Keep Calm and Quarantine On With These COVID-19 Scrapbook Border Ideas

What have been the “themes” of your quarantine? Are there certain activities you’ve undertaken (from cooking to reading to even more crafting) while staying at home a bit more? Do you find yourself watching the news more frequently? Or have you tried out video calls and other digital doings to stay connected with friends, family and co-workers? Check out how blog contributor Krislyn Mattei has taken the themes of her quarantine and turned them into memorable COVID-19 scrapbook border ideas!

Krislyn’s Inspiration

Going through my pictures of life during the coronavirus pandemic, I discovered a few themes! I tended to watch a lot of news coverage — often hearing new terminology like “flatten the curve.” I discovered our stores were out of necessities like toilet paper, that I coped with the stress of it all by baking (a lot!) and I spent more and more time connecting with friends and family through Facebook and Zoom — and all of these new pastimes needed to be documented on the pages of my album!

So I grabbed my Love Each Other Theme Pack (and a few papers from other collections that match beautifully) and got to work making borders to serve as themes for my pages and help me assemble my thoughts. I added a matching journal box for each to tell my stories. (Tip: The journal boxes all measure 4 x 6 or 6 x 4, perfect for tucking into Peekaboo Pockets™ if you have lots of stories to tell!)

To create these borders you’ll need:

Flatten the Curve Border

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Step 1: Cut a 12″ x 2-3/4″ strip of blue sky patterned paper (Festive Fourth) for the base.

Step 2: Using the Roller Coaster Border Punch, punch a border with Scarlet Cardstock. Trim to measure 12″ x 1-1/2″ and adhere to the border.

Step 3: Cut a 12″ x 1/2″ strip of white dot patterned paper and adhere to the border, about 1/4″ from the bottom edge. Using the swell edge of the Decorative Trimmer, cut a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip of blue heart patterned paper. Adhere to the border, overlapping the white dots strip.

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Step 4: Add a title and stickers.

Step 5: Create the journal box. Cut a 6″ x 4″ piece of Scarlet Cardstock for the base. Cut 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ pieces of both ruled and blue heart patterned papers and mount them on the base. Add a title and “home” sticker (Festive Fourth).

Zoom Border

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Step 1: Cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ strip of red patterned paper for the base. Cut a 2″ x 12″ strip of white dot patterned paper and mount it on the base. Cut a 1″ x 12″ strip of blue heart patterned paper and adhere it to the border as shown.

Step 2: Using the Cable Chain Border Maker Cartridge, punch a border with both Cloud Cardstock and green check patterned paper (Spring Medley). Tuck the Cloud Cardstock border just behind the base and adhere the green check border next to the blue hearts strip as shown.

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Step 3: Using the inside of the medium Custom Cutting Circle Pattern and the Blue Blade, cut a circle with Cloud Cardstock. With Foam Squares, add the “We’re all in this together…” sticker. Mount on the border, along with a heart sticker and “Zoom” title.

Step 4: Create the journal box. Cut a 4″ x 6″ piece of red patterned paper for the base. Cut a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of white dot patterned paper, a 3-1/2″ x 1/4″ strip of blue heart patterned paper and a 3-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ piece of Cloud Cardstock. Adhere to the base as shown. Add a 4″ piece of green check cable chain border and a sticker.

Essential Border

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Step 1: Cut a 12″ x 2-3/4″ strip of blue gingham patterned paper (Festive Fourth) for the base.

Step 2: Using the Dips & Diamonds Border Maker Cartridge, punch a border with red patterned paper. Trim to measure 12″ x 2-3/8″ and punch the other side (Tip: Use sticky notes to extend the width of the paper so it fits in the guide). Adhere to the border.

Step 3: Cut a 12″ x 1-3/4″ strip of multi-dot patterned paper (Picture This!) and adhere to the border so just the scallops of the red border show. Cut a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip of blue heart patterned paper and mount on top.

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Step 4: Top with the toilet paper border sticker and “Essential…” sticker.

