How to add text to your scrapbook

One of the most important elements of any scrapbook is the wording that accompanies the photos. Your scrapbook is an illustrated chronicle of your life and the lives of your loved ones. Put as much thought into your wording and its placement as you do into the placement of photos and the decoration of pages.


  1. Make sure that the writing and lettering implements you use in your scrapbook are acid-free and fade-resistant. Products that are not labeled "acid-free," "archival" or "photo-safe" could react chemically with your photos and cause them to fade.
  2. Investigate scrapbook Web sites, magazines and books for ideas on how to incorporate text onto the pages of your book. Seeing what other scrapbook enthusiasts have done can help inspire you in the creation of your own unique scrapbook pages.
  3. Layout is up to you and makes it look great
    Determine the wording and placement of your text in advance to avoid making irreversible mistakes on the finished page.
  4. Make the lettering of your text special. Explore different fonts and lettering mediums - adhesive-backed and paste-on paper letters come in all sizes, styles and colors! You might even try your hand at calligraphy.
  5. Write titles and captions only or combine them with descriptions and thoughts about the photos (include thoughts from family and friends). You can also use poems or quotations as accompanying text for your photos.
  6. Add a picture and the contents
    Remember that your scrapbook is also a genealogical record. You are chronicling family history for the pleasure and education of future generations as well as your own. Include dates and as many complete names as possible.
  7. Be creative with the placement of text. You can use text as a border for a photo or as a decorative accent. For example, instead of coloring in a border or shape, fill in the empty space with text. Use text to create the stems of flowers or to make spirals or swirls.
  8. Use lightly-lined paper in your scrapbook if you are concerned about your ability to write straight. Alternately, use a ruler or other straight edge to keep the lines of text even. You can also trace letters onto your scrapbook page.


  • Look for scrapbook supplies in your local craft store and on the Internet. Make sure that all the materials are acid-free.
  • Look for fancy or unusual fonts and lettering styles on the Internet or in books and magazines.
  • Keep a journal. Use it to refresh your memory about a particular event. You could also keep notes with your photos. When you are ready to put the photos into a scrapbook, information about names, dates and events will be handy.
  • Use relevant song, book or movie titles as titles for your scrapbook pages.
  • Add text to a separate sheet of paper instead of writing directly in the book. Then you can cut the paper into any shape and place it anywhere on the page.
  • Print text onto vellum, then cut vellum to the size you want and attach to page with a sticker. You can also photocopy text onto vellum.



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How to Plan a Layout for Your Scrapbook

These instructions show you how to plan the layout of your scrapbook.


  1. Organize your pictures. Scrapbooking starts when someone has a lot of pictures that he or she wants to organize in an eye-pleasing way. To do this, you can start creating pages on a whim and produce a random collection of photographs mounted on paper, or you can take the more effective approach and plan out a theme to your album.
  2. Go with a theme. There are many album themes to consider when choosing the option that will best fit your needs. A common that many use (and that isn't really a theme) is to place everything in chronological order. Most beginning scrapbookers use this method of organization because it is convenient to use. If you are trying to get all of your photographs out of boxes and into acid free albums, this method is easy and motivating. Chronological scrapbooks also make it easy to keep up with the album as you get new pictures developed. However, this is not the only type of album that can be created, and you should weigh all options before starting to scrapbook.
  3. Consider creating a birthday or holiday album. This works especially well for scrapbookers who have children. Rather than including pages with all your pictures throughout the year, choose one topic, such as a holiday and start an album with one layout that reminds you of the holiday. Gradually add photos from holidays in the same year and future years. The result will be a book that shows the progression of a child from year to year. This type of scrapbook makes an excellent graduation gift or can become a keepsake as your children move out of the house. These are on-going projects, so you will need to devote many years to an album before it is complete.
  4. Try a people theme. A people theme works well with the random pictures you may have that were not used in your chronological album. To make this kind of album, create one layout for each person, and show them throughout the years. Alternatively, if you take many pictures, you can create a single album all for one person. A people-themed album makes a good gift for someone with many grandchildren or for someone moving away from a group of friends.
  5. Be clear before you begin your project. However you chose to theme your album, think of its function before you start. Who will be looking at the album? Are you giving this album as a gift? What kind of pictures do you have available? Scrapbooking according to theme creates well-organized albums, and by choosing a theme before you start creating pages, you can make an album that works well in your collection or as a gift.


  • have fun while making
  • share them with your friends

Things You'll Need

  • Photos
  • Scrapbook album
  • Plan of project
  • Acid-free adhesive
  • Additional decorative pieces



How to Create your first scrapbook page

Learn how to create and complete a scrapbooking layout which preserves your timeless memories for generations to come! Include journaling, keepsakes and treasures in an artistic way which will be a creative self-expression of you to pass on to the ones you love!


