Make Your Own Motivational Scrapbook

This post wasn’t supposed to be this post. I had originally intended to blog about watercolour painting but as we all know, not everything goes to plan. Watercolour painting is hard and I now have a brand new level of admiration for anyone who is good at painting. After hours of attempting to create some kinda flower (which was just looking like a blob on a stick), I felt frustrated and defeated and packed away my brushes.

However, in the spirit of turning a negative into a positive and still wanting to do something creative, I opened up my scrapbook. I wanted to make something bright and motivational to cheer myself up. And the thing I love most about scrapbooking is that there are no rules, anything and everything can go onto the pages. You can let your creative side run wild and there isn’t a paintbrush in sight.

Click here and here to see my previous scrapbook pages.

All you need to create your own is a couple of issues of your favourite magazines (I used Molly Makes and In The Moment), scissors, glue and some motivational music. Oh and a cup of tea.

Before I started sticking things down, I flicked through the magazines and cut out anything bright, colourful and motivational which caught my eye. My theme was rainbows and positivity, and melons. 

Stop overthinking and do something that makes you happy. Mini affirmation cards by Emily Cromwell.

You can choose to fill your pages with absolutely anything, here I found dinosaurs, birds, flowers, rainbows, melons, books, hearts, yoga and plenty of arty things! Anything bright and happy made the cut.

Scrapbooking is all about layering – I started with magazine cuttings, then built up to postcards, motivational cards, stickers, buttons and washi tape. Yay for washi tape!

The Melon of Motivation, You’ll Get There In The End rainbow snail and I Believe In Myself are all postcards by Katie Abey. You can buy 31 Motivational Postcards hereIn my last post, I also featured Katie’s Cosy Club enamel pin and there are plenty more cool and colourful designs here

At the end, I added little sticker hearts and glued down some bright buttons in keeping with the colourful theme. By now, I had completely forgotten about my painting misadventures and was feeling pretty happy with my new creation. Motivational scrapbooking actually works! 

You don’t need to be an artist to be creative.

Do you enjoy scrapbooking? What are your favourite magazines? Let me know if you create your own motivational scrapbook pages, I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. August 3, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Flora loves watercolouring but I lack her creativity (and talent!) so I feel your frustration. This is so bright and colourful though, I’d be really happy if I managed to put together something like this. I haven’t scrapbooked for years but your rainbow snail is making me want to give it a go again 😁 gorgeous photos, as always! Xx

    Lisa |

    • August 4, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa! 💖 I need Flora to give me some watercolour painting tips please he he 😄 Glad you liked the scrapbook pages and yay for rainbow snails! xx 😍💕

  2. August 3, 2018 / 9:25 am

    This looks amazing, Bexa! 🙂 I absolutely love how colourful it is – it would definitely work to get me feeling inspired. I used to love doing this kind of thing when I was younger, but it’s not really something I do now. xx

    • August 4, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks so much Ruth! 💖 It really does boost inspiration & motivation! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  3. August 3, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Oh I love this – so cute and motivational looks like you had a lot of fun doing this too!

    • August 4, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks Rachael! 💖 It was lots of fun and pretty relaxing too 😍 xx

  4. August 3, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    This looks amazing, wow, you did an amazing job Bexa! I’ve never done scrapbooking and I don’t really think it’s for me, but I really like seeing scrapbook pages!😊 Lovely blog post, Bexa!😊

    Shirley |

    • August 4, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you Shirley! 💖 That’s so kind of you, glad you enjoyed the scrapbook pages! 😍 xx

  5. August 3, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Water colour is a skill – had lessons and I still only paint blobs 😂 but I do love this idea – I doodle a lot and have thought about making the kids a motivational scrapbook to inspire them with our photos etc love it!

    • August 4, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks Shan! 💖 He he, watercolour is hard, I think I need lessons too! 😂 A motivational scrapbook for the kids is a fantastic idea! 😍 xx

  6. August 3, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    I tried watercoloring as a kid. Maybe I should’ve stuck with it because at least I made very colorful blobs 😛 Anyway, this motivational scrapbooking is awesome!

