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October 28, 2019 Carefree Crafting No comments

Looking for creative scrapbook ideas? Help yourself to this list we’ve had so much fun rounding up, so you can make creative memories from this year’s photos and memorabilia!

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DIY Scrapbook Ideas You Have to Try

1. Use Pressed Flowers

If you don’t want to make flowers from paper, why not press real flowers for your scrapbook layouts?

You can use a flat iron, flower press, or even just wax paper and a heavy weight. Pressed flowers will definitely add an extra-special touch to your scrapbook design.

Note: Be very careful when handling pressed flowers as they are very fragile.

2. Try These Border Ideas

Working with a plain white paper? It doesn’t have to be boring.

Why not outline the edges of your scrapbook pages with watercolor to give it a whimsical design? Freehand some stripes, vines, or ribbons and paint it with watercolor.

These border designs add so much style to your scrapbook layout edges. It’s one of the great scrapbook ideas perfect to set as a theme!

3. Use Buttons

Make cute shapes and design pages with a colorful buttons collection.

Glue or thread your buttons into your paper and photos to add color and create a stunning design on your scrapbook page. Use different colors and kinds of craft buttons to showcase your photos.

4. Use Tabs

Add some fun to your scrapbook ideas! Save space and wow anyone who looks through it.

Use washi tape to stick photos on a page, and create a mini flipbook within the pages of your scrapbook. You can also create tabs on each photo to add a little description of it.

5. Paper Flowers

This is a staple in many scrapbook themes. Grab some scrapbook paper and paper flower punches to cut out flower shapes.

Make as many flowers as you want.Then, layer and glue the flowers together, or pierce a hole in the center and put a brad.

Make these beautiful paper flowers with the kids.

6. The Pencil Eraser Design

They used it to design a tote bag but who said it won’t work in a scrapbook? Grab a thick heart template and lay it on the paper.

Then, dip the eraser into the paint, press it on the edge of the heart, all the way around the template. Make several prints until you are out of paint.

Once you’re done, remove the heart template and you should have a beautiful heart shape. Try it with other shapes, too.

7. Travel Scrapbook

Want a theme? Make a scrapbook of the places you’ve visited or planning to visit. It would be so much fun!

You can include things like leaves, sand, clouds, stickers, or stones in your scrapbook ideas! Anything goes with this design. This is also perfect for a DIY birthday scrapbook.

8. Heart Butterflies

Did you know you can make cute little butterflies with your heart puncher? An interesting trick to add to your scrapbook ideas, right?

Simply fold a patterned paper in half and partially punch the heart shape. Add a little twine to make the body and antennae.

9. Chevron Pattern

Got some paper scraps? Don’t throw them away. Make them useful by turning them into these adorable chevron pattern designs.

Simply cut patterned paper into strips and segments, and line the paper pieces to create stripes on your scrapbook page. One of the most wonderful scrapbook ideas!

10. Faux-Quilting Technique

If you don’t want to make a chevron pattern, here’s another brilliant idea on how you can use your paper scraps: faux-quilting technique.

Faux-quilting definition: To give the appearance and texture of a quilted fabric without actually applying the stitching technique, the effect is achieved mainly with cloth or paper scraps and adhesive (with stitching used for aesthetic purposes).

Transform your scrapbook page into a cozy creation with a few patterned paper scraps, dimensional adhesive, and a sewing machine. Simply adhere your patterned paper squares with dimensional adhesive to create a quilted look.

Then, stitch the squares to the page and rough up the edges to get a bit more of a fabric feel. Repeat the process until you achieve a full paper quilt.

11. Embroidered Map

This was done as an artwork but why should it stop you from stealing this idea and adding it to your scrapbook? Grab a needle and poke some holes in the map along the route.

Then, sew the map along the route using a back stitch. Finish off by embellishing the map with an X at your destination.

12. DIY Mini Hangers

Aren’t they just adorable? Turn plain paperclips into wonderful mini hangers, make a few, and add it as a cool embellishment to your scrapbook.

