Mantel Styling Tips

We challenged bloggers to style a mantel in 30 seconds. See what they did and get their smart tips for decorating a mantel.

View Video

Our Innovation Home

Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.

See More

Dream Decorating Decade

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

See More

Fab Fall Finds

Get your home ready for fall with these cozy decorative accents!

See More

No-Sew Pillows

No need for a needle and thread with these easy no-sew pillow projects. Use transfer paper, buttons, and beyond to create easy statement pillows without the hassle of sewing.

See More

Room Arranging Made Easy

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

See More
Popular in Decorating

Family Scrapbook Layout Ideas

Use these ideas to create a fun-filled scrapbook page that shows off your family's personality and documents special times together.


    Everything in this slideshow

    • Include Photos of Multiple Generations on Your Scrapbook Page

      Design by Jamie Waters

      To show how much her family is expanding, Jamie included a photo of the original group and another photo of the next generation -- their kids -- taken on the same day.

      Editor's Tip: Tell a story. Jamie paired her photos with journaling explaining the significance of the two photos. Although both photos work on their own, they have greater impact when accompanied by handwritten journaling.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Love, Elsie (lines), Autumn Leaves (stripes), Making Memories (dots). Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Designs. Stamps: Autumn Leaves. Clip: Making Memories. Decorative tape: Creative Imaginations.

    • Enlarge the Main Photo on a Family Scrapbook Page

      Design by Cathy Blackstone

      To make sure her whole-family photo took center stage, Cathy made it the largest element on her scrapbook page and framed it with patterned paper and cardstock.

      Editor's Tip: Pair large photos with smaller supporting shots. The smaller sizes give you more freedom to arrange your photos, so you can cluster them, as Cathy did, or spread them throughout the scrapbook page.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (paisley), My Mind's Eye (dots). Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: Making Memories. Rubber stamps: FontWerks. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.

    • Choose Patterned Paper that Helps Tell the Story of Your Scrapbook Page

      Design by Jamie Waters

      Jamie used planetary-print paper as the jumping-off point for her scrapbook page about the importance of her family.

      Editor's Tip: When using a variety of photos, as Jamie did on her scrapbook page, leave a white border around each one. The consistent look ties the page together and helps the photos stand out against patterned paper.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company (planets); Love, Elsie (dots). Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: KI Memories. Pen: American Crafts.

    • Scrapbook Photos of Individual Family Members

      Design by Mindy Bush

      No group photo? No problem. Mindy included a photo of each family member on her scrapbook page, arranging them in a strip that spans both pages.

      Editor's Tip: Play with color. Mindy used both color and black-and-white photos on her scrapbook page for an eye-catching mix. The contrast helps separate the photos and adds variety to the layout.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: AdornIt-Carolee's Creations. Fonts: Suburban Bold (decorative) off the Internet, Arial (sans serif).

    • Create a Photo Grid on Your Digital Scrapbook Page

      Design by Heather Melzer

      To avoid cluttering this digital scrapbook page about her family activities, Heather used a grid to organize her photos.

      Editor's Tip: Find fun ways to include journaling on a scrapbook page divided into a grid. Heather wound journaling about her family around the edges of the design.


      SOURCES: Software: Digital Image Pro. Font: Weather Fence by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital Elements: Digital Design Essentials ("2," second "0"), Heather Ann Designs (first "0," "5").

    • Use Image-Editing Software to Fix a So-So Family Photo

      Design by Erin Roe

      Erin used image-editing software to blur the busy background in the family photo used on this two-page layout.

      Editor's Tip: Let a single photo dominate a two-page scrapbook layout by splitting it over the pages. Erin placed her photo so the seam between the pages falls in an empty space.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Flair Designs. Fonts: Century Gothic (journaling), Patriot (title) by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Flair Designs ("family," strip), American Crafts (numbers). Embroidered scroll: Autumn Leaves.

    • Add Hidden Journaling to a Scrapbook Page

      Design by Patricia Anderson

      Patricia tucked journaling about her family in a pocket in the bottom left-hand corner of her scrapbook page.

      Editor's Tip: Make hidden journaling a seamless part of your design by decorating the pocket. Coordinating accents used throughout the scrapbook page unify the photos, journaling, and embellishments.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cuts: Deja Views for The C-Thru Ruler Company. Font: Times New Roman. Brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: Bobbin Ribbon.

    • Create a Scrapbook Page Collage with Same-Size Photos

      Design by Leslie Lightfoot

      To pack in plenty of details, Leslie cropped photos of her family into same-size squares and slipped them into a page protector designed to hold slides before mounting the piece to this scrapbook page.

