Grandparent Scrapbook Layout Ideas

Rediscover your heritage through pages celebrating the love and memories that grandparents provide. The layouts featured here are sure to inspire you to create your own cherished family designs.

Give Grandparent Pages a Modern Touch

Design by Cari Locken

Cari used two photos to capture the relationship between her children and their grandpa. Black cardstock gives the layout a modern look, while the soft curve at the bottom paired with rounded corners on her journaling block add to the lazy day feel.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accent: Fancy Pants Designs. Stickers: Making Memories. Pen: American Crafts. Punches: EK Success.

Add Easy Custom Accents to a Grandparent Page

Design by Emily Spahn

Emily inked the edges of her cardstock and patterned paper to give this layout a vintage feel. She placed red paper behind her black-and-white photo to make the image pop. Can't find the perfect embellishment? Use scraps instead. Emily folded a 3/8" strip of patterned paper into a heart accent.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (blue, red); Prima Marketing, Inc. (black); Paper+Cup (ledger). Die cutes: My Mind's Eye. Epoxy accent, flower: Making Memories. Ink: Ranger Industries.

Enhance Journaling

Design by Ali Edwards

To highlight the parenting aspect of her parents' roles as grandparents, Ali used a bolder typeface every time the word "parent" appeared in her layout. She used Adobe Photoshop to print the title on an enlarged photo, mounting it on patterned paper and then stamping a sentence from her journaling below it. She also added metal-rim tags decorated with printed circle cutouts and stamped with additional letters and words.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, circle cutouts: KI Memories. Computer fonts: Arial, Arial Bold by Microsoft, Cezanne by P22 ("blessing"). Rubber stamps: Hero Arts ("thank you," letters), PSX ("time"). Metal-rim tags: EK Success.

Highlight Key Phrases

Design by Jennifer McGuire

Jennifer included plenty of journaling, occasionally using colored ink to highlight key phrases. Layered and stitched lengths of cardstock and patterned paper run down the background, serving as a backdrop for the journaling block and focal photo. She left extra space on one side of the main photo mat for her title, which is a combination of rubber-stamped words, a matted stencil letter, and stickers.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Red Dog by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: KI Memories (black letters, white letters in black rectangles), Rebecca Sower (black letters in white printed circles). Rubber stamps by Hero Arts. Tag, stencil letter: Autumn Leaves.

Keep the Page Simple

Design by Lisa Storms

In dedicating this layout to her Grandma Diebler, Lisa strove for simplicity. She printed the "Grandma" portion of the title directly on the background and printed the "great" portion on a scrap of red cardstock, then used a craft knife to cut it out. To make her simple tag accent, she trimmed the center of a metal-rim tag and replaced it with definition-pattern paper, adding an inked cardstock heart to finish.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies. Fonts: Prose ("Grandma") from Two Peas in a Bucket, Carpenter ("great") and Calisto MT (journaling) downloaded off the Internet. Metal-rim tag: Making Memories.

Get Help from Kids

Design by Amy Warren

With her son Peyton's help, Amy printed the title and a list for each grandparent, leaving room to spell out portions of the text in stickers and separating each item with a brad. She continued to use metal throughout her design to tie it all together.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, vellum, stickers: Chatterbox. Fonts: Evergreen (large type) and Hot Chocolate (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Date stamp, metal-rim tags, flat-top brads: Making Memories.

Hide Your Journaling

Design by Sam Cousins

Sam layered torn and inked pieces of patterned paper, using graphic red, white, and black prints. To showcase the larger photo, she constructed a tag booklet that opens to reveal her journaling. The cover was decorated with stickers and chalks before being bound on the left edge with color staples. She finished with more embellishments, including chalked metal-rim tags, stickers, ribbon, and fibers.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Carolee's Creations (red and white), 7Gypsies (black). Stickers: Art Warehouse for Creative Imaginations ("smooch," "love," "kiss me"), Wordsworth (letters). Brads, ribbon, metal frame, metal-rim tags, color staples: Making Memories. Acrylic Letters: Heidi Grace Designs. Fibers: Fibers by the Yard.

Streamline Your Words

Design by Lindsay Teague

To design a layout praising her cool grandparents, Lindsay played with layering bright patterned papers and colorful cardstock. She streamlined her journaling, opting for a bullet-list format, and highlighted two points by printing them in vellum and wrapping them around the photos. To highlight the "10" in the title, she placed a round epoxy sticker on top.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Just Plain Little from Two Peas in a Bucket. Rubber stamps: PSX. Mini brads, sticker, buttons: Making Memories.

Go for a Vintage Look

Design by Suzy Plantamura

Taken in 1966, Suzy's picture has a vintage look, so she used shades of brown and simple embellishments that wouldn't overwhelm the image. She created a foundation by layering two papers and added accents such as mesh strips, a clock face, and decorative nailheads, which she used to secure the photo to the page. For the title, she stamped tags, shaded them with chalks, and added a letter sticker to each.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, printed tag, fabric labels: Me and My Big Ideas. Rubber stamp: Hero Arts. Eyelets: Making Memories. Brass nailheads: American Tag co. Tags: Paper Reflections for DMD. Mesh: Magic Mesh (gold), Magic Scraps (brown). Cork: Hot Off the Press. Metal clock, brown tag: 7Gypsies.

Scan Your Images

Design by Lilac Chang

To avoid damaging the original heritage image, Lilac used a scanned version printed on watercolor paper. After placing the image on top of a black envelope, she added a strip of rubber-stamped fabric, inked metal letters, and a metal brooch. The page's journaling is inside the small booklet. After printing the text on a long strip of cardstock, she folded the piece in half, decorated the front, and added a printed transparency.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (paisley), Karen Foster Design (orange-and-red). Rubber stamps: American Art Stamp (script), The Rubbernecker Stamp Co. (on paisley paper), JudiKins (on orange fabric). Metal letters: Making Memories. Rivets: Chatterbox. Printed transparency: Magic Scraps. Envelope: Two Peas in a Bucket.

Add Paint

Design by Erin Terrell

Erin captured her daughter's relationship with her grandpa in the photos on this layout. Erin started with a blue background paper brushed with green acrylic paint. She used paint again to stamp the title, date, and a small caption. Clear definition stickers added to two of the photos and below the title provide additional interest, as does the ornate frame around the small image.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, molding strip, foam stamps (large, numbers), paint, stickers: Making Memories. Rubber Stamps: PSX (small letters). Metal frame: K&Company. Paint thickener: Liquitex. Glue dots: Glue Dots International.

Keep it Colorful

Design by Stacey Sattler

To make the page as bright as her dad's personality, Stacey selected a block-pattern paper, securing strips near the top and bottom of her page. After printing her journaling on cream cardstock and folding it, she decorated the front with word-print paper, rub-on letters, and a "p" cut from patterned paper. A beaded corsage pin is the garnish.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (color blocks), Mustard Moon ("p," text-print paper). Font: Garamond by Bitstream. Rub-on letters: Making Memories. Corsage pin: Westrim Crafts.

Mat for Impact

Design by Christy Tomlinson

When it was time to scrapbook the photos of a visit to Grandma's, Christy had fun with matting: mounting one on corrugated cardboard, matting and straight-stitching another, and zigzag-stitching a third directly onto her background. She made captions using rub-ons and small strips of textured cardstock.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (blue paisley, blue plaid), Mustard Moon (words). Font: Bell MT off the Internet. Rub-on letters, rivets: Chatterbox. Date stamp, metal-rim tag: Making Memories.

Stitch the Edges

Design by Carrie Zohn

Carrie based her layout colors on those in her photos. To mat the color photos, Carrie layered rectangles of inked cardstock and patterned paper and then stitched the layers to her page. She double-matted the small black-and-white images and stitched around the edges before inserting them in a wire photo holder secured to the page with ribbon.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Sonnets for Creative Imaginations (yellow, blue), Karen Foster Design (multicolor). Font: ILS Script off the Internet. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Wire photo holder: 7Gypsies. Crocheted flowers: Dress It Up for Jessie James Button and Trim.

Minimize Embellishments

Design by Terrie McDaniel

After printing her journaling and mounting her photos, Terrie cut out a circle the size of a metal ring and attached it to the page with embroidery floss, gluing a metal heart in the center. The only other embellishments on the streamlined design are two strips of patterned paper secured with brads at the top and bottom of the page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Texas Hero (title) off the Internet. Brads: Boxer Productions.

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