How to Make a Scrapbook Page

basic scrapbook page

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Project Overview
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Yield: 1 page
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Scrapbooking is a popular hobby that can bring out your most creative side, and it's an easy way to capture and share your favorite memories. Tap your inner artist and create a page of personalized memories by following this step-by-step tutorial to scrapbook your photos.

How to Scrapbook at a Glance

  • Sort your photos and choose a focal point photo.
  • Choose paper, embellishments, and a background.
  • Double-mat the main photo; group mat the supporting photos.
  • Write journaling entries.
  • Add embellishments.
  • Add the page to your album.

You'll find all the materials you need in your favorite craft store, including a scrapbook album to start your venture. Scrapbook albums are typically 12 inches by 12 inches, but they come in all different sizes, colors, and styles. Some may even come with a few pages to begin your project. Once you start, you'll likely want to add refill pages to expand your album.

Here's a free scrapbook page layout below to get you started. This scrapbook page layout has basic, clean lines that will look fabulous in any album. Use it as a guide to creating your scrapbook page.

Free download scrapbook template

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Paper cutter or paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Pen or marker for journaling
  • Adhesive (glue stick, double-sided tape)


  • 1 12-inch by 12-inch square scrapbook album
  • 1 12-inch by 12-inch square scrapbook page
  • 1 12-inch by 12-inch piece scrapbook paper (optional, for background)
  • Selection of card stock, white, solid colors, and patterns
  • 4 photos for your page
  • Stickers and other embellishments (optional)


  1. Sort Your Photos

    To start your page, select several photos of one theme. In this sample, there are four photos from a fall trip to an apple orchard. These photos are used to create a single, 12-inch by 12-inch scrapbook page. If you're considering creating a two-page spread, choose several more pictures to fill both pages. 

    father and daughters apple picking
  2. Choose a Focal Point Photo

    1. Select one photo to be the main picture on your layout. The easiest way to create a balanced, pleasing scrapbook page layout is to have a single focal point. Here, the strongest of the four images is the focal point of the page.
    2. Next, crop or reprint the other photos in a smaller size so that the focal point photo is the largest one on the page.
    father and daughters apple picking
  3. Choose Paper and Embellishments

    Select colors of solid and patterned papers that accentuate the photos. The selection for this page includes hunter green, navy, red, and white card stock, with a pair of blue-green patterned papers as accents.

    Coordinating Paper and Stickers

    You'll find many styles of patterned papers and card stock with coordinating stickers that are perfect for your layouts. Coordinated items save you time when putting together your scrapbook page.

    family photos on top of sample scrapbook pages
  4. Create a Background

    To begin putting together the scrapbook page, you need a canvas. You can use a solid sheet of 12-inch by 12 inch scrapbook paper as your background on which you put your images. Or, you can create a 12-inch by 12-inch background with patterned paper and card stock.

    1. Here, the background is made beginning with a 12-inch wide by 4-inch tall strip of solid green card stock.
    2. The green card stock is topped off with a 2-inch tall strip of patterned paper.
    3. Two more strips are added to the bottom of the green strip until the paper is 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall to fit onto the scrapbook page.
    patterned scrapbook page background
  5. Double-Mat the Focal Point Photo

    A double mat gives extra emphasis to the focal point on the page.

    1. First, the photo is placed on a mat of white card stock.
    2. Next, a slightly larger frame of red card stock is added underneath the white card stock.
    3. Once the focal point photo is matted, it's placed on the large field of green card stock in the middle of the page.

    Matting to Balance the Page

    If you are not able to make the supporting photos smaller, double-matting the focal point photo is often all you need to give it the prominence required to balance the layout.

    creating a matted border for photo
  6. Group Mat the Supporting Photos

    A great time-saving technique in scrapbooking is to mat several photos all on one piece of card stock. Here, all three of the supporting photos are placed on a mat of a single strip of white card stock.

    Use your paper cutter to trim down photos so they are the same size if you're using them on a group mat.

    grouping family photos together
  7. Add Photos

    Experiment with your layout without adhesive. Dry-fitting the parts of your layout before adhering them to the layout is a great way to test the placement of the pieces to make sure you like how they will look on the page.

    placing family photos on scrapbook page
  8. Add Journaling

    The photos on your page will lose their meaning over the years without supporting copy.

    1. Here the journaling is printed on a sheet of white card stock.
    2. The card stock is then trimmed to fit on a strip of navy card stock.
    3. The text is then placed next to the focal point photo.

    Ways to Journal

    You can handwrite your journaling if you wish, use pre-printed quotes in fancier fonts, or print out your text for easy reading. 

    photos and caption organized on scrapbook page
  9. Add Simple Embellishments

    This particular scrapbook layout does not need many embellishments. A simple nature-themed sticker added to the top of the page is all that is needed to complete the scrapbook page.

    scrapbook embellishment
  10. Add the Scrapbook Page to Your Album

    The completed scrapbook page is a simple and quick way to create a layout that uses four photos. It tells the story of the pictures in a clean and classic way that you will always be proud to display in your albums.

    A completed scrapbook page with photos, text, and embellishments