      Editor's Tip: Use punches to crop photos into consistent shapes. This is especially helpful when creating a grid like Leslie did.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (red), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green). Fonts: Hurricane (title), Onyx (journaling) off the Internet. Slide protector: DF Albums Ltd. Brads: Provo Craft. Gems: KI Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Ball chain: Artchix Studio. Paper clip: Doodlebug Designs. Metal-rim tags: Making Memories. Tag: DMD Industries. String: Michaels.

    • Repeat Shapes on a Scrapbook Page for Emphasis

      Design by Joy Uzarraga

      Joy cropped her family photo into a semicircle to reinforce the circular elements used throughout her scrapbook page.

      Editor's Tip: Give the most important element on your scrapbook page extra weight by making it the largest, as Joy did with her family photo.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, pen: American Crafts. Circle punch: Marvy Uchida.

    • 10 of 31

      Scrapbook Less-Than-Perfect Family Photos

      Design by Leah Fung

      Leah's not-so-perfect family photo is the focus of this scrapbook page. She even included a detail of her son's unsmiling face to emphasize her message.

      Editor's Tip: When you need part of a photo to stand out, print a duplicate and crop around your detail. Leah's circular photo balances the flower in the lower left corner of the scrapbook page and draws attention to the humor in her photo.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: South Bay Productions. Fonts: Times New Roman (title), Arial (journaling). Brad: Making Memories. Silk flower: Michaels. Photo turn: 7Gypsies. Label maker: Dymo. Punches: McGill Inc.

    • 11 of 31

      Include Ultrasound Photos on Family Scrapbook Pages

      Design by Joy Uzarraga

      For this scrapbook page Joy scanned an ultrasound image of a family-member-to-be and included it with photos of the other three members of her growing family.

      Editor's Tip: Joy used image-editing software to screen back close-up shots of individual family members, then added journaling about their personality traits over the photos.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Tasklist by Two Peas in a Bucket. Tag, tabs, rub-ons: KI Memories. Mini brads: Lasting Impressions for Paper. Elastic Cord: Making Memories.

    • 12 of 31

      Mix Letter Stickers to Make a Scrapbook Page Title

      Design by Tina Barriscale

      Tina used brightly colored letter stickers in several styles for the title of her otherwise neutral-color scrapbook page about her family.

      Editor's Tip: A neutral background provides plenty of freedom to play with colors. Multicolor letter stickers are an easy way to add splashes of color to a scrapbook page and use up leftovers from other projects.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper, tin tiles: Making Memories. Font: Postmaster by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Li'l Davis Designs ("it's time to play?"), American Crafts ("things," "others," green "1"). Rub-ons: KI Memories (white-and-black shapes, "of these"), Making Memories ("is not like the").

    • 13 of 31

      Hand-Cut Graphic Elements to Embellish Scrapbook Pages

      Design by Jen Lessinger

      For this scrapbook page about her siblings' families, Jen kept the background simple and cut page accents from solid-color cardstock.

      Editor's Tip: Create pattern and interest easily by punching multiples of a simple shape from cardstock and arranging them in a group on your page as Jen did with the circle punches on this layout.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Century Gothic. Brads: Making Memories. Punch: EK Success. Photos: Judy Thompson.

    • 14 of 31

      Crop Photos to Fit More on Your Scrapbook Pages

      Design by Gina Van Hyfte

      By cropping in on the details in these candid shots of her family, Gina was able to include eight photos on her two-page scrapbook layout.

      Editor's Tip: There doesn't have to be a special occasion for you to bring out your camera. Gina snapped her photos during a summer night spent playing with her family. She even remembered to include herself in a few of the photos!


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Frances Meyer (background), BasicGrey (sanded blue). Font: Times New Roman. Transparency: 3M. Stickers: Karen Foster Design. Wood flowers: Li'l Davis Designs. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design. Ribbon: Michaels. Acrylic paint, brads, metal letters: Making Memories. Twill tape, metal-rim tag: Creative Imaginations. Label maker, tape: Dymo. Snap: Marcella by Kay for Target.

    • 15 of 31

      Make Room for Journaling About Family on Scrapbook Pages

      Design by Melissa Inman

      Melissa included extensive journaling on her two-page scrapbook layout but kept it from feeling text-heavy by leaving space for large photos and rub-ons.

      Editor's Tip: If you want to embellish typed journaling, as Melissa did with her rub-ons and metal accent, print out a copy on scratch paper to make sure you've left enough room.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Embossed paper: Provo Craft. Font: High Tide by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons: Deja Views for the C-Thru Ruler Company. Embossing template: Lasting Impressions for Paper. Ribbon: Making Memories. Photos: Anita Matejka.

