A Crafty Mix


Making a Little Scrapbook Shelf – Easy DIY

I love scrapbook paper. It can be used in so many different ways to transform something boring into something extraordinary. Scrapbook paper is relatively cheap and there are some many different options to choose from.  I bought this pack of 24 sheets for under R 100, and I abSoooLutely love the soft neutral colors and beautiful patterns. It just oozes shabby chic. Soft, lady-like with pops of pastel pink and time-worn hints of days gone by.

Scrapbook paper can be used to transform pallets into a beautiful shabby chic shelf. Full tutorial on the blog

Scrapbook paper

When I bought the paper I had no idea what I wanted to do with it so the paper went into the craft cupboard and over time, kinda got stuck behind all my other crap crafty bits. Does that happen to you too? Anyways, I’d been meaning to make a small pallet shelf for my daughter’s bedroom, and ended up scrounging around in the craft cupboard for something to add a little pizzaz to the shelf when I rediscovered the scrapbook paper. Bingo, it was perfect.

Here’s what I used to make the scrapbook shelf
  • Scrapbook paper (I used 4 12″ x 12″ pieces from Bronte Charm)
  • pallets cut into 5 x 74 cm (about 29″) lengths and 1 x 38 cm (15″) and 1 x 12.5 cm (5″) to form the shelves
  • Wood glue, contact glue and Mod Podge
  • Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint
  • Hardboard, knobs and a serviette
  • Old frame, acrylic paint and chicken wire
  • Stain
Pallets with lots of character combined with some scrapbook paper make a beautiful shabby chic shelf

Pallets with lots of character

Some of the pallet bits had sooooo much character, which I really wanted to keep, so after sanding them I just dry brushed on the Old White chalk paint and let the natural grain, knots and worm holes show through. I Mod Podged the scrapbook paper on the other pallet bits.

White washed and Mod Podged scrapbook paper transforms pallets into something a little more classy

White washed and Mod Podged

The most difficult thing was trying to line up the patterns so they looked seamless. Grrrrrrr. After spending a very frustrating hour confusing myself, I gave up and just stuck the paper down and used some sand paper to hide the un-seamless joins. I distressed the edges of the scrapbook paper and sealed everything with Mod Podge mixed with some stain to create a old world look.

Shabby chic at it's best. A scrapbook shelf made from pallets and lots of love.

Scrapbook paper pallet bits

I found the easiest way to join the pallets was to use some hardboard. Just cut to size and glue and screw it onto the back. I still haven’t figured out how the Kregg jig, that hubby bought, works. We attached the two shelves the using a basic triangular bracket, cut from pallets to add a bit of rustic charm.  Talea painted an old frame in her favorite color and we added chicken wire onto the back to make a pin board for all her little notes.

Shabby chic at it's best. A scrapbook shelf made from pallets and lots of love. Full tutorial on the blog

A pin board

We also found some serviettes that matched the scrap book paper beautifully. Aren’t they lovely? A bit of contact glue and the boring old wooden door knobs are transformed.

Use contact glue and serviettes to transfrom boring old door knobs into something a bit more special

Contact glue and serviettes

We screwed the transformed door knobs on to the shelf so Talea can hang her fake jewels and other bits.

Shabby chic at it's best. A scrapbook shelf made from pallets and lots of love. Full tutorial on the blog

Hanging Space

Love these little serviette knobs.

Shabby chic at it's best. A scrapbook shelf made from pallets and lots of love. Full tutorial on the blog

Close up of the serviette knobs

A quick and easy scrapbook shelf made with pallets. What could be easier.

Shabby chic at it's best. A scrapbook shelf made from pallets and lots of love. Full tutorial on the blog

Pinny Please

I think the salvaged and whitewashed pallet wood combined with the soft beautiful colors of the scrapbook paper make such timeless statement. What do you think. Does it work for you?

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   DIY Crafty Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Pallet Hacks


  • Posted: November 10, 2016 18:06

    Sam @ A Happy Home In Holland

    Michelle, this is super cute...love it!!
    • Posted: November 11, 2016 04:29


      Thank you so much Sam
  • Posted: September 19, 2016 05:50

    Amanda Nel

    I absolutely love this! So easy, yet soooo different!
    • Posted: September 19, 2016 08:29


      Hey Amanda, thank you for coming to say hi :-) Ek waardeur dit baie
  • Posted: August 25, 2016 10:01


    Michelle, when I first saw your shelf on Instagram I felt in love with it. It is so so pretty!! Thanks for sharing the how to, I have seen scrapbook paper but I feel a bit intimidated because I don't know what to do with it. Now I know and the papers you chose are simply perfect. I'm sure Talea is proud of the shelf and uses it a lot!
    • Posted: August 25, 2016 11:42


      Hey Pili, that's such a huge compliment, your stuff is awesome!! Wow, thank you, I'm really glad you like it.
  • Posted: August 20, 2016 14:06


    I am so in love with this! Using scrapbook paper and door nobs, wow, I'm in love.
    • Posted: August 21, 2016 07:45


      Thanks so much Kellie :D
  • Posted: August 17, 2016 02:32

    Erin - Suburban Simplicity

    I love the vintage look of this shelf, Michelle! I swoon over distressed wood. The color are so pretty and match just about any decor...especially mine!
    • Posted: August 20, 2016 06:35


      Yay, I'm with you on distressed wood. It tells so many stories. Really glad you like the shelf Erin
  • Posted: August 17, 2016 02:04


    Now I really want one, too! :)
    • Posted: August 17, 2016 06:48


      Thank you Ilka :D
  • Posted: August 16, 2016 18:15

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    This is so cute! I LOVE it, and want one too! I love how you added the scrapbook paper, and how you did the knobs. You did a really nice job on it. I may just have to give it a try and make one for my guest room.
    • Posted: August 17, 2016 06:54


      Thank you so much Linda, I think it would look lovely in your guest room.
  • Posted: August 12, 2016 21:05

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Tell Keri that if you decide to give one away I will get the first one! I'll fight her out for it! ;)
    • Posted: August 13, 2016 07:22


      Lol, thanks Mary ;-) They're so easy to make, so I'll just make one for each of you. Maybe Keri can add one of her beautiful stencils for us?
  • Posted: August 9, 2016 13:27


    Michelle, I love this shelf!! I so want one!!! I love the whitewash look with the scrapbook paper, such a fantastic combination to give it a charming look!! The knobs are a lovely detail! Another amazing project!!
    • Posted: August 10, 2016 07:06


      Thank you so much Keri, I must say I really like how the knobs turned out. Using contact spray made it so much easier, I didn't have to worry about them tearing at all ;-)