A fun and creative way to preserve memories.

Photographs are one of the most common ways to capture memories, and scrapbooking has quickly become a creative and safe way to preserve them. It also beautifully displays life’s moments to share with future generations of family and friends and increases the longevity of photos. 

The following are some simple steps and helpful hints for beginners to make their first scrapbooking venture a success. 

Crop Your Images 

If the background of a photo is not important, you may crop (cut) the photo in a shape so the focus is on the subject. 

You can also cut your cardstock or patterned paper into fun shapes to add personality to your layout and arrange everything on your spread. 

Mat Your Layout 

After you decide on a layout, adhere all the photos and paper to the scrapbook page using your roll-on adhesive. Add any stickers, color tape like Washi or Glitter Tape, or think of a catchy title and apply it to the page. 


Journaling is one of the most important parts of scrapbooking. Write about what is happening in the photos, or the emotions you felt at the time. Feel free to use your own handwriting; it gives a personal touch to the memories. Include names and dates and sensory details. 

Collect and Organize Photos 

Put all your photos into one place. Be sure to check junk drawers, files, closets and old and new albums. 

Organize all of your photos in the order in which you’d like them displayed in your scrapbook. The most common way to organize is chronological, but you can also organize by events such as holidays and vacations. Store them in archival quality photo boxes (not photo-safe). 

Avoid Damage & Fading 

Any decorative papers, stickers, pens or scrapbooks used in scrapbooking must be acid-free and lignin-free to keep your photos safe and from turning brown with age.

Also, any adhesives used to adhere your photos to scrapbook pages must be acid-free to prevent it from damaging and aging your photos. 

Duck® brand Easy Stick™ is an acid-free double-sided adhesive that rolls on faster, easier and cleaner than glue. 

Shop Smart 

It is very easy to go overboard when purchasing scrapbooking supplies for the first time. You can start your shopping at a scrapbooking store, craft store or a mass retailer or office supply chain. Remember to buy the basics before anything else: 

  • Scrapbook
  • Page protectors
  • Colored cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Colored pens
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Decorative and masking tape

You can also purchase a storage container to house all your supplies, or use containers you may already have around your home. 

Finalize Your Layout 

The first page of your scrapbook should be reserved as a title page and can be decorated once your entire album is completed. The next two-page spread is where to begin. 

Each spread should have a theme (it can stay the same throughout the book, or change every two pages). Decide what pictures you’d like to display and lay them out to decide how you will arrange them. For the background, pick cardstock, washi tape, masking tape or patterned paper to accentuate key colors in the photos.