Back-to-School Scrapbook Pages

Start the school year off with a creative scrapbook page design. Check out our ideas for scrapbooking first days, school bus trips, teachers, and more.

Scrapbook School Portraits and Keepsakes in an Expandable Folder

Design by Shannon Tidwell

Shannon designed her back-to-school scrapbook page on an expandable folder. The front of the envelope displays an 8x10" school portrait, allowing ample space for the subject to shine. School-theme embellishments like notebook paper and apple shapes finish the page.

Editor's Tip: When scrapbooking large school photos, plan hidden room for journaling and more photos. Shannon's folder is the perfect place to store extra pictures, papers, and other school memorabilia.

Note: The photo used for this scrapbook page is an original, not a reproduction. Professional school photographs are protected by copyright law and cannot be reproduced without the photographer's permission. If scrapbooking professional school photos, do not scan, copy, or crop the photos. Contact the photographer if you are unsure of copyright restrictions.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (green, stripe, applies, die cut), Scenic Route Paper Co. (notebook). Stickers: Creative Imaginations ("Love to learn"), Luxe Designs (label). Brads: Making Memories. Buttons: American Crafts. Die cut: Colorbok. Sample images courtesy of Lifetouch Inc.

Personalize a School Scrapbook Page with Embossed Drawings

Design by Janna Wilson

Using a pen filled with embossing ink, Janna drew school-theme accents onto black cardstock and embossed with white powder to mimic images drawn on a chalkboard. She added dots to plain cardstock with the embossing pen, then embossed with coordinating powder for a finishing touch.

Editor's Tip: If you aren't an artist, print and trace clip art with an embossing pen to get the look of skillfully drawn accents. Or use your embossing pen to trace patterns on paper.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green), Hobby Lobby (black, red). Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs (blue dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (arrows). Chipboard accents: Chatterbox. Pen: Tsukineko. Embossing powder: American Crafts (orange), Stamp N Stuff (white).

Balance a Large School Photo with Tiny Theme Embellishments

Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa

Renee kept the school theme going throughout her page with a focal point photo that dominates the page and two smaller detail photos in the right-hand corners for emphasis. Tiny bus embellishments substitute for words in her journaling, and real notebook paper forms the background.

Editor's Tip: Pair subtle embellishments with dramatic photos so they don't compete for attention. Renee's tiny buses and right-hand side title and patterned paper keep the focus on her subject.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Georgia. Buttons: Junkitz. Ribbon: Michaels. Acrylic paint: Folk Art.

Fill Empty Space on Scrapbook Page Photos

Design by Irma Gabbard

Irma paired an 8x10" school portrait with list-style journaling that spells out the details of second grade.

Editor's Tip: Fill empty scrapbook page space. Irma cut a large title from cardstock using a die-cutting tool to cover the empty space on her photo and balance the page.

Note: The photo used for this scrapbook page is an original, not a reproduction. Professional school photographs are protected by copyright law and cannot be reproduced without the photographer's permission. If scrapbooking professional school photos, do not scan, copy, or crop the photos. Contact the photographer if you are unsure of copyright restrictions.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (beige), Karen Foster Design (notebook). Fonts: New Times Roman (title), American Type Condensed (journaling). Stickers: 7Gypsies. Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Die cuts: Cricut by Provo Craft (arrow), KI Memories (square), Wishblade (title). Brads: American Crafts. Sample images courtesy of Lifetouch Inc.

Monogram a School Scrapbook Page

Design by Leah Fung

To personalize her page and emphasize a theme, Leah offset a back-to-school photo with a large monogram. She stitched a collage of patterned papers to create a unique design. A felt leaf sticker and orange banner give the page a slight autumnal feel.

Editor's Tip: Use adhesive foam to add dimension to pages. Leah backed her printed "A" with foam to give it presence and keep it sturdy.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stitched tag, photo corners, tacks, rub-ons: Chatterbox. Font: Varsity ("A"), HankBT (journaling) downloaded off the Internet. Sticker: EK Success. Label holder, snaps, ball chain: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray. Punch: Marvy Uchida.