  1. Choose the photograph(s) which you want to create your layout around.
  2. Purchase Acid and lignin free papers which are either a contrast or complement to the colours/themes in the photographs you have chosen.
  3. Make a mat/border for your photograph to separate the photo from the background. The border can be even all the way around the photograph or thinner/thicker on two sides.
  4. Adhere your matted photographs to the background paper using acid/lignin free adhesives such as photo tabs or glues.
  5. Decorate your layout using embellishments such as stickers, diecuts, eyelets, brads, fibres, ribbons, foam, felt, glitters, etc.
  6. Make a special mat on which to write your journaling - your reflections and recollections about a special person, place, thing or memory.
  7. Use the computer, sticker alphabets, templates or your own handwriting to create titles which will draw the viewer's eye into the layout.


  • Try using patterned papers for your mat around the photo
  • Using acid/lignin free paper will ensure your pages do not yellow or deteriorate over time.
  • Purchase an acid/lignin free album to put your layouts in.
  • Keep creating - if you like it, it's perfect!
  • Try using Kodak backed photo paper. It keeps from fading better than any other backing.
  • Get copies of your favorite photos before you start in case you mess up.


  • If you are not sure if the paper or embellishments are acid/lignin free, do not adhere them to the photograph - place them elsewhere on the layout.





How to start a Scrapbook

If you have a lot of pictures and mementos just stashed away in a box on your shelf, then it is time to check them out. These pictures usually reflect your hobbies, your youth, vacations, or photos of loved ones. It is time to get the boxes down from the shelf, and create a scrapbook !


  1. Organize the photos and mementos. A scrapbook can contain pictures, movie tickets, programs, anything that will lay flat when the book is closed.
  2. Separate by date, or vacation site, or holidays, depending on the photos found.
  3. Count them to see how many you have in order to determine the size of the book you will need to buy.
  4. It is so much fun to look at the book
    Buy a scrapbook based on your theme, or just a regular inexpensive one, and mark it to reflect the theme. You will need stamps, cut-outs, stickers, scissors and glue. Construction paper is colorful and often cheaper than "specialty" papers made especially for scrapbooks.
  5. When you get ready to begin, carefully measure and "plan" each page before you start gluing. You can write your plan down on a piece of paper, so you will not forget how you want to layout each page.


  • Some craft stores sell scrapbook-making kits to help you get started. If this is your first time making a scrapbook, this may be the way to go.
  • Scrapbooks can be found in various styles and colors at most stores, Supermarkets, craft stores, online stores, as well as larger drugstores.
  • As you get more acquainted with scrapbooks, you will want tools that save you time and frustration. Two very useful tools are the Xacto knife and a pair of tweezers.
  • Acid-free and lignin free products can keep your pictures from turning yellow.


  • Scrapbooks can be addictive. Once you make one, you will want to make more. The more you make, the more items you will want to put on the pages for decoration and detail. Have fun, enjoy and show your "books" to anyone who wants to see them.
  • Be careful you don't the cut the only copies of your family photos. You can get color prints of them instead.
  • If you are using the only copy of family photos get another print made of it. It costs a bit more than colour copies - but photos can be made from originals and look the same.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographs, memento items
  • Scissors, glue, stamps, decorative stickers
  • Anything else that you would like to see on the page


How to Choose the Right Adhesive to Use in Your Scrapbook

The many adhesive options available on the scrapbooking supply market may leave you mystified as to which ones you need for your project. Not only are countless types of adhesives available, but you often are given choices between a number of brands as well. This can leave beginners frustrated and ready to go home and use a hot glue gun for the whole project. A word of caution, however-learning to use the different types of adhesives will help protect your photographs and keep your work in tact for many years.


  1. Understand that there are three basic types of adhesives: glues, tapes, and corner mounts.
    • Glue. Hot glue and tacky glue, both common items around the house, are not good for your scrapbooking project. Although these adhesives are strong and permanent, the heat and acidity that comes with using them will ruin your photographs over time. Make sure that any products say that they are safe for photos.
      • Glue sticks are inexpensive, but remember that you get what you pay for glue sticks lose their stickiness over time, and your pages will come undone.
      • Glue pens are popular, but one of the most innovative products in recent years has been glue dots. This product is pressure-sensitive and works very well for adhering embellishments to the page.
      • Another helpful scrapbooking glue product comes in an aerosol can. When sprayed to an item such as vellum or tissue, you can adhere the light paper to the page without leaving marks showing through. Glue dots and aerosol sprays can be pricey, but are effective when used correctly.
    • Tape products. Again, be sure that the product label ensures that it is safe to use with photographs, since not all tapes are made the same. Traditional tape options, such as foam mounting tape or double sided tape are good to use in your album, but also check out the products made exclusively for scrapbooking. Mounting squares are a popular item, as are roll-on tape dispensers. Some temporary products are also available in case you don't want to permanently attach your photographs to the page.
    • Corner mounts. Related to the tape family, these little triangles allow you to stick photographs to the page without commitment. Corner mounts work especially well with valuable photographs, but can only be used when you have cropped your pictures in a square or rectangular shape.
  2. Whatever adhesive choices you make, remember that it is important to use the products correctly. Not all glues and tapes are made for the same purposes, so learning to use these products is vital. By experimenting with technique and following the usage guidelines you can create a beautiful and long-lasting album.

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