How to Cut Scrapbook Photos

Artfully cutting your photos using your imagination and a few simple tools takes scrapbooking to new heights.


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Scrapbooking is a fun hobby anyone can get into, even if you don't consider yourself particularly crafty. So grab some photos and card stock and prepare to scrap!

You Will Need

  • Straightedge
  • Photo pencil
  • Scissors
  • Template
  • Photo editing software
  • Digital camera
  • Tissue (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Consider your options

    Determine how many photos will fit on a page and whether to crop an imperfect photo.

  2. Step 2

    Think creatively

    Think creatively. Photos may be cut in squares, rectangles, ovals or circle shapes, and into stars or heart shapes.

  3. Copy irreplaceable photos before cutting them.

  4. Step 3

    Cut hard shapes

    Cut a square or rectangle by placing your straightedge over the photo and marking your shape with your photo pencil. Cut inside the lines with the scissors.

  5. Step 4

    Use a template

    Make or buy a template to trace any desirable shape onto your photo with the photo pencil, and use scissors to cut the shape inside the lines.

  6. Use a tissue to remove unwanted pencil lines.

  7. Step 5

    Combine cutting techniques

    Combine cutting techniques to create special effects or to silhouette an object in your photo.

  8. Step 6

    Crop digitally

    Crop digitally with camera features or photo editing software. Whether you prefer to use low- or high-tech methods, remember that the most treasured scrapbooks are always made with love.

  9. Scrapbooking is the fastest growing American hobby.