Home Makeover Layouts


Not everyone is in a position to purchase a new home right now; however, that shouldn’t stop you from documenting any improvements you make to your current abode.

Each year our neighbors spend their tax return on home improvements. Two years ago they refurbished their kitchen, last year they purchases new windows for the entire house and this summer they are giving their master bathroom a facelift. Given her passion for scrapbooking, it’s no surprise that each time my neighbor embarks on a redo the process ends up as the subject of yet another memory album.

Personally, I think scrapbooking home improvements is a phenomenal idea. Not only do you get to show off amazing before and after photos, but documenting the details of the demolition and construction is also beneficial for insurance purposes.

If you are looking for ways to create eye-popping page designs to showcase your home or room makeover, remember that the devil is in the details. Be sure to include even the smallest projects. For example, if you are redoing your living room and giving the fireplace a facelift, take pictures of the materials being used, plus any other fine details that make the design unique. You can then make a photo collage and accent the page with brief journaling about each feature.

If you are doing a multi-room upgrade, consider crafting a layout that documents each member of your family and his or her favorite part of the finished project. For example, if your daughter scored a new closet in the makeover, display photos of her in her new addition and embellish the rest of the page with die cuts and stickers of hangers, shoes and different articles of clothing. Likewise, if your husband finally got the man cave of his dreams, be sure to journal his reaction when he stepped foot into his sanctuary for the first time. You could also include memorabilia, such as paint chips or clippings from magazines that you used for design inspiration.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.