Draw Inspiration from a Photo
Design by Lisa Swift
Lisa was fascinated by a unique bush she spotted at the Lilac Festival. White dotted lines drawn on the flowers at the top of the page and on her hand-cut title mimic the white-rim flowers in the photo.
Editor's Tip: Sometimes, white and pastel theme scrapbook pages need some darkness to ground them. The purple title and white journaling block Lisa chose pop against the black background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green scalloped), Die Cuts With A View (all other). Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: KI Memories ("fragrant," "garden," "spring"). Making Memories ("sweet," "smell"). Pen: Signo Uni-ball. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Get Rid of Distracting Backgrounds
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia trimmed the butterfly and flower from an original photo and attached them to this soft-focus shot.
Editor's Tip: Make your own custom papers. Erikia stamped acrylic paint with a wine cork and sprayed the design with dye to get the effect on the maroon paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock, stickers: Club Scrap. Rubber stamps: Making Memories. Ink: Ranger Industries (background), Archival (date). Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray. Brad: Limited Editions. Velvet leaves: Artchix Studio. Punch: Emagination Crafts. Glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Color pencil: Sanford. Metal foil: AMACO. Scissors: Fiskars.
Group Detail Shots in Your Layout
Design by Erin Clarkson
To make the multi-photo strip along the bottom of the page, Erin arranged the images in a photo-editing program and printed them on a 12" strip of photo paper. This is a great way to show a garden's variety.
Editor's Tip: Experiment with metal. Erin used flowers cut from sheet metal to give this layout a slightly urban tone.
SOURCES: Cardstock, sheet metal, brads, metal frames, rub-on words: Making Memories. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (text), Making Memories (stripe). Font: Moderntype by Autumn Leaves. Flower template: Scrap Pagerz.
Establish Your Color Scheme
Design by Jennifer Perks
The easiest way to choose your colors is to look at your photos. For the background, Jennifer chose a patterned paper with the same blue and green hues found in her photos. Then she chose light pink and yellow for accent colors.
Editor's Tip: Ribbons, rickrack, flowers, and rhinestones are perfect for a girly garden page. Handmade embossed metal accents add a bit of sparkle and a classic touch.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories (floral), Bo-Bunny Press (yellow), Autumn Leaves (yellow floral), Heidi Grace Designs (brown). Fonts: Stone (title) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Stickers: BasicGrey. Brads: Queen and Co. Ribbon: Making Memories (aqua), Autumn Leaves (yellow). Metal tags, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Rhinestones: Mark Richard Enterprises Inc. Thread: Coats & Clark. Sheet metal: Ten Seconds Studio. Tools: Ten Seconds Studio (metal embossing tools, decorative mold), Making Memories (metal stamps).
Substitute Fabric for Ribbon on Your Page
Design by Irma Gabbard
Irma used a fabric strip to tie a simple bow in the top left-hand corner of her page. She also used three coordinating fabrics to create a border with textured edges. To easily tear fabric into strips, cut into the edge of the fabric with a pair of scissors and tear.
Editor's Tip: Attach your fabric with hand stitching. For easy stitching, place your page on top of a foam pad and poke a needle through to create the holes.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid), Paper Fever (green), KI Memories (text). Font: Post Master by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: BasicGrey (letters), 7Gypsies (phrase).
Experiment with Transfer Pages
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki used both matte and shiny foil transfer pages to transform a felt flower into a dandelion shape. She punched a circle from a sheet of double-sided adhesive to create the shape and then applied the foil.
Editor's Tip: Enhance your design with stamps. An intricate black stamped design in two of the page's corners pop against the orange cardstock and add a dynamic touch.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (scalloped). Sassafras Lass (plaid). Die cut: Sassafras Lass. Sticker: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stamps: Fancy Pants Designs (scrolls, butterflies), Sandylion Sticker Designs ("make a"). Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Sakura of America. Flowers: Fancy Pants Designs (white), Queen and Co. (orange). Rhinestones: Heidi Swapp (circle), Westrim (dot on "i"). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Foil transfer paper: Stix 2 Anything.
Add Journaling on Paper Strips
Design by Gina Miller
Gina used a large circular paper mat as a backdrop for her trio of photos and framed the layout with journaling strips.
Editor's Tip: Warm touches make a digital page feel more handmade. Embellishments, like stitching, jewels, flowers, lace, and brads, are available in digital forms.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: Jot off the Internet. Digital elements: Holly McCaig for My Digital Muse (patterned paper; Gina Miller Designs (scalloped border, stitching); Shabby Princess (jewels); Amy Martin for the Lily Pad (flowers); Michelle Coleman for Scrapartist.com (flourishes, lace, labels); Iron Orchid for Scrapartist.com (brads); Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals (single stitches); Debbie Knorr for Scrapbook-Bytes (templates); Traci Murphy Design (drop-shadow actions).
Create Epoxy-Like Images for Your Page
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia poured Glossy Accents on top of ink-jet printed photos and then peeled off the hardened glaze to create translucent photo transfers. This technique will work on lab-printed photos, too. Just make sure the printer ink is archival and waterproof.
