9 Tips for Scrapbooking Using Cardstock

by Kim Jackson and Lisa Brown


Pool Pals 12x12 scrapbook page

Pool Pals by Kim Hughes, as seen in Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, page 39.


Next to your photographs, there's a good chance that cardstock is the main staple in your scrapbook supply stash. Here are our favorite ways for using cardstock to create budget-friendly scrapbook layouts:

1. Create titles using cardstock. It's easy to trace letters from a template onto cardstock and then cut them out using a craft knife or scissors. Or use a die-cutting machine to create your title.

2. Mat photographs to make them stand out from a background. For extra emphasis you can double-mat your photographs with contrasting cardstock.

3. Create a frame of cardstock around the outer edge of a layout. Download our doodled frame to add a handmade touch to your cardstock frame with little effort.

4. Make borders using cardstock and punches.

5. Weave cardstock strips together to create a textured background.

6. Cut out a large monogram or number from cardstock.

7. Cut simple shapes from cardstock-for example, a flag, a flower, or a sun. Look at die cuts and stickers for inspiration.

8. Add strips of accent color using cardstock to make the colors in your photos pop.

9. Make a mosaic using a square punch and cardstock. Choose a pattern for your mosaic, and then punch out the appropriate number and colors of squares needed to compose your design.


For more easy tips and techniques for stretching your scrapbooking stash, check out

Ten Tips for Neater Handwritten Journaling on Your Scrapbook Pages

Five Tips for Cutting Paper Accents for Scrapbook Pages

Five Tips for Using Rub-ons on Scrapbook Pages


Want more wallet-savvy scrapbooking ideas? Pick up a copy of Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking from Creating Keepsakes.


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