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


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