Scrapbooking outside the Square

Generally speaking scrapbook layouts tend to be square.

Or sometimes rectangular shape.

And that’s usually pretty much it.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Let’s explore some ideas for scrapbooking outside the square and adding some extra variety to your scrapbook layouts.

Well the first shape that springs to mind after Square and Rectangle has got to be Circle doesn’t it?

And a circular scrapbook layout is so easy to make. And can be so effective.

See how I made this scrapbook layout here

And by the way, this works for both digital scrapbookers and traditional ones too.

OK so let’s try something a little bit more adventurous.

How about this Heart shaped layout I made for my daughter for Valentine’s Day?

I reckon it looks pretty cool; what do you say? And being a non standard shape gives it some extra ooomph.

You can get instructions for how to make a scrapbook layout like this here.

And yes, it works for both digital scrapbookers and paper scrapbookers.

Want some more shaped scrapbook layouts?

With this one we take the circle scrapbook layout to the next level and make a Transparent scrapbook layout.

Digital scrapbookers can find out how to do it here.

Paper scrapbookers need to work on a sheet of acrylic transparency and should choose element that help to show off the ‘transparentness’ of the layout.

I’ve cut rings instead of circles. And you can see how I’ve trimed this photo to remove the sky and just left that area transparent.

And finally here’s a Patchwork Quilt scrapbook layout.

This is a really fun scrapbook layout I think. And very versatile.

I have a free digital scrapbook template for you to download here. Together with the instructions for how to use it to create your own scrapbook layout.

Once you start thinking ‘outside the square’ for shapes for scrapbook layouts the possibilities are limitless.

I made a 50th Birthday card using a template I made from the numbers 5 and 0. Just increase the size, chop off the back part and you have a great scrapbook layout in the shape of numbers.

What other shapes can you think of that would work? Let us know below with maybe a few directions on how to do it.

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…and happy scrapbooking.

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8 Responses to Scrapbooking outside the Square

  1. Carol October 6, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    WOW! These are wonderful Karen! Been away for a while for various real life reasons and am ready to return to my escape. LOL I would think diamond or star shapes would be another great way to go. Looking forward to your next great vision.


  2. karooch October 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Oh I like that idea Carol. Especially the star shapes. Now you’ve got me thinking.

  3. Aayna October 11, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    WOW!!! These ideas are simply out of the box and quite enticing. I got old memories of filling the scrapbooks back in my mind. Seriously, the very idea of the scrapbook conveys a rectangle shape. But these new sorts of design have provided a new refreshing touch the very idea of the scrapbook. Thanks for the share.

  4. Antoinette October 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Love them all, but the patchwork quilt is my favourite!

  5. karooch October 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Yeah. I’ve actually got accounts with more places than I can remember too Antoinette. But being active on them? Well that’s another matter altogether.

  6. Dipa October 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Like Antoinette, I too loved the beehive/patchwork design-not that others aren’t pretty too! You are so creative and talented. Thanks for sharing these pictures and keep up the good work:-)

  7. Meg October 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Love the layouts Karen especially the non standard shaped heart. Am going to give the quilt idea a go as well!

    Now.. I have been thinking ‘unpredictable’ scrapbooking shapes for a while and as I can’t draw, it’s just too too handy having a husband who can! He makes me all kinds of templates. I have not long finished a huge garden project and have my layouts on shovel and hoe and mattock shaped backgrounds as well as real leaves I have photocopied and enlarged. It’s sooo fun and has you have just proved to me…the ideas ARE endless. Thanks

    • karooch October 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Hi Meg. I’m jealous that your man comes with scrapbook useful skills. Love the idea of using garden implements as backgrounds for related layouts.