Scrapbook Ideas

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Don’t Forget the Postcards! {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 19}

Postcards are excellent for scrapbooking – always be sure to pick some up wherever you travel, even if you’re visiting somewhere near home that you’re planning to scrapbooking about!

Ideas for Scrapbooking with Postcards:

  • Postcards with maps are great for showing each spot you visited in an area. Mark the places with stickers or a pen.
  • Postcards can sometimes capture a more ideal image of the place you visited – like an aerial view, for example.
  • Most postcards have some extra information about the image on the reverse side, which you could use in your scrapbook journaling.
  • If photography is not allowed at an event or location, you can often buy postcards with images to remind you of your visit.
  • Sometimes, I take a photos of the messages I write on the backs of postcards I send home to friends and family. These are a fun and unique way to add journaling to my travel scrapbooks!
  • If you want to have access to both sides of a postcard in your scrapbook, consider placing it in a pocket, or creating a mini page for it using a clear page protector.

I would love to hear how you’ve used postcards in your own scrapbooking – if you have an idea, please share it in the comments section :)!

Faithbooking Idea {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 17}

Faithbooking can be for everyday photos as well as for special events or spiritual milestones. Have you ever been enjoying an ordinary day and felt the peace of God flood your heart, or a feeling of joy and gratitude for the blessings the Lord has given you? These are perfect times to document your thankfulness to God through faithbooking! You could journal about your thoughts or feelings, add a prayer of thanksgiving or simply record a Bible verse to express how you are feeling, like I did on the layout below.

Credits: Photo book printed by Mixbook, digital papers are from the Loveliness paper pack.

Summer Travel Scrapbook Ideas {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 12}

Are you planning on traveling this summer? Here are a few travel scrapbook ideas from my Hawaii trip scrapbook and my old favorite – the Aruba honeymoon scrapbook from 2003 :).



Travel Scrapbook Ideas:

  • If you fly, save the flight pattern map from the magazine on the airplane to show the route you took.
  • Save your baggage claim tickets – especially if they’re pink ;).
  • Record how many miles to your destination.
  • Write about how you traveled (by car, plane, train, etc). If possible, include a picture of the vehicle you traveled in.
  • Consider adding embellishments like globes, maps, a compass or the flag of the country you visited.

Do you have some travel scrapbook ideas? Please share them in the comments section – I would love to have some more great ideas for my travel scrapbooks :)!

Patriotic Colors {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 10}

Today is Memorial day here in the USA, so I thought I’d share a scrapbook page with patriotic colors: red, white and blue! I am so thankful for the freedom I enjoy as an American, and especially on Memorial Day I am mindful that freedom is never free. This layout is not about a patriotic holiday, but as I was putting it together I realized that the colors are perfect for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.

Layout credits: Everything is from the Shabby Shoppe: Summer Cottage and the FREE Easy-As-Pie Template 23. Note: I also noticed that there is a super cute add-on to the Summer Cottage kit, that has lots of patriotic embellishments :)!

Free Beachy Quick Page {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 7}

Happy Friday, hope you have fun weekend plans! Here’s a little freebie for you – a beachy digital quick page :).

This photo is from our trip to the beach when I was pregnant with Julia. I can’t believe she is now the age Gabe was in this photo…and I can’t believe I haven’t scrapbooked these photos yet – LOL!

*Click here to go to the download page*

The download includes a 12″x12″ png file with a “hole” for the photo (to use in Photoshop, etc) and a 12″x12″ jpeg file for printing or uploading to photo book software. Enjoy!

Vacation Scrapbook Cover and Title Page Ideas {100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas! Day 6}

Another scrapbook I will be sharing this summer, as part of the 100 days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas series, is our Hawaii vacation scrapbook. Like the Aruba honeymoon scrapbook, this album is also about a fall trip – but summer seems like the best time to share these with you, because we spent most of our time at the beach! Today I will just be focusing on the scrapbook cover and title page.

Scrapbook Cover Idea: The Group Photo!

For each family vacation we take, I always try to make sure we have at least one group photo. These are perfect for the cover of the scrapbook! The group photo instantly shows:

  • Who was on the trip?
  • When was the trip (before the kids were born…when the kids were little…etc.)?
  • Where were we?

This works for digital scrapbooks and paper scrapbook covers. For digital scrapbooks you can usually add a photo right to the cover – or at least place the photo on the first page, so that it will show through a “peek-a-boo” window in the cover. For traditional (paper) scrapbooks, I like to look for a scrapbook album with a photo frame in the cover to put the group photo in.

