Scrapbooking is a method of preserving, presenting, arranging personal and family history in the form of a book, box, or card. Typically, it involves taking photographs, printed media, and artifact memorabilia and combining them with decorative elements and journaling.

Description and How to Do It

To start scrapbooking, choose a theme or event you want to document. Gather photos, memorabilia (like ticket stubs or letters), and any other items you want to include. Select a scrapbook album, decorative papers, adhesives, pens for journaling, and embellishments like stickers or stamps. Arrange your items on the pages, adding decorations and handwritten notes to contextualize the memories.


  • Preserves Memories: Creates a tangible record of important events and personal stories.
  • Creativity: Offers endless possibilities for artistic expression through layouts and decorations.
  • Family Bonding: Can be a collaborative project that brings families together to share and document stories.
  • Stress Relief: The process of scrapbooking can be a relaxing and therapeutic hobby.

Best Age to Start

Children can start scrapbooking with assistance as early as age 6 or 7, focusing on simple projects. As they grow, they can take on more complex designs and concepts, making it a hobby suitable for all ages.


  • Websites: Online communities, blogs, and tutorials offer inspiration and techniques.
  • YouTube: Channels dedicated to scrapbooking provide step-by-step project guides.
  • Books: “The Complete Guide to Scrapbooking” (available on Amazon) covers the basics for beginners and offers creative ideas.

Equipment and Costs

  • Scrapbook Album: $10-$30, depending on size and quality.
  • Decorative Papers: $5-$20 for assorted packs.
  • Adhesives: $5-$15 for photo-safe options.
  • Embellishments: $5-$50, depending on the variety and quantity.
  • Journaling Pens: $5-$20 for archival quality pens.

Starting Tips

  • Begin with a specific project, like a vacation or holiday, to narrow down your focus.
  • Organize your materials and plan your layout before gluing anything down.
  • Use photo corners or removable adhesives to keep photos in place without damage.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Scrapbooking can be done as desired, with some enthusiasts working on their scrapbooks weekly, while others may work on projects during special occasions or as memories accumulate.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Develop a personal style, experimenting with layouts, techniques, and storytelling.
  • Master various scrapbooking techniques, including layering, stamping, and photo editing.
  • Share knowledge through workshops, social media, or scrapbooking communities.

Notable Scrapbookers

  • Becky Higgins, known for creating the Project Life system, which simplifies the scrapbooking process.
  • Ali Edwards, recognized for her approach to storytelling through scrapbooking.