Scrapping the Decades

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Article Courtesy of by Lindsay Teague

We've all got those embarrassing photos of us with the 50's accessories, 60's slang, 70's clothes, or 80's hair. They're part of our past whether we like it or not and we need to get these pieces of our history in our books, like it or not!

Here are a few hints on scrapping through the decades to make the process a little more painless. I'll start with a few things that define the era, fashion-wise, and give you a couple examples on how to scrap with them.

The 50's:

  • Lace
  • Paisley
  • Vintage Post Cards
  • Coca-Cola
  • Broaches
  • Pearls
  • Muted Tones


Try using these things as inspiration to scrap those vintage photos of the 50's. Most will be black and white, which will allow you to incorporate any colors into the layout. Try using the soft colors to complement the whimsical look of this decade. Be sure to include any ephemera you have from this time and journal as if you were in that moment right now.

The 60's:

  • Hippies
  • Geometric Shapes
  • Flowers
  • Shag Carpet
  • Headbands
  • Beads
  • Leather
  • Bright Colors


Stay true to the bright colors of your pictures from the 60's. There are great lines of scrapbook papers that do just that. Try the SEI Hippie Chick paper or Gin-X's large pattered paper for these pages. Add some of the lingo that you used to use onto these pages to make them authentic. Don't shy away from that burnt-orange shag carpet; embrace it by matching it to a perfect color of Bazzill Cardstock.

Layout by Andrea Steed


The 70's:

  • Patent Leather
  • Knitting
  • Platform Shoes
  • Disco Balls
  • Kaleidoscope Shapes
  • Roller Skates
  • Polyester


It can be tough looking at these photos, but make sure you don't leave them out of your books. Try some bright papers or patterns with this era. Laugh with others at the hair and clothing by doing a tongue-in-cheek layout about how you thought you were "so far-out." Try mimicking that lighted disco floor by doing a color-blocked layout. Try using matching cardstock rather than big patterns so that you don't drown out your 70's photos.

The 80's:

  • Neon
  • Glow-in-the-Dark
  • Cartoons
  • Striped Gym Shorts
  • Big Hair
  • Large Accessories
  • Puffy Sleeves
  • MTV


The decade called the 80's wasn't known for its ability to tone things down. Go big with your flamboyant pictures from this decade. Here's a chance for you to break out that neon paper you purchased a few years ago. Try finding some old 80's advertisements for Aqua Net or the Corvette to spice up your pages. Talk about the process of getting ready in the 80's and how much time it took to get your hair to stand up that high!

I hope this will inspire you to break out those old photos and get them into books. Even if they aren't the best pictures it's still a moment in time that should be remembered. Good luck!


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