Make Your own Halloween Embellishments
Design by Nicole Samuels
Nicole made her own spider scrapbook page embellishment by pairing buttons and paper scraps to match her spider-costume theme.
Editor's tip: Look for other embellishments that can be combined for new looks. Make shapes from eyelets or brads, spin webs with ribbon or floss strands, or die-cut your own accents for custom looks.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (polka dots), Making Memories (ledger). Stickers: Creative Imaginations (border), SEI (letters). Pen: Sharpie. Rub-ons: Karen Foster Design.
Add a Twist to Your Scrapbook Page Color Scheme
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki softened the traditional black-and-orange Halloween palette by incorporating a patterned-paper shape that compliments the colors in the photo on her scrapbook page.
Editor's tip: Pull colors from photos and patterned paper into other parts of your scrapbook page. Vicki colored plain chipboard letters to match her scheme and highlight the witch-theme of her page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Arial Narrow. Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Tsukineko. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project (title), Bazzill Basics Paper (circle), Making Memories ("D").
Add Microbeads to Your Scrapbook Page Title
Design by Tracy Kyle
A dazzling title created by die-cutting letters from a double-sided sheet of adhesive and covering them in mini beads sets the tone for Tracy's princess-theme scrapbook page.
Editor's tip: Continue this technique throughout your scrapbook page to give it some extra oomph. Tracy adhered beads to the center of her die-cut flowers to give them the same shimmer.
SOURCES: Dies, die-cutting tool: QuickKutz. Sticker: Heidi Swapp. Pen: American Crafts. Beads: Provo Craft. Note cards: Paper Source. Jewels: Westrim Crafts. Adhesive: Therm O Web.
Tell the Story of Halloween Costumes
Design by Monica Schoenemann
Monica used image-editing software to create a custom-shaped text box for her journaling about her children's costumes, turning her text into part of the design. A secret panel opens to reveal more of the story.
Editor's tip: Find ways to work in your text without compromising your design by adding hidden journaling, a pocket, or wrapping your text around objects like Monica did.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: KI Memories. Rub-ons: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: KI Memories (letters, arrow), Scenic Route Paper Co. (circles. "&"), Pressed Petals (stars). Pens: EK Success (black), Signo (white), Sharpie (journaling). Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper (mini), Making Memories (stars), American Crafts (black). Paper frills: Doodlebug Design. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Create Costume-Theme Paper-Piecing Accents
Design by Jodi Sanford
Jodi created a paper-pieced hat and magic wand to play up her princess costume scrapbook page theme.
Editor's Tip: Try creating your piecings in patterned paper to match the colors in your photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, flowers, tag: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Problem Secretary off the Internet. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Clearsnap. Chipboard accents: Fancy Pants Designs (tag, photo corner), Heidi Swapp (letter). Ribbon: Offray. Brads: Die Cuts with a View.
Number a Series of Photos to Tell A Story
Design by Allison Kimball
Allison used numbers that correspond to each image on her scrapbook page to help her tell the story of her son's trick-or-treating experience.
Editor's tip: Mix and match number styles to give your scrapbook page a funky style. Allison combined sticker numbers and some she cut from fabric for a homemade look.
SOURCES: Stickers: Making Memories. Rub-ons: 7Gypsies ("road trip"), Autumn Leaves ("Halloween 2004"). Ink: Clearsnap. Acrylic words: Heidi Swapp. Lettering template: ScrapPagerz. Pen: American Crafts. Ribbon: American Crafts (thick), Making Memories (thin).
Use Strips of Cardstock to mat a Photo
Design by Nikki Krueger
Nikki used scrap strips of solid cardstock to mat the main photo on this witch costume-theme scrapbook page, ensuring it would stand out against the patterned background.
Editor's tip: Don't ditch your scraps. 8-1/2x11" scrapbookers often have strips like these leftover from cutting down larger sheets of paper, but even 12x12" scrapbookers are sure to have scraps they can put to use!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (black, tan), American Crafts (green). Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: Agatha off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Ribbon: May Arts.
Stamp Text Around the Edges of Your Scrapbook Page
Design by Nichol Magouirk
Nichol used letter stamps to repeat a phrase about her son's Halloween costume around the edges of her scrapbook page.
Editor's tip: Make text stamping easier with clear stamps. Because you can see through the acrylic stamp mount and the stamps themselves it's easier to see just where text will end up on your scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism. Font: Stamp Act off the Internet. Tags: DMD Industries. Rubber stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary (title), Hero Arts (border). Masking fluid: Grafix. Dye: Making Memories. Ink: Clearsnap. Ribbon: American Crafts. Acrylic accent: KI Memories.
Create a Photo Collage for Your Scrapbook Page
Design by Cindy Chen
Cindy created a collage of photos of her son in costume for this colorful two-page scrapbook layout.
Editor's tip: Leave an open spot in your collage for your journaling to keep the pieces of your page design unified.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzil Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Acrylic letters. Li'l Davis Designs. Rub-ons: KI Memories (title), Autumn Leaves (date). Photo corners: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Beaux-Pegards. Punch: McGill Inc.
Make a Paper Mosiac Scrapbook Page Background
Design by Jennifer Johner
Jennifer turned scraps of tone-on-tone orange, purple, and green patterned papers into a colorful mosaic-style background for her scrapbook page.
Editor's tip: Don't feel like you have to place each piece of paper perfectly -- sometimes the imperfections create the most interesting pieces.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Bo-Bunny Press, KI Memories, Sassafras Lass, Junkitz, BasicGrey, My Mind's Eye, Autumn Leaves, Scenic Route Paper Co., Chatterbox, We R Memory Keepers. Font: Secret Pal (subtitle), Tokyo Girl (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letter: Li'l Davis Designs. Ribbon, pin: Making Memories.
