Be inspired by the most spoiled members of your family -- your pets!
Design by Janna Wilson
Put the focus of your page on the bond between your pet and his favorite human. A vertical title placement enabled Janna Wilson to get several photos on her page. Two horizontal photo strips bracket one full-size focal-point photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts: October Afternoon. Chipboard accents: Heidi Grace Designs (heart), Heidi Swapp (letters). Gems: Westrim. Punches: Carl Manufacturing.
Design by Irma Gabbard
Irma Gabbard started with the same template design as Janna but gave it a quick 90-degree turn for a different look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (orange), Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue). Font: Plain Jane by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: American Crafts (blue letters, asterisks), Making Memories (small letters, "cutie"). Rub-ons: 7Gypsies.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Take inspiration from your pictures. Here the title is spelled in felt letters as a play on the "fuzzy" theme, and accents are trimmed from a sheet of patterned paper and placed in metal-rim tags for inexpensive homemade embellishments.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: American Crafts (brown), Die Cuts With A View (paw prints, heart). Font: SP Chi Town off the Internet. Rub-ons: American Crafts ("our," "friend"), Autumn Leaves (stitching). Ribbon: American Crafts. Tags: Making Memories. Punches: Marvy Uchida (large circle), EK Success (small circle). Adhesive: All Night Media.
Design by Johanna Peterson
Johanna Peterson's take on Erin's page swaps paw prints for spider accents made from metal-rim tags and pipe cleaners.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (black, small pink polka dot), Doodlebug Design (large pink polka dot). Font: Candara off the Internet. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design. Punches: EK Success. Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz. Tag maker, tags: Making Memories.
Design by Jen Lessinger
Fashion paw prints to lead the eye to an important part of your page, such as the journaling. Here, Jen Lessinger's journaling tells the story of the dog's history.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white, orange, brown), Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft). Patterned paper: Carolee's Creations (brown), Little Yellow Bicycle (orange). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs ("with"), Scrapworks ("fur"), SEI ("family"). Yarn: Reynolds. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Polly Maly
Adapt a design you like to better suit your needs. Polly Maly rotated the original layout 90 degrees and added three supporting photos to better tell her story.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, black), American Crafts (gold). Patterned paper, stickers: American Crafts. Font: Century Gothic. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Lisa Storms
Try techniques that help tell your story. Torn and crumpled strips of paper that appear to have bites taken out of them (courtesy of a scallop punch) make a backdrop for this naughty-puppy page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (brown, orange/pink blend), My Mind's Eye (medium pink, dark pink), Fancy Pants Designs (orange diamond, yellow dot), SEI (coral damask), Pebbles, Inc. (orange houndstooth), BasicGrey (purple). Font: Rockwell. Chipboard accents: KI Memories. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Michelle Rubin
A puppy page becomes a fish page with a wave-pattern background, bowl-esque die-cut paper, and clear buttons for air bubbles.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: American Crafts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Gems: Fiskars.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Make room for lots of photos that capture your pet's essence by designing a grid. The extra spaces in the grid house accents, patterned paper, the title, and journaling. Thin borders keep similar photos from blending together.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (white with cats), BoBunny Press (all other). Brad: Around the Block. Chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle. Ink: Autumn Leaves. Pen: American Crafts. Digital elements: File Folder Labels Clean and Grungy by Katie Pertiet.
Design by Candi Gershon
In addition to flipping the design and modifying spaces to fit her photos, Candi Gershon included info on bearded dragons that she found on the Web.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Digital elements: Going Away kit (yarn tie, title letters) by Katie Pertiet, Just Sayin' collection (stitched tag with staple) by Lynn Grieveson, Lost at Sea collection (paper) by Jessie Edwards, Snippets Felt Heart collection 1 (heart). Font: AL Hurried Note by Autumn Leaves.
Design by Lisa Storms
An inexpensive 4x6" frame is the starting point for this adorable doghouse-theme frame. Two hearts and a rectangle team up to form the dog bone nameplate.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green), My Mind's Eye (pink, orange). Stickers: American Crafts (letters). Brad: Creative Impressions. Punch: Fiskars (heart).
Design by Susan Weinroth
Be inspired by the most spoiled members of your family -- your pets! Susan couldn't resist snapping a few shots of her pup hanging out with his best doggy friend. The bright colors of the punches on the black background were so vivid that she pulled them into her journaling as well.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: American Crafts. Font: Century Gothic. Brads, photo turns: Queen & Co.
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Renee's son discovered a hoppy little toad, and she couldn't say no to "Can I keep it?" Instead of cramming the extreme close-up of her son onto the page, Renee ignored the boundaries and let the high-detail image run over the edges.
SOURCES: Cardstock, clips: Provo Craft. Patterned paper, woven label, acrylic circles: Junkitz. Font: Kid by Provo Craft. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix. Acrylic paint: Delta.
Design by Cynthia Baula
A close-up of your pet's whiskery face is the perfect display of his or her personality. Cynthia mocks Ozzie's innocent mug in her title and journaling, and a smaller image and die cut adorn this simple layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, National Cardstock. Font: Zurich downloaded off the Internet. Die cut, die-cutting tool: QuicKutz. Punches: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy's cat, Snickle, loves sitting on bales of hay, especially when they're in his favorite spot on the front porch. To dress up the layout, Tracy wove cardstock strips and embellished with buttons to add dimension.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View. Font: Times New Roman. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Pressed Petals. Cat brad: Around the Block.