To make mini hangers, you only need paper clips and pliers. All you need is to extend the paper clip and bend it accordingly.

Then, use your pliers to make a hook. Isn’t this one of the most ingenious scrapbook ideas?

13. The Things I Love

Want to start your scrapbook but not really know what it is about? Why not start with the things you love and begin journaling about them? I’m sure you’ll be able to make a lot out of that idea.

Keep adding photos with beautiful memories and a lot of love from your family and friends!

14. Use Pressed Leaves

Why spend money on scrapbook supplies when nature is giving you all the material you need?

Gather some leaves and use punchers with different shapes for your scrapbook design. You can use paper stamps to get cute designs from your leaves!

15. Ombre Paint Chip Design

Head over to your local hardware store for some paint chips.

Emily Grace from Grace and Good Eats may have used paint chips to make cute little note cards, but I’m sure they will also look perfect in your scrapbook. Make a few punches on the paint chips and create a wonderful layout.

16. Diamond Twine

Isn’t this just adorable? Grab a few sheets of craft paper and cut several diamond shapes.

Use the cuts as a template to trim your photos into the same shape and size. To create a diamond pattern, use the twine to create the grid, then add your photos and embellishments. And you’re done!

It’s one of the most original scrapbooking layouts.

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17. Watercolor Design

Get creative by using a doily as a stencil and painting a wash of color over it for a unique design.

Use a heavy, textured paper with watercolors. This is just a simple trick, but it adds so much flair to your scrapbook pages.

18. Woven Flower

If you really love flowers, here’s a quick and easy DIY tutorial that uses paper flowers and some ribbons.

Simply cut slits in the tip of each petal and punch a hole in the center. Weave the ribbon all the way around your flower.

Then, grab some adhesive and glue down your smaller center flower. Lastly, decorate the center of the flower with anything you want. You’ve got yourself a new woven flower.

19. DIY Sand Pocket

Love going to the beach? If you also take a bit of sand home every time you visit, add it to your pages.

Simply get some plastic film and tape it with some washi tape to seal the sand inside. You may also add a label with the place you collected the sand, along with the date.

20. Washi Tape Banner

Be festive and make a cute little banner with different colored washi tapes.

Grab some washi tapes, cut small strips and tape it over twine to create a beautiful washi tape banner. Use either a single or different patterns on every page to get varying creative looks.

21. Photo Map

Use a map as a background for your scrapbook. It’s a great reminder of the places you have or will be visiting.

Add a sticky note beside every photo to indicate the date and activities you have done!

22. Photo Strips

Get scrappy and create a beautiful layout design. You may create the layout digitally, but it’s more fun to make it with your hands.

Simply cut one of your photos to create strips and group them together. Using photo strips as your background is a fun and creative technique to frame your photos.

23. Band Individual Letter Stamps

To create a perfect word alignment, band together individual letter stamps.

Banding together all the letters and stamping the whole word at once helps ensure the letters have good spacing on your scrapbook page.

Note: Make sure to roll the stamp onto your ink pad several times to make sure it’s completely covered with ink.

24. DIY Decorative Clips

Create decorative clips to hold photos. These clips are so easy and quick to put together.

You only need a few larger-sized paper clips, scraps, some embellishments to decorate with, and a stapler to create these adorable DIY decorative clips!

25. Use Photo Tiles

For that unique and elegant effect, display photo tiles. To start, choose a photo you want to use, place it face down on a flat surface, draw a grid over the photo and cut it into small squares.

Then, have fun rearranging these individual squares, or sections of photos, like tiles on a floor. One of the most beautiful ideas for scrapbooking!

26. Make Envelopes from Old Magazines

Perfect place to hold your summer pictures! To get started, all you need is an old magazine, scissors, an envelope, a glue stick, and a Sharpie.

Open up an envelope and trace it on a magazine page. Cut around the outline, fold down the four sides, then glue the edges of the flaps together.

Done! You just made your own envelope!

