Design with Theme Scrapbook Supplies
Design by Shannon Tidwell
Seasonal scrapbooking supplies can be versatile. The green and purple in these Halloween-theme products can easily translate to everyday pages.
Editor's Tip: Scour scrapbooking stores after a holiday or season ends. Seasonal supplies will likely be on sale, and you can stock up for next year or use the accents on everyday pages.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: K&Company (green stripe), KI Memories (multicolor stripe), Pink Paislee (turquoise). Decorative paper: Making Memories (glittered black). Stickers: American Crafts ("2"), Doodlebug Design (black letters, turquoise letters), Heidi Grace Designs (polka-dot letters), K&Company (owl, "spooky"), Luxe Designs (labels). Brads: Making Memories. Pen: American Crafts. Buttons: K&Company.
Use Black-and-White Photos on a Teen Page
Design by Karen Chrisman
Pair funky teen scrapbooking supplies with black-and-white photos to make your snapshots pop. Use notebook paper and doodled accents to add to the youthful look.
Editor's Tip: Try a digital page template for easy scrapbooking. Your teen may even get into the computer-based scrapping!
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Fonts: Pea Katie Jo (journaling), Chunk Type (date) off the Internet. Digital elements: Single Recipe 1 (template, yarn, acrylic circles), Rough Guy kit (patterned paper, bow, staple) by Camila Designs, Chemistry 1010 kit (notebook paper), Teastained Alpha (letters), Mixed Media kit (crow, compass), Vivifying kit (doodled dots) by Lynne-Marie Designs.
Introduce Symbols and Icons to Layouts
Design by Shannon Zickel
Let pictogram scrapbooking supplies lead the way when you're not feeling creative. They're easy accents for any page theme.
Editor's Tip: Arrows are the most versatile sign-inspired elements. Use them to point to important elements, such as photos.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (red circle), American Crafts (arrows, dots), Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid). Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Rub-ons, foam accent, metal accent, pen: American Crafts. Stamp: Autumn Leaves. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.
Create a Balanced Scrapbook Page Design
Design by Erin Roe
Balance hard edges and soft details. On this scrapbook page, rounded corners and circular paper patterns subdue straight lines, and script journaling contrasts a bold title.
Editor's Tip: Journal on two sides of a scrapbook layout. Create two perpendicular text blocks and experiment until the text matches up.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design (stars), Scenic Route Paper Co. (dots, circles), KI Memories (blocks). Font: Lauren Script of the Internet. Chipboard accents: Making Memories (stars), Heidi Swapp (letters).
Scrapbook Photos in a Collage Template
Design by Michelle Rubin
Use cleverly shaped collages to create theme pages. This road sign collage showcases photos of a favorite car.
Editor's Tip: Let the creative shape and photos take center stage. Keep all other embellishments to a minimum.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Sassafras (border). Gems: K&Company. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 414.
Scrapbook Photos of Dad
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Use masculine details, such as metal embellishments, buttons, and distressed papers, to create a scrapbook page about Dad.
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 photo shoot!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Adornit-Carolee's Creations (brown), BasicGrey (stripe), Hero Arts (note card, blue), KI Memories (stars). Fonts: 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.
Create an All-Boy Layout
Design by Erin Roe
Use bold colors to showcase an adventurous and playful boy. Match the color scheme to your photos for continuity.
Editor's Tip: Group photos and journaling to create a powerful focal point.
SOURCES: Kit: Scrappy Cake "All Boy" collection. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Modern No. 20 off the Internet. Chipboard accent: Heidi Grace Designs. Acrylic paint: Plaid.
Showcase Colorful Scrapbooking Accents
Design by Kelly Noel
Black scrapbook page backgrounds are perfect for otherwise bright designs. The dark background makes colorful embellishments pop.
