Creating an Illustrated Scrapbook

A course by Nuria Mel.
Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2020
, Designer and Illustrator

Design a scrapbook and learn how to use it as a creative reference for your illustration projects

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (177)
  • 2475 students

Design a scrapbook and learn how to use it as a creative reference for your illustration projects

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (177)
  • 2475 students
  • 18 lessons (4h 9m)
  • 31 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Every great idea is born from a sketch, a doodle, a first draft or, in the case of designer and illustrator Nuria Mel., a cutout. Through scrapbooking, Nuria carries out her creative vision by combining illustration, collage, and different craft techniques.

In this course, learn how to use scrapbooking as a creative reference tool for your illustration projects, helping you develop stories and document the design process. With Nuria, start building your first illustration scrapbook step by step using a series of experimental cutting exercises.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The universe of scrapbooking
  • U3
    U3. Building the scrapbook
  • U4
    U4. A scrapbook forever
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start things off by getting to know Nuria and her experience as an illustrator. Take a look at some of her most important projects and get introduced to some artists and illustrators who have inspired her work.

Nuria introduces you to the world of scrapbooking, explaining what a scrapbook is and its origins. Learn what ephemera are, what the scope of this discipline looks like today, and the different elements that make up a scrapbook. She teaches the differences between a sketchbook and an artist's book, before going through the tools and supplies needed to get started.

Then, start planning your project by searching for a topic of personal or professional interest and learn how to choose a color palette to help you achieve visual harmony throughout your scrapbook.

Build an album from scratch and learn how to create different storage elements which can be included inside your album or within any pre-made notebook.

Make your own collection of signature clippings using some of Nuria's favorite clipping and collage techniques. Learn to analyze a collection, classify it, and select the materials that will compose your album.

Design the layout of your scrapbook pages and assemble your cutouts to tell a story. Create a closing system, prepare the cover, and get some final tips for conserving and using your illustration scrapbooks.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration scrapbook by searching for a topic of your choice. Develop a collection of cutouts and experiment with different drawing, cutting, and collage techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, artists, or anyone interested in enriching their creative process by experimenting with cutting techniques, collage, scrapbooks, and collections of graphic material.

Requirements and materials

No specific prior knowledge or specialized scrapbooking tools are needed, just an interest in crafts, a bit of creativity, and a fascination for nostalgia.

You will need the following materials and tools: cutting tools like a utility knife, sharp scissors, a hole punch, a ruler or squares, and a cutting base. Other materials include glue, sheets of foam type paper like EVA, papers of different weights like cardboard (could be recycled), old photographs or magazines, and adhesive tape. You will also need to have whatever techniques or finishes you wish to explore, like colored pencils, acrylic paint, crayons, or pastel chalk.


2475 Students
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Nuria Mel.

A course by Nuria Mel.

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Designer and Illustrator

Nuria Meléndez is a designer, illustrator, and scrapbook aficionado. She is dedicated to the study of creative processes related to the design and illustration of editorial and cultural projects. Her work combines two of her favorite concepts: transformation and nostalgia.

She has created work for publishers of children's and young adult literature, cultural magazines, musical projects, theaters, and museums. Nuria is passionate about projects that stimulate creativity and push new ways of thinking while allowing ample space to fantasize.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • What will we do in the course?
    • Influences
  • U2

    The universe of scrapbooking

    • Definition of the idea, materials and color palette 2
    • Definition of the idea, materials and color palette 1
    • Supplies and support for your project 2
    • Supplies and support for your project 1
    • Basic tools and materials 2
    • Basic tools and materials 1
    • The art of scrapbooking
  • U3

    Building the scrapbook

    • From notebook to album: preparing container 1
    • From notebook to album: preparing container 2
    • Creating Scrapbook 1
    • Creating Scrapbook 2
    • Analysis of the collection and composition of scrap pages
    • Assembled the album and cover
  • U4

    A scrapbook forever

    • Be a Scrapper!
    • Conservation of the material and final tests
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creating an Illustrated Scrapbook

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Creating an Illustrated Scrapbook. Craft course by Nuria Mel.

Creating an Illustrated Scrapbook

A course by Nuria Mel.
Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (177)
  • 2475 students