27. Scrapbook with Plenty of Colors

Summer is always fun and lively, so display fun and bright colors. Using a bright and colorful layout is a brilliant technique to convey happiness, energy, and excitement. So, experiment and enjoy using color!

28. Apply Monotone Color Scheme

Pick a monotone color scheme to let photos truly shine. Staying in a monochromatic color scheme makes you focus on using embellishments in a more elegant and creative way.

Choose one color, perhaps the color that conveys the emotions of the person in the photo, and play around with its shades to add attractiveness to the layout. This technique makes your photo stand out!

29. Photos In A Circle

Circle it is! The shape of the summer, reminiscent of the sun and water bubbles. It’s a great way to display your photos.

Draw a cluster of circles. Top some of the circles with your photos and some with patterned paper. You may add a few smaller circles and embellishments to finish it off.

30. Add A Burst Of Sunshine

Summer sunshine will surely brighten up your scrapbook. Create radiating bands using some paper scraps and place your photo at the center of the burst pattern.

The burst emphasizes the photo as the focal point and creates energy, too!

31. Add Other Nature Embellishments

Bring a unique charm and some texture to your scrapbook layouts using flowers, leaves, starfish, butterflies, ladybugs, and other objects that come from nature, as natural embellishments. You can either attach them using a brad or glue them to the page directly.

They will definitely add texture and color to your scrapbook page. Utilizing the natural resources around you is an excellent way to collect scrapbooking supplies.

Note: All natural materials must be kept dry.

32. Design A Fun Popsicle Page

Popsicles are fun pages perfect for summer or you can immortalize your favorite recipe. Whip up as many popsicles as you can and display them on your scrapbook page.

All you need are cardstock, mini popsicle sticks, gel pens, a nail file, an oval punch, and glue. So, keep the seasonal treats coming! One of the best scrapbook ideas!

33. Don’t Forget the Water Fun Activities

Summer would never be complete without you taking a dip! So, scrapbooking your water fun activities is a must.

Adding some colors and layout designs would help you tell these summer splashin’ stories. All you need are yellow and blue colors, a brush and some water, to create a bubbly water feel in the layout.

Note: This design may be ideal for the summer season, but feel free to change the theme according to the season. This is one of my favorite scrapbook ideas for summer!

Watch this video from Craft Daily and learn more scrapbook ideas using unique techniques:

There’s no right or wrong way to scrapbook. In fact, the best scrapbook ideas come from resourcefulness and creativity. So whether you’re an avid scrapbooker or just getting started, these ideas are sure to get you inspired.

Experiment, have some fun and let your creativity flow at your next scrapbooking session. Now, get ready to showcase your photos and document those beautiful memories with these 33 creative scrapbook ideas!

Which of these scrapbook ideas is perfect for your special photograph? Let us know in the comments section below!


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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You can do more with scrapbook papers than simply scrapbooking; there are heaps of craft ideas where scrapbook papers can really be put on show. Whether you are a scrapbooker or not, scrapbook papers can be turned into awesome works of art. Here are some simple ideas to get you started.

Card Making

Lots of scrapbook papers have small designs which can be cut out and used for cardmaking. Often the designs are repeated over and over on the page, so you can use paper tole techniques to make great 3D cards.

Simply cut out one of the pictures or patterns to start with, and then paste it onto your card. Cut out a second copy of the same picture, and adhere it over the top of the first one using foam tape. This will make it look 3 dimensional.

Keep repeating the process, with smaller pieces of the same picture or pattern, so that different parts become more (or less) pronounced.

Art on Canvas

Scrapbook papers are works of art all on their own, and they can easily be mounted on to stretched canvas to hang on the wall. Either cover the back of the page with Jac paper (like a sheet of double sided sellotape – available from all craft stores), or use decoupage techniques to paste it into place.

If you are unsure as to how to mount your paper, ask at your local scrapbook store or simply put your paper into a frame.

Funky Furniture

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Add interest to an old wooden table by cutting and sticking scrapbook papers over the top. Look for a water-based adhesive like Decopodge or Modge Podge, and follow the instructions on the back of the bottle. You can also use ordinary PVA, but you will have to experiment with getting the consistency just right.

