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Scrapbook Techniques




  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Scrapbook pages
  • Double-sided tape
  • Photo adhesive tape
  • Post or ring-bound scrapbook
  • Colored paper
  • Templates


  1. Step 1

    Remove cover and pages: Using a utility knife and ruler, cut off covers of a used hardcover travel book, keeping 1/8 inch of spine intact; set covers aside, and discard spine.

  2. Step 2

    Cut out pages (we used 12) to use as backgrounds (you can also use store-bought scraps, such as maps). Assemble scrapbook: Attach photos and scraps to pages.

  3. Step 3

    Make accordion book: Lay out 6 pages, right sides down. Join pages with photo adhesive tape. Back with remaining 6 pages, using photo adhesive paper. Attach covers: Use photo adhesive tape to attach left side of first page to right side of front cover. Attach decorative paper to inside of cover using photo adhesive paper to create an end paper and to hide tape. Repeat for back cover.

  4. Step 4

    Slip a piece of heavy card stock into an airmail envelope. Using a utility knife, cut out face of envelope, leaving backing and decorative border intact; repeat with 4 more envelopes. Cut photos to size; insert into envelopes. Stack envelopes; glue all flaps together using an archival glue stick. Cut 1 envelope-length slit along 1 edge of scrapbook page. Slip flaps through; fold over, and tape to opposite side to secure.

  5. Step 5

    Tape together 2 pieces of notebook paper (ours is 7 1/2-by-8 1/2-inches), short end to short end. Trim width if necessary to fit scrapbook pages. Fold paper up from bottom as shown, making pockets in desired depths. Stitch sides to scrapbook pages with a sewing machine to secure, or glue with an archival glue stick.

  6. Step 6

    Remove pages from a post- or ring-bound scrapbook. Cover pages with colored paper (we used acid-free blue paper), securing with double-sided tape. 

  7. Step 7

    Download border template from our website; print 1 for each postcard.

  8. Step 8

    Cut out center of each with a utility knife, keeping border intact. Position 1 on page; trace a window, using border as a guide; cut out window. Glue border around window; flip page.

  9. Step 9

    Attach clear adhesive photo corners; insert a postcard, writing side up. Repeat with each postcard. Add labels using an archival

Martha Stewart Living, January 2006



Reviews (4)

  • sweettooth2 10 Jan, 2008

    kristin, you should try it, it will be fun. look in scrapbook magazines they have some good ideas and google scrapbook craft you be amazed how many ideas you can get. good luck

  • sweettooth2 10 Jan, 2008

    I enjoy scrapbooking I did 2 already of my granddaughter. the first one was when she was born I collected all pics of her for a year then gave it to her for her first birthday. It was hard but I did it every month until I ended up in Jan when she was one. then I waited for 2 years and now I am finished with the next one and will give it to her for her third birthday. It was fun doing. I already have a new theme for the next 2 years she loves Elmo.andI found an Elmo album.

  • Whirlygal 2 Dec, 2007

    You begin by getting all of your photos gathered and in order.

  • kristinowen 13 Nov, 2007

    I would like to ry scrapbooking but don't where to beging