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Scrapbook Design Inspiration: Children’s Books

How to Use Children's Books to Inspire Your Scrapbook Pages

Scrapbooking Design Inspiration ImageChildren’s books are a treasure trove of ideas for scrapbooking!

In this post we will explore some fun and creative ways to use children’s books as inspiration for scrapbook design.

In the first section we will discover how to use the story and in the second part we will  be inspired by the pictures.

Each section will include three unique and creative ideas, and examples of how you can apply these ideas to create your own layouts.

How to Use Children's Books to Inspire Your Scrapbook Pages

Get inspired by story.

The stories in children’s books are always colourful and vibrant. They are written to capture a child’s wandering attention and have pictures that help to embellish the story.

Here’s 3 ways you can use the story-telling techniques from children’s books on your scrapbook layouts.

1. Play with Words

Use the colourful and vibrant playfulness with words to command the reader’s attention on your layouts. Use exciting and interesting adjectives to describe the actions and people in the story you are telling. Emulate the author’s style of writing in your journaling. Try rhyming or using silly words to help embellish your story.

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Use rhyming or silly words to help embellish your journaling and make it more intriguing.

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Add some humour to your layout when you are inspired by a Shel Silverstein book.

2. Quote It

Use a quote from a favourite children’s book. Quotes make a great embellishment or title for your page.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room could easily be adapted to a title on a page about your child’s messy room.

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Perhaps someone in your home has a nickname that suits one of the Mr. Men titles. Mr. Messy, Mr. Funny, Mr. Happy, etc.

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Do you have any secrets or mysteries that are waiting to be told? Perhaps a Nancy Drew title could inspire your layout.

I created a layout inspired by my love for Nancy Drew books. Click the photo to see the blog post about it!

3. Borrow the Theme

Use the theme of the story to inspire you to tell a story of your own.

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‘Green Eggs and Ham’ might inspire you to create a layout about foods that you don’t like.

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A ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book may inspire you to tell about a trip you took without planning ahead.

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Frog and Toad may inspire you to scrapbook about friendship.

'Amelia Bedelia' may inspire you to scrap about a mix-up!

Amelia Bedelia may inspire you to scrap about a mix-up!

Get inspired by pictures:

Children’s books have excellent artwork. Here’s 3 ways you can use that art to inspire your scrapbook page:

1. Colours

If I asked you to create a page inspired by The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, which colours would you choose? Did you say, “red and white”?

The colours from storybooks can be a big part of what draws you in.

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Curious George might inspire you to use yellow, or scrap about a special hat, or a job you had… there are so many possibilities!

2. Interesting Artwork Methods

Children’s illustrators love to help embellish the story. Sometimes they are very creative in their approach to the art. I’ve seen pictures made from: cross-stich, play dough, toys, watercolour, paper piecing and more.

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Perhaps you’ll be inspired to try stitching on your page after looking at this book, or you may want to tear some paper.

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Some illustrators include hidden gems for the readers to find like the spider and grasshopper on every page in Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books.

3. Page Design

You can also be inspired by the designs used on the cover of a book.

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The layout of ‘Go, Dog, Go!’ easily lends itself to a scrapbook page.

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The colours and layout from this book would make a great layout.

I’ve used a read-along storybook to inspire a layout. Click the photo to go to the blog post.


Have you used a children’s book to inspire a scrapbook layout? If not, what are you waiting for? Which approach would you choose? What book inspires you? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

Did you see the Scrapbooking Design Inspiration post last week? I shared some of my best RESOURCES, you won’t want to miss that!

Watch for the next post in the Scrapbooking Design Inspiration coming next Wednesday.

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  • Sharon Burrows 8 January, 2015, 1:06 am

    Oh Alice these are awesome ideas and starting points for layouts. I love how you’ve offered up so many samples.

  • Sharon Burrows 8 January, 2015, 1:08 am

    I should also mention that I’ve been heeing and hawing about the load a day and coming up with all kinds of reasons why I shouldn’t do it this year but you are starting to inspire me. Lol.

    • Alice. 8 January, 2015, 7:06 pm

      LOAD215 is coming up soon and the theme is all about children’s books! It’s going to be amazing Sharon! You can sign up here and if you do it before the 10th use code READ to save $10! http://bit.ly/17o3swn