Once the paper is completely dry, you can coat the table top with a clear varnish. For a really glassy finish you can pour resin over the top, provided you seal the paper with a water based sealer first.

Notebook and CD Covers

Cover plain notebooks, diaries or recipe books with scrapbook paper to create a truly unique gift or something special for yourself. Covering the back with Jac paper, will create a self sticking book cover.

To make funky CD and DVD covers for your downloaded music, simply cut and paste your scrapbook paper onto lightweight card, and slide it into the front of the case.

Candle Holders


Use watered down PVA, Modge Podge or Decopodge to glue ripped up paper onto the outside of a plain drinking glass, then paint a layer of glue over the top.

Drop a tea light candle into the glass, and you have an awesome candle holder which can be used inside or out. The light radiates through the paper to create a stained glass effect.

Gift Boxes and Bags

Personalise a special present by making a gift box or bag, and a card and envelope to match. There are some great books available with untold box designs, or watch this space for some box templates, coming soon.

If you don’t have any box templates to use, try decorating an empty coffee tin or Pringles canister. Tins make great gift containers, and are good for filling with homemade sweets and buscuits.

Fridge Magnets

Mount scrapbook paper onto heavy card and glue a magnet onto the back. Magnets can be bought from most craft shops, but you can also find them at hardware stores. (We use the free promotional magnets that we get in the post.) Papers with quotes are especially fun to have on the fridge, or make up a collage from all your scraps.

To make the magnet really functional, glue a clothes peg to the bottom so you can attach notes and lists.

Quick and Easy

  • Use all your scrapbooking scraps to embellish a plain photo frame, and put your favourite photo inside. It’s like having a scrapbooking layout, outside of the album. Frames with a wide border work best, but you can use just about anything.
  • Take a plain cork notice board, and cover it in full sheets of scrapbooking paper to create a pin board that is a little out-of-the-ordinary. There are some great kids designs available, which would make awesome pin boards for a child’s room.
  • Use craft punches to cut out cool shapes from all your paper scraps. Keep them in a container, and whenever you are sending a card or letter pop a few in the envelope. It’s a nice cheery surprise for the person receiving the card, and it doesn’t make mess on the carpet like glitter does.
  • Jazz up a plain plastic clock by removing the front, and gluing cool scrapbook paper onto the face. Make sure you keep the glue away from the hand mechanism so that the clock continues to work.
  • If your child has a puzzle that is missing half the pieces, you no longer need to throw it out. Use your scrapbook paper and embellishments to decorate the puzzle pieces, and turn them into mini works of art. You can attach a brooch pin, glue on a magnet, or simply put them in a tiny frame for the wall.

Scrapbooking paper can be used to decorate just about anything, so think outside the square and start looking at what needs jazzing up around your home. Check out our Creative arts and crafts section for 1,000’s more great crafting ideas

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Scrapbook paper is awesome because it is relatively inexpensive, is easy to work with, and can transform and embellish just about anything in.

Back in the old days (basically, the “old days” refers to my life before kids, which seems like forever ago), I used to scrapbook. A lot. Today I use a Memory Planner, but I have maintained my obsession and compulsive buying habits when it comes to scrapbook paper. I don’t even want to tell you how many pieces of scrapbook paper I have around my house, because it would be embarrassing. 

So…what’s one to do with it all? I’ve compiled a list of uses for scrapbook paper that I think any paper hoarder will appreciate. If you’re like me, you’ll see this list and get a bunch of ideas and feel the need to buy even MORE scrapbook paper. You have my blessing.


