Scrapbooking Captions on Vellum

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

Guess what? We’re going to have another scrapbooking/craft giveaway starting in 2 weeks (March 2)! In the meantime, I will be posting about some scrapbooking ideas and products I’ve recently found useful.

I’m not a scrapbooking genius, not really super original or creative, but I love scrapbooking and putting my memories into a book. Please share your ideas throughout this week, and email me your pictures so we can all get ideas from each other.


As you will see, my scrapbooking style is mostly about journaling. Recently I have discovered that fewer pictures that tell more stories with lots of journaling is a much better use of my creative time than trying to scrapbook every picture I’ve ever taken.

My favorite way to do captions/journaling in my scrapbooking is on vellum. With vellum, you can have the look of printing right on paper without being limited to a certain size of paper. I love how the vellum allows you to have the pattern from the paper in the background and the type clear and easy to read up front.

I also love to put little die cut things between the base paper and the vellum – so cute! Here are some examples of how I use vellum in my scrapbooking.

scrapbooking with vellum

(Tools: Crop-a-Dile Big Bite II, Cricut (All Mixed Up), Creative Memories Corner Maker)

scrapbooking with vellum

(Tools: Cricut (Accent Essentials and Base Camp), Creative Memories Corner Maker)

scrapbooking with vellum

(Tools: Creative Memories Corner Maker)

scrapbooking with vellum

I get several pages ready and then do the captions all at once to use my vellum most efficiently. I just measure the space I have for journaling, create a text box that size, and do journaling for several pages on a single sheet of vellum. It’s easy and I think very nice looking.

How do you like to do your journaling?

{Photos taken with a Canon Digital Rebel XSi}


1 Gigi Griffis February 1, 2009 at 6:30 am

I love using vellum also. It’s a great way to go.

2 Amy February 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I’ve just made a decision today that Feb is going to be scrapbooking month for me. I’m a tad behind… :) I also focus more on journaling than the pictures. I’ll always be able to search through my photo files, but my memory can’t hold the details as well as I’d like so that’s my primary objective. I’ve never printed on vellum before…. I’ll have to try that! We don’t have a color printer, so that would be agreat way to open up more options for me.

3 Teryn February 16, 2009 at 7:05 am

I love the idea of journaling on vellum but I always get stuck on how to secure it to the page without having glue streaks. What do you use?

4 Baba February 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

I love the look of Velum paper on my scrapbooking pages, and I have used it on card making too.

5 Carolyn S February 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I love the way you do your journaling. That is always the hardest part for me, as a scrapbooker. I love the vellum look and I love being able to print it, but am torn by other scrapbookers who say you should use your own handwriting in the scrapbooks. What do you think about that? My handwriting is good, but gets sloppier the more I write and isn’t consistent in style, so I don’t really like to use it. I also just sometimes have a hard time knowing what to write. I guess I need prompts, lol.

Thanks so much for all the info here on Vanilla JOy. I will look forward to more info on scrapbooking and more tutorials also.


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6 syeda February 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Love the layouts! Scrapbooking should be more about journaling. I totally agree with you. It is one of the hardest part for me but you inspire me. thanks!

7 Baba July 7, 2009 at 9:52 am

I am so bad at scrapbooking. I think everything I do turns out to be crud and then I put it all away and don’t touch it for a long time. I love the little footprints page you did. So cute. I might be better if I had more to work with, but I don’t really have a lot of things yet.

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