Dog Scrapbook Layout Ideas

Your pup is an important part of your family. Use these fun ideas to also make him an important part of your scrapbook.

Puppy Love Layout

Design by Mimi Leinbach

Frame a large patterned-paper block with strips of cardstock and other patterned paper to create a focal point for the layout. Mimi put both a posed and a candid picture of her son playing with their dog. She added a clever title and fun dimensional stickers to finish the page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Black River Designs. Stickers: American Crafts (heart, letters), BasicGrey (dog, flower). Glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Die cut: Pen: American Crafts. Adhesive: Scotch.

Girly Dog Layout

Design by Lisa Storms

Lisa highlighted a cute picture of her daughter and their dog with flower accents. To make the flowers, fold five doilies in half. Fold each doily again, this time a little more than half. Fold the last fold back again, only halfway. Glue the tips of the folded doilies together, and adhere a punched cardstock circle to the center to secure.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Bella Blvd (black), My Mind's Eye (green). Stickers: American Crafts (title), Little Yellow Bicycle (pink circle), Sassafras (green circle). Brads: Fancy Pants Designs. Ink: Clearsnap. Doilies: Wilton.

Dog Interview Layout

Design by Kimberly Neddo

Quotes from your subjects can often bring a story to life, and journaling is easy when you include word-for-word dialogue. Kimberley interviewed her daughter about her dog. She included a photo strip of photos of her daughter and the dog playing in the leaves and added fun buttons for accents.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons, spray ink: Studio Calico. Font: Hypatia Sans Pro Semibold off the Internet. Ribbon, buttons: My Mind's Eye. Stamps: FontWerks (Blox Alpha), Studio Calico. Adhesive: American Crafts.

Patchwork Dog Layout

Design by Tracy Kyle

When naming their dog, the Kyle family made a logical choice. Born as the seventh puppy of the litter, the name Seven seemed only natural. Tracy snapped this close-up photo of Seven's face, capturing his expressive eyes.

She attached the enlarged image to the corner of the page and used random squares cut from a variety of patterned papers to fill the rest of the background. She stitched some squares together with embroidery floss and dressed up others with painted wooden numbers, bottle caps, and even a game piece, each one emblazoned with the number seven.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cross My Heart (stripes, dots), Doodlebug Design (red blocks, flowers), Karen Foster Design (blue), Paperfever (multicolor circles), Sonnets for Creative Imaginations (red lattice, blue paisley), Scrapbook Wizard (blue with lines), Daisy D's Paper Co. (red stained), and Wordsworth (blue threaded). Font: Messenger by Autumn Leaves. Wood flower, bottle cap, and game number: Li'l Davis Designs. Rub-on numbers, tab: Autumn Leaves (white, red sevens). Stickers: Art Warehouse for Creative Imaginations (black seven). Decorative brad, leather flower, leather corner: Making Memories Wood numbers: Walnut Hollow. Paint: Plaid.

A Dog Story Layout

Design by Irma Gabbard

Shaped brads gave Irma the opportunity to do her journaling in a clever rebus scheme, which replaces words with images. To ensure placement, she printed a scrap piece first. A paper piecer helped her avoid bending her background paper when securing the brads.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts. Vellum: My Mind's Eye. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: SEI Brads: Karen Foster Design. Embossing template: Lasting Impressions.

Black-and-White Dog Layout

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin stacked three photos of her puppy along the right side of the page but created vertical columns for her title and journaling. She converted her photos to black-and-white and used bits of themed papers and embellishments to work her magic. To tame the busy papers, she cut them into strips and used them for a splash of color that matches her overall message.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, photo turns, charm: Making Memories. Font: Arial. Stickers: American Crafts (title), Making Memories (paw print). Rub-ons: Making Memories ("anything for you"), Scrapworks (small dots).

Inked Dog Layout

Design by Mary Macaskill

To show off her daughter's love for the family pooch, Mary created a layout using two tight shots of the duo. Inked cardstock is a warm background for the photos, inked squares, journaling, and rickrack. To prevent adhesive showing through, Mary straight-stitched some of the pieces, including the transparencies used for the title and journaling.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper: BasicGrey Font: Wendy Medium ("sugar," journaling), Alleycat ICG ("spice") off the Internet, Times New Roman ("&") Ink: Tsukineko. Metal heart: Making Memories. Punch: Marvy Uchida.

