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Getting Started With Scrapbooking: Layouts

Getting started with scrapbooking couldn't be easier. It is not about creating a prize worthy scrapbook. It is about preserving precious family memories in a unique creative way. A scrapbook is a collection of layouts or pages put together in an album. There are many ways to create a layout when scrapbooking. 

The most important thing to remember is to have fun! Scrapbooking shouldn't be stressful. Don’t be afraid to experiment with more than one style. Mix and match until you find a process that works for you. We are going to break down the most common ways to do scrapbook layouts.

Some scrapbookers love a tight refined look with precise measuring and carefully placed embellishments.

Others prefer a shabby-sheek style with rustic, vintage elements.

Before jumping into layouts, it is important to mention binding methods. A scrapbook's layout and binding method aren't necessarily the same. Although some terms for scrapbooking format and binding method can be used interchangeably. Take a look at our previous post “Getting Started With Scrapbooking: Binding” for helpful tips on getting started.


When the word scrapbook is heard, most of us probably think of a post-bound scrapbook album with a 12 x 12 sheet of decorated paper. This is a traditional method. Each page or layout has a collage of pictures, colored papers, and embellishments.

Pocket Style

Pocket style scrapbooks are a modified traditional style. Think about a photo album combined with a traditional scrapbook. The brand name that is synonymous with this style is Project Life. There is no need to purchase pre-created cards. Creating a small layout is very fast, easy and customizable. These layouts are great for individuals who are short on time. Photos are inserted into pockets. Alongside the photos are embellished photo sized cards commemorating important events.

Free Form

Free-form layouts are synonymous with junk journaling, folios, and Smash Books. This is complete creative freedom. These layouts are  versatile because they can be made to custom dimensions. Some scrapbooks love to create the album or book that the memories captured in. Pockets, tags, and interactive elements are made to creatively display photos and memorabilia throughout the album. 

The most important thing to remember when deciding on a layout is to have fun. Scrapbooking is about preserving memories in a creative way. Whatever layout you choose, it should help you cultivate your creativity. We have a wonderful design team to help you along your journey. They have many project ideas and examples of different styles of scrapbooks to aid you in your creative process. 

November 04, 2021 — Tamra Merrill




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