Every family relationship has a tale waiting to be told. Combine heartfelt journaling with memorable photos to create a storytelling layout that highlights your connection.
Design by Lisa Storms
Celebrate a sister with a page describing how your relationship has changed over time. Use a split patterned-paper background to symbolize the different personalities, but let the photo and journaling connect the two sides. Layer die cuts to create a dimensional accent.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (text), Fancy Pants Designs (pink, orange). My Mind's Eye (yellow). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts ("bond"), BasicGrey ("of sisterhood"), Cloud 9 Design ("the"). Die cuts: My Mind's Eye. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Honor thy father by creating a page that tells the story of your father-daughter relationship, including how it's changed as you've grown up. Masculine details, such as metal embellishments, buttons, and distressed papers, make a layout dad-appropriate.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have a recent photo of you and your dad, find favorite shots of him alone. Or use your layout as an excuse for a father-daughter photo shoot!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper: Patterned paper: Adornit-Carolee's Creations (brown), BasicGrey (stripe), Hero Arts (note card, blue), KI Memories (stars). Font: Mariah (title), Myriad Pro (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: Adornit-Carolee's Creations. Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints. Buttons, gems, circle tag: Hero Arts. Heart nailhead: Creativity Inc.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Record the perks of being an aunt on a page featuring then-and-now photos. Record how you felt when you first became an aunt and what changes a new extended family member brought. To make the flower accent on this page, trace petals onto patterned paper, cut them out and crumple to add texture, then ink the edges. Adhere the petals in a circle with each tip meeting in the center. Top the accent with a threaded button.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Adornit-Carolee's Creations (tan dot), BasicGrey (brown), BoBunny Press (scallop), Crate Paper (blue dot, orange trees, brown grid), Fancy Pants Designs (green grid), Jillibean Soup (orange dot, brown dot). Stickers, chipboard accents, pen: American Crafts. Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs. Twine: Jillibean Soup.
Design by Amy Licht
Emphasize birth order on a page about how it affected your relationship with your siblings. A recent photo paired with journaling about growing up as the oldest, middle, or youngest child shows the connection between brothers and sisters. Soften layers by rounding the corners on one paper using a punch.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View (red), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts ("3"), October Afternoon (tag). Die cuts: AccuCut (butterflies), Making Memories (brackets). Paper trim: KI Memories. Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Ask your husband to share his thoughts about being a dad or stepdad. A common bond is a great prompt for heartfelt journaling, especially between an older child and stepparent. To add paper to chipboard, press the accent onto the back of the paper and trim around the shape with a craft knife. Use sandpaper to sand the edges of the chipboard and remove excess paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Adornit-Carolee's Creations (yellow), Fancy Pants Designs (orange), KI Memories (navy blue). Font: Incognitype. Stickers: American Crafts (white letters), Making Memories ("together," "adore"), Sandylion Sticker Designs ("buddies," "her"). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (circles), K&Company ("cherished"). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (hearts), KI Memories ("&").
Design by Candi Gershon
Layers of photos, tags, buttons, and hearts adorn Candi's scrapbook ode to her father. The clever title plays up her father's youthful personality. Collages are a great way to group photos in a space-saving manner. Using her image-editing software, Candi chose nine photos and made them into a collage with a few clicks of her mouse. Small number stickers on her photos allowed Candi to easily reference each photo in her journaling. The lined journaling card helped keep her handwriting straight.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (orange), Making Memories (ledger). Stickers: October Afternoon (red letters Making Memories (blue letters, numbers). Buttons, die cuts: Fancy Pants Designs. Brad: SEI. Glitter accent: Prima Marketing Inc. Software: Picasa.
Design by Janna Wilson
Take a special day spent with a loved one and turn it into a crafted memory. Use the embossing tip of an electronic die-cutting tool to emboss accents. The pressure of the tip turns the vellum more opaque, making it easy to see the design. Emboss a title word, using the opaque lines to spell out a sentiment.
Editor's Tip: Hide adhesive on vellum by placing it behind layered elements, like this chipboard button.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Bella Blvd. Vellum: Hobby Lobby. Stickers: American Crafts (teal letters), Heidi Grace Designs (heart). Gems: Kaisercraft. Die-cutting tool, embossing tip: Slice by Making Memories.
Design by Laura Craigie
Build a patchwork paper quilt that shows off your favorite pics of each family member. Cut patterned paper into small triangles and match with another pattern to build a quilt-like frame. Stitch around the outside of the frame to add another quilting element. Double mat a grid of nine images, then surround it with journaling strips to emphasize the framed look. Add simple embellishments along the edge.
SOURCES: Material Girl product line by Cosmo Cricket.
Design by Stacy Cohen
A single photo and touching journaling highlight the relationship between father and daughter on Stacy's sweet scrapbook page. By stacking strips of patterned paper, buttons, and trim, Stacy subtly draws the eye to her photo. This is also a great way to repurpose scraps. Small touches pack a big punch. Stacy used hand-stitching and a brad-and-eyelet combo to create detailed borders.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Melissa Frances. Buttons: Jesse James. Gems, chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Paint: Making Memories. Pearl trim: Jo-Ann Stores.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin interviewed her daughter about the new stepdad in her life, recording the honest -- and funny -- answers in this layout. The color scheme is bright and fun, just like the subject. By converting her shots to black-and-white, Erin kept the design from competing with the photos. Through the interview, Erin learned how her daughter really felt. Let your kids help with journaling; it can be a fun bonding moment.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories (green, orange), KI Memories (pink, yellow). Fonts: Renaissance (journaling), American Typewriter (questions), SP Chi Town (answers) off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Designs. Die cuts: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 306.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
To illustrate her close relationship with her brother, Erikia included a photo of them as children and a more recent snapshot. Rounded corners on both photos help give them a consistent feel. Erikia combined a retro color scheme with more modern elements, such as the brackets and staples, to span the decades between the photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: Making Memories (multicolor dot), BasicGrey (brown dot, aqua). Die cuts: Collage Press. Stamps: Great Impressions. Brads: BasicGrey. Tape: 7Gypsies (dot), Making Memories (stripe). Ink: Ranger Industries. Dye: FiberScraps. Pen: American Crafts. Thread: DMC Corp. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Becky Novachek
Pay tribute to your grandchildren by creating a homespun page with plenty of room for words. Handwritten journaling is a great way to express how you feel and preserves a piece of yourself for future generations. To make a crepe-paper border, gather and adhere crepe paper to the back of the journaling block using liquid adhesive, then pop up the accent with adhesive foam.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Buttons, crepe paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Pen: American Crafts. Punches, template: Fiskars. Adhesive: E-6000.
Design by Jen Lessinger
Share your connection with each of your kids on a two-page layout documenting shared traits and recording each child's unique characteristics. Little details are easy to forget, so dedicate a journaling block to each kid. Color-code your page design by assigning each child a hue and coordinating journaling, papers, and accents to match.
Editor's Tip: Missing the perfect chipboard number or letter for your title? Make a thick one by die-cutting multiple copies of the same number or letter, then layering them for extra thickness.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (stars), Autumn Leaves (orange), KI Memories (pink), K&Company (teal), SEI (red), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green). Font: MamaGama off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Autumn Leaves (corner accents). Tags: Autumn Leaves (red), SEI (all other). Gems: Heidi Swapp. Chipboard accents, pen: American Crafts.