27 Uses for Scrapbook Paper

  1. Make this cute Scrapbook Paper Easter Egg.
  2. Use scrapbook paper to make planner stickers.
  3. Decorate the house! These 42 DIY decorating ideas are SO CUTE. 
  4. Make your own greeting cards!
  5. Turn scrapbook paper into envelopes and then use these printable cash envelope labels to create your own cash envelope system.
  6. Make a paper vase
  7. Really cute Halloween decorations
  8. Make a decorative notebook
  9. Super cute monograms for the walls
  10. This Lunchbag Photo Album is so cute…and would be such a fun Mother’s Day or grandparents gift!
  11. Games for the kids – this Silly Sock Matching Game looks like a kid-pleaser!
  12. Custom Wall Art – perfect for a playroom or child’s room!
  13. Photo backdrops for your blog – I love using scrapbook paper as backgrounds/props for my blog photos
  14. Make your own Christmas ornaments
  15. DIY gift bags
  16. Make these fun paper fireworks for the kids (or for cute decor)
  17. These DIY geometric bowls are so cute!
  18. Gorgeous paper flowers!
  19. Dress up your picture frames
  20. Make your own magnets (these would be a fun party favor)
  21. Get fancy with these cute plates (yes, plates!)
  22. Make your own custom phone case (I’m going to do this one!)
  23. Make these cute coasters! (fun gift idea)
  24. Decoupage something
  25. Make your own paper bows
  26. Gift tags (Christmas is coming, you guys!)
  27. Make a gift card envelope
  28. Make really fabulous candle votives

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I recently shared an article about different ways pretty patterned papers, like scrapbook paper and others, can be used for craft projects. A few of them were home décor crafts but there are still so many things you can do with them, especially for home decorating.

Using pretty paper to update furniture and other decorative pieces can really help give things a fresh new look. A few other things you can do is use it to decorate candles, create beautiful wreaths, chandeliers and lots of other decorative items.

Finding Paper on a Budget

Scrapbook paper is wonderful, but I know what you may be thinking. Price-wise, it can be really expensive but not always. If you need just a sheet or two you can buy them by the sheet usually for about .25 a piece.

Look for sales and you can use 40 and 50% coupons at craft stores. You can get a whole book of beautiful paper for sometimes half the price.

Something else you can do is print free patterned papers off the Internet and just print what you need at the time. Just be sure to seal any paper you print from an inkjet first with something like Mod Podge, to avoid runny ink. I am looking into getting a laser printer myself. I hear the ink is sealed when you use those.

Mod Podge

You will see Mod Podge mentioned a lot in this article. Just in case you don't know, Mod Podge is basically like white glue but with a gel-like consistency. It will not only glue paper down but you can brush it over the top of the paper and use it as a sealer.

It comes in matte and glossy finish and dries super fast and crystal clear. This stuff is amazing.

Searching for scrapbook ideas and creative ways to embellish your albums? Martha Stewart has dozens of crafty projects for scrapbookers. It's a good idea to find solid and patterned paper that matches the items you are.

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Before we delve into all of the chaos that is the holidays and all the fun, festive things you can make, we’re going to spend this month talking about supplies we already may have!

I think it’s safe to say that we, as crafters, have a tendency to “collect” supplies that we love. Our obsessions may vary, but I’m willing to bet there is an overabundance of something in your crafting area! So this month we’re focusing on destashing our craft space, one product at a time.

For me it’s scrapbook paper. I think the reason I got into scrapbooking years and years ago was for the paper!

And now, though I almost never find the time to scrapbook, I still collect ALL the pretty paper! Luckily paper is pretty versatile so there are SO many things that can be done with! If you happen to be a paper hoarder as well, you may enjoy some of these scrapbook paper destash crafts!

DIY Envelopes

Colorful Paper Mache Letters

Paper Flower Wreath

DIY Notebook Covers

Jewelry Pendants

Collage Art

Dressed Up Clothespins

Wall Art

Desk Storage

Gift Wrap

Pretty Placemats

Furniture Makeover

Custom Picture Frames

Accordion Wreath

Scrap Paper Bookmarks

Paper Scrap Cards


There are so many ways to use your scrapbook paper! And scrapbook paper scraps if, like me, you can’t help yourself but to keep those as well.


Don’t miss our next round of destash ideas next Friday!



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