Monday with Megan: Trends in Scrapbooking

Monday with Megan: Trends in Scrapbooking

You don’t have to wave the Stars & Stripes forever to make the most of National Scrapbooking Day (NSD). Nope. This one is open to all nations and locations. And with this Saturday being the big event, I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to scrapbooking and the trends as they relate to this hobby so many of us love. In order to make this happen, I knew there was no better place to turn than our very own SCT community. You’ve left such wonderful comments for me thus far, including links to where I can find you, which has been such a treat. I’ve loved getting to know you better and am thrilled I can compile some of your creativity in celebration of NSD.

Let’s get this party underway!

Scrapbooking Trend #1: Traditional Charm

Scrapbooking has taken on many forms over the years, but one style has maintained as a popular approach—the 12×12 layout. It’s hard to go wrong with this standard size, but that doesn’t make it cookie cutter. Each scrapbooker brings her own signature style to every 12×12 layout she creates. This layout by SCT community member SandyL is a perfect example. Didn’t she do a fab job adding the primary colors to the dark background? Not necessarily an expected approach, but it totally works and catches the eye.


Scrapbooking Trend #2: Pocket Play

Whether you scrapbook outside of the pocket or in, I continue to be blown away by your clever use of the pocket products.

Char set her pocket pieces free by placing them on a 12×12 background instead of inside of page protectors. Be leaving small margins between each piece, she still achieves the pocket look and maintains a balanced layout. Nice work, Chark!


Natalie decided to play inside the pocket parameters, but approach is far from basic. Look how she stretched one photo across several pockets. How cool is that?!

2aNatalie (QSOgirl)

Scrapbooking Trend #3: Art Journal Journey

Possibly the most scrappy of all scrapbooks, the art journals are still here in a big and beautiful way. While they may not be what you traditionally think of when you think of “scrapbooking,” they’re actually an amazing form of memory keeping, as they allow you to express yourself and your feelings through your art. Isn’t Frances’ work elegant and artistic?



Scrapbooking Trend #4: Fun with Filofax

This is one scrapbook style I can’t get enough of at the moment—the filofax! (Spoiler alert! We’ll explore the filofax further soon.) Few do this planner-style scrappy book cuter than the talented Anabelle O’Malley. I love seeing her sweet comments here on the SCT blog, and make a point of reading her blog on a regular basis. Card makers and scrapbookers alike will find something there to love!


Scrapbooking Trend #5: Sketchy Business

Yes, friends, the good ol’ sketch-assisted scrap is still popular and used by many of us on a regular basis. It’s easy to see why, too. This blueprint to scrapbooking takes some of that guesswork out of it for us, while still allowing us to put our own flavor into each and every page we create. That’s what’s known as a win, win! 😉

Check out what sketch sister, Debbie P., did with this sketch by Stick it Down.



Scrapbooking Trend #6: Get Your Challenge On

Like sketches, challenges have held their popularity in the world of scrapbooking, but they certainly aren’t tired. Challengers continue to come up with fresh ideas and approaches to stretch our creativity, like this original idea by CSI (Color… Stories… Inspiration)—turn challenges into cases to be solved. Love it!


And our SCT community cutie, Jean, responded to this challenge by creating this stunning layout. Didn’t she do a lovely job?


Scrapbooking Trend #7: Making it Mini

Mini albums are and will forever be big . . . in popularity, that is. They’re fun to put together and they offer such a feeling of start-to-finish accomplishment. It’s no wonder we’re mad about minis.

 Isn’t this BasicGrey book by Vicki Boutin a beauty? She’s able to get so many pics on these tiny pages. Awesome!



Now, in honor of Nat’l Scrapbooking Day, I thought I’d leave you a recent page I created for for Crop Because You Care, a charity crop that supports Epilepsy. My brother has this scary disease, so I was more than happy to jump in a create something for the event. That’s one of the things about scrapbooking that warms my heart in a major way—the way it’s used for good to help in so many worthwhile causes and situations. What a blessing!


 Can you spot some of the trends we’ve talked about here on my page? I incorporated several. Thanks for inspiring me, SCT! And a VERY special thanks to Fancy Pants Designs for sponsoring my page. Love their stuff!

