Fun Paper Crafting Projects With Scrapbook Paper

Last Updated: October 20, 2022

Do you use scrapbook paper? Scrapbook paper is commonly used in scrapbooking and paper crafting projects. True to its name, scrapbook paper is perfect for photo albums and decorative pages. However, did you know you can use scrapbook paper in other ways?

Did you know that scrapbook paper can be used in other paper crafting projects, not just scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

For today's blog post, we will show you how to use scrapbook paper in creative and unique ways. So whether you're looking for a new way to use them or just want some inspiration for scrapbook paper craft ideas, read on! 

What Is Scrapbook Paper?

Scrapbook paper is paper that is specifically designed for use in scrapbooks. Most scrapbook papers are acid-free and lignin-free, meaning they won't yellow or degrade over time. It also comes in various colors, patterns, and textures, so it's easy to find the perfect match for any project. 

One of the best things about scrapbook paper is that you can use it for more than just scrapbooking. With a bit of imagination, you can use scrapbook paper for paper crafting, card making, and various other paper crafting projects. 

This colorful and versatile scrapbook paper is perfect for die cuts!

Alluring Blooms 6x6 Starter Paper Pack

So whether you're a seasoned paper crafter or just getting started, scrapbook paper is an essential material to have in your craft room. Read more to find out how to use this versatile paper - you might just be surprised at what you can create!

How Do I Use Scrapbook Paper? 

Due to its sturdy design, scrapbook paper is considered one of the most versatile paper crafting materials. Compared to regular paper, most scrapbook papers can withstand layers of photos, die-cuts, stickers, and other heavy embellishments. This functionality makes it possible for you to use it to create cards, paper flowers, gift tags, and so much more. 

The sky is the limit when it comes to scrapbook paper crafts! In this post, we'll share some of our favorite scrapbook paper ideas. We hope these ideas inspire you to get creative with your paper crafting projects using this exciting material! 

Fun Projects With Scrapbook Paper

1. Origami

There are many different origami models that you can make with scrapbook paper. It's thicker than regular paper, so it's easier to fold and manipulate without the worry of tearing. Plus, there are endless patterns and colors to choose from. Just cut and measure the required scrapbook paper size for your origami model, and you’re good to go folding! 

Use origami models as unique focal point designs for your cards!

Patterned paper is perfect for origami projects because it can add interest and dimension to your finished piece. You can also use origami to make unique pop-up elements for your card designs! 

2. DIY Gift Tags

If you're looking for a fun and easy way to personalize your holiday gifts, why not use scrapbook paper to make your own gift tags that are sure to impress?

First, choose your scrapbook paper. You can go for a traditional holiday theme or pick something that coordinates with the wrapping paper you've already selected. Once you have your scrapbook paper, it's time to start folding. The most basic way to make a gift tag is to fold the paper in half, but you can also get creative with your folds. 

Amp up your gift tags by using scrapbook paper to die cut!

Once you've decided on your fold, it's time to decorate. If you want to add a little extra something, try embellishing your tags with stickers or die-cuts. You could even use stamps and ink to create a unique design. Whatever you decide, your homemade gift tags will surely add a personal touch to your gifts.

3. Card Backgrounds

This scrapbook paper pack gives a truly mesmerizing design for your cards.

Scrapbook paper is a great way to add color and pattern to your card backgrounds. Here are some tips for using scrapbook paper to decorate card backgrounds:

  1. Start by choosing a scrapbook paper that coordinates with the colors of your card.
  2. Cut the scrapbook paper into small pieces or strips, and then use adhesive to attach the pieces to the card background.
  3. Use scrapbook paper to matte. Matting scrapbook paper on top of a solid color cardstock is a great way to add dimension and interest to your card. Simply trim the scrapbook paper to fit the front of your card, and then attach it with adhesive.

This stunning Hello card was made by using the scrapbook paper as the main background - no need for elaborate designs!

Blushing Blooms 6x6 Paper Pack

Using scrapbook paper for your cards produces elaborate designs with minimal effort, so this is a great technique to remember when you need a stunning card ASAP!

4. Embellishments and Die-Cuts

Make engaging embellishments for your cards with scrapbook paper!

Cheerful Meadow 6x6 Paper Pack

Scrapbook paper is a great way to add some extra personality to your scrapbooks. But what do you do with all those scraps of paper left over after you've finished your scrapbook pages? You can do the following embellishments with scrapbook paper: 

  • Use punches to create shapes like hearts, flowers, or stars.
  • Cut strips of paper and weave them together to create a border.
  • Layer different colors and patterns of scrapbook paper to create a background.
  • Make your own stickers by cutting out shapes from the scrapbook paper and attaching them to adhesive paper.
  • Use a die cutting machine to create more complex shapes and make patterned floral, leaves, animals, and sentiment dies. 

Create beautiful accents with scrapbook paper using the adorable butterflies from the Mix & Match Mariposa Die Set!

Mix & Match Mariposa Die Set

You can also make creative die-cuts by using scrapbook paper instead of cardstock paper to make the cuts. Unleash your imagination and turn those scrapbook scraps into beautiful embellishments that will make your pages pop!

Make one-of-a-kind scrapbook embellishments with flower layering die cuts!

Craft-A-Flower: Epiphyllum Layering Die Set

5. DIY Journal Pages

Scrapbook paper is a great way to add some pizzazz and personality to your art journal pages. You can use it to create endless backgrounds, accents, or even entire page layouts. The best part is that it's easy to do yourself! 

A great look for your art journal pages is to create a a monochrome look - try using different shades of blue!

Persian Blue Crisp Dye Ink

You can also gain new inspiration with the color palettes and patterns that scrapbook paper provides.

Make fun journal layouts with these vibrant and bold scrapbook papers!

Enjoy the Ride: Brisk 12x12 Paper

Explore the Versatility of Scrapbook Paper With These Tips! 

We hope you've enjoyed this roundup of scrapbook paper crafts! Indeed, scrapbook paper is a great versatile medium to show off your creative side. So when you go on your next supply run, make sure to include scrapbook paper on the list!

If you want to see more ideas like these, be sure to check out Altenew's All About Crafting blog. We have tons of inspiration for all kinds of paper crafts, from cards and layouts to mixed media projects.

Thanks for joining us today. We can't wait to see what lovely memories you create and preserve with scrapbooking!


  • Altenew

    Thanks for sharing this, Mischelle! We love how versatile cardstock paper are too! :)

  • Mischelle Smith

    I enjoy using cardstock paper for cardmaking. I enjoy making card bases, fussy cutting flowers, and creating designs with dies. There are so

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