Create a Teen Back-to-School Scrapbook Page

Design by Amy Howe

Funky pencils -- perfect for a teenage scrapbook page -- pop off Amy's back-to-school design. She hand-cut part of her title and printed her journaling in a playful font on notebook paper.

Editor's Tip: Pair a bright school photo with vibrant patterned paper and embellishments for an all-around exciting scrapbook page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Fonts: Bickley Script (script), 1942 Report (serift) off the Internet, Professor ("school") by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Acrylic symbols: Doodlebug Design. Brads, metal stars: Making Memories. Acrylic paint: Delta. Photo: Kathryn Gamble.

Make a Photo Collage Scrapbook Page Embellishment

Design by Jennifer Perks

Jennifer created this detailed but easy back-to-school scrapbook with image-editing techniques. She converted her large photo to black-and-white to keep the page from becoming too busy, then used a photo collage template to make a spinner accent.

Editor's Tip: Use a photo collage as a scrapbook page embellishment. Jennifer created her collage and attached it to her page with a brad and an arrow to make an interactive page design. Smaller, plain circles enhance the theme.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (teal), Core'dinations (pink), Making Memories (gray, black), Prism Papers (green), Stampin' Up! (blue), Wausau Paper (white). Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard accent: Fancy Paints Designs. Brads: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Floss: DMC Corp. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Punch: Stampin' Up!. Circle cutter: Provo Craft. Digital template: Quick Collage 404.

Scrapbook Home School Photos

Design by Marla Kress

Marla scrapbooked photos of her home-schooled son's back-to-school day in this design. She backed her photo with colorful strips of patterned paper to fit the artsy theme. For subtle texture, she designed the page on a canvas background.

Editor's Tip: Place your design off-center to maximize impact. Marla's patterned-paper shapes lead the eye to her large corner photo. White space offsets the small photo in the upper left-hand corner.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Canvas paper: Fibermark. Fonts: Susie's Hand (script), American Typewriter (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: Making Memories (white), American Crafts (blue). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves ("3"), Making Memories ("back to"), Creative Imagination ("home"). Brad, tag: Making Memories. Stamp: Hero Arts. Punch: Marvy Uchida.

Back School Photos with Adhesive Foam for Dimension

Design by Melissa Inman

Adhesive foam makes Melissa's back-to-school photos stand out from a busy patterned-paper background. A large arrow pulls double-duty connecting the photos and serving as a journaling block.

Editor's Tip: Focus on facial expressions instead of an entire event. Melissa snapped her son's apprehensive nature to capture the mood of the first day of school.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Font: Avenir. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Stickers: American Crafts. Ink: Tsukineko.

Add a Mini Album to a School Scrapbook Page

Design by Jen Lessinger

Jen attached a chipboard mini album to her scrapbook page to store school portraits. A 5x7" photo fits on one side of each spread, leaving room on the other side for details about the year.

Editor's Tip: Disguise the album as part of the scrapbook page. Jen repeated circle embellishments across the album cover and throughout the layout, and also incorporated the album text into her title.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (green), Making Memories (graph), Scenic Route Paper Co. (red dots). Font: American Typewriter. Stickers: Autumn Leaves (flower, "school," epoxy), Making Memories ("d," "y," "s"), Sassafras (stars). Chipboard accents: Autumn Leaves (letters), Cosmo Cricut (album), Making Memories (star). Ribbon: American Crafts. Felt accent: KI Memories. Charms: American Traditional Designs. Magnets: BasicGrey. Sample images courtesy of Lifetouch Inc.

Create Embossed Embellishments for a Back-to-School Page

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin made custom accents for her school page by stamping and heat-embossing stars and her title. She added layers to make her accents thicker. After heating, she covered the image with powder again, tapped off excess, and reheated.

Editor's Tip: To save money, use clear embossing powder that can be conjoined with any pigment-base ink pad, giving you a rainbow of colors with just one powder.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (yellow), Making Memories (pink, green, blue). Font: Incognitype off the Internet. Brads: Making Memories. Stamps: Adornit-Carolee's Creations. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap (green, blue), Tsukineko (pink). Embossing powder: Stampendous.

