Layouts and Scrapbook Elements

By | April 16, 2018

Whether you are looking to improve on your scrapbooking skills or even just wondering where to get started, here is some information on what a good scrapbooking layout should contain.

Most scrapbook layouts will have these elements, even though each page is different: photographs, embellishments, cardstock, memorabilia, patterned paper, journaling and of course your title.


A title will tell your readers what your page is about. It can be both creative and functional. Titles come in many different forms, including rub-ons, stickers, cardboard, die cuts or wood. Don’t forget your handwriting could also be wonderful and creative.


Because the essence of scrapbooking is preserving your memories for future generations, journaling is the writing that tells your reader what the page is about, or other details that may be forgotten such as dates, or even people’s names.


Your scrapbook wouldn’t quite be a scrapbook without them. The photographs make up the centre piece of the story that you are trying to convey. It is totally up to you how many photographs you want to include in your layout. Try to stick to the same theme or occasion.


Embellishments are like decorations to use on your layout. These could include flowers, buttons, stickers, ribbons or whatever you fancy that suit’s the theme of your scrapbook layout.


The bits that you want to add to your scrapbook layout that form part of your story are called memorabilia. These could include souvenirs from events like museum cards, brochures, menu’s, and even old letters written by loved ones.


Cardstock is usually the base of any scrapbook page layout. The most popular layout size is 12 x 12 inches. Cardstock comes in many forms and colors. To make a double page, just use two sheets side by side. Cardstock is also often used to matt photographs or frame photographs within your layout.

Patterned Paper:

Patterned paper is used to decorate your layout and also to complement your theme. This can be found in either paper weight or cardstock weight and there are so many different varieties available, you will find something for every occasion. A note for new scrapaholics. Always remember to use acid free products, as you want your scrapbook to last. Look for products that are labeled acid free or lignin free. This means that the process of card and paper manufacture has been regulated to neutralize acid and remove lignin. Both these elements can cause your scrapbook layout to deteriorate over time.

Michel Maling has enjoyed her scrapbooking hobby for more than six years. Visit her blog at

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