If you have a creative side or are looking for a fun project idea, making a DIY scrapbook or journal can be rewarding. This allows you to choose papers and themes that are specific to your tastes and interests, making the project both practical and personal. Writing down your thoughts or documenting and saving your memories has never been so fun. For this article, the theme we’re using is Victorian steampunk. This scrapbooking paper from Zazzle will help you create a personalized Victorian steampunk scrapbook or journal in no time. Here are a few steps on how to create one.
MAKING A DIY JOURNAL OR SCRAPBOOK
There are many ways to design and create your own scrapbook or journal, so use your own creative freedom. These are just some suggestions of my own. For my idea, you will need a three hole punch, a binder of your size choice with three rings and a clear view cover so that you can slip in a personalized cover page, papers for the pages, and the photos or items you wish to include (for scrapbook option).
1) CHOOSE YOUR THEME
The first step is to decide your theme. Some suggestions are, vacation, wedding, new baby, etc. In our example, the theme is Victorian steampunk.
2) GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
Carefully measure where you wish to punch the holes in the papers for your binder. Lightly mark the spots to punch holes in pencil, and punch a few pages at a time, ensuring proper spacing and placement. After you are satisfied with the placement of the holes, use one page as a template to place over new pages to ensure they all align perfectly.
3) ASSEMBLE JOURNAL OR SCRAPBOOK
Fill up your binder with your punched pages and you are ready to go. Choose a special page for the cover and insert it in the clear view pocket on front of the binder. Some have a pocket to insert a back page too. Arrange pages and add pages whenever you choose. This option allows the ability to change the order of pages if you later decide to.
The possibilities are really endless with all of the cute paper options and stickers and scrapbooking supplies currently available. Here is a nice tutorial on some other ideas for assembling a journal or scrapbook that may come in handy. The main thing is to make it your own and have fun with it!
GREAT PAPER CHOICES FROM ZAZZLE
Vintage Victorian Children Gift of Love Valentine Card
This paper comes in various sizes and features a Victorian boy and girl with a floral heart shaped wreath around them. It has a pretty pink border with light blue border inside of that and reads “Happy Valentine’s Day.” You can change or eliminate the text per your requirements.
Antique Vintage Victorian Red Roses Stationary Card
Choose from eight sizes. This lovely paper features an antiqued cream colored background, with a beautiful, colorful bird sitting the branch of a pretty red rose bush. Allows plenty of space to write or add photos, etc.
Floral Scrapbook Art Journal Valentine’s Day Paper Card
Available in eight sizes, this lovely paper features a pale pink background and a lower half filled with a collection of flowers in reds, yellows, peaches, and pinks. Text says “Art Journal for Susan,” which can be personalized to suit your needs. This would make a nice cover page for a journal or scrapbook.
Victorian Floral Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Journal Card
This paper features a floral bouquet in white, orange, green, and red colors. Text reads “To My Valentine” and has a poem. Text can be customized to suit your needs. Background is white with a look of vintage wear around the edges. Use the template to change the text.
Distressed Steampunk Globe Travel Journal Paper Card
This page is offered in eight different sizes and has a time worn look with various words in faded script in the background and a globe image. Has a very vintage, steampunk look and can be customized with text of your choice or left blank for use as a journal or scrapbook page.
Vintage Victorian Old-Fashioned Diary Journal Card
This page features a lovely Victorian lady along with some pink flowers gracing the left side of the page. There is plenty of room on the right side to jot down your thoughts or to add photos and more. Customizable and available in various sizes.
Victorian Vintage Steampunk Men’s Fashion Top Hats Card
Looking for a masculine scrapbooking paper to add to your project? This paper design features three dapper Victorian gentlemen decked out in top hats and coat tails in the lower right corner. Choose from various sizes. Page is customizable with text to read whatever you choose.
Sea Captain’s Nautical Stationary Scrapbooking Card
This vintage looking steampunk page has a pair of binoculars and miscellaneous items in the background. Makes a great page for boys or to commemorate outdoor related adventures. Offered in various sizes to fit your custom album.
Steampunk Nautical Binoculars Scrapbook Stationary Card
This page features images of sea faring binoculars, a rope, and a calendar. Background has an aged, vintage look for great steampunk flair. Choose from twelve unique paper styles and six shape options, along with various sizes to fit your customized scrapbook or journal.
Distressed Sepia Taupe Scrapbook Journal Masculine Stationery
This page features a plain writing space with a vintage sepia tone. Great for a masculine look and works great with vintage or Victorian steampunk projects. Perfect for journaling or scrapbooking.
Vintage French Newspaper Journal Scrapbooking Page Stationery
This page is ideal for scrapbooking and features a vintage French newspaper page with text in the background and a pretty floral arrangement in yellow, red, white, and purple. Choose from landscape or portrait style.
Old-Fashioned Vintage Watercolor Pastel Floral Stationery
Available in portrait or landscape styles, this design features a pretty pink pastel floral watercolor design. Personalize with a custom header, text, photos, or use the page for writing space in a journal.
Vintage Floral Wedding Announcement Scrapbook Stationery
Personalize this page with your own header and information. Use for stationery, wedding announcements, or scrapbooking. Pink background features floral design at bottom. Order in either portrait or landscape.
Travel Passport Ticket Header Stationery
This is a full white page with a header on top featuring pictures of a passport and tickets. Perfect stationery or scrapbook page for the person who loves travel or to document a trip you’ve taken. Image can be printed as portrait or landscape.
Violet Purple Beige Victorian Gown Header Stationery
Perfect for use as stationery, journal pages, or scrapbook pages, this full white page features a header with an aged cream colored background, purple flowers, and a lovely Victorian lady in the upper right corner.
Green Blue Pink Roses Floral Wedding Header Stationery
This page features a header with a light blue background, green edges, and lovely pink floral sprigs on either side. Great for weddings and use as stationery, journal pages, or for scrapbooking pages.
Red Pink Orange Yellow Royal Scroll Header Stationery
This page features a header with an orange and pink background and a scroll banner that reads “From (fill in name) Desk.” Personalize the text to make it your own. Perfect design for stationery, or for use in journals.