15 Easy Scrapbooking Techniques For Beginners

So you’ve decided to get into scrapbooking, and you want a fun way to record all your memories. But where do you start? Some people think scrapbooking is hard, but it doesn’t have to be! 

Let me show you some easy techniques that will help you create beautiful pages in no time.

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Key Takeaways
– Scrapbooking is a fun and creative way to preserve memories and tell stories.
– Basic supplies such as adhesive, scissors, and patterned paper are essential for scrapbooking.
– Consider using techniques like layering, stamping, and journaling to add interest to your layouts.
– Don’t be afraid to experiment with different themes, colors, and styles.
– Remember to have fun and enjoy the process of creating something special and meaningful.

1. Stamping

Stamping is a great way to add personal touches and embellishments to your scrapbook. Stamps are available in a wide variety of colors and designs, so there’s no limit to what you can create! 

You can use stamps to create backgrounds, or stamp on photos to add a personal touch. If you’re still new at this whole scrapbooking thing and don’t feel like you have an eye for design, using stamps will help you get started with creating interesting pages without having to worry about making things look good.

Stamp pads come in sets of 10, 20 or more depending on the brand and size of the pad. The larger the number of stamps included in each set (i.e., 10 vs 20), the wider variety of images/patterns available within each pack; however some brands offer more options than others so keep this in mind when shopping around for what best fits your needs. 

For example: We R Memory Keepers offers sets with up 50 different images while other companies like American Crafts have only 15-20 designs per pack but those packs include multiple color combinations so if one pattern isn’t working out then there’s always another option!

The right scrapbooking supplies can make a world of difference in your projects. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Scrapbooking Supplies to learn about the best products for your next scrapbooking masterpiece.

2. Embossing

Embossing is the process of using a die to create a raised or recessed pattern on a surface. This technique can be used on paper, metal and other materials.

If you’re embossing on paper, the easiest way to do it is with an embossing machine—but if you don’t have one, don’t worry! It’s still really easy to make some beautiful designs using your own two hands (and lots of patience). You’ll need:

  • Paper in any shape/size (if you want to draw your own shapes rather than use pre-made ones)
  • Embossing powder in white or black (or any color!)

3. Distress ink

Distress ink is a water-based dye that can be applied either with a paintbrush or a stamp pad. It comes in many different colors, but some of the most popular are Tumbled Glass (dark blue), Peacock Feathers (turquoise) and Mica Flakes (silver). If you’re looking for a little more variety, check out the full line here.

Like other types of ink, distress inks are meant to be stamped directly onto your paper before being heat embossed with clear powder or glitter. 

This gives them an aged look similar to how watercolor techniques would be used on paper crafting projects like this one:

Before applying your distress ink, make sure your cardstock is completely dry! Otherwise it might smear onto other parts while drying instead of staying where it should be stampered down onto the front side of your handmade project.

To get started using distress inks on scrapbook pages:

4. Punching

Punching is one of the easiest and most versatile scrapbooking techniques. There are a few different ways to punch:

  • Use a die-cutter to create shapes like hearts, flowers, and more. If you don’t have one of these handy tools, they’re available at most craft stores.
  • Use a hole punch on paper or cardstock if you want something more simple than what comes out of the die cutter.
  • Cutting with scissors works as well if you don’t have anything else!

Either way, punching is an easy way to make your pages look interesting on top of being functional for holding journaling cards and photos!

Want to take your scrapbooking skills to the next level? Discover the secrets to becoming a pro in our guide on Mastering the Art of Scrapbooking. With these tips and tricks, you’ll create stunning scrapbooks with ease.

5. Stenciling

Stencils are an easy way to add interest and pattern to your scrapbook layouts. They can be used on paper, wood, metal, glass and more. 

Stencils come in a variety of styles some give you the option of using paint or ink as a medium, while others are designed specifically for use with mediums like chalk or acrylic paint. Stencils can be used for backgrounds, borders or even filling in shapes.

Technique NameDescription
Tim Holtz Layering StencilsThese stencils feature a variety of designs that can be layered to create unique effects.
Ranger Dylusions StencilsA range of colorful and bold stencils that are perfect for adding texture and interest to your projects.
Heidi Swapp StencilsThese stencils feature trendy and modern designs that are perfect for creating on-trend layouts and handmade cards.
Martha Stewart Crafts Laser-Cut StencilsThese intricate laser-cut stencils are perfect for creating detailed patterns and designs on your paper crafts.
The Crafter’s Workshop StencilsHigh-quality stencils that come in a variety of sizes and designs, perfect for creating unique backgrounds and focal points.

Note: Stenciling is a technique where a design is applied to a project through a cut-out template. These techniques can be used to add texture and interest to your scrapbook pages, cards, and mixed media projects. With a wide variety of stencils available on the market, you can easily customize your projects to suit your style.

6. Chipboard accents

Using chipboard accents is a great way to add texture and dimension to your scrapbook pages. It’s also very simple! 

Chipboards can be used in a variety of ways, but the most popular are as photo mats, embellishments on layouts or cards, and even as part of an entire scrapbook page design.

Chipboard can be cut with scissors (if you’re using a thin sheet), die-cut machines like the Cricut or Silhouette or any other machine that cuts through layers!

7. Rub-Ons

Rub-ons are easy to use, easy to find, can be used on most surfaces and they’re super easy to store. All you have to do is rub the image off of the transfer sheet onto your project!

The best part? You don’t need any fancy tools or supplies. Just a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol (or plain water) will do the trick.

Creating your own scrapbooking albums and journals can be both fun and fulfilling. Check out our guide on DIY Scrapbooking to learn about the tools and materials you’ll need to make your own unique projects.

8. Buttons

Buttons can be used to embellish cards and scrapbook pages. They can be placed on their own, or they can be combined with other embellishments to create a button wreath. In the following video tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a button wreath:

  • Cut a large piece of cardboard (a cereal box will do!) into 6 equal sections
  • Glue each section onto a length of ribbon or twine
  • Hot glue buttons onto each section

9. Foam dimensionals

Foam dimensionals are a great way to make your scrapbook pages look more professional. They can be used to secure photos, pages, embellishments and even chipboard pieces. Here are the basics on how to use them:

You will need a foam dimensional (aka foam tape) and an adhesive runner or applicator. To apply your foam dimensional, place it sticky side down on your scrapbook page/paper/backing etc., then press firmly along its length with the edge of your craft knife or scraper blade. 

The amount of pressure you apply will depend on what you’re using the dimensional for; for example if you’re securing photos or other items with paper underneath them then less pressure is needed than if you have nothing there at all.

  • If needed trim off any excess so only 1mm shows above surface level.
  • To remove just peel off in opposite direction to which it was applied!
Product NameDescription
Therm O Web 3D Foam SquaresDouble-sided foam tape that creates raised and layered effects on your paper crafts.
Scotch 3M Foam TapeAcid-free foam tape that can be cut to size to create dimension on your cards and scrapbook layouts.
Darice Foamies Foam RollA roll of adhesive-backed foam that can be cut to size and used to create custom foam stickers and dimensional elements.
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam CirclesSelf-adhesive foam circles that are perfect for creating raised accents on your handmade cards and scrapbook pages.
Kaisercraft Foam DotsAcid-free foam dots that provide instant dimension and depth to your paper crafts.

Note: Foam dimensionals are adhesive foam pieces that can be used to add dimension and depth to your paper crafts. These products are ideal for creating raised and layered effects on your layouts and handmade cards. With a variety of options available, you can choose the perfect foam dimensionals for your next project.

10. Heat embossing

Heat embossing is a technique that uses a heat gun to create a raised surface on your paper. The raised image is created by using an ink pad and then heating up the embosser. 

The best way to use heat embossing powder is by mixing it with water so that it becomes paste-like, which will help with applying it evenly onto your paper.

When applying embossing powder, place small dots of it all over the area where you want to add texture. 

Next, take a brush and spread out the dots until they are relatively even across your page; this ensures that no one part of your page will have too much or too little texture when finished drying. Once complete, let dry overnight before moving on to other steps!

Using a Heat Gun: Heat guns are used not just for this technique but also as an alternative method when using scratch art pens. 

To use one properly without damaging yourself or any surrounding objects should be done with caution—never point at anything directly unless told otherwise by someone who knows what they’re talking about!

