Puffy-Paint a Background
Design by Mellette Berezoski
Pump ordinary patterned paper with puffy paint. Avoid overpowering a busy pattern by applying puffy paint to only one or two elements of the design, as Mellette did on the diamond and paisley papers. Allow the paint to dry completely before starting a new color to prevent smudges.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (green), Chatterbox (dot), Making Memories (diamond), SEI (paisley), Creative Imaginations (scalloped). Die cuts: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: Anna Griffin. Chipboard accent: Fancy Pants Designs. Felt accent: Tinkering Ink. Acrylic paint, paint comb: Making Memories. Puffy paint: Duncan (glossy), Sakura of American (mat). Brads: SEI.
Show Off a Smile
Design by Vicki Boutin
Play off your daughter's beautiful face on a sweet and sunny layout, like this design blooming with chipboard flowers sprinkled with glitter. Photo corners cut from patterned paper frame the image, while chipboard hearts anchor a patterned-paper tab.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (letters), Making Memories (hearts), Imagination Project (Flowers). Glitter: Art Institute Glitter. Photo: Greg Scheidemann.
Write Sweet Journaling
Design by Vicki Boutin
Fairy-tale journaling makes an entertaining change of pace. Use romantic language to describe the tale of a damsel in distress or a great adventure with a happy ending. Here, Vicki journaled about her silly little princess in a once-upon-a-time style that perfectly captures her daughter's personality.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (purple), SEI (aqua). Patterned paper: SEI. Fonts: Boulevard (script "O") off the Internet, Bookman Old Style (journaling), Times New Roman ("O"). Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas ("silly," "princess"), Making Memories ("lil"). Rub-ons: BasicGrey. Transparency: My Mind's Eye (butterfly). Chalk: Pebbles, Inc. Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts.
Jazz Up Embellishments
Design by Amy Licht
Amy attached 3"-wide flower-shape ribbon to the page with a variety of brads, which made perfect centers for the flowers (you also can use nonseeping, clear-drying ribbon glue to secure it in place). She used a striking portrait at the center of the page and framed it with pretty papers and trims.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Making Memories. Felt ribbon, brads: Queen & Co. Rub-ons: American Crafts.
Share a Father-Daughter Bond
Design by Miley Johnson
Show off the special bond between father and daughter on a layout using stickpins, which are a versatile way to secure small embellishments. On her design, Miley used a large stickpin as part of the title. For a finishing touch, she threaded charms and tiny white tags onto a small stickpin and capped the pin with a small chipboard letter.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (pink swirl), Anna Griffin (green paisley), BasicGrey (stripe), Chatterbox (pink with white circles), A2Z Essentials (orange). Chipboard accents: BasicGrey (hearts), Imagination Project ("girl," circles). Stickers: Paper Fever. Rub-ons: Chatterbox. Ink: Close To My Heart. Fabric label: 7Gypsies. Stickpins: 7Gypsies (long), Heidi Grace Designs (pink). Charms: Michaels. Beads: Westrim Crafts. Wire: Making Memories
Document Favorite Snacks
Design by Angelia Wigginton
Dedicate a page to your girl's favorite treats with a page that makes interesting use of simple staples. Angelia attached her journaling strips using decorative staples and left restful white space so the photo shines.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (orange, stripe), Li'l Davis Designs (blue dots). Chipboard letters, plastic word, rhinestone circle: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: American Crafts (swirls), Karen Russell for Creative Imaginations (quote, "love"). Brads: K&Company. Ribbon: May Arts. Stapler, staples: EK Success.
Design by Janna Wilson
Capture the memories of a young girl's first best bud using a quote about friendship for layout inspiration. Here, Janna played off the "'round and 'round" theme by creating a circular photo collage in Photoshop. She used her sewing machine to add the zigzag stitching along the photo's edge.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop. Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (green), Georgia Pacific (white). Patterned paper: Reminisce. Font: Times. Stickers: Carolee's Creations. Gems: Junkitz. Flowers: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Offray.
Capture a Treasured Toy
Design by Sara Winnick
Whether it's a special stuffed animal or a beloved blankie, pay homage to your girl's favorite companion on a pretty-in-pastels page. Sara made her title with letter stickers, handwrote a journal entry, and added the date on a sticker.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Heidi Grace (floral), Making Memories (ledger). Stickers: Scrapworks (green letters), American Crafts (brown letters), Li'l Davis Designs (label). Plastic flower: Queen & Co. Pen: Staedtler. Brad: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts.
Show Off Soprts Shots
Design by Polly Maly
Just because your daughter loves baseball doesn't mean she isn't a girly-girl! Play up her feminine side by partnering sports shots with pretty flowers. Strips of solid paper blossom when they're stamped, looped, and secured in the center with buttons. Coordinate your stamps with the page by picking an ink color that's used elsewhere on the layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: American Crafts. Ink: Tsukineko. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Document a Daughter's Dreams
Design by Candi Gershon
Every little girl has dreams for her future. Help her remember them later by freezing the moments in time. Here, Candi cut tattoo-like words from patterned paper and emphasized the dream with a distressed font.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, ribbon, transparency: Creative Imaginations. Font: Highlight by Autumn Leaves.
Make a Bright Summer Page
Design by Audrey Neal
For a lighthearted look at your girl's favorite pastime, boost the fun factor by playing with a combination of bright patterned paper against a white background. Here, the colors coordinate perfectly with the hues of the girl's swimsuit.
