The end of summer always feels like a fresh start. Whether you’re beginning a new school year or just a new month at your job, saying goodbye to the carefree sun and fun is like getting a new chance to get your life together. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the year accumulating this and that from all your adventures with your vinas, and now all those ticket stubs and photo booth strips are cluttering up every nook and cranny of your life. What better way to honor those vina memories than by sticking them all in a scrapbook?
If you’re looking for a way to store the stickers you picked up at a music festival or all those Girls’ Night Out Instagrams, why not make it a crafternoon date with your vinas? Stock up on supplies at your local craft store and then get to creating!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 5 or 6 pieces of plain cardstock for the internal pages (fold the cardstock in half, and then place them inside each other, like the kind of book you made in kindergarten)
- 1 piece of cardstock that is a little bigger than the others for your cover
- Patterned papers (say that three times fast!), stickers, stamps, washi tape, etc. to make your scrapbook pretty!
- Pencils, pens, markers, paints, ink, etc.
- Photos, ticket stubs, written notes, whatever you want to put in your finished scrapbook!
PHASE 1: CREATE YOUR COVER
Step 1: Take the larger piece of cardstock for your cover. Fold in half so that it will fit around your inside pages.
Step 2: Using your patterned papers, stickers, and stamps, decorate your cover however you please. Let your creative juices flow!
Optional step 3: Choose a piece of patterned paper for the inside cover (I chose the typewriter-print paper in the photos). Cut it so that it’s a little smaller than the inside of your cover, then glue it down on the inside.
PHASE 2: BOSS UP YOUR PAGES
Step 1: Take your booklet of cardstock and, using a stapler, attach the middle of the booklet to the middle of your cover.
Step 2: You can use your patterned paper to add backgrounds to your scrapbook pages. Measure the size of your pages and cut out pieces of patterned paper the same size. Glue it down ét voila! Pretty patterned pages.
Step 3: Repeat as much as you want! I ended up gluing one sheet of special paper to the outside page of each of my pages. Some years I have a ton of patterned paper, and some years I’m too lazy to go to the craft store and make it work with none at all. It’s all about what you want!
PHASE 4: MAJOR NOSTALGIA TIME!
Now that you have your basic scrapbook skeleton, it’s time to fill it up with memories, cute stickers, notes, and drawings! I try to keep it loosely chronological myself, but you could go with a strict timeline, themed pages, or total random sticking and gluing. Shove in anything that you feel meant something to you this year. Some examples from my past scrapbooks – train tickets from a trip around Europe, flower petals, pieces of maps, and a hair ribbon I was wearing during a significant first kiss. The possibilities really are endless, just don’t forget to include things about all your fun times with your vinas 👯.
Once you have the hang of it, consider making some as gifts for your vinas! These little cuties would be perfect thoughtful presents for birthday girls, graduates, brides, or any lady in your life who loves a good #tbt.
Have you tried scrapbooking? What kind of things decorate your pages?
(Featured image via momplanet.tumblr.com)
(Other images via @ashleygoldberg – check out her Insta for more planner and scrapbook inspo!)