Artsy Dog Layout

Design by Irma Gabbard

A little color can go a long way. Irma decided to keep just the flower in color and convert the rest of her photo to black-and-white. When erasing the top layer, choose a soft-edge brush to create a more gradual transition from the colored item to the black-and-white area.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Font: Miss Happy by Two Peas in a Bucket. Patterned paper: Making Memories (ledger), Doodlebug Design (brown), Scenic Route Paper Co. (all other). Chipboard: Making Memories. Acrylic letters: Heidi Swapp. Embossing template: Lasting Impressions. Index card: Autumn Leaves.

Angled Dog Layout

Design by Audrey Neal

For an unexpected twist, tilt a row of photos that runs across your entire layout. Audrey even used scraps of photos to extend her row of images off this page. Even though her photos are nearly all the same size, Audrey singled out her focal image by leaving a thin white border. She was also careful about where the page divide hit so she wouldn't crop through her pup's adorable face.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cuts: Paper Salon. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Paper Studio.

The Queen Dog Layout

Design by Sande Krieger

Chipboard is a staple for many scrapbookers -- it offers dimension without bulk, and it can be altered in nearly limitless ways. Here, layers of striped paper, stitching, and underlined journaling embellish the chipboard look for a digital page about Sande's cute pup.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: Gasoline by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Fun & Games (paper), Altered Thoughts (title brush), Rhonna Swirls V2 (swirl brushes), Spilt Pea (photo frame), Joined at the Hip (stitching) all from Two Peas in a Bucket.

Digital Dog Layout

Design by Lisa Whitney

Traditional scrappers have added sewing machines to their bag of tricks, and now digital designers can get in on the fun. Lisa duplicated the photo and rotated the photos to give them a stagger. She also included realistic stitches for a down-home feel.


SOURCES: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Saeculum (script) by Da Font, Saco do Pao (journaling) by Misprinted Type. Digital elements: Artsy Fartsy Vol 2 (paper), Urban Baby (white flowers, buttons), A Beautiful Mess (green flowers--recolored), Believe Element Pack (large swirl), Doodle Ditties Volume 1: Whimsy (brushes all from ScrapArtist), Hand Stitched Alphabet ("Lexi") from Sweet Shoppe Designs. Petal Bundle (brads) from Scrapbook Bytes.

Friends Forever Dog Layout

Photo by Dana Smith

Design by Tracy Kyle

Layered leaves created with a die-cutting tool branch out from a fuzzy stem on Tracy's charming layout. She stitched around the frame and also on a denim circle on the flower's center.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Font: Century Gothic. Die-cutting tool, dies: Cricut. Paper flower: Doodlebug Design.

Must Love Dogs Layout

Design by Anita Matejka

Anita's circular text doubles as journaling and as a decorative border for her photo in this digital layout. Flow text around a shape easily with your computer program. For a shape more customized than a circle or square, scan your photo and trace the shape using the Drawing tool.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Team MT (title), Teletype (around circles, bottom of page) off the Internet. Digital element: Blair's Borders.

Pint of Pug Dog Layout

Design by Mary Macaskill

Use clever photo angles to show off just how little a pint-size puppy is. This unique image gets star treatment on this simple page, which includes just two patterned papers. Over the sticker title is a layer of journaling printed onto a transparency. Paw-print ribbon hides the seam where the papers and photo meet.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (green), SEI (cream). Font: Journaling Hand off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), 7Gypsies (word). Ribbon: Carolee's Creations. Metal-rim tag: Making Memories.

New Dog Layout

Design by Barb Deshaw

Getting a new pet can stir up a lot of emotions. Barb captured her thoughts about Cami the dachshund with this journaling-heavy page. Lengths of word stickers over strips of black cardstock add to the page's sentiments.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Cleanliness by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), 7Gypsies (words). Rub-ons: Marcella by Kay. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Photo corners: Canson.

Good Dog Layout

Design by Irma Gabbard

As the owner of three dogs, Irma is always on the lookout for fun pet papers that fit her style. The clean graphic lines and touch of retro whimsy on these papers and embellishments were just right to express her love for her pets -- and to fit with the overall tone of her scrapbook.


