The Ultimate Guide to Modern Day Scrapbooking

Marianne Stenger
1st December 2021

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve your important memories or tell a story, but it can also simply be a fun outlet for creativity. Scrapbooks also make meaningful gifts for children and grandchildren or parents and grandparents. 

While the word “scrapbooking” probably evokes images of glue sticks, scissors, and hole punchers, with a bit of help from technology, scrapbooking can easily take on a sleeker, more modern feel in a printed book. These same techniques can also come in handy when working on other creative projects, such as designing your own greeting cards or invitations. 

Not sure where to begin? We’ve put together some ideas for combining classic scrapbooking techniques with digital ones to craft the ultimate modern day scrapbook. 

1. Choose a theme 

Before you get started with the process of collecting photos and other memorabilia for your scrapbook, it’s a good idea to think of a theme that will tie it all together and help you decide what you would like to include. 

Will this scrapbook be a gift for someone’s birthday, wedding or anniversary? Maybe you’d like to make a scrapbook to celebrate the arrival of a new baby, or delve deeper into a particular hobby or area of interest you have, such as dance, cooking or music. Is it to commemorate an important moment in your life, such as a graduation or a fun holiday? Or perhaps it’s a celebration of your favourite season, whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter. 

Once you have your theme in mind, you’ll have a better idea of what sort of photos, text, colours and layout will best suit your particular project.

2. Scan in your photos and mementos

Photos and images will most likely make up the bulk of your digital scrapbook, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to the photos you already have on your phone or desktop computer. 

You can dig out those classic photos from your family albums or even historical photographs passed on to you by your parents and grandparents. While you’re at it, you can also scan any images of paintings, illustrations, handwritten notes or poems, and even magazine or newspaper articles and book excerpts that are related to your scrapbook’s topic. 

If you need some guidance with this part of the scrapbooking process, you can check out our guide to scanning old photos at home for recommendations on which apps work well for this.

3. Get creative with the layout 

Once you have all your photos and other imagery scanned in and ready to use, you can begin the process of playing around with the layout. Start with the background. Do you want a plain or solid-colours background, or something that adds a bit of colour and texture? Do you want to include page borders? 

The next step is to drag and drop your text, photos and other things you’ve scanned into different positions on each page until you’re happy with how it looks. You could also try layering photos and text over other images to create a feeling of depth. If you need some guidance with this part, you can also choose one of the ready-to-go templates available in the Bob Designer Software or Online Book Creator.

4. Leave some space free 

You can also combine digital scrapbooking with old school scrapbooking methods by leaving a bit of blank space. Leaving some blank pages or spaces will allow you to paste in physical things that you weren’t able to scan in at the time of creating the book. This could include anything from ticket stubs to postcards and stamps, or even pressed leaves and flowers if you’re creating a seasonal scrapbook. If you have various bits and bobs that you want to save but don’t know where to stick, you can also fix an envelope to the inside of your scrapbook as this will help you keep everything together in one place. 

If you’re thinking of physically pasting things into your scrapbook once it’s been delivered to you, we recommend using our matte photographic paper for the best results.

5. Spend some time on the cover

While designing your scrapbook’s content will take the bulk of your time, the cover design should never be an afterthought. Start by thinking about an appropriate title for the book, and where you want to place it for maximum impact, whether it’s in the book cover’s centre or off to the side. If it matches your chosen style, you can even add gloss, silver or gold highlights to the text on your scrapbook’s cover. 

Next, you can decide on whether to include any cover photos or keep the design clean and simple.You could even design a photo collage for the cover, using some of the best images or illustrations that are being included in your scrapbook. 

Looking for more tips and ideas on how to use Bob Books for your creative projects? Check out this post to learn more about how to use the Bob Designer Software, or browse the blog to read all our interviews and tips. If you’re ready to start creating, take a look at our photo book features and choose your preferred size, binding style and paper type.