Use Digital Software to Make a Lighthearted Page
Design by Breanna Laakkonen
To soften the look of her scrapbook page, Breanna used digital photo borders to enhance her favorite shots. For an artistic touch, she outlined her sister's age with a digital heart of flowers.
Editor's Tip: Use brushes to digitally ink the edges of paper, as Breanna did here.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements. Fonts: Porcelain (title), Small Fonts (journaling) off the Internet. Digital Elements: Homespun kit (cardstock) by Amy Tanabe; Lovey Dovey kit (patterned paper) by Scrapartist; Digital Frames (border) by Rhonna Farrer; Doodle Designs (flowers) by Angie Briggs.
Use Season Supplies for Everyday Scrapbook Pages
Design by Melette Berezoski
Melette combined leftover holiday embellishments into a collage creating an everyday teen girl page.
Editor's Tip: When using seasonal accents on non-seasonal pages, incorporate colors not found in the traditional color scheme. Melette gave Christmas embellishments a soft, feminine look by using pink, blue, and yellow.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Collage Press (pink), Creative Imaginations (scallop), Making Memories (stripe). Font: Family Home off the Internet. Stickers: Autumn Leaves (stitches), BasicGrey (brown letters), Chatterbox (green label, green frame, red frame, brown round), Cloud 9 Design (multicolor letters). EK Success (green letters), Making Memories (brown border, white label), Paper Salon (orange rectangle), Rob & Bob Studio (green word). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (flourish), Stemma ("joy"). Chipboard accents: Junkitz (square), KI Memories ("joy"), Scenic Route Paper Co. (round). Brads: Autumn Leaves. Flower accent: K&Company. Metal accents: Making Memories. Acrylic accent: Go West Studios. Photo turns, corner: 7Gypsies. Ribbon: Michaels Stores, Inc.
Use a Collage Template to Create a Quick Scrapbook Page
Design by Shelley Haganman
Shelley flipped and rotated a digital collage template to make a quick teen page. By using the collage, she was able to easily incorporate three different sized photos into her layout.
Editor's Tip: Pick favorite photos and fill the rest of a digital collage with embellishments. Shelley used two boxes for her title.
Make Personalized Accents from Cardstock
Design by Irma Gabbard
To create this teen page, Irma used a shape cutter to make multicolor oval accents from cardstock. She cut small ovals a bit off-center from the large ones to fashion a mod-inspired look.
Editor's Tip: Design a scrapbook page with basic supplies. Irma created this layout with only cardstock and letter stickers.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Reminisce. Fonts: Calibri (text on tab) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Shape cutter: Creative Memories.
Make Unique Accents from a Standard Die-Cutting Machine
Design by Polly Maly
Polly die-cut multiple flower shapes to embellish this page about her teenagers. To add dimension, she die-cut identical shapes from chipboard and patterned paper, then layered the paper on top.
Editor's Tip: Use a traditional die-cutting machine to make non-traditional accents. To create a ghost-shape effect, Polly die-cut flowers from transparencies.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Prism Papers (blue). Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. Transparency: 3M. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix. Brads, buttons: American Crafts. Stamps: Hero Arts. Photo template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage #103.
Scrapbook Small Prints of Blurry Photos
Design by Irma Gabbard
Irma grouped homecoming dance photos in film-strip style, alternating between black-and-white and color shots. She created a perfect teen design with bold strips of patterned paper.
Editor's Tip: Not-so-perfect photos can still be scrapbooked -- especially when they're from an important event. Poor lighting conditions at Irma's daughter's homecoming dance resulted in blurry photos. To minimize the poor quality, she made small prints and converted some of the photos to black-and-white.
SOURCES: Cardstock, decorative edges: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard: KI Memories. Font: Arial. Stickers, brad: Making Memories.
Use Embellishments to Frame Scrapbook Photos
Design by Heidi Sonboul
Heidi mounted sunflowers cut from patterned paper onto cardboard scraps, making the shapes pop off the scrapbook page. For added dimension, she folded and creased her hand-cut cardstock vine to enhance the vein lines.
