the guess work out of what product go with what}
  • Cardstock
  • Paper
  • Kits
  • Embellishments - glitter, bling, ribbon, die-cut accents, chipboard accents, buttons, brads, pearls
  • Mediums - paints, mists, liquid glitter, ink pads, 3D paints, chalks, shimmery powders
  • Markers




STEP 4 - Find Inspiration

  • Sign up for workshops at your local scrapbooking store, on your favourite online store or find an independant teacher that holds classes. Big Picture Classes has the largest variety & number of classes available. They are reasonably priced as well.
  • Magazines have LOADS of inspiration.
  • YouTube has a gazillion scrapbooking tutorials.
  • Pinterest is my FAVOURITEST place to go.
  • Sketches make scrapbooking soooooooo easy {insert smiley face} these can be easily followed and adapted to suit your style & needs. Bellow is a breakdown of a layout to get you started xxx


Resources & Inspiration


Basic Tools & Supplies



From Boxes to Books



Finding Inspiration



Creating Your First Layout



Album Creation



Glitter Girl Adventures

This link will take you to the Glitter Girl adventures hosted by Two Peas. It is a brilliant set of how to's which I am positive you will benefit from xx