All About Albums: Scrap Journaling

Natalie McConnell, Senior Editor

Head down to your local antique store in search of the perfect scrap-journal; you will be surprised at the affordable and completely unique options that speak to you. Old ledgers or address books offer a blank slate perfect for any size project.

Look for antique books that are already split into sections, either alphabetical or numerical, this will make any scrap-journal less daunting as you arrange your pages by date, family member, or event within individual sections.

Ledger Book by Sherry Mendoza, as seen in All About Albums.

A scrap-journal is the perfect excuse to scrapbook about yourself in a way that is totally you. Whether you write short notes to yourself, find sentiments that define you, or express yourself through art, find the perfect way to tell your story through scrap-journaling.

Want more inspiration? Download this free list of scrap journal ideas here!

Be sure to check out the entire issue of All About Albums for tips and techniques for creating scrapbook albums.

*UPDATED to add WINNER* – Congratulations to Melinda Wilson ! You’ve won a copy of All About Albums.

Leave a comment here by Monday, July 29th, 2013 for a chance to win a copy of this special issue.


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50 Responses to All About Albums: Scrap Journaling

  1. Mary says:

    I love the idea of finding a journal at an antique store, but are the pages archival safe? Or will covering them with gesso take care of that?

  2. LeAnn Fane says:

    What a cool idea!

  3. Shereen says:

    I love that idea!

  4. Regina says:

    I actually made my own travel scrap journal and converted it into a pocket page-style scrapbook page. It definitely makes scrapbooking a little less overwhelming. It also made me realize that memories aren’t just in the photos themselves, but also in the ephemera we encounter. It definitely is a great way to store my memories on-the-go.

  5. LinhC says:

    Fun idea!

  6. tape says:

    So inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Kymberly Buchanan says:

    Love the idea of scrap journaling! What a great example! Will be thinking about this and seeing what I could create. Would love to win a copy of this special issue to see all the album ideas!

  8. Janis from ID says:

    Great idea. I always hate seeing old treasures like books get discarded. This is a cool way to give them new life!
    <3 J

  9. Bobbie Brock says:

    I love going to antique stores and flea markets to find old books, post cards, greeting cards – paper ephemera! Great idea for a scrap journal!

  10. Lindsay says:

    “Fascinating.” Some ideas are truly genius, and I would include this one among them. I’m rushing right out to the flea market this afternoon after a grueling final to peep what I can find. I’ve already seen some great items that might fit the bill. Hopefully, they’re still available. Thanks so much, and keep on thinking!

  11. Carla Hundley says:

    This makes for an interesting
    looking album.
    Carla from Utah

  12. Renee P says:

    Love the scrap-journal concept! The more bits I see from this special issue the more I want a copy!

  13. SusanC says:

    I’d love to win!

  14. Linda R Smith says:

    What a unique idea!

  15. JOYCE K says:

    That is a neat idea, really love the old ledger. Would love to win.

  16. Janet Miles says:

    Love the old book/ledger idea. Don’t often scrap about myself either! Good thinking.

  17. Sheri K says:

    Love this old book–what a great idea to do something truly unique and original. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Melissa H. says:

    Fun idea!

  19. Karen McNamara says:

    Awesome idea! Love it

  20. Susie says:

    great idea! i have some old books i just might be able to use.

  21. Marcy F. says:

    A great idea for your own personal journal.

  22. Cindy Ash says:

    This is a great idea to have a separate journal for those of us who are less extroverted and tend to focus most of our scrapbooks on others!

  23. Ann Hill says:

    I love journaling, scrapbooking, different kinds of albums and ALL things Creating Keepsakes ….this is the issue for me!!!

  24. Helen says:

    Wow – what a wonderful idea! And what a wonderful giveaway!
    Helen — Firenze Cards

  25. Laura Lee B says:

    What a great idea. Never would have thought of it. Now I am going to have to check out antique shops. Thank you.

  26. Melanie says:

    That is such a great idea. I’m a fan of old stuff, especially books. :)

  27. MM says:

    What a great idea! It combines several of my favorite things – old books, office supplies, and scrapbooking! Love it!

  28. Nancy J says:

    That is a great idea and so antique looking. I like recycling things like that.

  29. Marcia says:

    Great idea! I’d love to win this issue.

  30. Deb Kramer says:

    Cool idea – might have to try this sometime.

  31. Bernice J says:

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

  32. andrea (Ladyofthelake) says:

    Great ideas!

  33. Irma says:

    I need to do more journaling … I have so many photos but they are just photos without the story behind them. It is awesome that we can use anything to celebrate the memories in our lives. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Katie B. says:

    Love this ledge album idea and I love the look of it too! Great job. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  35. Jo H says:

    Journaling is always the hardest part for me.

  36. SandyP says:

    Fabulous book. Love the idea.

  37. Nicole says:

    this is a great idea. I am looking forward to finding a copy of the magazine.

  38. Wendy Orme says:

    I’d love a copy of this new special issue!

  39. LCJinRoslynPA says:

    I’ve enjoyed the preview of the special on Albums – would love to see more. Thanks for the chance to win it!!

  40. Deb says:

    Those are very unique journals. It would make anything want to keep a journal.

  41. jengd says:

    That ledger is a great way to record daily events and happenings. Wonderful!

  42. Mandi Holmes says:

    Love mini books.

  43. Pat says:

    Neat Idea! would love to win…want to try a mini book about me.

  44. Jane says:

    What a fab and unique idea.

  45. Marcia Scantlin says:

    What a nifty idea.

  46. Patty C says:

    Adorable! Love the non traditional size of the book!

  47. Melinda Wilson says:

    I love this album! Great idea!

  48. RPomeroy says:

    I love new scrapping ideas.

  49. stacie d says:

    cool idea! Must try!

  50. Mel H says:

    What a great idea, and I see a lot of cool old vintage ledgers and notebooks…great idea!

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