Editor's Tip: Use embellishments to highlight rather than distract from photos. Heidi's sunflower accents match the flowers in her picture, and their placement with the vine frames the focal image.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (brown, green), Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid), Heidi Grace Designs (sunflower). Laser-cut paper: KI Memories. Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp.
Fill a Collage with Candid and Posed Photos
Design by Amy Licht
Amy created a collage confined in wavy borders to commemorate her neighbor's 16th birthday. For a colorful corner, she filled one collage block with stickers repeating the number 16.
Editor's Tip: When taking group shots, keep clicking ever after the formal photo is taken. Amy used candid, silly pictures along with a traditional one.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (purple, red, pink), Prism Papers (blue). Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Font: ChitownScript off the Internet. Stickers: Chatterbox (navy blue), Arctic Frog (large orange, large green), American Crafts (small green, yellow, light pink), K&Company (large pink), Making Memories (small orange), Bo-Bunny (red), Doodlebug Design (turquoise, border), Sandylion Sticker Designs (light blue). Gems: Chatterbox (small red, yellow), Westrim Crafts (all other).
Disguise Journaling in a Scrapbook Page Design
Design by Rebecca Saunders
Rebecca arranged blocks of coordinating papers around the layout, stamping them with flowers and script letters to highlight the photos of her nephew's prom. A tag and an acrylic frame document the year and the couple's initials.
Editor's Tip: Hide journaling to save more room for page design. Rebecca's blocky layout allowed her to hide journaling inside a file folder. She mounted a photo on the front and tied it with a ribbon.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (stripe), Paper Reflections (white script). Computer font: Selfish (quote) off the Internet. Letter stickers: Me and My Big Ideas. Stamps: Hero Arts (script in frame) and Stamp Oasis (hearts),Making Memories (flowers) Eyelets, eyelet charm, woven label, and ribbon: Making Memories. Brads: Treasured Memories. Acrylic frame: Paper Bliss for Westrim Crafts.
Embellish Chipboard Accents with Glitter
Design by Becky Olsen
Becky added glitter to a chipboard flourish and bird accents. The shine balances her the subdued colors in her photo and patterned papers.
Editor's Tip: Frame a scrapbook page with two of the same accents. Becky placed two birds facing inward on her page to denote important elements.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories (floral, stripe), Creative Imaginations (word-print), Jenni Bowling Studios (cream). Chipboard accents: Fancy Pants Design (flourish), Maya Road (birds), Heidi Swapp (heart). Pen: American Crafts. Glitter: Doodlebug Designs (blue, red), Salyn Industries (silver). Gems: Prima.
Attach Page Elements Quickly with Taggers
Design by Irma Gabbard
To quickly adhere flower and tag accents to her scrapbook page, Irma used pink paper taggers -- T-tipped hangers that attach price tags to clothing.
Editor's Tip: Use paper taggers to attach embellishments without mess. Irma avoided visible adhesive by using taggers to fasten a transparency to her page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Century Gothic. Transparency: Creative Imaginations. Mini tag: 7Gypsies. Flowers: American Crafts. Paper tagger, tagger tails: Around the Block.
Center Scrapbook Photos to Make Them a Focal Point
Design by Nura Keiff
Nura combined black-and-white photos with vibrant colors for her artistic page. With a busy-looking layout, she kept focus on her photos by placing them in the center of her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: To add easy detail to a scrapbook page, combine premade and hand-cut flowers, as Nura did here.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Prima Marketing (floral), Creative Imaginations (white polka dots). Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Die cuts, stickers: Daisy D's. Rub-ons: Modern romance. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Flowers: Prima.
Use Black-and-White to Make Bold Accents
Design by Becky Novacek
Becky combined date and group photos in a scrapbook page about a high school prom. Strips of cheerful floral paper mimic the flower in her daughter's dress, as do three silk flowers adhered with brads.
Editor's Tip: To record her teen's friends, Becky journaled each pair's names on patterned paper, then attached them to a tag. She slipped the tag into a pocket she created from the bottom photo.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Anna Griffin. Stickers: American Crafts ("prom"), Creative Memories ("02"). Brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts, Foofala. Stamps: PSX. Ink: Clearsnap. Tag, metal knocker: FoofaLa. Photo corners: Canson.
