Scrapbook the spontaneity and excitement family and friends share with these great inspirational layouts and pages.
Design by Kim Crothers
Inspired by a poster she saw in a bath store, Kim scrapbooked photos of her children in the bathtub. She used digital elements, overlapped transparent circles, and used various opacities to create her "bubbly" page.
Editor's Tip: Carry your camera (or use your camera phone) to shoot inspiration when you see it. Kim got a shot of the bath-store poster, so she referred to it when she created her scrapbook layout.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: FGJasmine2 off the Internet. Digital elements: Citrus Sea Paper Pack (paper) and ThinkInk (paint) by Kim Crothers, Shmootzy 4 Alphas (letters) by Nancie Rowe-Janitz, Ultimate Stitches -- Circles Vol. 1 (stitches) by Lisa Whitney.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica kept her everyday scrapbook page simple with a subdued color scheme and minimal embellishments. She varied the focus of her photos for interest, then added dimension with brads and a photo turn.
Editor's Tip: Take atypical photos to pump up everyday pages. Erica zoomed in on her son's hands to create an interesting focal point on her layout. She matted supporting photos to make them stand out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Melissa Frances. Stickers: Creative Imaginations. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Photo turn, brad: 7Gypsies. Word charm: Li'l Davis Designs. Stamps: PSX. Ink: Clearsnap.
Design by Jlyne Hanback
Jlyne created her own rub-on to complement a specific design. She sprayed matte finish protectant over a transparency, let it dry, then printed her heart images on the sprayed side. After the transparency dried, Jlyne positioned her design on her page and applied with a crafts stick.
Editor's Tip: Remember that the printed image will be flipped when applied to a scrapbook page. Select Mirror Image in your printer settings before printing.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: dingbat (heart) by Chatterbox. Die cuts: Heidi Grace. Pen: Zig Millennium. Button: FoofaLa. Chipboard: Junkitz (black tiles), Chatterbox (orange letters). Jewels: Chatterbox.
Design by Kim Crothers
Kim rounded corners and played up a soft spring palette to create this girly digital scrapbook page. She incorporated her photos and color scheme to add decorative detail to the title.
Editor's Tip: Use the empty space in large photos as a background for your title. To let her photo show through, Kim set her title layer to zero opacity and added a drop shadow.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Impact ("scooter"), FGJasmine2 ("girl," journaling) off the Internet, Arial ("kc"). Digital elements: Girls kit (dotted paper, green paper, buttons) by Graziella Mendes; blue paper by Kim Crothers.
Design by Candace Leonard
Candace displayed beautiful photography in a two-page scrapbook design. Leftover strips of cardstock and photo corners combine to form arrows that direct the reader to her title and smaller photos on the right-hand page.
Editor's Tip: Vary the angle of snapshots to create interest. Candace photographed her subject from above.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (blue, green), BasicGrey (brown). Font: Worn Machine by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: KI Memories (photo corners, circle), American Crafts (brackets), 7Gypsies (word strips). Acrylic accent, letters: KI Memories. Plastic letters: Heidi Swapp. Stamps: Postmodern Design ("a"), Making Memories ("2005"). Circle cutter: Creative Memories.
Design by Cindy Tobey
Cindy turned photos of her kids waiting in the doctor's office into a bold, exciting scrapbook page. She used patterned paper, plastic letters, and ribbon to give it punch. She punctuated the photos with machine stitching, which adds definition and injects whimsy into the overall look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accent, felt: CherryArte. Font: Century Schoolbook. Stickers: American Crafts. Brads: Autumn Leaves, Making Memories. Plastic letters: Autumn Leaves. Floss: DMC Corp. Mesh: Magic Mesh. Ink: Tsukineko. Paint, ribbon: Making Memories. Pens: Micron by Sakura of America.
Design by Angelia Wigginton
This dynamic scrapbook page boasts many elements that combine for a fun, pop-off-the-page design. Angelia got creative with ribbons, rhinestones, and rub-ons but kept focus on the most important item -- her photo.
