Capture a Summer Sport
Design by Amy Licht
Amy's boys spent the summer of 2006 swimming, and she created this wet 'n' wild two-page layout to celebrate the highlights. The photo collage dominates the spread and captures their swimming skills and poolside antics.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Stampin' Up!. Fonts: Fancy Free (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Alexandria FLF (title) off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Brads: Making Memories.
Feature Him Eating a Treat
Design by Sarah Klemish
After a hot day at the fair, a cherry slush never tasted so good. Sarah snapped these shots of her son enjoying his treat and then designed a fun summertime layout to match.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), American Crafts (blue). Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: Bell Gothic off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (letters), Heidi Swapp (brackets).
Create a School Design
Design by Erica Hernandez
Lined paper and lots of journaling help give this layout a classroom feel. Erica combined a digital drawing with an actual rhinestone for minimal embellishment and let the photo of her son and the story about how he doesn't want to go to school fill most of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, brad: Making Memories. Fonts: Highlight (title) by Autumn Leaves, District Thin (journaling) off the Internet. Chipboard letter: Heidi Swapp. Rubber stamp: Leisure Arts. Magnetic clip: Pebbles Inc. Digital tablet: Wacom.
Make the Most of White Space
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon emphasized the photos by leaving plenty of white space in this two-page layout. She balanced the sweet pictures with a journaling block, title banner, and Celtic stamp, but she kept the page simple overall.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (yellow), 7Gypsies (red), American Crafts (stripe). Chipboard: Imagination Project. Stickers: American Crafts. Stamps: Technique Tuesday (flame, skull), Gel-a-Tins (Celtic symbol), Sassafras Lass (banner). Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints (journaling block), My Mind's Eye ("&"), Heidi Grace ("serious").
Celebrate an Accomplishment
Design by Renee Camacho
After Renee's son, Brandon, received a note from his teacher praising his accomplishments, she designed a page to celebrate his success. Three different shots tell the story, and heat-embossed stars add extra sparkle.
SOURCES: Cardstock: The Paper Studio. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (black), Manto Fev Decorative Paper (lined). Font: My Kind of Font (journaling) off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Li'l Davis Designs (stars, circles), Heidi Swapp (letters). Stamp: Jenni Bowlin Studio (name/date), Technique Tuesday ("school," words in circle), Impress Rubber Stamps (circle outline).
Show a Relationship
Design by Lisa McGarvey
Lisa selected three photos that showcase the playful relationship between her two sons and to complement the list of things she wants to remember.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: FontWerks, BasicGrey, Sassafras Lass, 7Gyspies. Rub-ons: Making Memories, KI Memories, Autumn Leaves, Chatterbox. Stamp: FontWerks. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Punches: Family Treasures, EK Success. Circle cutter: Creative Memories.
Design in Threes
Design by Roxanne Jegodtka
They say good things come in threes, and that's certainly true for this layout. Roxanne used three photos, three chipboard accents, and three journaling strips in her page about her son's day playing mini golf.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green), Stampin Up! (orange). Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Pen: Rapidograph. Brads: Making Memories.
Use Bright Colors
Design by Betsy Veldman
The bright colors match the playful theme in Betsy's summer layout. She used multiple photos to capture her kids' antics. Machine stitching ties the page together.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Karen Foster Designs (stripe), Around the Block (yellow swirl), My Mind's Eye (all other). Stickers: American Crafts ("water"), Doodlebug Designs ("wars"), Making Memories ("splash"), EK Success ("fun in the sun"). Clip: Creative Impressions.
Work with One Line
Design by Jen Lessinger
Although she normally doesn't design with themed products, Jen loved using this collection because the colors worked wonderfully for creating a page about her son. It was a cinch to design because all the pieces matched perfectly.
SOURCES: Paper, stickers: Scribble Scrabble.
Try Using Flowers
Design by Polly Maly
Polly wasn't afraid to use flowers on this page about her son -- she used a circle punch to cut out the centers and placed them as embellishments. Despite the feminine paper, she found a way to keep the layout masculine as she featured her son and his first experience grilling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Prism Papers (orange). Stickers: American Crafts ("boy," "meets," "'06"). Punches: EK Success.
Balance Your Design
Design by Lisa Dickinson
Lisa captured her son singing and dancing to his favorite song. Multiple pictures and colorful paper scraps add color to the plain background, and the quotes on the top and bottom of the layout balance the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (multicolor stripe), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green), Chatterbox (blue floral), American Crafts (flower-doodle cutouts). Font: Courier. Stickers: 7Gypies (black phrases), Target ("celebrate"). Chipboard, plastic letters: Heidi Swapp. Stamp: Office Max. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Ribbon: Michaels.
