Scrapbooking for Beginners

Scrapbooking has been around for ages, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity.

People from all walks of life have discovered the joys of creating albums to showcase their treasured photos and keepsakes.

But with all the elaborate scrapbooking techniques and myriad embellishments available, getting started can be intimidating.

The truth is, anyone that can use scissors and glue can scrapbook.

And you don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create attractive pages.

With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you can create lovely scrapbooks that will be adored for years to come. This post contains affiliate links.

Scrapbooking for Beginners

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What You Need

You can get started scrapbooking on a small budget. Here are the things you’ll need.

An album

Scrapbooking albums come in all shapes and sizes.

The most popular are 8 1/2″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″.

They can be found at most craft supply stores if you don’t have a scrapbooking supply store nearby or you can find the perfect one online.


Scrapbooking paper can be found in a variety of solid colors and patterns.

This will be the basis for each page.

You may also use scrapbooking paper for journaling and to create your own photo mats and embellishments.

Cutting tools

You can easily get by with just a great pair of scissors.

But an Exacto knife might make photo cropping easier.

And if you’re no good at cutting straight lines, you might want to invest in a paper cutter.



There are all sorts of adhesives one could use for scrapbooking.

Glue sticks and double-sided tape are quite popular.

Some scrapbookers also use rubber cement or glue dots for certain applications.

But when you’re getting started, just use what you’re most comfortable with.


Beginning scrapbookers often start out with old photos that they’ve accumulated over the years.

This makes for a nice, nostalgic album. Of course you can also take new pictures for your scrapbook.

A digital camera and photo printer are two modern conveniences that make scrapbooking easier, but they are not necessities.

When purchasing scrapbooking supplies, it’s important to make sure they are acid-free.

This will keep them from harming your priceless photos.

Basic Scrapbooking Techniques

You don’t have to know a lot about scrapbooking techniques to create an attractive album.

Just a few simple techniques will suffice.

One of the first things many scrapbookers learn is how to mat photos.

This can be accomplished by simply cutting a square or rectangle that is about a half inch longer and wider than the photo you want to mat.

Then glue the photo to the center.

To make a photo really stand out, double mat it by cutting out a shape a half inch longer and wider than the first mat, and center the matted photo on it.

Journaling gives scrapbook pages a nice personal touch.

Simply write a note about the photos on a page, telling what was happening or sharing your thoughts on the subject.

Use paper that coordinates with the background, and be sure to write with an acid-free pen.

Adding borders to your pages gives them a finished look. You can make them out of strips of coordinating scrapbook paper.

You don’t have to border all four sides.

A strip along the top, side or bottom will do.

For easy embellishing, use some stickers.

There’s no need to throw in the towel if you don’t have the time, money or know-how to create elaborate scrapbooks.

Just start off simple, and learn new techniques as you go.

Try these fun scrapbooking supplies to get you going!


  1. I’ve never done scrapbooking before, however I want to make a military scrapbook for my son from deceased military family members from WWI, WWII, Korea, as well as newspaper articles on Winston Churchill, assinations of John F Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. Can you give me ideas on how to start? Thank you for your help.

    1. What a wonderful idea! Because you already know how you’re going to practically fill up a whole book instantly, gather the key materials you think you’re going to want to use and then “assign” them to different pages. This will help give you a framework to start with. Big projects can get overwhelming. But if you know the framework, you can then start working on each page individually. It will make the project manageable and approachable.

  2. Margaret Baker says:

    I have never made a scrapbook before but would love to do one for my grandson who is getting married in September, can you give me some tips on going about this. Thank you so much

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