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.

You will need

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

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.

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.

Step 3 Decorate a purchased album Decorate a purchased album with paint, and glue on die-cut images, glitter, ribbon, and charms.

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.

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.

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.