Start with a fabric-covered album, and personalize it with decorative touches. Cover the plain pages with patterned papers, cutting slits to slip in photos and descriptions, and adding a metallic monogram to the cover.
Take your original photos and scan them or make color copies for an album. Save the scans on a CD; take the originals and keep them in a photo storage box or keep the photos in an archival sleeve. When creating a scrapbook page, pick foundation paper, and cut using a rotary cutter. Tape down the photo using tissue tape and pick a decorative border to frame the photo. Don't forget to embellish the remainder of the page!