Editor's Tip: To secure your embellishments, use decorative staples. Apply light pressure when fastening them, leaving space underneath the bars to thread ribbon through.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (orange, stripe), Li'l Davis Designs (blue dot). Chipboard letters, plastic word, rhinestone circle: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: American Crafts (swirls), Karen Russell for Creative Imagination (quote, "love"). Brads: K&Company. Ribbon: May Arts. Stapler, staples: EK Success.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
If you can't find the paper you want, make your own. In one fluid movement, Leslie took a clear roller with her desired pattern and color and created the perfect background for her scrapbooking page. A large title and photo make the focal point, while stickers, labels, and flowers add flair to her page.
Editor's Tip: Conserve roller adhesive strips by unraveling the roll and cutting off just the used portion. Also use caution when removing clear stamps from the adhesive surface -- they tear easily.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Fonts: Charisma (title), Highlight (journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: K&Company. Labels, acrylic asterisks: Autumn Leaves. Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Flowers: Hero Arts (blue), Doodlebug Design (black). Stamps: Hero Arts.
Design by Doris Sander
Doris used a collage to make a quick and fun everyday scrapbook page. A stamped journaling box, foam letters, and brads make her photos pop.
Editor's Tip: To make your photo collage stand out, mat the collage on colored cardstock and center it on patterned paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, brads, felt star: American Crafts. Stamp: Autumn Leaves. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: EK Success.
Design by Jen Dubbs
Jen used cool, crisp colors to mirror the feel of her photo. A large title and simple journaling give an explanation of one of her favorite things.
Editor's Tip: Challenge yourself to scrapbook photos featuring something other than people. It's a great way to capture everyday moments.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Paper Salon. Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (label), Scenic Route Paper Co. (letters). Stamp: Technique Tuesday (journaling lines). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: American Crafts. Corner rounder: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Lisa Storms
Lisa mimicked the wheel of an iPod by building circles from colorful brads. A red mat against the blue stripe background makes the photos prominent.
Editor's Tip: To support your theme, repeat the shape of your photographed image and put photos and journaling inside, like Lisa did with a rectangle, which mimics the shape of the iPod.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Eurostile off the Internet. Stickers: BasicGrey. Brads: Doodlebug Design, Making Memories. Corner rounder: EK Success. Fabric: IKEA.
Design by Design by Polly Maly
Polly used leftover scrapbooking supplies from a kit to make this everyday scrapbook page. The patterned paper accents her photos and a mix of extra letter stickers make up the title and date.
Editor's Tip: Turn feminine embellishments into gender-neutral accents. Polly punched out flower centers to create graphic elements for this page about her son.
SOURCES: Kit: Carefree by Pebbles, Inc. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Prism Papers (orange). Stickers: American Crafts ("boy," "meets," "06"). Punches: EK Success.
Design by Lisa McGarvey
Lisa mixed floral-pattern paper and a heart sticker with a spray-painted title and masculine patterned paper to scrapbook photos of her son. Adhesive foam gives dimension to elements of her page.
Editor's Tip: To spray-paint a title, attach stickers to your page, and spray-paint over them. Once dry, remove the stickers. For easier sticker removal, add baby powder to the sticker backs before pressing them down.
SOURCES: Kit: Loverly by Pebbles, Inc. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Spray paint: Rust-Oleum.
Design by Polly Maly
To communicate her computer theme, Polly constructed a scrapbook page to look like a computer monitor. She added fun icons and a power indicator light, then divided the frame into three sections.
Editor's Tip: Build journaling into the scrapbook page theme. Polly formatted her journaling section to resemble an e-mail.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Making Memories. Computer keys: Creative Imaginations. Punches: EK Success.
Design by Erin Roe
Wanting to mimic the movement of the ball in these football shots, Erin hand-cut circles using templates and indicated the motion with rectangular blocks. Her title flowed along the lines she built into the page, and she printed her journaling on vellum, allowing the background to show through.
Editor's Tip: Take step-by-step shots to show the progression of an event. It will make an athletic page seem more interactive and energetic.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Designs (brown, yellow), BasicGrey (blues). Vellum: WorldWin Papers. Fonts: P22 Cezanne ("simple") off the Internet, Abadi Condensed (journaling) by Monotype, Century Gothic ("a game of"). Chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Scalloped borders: Cloud 9 Designs. Rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs. Templates, punches: Fiskars.