    • 16 of 31

      Fit More Photos on a Scrapbook Page About Family by Creating a Photo Collage

      Design by Jen Jockish

      For this scrapbook page about a family vacation, Jen used image-editing software to create a photo collage that she printed as one piece and then mounted to her background paper.

      Editor's Tip: Let your photo collage shine by keeping the rest of the scrapbook page simple. Jen added just a few embellishments and some journaling to the right of her collage for an uncluttered look.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers (stripe), Cosmo Cricket (fleur de lis), Imagination Project (numbers), Scenic Route Paper Co. (dot), Making Memories (ledger). Font: Modern Type by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (hearts, letters), Magistical Memories (star). Acrylic paint, eyelet: Making Memories. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0.

    • 17 of 31

      Make Hidden Journaling the Focus of Your Scrapbook Page

      Design by Leslie Lightfoot

      Instead of making photos the focus of this scrapbook page about her family, Leslie used a large chipboard accent as the main element and hid her journaling beneath it.

      Editor's Tip: Don't limit journaling to traditional text blocks. Leslie used the chipboard "LOVE" as a mask, coloring the paper around the shape with a child's airbrushing tool. Then she used the uncolored area under the chipboard as a spot for her handwritten journaling, tailoring her story to fit the uniquely shaped space.


      SOURCES: Kit: Crayola Wonder Sprayer. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (brown, scallop), DMD Industries (white). Patterned paper: Cherry Arte. Font: Times New Roman. Epoxy stickers: Heidi Grace Designs. Chipboard accents: Li'l Davis Designs (blue stars), Making Memories ("LOVE"), Bazzill Basics Paper (rectangles). Metal hinges: Making Memories. Hemp cording: Heidi Swapp.

    • 18 of 31

      Include a Photo Strip on Your Scrapbook Page

      Design by Shelley Laming

      On this scrapbook page about her blended family, Shelley paired individual shots of her daughters with a strip of photos featuring all three.

      Editor's Tip: Use your text as a design element. Shelley created an oversize photo corner with her handwritten journaling.


      SOURCES: Stickers: American Crafts. Stamps: Too Much Fun. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.

    • 19 of 31

      Journal About Individual Family Member Traits

      Design by Erin Clarkson

      Erin paired each of her individual photos with journaling describing each person's role in her family for this scrapbook page.

      Editor's Tip: Unify your scrapbook page by giving your embellishments the same treatment as your photos. Erin distressed the borders of both her photos and her star accents to tie together the elements.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories (orange dot, orange floral), Scenic Route Paper Co. (red), Chatterbox (green), KI Memories (pink). Font: Coffee Break off the Internet. Die cuts: October Afternoon. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Stickers, brads: Making Memories. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design. Felt accent: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Martha Stewart.

    • 20 of 31

      Create Paper Piecings to Embellish Family-Theme Scrapbook Pages

      Design by Jodi Sanford

      To give this scrapbook page about her family a homemade feel, Jodi created a paper piecing of a house, tearing the edges of some pieces for a worn look.

      Editor's Tip: Use a ruler to help control your tearing when you're trying to tear along straight edges.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper, chipboard, tags, page corner: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Chestnuts by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko. Ribbon: May Arts.

    • 21 of 31

      Convert Family Photos to Black-and-White

      Design by Becky Novacek

      To give herself the freedom to play with patterned papers and embellishments on this scrapbook page -- and to disguise clashing clothes -- Becky converted this photo of her extended family to black-and-white.

      Editor's Tip: Let a photo dominate the top half of a scrapbook page, and leave the rest for journaling and embellishments. Becky added her title in an empty space on her photo but otherwise left her layout divided neatly in half.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio (text), October Afternoon (dot), Making Memories (shaped). Stickers: Making Memories (brackets), Heidi Grace Designs (letters), Cath Kidston (floral). Felt: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Ribbon, rickrack: Fancy Pants Design. Trim: Melissa Frances. Circle punch: Fiskars.

    • 22 of 31

      Mix Typed and Handwritten Journaling on You Scrapbook Pages

      Design by Traci Turchin

      For this page about a family visit, Traci printed a large journaling block on purple cardstock, leaving room between the lines of type for handwritten journaling that adds to the story.

      Editor's Tip: When using stickers to spell out a title, preplan your spacing by starting at opposite ends and working toward the middle, only lightly tacking down the letters so they can be easily moved if needed.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (letters), Autumn Leaves (flowers). Font: Univers off the Internet. Sticker: Autumn Leaves. Rubber stamp: A Muse Artstamps. Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Acrylic accent: KI Memories.