Tip: Experiment with different photo sizes. By using one large photo with several smaller ones, there's room for more pictures on this layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Paper Studio. Patterned paper: Urban Lily. Transparency: Hambly Studios. Chipboard accents: Urban Lily (circle), Heidi Swapp (letters). Rub-ons: Urban Lily (circle, "100% fun"), Maisy Mo Designs ("in"). Pen: Sakura of America. Brads: Paper Studio. Corner rounder: Creative Memories. Adhesive: Beacon Zip Dry Paper Glue.
Design by Jenna Wilson
To highlight this sweet Valentine's Day layout, Jenna used a full-page chipboard frame, which she painted, stamped, and sanded. The intricate design gives a finished look and the weighty chipboard design holds up well to the multiple techniques.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Times New Roman. Chipboard, stamps: Technique Tuesday.
Design by Heather Melzer
Inspired by her daughter's nickname, Heather created a bird design on this photo using a digital brush. She repeated the design on the graph paper behind the journaling. The result is subtle but totally personalized and fun.
SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro. Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials.
Do a Masking Technique
Design by Cathy Blackstone
Give your cardstock a fun and funky makeover with layers of painted masking tape. A lighter paint color lets the texture show through. After you've painted the tape, lightly rub it with a paper towel to reveal more of the texture.
SOURCES: Font: Love Letter Typewriter (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: 7Gypsies. Paint, metal-rim tag: Making Memories. Chipboard: Autumn Leaves (circles), Fancy Pants Designs (flower).
Let the Photo Dictate the Design
Design by Dana Smith
Hate planning and sketching before you start scrapping? Let your photos serve as inspiration. Here, a plaid pattern incorporates the red, green, and tan in Dana's photos. By angling the photo strip, Dana could make her images larger and give the design an interesting touch.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green), Chatterbox (plaid). Font: Outdoors by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Making Memories (tag), Creative Imaginations (canvas). Ribbon, thread, rickrack: Making Memories. Buttons, rub-on, embroidered accent: Autumn Leaves. Brad: Happy Hammer.
Incorporate a Beloved Doll
Design by Christina Cole
Just as the girls of yesterday hoarded Barbies, scores of today's young women stockpile Bratz dolls. Christina captured her daughters with their dolls to record their passion. Christina made her uber-trendy background by applying graphic rub-ons (see how-to instructions) to plain white cardstock.
SOURCES: Rub-ons: KI Memories, FontWerks, 7Gypsies, Making Memories, Autumn Leaves. Chipboard, tape: Heidi Swapp. Stamps: PSX (journaling), Making Memories (date). Ink: Tsukineko. Silk flowers: Li'l Davis Designs. Plastic flowers: Doodlebug Design. Fabric tabs: Scrapworks.
Use Up Scraps
Design by Candi Gershon
Put scraps to work to create a striped layout that plays off the colors in your photo. Candi aligned diagonal strips of patterned paper and stitched the edges of each strip before adhering. She used rub-ons to spell out the title and printed her journaling in one corner while handwriting additional journaling in the other.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism (pink, blue), Die Cuts with a View (green). Patterned paper: BasicGrey (floral), Anna Griffin (pink swirl, medallion). Font: Century Gothic. Rub-ons: KI Memories.
Finish Off Ribbon Remnants
Design by Amy Howe
Give ribbon scraps new life as a colorful heart on a true-love layout. Pick favorite scraps, trim them, and arrange them on a heart-shape piece of cardstock. Amy used black-and-white photos and a black background to make the heart really pop.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox (black swirls, blue), Autumn Leaves (black, gray), KI Memories (multicolor stripe). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers, rivets: Chatterbox. Ribbon: Li'l Davis Designs (blue dot), Offray (red, black gingham, pink, orange gingham, aqua), May Arts (yellow, purple, green).
Sew a Pretty Page
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Sew directly onto your images to create quick, distinctive borders. Leslie used zigzag stitches for her focal photo and straight stitches for the supporting shots. By choosing white thread, she kept the focus on the photos. She stitched directly onto the photo before adding it to her layout (this saved her from redoing the page if she made a mistake).
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Vellum: Robin's Nest. Font: American Typewriter Condensed off the Internet. Stickers: Autumn Leaves. Metal-rim tags: Making Memories.
Show a Silly Side
Design by Kim Crothers
What started as an attempt to capture her daughter's sweet side turned into giggles and silly faces when Kim realized that Kacy wasn't giving up the rubber frog prop she'd used. Kim was able to complete this page in a flash by using digital elements already rich with texture.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: Journaling Hand. Digital elements: Scrapbook Bytes (background paper), Creative Snaps (pink paper, flower embellishments), The Shabby Shoppe (letter stickers), Scrap Artist (letter brushes).
Make Oversize Accents
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Draw attention to photos of your little girl with large arrow accents made from paper. To prevent her arrow shapes from blending in with the background, Leslie stitched around their edges. She used blue thread to pull in the background colors.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe), Wordsworth (pink with circles), Mustard Moon (pink). Font: Post Master by Autumn Leaves. Brad: Carolee's Creations. Buttons: SEI. Fabric tabs: Scrapworks. Metal slider: American Crafts. Photo turn: 7Gypsies.
Show Off Fun Fashion
Design by Christina Cole
Even a trip to the local mall can inspire a fun layout about your daughter. The colorful flowers on a store wall inspired Christina to create a large floral piece for this layout. She duplicated the shape of the flower with strips of patterned paper and layered circles. Her white background allows both the photo and flower to make an impact, but she gave her photo priority by layering it on top.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox (orange with white flowers, plaid, brown), SEI (pink with dots), Scenic Route Paper Co. (pink with script, orange stripe), BasicGrey (orange distressed), Scrapbook Wizard (pink harlequin). Font: Eyewitness by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Provo Craft. Brads: Creative Impressions. Paper flowers: Prima. Fabric tabs: Scrapworks. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix.
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