Design by Candi Gershon
The tropical birds in Candi's photos inspired her to use vivid colors on her scrapbook page. Richly colored paper and a bright red chipboard bird with a rub-on vine not only add to the theme, but also make her photos pop.
Editor's Tip: To be sure your rub-on will stand out, trim it and place it over the cardstock background to check the opacity before adhering it.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, red), KI Memories (yellow). Patterned paper: Carolee's Creations. Font: Pea Sue's Print off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (sans serif letters), Carolee's Creations (serif letters), Me and My Big Ideas (bird), Making Memories (label). Rub-on: Stemma by Masterpiece Studios. Pen: Pentel.
Design by Amy Licht
To unify her scrapbook page, Amy stretched border strips and title across a two-page spread. She pulled colors from her photos in the same brightness to make her page stand out.
Editor's Tip: Use vertical photos to counteract horizontal scrapbooking elements, as Amy did here.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (dark blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Scalloped frill: Doodlebug Design. Font: Suzanne Quill SH (title) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Epoxy sticker: SEI. Rub-ons: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Li'l Davis Designs (diamonds), Heidi Swapp
Design by Heidi Swapp
For a funky spin on the traditional scrapbook page, Heidi cut file folders for the base of her layout. She lined the tops of the folders with patterned paper and purposely chose stickers and quickie embellishments, such as the adhesive-backed notes journaled in her own handwriting, to save time.
Editor's Tip: Hide extra journaling in a spot that's easily accessible for further reading. Heidi put hers behind a file folder.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, journaling spots, stickers, rub-ons, chipboard accent, chalk ink, brad, flower: Heidi Swapp. File folders: Staples. Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success.
Design by Design by Candi Gershon
For a scrapbook page of her daughter riding a four-wheeler, Candi die-cut a flower and stitched a button to its center, then embellished the page using more small floral accents mounted with foam adhesive. She used ledger paper to create a built-in journaling guide.
Editor's Tip: Set one photo at an angle, like Candi did with her top shot, to create a visually stimulating page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (pink), Prism Papers (green), Bazzill Basics Paper (gray). Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations. Die cut: Fancy Pants Designs. Stickers: Carolee's Creations. Chipboard accents, pen: American Crafts. Button: Autumn Leaves. Floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Candi Gershon
Choose yummy colors in a scheme reminiscent of the delicious treats the neighborhood kids enjoy. Candi's embellishments, such as buttons, die cuts, and chipboard letters, add playfulness and pizzazz.
Editor's Tip: Make your own ice cream cone accent using a button and a triangle cut from corrugated paper. The frozen-treat sticks are rub-on applicators covered with ink.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (blue), Me and My Big Ideas (pink stripe), October Afternoon (multicolor stripe). Corrugated paper: Paper Reflections. Die cuts: Imaginisce (frozen treats), Sonburn Designs (journaling spot). Chipboard letters: October Afternoon. Button: Autumn Leaves. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: American Crafts. Punch: EK Success. Rotary cutter: Fiskars.
Design by Kate Teague
Kate focused on the idea of two grown men acting like kids when she took these detailed shots, scrapbooked them, and journaled about the technological generation gap.
Editor's Tip: To bring creativity to your page, crop photos in unusual ways, such as Kate did with the hands shot.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: XBOX ("Xbox") off the Internet, Arial (all other). Punch, decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Leah Fung
Cardstock, die cuts, and punches form the foundation of Leah's bright scrapbook page. She added fun decorative edges with border punches. A little machine stitching and adhesive foam add dimension.
Editor's Tip: For a textured look, print photos directly onto white cardstock. The heavier the cardstock's weight, the better it is for weaving, dry embossing, or folding to further embellish photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Century Gothic. Die cuts: Cricut by Provo Craft. Paint pen: Sharpie. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: Fiskars (borders), EK Success (small flower).
Design by Monica Schoenemann
Monica used scrapbooking embellishments to draw attention to her two photos. The stars and arrow lead the eye, and a white scalloped border and two lengths of ribbon frame the photos.