Step 5: Create the journal box. Cut a 6″ x 4″ piece of blue gingham (Festive Fourth) patterned paper for the base. Cut a 1″ x 3-1/2″ strip of multi-dot patterned paper (Picture This!) and adhere it to the base, tucking a 3-1/2″ section of red dips & diamonds border behind as shown. Cut a 4-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of blue heart patterned paper and adhere it the right of the strip. Top with a 3-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of blue sky patterned paper (Festive Fourth). Add the sticker with Foam Squares.

Stress Baking Border

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Step 1: Using the Lace Trim Border Punch, punch a border with green check (Spring Medley) patterned paper. Trim to measure 2-3/4″ x 12″ to create the base.

Step 2: Cut a 1-1/2″ x 12″ strip of blue heart patterned paper and a 3/8″ x 12″ strip of red gingham (Festive Fourth) patterned paper and adhere both to the border, as shown.

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Step 3: Using the inside of the medium Custom Cutting System Circle Pattern and the Red Blade, cut a circle with red patterned paper. With the Green Blade, cut a circle with blue sky (Festive Fourth) patterned paper and adhere it to the red circle. Mount on the border. Add stickers.

Step 4: Create the journal box. Cut a 4″ x 6″ piece of blue heart patterned paper for the base. Cut a 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of ruled patterned paper and adhere it to the base. Add a 3-1/2″ section of green check (Spring Medley) lace trim border and a 3-1/2″ x 3/8″ strip of red gingham (Festive Fourth) paper on top. Top with stickers.

I know I’ve barely scratched the surface here with all that is COVID-19, but which of these COVID-19 scrapbook borders do you like the most? What themes can you think of that will help tell YOUR story of this crazy time? Let us know in the comments below!

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12 thoughts on “Keep Calm and Quarantine On With These COVID-19 Scrapbook Border Ideas

  1. I absolutely love all the ideas. I have heard some of my scrapping friends say that they are not going to scrap about the virus. But I feel the pandemic has changed everyone’s life. We will never take toilet paper for granted again. 😉 Will we be so apt to shake hands, hug, and be in large groups again? Especially those of us who have compromised immunity? I’d never heard of Zoom until we were locked down. I have my groceries delivered these days My hubby had been talking about us doing this for over a year. He got his way the hard way. I had no problem with wearing a mask in public since the end of February. I had traveled to Asian countries years ago and admired their consideration towards others, as they dawned masks for even the tiniest sniffle. I am from a large medical community now and seeing masks being worn around town has always been a norm for many patients. The “I’ll respect your life, as you respect mine” attitude was never-ever a political statement. I’ve made more homemade suppers in the last for months than I have in the last four years. I’ve found I can still cook! I’ve scrapped more in these past few months than I have in a long time, and found that this hobby still feels like therapy—which is so needed. My hubby and I have enjoyed finding ways to be together during lockdown. It’s like a never-ending date as we share stories, ideas, and memories. I will have fun using your ideas, Krislyn, for some of my pages. Thank you.

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    1. Barb, thank you for sharing your thoughts! You have a lot to add to your COVID-19 album right there. Stay safe and well…and stay scrapbooking!

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  2. I love these ideas. I think finding a way to represent the changes we have all gone through in such a bright and fun way is so empowering. Great ideas Krislyn. Your creativity continues to inspire!

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  3. I really like the layouts suggested. I live in Oregon and found educational signs/memes on the Oregon public health page. Hard to find again but I googled mask on Oregon. You might find symbols or something specific to you local by looking there. I plan on taking a screen print right before I past everything down; I’ll take a print of an epi- curve of case counts on a graph.

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  4. I can use ALL of your great layouts, thank you! I facilitated a Life Skills for young adults over the last 4 months using Zoom; I, too, have found empty shelves at stores at times; I have been baking more (not good for my waistline) and trying new recipes, and; I have taken lots of screenshots of the virus numbers (countries, US, and my state) since the beginning which would be great for the flatten the curve layout. I have completed 5 large–64 pages each–albums since January. Focusing on wonderful memories with friends, family and vacations has been a positive way to spend my days, as well as TRY to catch
    up!

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