How to Put Together Your Own Layout Scrapbooks in SketchUp

By Aidan Chopra, Rebecca Huehls

Most hardcore LayOut users make their own scrapbooks of scale figures, cars, trees, drafting symbols, typography — anything they need to use again and again.

Like templates, scrapbooks are just LayOut files that have been saved in a special folder on your system. When you open the program, it checks that folder and displays the files it finds in the Scrapbooks panel.

Follow these steps to build your own LayOut scrapbook:

  1. Build a LayOut file with the elements you want to include in your scrapbook.
  2. Choose File → Save As Scrapbook.
  3. Type a name for your scrapbook.

    In the Save As Scrapbook dialog box, the Scrapbook Folder list shows the location of the folder where your new scrapbook will be saved. If you prefer to use another folder, you can add one using the Folder panel of the Preferences dialog box.

  4. Click OK (Save on a Mac).

    The next time you restart LayOut, your scrapbook appears at the top of the Scrapbooks panel.

A few notes about making your own scrapbooks:

  • A good size is 6 x 6 inches. You can choose any paper size for the file you plan to save as a scrapbook, but smaller sheets work better. The scrapbooks that come with LayOut are 6 inches square.
  • Scrapbooks can have multiple pages. In fact, just about all the default scrapbooks in LayOut do. The first page in your document becomes the cover page for the scrapbook; all subsequent pages appear below it in the list. Pay attention to your page names, which appear in the Scrapbooks panel, too.
  • Use locked layers. Anything you put on a locked layer can’t be dragged out of the scrapbook. Take a look at the People scrapbook that comes with LayOut — the word People and the information next to it are on a locked layer. Notice how you can’t drag them into your drawing?
  • You can put model viewports into scrapbooks. Open the Arrows → 3D → Curved scrapbook. Drag one of the arrows onto your page. Now double-click it — it’s a model! You can put anything into a scrapbook: graphics, images, viewports, and text.