Vacation Group Photo Tips

Here are some things to think about when taking your group photo for the scrapbook cover:

  • Location – try to find a spot that shows the setting of your vacation. For the Hawaii vacation scrapbook, we posed on the balcony of the condo with the ocean and palm trees in the background. As it turns out, the photo frame was too small to show the palms, but you get the idea :).
  • Attire – If possible, try to have the people in the group photo wear coordinating clothes that fit the over-all feel of the trip. I love the look of coordinating, but not exactly matching. I’m sure this is easier while my kids are young, because I still choose their clothes :).

For each of my scrapbooks, I like to create a title page. The title page is that first page on the inside of your scrapbook. It is different from the rest of the pages, because it typically doesn’t have a “mate”.

Tips for Designing a Scrapbook Title Page:

  • Use the title page to share information about what the scrapbook is about. Consider including information about Who, What, When, Where and Why type questions. In this case, I included the location and date, plus plenty of embellishment to show that it was a fun trip for vacation.
  • You may or may not need/want to include photos on the title page. The only “photo” on my Hawaii scrapbook title page is just an image I clipped from a travel brochure! I saved the photos for other pages in the book, because I want to title page to stay focused on information about the book.
  • The title page sets the tone for the rest of the scrapbook. Feel free to go crazy with embellishments :)!  Or not – it all depends on the feel of your scrapbook. In this case I included tons of tropical flowers, bright colors and a picture of a surfer on the beach.

Do you have any other ideas or tips for designing scrapbook covers or title pages? If so, please share in the comments :)!

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 5: Nature Photography Tip}

Today’s summer scrapbooking tip is a quick one, but it’s something I hadn’t thought of until recently when I saw a similar style on a professional photographer’s site.

If you will be spending time outside this summer, you might enjoy this tip for photographing nature: try positioning yourself behind some natural foliage or flowers and shooting through them to create a dreamy look around your subject. You will need to be careful that your camera is focused on the subject of your photo, so that the leaves or flowers in the foreground become blurry, not vice versa. I have seen this effect done with portraits too!

This page is another one from my Summer Flowers photo book, the paper is from my Loveliness freebie :).

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 4: Travel Scrapbook Idea}

Travel Scrapbook Idea: Document the Unique Details of Your Surroundings

Are you planning any travels for the summer months this year? Here’s a little tip to keep in mind for your summer travels scrapbook: keep an eye out for details about your vacation destination that are unique and different from your daily life. Try to get some photos to capture what makes the location special. One thing we noticed right away on our honey moon to Aruba was that there were grass huts called palapas on the beaches – we had never seen them before in person, so I took lots of pictures of them and added a little paragraph about them to my scrapbook :)!

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 3: Taking Photos Outside}

I LOVE being a mom, and my two sweet kids are a blessing to me every day! When my second was born, it took us a while to get used to the new dynamic, and my scrapbooking was pretty much put on hold (as were a lot of other things). Anyway, it’s really fun for me as I’m getting caught up, because I’m scrapbooking photos from this year as well as photos from the same time of year in previous years. It is AMAZING how much the kids change in just one year! Makes me really want to cherish every moment with them even more :).

Credits: Digital papers from my free kit, Loveliness. Ribbons, buttons and flowers from my free kit, So Flirty. Template by Shabby Princess.

I realize that Mother’s Day photos are more springy than summery – but the scrapbooking tips I want to share with you today are about taking photos outside – perfect for summertime :)!

Tips for Taking Photos Outside:

  • The best light is actually not in bright sunshine, as you might expect! The bright light tends to create harsh shadows and makes you squint too much. For softer light, try sitting in the shade, like I did with my kids for our Mother’s Day photo.
  • Taking photos on a cloudy/overcast day also works – just try to sit near something bright and colorful to counter the dull colors, like in our photo in a huge blue chair (above).
  • If you plan on sitting on the ground, bring along a blanket or quilt – it’s handy for keeping clean and comfortable – plus it adds extra sweetness :). I found mine at a yard sale :)!

100 Days of Summer Scrapbook Ideas {Day 2: Collecting Summer Favorites}

Is there something you tend to take LOTS of photos of every summer? Why not make a mini scrapbook or photo book with just a collection of photos of that favorite thing? It could be trips to the pool, ball games, or even something as simple as a collection of summer flower photos, like mine from last summer. Sometimes grouping “like” photos together from the course of a season, year or even several years can create more impact and are more relevant together than randomly spread throughout many pages or albums.

I am always inspired by flowers, so I seek them out and photograph them where ever we go. Most of the time I just have too many to put them all into my regular scrapbooks, and they don’t really need any text, so I love to  make picture books filled with some of my favorites! This photo book was created using Mixbook (I used an awesome coupon!), and I uploaded digital scrapbook paper from my freebie kit {Loveliness} to use for the backgrounds. Very simple, but I love the result :)!

How about you? Have you scrapbooked any collections? Something to think about as you’re snapping your summer photos this year :).

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