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Scrapbooking Layout Idea

No matter what photos you have, the best scrapbooking layout ideas will come to you as you look at the photos in front of you.



Scrapbooking Layout Idea
by Emily Burson

Need a scrapbooking layout idea for miscellaneous photos?

Scrapbooking layout ideas are easy when you have a theme such as a wedding, new baby, or even a vacation. But, what do you do when you do not have a theme, and still want to scrapbook your photos? Creative scrapbooking layout ideas can make even the most normal of situations seem anything but ordinary.

Scrapbooking layout idea for Autumn Nature Photos:

For me, my downfall is pictures during the change from summer to autumn. The trees in southern Indiana change from green to a bright selection of red, yellow, orange, purple…it’s majesty in motion, but hard to scrapbook later. So, I came up with a scrapbooking layout that would show off the pictures and be fun to do.

  • First, I bought a scrapbook that had pages that were close to 11 X 17. The portrait orientation helped my scrapbook layout idea look right.
  • Draw a tree trunk about ½ way up the page. You don’t have to be an artist; just something resembling a tree trunk will work!
  • Next, choose a few of your favorite photos of leaves, as well as collecting a few of your favorite leaves from outside.
  • Now, put the leaves, both real and photos, on your tree. You have a photo mosaic of your favorite time of year!

Scrapbooking Layout Idea for Architecture Photos:

If you are a visiting a place for the first time, it is a good chance you will end up taking about as many photos of buildings as you will of people. This is especially true if your travels take you somewhere with a rich history of architecture.

If you have a lot of photos of the same building, simply consider dedicating a page in your scrapbook to that building. You don’t need a fancy scrapbooking layout idea, but take the time to familiarize yourself with the photos. Is the building tall and lean? Then your scrapbooking layout idea could incorporate strong vertical lines. Are there lots of sharp angles to the building, or is it round and inviting? Whatever the building, focus on the strengths to create a harmony between your photos and your scrapbooking layout idea

Scrapbooking Layout Idea for Random People Shots:

Someone does something funny and you grab your camera and snap a photo. Now, what do you do with random shots of people in your life that have nothing to do with each other? Does the person in question have a pet or small child? If so, one fun scrapbooking layout idea is to put a photo of the child or animal in the corner and put the random shots of the person above them in “thought bubbles.” Caption the photo based on what the child or pet would think about the person in that situation. You don’t really have to worry about the actual context that you took the photo in. Make the page funny!

No matter what photos you have, the best scrapbooking layout ideas will come to you as you look at the photos in front of you. Find a common theme or common idea in all the photos. Is there an object in the background of all the photos that is the same?

Whatever your scrapbooking layout idea, have fun and enjoy making something creative out something normal.

Emily Burson is a 2001 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She worked for a year as a full time copywriter before getting a job at her church, Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. She works at the church full time and loves it. She loves to read and write, and believes that children's books and young adult literature contain some of the most powerful lessons and messages that the written word has to offer. She is an avid scrapbooker and loves to travel, having been to Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Honduras, as well as many states.

If you would like to contact her about her writing, craft ideas, or book reviews, email her at erburson@

Also, read her personal thoughts on God, faith, life, culture, and more.


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