The Ultimate “Learn To Scrapbook” Guide For Beginners

Learning to scrapbook is EASY and it’s one of the best ways to creatively display and preserve photographs that will be cherished for many years to come.

How to scrapbook like a pro in just a few easy steps!


Learn how to turn a small space into a very usable scrapbooking workspace.  

One of the frustrations that many people face when learning to scrapbook is having to get supplies out and then putting them away again. scrapbooking beginners layout

After all, if you’re using the dining room table to create albums on, your family probably doesn’t want to eat dinner midst the glue sticks, paper and card stock.

Find an area in your house that can be dedicated for scrapbooking.  Is there a small closest that isn’t being used that could have the door taken off and used as a work area?  What about the landing at the top of your stairs?  Or how about the odd little nook off of the kitchen?

Ideally you need a space big enough to house a small desk or make a work table by placing a counter top over two 2-drawer file cabinets.

Choose a theme – most scrapbookers forget this

What memories do you want to capture and share with others?

Although you may have a lot of thoughts running through your mind when you’re learning how to scrapbook, it’s important to start with just one theme.

You might want to begin with an event from the past such as a class reunion, the birth of a child, the hot air balloon ride that you experienced, etc. If you can’t decide, choose something recent.

Select photos

Learn to organize your photos so that you have easy access to the ones you want to use for scrapbooking.

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One of the exciting parts as you learn how to start scrapbooking is selecting photos. If your photos aren’t already sorted, take time to organize them before you begin. It will save you a lot of time.

Here’s one of the easiest and most helpful scrapbooking tips you’ll hear – Purchase clear plastic bins (about the size of a shoe box) and label the top and front of each bin. Labels might include: family, relatives, vacation, wedding, holidays, etc. As you begin to sort through pictures, quickly place them into the corresponding bin.

Since you’re in the sorting mood, be use to check desk drawers, closets and any other place where old pictures might be stashed.  Once you have gone through all the photos, you can then begin to organize each bin.  Use large index cards to separate and label the contents of each bin.

Gather the photos that you want to use for your scrapbooking album.  Keep in mind that you’ll probably have more photos than you’ll actually use, but you can narrow the choice when you get ready to work on the layout of the pages.


As tempting as it might be to purchase a lot of supplies at once, stick with the basics.

This is one of our top scrapbooking tips, as it’s one that people often don’t consider! Check around the house for supplies that you might already have, such as glue sticks, scissors, a ruler, paper trimmer and permanent markers. Make a list of what you need from the store. It’s tempting to buy everything and anything that appeals to you when shopping for supplies for the first time. Stick with the list! Your list should include:

  • Photo album
  • Page protectors
  • Patterned paper
  • Card stock
  • Adhesive
  • Embellishments (i.e. stickers, cut-outs)
  • Oval template

As you continue learning how to scrapbook on a budget, you can gradually add to the basics.


Discover how to design attractive spreads.

Now you’re ready for the fun part of learning this creative process! With pictures sorted, scrapbook tips in mind and supplies on hand, it’s time to focus on the layout of your album. The first page of your album will be the title page. You might want to do this page last so that the title that you choose truly reflects what the album contains.

Begin with the next two side-by-side pages (spread). Each spread should have a theme. Rather than thinking of each page as a separate unit, think of what you want to capture on the spread. Choose your photos and temporarily arrange them onto the pages. Select a patterned paper that fits the theme.

Adhere the patterned paper to the scrapbook page. Using your oval template or a square shape, trim your photos. You might want to use the card stock and make a frame for each picture. Embellish the spread with stickers, confetti, die-cuts and other small items, but be careful to not overdo it.


One of the key components of scrapbooking is journaling. 

Remember the old photo albums that contained little or no room to write information about the pictures? As you flipped through someone’s album you would constantly have to ask, “Who is this?” “Where was this taken?” “What’s happening in this picture?” One of the benefits of learning to scrapbook is that you have space to journal! Of all our scrapbooking tips, we want you to remember to make your journal something you love and enjoy. You can write down key phrases that describe each photo or make funny captions reflecting what’s happening in a picture. As you journal, be sure to include names and dates. A few years from now you’ll be glad that you did!

After you have completed each spread, it’s time to create a catchy or inspiring title page.  Include just one picture, the title and the year.  By keeping the title page simple, it makes it very clear what the viewer can anticipate seeing in the next few pages.  Place the pages inside of the page protectors once they are thoroughly dry.  Then put your album together.

Keep our scrapbooking tips in mind throughout your creative journey!

As you learn scrapbooking and gain experience, you will discover that scrapbooking is a super fun and relaxing hobby. It’s something that you can enjoy year round and your family and friends will enjoy the albums you put together.