What is Scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking is a craft that involves art of preserving and embellishing photographs, cherished items and memorabilia in the form of a layout, book, box or card design. Scrapbooking draws on other papercrafting techniques and arts to create unique decorative elements and often contain journal entries or written descriptions to note the occasion! Traditionally, scrapbooking has allowed us to preserve memories for future generations, and it has gone through many reinventions through the years to appeal to new eras of crafters - today journaling and building planners and diaries is at peak popularity. While many people think of scrapbooks as tangible objects, many artists also create digital scrapbooks. Digital scrapbooks are saved in a digital format, but can be printed as professionally bound books. There are many different types of digital software that allow you to play with layouts without the labour of crafting by hand - different strokes for different folks!

Big scrapbooking brands include Graphic45, Pinkfresh Studio, Kaisercraft, American Crafts, Prima and Simple Stories

Earlier in the year, we featured a fantastic interview with scrapbooking queen Shimelle! CLICK HERE to find out more about Shimelle's career and to pick up some handy  hints and tips to start your scrapbooking journey!

Here are some fantastic video tutorials to get you started with creating your own layouts - you can buy co-ordinating packs to get you started or have a dig through your stash and go down more of an art-inspired route!

Scrapbook Tutorial: Create A Cheerful Traveler's Notebook Layout with the NEW Serenity Release - CLICK HERE to watch this fantastic video tutorial from Altenew

Mari Clarke | Vicki Boutin Storyteller DT: One of a Kind 12x12 Scrapbooking - - CLICK HERE to watch this fantastic video tutorial from Marie Clarke

Altenew | SCRAPBOOKING TUTORIAL: How to Create a Fun Scrapbook Layout using Mixed Media Inks - CLICK HERE to watch this fantastic video tutorial from Altenew

What is Journaling?

Scrapbooks are generally focused around photos, whilst journals can contain photos they don't tend to be the main focus and are led by the creator's diary content! Journaling is more likely to feature more artistic mixed-media techniques such as water colouring, drawing and painting - with more merit towards freedom on the page. There's less structure in the journaling community, where as scrapbooking is more likely to be a set 12x12" layout.

Visual Journaling is a reflective process that involves exploring concepts, ideas, and thoughts visually in order to understand and create personal meaning. This also goes hand-in-hand with colouring for mindfulness - there are a world of possibilities out there to help you document your life journey.

Here are a few journaling videos to get you started from Daisy from @mygreencow!

Altenew | Creative Journaling With Watercolour! with My Green Cow - CLICK HERE to view this video tutorial

Pinkfresh Studio | Creative Journaling! with My Green Cow - CLICK HERE to view this video tutorial

Everyday Journaling! with Helen Colebrook - CLICK HERE to view this video tutorial

Maremi’s Small Art | Art Journaling Collage + COFFEE ~ ✂️ - CLICK HERE to watch this video tutorial

On-trend Planners / Diaries

In recent years, buying planners with existing elements to assemble has become super popular! Each year, the likes of Heidi Swapp, Webster's Pages, Me & My Big Ideas and We Are Memory Keepers release their latest ranges to help make the whole process a lot easier. You can utilise these ranges for every diary keeping or in preparation for a big event such as weddings and anniversaries!


Are you a scrapbooker? Do you love journaling? We'd love to see your projects on CraftWorld! Share your makes and inspire your fellow crafters!

Happy scrapping,