Craft: How to Make a Scrapbook on the Wall

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Do not be fooled! Anyone can use the scrapbook paper, ribbon, and funky letters found at craft and scrapbooking stores. I often hear folks say "I'm not creative!" or "I'm not a scrapbooker!" Well, no more excuses! Here is a simple way to use your favorite photos to create a beautiful piece of art for yourself or a friend.

How to Make a Scrapbook on the Wall


  • Photo(s)
  • Plain wood plaque
  • Mod Podge
  • Craft brushes
  • White tempera/craft paint
  • An assortment of coordinated patterned scrapbook paper
  • Coordinating solid color paper
  • Letter stickers or chipboard letters
  • Ribbon
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Glue gun (optional)


1. Paint around the edges of your board. Everything else will be covered in paper, so no need to worry about anything but the edges. Set aside to dry. If you want the white washed look (as in example), one coat of paint works fine, however you can add additional coats until you reach the desired look.

2. Select photo(s) you would like to use. Typically, I use either one large photo (an 8x10 in this example) or a medium sized photo (5x7) with a couple smaller photos (2x2).

3. After you have selected the photo you will be using, decide which pattern paper to use as the background. Typically, this will be a pattern paper that coordinates, but doesn't overwhelm your photo.

4. Measure and cut pattern paper to fit board.

5. Add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the front of the board. Adhere pattern paper. Run flat hand over paper several times to smooth out air bubbles. Let dry completely.

6. While paper is drying, matte photo(s) using a coordinating solid color paper. Leave approximately 1/8-1/4 inch boarder all around photo. Set aside.

7. Add thin layer of Mod Podge over the pattern paper. This will seal in the paper and give a glossy finish. Let dry completely.

8. Decide on words, shapes, or phrases for your board (I hand cut the heart from patterned paper, however you can use a pre-cut item, or nothing at all).

9. Lay photos, chipboard letters, ribbon, and any cut out shapes on your board. Move around until you have the layout you like.

10. Glue everything down. In my example, I used Mod Podge on everything except the ribbon. For the ribbon, I hot glued the ribbon ends to the back of the board for a wrap around effect.

11. Be sure to let everything dry completely!

Optional step 12: Mod Podge over the photo(s). This would seal it in and give everything a glossy, but subtle streaky, finish.

Easy Peasy! I know it looks like a lot of steps, but it is really all about choosing a photo, matching paper, and gluing it all down. You can do it!

 Do you like scrapbooking? What are some of your favorite projects to give as gifts?

Artist, educator, photographer, and dreamer are a few way to describe Kimberly Klein. She has a passion to create, share, and learn. Inspired by colors, patterns, people, and the simple things in life, she is a counselor by day and artist extraordinaire by night. She enjoy documenting moments and events, designing unique items to give as gifts, and supporting others on their life journey. You can follow her on Forever Daisies Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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