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Millie remembers the day well. She had just given birth to her second child and was half awake when they moved her into a hospital room to recover. The woman in the next bed, equally wrung-out, smiled wearily and said, "Tell me honestly. Do I look as bad as you do?" In a moment, they were both laughing, and Millie's lifelong friendship with Bea was born. Millie and Bea's forty years of loving friendship deserve a special friendship scrapbook.

Their families used to spend summers together near Atlantic City, and we found many beach photos of Millie and Bea. We chose a 1967 snapshot and a 2007 photo that show how they still love to laugh together. We completed the timeline with a comical vintage image of two young bathing beauties in their striped bathing dresses.

We dramatized the "then and now" theme of the page with a favorite technique; creating backgrounds that reflect the images. For the vintage half of the page, we created a simple pin-stripe design that matched the vintage bathing dresses. On the other half, we sponged and painted an oversized leopard-skin pattern, just like Millie and Bea were sporting in 2007.


  • Friendship scrapbook page elementsVintage image (Free PDF download).
  • Background paper: white 12" X 12", yellow 12" X 12".
  • Backing paper: pink, orange and white.
  • Trim paper: light blue, black.
  • Acrylic paint: brown and black.
  • Kitchen sponge, about 3/4" thick.
  • Small paint brush.
  • Journaling pen or word processor.
  • Glue stick or other non-acid paper adhesive.
  • Decorative edge scissors.
  • Scissors.
  • Paper cutter (optional).


  1. Print the vintage image on matte photo paper and trim it. Glue it to pink backing paper and trim around it with decorative edge scissors, leaving a 1/4" border.
  2. Glue the other photos to white and orange backing papers and trim them, leaving 1/4" borders.
  3. Cut photo-mount corner shapes out of black paper.
  4. Friendship scrapbook background techniqueCut 18 1/2" strips of light blue paper. Glue them diagonally, evenly-spaced, across the white background paper, at least halfway across the page. Trim off the excess strips around the outside with scissors or a paper cutter.

  5. Friendship scrapbook background painting techniqueCut two rectangular pieces of sponge, about 1" X 1/2". Tear off little bits of sponge on the long side of one and on the small end of the other, to make the edges ragged. Sponge a random pattern of small and large shapes with brown paint on a diagonal half of the yellow paper, using the side and end of the two sponge pieces, to imitate leopard skin. When the brown paint is dry, dab black paint around the shapes with the paint brush. Let it dry.
  6. Cut the yellow paper in half on the diagonal. Glue it over the un-striped half of the white background paper.
  7. Journal the who, what, when, where and why on white paper and trim the pieces.
  8. Arrange the elements on the page and glue them. Glue the black photo-mount corners around the images.


  • Creating your own background patterns with paper or paint is a great way to personalize your scrapbooking. Look for a pattern within your photo and re-create it in an enlarged version. Read our interview with the master of painted scrapbook pages, Melynda Van Zee.
  • If you need to change the size of the image for your scrapbook layout, refer to the information in the FAQ on resizing a PDF image.
  • There are many different kinds of scrapbook covers and bindings, so you will need to adapt your page design for your particular book.

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