Meetup: Scrapbook Page

On Wednesday night, Zoe W led a fantastic scrapbooking workshop showing us how to compose a 12″x12″ page. For some of us, it was a first try at scrapbooking of this type. We each brought along photos and memorabilia to include on our page and spent the evening happily cutting and pasting (old school style!).

As well as those joining in the workshop, we also had a few who came along to sit ‘n’ sew which included varied projects from beading (a charity shop find and a pretty hair clip), sewing (the Maple Leaf patchwork from a few weeks ago and a photo album cover) and crochet.

I am definitely hooked on scrapbooking now and I am thinking of running a workshop later in the year for mini-scrapbooks – is this something you might be interested in?

Zoe provided a useful handout which gave plenty of tips which she has generously shared with us here:

The Page

This can be the blank page or it can be a printed paper that you scrapbook on and then fix to the page.  Both techniques are equally good and you’ll probably use both.

The Mat

This is a coloured card put behind a photo before mounting on the page.  You can layer these for different effects


Similar to the mat, but the frame goes over the top of the photo instead of underneath


These can be used to give a theme to a page, or separate subjects.


Self-explanatory really, this is the title you give the page.  This could be written and printed beforehand or spelt out using stickers, stamps or punched out letters.


This is one of the elements that make scrapbooking more than just a photo album. By writing about the event or subject it makes it memorable and a proper record of what happened.  If you can’t think of anything to write you could always find an appropriate quote to use instead.
Journaling can be written straight on the page, written on card or paper or printed.  It can be hidden underneath flaps or pulled out.


Cropping is what you do to an image to make the very best display you can.  This can be hard in the beginning, as people tend to baulk at the idea of damaging a photo.  But with careful planning and cutting, cropping can make your photos better than ever.
Please note that instant photos must not be cropped.

Embellishments and Ephemera

Many things can be used: ribbons, lace, stickers, coins, buttons, ticket stubs, badges.  You can also use foam pads to create 3D effects.


Papers come in a huge variety of styles and colours.  You might just want plain colours, or you might want photo realistic grass paper for a page about a picnic.  If you look hard enough there will be the perfect paper for you.  You can buy single sheets but there are also packs or entire books of the same colour theme.

In addition to the many printed papers that are available there are also specialist papers, such as velum and mulberry papers which can add extra beauty to you albums.

Specialist Equipment

Scrapbooking shouldn’t require any specialist equipment, but it is available in order to make your life easier.
Guillotines, circle & shape cutting systems, special rulers, corner shapers, letters and many other products have been designed with specific tasks in mind, but a clever crafter can improvise.

Long-term Archive

If you want your scrapbooks to last without damaging the artefacts and photos they contain, then you need to think about the type of papers you used.

Paper contains acid and lignin, which deteriorate over time, so if you want your paper crafts to last consider in investing in acid and lignin free products. Most products specifically designed for scrapbooking will be acid and lignin free.  You can even buy special pockets to store ephemera printed on paper containing acid.

For the same reasons there are also different adhesives that you can buy which won’t damage your photos.

There are also plastic sleeves called page protectors, which slip over the finished page to protect it when being looked at.

Useful Links

The majority of products that I use are from Creative Memories

Lots of top tips and handy hints:

Lots of videos on

Scrapbooking blogs – they can be quite American, but still have good ideas:

Lots of great ideas:





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