DIY Musical Scrapbook

Back when I had more time on my hands (i.e. before I had kids), scrapbooking was one of my favorite hobbies.

I always wanted to find ways to make them memorable but was not able to come up with any new ideas.  Of course, once I stopped scrapbooking, I finally had my great scrapbooking idea!  I was inspired when opening a musical card and realized that the gadget is actually pretty simple.

Here is how I used it to make my memory book a little more special.  I used a photo book (which I have fallen in love with since I gave up scrapbooking), but you can easily apply the same idea to a scrapbook or even a gift book.

Items Required: musical greeting card, memory book, scrapbooking paper, scissors, and tape.


  1. First you need to cut out the gadget in the card that creates the music.  You must include a strip on the other side of the fold, since that is what makes the music play and stop.  Please see my picture below to see exactly where to cut.
  2. Simply taping the gadget into the memory book would be quite the eye-sore, so you’ll want to find a way to make it look nice.  I created a little envelope so that I could write a note and give the book as a gift.  However you decide to cover the gadget, you’ll want to create the memory book so that there is space for it – you do not want it to cover a picture!
  3. To create the envelope, I cut out a piece of scrapbook paper and folded it into an envelope shape.  I then put the musical gadget inside of it, making sure to keep the left side of the card hanging out.
  4. Tape the left strip of the card to the inside cover of the book.  Then use double-sided tape to secure the covered musical gadget to the first page.


Now you can have fun opening and closing your book!  This makes a great gift, as the recipient will be very surprised to hear a song when opening it.  You can add it to multiple pages too, so that a different song plays for each page.  It’s very simple, and adds a memorable touch to any memory book.