    • August 4, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      He he, colourful blobs is my kinda thing! Aww thank you so much Phoenix, glad you liked the post xx 😘💕

  7. August 3, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Looking at this gives me motivation!

    • August 4, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Yay! Thanks Ellie! 💖 xx

  8. August 3, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful! I love how creative you are, don’t give up on the watercolour painting, I’m sure you’ll get there! <3 xx

    Em ~

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Aww thanks so much Em! 💖 Maybe I need to watch some YouTube tutorials before I give it a go next time 😄💕 xx

  9. August 3, 2018 / 5:40 pm

    More than anything this looks like such good fun. When I was younger I used to love doing stuff like this but these days I never feel like I have the time! Thanks for sharing xx

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks so much Abbie! 💖 I know what you mean, it can be hard to find time but nice if you can get the opportunity 😍 xx

  10. August 3, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Yaaaaaay! WOW this looks so bloody amazing Bexa!!! I’m actually happy from just looking at these photos! I haven’t created a scrapbook since I was a child but now I remember how fun they actually are! I want your scrapbook haha! I really want to make one of these now xo

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Aww thank you so much Lozza! 💖 That makes me so happy to know your so happy ☺️. I hope you have fun making one too, yay! 😘💕 xx

  11. August 3, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    I liked how you turned a negative into something positive, that is a life lesson on its own. I never scrapped book but is seems something to get the creative juices flowing. Your motivational scrapbook turned out beautiful, I feel it’s something you could sell 😁

    Natonya |

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      Aww thanks so much Natonya! That’s so lovely of you to say 💖. It did make me feel very positive afterwards, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  12. August 3, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    This is a lovely idea. I only recently found Katie Abie on Instagram. I think her work is just so positive. Thank you for introducing me to more positivity x

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thanks Jo! 💖 I really love Katie’s designs too, so positive, bright & fun! I have her motivational postcards on my wall by my desk right now, I love them! 😍 xx

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much Fatimah! Glad you enjoyed the post 💖 xx

  13. August 3, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    I love this idea so much! Sadly I’m just not creative enough for it, if I made even one mistake I’d throw it out!

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      Aww, it’s fun to try! Glad you liked the idea and thank you for the comment 😍💕 xx

  14. Michelle
    August 3, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I love how bright and colorful everything is! I’ve never scrap-booked before, but my friend loves it. I am pinning your post to share with her when I see her next 🙂

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Aww thanks so much Michelle! 💖 I really appreciate you pinning the post and hope your friend likes it too! 😘💕 xx

  15. August 3, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    Love how colourful this is!! I used to do scrapbooks when I was younger but haven’t done that for a while, might have to take it up again!

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks Hannah! 💖 Hope you enjoy it if you take it up again! 😍 xx

  16. Peanuts and Cacahuetes
    August 3, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Unfortunately, I can’t tell you about my experience with scrapbooking because I’ve never tried before! But this looks fun and really creative… which means it’s for me! 😀 I used to do so many DIY with my aunt as a little girl and teenager! I definitely need to try this one! I’ve been more into drawing so far haha
    And don’t give up on the watercolours!! Watch a few tutorials on Youtube and give it another try! I’m sure it will be as amazing as your scrapbooking! 🙂

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for the encouragement, YouTube tutorials sound like a great idea! 😍 xx

  17. August 3, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    Hi Bexa!

    I always get some inspired by your posts! They are fun, cute and always put a smile on my face! Love this idea of a motivational scrapbook–I need to do something like that! Love your ideas and how they all complement each other perfectly too.

    Trace x |

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Aww thanks so much Trace! 💖 You are always so sweet & supportive! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘💕 xx

  18. August 3, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    This is so cute. I have a simlar scrap book but it’s more like the Adventure Book from Up, and less pretty than yours.

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Aww, I loved your scrapbook post, it’s a great way to keep special memories! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘💕xx

  19. August 3, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I absolutely love how bright and colourful your scrapbook is, so cute! I’d love to be able to make something like this I really wish I had a creative side! I remember making a scrapbook when I was younger (about 6 or 7) with all the song lyrics from my Top of the Pops magazine in hahaha!