Use a Scrapbooking Supply Kit to make an Easy School Page

Design by Irma Gabbard

Irma selected a scrapbook page kit to create this school days page, focusing on her two vertical photos. She used stickers for the title and added accents, anchored with tag stickers.

Editor's Tip: To make a standout title, frame the letter stickers, as Irma did, with oversize bracket stickers. For the second word, cut apart a word from a sticker sheet and attach it beneath the larger word.


SOURCES: Scrapbook kit: Classroom page kit by Daisy D's Paper Co. Cardstock: Prism Papers. Stickers: American Crafts ("school"), Making Memories ("2007," "learn"), Heidi Swapp (grid). Chipboard accents, brads: Making Memories.

Group School Scrapbook Page Embellishments and Photos in Threes

Design by Tracy Kyle

Tracy positioned her page embellishments in visual triangles to guide the eye through her story. Three theme patches accent three photos, and three journaling strips keep the text from overwhelming the page.

Editor's Tip: Turn schoolwork into scrapbook page accents; simply scan it and resize to fit.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (stripe), Sweetwater (ABCs). Font: Journal by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Provo Craft. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Patches: Memories Complete. Journaling tag: 7Gypsies. Stitching template: Li'l Davis Designs.

Scrapbook Photos of Back-to-School Outfit

Design by Maureen Boyden

Maureen mimicked her daughter's flair for fashion with bold stripes, dots, and a paisley print. She added her title and bit of handwritten journaling on the side tied with a stylish ribbon.

Editor's Tip: Include close-up and full-length shots on a back-to-school scrapbook page. Maureen's close-up captures emotion, while her full photo tells the story.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, cardstock frame: My Mind's Eye. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Printed tag: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts.

Create a Vintage-Style School Scrapbook Page

Design by Lori Bergmann

Lori made her back-to-school page sophisticated to mimic her growing girls. Vintage-style colors and embellishments give the page a warm feel.

Editor's Tip: Put a spin on notebook paper. Lori continued her vintage theme by tearing notebook paper and adding journaling. She covered the paper holes with large snaps to add interest.


SOURCES: Cardstock, rub-ons: Die Cuts With A View. Patterned paper: K&Company. Chipboard letters: Zsiage. Snaps: Daisy Hill. Stamps: B Line Designs (decorative corners), Making Memories (date). Ink, embossing powder: Ranger Industries.

Create a Photo-Filled Back-to-School Scrapbook Page

Design by Polly Maly

Polly made back-to-school photos the complete emphasis of this scrapbook page. Tiny, layered punches give basic details of the event.

Editor's Tip: When creating a collage-style scrapbook page, break up photos with tiny seams. Polly left a sliver of white space between each photo to give her photos individual interest.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Times New Roman. Punches: EK Success.

Design a Scrapbook Page with Traditional School-Theme Embellishments

Design by Kelly Goree

Kelly took traditional, school-related objects and added them as embellishments to her page. She cut apples from patterned paper and mounted them on black cardstock to make them pop. The alphabet frames the top and bottom, while a red border encases the detail photos.

Editor's Tip: Add interest by emphasizing one embellishment. Kelly popped up a single apple on a chipboard piece.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Fonts: Carpenter ("bus") off the Internet, Kristen (journaling) by ITC. Stickers: Chatterbox. Chipboard: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Clearsnap.

Scrapbook Photos of an All-Star Student

Design by Cindy Tobey

Cindy chose numerous star embellishments to create a page about a stellar student. She printed journaling on a series of labels for a quick fix. Varying colors and textures gives the page an extra design boost.

Editor's Tip: Frame a main photo and journaling in a theme shape, as Cindy did here.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Century Schoolbook. Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (labels with stars), Li'l Davis Designs (labels with rounded edges). Rub-ons, chipboard, buttons, felt, lace trim: Fancy Pants Designs. Brads: Making Memories (star), Queen & Co. (all other). Ribbon: KI Memories. Mask: Heidi Swapp. Floss: DMC Corp. Paint: Making Memories. Pen: Kiretake Co.

