Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Un-Scrapbook

Confession: I love scrapbook paper, fun stickers, and all the cute scrapbooking tools – but I rarely ever scrapbook. My mom celebrated her birthday last week and she requested a book of all the pictures from our wonderland tea party. I wanted to create something more exciting than a regular photo album, but I knew a full-fledged scrapbook wasn’t in the cards. So, I created a scrapbook compromise!

Here’s how you can make your own,

Print your pictures to a standard size (I went with 4x6) but buy an album a size larger (my mom’s is for 5x7 photos). I also bought a pack of scrapbook paper with matching letter stickers and embellishments. Since the album had a cute little window on the front, I used some of the scrapbook paper and stickers to make a “celebrate Wonderland” title.

If your photos fall into different categories, use scrapbook paper and stickers to make section dividers.

A bit of pretty paper and a few simple embellishments go a long way towards turning ordinary photos into something special.

I used a paper cutter to make sure all my scrapbook rectangles had nice, clean edges.

I was able to get three 5x7 rectangles out of each sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper. If you wanted to make more of a scrapbook diary, it would be easy to glue a picture to one piece of scrapbook paper and a journal entry to the other side.

If regular scrapbooking isn’t for you – give the un-scrapbook a try!

Bonus fun wrapping idea:

Since the photos were of our tea party, I wrapped the album in a tea towel printed with teapots.

Have any other non-traditional scrapbooking ideas to share? I'd love to hear about them!



Justine said...

I love scrapbooking! I just wish I had the time for it.

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Tracy's mom said...

Since I am a scrapbooking fool, I love all of the hands on papers, stickers, and embellishments. No ideas from me, but I just wanted to compliment you on a job well done. I also like that you made an album that was of a special occasion. What a great gift for your mom!

Tracy said...

Super cute- all the time you put into your presentation makes it extra special! Tell your mom "happy belated b-day" from me! :)

Christen said...

Where did you get the tea towel?

Hattie said...

I found that cutie at Crate & Barrel