Cut Out Waves
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy zoomed in tight to capture these crab-hunting shots. She trimmed along the wavy lines of the patterned vellum to make a 3"-wide piece and then used it as a pattern to make the yellow wave. She placed the two color photos in opposite corners, tucking the top one under the yellow wave and the bottom one under the vellum wave.
SOURCES: Vellum: KI Memories. Rub-ons: ChartPak. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Wood accents: Walnut Hollow.
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Design by Katie Nugent
Katie documented an experience with some feisty goats at the zoo by using the language and style found in film and music reviews. Putting a tongue-in-cheek spin on things, she recounted the event as if it were a horror movie. She even gave the adventure a PG-13 rating and declared it a four-star occasion.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Arial. Stickers: Arctic Frog. Chipboard: Chatterbox (letters), Deluxe Designs (bracket). Plastic letters: Heidi Swapp. Acrylic paint: Making Memories.
Fix Stamping Blunders
Design by Candi Gershon
For this two-page layout about a safari trip that her family took, Candi meant to stamp thought bubbles directly on her background paper so the animals appeared to be talking. When she overstamped the edges of the thought bubble, she remedied the situation by stamping on white cardstock and placing it over the blunder. Avoid this snafu by applying even pressure and avoiding rocking the stamp.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Stickers: Junkitz. Stamps: KI Memories. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko (dark blue), KI Memories (all other). Pen: American Crafts.
Lighten a Background
Design by Susan Cyrus
Susan added impact to already stellar photos by using level adjustments to lighten the backgrounds in this digital layout, leaving the focus squarely on her son's new friend. This technique works most effectively on photographs that already have a fairly light background. Use the Eraser tool to clean up the transition between the subject and the new background.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Fonts: Minion ("the true story"), Dymo ("of the") off the Internet. Digital elements: Circle of Friends kit (striped paper), Book Bag Essentials kit (binder clip, cardboard, ink splatter), Hello Chickee kit (alphabet) from Designer Digitals; Space Boy kit by Shabby Princess (stitching) from the Shabby Shoppe; Blaire's Borders V.2 (overlay) by Blaire Banks.
Design by Candi Gershon
For this layout Candi scanned the SeaWorld map and printed it onto a 12x12" sheet of textured cardstock, adjusting the intensity of the colors to make the image softer. She matted and hinged a photo of her son watching dolphins and used sticker numbers to label each of the images on the opposite page. She contained her journaling, captions, and original park tickets beneath the main photo.
SOURCES: Font: PegsannaHMK off the Internet. Stickers: Kopp Design. Ribbon photo corners, photo flips: Making Memories.
Shoot Their Habitat
Design by Dana Smith
Paper and silk flowers just wouldn't cut it on this fierce page. To create a flower accent that corresponded with her page's natural feel, Dana took pictures of real flowers that she saw on her vacation. She trimmed around the petals to make bulk-free embellishments.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, tag, nailheads, photo corner, rub-ons, envelope: Chatterbox. Font: Old Remington by Autumn Leaves. Stamps, acrylic paint: Making Memories.
Hand-Cut a Title
Design by Amber Ries
Amber used a craft knife to cut out individual letters from a thick sans serif font and a more stylized script to create her title. She also cut out the brackets and the "Z." If hand-cutting isn't your style, you can achieve a similar look with a die-cutting tool.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Michaels (journaling), Haettenschweiler (sans serif), Arcana Manuscript (script) off the Internet.
Repeat One Color
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi designed a monochromatic background with various scraps of green patterned paper. She staggered the pieces on her page to create vertical rows. To help make the photos of her kids and Spike the grasshopper stand out against the busy paper, she double-matted the photo block and placed it on adhesive foam.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (green), Bazzill Basics Paper (brown). Patterned paper: Chatterbox (polka dot, paisley, plaid, green motif), Scenic Route Paper Co. (circles, floral with blue, tiny dots, graph), Autumn Leaves (leaves). Transparency: 3M. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: BasicGrey. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Brads: Junkitz. Circle cutter: Creative Memories.
Quote a Song
Design by Lisa Storms
For this layout about Grandma's farm and her friendly donkey, Lisa played off the lyrics of "Old McDonald's Farm" for her title. She created five small squares with rounded corners from patterned paper and photos and added one letter in each block to spell "E-I-E-I-O."