Editor's Tip: Don't be afraid to use a little bling on a guy page! The glittered star adds a bit of shine to this layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (orange), Making Memories (shaped polka dot), Heidi Grace Designs (circle polka dot). Font: Garamond. Stickers, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (star), American Crafts (letters). Rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs. Brads, photo corner: American Crafts. Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Use Floral Accents on a Boy Page
Design by Laina Lamb
Flowers can be great for boy pages. The flowers on this layout (created from felt accents, buttons, and stitching) add to the happy, whimsical feel of the scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: If your chipboard letters are the wrong color, tear off the top layer of the letters, ink the raw chipboard and cover them with dimensional adhesive for a glossy finish. You also can re-cover the letters with patterned paper.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket. Die cut: QuicKutz. Chipboard accents: American Crafts ("happy boy"), BasicGrey ("He is a very"). Buttons: 3 Birds (orange), Chatterbox (blue), Making Memories (green epoxy). Ribbon: American Crafts (yellow, pink), KI Memories (green). Felt accents: Creative Imaginations ("laugh," green flower, orange flower), Fancy Pants Designs (pink flower). Floss: DMC Corp. Ink: Tsukineko. Adhesive: Ranger Industries.
Craft an Easy Boy Scrapbook Page
Design by Leanne Stamatellos
Minimal pattern and a monochromatic color scheme create a graphic look on this simple scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Use a bracket to bridge the gap between photos and your title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Kartika off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (bracket), Making Memories (letters). Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints. Brad, grommet: Making Memories.
Use a Word Search as a Title
Design by Katrina Simeck
Create a word search puzzle out of letter stickers. Different-color letters make the title words easy to read and are circled with a pen to fit the scrapbook page theme.
Editor's Tip: Use notebook-style patterned paper to keep your letters straight.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: October Afternoon (red), Scenic Route Paper Co. (lined). Die cut: October Afternoon. Stickers, brads, pens: American Crafts. Chipboard accent: Scenic Route Paper Co.
Create a Wide Journaling Block
Design by Lydia Jackson
Describe a special moment in journaling that spans an entire scrapbook page. If you don't have a large-format printer to print the journaling directly on a 12x12" page, format your document to landscape mode and print your journaling on an 8-1/2x11" sheet.
Editor's Tip: To create the whimsical tree, die-cut a large circle and add a variety of smaller circles punched from patterned paper. Draw the trunk on the back of brown paper and hand-cut it.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (green), My Mind's Eye (brown). Font: Trebuchet by Microsoft. Stickers: Adornit-Carolee's Creations. Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Ribbon: American Crafts (leaf), Bazzill Basics paper (stitched kraft). Stamp: Gel-a-tins. Ink: VersaColor by Tsukineko. Punch: EK Success. Thread: Trident Thread. Die-cutting tool: Klic n Kut.
Incorporate the Negative Space from Chipboard Accents
Design by Sarah Hodgkinson
Turn the negative space (the area left behind) from used chipboard accents into a frame for journaling.
Editor's Tip: Place scrapbooking elements in a visual triangle, as was done here with the title, circle, and chipboard negative. When positioned in the center, the design technique becomes a strong focal point.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Another Typewriter off the Internet. Ink: Storage Units Ink.
Design a Comic Book-Theme Scrapbook Page
Design by Leah Fung
Incorporate subjects' interests in the scrapbook page. This layout has a comic book feel to include one of the boys' favorite pastimes.
Editor's Tip: To make word bubbles, add text in a whimsical font to digital bubbles, then print and cut out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, white), The Paper Co. (black, green). Patterned paper: Sassafras. Fonts: Pharmacy (title, "W"), Crazy Girlz Blond BTN (text in bubbles) off the Internet, Arial (subtitle, journaling). Brad, metal clip: We R Memory Keepers. Staple: Office Depot. Button, thread: Jo-Ann Stores. Software, digital elements: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.
Use Traditional Boy Colors
Design by Lisa McGarvey
Build a boy scrapbook page on a traditional blue background. Work in bold orange accents to frame the title and photo.
