12+ Awesome Scrapbook Ideas & Hacks for Creative Mamas
If you’re feeling a little bit less than inspired lately, check out these 12+ Awesome Scrapbook Ideas & Hacks That Creative Mamas Definitely Can’t Live Without! This post is full of tips & tricks that will get you excited to use your stash instead of just organizing it. Whether you’re looking for quick & easy scrapbooking ideas or prefer other memory keeping crafts, you’re definitely going to want to check it out!
A while back, I shared 12+ Awesome Scrapbooking Ideas & Hacks That Creative Mamas Definitely Can’t Live Without, and today I’m going to share even more Scrapbook Ideas to get you inspired! You know, because we all need an excuse to do something creative every day.
I’ve been scrapbooking for as long as I can remember and I’m seriously head over heels in love with memory keeping, but sometimes coming up with awesome scrapbook ideas can be tricky.
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And while we’re on the subject, stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things can also be a challenge. I mean, let’s face it. We all want to experience the creative aspect of scrapbooking and memory keeping, but we just get stuck in a rut and end up doing a lot of the same old stuff over and over again.
If you’re looking for some quick and easy scrapbook ideas to switch things up, then keep scrolling for 12+ awesome scrapbook ideas that creative mamas definitely can’t live without.
1. Bucket Lists
Do you have a book of lists? Maybe you’re a creative planner or a bullet journal kind of mama. Either way, documenting your bucket list, your to-do list, and even your favorite songs is a wonderful and creative scrapbook idea.
Whether you choose a planner, journal, or even mini-album, this is the type of scrapbooking that’s always relevant to your here and now. Challenge yourself to sit down for a few minutes each week and add a list to your album.
The ideas are endless for lists that you could include in your scrapbook. All of the ideas listed above are just a starting point. Sit down, brainstorm, and make a list of things you want to include. Favorite TV shows. Places you’d like to visit. Foods that you love. There’s always something fun to add!
2. Pocket Pages
Pocket pages have become increasingly popular in the last few years. I made a point of buying a pocket page kit for both little kids’ baby albums. Pocket page albums are quick & easy and make scrapbooking simple for busy mamas.
Don’t have time to drag out all of your supplies and make a layout, pocket pages are a great alternative. You can create gorgeous pages and projects with minimal supplies using albums kits that can be purchased at most craft stores.
Generally speaking, pocket pages make scrapbooking lots of photos a snap. Start by organizing your photos into the divided page protectors then add some patterned paper and a few embellishments. It’s as simple as that.
3. Art Journals
Art journaling really is the best of both worlds. It’s memory keeping and mixed media, which is great for mamas who are not only looking for a creative outlet but also a way to document the everyday.
There are so many ways to incorporate art journals into your memory keeping. You can make journals and add photos. You could create mixed media backgrounds for scrapbook layouts. Or maybe you want to scrapbook directly on a canvas.
Regardless of which option you choose, mixed media and art journaling is an incredibly versatile way to add interest to your scrapbooks in a fun and creative way. You can journal directly on your artwork, on the opposite side of your page, or even in a separate journal.
4. Off the Page Projects
I’ve always loved creating memory keeping projects that arent’ scrapbook pages. When my husband and I got married, I made a printer’s tray with my favorite photo. And almost a decade later, that memory tray still sits on our headboard.
You can use old printer’s trays like I did or a shadowbox or even a canvas. One thing to keep in mind is to choose adhesives carefully. You don’t necessarily want to use the same glue or tape for wood and metal that you would for paper.
Another fun take on memory keeping projects that I’ve seen over and over again is photo collages or gallery walls. There really are so many awesome ways to take your scrapbooking off the page.
5. Black & White
Black and white has always been a go-to for me. I can’t help but adore this classic combination. Black and white photos or even black and white layouts. Either way, black and white will always be a tried and true look for me.
This particular color combination means lots of opportunities for contrast when it comes to your pages and projects. Texture is another great element that can be added. If you’re into the artsy look, consider a white gesso background on black cardstock.
When it comes to black and white, you really can’t go wrong. Of course, adding a bit of gray is always an option too. Black and white is perfect for elegant wedding albums or vintage and heritage layouts. It’s also a wonderful way to express emotion on your pages.
