The Most Simple Scrapbook Series-The Finishing Touches

Now that you have purchased your supplies, made a title page, and learned how to place those photos on the page, it is time to document what you are scrapbooking and finish up that very first scrapbook.

Now, the fun part for me when it comes to scrapbooking is journaling and labeling. What good is a scrapbook if there are no names, dates, or stories to go with the pictures??

To keep it simple, you can just write names and dates. That is easy. However, so much of scrapbooking is about the stories behind the photos. In my opinion, journaling is what sets apart a scrapbook from a plain old photo album.

Tips on how to journal on your page:

1. Journal directly onto the main paper. This is fine to do for that beginning scrapbook. Write about why you took the photo, why you love the photo so much, or who was there.

2. Journal on a coordinating piece of cardstock, but choose a different color. Then, cut around just the words you wrote, and then matte that in yet another color. This will help draw the eye to those special words. An example of this is found here.

3. There are so many journaling tags out there that you can purchase. This really isn’t necessary for that very first scrapbook, but sometimes they are just too cute to pass up! Plus, many of them have lines that make it easier to write in a straight line. If this is a problem for you, you might want to consider buying some.

4. Get creative with where you journal! Try journaling around the photo itself to create a frame with your words, or in a spot on the page that will be more interesting.

Last, when you are done with a page, slip it into those sheet protectors, and place it into the album. Voila!

Scrapbooking does not have to be complicated. You can always keep it simple until you feel more confident with trying something new. I can’t wait to hear how your very first scrapbook comes together. Good luck!

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at