Editor's Tip: Leave white space on a scrapbook page to draw attention to important elements, such as Monica did here. Her red title pops off the page in contrast to the white background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Die cuts: Maya Road (journaling block), Scenic Route Paper Co. (arrow). Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Daisy D's Paper Co. Chipboard stars: Pressed Petals. Brads, buttons, staples: Making Memories. Ribbon: BasicGrey.
To fit nine photos onto a spread, Melissa digitally mapped out her design in Microsoft Word. With so many photos and color possibilities, Melissa kept it simple by skipping patterned paper and using cardstock. She played with a colorful set of stickers and stamped her journaling to match.
Editor's Tip: Put a new twist on two-page scrapbook layouts. They traditionally run side to side, but if your photos fit better on stacked pages, they still can work nicely in your albums.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Paperfever. Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas. Pen: EK Success.
Design by Debbie Hodge
Debbie captured her sons' before-bedtime activities on an everyday scrapbook page. In the title, she layered tags and ribbons and selected toned-down colors to reflect the cozy feeling of bedtime.
Editor's Tip: Give a digital page a more realistic look by using drop shadows for each graphic element, as Debbie did here.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Font: Another Typewriter ("I'm hungry"), 1942 Report ("delay tactic"), Fling LET ("bedtime"), Pea Olson (date), Fairfax Station ("28") off the Internet. Digital elements: Naturally Krafty paper pack, Toddler Time kit, Journaling Stripes masks, Stitching Holes borders by Katie Pertiet; Journaling Spots & Stripes, Little Captain kit by Lynn Grieveson; Groovy Boy by Mindy Terasawa; Distressed Toolkit #6 by Anna Aspnes.
Design by Peg Manrique
Editor's Tip: When you have just a few embellishments on a large page, group them for impact.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, epoxy stickers, rub-ons: Creative Imaginations. Pen: Signo.
Design by Belinda Venables
Belinda snapped multiple everyday photos of her son playing to create a film strip-style layout. She scrapbooked one photo larger than the others to emphasize her page theme -- her son asking her to play, too.
Editor's Tip: For a clean look that keeps the focus on the photos, mat photos with white cardstock or create a white border around them in image-editing software, as Belinda did here.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (blue), Dream Street (black). Stickers: American Crafts (bird, "play?"), Heidi Swapp ("mummy"). Pen: Uni-ball by Signo.
Design by Janneke Smit
Janneke highlighted her son's daily schedule with short, easy-to-read journaling strips printed on white cardstock. Digital-clock elements make it easy to follow the progression of his day.
Editor's Tip: Fitting 18 images on a single page can be challenging, but Janneke did it by overlapping photos in a dynamic collage.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: The Paper Loft. Font: News Gothic Std by Adobe. Die cuts: Scrapworks. Chipboard accents: American Crafts. Brads: Junkitz. Stamp: In a Blink of an Eye. Ink: Rubber Stampede. Markers: Permapaque by Sakura of America.
Design by Marie Pilgrim
Marie used the timer on her camera to shoot photos of one of her everyday activities -- talking on the phone. She placed her photos on subtle patterned paper and handwrote her journaling for a personal touch.
Editor's Tip: To give your page some oomph, mix cursive and print writing as though they are script and sans serif fonts. Marie's journaling substitutes for minimal embellishments in her design.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (orange), Making Memories (ledger). Stickers: BasicGrey. Chipboard accent: Heidi Swapp. Rub-on: My Mind's Eye. Pens: Martha Stewart Crafts (brown), Flying Colours (gold).
Design by Lisa Truesdell
Lisa's layout uses a photo and a colorful collage of scrapbooking elements to convey the playful nature of her sons' love of Legos. She punched circles of patterned paper to mix with watercolor squares for fun, geometric elements that mimic a toy-covered floor.
Editor's Tip: To create this whimsical look, Lisa marked a 1-inch grid on cardstock and machine-stitched along the lines. Get a similar look with rub-ons or a marker.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripes, starburst), Sweetwater (black-and-white). Brads: Making Memories. Stamp: It Kit Studio. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Punch: Fiskars.