Editor's Tip: Find multiple uses for a product. To keep her adhesive from detracting from the transparency of her glazed images, Erikia spread a small amount of Glossy Accents on the back of each transfer and used it to adhere the images to the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD Industries. Patterned paper: Club Scrap. Font: Modern type by Autumn Leaves. Dies, die-cutting tool: Sizzix. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Ink, Glossy Accents, glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Acrylic paints: Golden Artist Colors. Pen: EK Success. Velvet leaves: Artchix Studio. Rhinestones: JewelCraft. Printed twill: Autumn Leaves. Label maker: Dymo.
Pay Attention to the Finishing Details
Design by Betsy Veldman
Betsy printed journaling on white cardstock strips and attached them with brads in the lower left-hand corner of the page. For the title she combined a rub-on word and chipboard letters. Betsy tied ribbons around a paper clip and placed them in the upper left-hand corner of the page.
Editor's Tip: Purchased scalloped papers are a great way to save time. Betsy layered a colorful patterned paper with tan cardstock. She also used scalloped cardstock around her photo and below her title.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, brads, ribbon: Die Cuts With A View. Font: Times. Chipboard letters: KI Memories. Rub-on: Scenic Route Paper Co. Iron-on: SEI. Digital elements: Rhonna Farrer for Two Peas in a Bucket (swirls); Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals (sanded frame).
Use a Masking Fluid Pen
Design by Sara Tumpane
Sara brushed a sheet of watercolor paper with a light wash of watercolor paint and let the sheet dry. She then drew the flower pattern using the pen, waited for the masking fluid to dry, and brushed a second coat of watercolor paint in a darker color over the top. Once the masking fluid was dry, she peeled it off to reveal the detail.
Editor's Tip: Don't hide all your hard work. Even after the photos, title, and delicate hand journaling are added, plenty of the pretty background still shines through.
SOURCES: Rub-ons: Woodland Scenics. Chipboard accents: Li'l Davis Designs. Paper flowers, flat-top eyelets, eyelets: Making Memories. Masking-fluid pen: Cruddas Innovations, Ltd.
Use Paint on Your Page
Design by Erin Roe
Erin positioned black tabs on both sides of a curving black painted line to give the illusion of the page being unzipped, revealing the flowers inside. She typed and printed her journaling following the curve on the left-hand side of the page and trimmed her photos to fit the arc on the right-hand side.
Editor's Tip: Do it your way. Erin gave her muted paper flowers a boost with chalks to match the color intensity of the blooms in her photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Die-cut alphabet tabs: Autumn Leaves. Metal letter charms, brads, paper flowers: Making Memories. Chalks: EK Success. Acrylic paint: Winsor & Newton.
Make a Photo Collage on Your Page
Design by Katherin Teague
Katherine used Adobe Photoshop to digitally create a photomontage to fit her page. She used a larger black-and-white image with several smaller color ones to create an interesting collage. To visually link the pictures, she flattened the digital layers and added white text.
Editor's Tip: Keep your finishing touches simple. Katherine's layout was completed with a stylized title and embellishment that don't compete for attention.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Century Gothic (quote) by Agfa Monotype, Hannibal Lector ("Grandma's") off the Internet, Times New Roman ("garden," journaling) by Microsoft. Die cut: Deluxe Designs. Circle punch: EK Success.
Create a Photo-Free Scrapbook Page
Design by Irma Gabbard
Irma wanted to create a scrapbook to document the progress of her garden. The opening page needed something more than a picture of an empty garden, so she used four seed packets mounted on a piece of black cardstock and accented the center with a metal embellishment.
Editor's Tip: Journal your goals. Irma typed her journaling on cream tags for a vintage vibe.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (black), Chatterbox (yellow), My Mind's Eye (green). Fonts: Old Remington by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Arial (quote). Stickers, brads, metal accent: Making Memories. Rub-on: BasicGrey. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Maya Road. Tags: Avery Dennison. Seed packets: Renee's Garden.
Fill Your Background Paper with Text
Design by Patricia Anderson
Patricia made her own tone-on-tone background by filling a text box with a shade slightly darker than the green color of her paper. She typed "a new spring . . . a new garden" repeatedly in white font, which allowed the lighter background to show through.
Editor's Tip: To soften the transition between different papers, try to meld them. Patricia trimmed one of her patterned papers along the wavy design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (blue curves), BasicGrey (green). Fonts: Lassigue D'mato (background) by T-26, Heber (title, "05") by Chatterbox, Times New Roman (journaling). Stickers: K&Company. Acrylic paint: DecoArt. Tag: BasicGrey. Eyelets, chipboard shapes, photo corners: Making Memories.
Keep Your Embellishments Simple
Design by Melissa Diekema
Melissa took a minimalist approach to embellishing, using only a seed packet and coordinating ribbons hooked to safety pins to finish her design.
Editor's Tip: Choose a neutral background to allow photos take center stage. Small splashes of color in the title, stamped border, and journaling can help add a springlike feel to the layout.
SOURCES: Font: Georgia by Microsoft. Stamps: Making Memories ("Garden," date), Purple Onion Designs ("Planting Cat's," "Beans," "Carrots"), FontWerks ("Squash," "Peas"). Ribbon: Garden Gate Designs (green), Offray (orange). Safety pins: Making Memories.
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