Create a Back-to-School Page from Notebook Paper and Supply Leftovers

Design by Susan Tunturi-Anttila

Susan designed a note-card-style back-to-school scrapbook page with a notebook paper background. Creatively framed letters for the title serve as a focal point, and a large photo ensures the small subject stands out. Susan used leftover sticker letters and chipboard pieces creatively in the title and secured them with colorful brads that pop off the page.

Editor's Tip: Create a whimsical school scrapbook page. Grab leftover stickers and chipboard pieces from your stash and combine them for a clever title, as Susan did here.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Sassafras Lass (lined), KI Memories (circles), Memories Complete (yellow/red). Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Doodlebug Design (tab, letters), 7Gypsies (strip), KI Memories ("this year"). Rub-on: BasicGrey. Chipboard accents, brads: KI Memories. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: EK Success.

Add Ink Blots to a Back-to-School Scrapbook Page

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin featured ink as the main design element on this school page. She plopped ink blots onto the page and added a border using liquid calligraphy ink.

Editor's Tip: Quickly dab on the blots with your fingertips or make classic ink blots by folding paper to create a mirror image.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers, ribbon: Making Memories. Font: Guatami (definition) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Rub-ons: Making Memories ("congrats"), Autumn Leaves (stitches). Ink: Winsor Newton Ink.

Scrapbook School Memories and Photos of Teachers

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin created this scrapbook page to honor her daughter's teachers. Number stamps denote each grade and a large "3" draws attention to the journaling. Small ribbon and patterned-paper accents complete the look.

Editor's Tip: When you have a lot to say, keep your journaling contained on solid cardstock and pick a legible font for easy readability.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, chipboard number, stickers: Making Memories. Font: Arial. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Stamps: Hero Arts

Scrapbook School Test Scores

Design by Shannon Taylor

Shannon scrapbooked her son's test scores in this school scrapbook page. Test sheets serve as the background, and laser-cut numbers continue the theme.

Editor's Tip: Make an outline of the dominant photo, like Shannon did with her son, by trimming the silhouette and placing the image on black paper before layering it atop the background.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: A2Z Essentials. Laser-cut paper: KI Memories (die-cut number paper). Font: Marketing Script off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Adhesive: Therm O Web.

Create a Patchwork-Style School Scrapbook Page with Patterned Paper

Design by Lisa McGarvey

Lisa added bits and pieces of patterned paper for a patchwork look. She accented her dark blue swirl paper with Stickles, and framed her letter stickers with a die cut for dimension.

Editor's Tip: Keep important embellishments in focus on busy pages. Lisa drew attention to her title and journaling by using die-cut arrows leading your eye to those areas.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Kelly Panacci Paper 4 by Sandylion Sticker Designs (dark blue), Kelly Panacci 360 Ring Circus paper by Sandylion Sticker Designs (multicolor), Blossoms and Butterflies Blue Paper by Die Cuts With A View (blue floral). Stickers: American Crafts (orange), Doodlebug Design (black). Die cuts: Providence by Scenic Route Paper Co. Glitter: Lime Green Stickles by Ranger Industries.

Create a Border Around a School Photo with Stickers

Design by Erin Clarkson

Small stickers frame a school photo of Erin's daughter. She chose word stickers that complemented her journaling to pull the page together.

Editor's Tip: If your stickers are different lengths, use brads to fill in awkward spaces, as Erin did here.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Incognitype off the Internet. Stickers: 7Gypsies. Chipboard flower, ribbon, brads, buckle, button: Making Memories. Punch: EK Success.

Embellish a Back-to-School Page with Digital Elements

Design by Erica Hernandez

A little digital doodling gave Erica the perfect accent for this page. After printing her doodle on ledger paper, Erica emphasized the star by adding a rhinestone to its center.