Go for a Manly Look
Design by Barb Wong
A kraft paper background creates a manly feel in Barb's layout celebrating a mischievous nature. Pattern paper strips lend a splash of color, and outlines of the photos add to the rugged look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: CherryArte. Stickers: 7Gypsies ("M," word strips), EK Success (arrow), KI Memories ("b"), Making Memories (small letters). Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts. Photos: Karen Melbourne.
Stick with a Theme
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa's son, Parker, loves pirates -- so she created a swashbuckling layout to show off his passion. She used a gold pen to add color to a skull rub-on and transparency strip and finished the look with a skull-and-crossbones chipboard tile.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Transparencies, rub-on: Hambly Screen Prints. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents, transparency tape: Junkitz. Pens: Zig Writer from EK Success (gold), Marvy Uchida (white). Punches: EK Success.
Show Off Chaos
Design by Leah Fung
Leah designed this page to capture just how silly her boys can be when posing for photos. To help add to the chaotic feel, she tilted the smaller photos and the title.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper: Making Memories. Font: Arial (subtitle), Rockwell (journaling) off the Internet. Die-cutting tools, dies: Ellison (clock), Cricut ("TIME") by ProvoCraft. Stickers: American Crafts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Metal accent: Artchix Studio. Thread: Coats and Clark.
Record Funny Sayings
Design by Melissa Chapman
For her journaling Melissa used her son's nicknames for his superheroes, infusing the layout with his personality. Her careful placement of the swirls and stars makes it look as though the stars are coming out of Spidey's hands -- a very cool effect.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard accents: American Crafts.
Show Off the Other Side of Sports
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi captured her son's restlessness at baseball practice with a series of candid shots. To balance out the photo-heavy page, she used a clear journaling block at the bottom.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Digital elements: Designer Digitals (paper, staples, stitching, tag, tab), Jen Wilson (ribbon), Michelle Coleman (transparency, stitched vellum), Scrap Artist (overlay). Font: Linenstroke (journaling), Bluecake (title) off the Internet.
Look to Boy-Theme Designs
Design by Jen Lessinger
Jen's difficulties finding playful accents for pages about her son ended when she discovered robot accents. She added a couple digital robots to her background and positioned her photos and title for a quick and simple boyish layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Pastelaria off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), KI Memories (circles). Digital elements: Two Peas in a Bucket. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Add a Flourish to the Page
Design by Jill Godon
Large flourish and flower elements don't stop this page from being all boy. Jill's multiphoto layout showcases the relationship Elijah had with a puppy, with close-ups of the boy and pup together.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned papers: BasicGrey (blue), Chatterbox (stripes). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Making Memories (alphabet), Heidi Swapp (&), Technique Tuesday (arrow, circles). Acrylic paint, plastic accent: Making Memories.
Choose a Cool Color Palette
Design by Amy Licht
Amy chose a paper line with a cool color palette to match her photo. The distressed papers created a rugged look that allowed her to use swirls and flourishes without creating a feminine feel.
SOURCES: Paper, stickers: BasicGrey.
Show a Milestone
Design by Jennifer Wilson
Jennifer's partially toothless son is front and center in her layout. She added an edge of folded ribbon and a fun tooth embellishment instead of the letter "o." The close-ups of the boy's smile capture his excitement at the prospect of the tooth fairy's visit.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Pharmacy off the Internet. Die cuts: QuicKutz. Eyelet: We R Memory Keepers. Ribbon: May Arts, American Crafts, Making Memories.
Focus on a Photo
Design by Jen Lessinger
Jen used bold colors to add energy to an otherwise neutral page. The simplicity of the embellishments helps keep the focus on the photo and journaling about her kids' relationship with their cousins.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (journaling block), Making Memories (ledger). Font: Arial. Stickers: American Crafts ("!"), K&Company ("Jan 07," "uncooperative"). Ink: Memories. Chipboard accents: Maya Road (stars), Fancy Pants Designs (tree).
Show off Kids with Pets
Design by Melanie Louette
Melanie chose black-and-white photos for her layout about her son's relationship with his dog. The two oh-so-sweet shots show the close bond, and the title fits the page perfectly.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons, pen: American Crafts. Chipboard accent: Imagination Project. Brad: Making Memories.