Editor's Tip: Convert a photo to black-and-white if it doesn't match the color scheme you've chosen.
SOURCES: Scrapbook kit: Pebbles, Inc. "Loverly." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Pen: American Crafts. Embroidery floss: DMC corp. Greeting card: Quotable Cards.
Scrapbook Photos in a Grid
Design by Sarah Klemish
Piece four patterned-paper squares to make a background, and group four photos in the same manner for a clean, organized look.
Editor's Tip: Place the photo grouping off-center to avoid a completely symmetrical scrapbook page design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (scalloped), Sassafras (all other). Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("frolics"), Making Memories (all other). Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success. Flower accents: Sassafrass. Thread: Jo-Ann Stores.
Design a Scrapbook Page Around Numbers
Design by Jen Lessinger
Try a "by the numbers" journaling approach to record details about your relationship with your significant other.
Editor's Tip: Highlight details with small letter stickers. Arrange stickers on black circles to make placement around certain numbers a snap.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, bingo card: Jenni Bowlin studio. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design (hearts), Jenni Bowlin Studio (letters). Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Scrapbook Closeup Photos
Design by Vicki Boutin
Chose uncluttered, closeup portraits of your subjects to keep photos the focus of your page, even when paired with bold accents.
Editor's Tip: To create a tree like the one on this page, punch, stamp, and layer patterned-paper circles.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: EK Success. Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (letters), Sassafras (mushrooms). Stamps: Gel-a-tins (circles), Sandylion Sticker Designs (stitching). Ink: Ranger Industries.
Have Your Subject Journal on a Page
Design by Jen Lessinger
Construct a scrapbook page about a father. Add a large circle to ground photos around your focal point.
Editor's Tip: Record your subject's thoughts. Have him write the journaling. If he's a reluctant journaler or has a lot to say, hide the journaling on a pull tab behind the layout design.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Digital elements: Oh Say can You See kit (paper, ribbon, stars, tag) by Dana Zarling, Hipster Plumes MegaPack No. 1 (swirls) by Anna Aspnes. Fonts: Felix Titling (title), Howie's Funhouse (journaling) off the Internet.
Journal in List Format on a Layout
Design by Terri Davenport
Create a list of ways your life has changed because of a boy or group of boys. Split a layout in half, showcasing subjects on one side and journaling on the other.
Editor's Tip: Break the rectangular mold and house pictures in round photo frames.
SOURCES: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Bookman Old Style (green journaling), Times New Roman (brown journaling). Digital elements: Safari Summer Solids (green paper, white paper), Tribal Bands Brushes N Stamps (green swirls), Hear it for the Boys kit (stitched ribbon) by Jesse Edwards; Orange Orange Paper Pack (orange paper), Photoclusters No. 06 (photo frames) by Katie Pertiet; Battered Alphabet (title) by Lynn Grieveson; Work Hard Play Hard (stars inside frames) by Anna Aspnes; Staple Its (staples) by Pattie Knox.
Create an Easy Multiphoto Scrapbook Page
Design by Dawn Hagewood
Design a scrapbooking page to showcase your subject's character. Capture the essence of your subject with multiple candid photos.
Editor's Tip: Make scrapbooking easy. Create a color scheme based on the colors in your photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: You've Got Mail off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Bazzill Basics Paper (letters), Scenic Route Paper Co. (shapes).
Scrapbook Photos Around a Journaling Block
Design by Sande Krieger
Build your layout around a journaling block when the event described is most important.
Editor's Tip: Include lots of detail shots to make sure every element of the story is represented.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (yellow, large orange dot), My Mind's Eye (small orange dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (yellow dot, red). Font: Plantagenet Cherokee off the Internet. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design (capitals), American Crafts (lowercase). Chipboard accent: K&Company. Stamps: 7Gypsies (observation, notes), Autumn Leaves (all other). Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko.
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