The scrapbook first appears in the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country, where it holds sticker pad pictures, which themselves are scattered around Donkey Kong Island. The scrapbook can be selected at the selection screen. Each collected sticker pad depicts a monochrome image of level artwork, and the image could be printed via the Game Boy Printer.
In the Game Boy Advance version of Donkey Kong Country, the scrapbook now mainly features photographs of the game's enemies and characters. There are also photographs of level artwork, Funky's Fishing, and Candy's Dance Studio. The photographs are small, blue cameras. After a picture has been collected, the player can find it in the scrapbook. There are fifty-two collectible photographs in this game.
In the Game Boy Advance port of Donkey Kong Country 2, the scrapbook was given to Diddy and Dixie as "homework" by Wrinkly, who wanted them to fill the scrapbook with photographs. This item has a similar role to its predecessor, albeit one notable difference: the Kongs earn one DK Coin per each page filled with screenshots. As such, the scrapbook is necessary for Diddy to get first place in Cranky's Video Game Heroes. There are forty collectible photographs in this game.
The scrapbook, oddly, did not reappear in the Game Boy Advance release of Donkey Kong Country 3.