How to Make a Scrapbook Cover

A scrapbook's crowning glory is a personalized cover reflecting the treasures held within its pages. Roll up your sleeves, turn up the imagination, and you're on your way to making a true heirloom.


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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

  • Purchased album cover or sturdy flat material
  • Decorations
  • Glue
  • Fabric
  • Paint
  • Paper stock
  • Hole punch
  • O-rings
  • Rub-on letters (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Evaluate time, energy, and money

    Evaluate the time, energy, and money you wish to invest in creating a scrapbook cover; then budget each accordingly.

  2. Step 2

    Consider cover options

    Consider cover options, then decide whether you want to decorate a purchased album or to make a scrapbook cover from scratch.

  3. Step 3

    Decorate a purchased album

    Decorate a purchased album with paint, and glue on die-cut images, glitter, ribbon, and charms.

  4. Adhere rub-on letters to scrapbook covers to add names, dates, or sayings.

  5. Step 4

    Make a cover from scratch

    Make a scrapbook cover from scratch starting with a sturdy, thick, and flat material such as card stock, vinyl, acrylic, wood, or leather.

  6. Step 5

    Wrap the cover

    Wrap the cover in fabric, leave it as is, or glue plain or patterned paper stock to the cover material; then decorate it with your choice of embellishments.

  7. Make sure the embellishments are durable enough to withstand wear from handling.

  8. Step 6

    Bind cover and pages

    Bind the cover and pages by punching holes in the cover aligned with page holes -- then use o-rings to hold it all together. Your treasure is complete and ready for a place of honor on the bookshelf.

  9. Friendship albums featured personal sayings and drawings and were passed between friends in the 1800s.