Scrapbooking is my new favorite hobby. I love taking photos, and I love being creative! The only problem that I face is that it takes me so long to come up with creative ideas for my pages!! The current scrapbook that I am working on is from my wedding. We got married about 9 months ago (oh my gosh, how time flies!). So far, I have about 7 pages in my book. I’m going to say that I average about 1 page a month. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Well, no one is racing over here, but I have a new goal to complete my wedding scrapbook by our 1 year anniversary in July. For motivation, I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my favorite ideas with you all and hopefully, receive some in return.
Today I am going to start with sharing the first page of my book. This page is simple, but I love how it came out! The border is made from using my heart shaped hole puncher! Really, you could use just about any shape hole punch for this. What’s a better shape than hearts for a wedding scrapbook? This idea came to me when I was trying to decide what to do with all of the smaller pictures that I had.
The border I made using the pictures below is a bit different than my first one. On the second one, I cut out the heart borders instead of keeping them on the same page as the background. However, the steps are all the same. Let’s begin!
What you’ll need:
- Scrapbook paper
- Heart shaped hole punch (found in scrapbooking aisle at the craft store)
- Paper cutter (optional)
- Tape or glue
Step 1: Mark your territory.
Use a pre-cut strip of paper to mark off where you will be cutting. Most scrapbook pages are 12″ x 12″. I used my paper cutter to cut and measure a strip that was approximately 3 inches wide and 12 inches long. I then placed the strip onto the paper and traced where I would have my border. All tracing should be done on the side of the paper that you will not be using for your border.
Step 2: Divide portions.
Next, you will decide how many hearts you want on your border. For my first border, I used 5 hearts. On my second, I used 4 hearts and recommend this since it is easier to measure. Once you decide on a number, use a ruler to divide your strip into equal sized squares. If you are using five hearts, measure each square to be 2.4 inches. If you are using four hearts, measure each square to be 3 inches.
Now, use a ruler to draw a line down the center of the strip. If your strip is 3 inches wide, draw the line at the 1.5 inch mark.
Step 3: Trace the hearts.
First, punch out a heart from a piece of paper that you are not using. This is going to be your stencil. Place this stencil on the first square and draw a line through the part of the heart that is placed on the center line. Next, trace the heart in each square. Make sure to match the line on the heart with the center line that you drew.
Step 4: Time for the punch.
It’s time to start punching hearts! Now imagine saying that out of context, haha.
As you can see, I punched my hearts with my hole punch upside down. That way, I could align the puncher with my tracings. I love saving the heart punch outs for other scrapbooking projects. Repeat this step for each heart that you traced.
Step 5: Cut and Paste.
The last step in creating this border is to decide what pictures you will use. The picture above shows how I decide what will look good in the hearts. Once you decide what pictures you will be using, cut the picture out and tape or glue it to the back of the heart.
I ended up cutting the hearts into different squares for the second border that I made. I prefer the look and consistency of my original border, however. Here is the final page:
Above the border is the marriage certificate from our church. I did not want to glue it, so I attached it to the page using a report cover I found at the store. I pulled the plastic out of the report cover and stuck my certificate in with another sheet of scrapbook paper for a background. . The report cover was something like this.
There you have it. That is the finished product! I put it as the first page in our wedding scrapbook. I absolutely love how it turned out.
Are you a scrapbooker? Have any awesome suggestions or ideas? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.