    Jess //

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      He he yes! 😂 I did exactly the same! Top of the pops and Smash Hits were my favourites! 😍 Aww thanks Jess. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕😘 xx

  20. Lauren
    August 3, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    Love this! I always want to scrap book but I always lose motivation or creativity!

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks Lauren! 💖 Hope you give it a try, it’s so fun 😍 xx

  21. August 3, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    So BRIGHT! so fun! So beautiful I love your post so much! Very inspirational! I want to start one now this post just completely peeled me up!

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      Aw thank you so much Shayla! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post and so happy it’s inspired you 💕😘 xx

  22. August 4, 2018 / 1:17 am

    I admire people who can watercolor because it takes a lot of skill! I LOVE your scrapbook! It looks very alive and I appreciate the positive affirmations! Oooh, I never thought about using buttons for scrapbooking! Thanks for sharing this lovely hobby! I used to scrapbook but haven’t found time ever since starting a full time job @__@.

    Nancy ♥

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks so much Nancy! 💖 Buttons make great scrapbooking accessories, I’m always on the lookout for little bits and pieces to stick in. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕😍 xx

  23. August 4, 2018 / 7:13 am

    This is so amazing and inspiring 😆

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks so much Amy! 💖 xx

  24. August 4, 2018 / 7:42 am

    First of all such gorgeous colorful pictures Bexa. I can feel your frustration regarding water color painting. Long time since I have used water colors to paint but I love coloring a lot these days. Every time I see your scrap book post I remember my cute pictures, stickers that I had collected and have left back at my home in Bombay. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. 🙂

    Via |

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment Via! 💖 I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and pleased I’m not the only one who gets frustrated with watercolour 🙊💕😘 xx

  25. August 4, 2018 / 9:00 am

    I can’t believe how creative you are! You are such an inspiration! I painted with watercolors last time in 2016 so maybe it’s time to start again. Thank you for your inspiring and positive posts 💕

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Thanks so much Jenni! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post and so happy it’s inspired you 😍 xx

  26. August 4, 2018 / 10:20 am

    When I did art for GCSE, watercolours were my materials of choice and I adored using them! I have a few cute Disney painting I did somewhere! I love this idea – I totally get the sentiment that you don’t have to be an artist to be creative because creativity can come in all forms. My problem is having the patience! Your scrapbook looks bloody brilliant 🙂 xxx

    • August 4, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      Thanks so much Jenny! 💖 Aww that’s awesome, I’d love to see your watercolour Disney paintings 😍. I bet they look fantastic! 💕 xx

  27. August 4, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    I have actually never done scrapbooking but have always wanted to! I love how colorful you have made it! This honestly looks like so much fun, I need to try it too! xx

    • August 4, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      Thanks so much Huda! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post and hope you have fun it if you try it too 😍 xx

  28. August 4, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Aw these are soooo cute. I love all the colors. Makes me happy just to look at it! I used to write down inspirational quotes in a sketchbook with doodles around it. It’s a great stress reliever that’s full of positive vibes!

    • August 4, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      Thanks so much Juliet! 💖 Aww I love that idea! So positive and creative too! 😍 xx

  29. Shaun
    August 4, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    This motivational scrapbook looks brilliant 😄. I love the motivational postcards you have used, especially the ‘you’ll get there in the end’ rainbow snail 🌈🐌. I can imagine you had lots of fun making it ☺️😍. A lovely post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • August 4, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      Aw thank you so much Shaun! 💖 The motivational snail is so motivating 😄👏🏻. It was great fun, glad you enjoyed the post! ☺️😘😍 xxxx

  30. Life As Najida
    August 4, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    I love the idea of a motivational scrapbook! I’ve got a normal scrapbook but might incorporate a page in it as a little reminder. I’m living for the aethestic on your photos. It’s just so pretty!

    • August 5, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      Aww thanks so much lovely! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the post and love the idea of an extra motivational page in your scrapbook too! 😄💕 xx

  31. August 5, 2018 / 5:44 am

    That’s so pretty! I used to do scrapbooks a lot when I was younger but when I got older and busier, well, I dunno. Haha. You just made me wanna go out and get a scrapbook again.