This Week

I plan on posting layouts on my blog and Instagram account all week, gearing up for the big event on Saturday. Hope you’ll stop by from time to time.


Also, I’m delighted to be running in Big Picture Classes’ 10k this Saturday, May 3! This free, all-day event doesn’t actually require running shoes (thank goodness!). Instead, the goal is to add 10k (as in 10,000) new scrapbook pages to Instagram in one day. Wow! That’s a lofty goal, but I think we can do it. Hope you’ll help us. Check out BPC for more info and let the creative race to inspiration begin!

Happy NSD!


No matter your nationality or creative hobby of choice, I wish you and yours a very happy Nat’l Scrapbooking Day. I hope you'll join the Scrapbook & Cards Today team this Saturday for 12 hours of amazing inspiration, creativity and hourly giveaways right here on the blog!  You'll find yourself inspired and reminded of what it is you love about playing with paper. After all, that’s what it’s all about. If you’re not enjoying yourself, you’re likely putting too much pressure on yourself. I sincerely hope that isn’t the case and you’re making the most of all that your creative journey has to offer.


~ Megan Hoeppner



  1. MIchelle K April 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I am running a crop that day..I run one every year and this year we decided on NSD! This is a fundraiser put on by my sorority and this year funds raised are for the Lincoln County Humane Society. We look forward to it every year.

  2. Kathy P. April 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Awesome, awesome inspiration here today! Thanks for bringing all these creative trends to us today….I’ll be trying many of them out this week!

  3. Tina C April 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I’ll be doing counterfeit challenge that weekend that got some fabulous challenges and prizes going on 🙂

  4. Maryann April 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks sooo much for the trip here through all the old trends, it´s been awesome to review some and also see some new ones for me.

  5. Donna Rawbone April 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Great inspiration for my scrapbooking.

  6. Sandy L April 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing my page! I love all of the beautiful inspiration here, too. Thank you for sharing the trends.

  7. jean marmo April 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Love reading about these trends and thinking about how many I have incorporated into my work! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing my CSI layout!

  8. Debbie Piercey April 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing my layout! I’m loving what everybody has created here! I’m happy to say I’m getting together with some scrappy friends on NSD, but I will definitely be checking out the blogs for more inspiration! Thanks again!

  9. Megan Hoeppner April 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Ladies, featuring your amazing work is absolutely my pleasure. I love checking out your creations and being inspired by what you do. It’s great to have such a platform to compile some of that work. Thanks for sharing your designs and your stories! And thanks for visiting each Monday! Happy NSD week, all!

  10. barbara macaskill April 28, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Love seeing all the trends, old and new! So many wonderful ways to preserve our precious memories and there is no wrong way to do it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Dorina D April 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    THANKS for sharing all the fun trends and the wonderful projects created from some of them. So fun. Can’t wait to play.

  12. TracyM #6773 April 29, 2014 at 4:42 am

    FABULOUS projects you have showcased with us today!!!
    I’m SUPER EXCITED about NSD, I will be time-zone challenged for the SCT activities but do hope to be able to join the fun for part of it 🙂

  13. Anabelle April 29, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Awesome article, Megan!! Thanks for featuring my Filofax. 🙂 Can’t wait for NSD!

  14. Natalie (QSOgirl) April 29, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Wow, I’m so flattered that you featured my pocket-page layout! Thank you so much for that honor 🙂 It was such a surprise to be reading through this article and suddenly come across my own page!
    Wish I could be scrapbooking this weekend for NSD, but instead, I’ll be with my family making new memories to (eventually) scrapbook. We have a company Hersheypark day with my husband’s job 🙂

  15. Leanne S April 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Great inspiration.

  16. chark April 29, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I’ll be here! Thanks for featuring my layout too–pleasant surprise!

  17. Nancy Hunt-McDonald May 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I absolutely love your page. So many wonderful ideas on layouts. I am a major photography buff who is handicapped with severe arthritis. When I am having my bad days where I am stuck in bed I love to scrapbook and make my heartmade cards. Nothing says love more than a thoughtful card or photo album. I don’t get out of my home often but Michaels, JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby are my addiction. I have to buy something each month to calm my cravings.

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