Boy Scrapbook Layout Ideas

by Lain Ehmann on October 7, 2010

There comes a time when your son has outgrown robots, frogs, and dump trucks. You can’t decorate the scrapbook pages for him with pastel blues, greens, and yellows. Yet he’s still living under your roof! So instead of forgetting about him completely and pretending he’s just a boarder renting a room from you and really has no place in your scrapbooks, how about finding some unique, age-appropiate ways to scrapbook him?

I know, the well can run a bit dry when you have to move on from all those cute baby boy pages and find other scrapbooking ideas boys won’t find totally repugnant. But it can be done! Read on…

One easy way is to focus on the activities he’s involved in. We’re a big sports family, so I have a bunch of sports scrapbook pages in my albums…

and this one:

Please not that you don’t HAVE to use themed products on every page… you can just opt to use more neutrals, or colors that you son loves or that match his team, like I did in the football layout above.

If you like themed stuff, you can choose hobbies to highlight:

There are tons of embellishments for everything from video games to computers to cars.

And if you’re just doing general-topic “personality” pages, then the sky’s the limit!

Some of my favorite tips for scrapbook pages for boys:

  • Use colors he likes. Don’t worry about if it’s a “boy color” or not. If you use the colors he likes, not only will it be a better reflection of his tastes, he’ll also like the resulting scrapbook page better!
  • Have him journal. In the “House of Cards” layout above, I asked Ben to contribute the journaling, since the page was really about his love of playing cards with his uncle, dad, and grandpa.
  • Think about stronger lines and colors. You can go bolder on the colors and contrasts, like in the black and yellow, and black and red pages.
  • Don’t be afraid to use some “girly” elements, like the scallops and heart rub-on in the bottom layout.

So there you have it, a handful of ways to make sure the boys in your life get their due in your scrapbooks!

P.S. If you’re looking for more tips on scrapbooking for boys, check out this book from Ella Publishing Co.:

Ella's Essential Guide to Scrapbooking Boys: 92 rough and tumble ideas for boys of all ages

It’s jam-packed with dozens of ideas for scrapbooking the boys you love, of all ages!

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