Editor's Tip: Use a digital drawing tablet to sketch half of the border design, then once you get a design you like, flip it to create a mirror image.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, brad: Making Memories. Fonts: Highlight (title) by Autumn Leaves, District Thin (journaling) off the Internet. Chipboard letter: Heidi Swapp. Magnetic clip: Pebbles, Inc. Stamp: Leisure Arts. Digital tablet: Wacom.

Create a School Scrapbook Page with Digital and Traditional Embellishments

Design by Denine Zielinski

Denine selected a close-up shot of textbooks and an apple as a starting point for her teacher-theme page. Subtle touches, such as the alphabet at the bottom and the notebook-punched holes on the left-hand side, reinforce the topic.

Editor's Tip: Create a hybrid scrapbook page. Denine incorporated digital notebook paper and swirls to her journaling block, then printed as one piece.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Frances Meyer. Font: Bernhart (journaling), FG Jasmine 2 (date) off the Internet. Stickers: K&Company. Brads, fiber, tag: Making Memories. Button: BasicGrey. Punches: Marvy Uchida (circle, bursts), Stampin' Up! (notebook). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Adhesive: EK Success. Digital elements: Book Bag Essentials by Digital Design Essentials (lined paper); Ledger Stamps (alphabet, "recorded") by Katie Pertiet; Skinny Mini Swirlies (swirls) by Mindy Teresawa.

Create a Multiphoto Back-to-School Scrapbook Page

Design by Leslie Lightfoot

Leslie included an array of back-to-school photos on her page to tell the first-day story. She framed her photos with patterned-paper strips and ribbon that draw the eye in. Red half-circles anchor some photos.

Editor's Tip: Use list-style patterned paper to reinforce the school theme, as Leslie did here.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (green, red), Chatterbox (blue). Fonts: Copperplate Goth (inside label holder), Kindergarten (journaling) off the Internet. Buttons: SEI. Brads: American Tag Co. (plain), Making Memories (decorative). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (attendance chart), 7Gypsies (small bus, check marks). Twill: Autumn Leaves. Tissue paper: 7Gypsies. Label holders: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: Cloud 9 Design.

Plan a Back-to-School Photo Shoot and Include Photos in a Pocket

Design by Sherry Steveson

Sherry orchestrated a back-to-school photo shoot on her front steps to capture the first-day excitement. She placed photos at different angles for visual interest, using the same technique for her title. Tags tied to a ruler hold her title together.

Editor's Tip: When you have more photos than your page will allow you to display, create a pocket cut from cardstock, as Sherry did on her second page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Typeset (journaling) off the Internet, Times New Roman (captions). Vellum quote: Die Cuts With A View. Tags: 7Gypsies. Woven labels: Me and My Big Ideas. Twill: Creek Bank Creations. Stencils: Office Max. Stamps: Image Tree Designs. Ink: Tsukineko.

Give a Two-Page School Design a Vintage Look

Design by Dee Walker

On the first day of school, Dee acted like the paparazzi and took photos of her daughter and her friends on their walk to school. She backed the photos with a collage of papers, placing a piece of ledger paper on one page to handwrite her journaling.

Editor's Tip: To give your page a dated look, crumple, ink, and tear your papers, like Dee did on her back-to-school page.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Daisy D's Paper Co. (word-print), Making Memories (ledger), K&Company (brown), Chatterbox (blue, plaid, floral). Metal clips, brads, staples: Making Memories. Leather closure, punch: EK Success. Ink: Ranger Industries.

Hide Scrapbook Page Journaling to Let School Photos Shine

Design by Kimberly Billings

Various paper patterns enhance Kimberly's school scrapbook page. Hinges add charm to her large photo, while a strip of journaling on the side furthers the theme.

Editor's Tip: If you want the focus of your page to be photos, create a journaling tag and tuck it behind the main photo. Make sure to add an eyelet and ribbon, so it can easily be pulled out.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Daisy D's Paper Co. (back to school), 7Gypsies (ruler, numbers). Font: Comic Sans. Definition sticker, hinges, brads, label holder: Making Memories. Self-adhesive ribbon: Queen & Co. Tag: Michaels. Label maker: Dymo. Mesh: Magic Mesh. Ink: Ranger Industries

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