Make a family album card

We love this project from SJ Dowsett - make a family album card to share all your news this Christmas. Head over to The Making Spot to download for free now!

Capture memories with these minibook ideas

From weddings to holidays - papercrafting mini albums is a great way to try scrapbooking and treasure happy memories of milestone moments in life! Not only are minibooks much less daunting than gazing at 12x12in pages of a full-on scrapbook, they're a perfect way to make the most of photos - making sure you treasure them and look back fondly rather than losing them forever to digital folders on your computer! We've got five lovely ideas for minibooks to get you started....

How to make a wedding minibook

Scrapbook your summer holiday memories

We all love a summer holiday - but since digital cameras & camera phones took over the world, my photos are most often last seen floating around in folders on my laptop, hard drive or Drop box! I'm rubbish at printing them out and savouring them. So my resolution this summer is to show them off in a minibook or album so I can remember my holiday earlier this summer in St Ives, Cornwall. Why not join me in this plan of action?! Here are a few of my favourite ideas for scrapbooking your summer holiday snaps... read more to be inspired!

Make a scrapbook from paper bags

Papercraft fun: Try art journaling

Ever feel like your head is filled with too many ideas? Always fancied keeping a diary? Fancy doing a bit of snipping and sticking just for the fun of it? Then you might enjoy art journaling!

Art journaling is very similar to scrapbooking, but while scrapbooking is often about capturing moments and preserving memories, art journaling is about what you're thinking right now! It's a great way to try out techniques, get a bit messy, and create something that's totally you. Read on to find some of our favourite links and tips, and get started today...

Scrapbooking ideas & tutorials

Get scrapbooking ideas from Scrapbook inspirationsScrapbook inspirations magazine is sadly no longer available as a printed magazine, but the good news is some of the best projects are now free to browse on The Making Spot! In our newly-launched scrapbooking section.

Now you can find your favourite projects and designers from Scrapbook inspirations magazine all in one place. We've got some great ways you can use our scrapbook ideas without any previous scrappy skills! Whether you've never scrapped before or you've already caught the bug and are looking for ideas, here's a few ways we're here to help. If you love to play with paper, why not treat yourself & subscribe to Papercraft inspirations?

Get more from your pages...

With our tips from the pros. Here Shimelle Laine shows us how to keep page layouts simple.

Scrapbook ideas

Adventures in scraplifting

Congralations to my new cousins Cassie & Dale on the arrival of baby Malachi! New babies are always a lovely excuse to reach for my card making kit, and I really enjoyed making this new baby card to welcome Malachi into the world. This shaped baby card was inspired by word-shaped-mini books – it’s also my first attempt at scraplifting – taking someone else’s layout I love and making it my own.

I got the idea for this new baby card after spying a ‘FAMILY’ word-mini album by Jane Dean in an old issue of Papercraft inspirations magazine. I loved the design and the idea of using it as inspiration - and converting a card front into four layers of letters to spell out a word appealed to me. (I’ve become a bit hooked on making cards with fun shapes or apertures lately.) So I sketeched out the word ‘BABY’ on to a card blank – then used this as my template to reach for my patterned papers.

How to make an accordian mini book

Just stumbled upon this papercraft tutorial of massive awesomeness - over at book binder & paper maker Ruth Bleakley's making blog. To make your very own diddy-delight, pop on over and take a look at Ruth's full minibook photo tutorial. She's posted step-by-step pics and I can't wait to have a go. Best thing about this is all you need is some thick card, a few scraps of pretty papers and some plain paper to fold up to make the zig-zag accordian bit inside. Am already thinking up about a zillion upcoming birthdays to make them for. Not only is this a great stash-saver idea, this project feeds my nostalgia-love as it reminds me of a book-making workshop I went to at school in my teens!

5 ways with doilies

I've been tracking the great doilie revolution for a few months now...I love the nostalgia of them as they were one of my very first card making supplies when I began making things as a child, plus they're one of the cheapest embellishments out there for card making.

Here's an few of my favourite ideas for getting crafty with them:
How to make your own doilies