Today, we have Katie Moody from the blog ‘The White Journal’ doing a guest post for us on the art of scrapbooking. Thanks Katie and over to you…

I love displaying my holiday memories, and I find scrapbooking is the perfect way to do it whilst showing a lot more personal touches than a standard photo album. Here’s a step by step tutorial for creating your own double page layout and a really simple way to pull all your travel photos and memories together. I’ve made this video, so once you’ve watched it, move on to the step by step and I will talk you through it in more detail.

Step one: Choosing photos

I like to have all the photos I plan to scrapbook from my trip in front of me, and play about with them on the layout. Often, because of the amount of photos I take whilst on holiday, there are plenty to choose from so I like to organise them into days or areas, and keep them to a page. For example, my trip to Rome spanned four days and so I wanted to use this spread to show some photos from our visits on day one and two – to Vatican City and the Roman Forum. I print out my photos at home and use Photoshop to size them depending on what format would suit best.

I play around with them on the page until I’m happy with the placement. I like the photos to work well together but also to let them stand on their own so they can tell the story.


Step two: Layering

A lot of my scrapbooking involves layering because it adds an extra dimension to the page and is a great way to add elements from the holiday. For my trip to Rome, I collected a lot of tickets and receipts which I add to my scrapbooks to make them unique. For the layout, add some receipts, ticket stubs, business cards and even menus to the page as a base for your photos! It helps to stick to one colour so it’s not too distracting from the images, so for example, this layout I went with neutrals and whites (receipts, a metro ticket and pieces from the scrap pack) because I wanted the colour in the photo to really stand out. Use glue dots in the centre of these pieces when you stick them down so it’s easy to slot extra pieces of paper or more ephemera in and out as you change the layout.


Step three: Add extra elements

Probably one of my favourite steps! Now is the fun part, and you can go as wild as you like for your layout. I kept mine quite simple because I wanted to make sure I had a lot of space to write down memories of my holiday. I also love adding postcards to a layout, and it can be an art piece like the quote I used, or even a postcard you picked up whilst on your trip! Use strips of card as simple labels and tags for making certain journaling stand out.


Step four: Use photo corners and decoration

Photo corners look great as a design element as well as being a great way to preserve your photos! Use them on each corner of your photos so they can be easily removed if they need to be. I love using washi tape for decorating my scrapbook pages, and it’s also a great adhesive too. I use it to stick down pieces of layering and drawing the eye to the page. You can see I added a strip of arrow tape on the left hand side of the page to draw the eye to the journaling under the photos.

I also hinged my postcard on to the page using washi tape, which is a great way to add it to the page without having to glue it over something else! It also added extra space for me to journal on, and gave the page a fun interactive piece.


Step 5: Draw on pencil details to give a rustic look

This one is totally optional, but I love using a pencil just to add little drawn elements to the page. I think it makes it feel much more personal to me and more handmade! I like to freehand lines on to my pages to write my journaling on, and also to hand draw my title on too.


Step 6: Write your journaling and add finishing touches

Finally, the most personal aspect of the scrapbook layout – add your memories! The best thing about your scrapbook pages is that they are yours! Add your thoughts and best parts of your holiday, like the best gelato you ate whilst you were away and how beautiful the scenery was. These things are so easy to forget in years down the line, and a scrapbook is a wonderful way to keep your memories forever. Don’t forget to write the place you went and the dates of your holiday too!


Scrapbooking is so unique to each person, but these steps are the fundamental basics I use when creating my own spreads. Keep it simple or go crazy with embellishing, whichever suits your style best!




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