6. All About Me
I know, I know. You don’t have time to scrapbooking yourself, right? But hear me out. Even if it doesn’t seem important to you, I promise it is to your little kids.
There are so many different ways to create an all about me album. You can use a list of prompts like the Scrapbooking Ideas Challenge or just start a journal with pictures.
As creative mamas, we’re almost always the ones behind the camera. Find a picture of yourself and document a little about you. What are you passionate about? What does your day-to-day life look like? Grab some supplies and scrapbook it!
7. Full-Page Photos
I love scrapbooking with full-page photos. Not only is it a wonderful way to highlight a special memory, but it’s also an easy way to get your photos in scrapbooks. After all, that’s at least half the battle.
If you’re using 8×10 photos on 12×12 pages, that makes the photo the majority of your layout. Add a title, a few embellishments, and you’re finished. It really is that simple.
Over the years, I’ve used full-page photos for mini albums and even title pages in my scrapbooks. If you’re looking for a quick win, this is a great option for making simple yet beautiful pages.
8. Holiday Mini Albums
Holiday Mini Albums are a favorite of mine. I love creating albums documenting how we’re celebrating Christmas or what we’re thankful for. What a beautiful way to share a glimpse of our celebrations together as a family!
Holidays make awesome mini albums. You can take just a few days or a week or even a month and create an absolutely stunning scrapbook that tells a delightful story.
Don’t forget to include a few handmade cards as well as your little kids’ artwork to finish off your holiday scrapbook. You could even create a fun holiday mini together. Such a fantastic way to get creative with your kiddos!
9. Kids’ Art Projects
I can’t imagine having scrapbooks without the kids’ art projects. I make a point of photographing lots of our crafts and activities and even occasionally scanning letters that the little guy has written and pictures that baby girl colored for me.
It’s crazy to think about the amount of paper that we through. You know, being a creative mama with little kids and all. It seems like every day we’re making something. And I want to keep as many of those memories as possible. I’m always taking pictures of the kids’ art projects.
I’m willing to bet that both the little guy and baby girl would love having their very own art portfolio and I’m sure your kiddos would too. Print some process art photos and of course don’t forget to include a few real-life examples as well.
10. Family Yearbook
Do you remember getting a yearbook each year in school? I always thought it would be fun to make our own. We could include everyday photos as well as special occasions.
This would be a great project to do with pocket pages. You could make a two-page spread for each month and include a few inserts as well. When you’re out and about as a family, be sure to collect memorabilia to include in your family yearbook.
And what a fun way to spend quality time with your kiddos. Sit down together each month and work on your family yearbook pages. Each kiddo can embellish a few and then combine everything together into a 3-ring scrapbook album.
11. Quick & Easy Mini Albums
Mini album projects are all kinds of awesome! Want to know why? They’re great for documenting a single event or occasion in a quick and easy way. Mini albums are smaller and more manageable than traditional albums and usually quicker to put together as well.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to scrapbook ideas for quick & easy mini albums. You could use mini albums to scrapbook holidays, vacations, and more. Or maybe you want to create a themed scrapbook, for example, to document the Fall Scrapbooking Ideas Photo Challenge.
Another wonderful thing about making mini albums is that it’s a great way to use your scraps. Mini albums can be just about any size and more often than not, I make my own by cutting chipboard pieces, punching holes along one edge, and then putting it all together with binder rings.
12. Inspiration Box
Do you have a recipe box in your kitchen that you’ve used to collect lots of family favorites over the years? Do the same with inspirational quotes, scripture verses, etc.
You can decorate a small wooden recipe box with patterned paper and use it to hold all the cute sayings and little tidbits that make you smile. It’s a wonderful keepsake and of course great encouragement when you’re having a rough day.
I could totally see having something like this on my desk in the studio to refer to when I need a little pick-me-up. I love ATC’s and you could easily cut small scraps of mixed media paper just the right size for your special “recipes” and do things journal-style.
That’s it, y’all! 12+ awesome scrapbook ideas that creative mamas definitely can’t live without. Hopefully, you found at least a few things that inspire you whether you were looking for scrapbook ideas for beginners or just some fun new DIY scrapbook ideas.
Do you have any scrapbook ideas & hacks of your own? I’d love to hear them! Make sure to leave a comment and share!
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