by Debbie Hodge When I want to sit down and scrapbook but I haven’t preplanned, I need scrapbook page ideas — I need quick ideas. I’ve found these ideas comes from 6 general sources for me: product, technique, design, page elements, topic prompts, and outside inspiration.

See this layout by Celeste Smith in "7 ideas for using ephemera on your pages."

1. Do something new with scrapbooking product.

7 ideas for using emphemera on your scrapbook pages

5 ideas for using shaped papers on your scrapbook pages

5 ways to make bold patterned paper work on your scrapbook pages

4 approaches to using patterned paper on scrapbook pages

6 ways to start a scrapbook page with paint or ink

12 ideas for using patterned paper strips on your scrapbook pages

Put a tag on it: 6 ideas for using tags on your scrapbook pages

Digital products to use on your hybrid scrapbook pages

Mcgyver shares fun ways to use tinfoil on your scrapbook pages

2. Try a new technique or use a familiar technique in a new way.

Doris Sander goes "technique-crazy" in her self-paced class "Scraproom with a View."

Layer it on: ideas for making rich scrapbook pages with layering and collage

Ideas for machine sewing on scrapbook pages

Spray ink tutorial and spray ink projects

Ideas & techniques for altering fabrics with ink

4 creative cutting techniques for your scrapbook pages

How to handwrite in shapes on your scrapbook and journal pages

Using copic markers

5 Ways to Use Digital Elements on Paper Scrapbook Pages

Scraproom with a View


3. Look for new ways to render the elements (journaling, embellishments, photos, title) on your canvas.

See the many ways to use journaling strips on your pages, including drawing the eye as Karen Grunberg does here.

10 ways to make a scrapbook page title

How to use journaling strips to rock your scrapbook page design

Make your own embellishments for paper scrapbook pages with dingbat fonts

How to come up with scrapbook page titles from sayings, quotes, titles, famous lines & lyrics

8 ideas for placing embellishments on the scrapbook page

10 ideas for placing scrapbook journaling on your page

How to make circle journal spots for your scrapbook and journal pages

Ideas for memorabilia to scrapbook + scanning how-to

So that’s hybrid? Print digital embellishments for vintage-look page


4. Try out a new design approach.

Here's one of 5 ideas in "5 composition approaches to try . . ." in which I arrange my page elements around a vertical axis.

5 composition approaches to try on your scrapbook pages

Tap the power of “3″ for your scrapbook page designs

3 design starters for 3-photo scrapbook pages

Make stand-out scrapbook pages with unconventional product and design choices

Improve scrapbook page design with white space: 1 layout 3 ways

What is your scrapbook page foundation?

Use analogous color schemes for harmony on your scrapbook pages

Ideas and inspiration for scrapbook pages with Wilna Furstenberg

Building Pages

Masterful Scrapbook Design


5. Scrapbook a prompted topic.

Tami Taylor takes 20 aspects of words and then presents you with 12 ideas for page topics for each of these 20 aspects in her self-paced class "Get Inspired by Words."

Choose something that pushes you, something challenges you, or something that you just hadn’t thought of, before. You can find new topic ideas by searching the internet for “journaling jar” “scrapbook challenge,” and “journaling prompts.” Here are a few topic ideas that we’ve got for you:

Ideas and inspiration for scrapbooking the places of your childhood

10 scrapbook page Ideas inspired by “Top 10? lists

20 awesome ideas for making scrapbook pages inspired by movie titles

Ideas for Making Scrapbook Pages of Your Home – inside and out

Story Forms for Scrapbook Pages: Tell a Journey Story

Ideas and angles for scrapbooking “moments”

Scrapbook “Your” Story #11: Routines

Recording the Hard Stuff: How to Begin an Album of Remembrance After Loss

Scrapbooking Your Goals for 2011

Get Inspired by Words


6. Go looking for inspiration.

Seeing how Lisa Dickinson finds and applies inspiration always surprises me and motivates me to scrapbook. See what she did with a wine bottle label.

5 things i learned about scrapbook page inspiration this month

How to study scrapbook pages by others to get ideas for your own pages

8 ways handmade cards can give you ideas for scrapbook pages

Get the look: translate bohemian styles to your scrapbook pages

3 ways to get scrapbook layout ideas and inspiration

Details to lift: 5 ideas to try on your own scrapbook pages

How to apply inspiration from Vincent van Gogh to your art journal pages