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (brown), SEI (dots), Daisy D's Paper Co., (red). Font: Calisto ("buckwheat") off the Internet, Century gothic (all other). Stickers: Chatterbox. Corner rounder: EK Success.
Use a Dingbat Accent
Design by Nikki Krueger
For an inexpensive insect accent, look to your simple font dingbats. Nikki enlarged a large butterfly icon and printed it in reverse on red patterned paper before trimming. The white and purple areas on the wings were cut and layered on top of the base shape to add dimension.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Arctic Frog (purple), Daisy D's Paper Co. (red). Fonts: Kristen (journaling) by ITC, Butterflies (dingbat) and Chocolate Drops (title) off the Internet. Stamp: Eat Cake Graphics. Ribbon: Making Memories. Punch: EK Success.
Stitch Paper Seams
Design by Brenda Mae-Teo
For a homespun look, sew together paper blocks as you would fabric. Brenda started with an 11x9-1/2" rectangle of white cardstock with her journaling printed on the right side. She attached green floral and green striped paper with zigzag stitching to expand the page to 12x12".
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Century Gothic (journaling, "at the," date), NimbusSAnTConBold ("busy day," "zoo") off the Internet.
Dry-Emboss for Texture
Design by Kimberly Owens
To give this all-about-ducks page a dimensional look, Kimberly tucked dry-embossed cardstock flowers behind a slide mount. To craft the title, she strung wire with letter beads, wrapped the ends around another slide mount, and wrote the rest of the title on a scrap.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Embossed paper: The Jennifer Collection. Font: Times New Roman. Brads: Making Memories. Beads: Impress Rubber Stamps. Slide mounts: Magic Scraps.
Stencil with Puffy Paint
Design by Patricia Anderson
Patricia created circles, swirls, and bug accents from stencils and puffy paint. Hold each stencil flat and tight to prevent smudges. Trace along the inside edge with the tip of the puffy paint bottle first. Then remove the stencil and fill in the center.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green), Karen Foster Design (yellow). Transparency: Apollo. Fonts: Airboy ("worms") off the Internet, Uncle Charles from Autumn Leaves (all other). Stickers: K&Company. Stencils: Delta Crafts (bugs), Plaid (circles), Fancy Pants Designs (swirls). Puffy paints: Crayola (black), Duncan (all other). Buttons: Making Memories.
Create Your Own Paper
Design by Christina Cole
To punch up her farm field-trip photos, Christina added a strip of multicolor patterned paper under her photo bar and also placed colorful dots of punched paper at the top of her page. She created her own floral-pattern paper using a dingbat font she downloaded off the Internet.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Font: SF Heather (journaling) off the Internet, Flower Garden (dingbats) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons: Scrapworks (title), KI Memories (pink numbers, flowers). Ink: Tsukineko. Punch: Fiskars.
Crop Circular Shots
Design by Melissa Inman
To capture her family's farm experience, Melissa snapped shots of the animals, the produce, and her kids discovering it all. She cropped the photos into circles and placed each caption on a curve for this two-page digital spread.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Font: Serenade by Autumn Leaves. Digital elements: Heather Ann Designs.
Design by Leah Fung
Natural materials, such as woven mats, boost texture but not bulk. The light yellow shade makes the blue water from Leah's aquarium photos pop. To streamline the design, she printed captions directly on the photos. You could even use the woven pattern to cross-stitch a design into the background.
SOURCES: Woven mat: Be Unique. Font: Arial. Eyelets: Making Memories. Staples: Office Depot. Seashells: U.S. Shell. Thread: Coats and Clark. Fibers: Michaels. Computer-editing software: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe. Design: Leah Fung.
Watch for Readability
Design by Shannon Landen
To lead the eye from the layout's main photo to the page title, Shannon overlapped some of the words onto the image so they framed the fish. Shannon printed the story of her daughter's first catch in a sans serif font on a subtle patterned paper to make it easy to read.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Scrap Cursive (title) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Paint: Delta. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Embellish with Care
Design by Cathy Blackstone
Cathy had a number of photos from the day her son went fishing but selected one with a smile and eye contact as her focal photo. She surrounded the main image with several shots of her son holding various sea creatures and supported the theme with ocean-inspired icons punched from cardstock.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Dirt off the Internet. Rub-on: Carolee's Creation. Metal-rim tag: K&Company. Metal index tags, brads: 7Gypsies. Punches: EK Success.