Create a Unique Background Design for a Teen Scrapbook Page
Design by Keisha Campbell
After stamping a transparency with text, Keisha placed it atop a piece of patterned paper, allowing the pattern to show through the negative spaces from the circles she cut in the cardstock.
Editor's Tip: Experiment with scrapbook page backgrounds. Punch holes -- or other shapes -- in it and see how placing different patterned papers behind it changes the look of a page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, sticker: Making Memories. Font: Splendid 66 off the Internet. Chipboard accent, photo corners: Heidi Swapp. Stamps: Hero Arts (green dots), Stampin' Up! (circles, text), Heidi Swapp (date). Ink: Versa Color. Flower: Prima.
Scrapbook Photos of "Tween" Years
Design by Keisha Campbell
Jamie turned photos of her daughter in "tween" years into a design element by placing them in a strip down her scrapbook page. Jamie handwrote the journaling around the flower petals, which are a combination of patterned paper, a chipboard accent, brads, and a button.
Editor's Tip: Draw attention to a photo by cropping it to fit inside a shape. Jamie picked one photo to frame with a stitched heart.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Brads: SEI (pink), Bazzill Basics Paper (orange). Mask: Heidi Swapp.
Use Jewels to Embellish a Teenage Scrapbook Page
Design by Mellette Berezoski
Mellette used jewels to spice up her teen scrapbook page. The grid pattern design in the corner of the main photo adds a bit of bling without detracting from the photo.
Editor's Tip: Use jewels or bead to reinforce shared scrapbook page elements. Mellette surrounded four photos on the left-hand page with a jeweled circle to keep them connected.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (pink, floral), BasicGrey (all other). Fonts: Apple Garamond, Cipher, Fling, Leftist Mono Serif, and Engravers MT off the Internet. Stickers: Creative Imaginations. Rub-ons: Chatterbox, BasicGrey, KI Memories. Brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts. Jewels: Heidi Swapp. Paper flowers: Prima (large yellow), Making Memories (all other). Metal Clip: Provo Craft. Digital Elements: Two Peas in a Bucket.
Hide Journaling Behind Patterned Paper to Let Photos Shine
Design by Nichole Winstead
Nichole paired four cropped photos with four coordinating patterned-paper strips for a symmetrical look. A safety pin holding preprinted tags and tied with ribbon adds interest and dimension to the page.
Editor's Tip: Hide journaling to let photos take center stage. Nichole left the side of one paper strip unattached so a journaling tag could tuck inside.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, die-cut: KI Memories. Letter stickers: SEI. Ribbon: Michaels. Tags: Making Memories.
Stamp Foil for a Realistic Metal Look
Design by Lori Bergmann
Lori mimicked her teenage daughter's smile in this scrapbook page. She used white dimensional tile "teeth" and stamped on silver foil "braces" for her title.
Editor's Tips: To get Lori's metal technique, stamp and emboss foil designs first. Then rub dye inks or chalk over the surface and onto the background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View (turquoise). Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (pink swirl). Font: PC Ratatat by Provo Craft. Stamps: Technique Tuesday (foiled squares), Harbor Side Alphabet (title). Ink, embossing powders, heat tool: Ranger Industries. Silver foil: Covered In Clay. Square tiles: Technique Tuesday.
Use Stamps to Create a Custom Striped Background
Design by Irma Gabbard
Irma created a striped background by stamping and inking watercolor paper. She cut painter's tape to make strips of varying widths, placed the pieces on the page, and then inked and stamped over them. Once the painter's tape dried, Irma removed it.
Editor's Tip: Stamp on top of stamps to make unique designs. Irma used ink and a dry paintbrush to color the cardstock between the tape strips. After the ink dried, she stamped over it with a variety of stamps.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Font: Century Gothic. Die cuts: Heidi Swapp (journaling block), Making Memories ("enjoy"). Brads, metal accents: Making Memories. Stamps: Paper Salon (dots), Hero Arts (zigzag), Purple Onion (paisley). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Plastic accent: Heidi Swapp.
