Monday, October 19, 2015

DIY: 3 Simple Scrapbook Recipes (for lazy/busy people)

remember taking pictures here and there since I was a little kid, my sister had one of those Playskool cameras and we would be taking pictures non stop (even if there was not roll inside), I also remember losing a number of memories the day I got robbed and my camera and USBs were gone with years and years of travels and moments inside.

Since that happened I become very crazy in terms of pictures-backup procedures, I was intended to avoid losing a single pic and started saving copies in USB Memories/HDDs but then one of my USBs got broken and I just panic again, how could I assure the security of my beloved pictures? (and please remember that this was before Instagram times)

I started thinking in the old pictures that I have in my possession and realized that even when there was no guarantee it was definitely more secure to avoid losing a picture that actually exist, instead of a digital file that will probably get lost in zillions of folders in a computer... that is how I started scrapbooking!

These are 3 of the simplest recipes for scrapbooking

Supplies needed:

-Photo album
-Your computer 
-Printer (not featured in the pic)
-Your HDD/USB memory with pictures 
-Photo protectors (full page/ mixed format)
-Photo paper

Recipe #1 Full Page Collage

This is probably the easiest from the 3:
1) Using paint, Photoshop or any application for picture edition create a "canvas" adjusted to fit your photo paper size (the most common is 8.5*11IN)

2) Start adding pictures to your canvas, some bigger than the others without too much overlap between them and trying to keep an harmonious palette color.

3)Print it, get it inside the full page photo protector and place it within the photo album.

Below is one full page collage I created from our Moroccan trip:

Recipe # 2 Standard size photo pockets

For this method you first need to analyze your photo protectors: what size are the photo pockets and what's the orientation of the picture (portrait or landscape)

The photo protectors that I found have 3 4*6 IN pockets but only one of them was ladscape orientated and the other 2 were portrait oriented.

This is my least favorite recipe but it's the cheapest/ easiest in terms of photo printing because 4*6IN is the most common picture size so you can get lots of photo prints in Costco/Sams Club and just fill all photo pockets.

Below is another page that I created from the same Moroccan trip:

Recipe # 3 Mixed sizes/techniques

This is my favorite method but it's also the most complex, I used different photo pages layouts: 3*4IN , 3*3IN, etc and mixed photo pockets.
1) Analyze your photo pages and get the total number of photo pockets to fill.

2) Make a list of the pictures to print and decide how you want to put them together creating small collages for some photo pockets ( for instance if you have a 4*3IN pocket you can create a collage putting together 2 pics in a 2*3IN size)

3) Create you canvas in paint/Photoshop fitting the size of your photo paper and then start adding there the pictures adjusted to the printing size, try to accommodate as much pictures as possible by page to avoid wasting paper.

4) Once printed cut them with scissors and put inside the photo pockets, after completed keep moving pictures from one pocket to the other until you are satisfied with the result.

Below is an example of a page created with this technique from a recent travel:

Bonus recipe: Adding some flavor

This last recipe is a mix of number 3 with stickers, colorful paper and fun captions.

For this technique you will be filling some photo pockets with whatever material you have and embellishing your pics with labels and stickers as shown below:

It feels so good to have my pictures in an album that I just started Sunday's scrapbook sessions, it's also a very nice way to relax before starting the week at the office.
Which scrapbook recipe would you try?


  1. Definitivo esto si lo voy a intentar hacer ñoña, extraño tener fotos impresas y esta idea está padrísima :D

  2. Si Yare! No toma mucho tiempo aparte tu tienes muchas fotos muy padres, seguro te quedaria un album muy chido