I don’t mean scrapbooking per se, but rather WordPress themes that has those scrapbook style type of designs. Although some of these free themes are really meant for scrapbook blogs, but all of these can be used for a wide variety of blog types, most suitably for personal blogs, design blogs, diary blogs, travel blogs, and a lot more.
Scrapbooking has been a continuing and evolving hobby, and with the advent of electronic and digital devices, we are seeing more of it referred to as “digital scrapbooking” or “computer scrapbooks”. Although as a design style, it hasn’t been officially recognized yet in mainstream graphic design, but yet we can claim that it sprouted from one main graphic design style which is the Arts and Crafts Movement of late 19th to early 20th century. And most recently, with the popularity of the grunge design style, we’ve been seeing more websites adopting this kind of scrapbook style grunge mix of design.
Scrapbook style is somewhat related or similar to grunge style, in such a way that both of them are natural, more personal, sentimental and down to earth. They also share similar design elements like hand-written text, torn notes, notepads, sticky notes, random photos, paper clips, adhesive tapes, paper textures, fabrics, and other objects that conveys something personal about its subject. In as much as grunge design doesn’t have to be always deathmetal dark and dirty, a good mix of grunge and scrapbook can help keep things in balance.
So here are 10 free WordPress themes with scrapbook style and a bit of grungy mix that I have gathered so far. Although there aren’t many, I hope a lot of WordPress theme developers would develop and throw more free themes like these. I also saw some good premium scrapbook style themes around in case you’re really dead serious about this type of design and doesn’t mind shelling out a few bucks for a theme.
SimplyWP has released a two column WordPress theme called Floral Day that would be perfect for scrapbook, sewing and craft related blogs.
A free 2-column, widget ready WordPress theme from Redevolution.
Here’s a theme developed by SimplyWP for Photomix. A 3-column, fixed-width with right sidebar WordPress theme.
A single column fixed-width with hidden Ajax sidebar from Smashing Free WordPress Themes.
5. Livin Grunge
This WordPress theme may not be totally scrapbook looking, but it leans more towards being a trendy grunge type of design. It has three columns, adsense ready with advertising blocks, right sidebar, cross browser compatible with IE, FF, Opera, Flock & Safari, valid XHTML & CSS and widget ready.
Beautiful two column theme, quite graphics heavy and dark, but very unique.
A professionally and neat looking WordPress theme with categories and pages in the header and vertical position.
This theme has been featured a lot of times simply because this theme is absolutely gorgeous.
My Diary is a two column WordPress theme with a simple design, stylish hand-written text, and its ability to display image of the specific day automatically according to the date the post is written, thus giving it a hand crafted touch to it. Also included in the download package is the Photoshop (PSD) of the header for easy customization.
A nicely designed Photo Frame theme where you can replace the picture in the middle frame with a photo of your choice.