Design by Lee Anne Russell
The best part about Lee Anne's schnauzer, Patsy, is also the worst: She's infamous for her kisses and for her bad breath! Lee Anne caught her daughter on the receiving end of Patsy's affection and then grouped the photos with yellow flower accents.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox (floral), Karen Foster Design (blue), KI Memories (polka dot). Font: Tahoma downloaded off the Internet. Rub-ons: Making Memories (blue), Scrapworks (yellow), Heart eyelets, fabric letters, paper flowers: Making Memories. Buttons: Junkitz. Floss: DMC Corp. Metal frames: Scrapworks. Punches: Punch Bunch (large flower), Family Treasures (small flower).
Design by Marla Kress
Marla's parrot, Louie, has a vocabulary that ranges from rude noises to greetings in several different voices, which makes for interesting conversation when company is around. Marla recorded some of Louie's less offensive phrases on the bottom of the page and then detailed his skills and habits in strip-style journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Papyrus by Microsoft. Stickers: American Crafts. Silk flowers, pom-pom trim: Michaels. Flat-top brads: Making Memories.
Design by Leah Fung
Commemorating the retirement of her family's beloved show dog, Leah highlights the page with casual shots of Derby, including one photo from his show-dog days. Simple, classic gingham paper gives the page a relaxed feel. For an accent, Leah turned a die-cut tag into a dog tag by adding a chain.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company (denim), Chatterbox (gingham, green). Font: Chocolate Box (caption), Black Jack ("Kentucky Derby") downloaded off the Internet, Arial (journaling), Times New Roman ("Kobu's"). Tag, photo corners, rub-ons: Chatterbox. Eyelet: Making Memories.
Design by Melanie Bauer
Melanie was in for a surprise when her $1.50 goldfish, Charlie, turned out to have more personality than she bargained for. After teasing the cat, splashing water, and threatening to jump out of his tank, Charlie was given the nickname "Cat Bait." Melanie matched circle-print paper to Charlie's colors and used round paper letters and a cardstock circle to complete the theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Stickers: Mustard Moon. Rubber stamps: PSX. Paper letters: Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Scrapworks. Woven tag: Li'l Davis Designs.
Design by Nikki Krueger
Brittney, a puppy abandoned in a cornfield, got her new start with Nikki's family by going home in a tomato box. To match with Brittney's history, Nikki chose vegetable-label pattern paper and a hand-cut title to document the pup's beginnings.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow, green), Chatterbox (red). Patterned paper: K&Company (vegetable), Pebbles Inc. (wood grain). Font: Arial Narrow. Rubber stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary. Ink: Rubber Stampede. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Dana Smith
Dana didn't want to miss a minute of her son's trip to the pet store to get his first hamster, so when she wound up with so many shots, she stretched the layout to two pages. Horizontal lines of patterned paper and ribbon unite the design, and Dana gave balance to the layout by enlarging two images on opposite pages and mounting them on black cardstock.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons, molding, tacks, die cut: Chatterbox. Font: Brushfire by Chatterbox. Stickers: KI Memories. Letters stamps, ribbon: Making Memories.
Design by Cynthia Coulon
When Cynthia discovered that her horses had the personalities of oversize Golden Retrievers, she documented them soaking up some human love with her daughter. Two large background circles tie the two pages together with the shape repeated in detail shots, and paw print embellishments continue the analogy.
SOURCES: Font: Depressionist Three (distressed) downloaded off the Internet, Century Gothic (all other). Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi's daughter has a habit of tackling the neighbor's dog with huge hugs. Candi captured a step-by-step sequence of her daughter's hug and then layered paper and added a stacked flower with a dog-tag sticker to add dimension to the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design (words), 7Gypsies (floral, brown). Font: Revive downloaded off the Internet. Stickers: Scrapworks. Button: Junkitz.
Design by Angelia Wigginton
Who can resist a cute daughter and a new kitten? Angelia took the pair's picture and chose subdued patterned papers in tones that highlighted her daughter's shirt and hair. To make her title, Angelia combined a printed slide mount, metal letters, and a die-cut tag.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, tag: BasicGrey. Transparency: K&Company. Font: GF Halda Normal downloaded off the Internet. Rubber stamps: PSX. Ribbon: K&Company (stitched), May Arts (sheer dot). Buttons: Junkitz. Label holder, metal letters, brads: Making Memories. Slide mount: Creative Imaginations.
Design by Kathleen Paneitz
Inspired by her growing folder of vet records after a year of having her dog, Kathleen created a pocket in her layout to stash vet memorabilia and journaling. She also created her own stencil letter using an old lettering template and filled in the outline with chalk.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: The Paper Loft. Font: Age Old Love (journaling) by Autumn Leaves, High Tide (stencil text) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Lettering template: Blockhead by Scrap Pagerz. Rectangle Coluzzle template: Provo Craft. Sticker: The Artistic Scrapper for Creative Imaginations. Color staples, rubber sticker: Making Memories. Rub-on letters: KI Memories. Chalk: Craf-T Products.
Design by Lori Bergmann
Even when they have the run of the front yard, Lori's two rabbits, Snickers and Pudding, love to snuggle together. To mimic the look of broken mosaic tiles, Lori randomly cut up partially cured sheets of tinted epoxy to make a heart accent and border design. She repeated the motif by using a textured block stamp behind the title.
SOURCES: Fonts: Chaparelle Pro (main text), Pharmacy (date). Rubber stamps: Sunday International (title), Delta (block background). Ink: Clearsnap. Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations. Epoxy products, dyes: Environmental Technology Inc. Adhesive: Aleene's Platinum Bond Glass & Bead Adhesive by Duncan Enterprises.