Make a Proportional Scrapbook Page Design
Design by Rebecca Cantu
Rebecca combined multiple patterned-paper pieces to create a vibrant, bold scrapbook page. Stitching around the edges and through the center sections out important elements.
Editor's Tip: Keep a scrapbook page design from overwhelming a photo. Rebecca used an enlarged photo to keep her page proportional. If you have the space, try a large photo. If you're working with a small photo, use a smaller canvas.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (green), BasicGrey (floral). Font: SP Way Cute! off the Internet. Die cut, rub-ons: KI Memories. Stickers: Junkitz. Rubber stamps: FontWerks. Ribbon: American Crafts. Brads: Queen & Co. (pink), Doodlebug Design (pink). Acrylic accent: Junkitz. Chipboard accent: Making Memories. Acrylic paint: Delta.
Convert Photos to Black-and-White to Convey a Mood
Design by Irma Gabbard
Irma scrapbooked photos from two occasions on this page about teenage best friends. She complimented her black-and-white photos with bright cardstock and patterned paper.
Editor's Tip: Convert photos to black-and-white to easily use them together. Irma's photos didn't have the same color scheme or convey the happy mood she wanted. Removing the color allowed her to use them however she wanted.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Hot Chocolate by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard accents, label holder, ribbon, rub-ons: Li'l Davis Designs. Brads: Doodlebug Design. Acrylic accent: KI Memories. Flowers: Savvy Stamps.
Use an Elegant Color Scheme for a Prom Scrapbook Page
Design by Helen Naylor
Choosing a rich color palette and elegant touches, Helen designed a traditional-looking scrapbook page. From floral patterned paper to pressed flowers and vintage buttons, Helen made a nostalgic page for her daughter to remember prom night.
Editor's Tip: To keep with the elegant theme, Helen folded her journaling to look like an envelope. Inked edges, ribbon, and tiny tag complete the look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Anna Griffin. Fonts: Blue Cake (title) and Black Jack (on tag) off the Internet. Stamp: Limited Edition Rubberstamps (on envelope flap). Ink: Clearsnap. Tag punch, metal word, dried flowers, square accent: EK Success. Ribbon: May Arts.
Layer Bright-Color Patterned Paper
Design by Michelle Esserry
Playing off photo colors, Michelle created a bright collage of papers as a background for her scrapbook page. Coordinating flat-top eyelets brighten the photo mat.
Editor's Tip: Define a scrapbook page subject. A layered text strip defines the word "teenager" in Michelle's layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Paperfever (floral), KI Memories (green), BasicGrey (pink and orange sanded), Provo Craft (pink swirl, blue dots). Fonts: Typewriter (definition) and Hootie! ("teenager") off the Internet. Flat-top eyelets, stamps: Making Memories.
Use Physical Traits as Scrapbook Page Inspiration
Design by Pam Nafziger
Inspired by the two different colors of her niece's eyes, Pam picked autumn hues and elements for her page. Dyed leaves, subdued patterned papers, and sophisticated ribbon add interest while allowing the photo to shine.
Editor's Tip: Use a title and journaling to explain photo elements. Pam used the scientific name for Natalie's eye-color trait as her title, then included an explanation in her journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, letter stickers: Deluxe Designs. Font: Butterbrotpapier off the Internet. Leaves: Black Ink. Ribbon: Michaels.
Contrast Black-and-White Photos with Vibrant Colors
Design by Carrie Colbert Batt
Carrie's photos had a yellow cast, so she converted them to black-and-white. Converting the photos allowed her to use bright colors for a bold effect.
Editor's Tip: Frame photos with patterned paper. Carrie cut flowers from patterned papers to use a border at the bottom of her page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Provo Craft (stripe), Autumn Leaves (flowers). Font: Tokyo Girl, Flower Garden by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("C," "a"), Li'l Davis Designs ("r," "z"), Chatterbox ("y"). Rub-ons: KI Memories. Acrylic accents: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp.