Scrapbook Layouts for Grown-Ups

Put away the kids crafts supplies. Get beginner scrapbooking tips and tricks with these inspiring scrapbook page ideas featuring adults.

Stitch on a Simple Scrapbook Page

Design by Kate Jurasevich

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Katie stitched felt accents and photos to her page. To get the look of stitching without the hassle, attach accents with adhesive and hand-draw stitches around photos.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (multicolor), Scenic Route Paper Co. (black dot). Font: American Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers, pen: American Crafts. Brads: Lasting Impressions. Felt accents: Heidi Swapp. Tickets: Creative Imaginations.

Create a Quick Multiphoto Scrapbook Page

Design by Erin Clarkson

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Ditch the cutting and cropping involved in piecing together photos. Combine photos in image-editing software, then print the photos as one strip and place on your scrapbook layout.


SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Making Memories. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (green), Scenic Route Paper Co. (polka dot, green text). Fonts: Charyn (title) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Stickers: Fiskars (flower), Making Memories (words). Chipboard letters: American Crafts. Ribbon: May Arts.

Scrapbook Candid and Posed Photos

Design by Angela Marvel

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Combine posed and candid shots. Classic posed photos are guaranteed focal points, while candids add personality to scrapbooking layouts.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Garamouche (journaling), Edwardian Script (title) off the Internet. Stickers, brads, rhinestones: Carolee's Creations. Ribbon: Scrapworks. Clips: Making Memories. Flowers: Prima Marketing.

Make a Quick Scrapbook Page about a Grandparent

Design by Emily Spahn

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Use up leftovers. Fold paper scraps into scrapbook layout embellishments, as Emily did to make her heart in this design.


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

Staple Scrapbooking Supplies to a Page for Quick Embellishing

Design by Mary MacAskill

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Use staples to hold supplies in place on scrapbooking layouts. They're faster and less messy than glue, and they add dimension at the same time.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (brown dot), Paperfever (green). Transparency: K&Company. Font: Steelfish off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas. Brads: Jo-Ann Stores. Buttons: Doodlebug Design. Paper tag, staples: Making Memories.

Design a Personalized Scrapbook Layout

Design by Maria Newport

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Give scrapbook layouts a quick, personalized touch. Handwrite sections of your text, as Maria did here.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (large script), American Traditional Designs (tan script). Font: Times New Roman. Pen: American Crafts. Ribbon: KI Memories. Punch: McGill, Inc.

Embellish a Scrapbook Page with Hand-Cut Shapes

Design by April Peterson

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Can't find the perfect embellishment? Make custom accents instead. Round the corners of patterned paper and photos as April did here. Then, trace stencils or shaped supplies to make hand-cut embellishments.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe, red), Chatterbox (orange), My Mind's Eye (blue). Font: European Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Memories Complete. Tag: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: May Arts. Corner rounder: McGill, Inc.

Turn Patterned Paper into a Custom Design

Design by Roxanne Jegodtka

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: For an easy graphic element, cut shapes from patterned paper and layer them over a cardstock base and photo as Roxanne did here.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. ("create," "laugh," "dream," "play," "believe"), 7Gypsies ("you taught me," "the greatest is love"). Pen: Close To My Heart.

Invent Creative and Quick Ways to Journal on Scrapbook Layouts

Design by Erin Clarkson

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Add thought bubbles to your photos for a whimsical look. Erin created bubbles in image-editing software, added journaling inside, and printed each as one piece.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green, dot), Making Memories (arrow). Font: Charyn off the Internet. Stickers: Chatterbox (title), Making Memories (words). Rub-ons: Making Memories (dots), 7Gypsies ("in a land ..."). Adhesive: Plaid. Clip art: Microsoft.

Enhance a Quick Scrapbook Page with Die-Cut Paper

Design by Emilie Ahern

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Use a sheet of precut die-cut patterned paper to add quick interest to a scrapbook page. Emilie layered all other embellishments and he photo over the paper for interest.


SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio (lined), October Afternoon (green), Scenic Route Paper Co. (pink). Stickers: Adornit-Carolee's Creations. Rub-on: BoBunny Press. Die cut: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Metal accent: American Crafts. Pen, corner rounder: EK Success.

Scrapbook Faux-Photo-Booth Photos

Design by Belinda Venables

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Convert photos to black-and-white, then place them in a vertical strip to get the look of photo-booth photos.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (dots), October Afternoon (squares). Specialty paper, tab: Elle's Studio. Stickers: Making Memories (small letters), Heidi Swapp (block letters), American Crafts (all other). Journaling block: Yvette Adams. Felt accents: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations (flower), Fancy Pants Designs (crown). Ceramic accent: Crafty Matters. Pen: Uni-ball Signo.

Use Text as a Scrapbook Layout Design Element

Design by Tracey Odachowski

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Highlight important words or phrases in your journaling. Tracey changed her font color to make names stand out.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (light blue, dark blue), Hambly Screen Prints (red). Patterned paper: Hambly Screen Prints. Font: Arial Black.

Make a Quick Hybrid Scrapbook Layout

Design by Ali McLaughlin

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Mix digital and traditional elements to create what is referred to as a hybrid scrapbook layout.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accent: American Crafts. Font: Century.

Scrapbook Photos of Friends on a Bold Layout

Design by Tracy Michelitch

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Save on paper by printing journaling directly onto a background sheet as Tracy did here.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (orange), American Crafts (multicolor). Fonts: District Thin (journaling) off the Internet, Uncle Charles (caption) by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), 7Gypsies (words). Tag: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Metal star: Nunn Design.

Use Brackets to Make an Interesting All-About-Me Scrapbook Layout

Design by Rachel Ludwig

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Want something different than a square or rectangle design? Use type symbols as trimming guides for cleverly shaped layouts.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: Arial. Stickers: American Crafts (black), Autumn Leaves (epoxy).

Create a Simple Scrapbook Page about a Hobby

Design by Susan Opel

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Stuck for inspiration? Scrapbook one of your hobbies.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Daisy D's Paper Co. Fonts: Scratched ("grisly") by Autumn Leaves, Copperplate Gothic Bold ("murder mysteries") off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Twill: Rusty Pickle. Brads: Creative Imaginations. Liquid applique: Marvy Uchida.

Embellish a Page about Sisters with Patterned Paper

Design by Susan Weinroth

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: To add interest without adding expense, tear paper strips. Susan's torn sheets add texture along the bottom of her scrapbook layout.

SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Modern Type by Autumn Leaves. Ink: Ranger Industries. Metal letters: Making Memories. Rub-ons: Scrapworks. Tag: DMD Industries. Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas. Ribbon: May Arts.

Use Paper Punches to Give an Adult Page a Kid Look

Design by Susan Weinroth

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: If making multiple shaped embellishments, use a paper punch to ensure a uniform look. Susan punched her circles.


SOURCES: Cardstock, letter stickers, brads, ribbon: American Crafts. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: SP Chicken Noodle Soup off the Internet. Letter brads: Queen & Co. Ink: Tsukineko. Punches: EK Success.

Tilt Photos and Journaling for an Interesting Scrapbook Layout

Design by Melissa Diekema

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Align photos and journaling on a diagonal to add a sense of movement to a scrapbook layout as Melissa did here.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (black), Making Memories (cream). Patterned paper, stamps: FontWerks. Font: Sanford off the Internet. Ink: Ranger Industries.

Scrapbook Genealogy Photos on a Quick Layout

Design by Denise Levy

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip: Scan old photos, then print them out to scrapbook without damaging the originals.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Lucida Casual off the Internet. Stickers: Arctic Frog. Floss: DMC Corp.

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