Summer Scrapbook Solutions for Snap-Happy Scrappers

If you’re like many scrapbookers, vacations get you snap-happy, and you shoot tons of photos. When it comes time to scrapbook them, though, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. Hi, Stacy Cohen here, and today I’m going to share a fun idea for scrapbooking your summer travel photos!

Add Full-Size Photos with a Mini Flip Book

With summer winding down and my kids back in school, I am now turning my attention to scrapping the photos I took on our family vacation last month. Because this was our first big family vacation, I went a little overboard with the picture-taking. I took hundreds of photos. Obviously I couldn’t scrap them all, so I wanted to maximize the number of photos I can get on a single page.

One way to do this is to create a mini flip book on a layout. The beauty of this is that you can use standard full-size photos (i.e., 4″ x 6″ or 3″ x 5″), and it’s a really great way to use those adorable 6″ x 6″ scrapbook paper pads.

"Hawaii 2012" scrapbook layout by Stacy Cohen for Creating Keepsakes magazine

Hawaii 2012 by Stacy Cohen.

I created a vertical stack of tabbed layers that can lifted up to reveal the photo underneath.

Detail from "Hawaii 2012" scrapbook layout by Stacy Cohen for Creating Keepsakes magazine

Detail from "Hawaii 2012" scrapbook layout by Stacy Cohen for Creating Keepsakes magazine

My flip book has six layers. This is enough for six or seven photos, depending on whether you place a picture directly on the paper underneath the bottom tab. You could easily add more photo layers to your page by placing each layer closer together, and you can double the number of photographs by attaching a photo to both sides of each layer. Another variation is to create a horizontal flip book going across the page.

Tutorial: How to Create a Mini Flip Book

I got this fabulous idea from a layout in the September/October 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

"Boy Awesome" scrapbook layout by Joannie McBride for Creating Keepsakes magazine

Boy Awesome by Joannie McBride, as seen in the September/October 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 120.

It’s very easy to create a mini flip book. Just follow these instructions from the September/October issue.

1. Adhere one 6”x 6” sheet to the layout.

Step 1: How to create a mini flip book

2. Adhere another sheet to the top edge of the first sheet. Repeat for desired quantity.

Step 2: How to create a mini flip book

3. Add photos, tabs, and embellishments as desired.

Step 3: How to create a mini flip book

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this idea a try!

Stacy Cohen, CK Dream Team member

Stacy Cohen

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8 Responses to Summer Scrapbook Solutions for Snap-Happy Scrappers

  1. Jan Jacobs says:

    Great idea, Stacy! I used it on a zoo trip and added tons of extra pics. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sheri K says:

    Love this idea–makes adding multiple photos so nice and easy. I will definitely have to try this–I don’t scrap much, mostly make cards–but this would be a terrific thing to do. Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Kim Thomas says:

    I love this idea. I just have one question. What type of adhesive do you use so that it flips all the way up? Scotch tape? Tape runner makes it lay flat and not flip up into a hinge. Thank you for sharing your beautiful layout. Take care. :)

  4. Stacy Cohen says:

    Thanks for the lovely comments everyone!

    Kim, I used a regular tape runner across the top edge of each layer. But first I made a horizontal fold in the paper (about 1/3 of an inch from the top edge) so that I could flip up the paper along that fold. I hope that helps!!

  5. This layout is gorgeous and I love how it is interactive! I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks for the inspiration, Stacy!

  6. Tamika says:

    I really want to give this a try!

  7. helen says:

    This is a great idea for multiple pictures.
    Thanks for the additional instructions in your reply. I still can’t quite make sense of the instructions. It says you “adhere the next sheet to the top of the previous sheet” – but the one shown is only apparently attached to the 12×12 background? Do you have a clearer picture of how they stack up?
    Thank you

  8. Map says:


    Each small sheet is attached to the main background paper just below the edge of the previous sheet. Each small sheet must have a folded edge and the folded edge is taped down to the main background paper. Each subsequent sheet must have it’s folded edge taped just below the previous sheet.

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