How to Create a Scrapbook with Harriet Langsbury
The majority of photos and memories from trips away and big life events are stored on our phones. This often means that we never get the chance to look back on them and to relive those experiences. Printing your pictures with Fujifilm means you can share those memories with your loved ones, however, it can still be a nightmare to organise and store these images so you can easily look back on them. This is why we’ve put together an easy step by step guide to help you turn your Fujifilm prints into a creative scrapbook that you can treasure for years.
What You'll Need.
The first thing you’ll need is a book or journal. You can use any size, however we’ve found that a square ring-bound book works best.
You’ll then need to choose your photo prints. We think that the 6x4" and the 4x4" sized prints are a great size – they’re big enough so the prints are your focal point but small enough to be able to fit a couple on each page. You will still have plenty of room to layer up notes and mementos, adding postcards, as well as tickets and maps from your trip or event. This really is a great way to tell a story of where you’ve been or what you’ve done.
You’ll also need some scrap paper to add texture to your page. Lastly, you will need the essentials - some coloured pens, some scissors and some glue are all important materials when you’re adding notes and sticking photos in.
Step One - Preparing Your Page.
To start creating your page you’ll need to work on the background, and you can use anything that you can find around the house. We like to create texture by using bits of recycled paper as well as some paper bags and old packaging.
Start by ripping or cutting the paper into different shapes. You can then add more texture by crumpling each piece up. Place each bit of paper roughly where you want them but don’t stick them down just yet.
Step Two - Choosing Your Images.
With Fujifilm you can print your pictures in lots of different sizes, and we find that for this project the 6x4 and the 4x4 images work perfectly. Have a little play around with the composition and work out where you’d like each photo to go, but remember, don’t stick anything down just yet.
Step Three - Add Your Mementoes.
Mementoes from your trips like tickets, maps and restaurant menus can help you remember the date and location of your trip, and they also help to tell the story of your experiences and bring your images to life.
Have a go at working out the best placements by cutting out bits from your maps. This is a great way to add detail to you background, and adding in tickets from the day will help you create different layers on your page.
Step Four - Add Diary Extracts and Notes.
Annotating your pages is a great way to remember where you’ve been and what you’ve done. You can get creative with the type, trying out calligraphy or keeping it simple by printing off notes from your computer in different fonts. We also find that including diary extracts from your trip to match you printed pictures helps to remember the event better.
You can now stick each bit down, but make sure you remember where everything should go! It’s so easy to get all the separate pieces mixed up.
The Final Step - Add Any Extras.
You can use some decorative tape, and other extras like paperclips, to add a little more colour to your page. You can also use a few extra things like stickers, dried flowers and glitter depending on your theme.
Once you’ve completed all five steps, your scrapbook is complete! You can slip your scrapbooks into your bookshelf or keep them on your coffee table, bringing them out to share with friends and family. Scrapbooks are a much better way to help you relive a trip than going through the images on your phone!
Remember you can use scrapbooking to document lots of different memories like parties, events and trips, plus these handmade scrapbooks also make a thoughtful gift for a loved one. Head to https://fujifilm-houseofphotography.com/ to get started printing your photos.
Written by Harriet Langsbury (@harrietlangsburystylist)