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"Friends are Forever" Scrapbooking Layout (I)

By Rachel Paxton

Friendship Scrapbooking Layout

Create a scrapbooking layout as a tribute to a favorite friend. Here's what you need to get started:

Patterned paper for background
White paper for captions
Paper cutter or scissors
Computer/color printer

My sister-in-law is graduating from high school this year, and my mother-in-law and I are starting a scrapbook for her to give to her as a graduation present. One of the pages will be a layout of her and my daughter, who have grown up together.

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I thought it would be fun to include two pictures, one of them when they were young, and one more recent picture, showing how much they have changed over the years.

First I went to the computer and typed out some captions. I typed out "Friends" in very large letters (in a color that coordinated with the background paper), with a lot of space in between so I could cut them apart. If you don't see a font you like, go to and type in "free fonts" to download a variety of great scrapbooking fonts. I then typed my daughter's name vertically in a smaller font and printed it on a separate piece of paper. For the last caption I typed "Friends are Forever" and printed it out. You can print the captions all on the same page if you like, but I found it easier to print them separately.

For the first caption, I used my paper cutter to cut the word "Friends" into a separate block for each letter (see photo). Don't worry if they're not exactly the same size. I then used the paper cutter to cut my daughter's name into a long, narrow strip, and the "Friends are Forever" into a small narrow strip.

I decided to use two photos with this layout. I also decided to leave the photos as they were and not use mats this time.

Next I glued the letters for the word "Friends", vertically down the left side of the patterned background paper (see photo). I then glued my daughter's name vertically on the righthand side of the page. I glued the "Friends are Forever" caption in the center of the page, and the two photos directly above and below the "Friends are Forever" caption. Last but not least, I glued a button on both sides of the caption, in the center of the page.

© Rachel Paxton
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and Christian wife and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at


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