Scrapping your scraps

scrapping your scraps post

Kate Hadfield Let’s Play alpha, Segoe Script font


When I was a paper scrapper, I would take a stack of photos that didn’t get used anywhere else and put them onto a layout of random memories. It was a great way to end an album, or do a year-in-review type of layout. I have a few digi layouts that were done this way and I want to do more. I have so many pictures that I really want to use in some way, but they often don’t make it onto my regular layouts.

One of my favorite pages filled with photo scraps is this collage from 2007. It’s filled with outtakes and fun little scenes from our year. Some of these photos were featured on other scrapbook pages, but many of them were not. After I created this layout, I decided I wanted to do a year-end page each year to include all the extra moments that might not otherwise get recognized.

2007 collage


It’s perfectly ok to put a group of random photos together on a page! None of these photos or memories ever made it onto an individual layout in any of our albums, but they were still captured moments that I wanted to include in some way. I created a collage-style page with a template and used some word art that tied everything together with a general theme.

this is my life


Pulling together photo scraps centering on one theme is also a fun way to add interest to your albums. I was looking for a cover page idea for one of my son’s albums and I had a great time filling this shaped collage with pictures from his entire life up to that point in time.



Daily Digi team member Melissa Lewis told me “I did this with last year’s Project 365 several times – knew I wasn’t going to scrap them and they didn’t make the P365 cut so I threw them onto an extra page at the end of the month.” Her pages are so inspiring! Credits for all pages: Gina Marie Huff (Weeds n Wildflowers) Life 365 12×12 template

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Ronnie, another Daily Digi team member used this same approach to document little bits of her family’s everyday life.


link to credits


Some helpful tips:

  • If you want to try using random scraps of memories on a layout, you might want to consider using a layered template or a photo collage to give them all a sense of order.
  • If you are including photos from many different occasions, you might want to convert them all to black and white, or use similar frames for each picture to give the page some unity.
  • Have fun! They are your memories and you are free to put them together in any way that makes you happy! Smile

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