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    • August 5, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks Veronica! Yay! That’s awesome 💖 I’m so happy it’s inspired you to start scrapbooking again 😍 xx

    • August 5, 2018 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks Radi 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  32. August 5, 2018 / 8:07 am

    This is actually amazing, so bright and beautiful – enough to cheer anyone up!!! I want to do one for myself now too… scrapbooking is very therapeutic I love it – I’m making one now for my best friends engagement present I cant wait to send it to her

    Thanks for sharing lovely!

    Becky – x x

    • August 5, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks so much Becky! 💖 That’s awesome you are making a scrapbook for your best friend, that’s so sweet & thoughtful! It’s such a relaxing thing to do too 💕😍 xx

  33. August 5, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Wow this looks fantastic! You are so creative, I love the layering and colours. Great job! Xx

    • August 5, 2018 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much! You are so kind! 💖 xx

  34. August 5, 2018 / 8:35 am

    I love this, it looks great! I love the idea of making it motivational too! You can never go wrong with wash tape! I’ve never made my own scrapbook before but I’ve always wanted to give it a go xx

    Ashleigh |

    • August 5, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      Thanks so much Ashleigh 💖. Yay for washi tape! It’s great isn’t it 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  35. August 5, 2018 / 10:36 am

    This is so cute! I used to love making scrapbooks when I was younger, it’s something I haven’t done in so long! I love your pages, so colourful and creative.

    Lainy x

    • August 5, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much Lainy 💖 Glad you enjoyed the pages! 😍 xx

  36. August 5, 2018 / 11:26 am

    So bright and cheerful. 🙂 I love the different textures you’ve included in your scrapbook. It doesn’t all have to be paper.

    • August 5, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks Louise! 💖 Exactly! I love adding random bits and pieces into my scrapbook. Glad you liked the pages 😍 xx

  37. Caroline Agoba
    August 5, 2018 / 11:54 am

    So colourful and vibrant! I love it, I’ve always wanted to try scrapbooking but never got around to it.

    • August 5, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks Caroline! 💖 It’s really fun, hope you give it a go! 😍 xx

  38. August 5, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I love this! I’m actually not that great at scrapbooking. I find it personally hard to layer or do all kinds of crazy stuff with my pages because I’m always worried that it looks too sloppy or that I’m covering something important or just all those other little negative thoughts that pop up in the mind when not totally confident with what you’re doing. It’s obviously all ridiculous though because your pages are absolutely beautiful. I love how bright and colourful they are, and honestly the best thing about packed pages like yours are that each time you look at them you find something different. It’s a lot of fun not only to appreciate it in its full glory as a whole page but also to scan through each section independently to see the many pieces included. So, so good. I’m glad you were able to take that frustrating experience and use it as inspiration for this other creative motivational project!

    (Also, yes to not needing to be an artist to be creative I have so many friends who say they wish they could do things like illustrate like me, but don’t because they’re not an artist. So what?! Even if you have limited experience/knowledge/skills, you can still create. Sometimes such pieces of work turn out even better because it’s easier to connect to your heart and the message when you don’t have all those thoughts about composition and colour theory and whatnot obstructing your view. Everyone should indulge in their creativity!)

    • August 5, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Asti 💖. I’m so glad you liked the scrapbook pages, it was really fun to do and so helpful to flick back to look at when I need some colourful motivation.

      And that’s so true! I think everyone should experiment with art and creativity. You never know where your skills and talents lie if you never try. It’s such a great way to relax and zone out too even if it’s not a masterpiece 😍 xx

  39. August 5, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    i dont scrapbook but i do bujo and sometimes collage in it too.
    i really love the spreads youre showing off, theyre busy but cute!!

    • August 5, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren! 💖 I’d love to have a bujo but can never keep it up 🙈 doing a college in it is a fantastic idea 😍 xx

  40. August 5, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    I fail at watercolor painting too haha! This months bullet journal spread was supposed to be a watercolor one. Lessons have been learned and in the meantime I will stick with acrylics and oil paints.