    • 23 of 31

      Use Different Colors of the Same Patterned Paper to Reinforce Your Scrapbook Page Theme

      Design by Lisa Storms

      To emphasize the girls-vs.-boys theme of this scrapbook page about her growing family, Lisa used the same patterned paper in pink and blue and divided the page nearly down the middle.

      Editor's Tip: To make sure your photos and text don't get lost in the busy background, mount them on cardstock or another patterned-paper strip.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: National Cardstock. Patterned paper: Making Memories (stripe), 7Gypsies (numbers). Vellum: Paperbilities. Fonts: Franklin Gothic ("the balance has") off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("shifted"), Autumn Leaves (epoxy). Conchos: Autumn Leaves. Floss: DMC Corp.

    • 24 of 31

      Surround Journaling on a Digital Scrapbook Page with Photos

      Design by Heather Melzer

      Instead of choosing one image to take center stage, Heather framed her digital scrapbook page with various photos of her family and added her journaling in the center.

      Editor's Tip: Give each of your photos a border so they stand out on the scrapbook page. This is especially helpful when the images overlap, as they do on Heather's digital scrapbook page.


      SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro. Font: Minion by Adobe. Digital elements: Shabby Princess (paper, title letters), Digital Design Essentials (ribbon).

    • 25 of 31

      Crop Photos to Focus on Family Members' Faces

      Design by Susan Cyrus

      Susan cropped photos of herself, her son, and her husband to the same size and converted them to black-and-white for this scrapbook page about how much they enjoy each other.

      Editor's Tip: Consider using a quote as your scrapbook page journaling. Sometimes the words of others can perfectly express how you feel!


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations. Font: Jack Frost by Two Peas in a Bucket.

    • 26 of 31

      Scrapbook Old Family Photos

      Design by Erica Hernandez

      Erica made a photo taken several years earlier the focus of this scrapbook page about what she and her husband have learned since starting their family.

      Editor's Tip: When scrapping old family photos, try journaling about changes in your family since the photo was taken. This works especially well if you don't remember specific details about the photo.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Fonts: Inkster (title), Geo Sans Light (journaling) off the Internet. Sticker: Scenic Route Paper co. Brad: Creative Imaginations.

    • 27 of 31

      Using Nontraditional Scrapbook Supplies on Family Pages

      Design by Leah Fung

      Leah used office supplies as embellishments on this scrapbook page about spending time with her family when she's away from work.

      Editor's Tip: Instead of adhesive, use paper clips, staples, and other office supplies to attach elements to your scrapbook page. Be sure to keep them away from one-of-a-kind photos or memorabilia as they may cause damage.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper, epoxy accent: Making Memories. Font: Times New Roman. Clips: Office Depot (paper clips), Making Memories (large clip). Address card: Rolodex. Punches: Creative Memories (circle), Stampin' Up! (spiral punch). Thread: Coats & Clark. Digital element: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.

    • 28 of 31

      Print Contact-Sheet Size Photos to Scrapbook a Large Family

      Design by Heidi Sonboul

      Heidi wanted to be able to fit all 29 of her family members on one scrapbook page, so she printed a contact sheet of their portraits and arranged them in a circular design.

      Editor's Tip: Before you create your contact sheet of photos, crop each image to eliminate empty space. Contact-sheet photos are so small, it's best to fill your frame with your subject.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Rub-ons: K&Company. Stickers: Love, Elsie (tag, circles, heart); K&Company (all other).

    • 29 of 31

      Use Paper Scraps to Create a Family Tree on a Scrapbook Page

      Design by Susan Weinroth

      On this scrapbook page Susan created a family tree using photos framed with metal-rim tags, buttons, and patterned paper.

      Editor's Tip: Use patterned-paper scraps to piece together designs. Susan created her family tree and the flowers on her scrapbook page using small pieces of patterned paper.


      SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Stickers: Metal-rim tags: Making Memories. Ribbon, buttons: American Crafts. Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts.

    • 30 of 31

      Scrapbook Photos Taken at Large Family Events

      Design by Jen Lessinger

      Jen took plenty of family photos at her grandfather's 90th birthday party and included her favorites on her quilt-inspired scrapbook page.

      Editor's Tip: To give photos equal weight on your scrapbook page, convert them to black-and-white and print them in same-size photo strips.


      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (stripe, polka dot), Autumn Leaves (teal), KI Memories (green). Font: Georgia. Stamps: Hero Arts. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Chipboard accents: K&Company. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Software: Sure Cuts a Lot, Adobe Photoshop CS2.

    • 31 of 31
      Next Slideshow Heritage Scrapbook Layout Ideas

      Heritage Scrapbook Layout Ideas

      Preserve your family's history and traditions with these ideas for scrapbooking your heritage.
      Begin Slideshow »



    Loading... Please wait...