Sew up the Details
Design by Candi Gershon
For this hybrid layout, Candi configured her photos in her image-editing software, leaving a large block for a patterned-paper block. Although the spiderweb paper was meant for Halloween, it coordinated well with her non-Halloween layout. To give the layout texture, she used embroidery floss to stitch along the spiderweb.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Fonts: Scratched (title) by Autumn Leaves, Century Gothic (journaling).
Create Paper by Scanning
Design by Sande Krieger
To preserve memories of the pigeons in Venice, Sande gave her photo a colorful background. She attached canceled stamps to a piece of paper, scanned them, and duplicated the image until she was able to fill the space. For the words "San Marco," Sande typed an outline font over the stamp background, printed the page, and cut out the letters.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS. Patterned paper, ribbon: Scenic Route Paper Co. Hinges, latch: The Weathered Door.
Frame the Focal Point
Design by Dana Smith
Sometimes little creatures need special attention. Dana used a film-strip effect to showcase the photos leading up to her son's "big" catch and enlarged the final photo. To make the tiny fish more noticeable on the page, she added a wood frame, positioning it so the fish was centered in the opening.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, wood frame, tag, ribbon, tacks, rub-ons: Chatterbox. Font: Jane's Neighborhood by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Mustard Moon. Corner rounder: EK Success.
Design by Shannon Tidwell
Summer often inspires bright colors in a rainbow of shades, but in this crawfish layout, Shannon trumped expectations by using an unseasonable grouping of reds and greens. The Christmaslike colors match perfectly with the green grass and the red crawfish, and a white canvas envelope houses her journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cross My Heart. Rub-ons, canvas strips and pocket, safety pins: Li'l Davis Designs. Green twill tape: Lavish Lines. Metal button: 7Gypsies.
Design by Jennifer Pebbles
The title of a layout can stand out more if it's actually behind elements in the photo. Jennifer used the polygonal Lasso tool in Adobe Photoshop CS2 to cut around the foreground subject of her photo and make it a new layer. She placed a new layer for text between the extracted foreground layer and the main photo layer. To give the top layer depth, she added a drop shadow. To add personal flair to the page, she designed her own red digital polka-dot paper.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Nashville (title) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Digital elements: Wild West kit (background paper), Grungy Boy (overlay, cardboard), Star Bazar (paper flowers, metal brad) all from Scrap Artist, Botanical Shadows (brushes) by Jen Wilson Designs, Glitter Stars (star elements) from Digital Design Essentials.
Fashion a Flip-Up Book
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi's son was making friends with a new insect every week, so she starting snapping photos of some of his favorites. Since she wanted to include them all on the same layout, she created a flip-up book by matting five photos with cardstock and including printed info on the back of each mat. Photo flips connect the photos to one another and create the flip-up effect.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Far and Away (brown), Hot off the Press (stripes). Font: Messenger by Autumn Leaves. Photo flips: Destination Stickers. Stamps: PSX. Ink: Ranger Industries. Fabric letters: Making Memories. Tag: Creative Imaginations. Brad: Lasting Impressions. Photo anchors: K&Company.
Journal on the Edge
Design by Traci Turchin
This lion statue was far from ferocious, but Traci wanted to capture the baby's fascination with the fountain in her digital layout. She centered the large photo on the page while still leaving room for journaling by formatting the text as a photo border.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop. Font: Crumbly Gingersnap by Two Peas in a Bucket.
Add Texture by Crumpling
Design by Shannon Landen
Shannon wasn't planning on getting this beautiful butterfly on film, but it appeared when she was snapping shots of her garden. She made the textured accent strips on this layout by crumpling border stickers before adhering them to the page. As she applied them to her layout, she intentionally pinched and crunched them again to create the interesting raised texture.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company. Font: Times New Roman. Vellum: K&Company (flocked), The Paper Company (all other). Stickers: K&Company (border, butterfly, "B"), Wordsworth (letters).
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