    I love your scrapbook ide as though! It’s so nice to have something bright and happy to flip through or work on when projects or days I general don’t go as planned!

    • August 5, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks Kristin! 💖 I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with watercolours 🙈. Acrylics are definitely easier to use! I’m glad you enjoyed the scrapbook lovely, it’s such a great mood booster 😘 xx

  41. Life of Amy Blog
    August 5, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Your scrapbook is so pretty and vibrant. I used to get creative all of the time. I had a fashion scrapbook and I really miss doing it.

    You might have inspired me to make one !

    • August 5, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      Thank you Amy! 💖 A fashion scrapbook sounds awesome, I’m so happy I’ve inspired you! 😍 xx

  42. August 5, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    WOW! I love this Bexa. So bright and colorful once again. Don’t worry, I’m not good at painting either. But I do enjoy just randomly doing it for the fun of it.
    I had a giggle at your melon of motivation 😉 It’s so cute.
    Do you use it for blogging motivation too??
    all my love

    • August 5, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks Rose! 💖 I think I’ll have to give watercolours another go just for fun and not worry about the outcome 🙈. He he, glad you liked the melon of motivation! Ooh you have just given me a brilliant idea to make a scrapbook page just for blogging, thank you! 😍 xx

  43. August 5, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    What a lovely way to turn a negative into a positive! Your scrapbook pages look amazing Bexa and it sounds so therapeutic 🙂

    • August 5, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      Thank you so much Fiona! 💖 So glad you enjoyed the scrapbook, it was really fun and relaxing 😍 xx

  44. Leros
    August 5, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Oh waw. Your scrapbook looks amazing!!! I just started using art as a way to relieve stress… But I’ve been using adult coloring books, pencils and pastels. I haven’t tried water colors yet. And scrapbooking sounds so creative, will have to try it for sure!

    • August 5, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you so much! 💖 I love adult colouring books too, they are so relaxing! Hope you enjoy scrapbooking too 😍 xx

    August 5, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Wow hellobexa so nice article… I enjoy it a lot… So motivation there in this article…

    • August 5, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you so much! 💖 xx

  46. August 5, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    I miss doing this. It just lets out the inner kid in you. Be creative and express yourself. ❤️

    • August 6, 2018 / 6:40 am

      Thanks Kay! 💖 That’s so true, it’s such a fun activity 😍 xx

  47. August 5, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    Absolutely love this! Wish I had the time for scrap booking, you’ve definitely inspired my to try and make time. Looks really cool xx

    • August 6, 2018 / 6:45 am

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the post 💖😍 xx

  48. August 6, 2018 / 1:56 am

    This looks amazing! 😍

    • August 6, 2018 / 6:54 am

      Thanks Jenny! 💖 xx

  49. August 7, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Aghhh this is wonderful! I’d defintiely buy one of these Bexa this could be such a good business idea! Collaging takes SO much time aswell so I can’t imagine how much time you spent making this look fabulous. The melon of motivation is by far my favourite part of it. You could also dedicate parts to sticking your favourite achievement in with it and cheering yourself up remembering how fab you are. Good luck with your future watercolour painting, I was never any god at it either! Or any art for that matter…

    • August 10, 2018 / 11:18 am

      Aww thanks so much for your encouragement Alice! 💖 It would be a really cool business idea and definitely one to think about! He he, the melon of motivation is brilliant isn’t it 😍. Aww maybe I’ll try watercolour again in the future. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕 xx

  50. August 7, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I’m always in complete awe of how amazing stuff like this looks when you make them. Mine would literally be three badly cut scrappy pieces of paper in a book. I can’t begin to imagine how long this took you to make as well. Good luck with your next attempt at watercolours x


    • August 10, 2018 / 11:44 am

      Aww! Thank you for your kind & encouraging comment Sophie 💖. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and thank you 😍 xx

  51. August 8, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Your scrapbook is so colourful! I love the idea of scrapbooking, but I don’t think I have the patience or creativity for it.. but I really enjoyed seeing yours. ♥

    • August 10, 2018 / 2:20 pm

      Thank you! That’s so sweet of you! Glad you liked the pages 💖😍 xx

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