SOURCES: Patterned papers, stickers: KI Memories Pet Shop Collection.

Ribbon Scrap Dog Layout

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin looped scraps of ribbon through jump rings to hang metal charms on this 9x9" page. It's a great way to use those leftover bits you can't bring yourself to toss out. She chose pewter-color charms to echo the tones of the black-and-white photos of her daughter and the puppy, all of which stand out against the bright background.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Cardstock: Making Memories (purple), Bazzill Basics Paper (green). Font: Incognitype. Letter stickers: SEI (title). Rub-ons: Making Memories (title), 7Gypsies (small arrows), KI Memories (tiny pink dots). Ink: Ranger Industries. Ribbon, rickrack, staples, rhinestones: Making Memories. Charms: Flair Designs (heart), Making Memories (dog bone). Adhesive: Glue Dots International.

Attack Dog Layout

Design by Cynthia Baula

This bold page gets high marks for creativity and style -- and it was made in next to no time. The close-up takes up much of the page, while computer-printed title and journaling fill most of the rest. The bottom right corner features two squares, one with a small photo and the other with a die-cut heart.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, National Cardstock. Font: Zurich from the Internet. Die and die-cutting tool: QuicKutz. Punches: Marvy Uchida.

Doggie Date Layout

Design by Susan Weinroth

When a friend's dog came over for a play date with her own pup, Susan couldn't resist snapping pictures of the two. To create this page, she vertically stacked three 4x6" shots and then added a title and journaling in blocks next to each photo. To mimic the punches of color against the black background in the patterned paper, Susan pulled the same colors into her journaling.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: American Crafts. Font: Century Gothic. Brads, photo turns: Queen & Co.

Floral Dog Layout

Design by Tracy Kyle

One great benefit of rub-ons is that they can be placed on almost any surface. Tracy used rub-ons to dress up a photo, a plastic button, cork, acrylic, wood, leather, and chipboard. All the pieces help decorate a page featuring dramatic photos of her dog.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Cork: Lenderick Industries. Pen: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (journaling), Creative Imaginations (text), Heidi Swapp (fuzzy stars), Heidi Grace (glitter), American Crafts (flower), BasicGrey (flourish/butterfly). Die cut: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Button: 7Gypsies. Flowers: Making Memories (leather), American Crafts (felt), KI Memories (plastic), Heidi Swapp (silk). Brads: American Crafts (green), Autumn Leaves (white). Gems: Heidi Swapp. Epoxy sticker: Autumn Leaves. Heart card: Paper Source.

Tired Out Dog Layout

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin's use of brightly colored label holders and paw print accents helps move the eye down the series of photos of the pooch getting sleepier and sleepier. To direct the eye through a page design, use embellishments that stand out or contrast with the other elements of the page, placing them at focal points throughout the design.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop. Cardstock: Making Memories (orange, cream, white). Patterned paper: Autumn leaves (green), Making Memories (red paw print). Font: Incognitype. Stickers, tags, brads: Making Memories. Rub-ons: doodlebug Design. Ink: Clearsnap. Punch: Family Treasures.

Heartfelt Dog Layout

Design by Leora Sanford

Sometimes more is more -- especially when it comes to duplicating a digital element. Leora resized and repeated a purchased clear heart element, emphasizing the theme of her layout about a cherished pet.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Fonts: Susie's Hand ("you melt my"), 1942 Report (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Tell Me Lies kit (paper), Hipster Plumes 7 (behind pictures), Painted Dribbles (paint splashes), Essentials Overlays 1 (background), Botanist No. 11 (staples) all from Designer Digitals, Cardstock Stamped Alpha ("Brandy"), Genuine Spirit kit (hearts, red ribbon) from Scrap Artist.

Sports Dog Layout

Design by Erin Clarkson

Can't find the perfect paper to coordinate with your photos? Make your own with dingbats. The Internet has tons of free dingbat fonts. Look around and you're sure to find one that's just right. If you want evenly spaced dingbats, place them all on one layer. Vary the size or opacity of the shapes to quickly change the look.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Fonts: Seeing Stars (dingbats) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Cardstock, grommets, charm, ribbon: Making Memories. Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Stickers: Carolee's Creations (stars), Making Memories (words).

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