Preserving your memories in style is easy with scrapbooking. Check out our Scrapbooking 101 guide to learn more about the basics of scrapbooking and how to get started on your next project.

11. Faux stitching

  • Stitch the edges

Use a sewing machine to stitch along the edges of your project before adding decorative paper. You can create a nice, clean look that feels more finished by doing this step first.

  • Decide where you want to place your decorative paper on the front and back of your project and then use an adhesive (like gluestick) to attach it in those places. The adhesive will help hold everything in place so you don’t have any accidental smudges or tears!

Faux Stitching Techniques

Technique NameDescription
Pen StitchingMimics the look of stitching using a fine-tipped pen.
Paper StitchingUses a paper piercer and faux stitching templates to create realistic stitches on paper.
Sewing Machine StitchingAdds texture and dimension to your layouts by using a sewing machine to stitch directly onto your paper or embellishments.
Floss StitchingUses embroidery floss and a needle to create intricate stitching details.
Washi Tape StitchingApplies washi tape to your page in a stitching pattern to give a faux stitching look.

Note: Faux stitching techniques mimic the look of actual stitching without requiring a needle and thread. These techniques can be used to add texture and interest to your scrapbook pages without the extra work of traditional stitching methods.

12. Die-cuts and Cricut cuts

Die-cuts, or shapes that you can buy in a kit, are one of the easiest ways to create professional scrapbook pages. You can easily use them with all kinds of materials including paper and fabric, and they are great for giving your layouts a pop of color and dimension.

Die-cuts are also versatile because there are so many different types available—you can find die-cuts specifically designed for photos, letters and numbers (which is what I used), hobbies such as sewing or knitting, seasonal themes like Christmas trees or snowmen, animals like foxes and penguins…the list goes on! 

And if you want something more unusual than what’s out there already then you can always get creative with some cardboard boxes from around your house.

One super cute way to use die-cuts is by creating borders around each page where each border has a different pattern made up from matching shapes that have been cut out beforehand using this technique called “cricut cutting.”

This is how I made my Halloween themed scrapbook pages seen above but there are lots of other things that could work too: sports teams’ logos; quotes written onto wood blocks painted gold; quotes written onto metal signs sprayed silver etcetera.”

Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. Our guide on Scrapbooking on a Budget provides tips and tricks for creating stunning scrapbooks on a budget. Start creating unforgettable memories without breaking the bank.


I hope you have enjoyed this post, and learned some new techniques that you can use to create your scrapbook pages. The most important thing is that you have fun with it!

Further Reading

If you’re interested in learning more about scrapbooking, check out these helpful resources:

O, The Oprah Magazine’s Scrapbook Ideas: Get inspired with this collection of creative scrapbooking ideas from O, The Oprah Magazine. From seasonal layouts to sophisticated designs, these ideas will help you take your scrapbooking to a whole new level.

Everything About Scrapbooking: This website is a comprehensive resource for scrapbooking enthusiasts. You’ll find tips and tutorials on everything from choosing supplies to designing layouts, as well as a community of fellow scrapbookers to offer advice and support.

CreativeLive’s Scrapbook Ideas for Beginners: If you’re new to scrapbooking or looking for fresh ideas, this guide from CreativeLive has got you covered. You’ll find tips on layout design, photo selection, and more, all geared towards helping beginners create beautiful scrapbooks.


What is scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking is a craft that involves creating albums or journals to preserve memories and tell stories through photographs, memorabilia, and other decorative elements.

What supplies do I need to start scrapbooking?

Some basic supplies are essential for scrapbooking, such as an album or journal, adhesive, scissors, and patterned paper. Other items that you may want to include are stickers, die-cuts, stamps, and pens.

How do I choose which photos to include in my scrapbook?

When choosing photos for your scrapbook, try to select ones that tell a story or capture a special moment. You may also want to consider the color scheme of your layout and choose photos that match.

How do I design a scrapbook layout?

Scrapbook layouts can be designed in a variety of ways, depending on your personal taste and the theme of your page. Some common design elements include borders, layering, and embellishments.

How can I stay organized while scrapbooking?

Keeping your supplies organized is key to efficient scrapbooking. Consider keeping all of your tools and materials in one place, labeling everything clearly, and planning out your layout before you begin.