Journal Around a Photo Mat
Design by Dana Smith
Dana wrote her journaling on the white cardstock surrounding her Halloween-costume photos to create a single focal point on her scrapbook page.
Editor's tip: Unite portions of your page with repetition. Dana used the same patterned paper in three spots on her page to unify different parts. Unite with pattern, color, or shape.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Pen: American Crafts. Clip: Carolee's Creations. Photo corner: Kolo. Ribbon: Offray. Design: Dana Smith.
Use Halloween-Theme Scrapbook Products
Design by Patricia Anderson
Patricia created this kids-in-costume scrapbook page using products from a themed kit to ensure a perfectly matched design.
Editor's tip: Themed products sometimes come in large sets -- too large for use on a single scrapbook page. Consider splitting sets of theme projects with other scrapbooker friends to stretch your scrapbook budget.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, buttons, rub-ons, foil: Making Memories.
Look for Textural Scrapbook Page Embellishments
Design by Shannon Taylor
Checked ribbon and rough woven cloth give this scrapbook page about Shannon's costumed son a textural, homemade quality.
Editor's tip: Use paint to add more texture on scrapbook pages. Once dry, the yellow acrylic paint Shannon used became the perfect backdrop for her page journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Reminisce. Font: Walkway Black off the Internet. Ribbon: Junkitz. Clay letters: Li'l Davis Designs. Chipboard letters: Creative Imaginations. Staples: EK Success.
Repeat Patterned Papers in Different Colors
Design by Shannon Landen
Shannon created a patterned-paper background for this wild and crazy scrapbook page about her kid's Halloween costumes by overlapping bands of the same paper design in different colors.
Editor's tip: Help important elements pop off the page by adding borders to photos or mounting them on metal-rim tags.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Paperfever. Metal-rim tag: Making Memories. Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("Halloween," spider). Clear epoxy: Plaid's Glass Effects Papier Paint, Sakura Hobby Craft's Crystal Lacquer.
Create a Neutral Scrapbook Page Background to Make Photos Stand Out
Design by Shannon Brouwer
To pick up the hues in her son's frog Halloween costume, Shannon picked a palette of greens and neutral tan for her scrapbook page. Varying the hues of green keeps it interesting.
Editor's tip: Create your own scrapbook page accents from simple shapes as Shannon did for the cute frog paper piecing she put together.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Quirky by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Punch: EK Success.
Make Bright Colors Pop by Backing Them with Dark Papers
Design by Betsy Veldman
To make her vibrant colors pop off the scrapbook page, Betsy backed her Halloween photos and patterned-paper shapes with a black background.
Editor's tip: Make your own low-cost accents from patterned paper like Betsy did with the stars and swirls on this scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (black, stripe), BasicGrey (purple), Daisy D's Paper Co. (green), My Mind's Eye (orange), Heidi Grace Designs ("trick or treat," heart circle). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Flowers: American Crafts. Brads: Die Cuts with a View. Acrylic accents: Junkitz.
Hide So-So Areas in Photos with Scrapbook Page Journaling
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi picked her favorite photo of her daughter in her princess costume and enlarged it to take up most of her scrapbook page, hiding a too-dark corner with a triangle-shape journaling block.
Editor's tip: Look for other creative ways you can camouflage unattractive areas in photos. Add tags, embellishments, or other photos to hide dead spaces or use rub-ons to add decoration or type directly to the photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Arial. Ribbon: K&Company. Tag: Me and My Big Ideas. Software: Jasc Paint Shop Pro.
Use Digital Brushes to Dress up Scrapbook Page Backgrounds
Design by Mindy Bush
By printing digital brush designs on her scrapbook page background after she'd pieced together the patterned paper and cardstock layers, Mindy was able to create a personalized backdrop for these photos of her daughter's puppy Halloween costume.
Editor's tip: Use your doodle to emphasize parts of your scrapbook page. Mindy placed hers by her smaller photos to draw attention to them.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Suburban ("how fitting") by Émigré, Garamond (journaling) by Microsoft. Digital element: Two Peas in a Bucket. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Link Two-Page Scrapbook Designs with Photos that Span the Spread
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa used an enlarged shot and several smaller square-cropped photos of her son in his Halloween costume to link the two pages of her scrapbook layout.
Editor's tip: Continue other design elements across the spread for more continuity. Here, Melissa cut patterned-paper zigzags reminiscent of the pattern in her son's headdress and used them to create subtle pattern behind the photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Font: Century Gothic. Rub-ons: KI Memories (colors), Making Memories (white). Button, printed twill: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp.
Replicate Designs from Your Photo on Your Scrapbook Page
Design by Joanne Moseley
Joanne mimicked the look of her son's Rubik's Cube costume in the design of her scrapbook page by surrounding a blocked design with black borders and filling one of the page quadrants with a cardstock-tile grid.
Editor's tip: Give your scrapbook page a standout title. Joanne dedicated one of the sections of her page to her title so it would grab attention.
SOURCES: Font: Californian off the Internet. Stamp: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray. Punches: McGill Inc.
Scrapbook Photos that Show Emotion
Design by Michelle Engel
Michelle zoomed in on her less-than-thrilled fairy's face so she could accurately document her daughter's Halloween experience on this simple scrapbook page.
Editor's tip: Pick one image to be your focus and give it special treatment so your scrapbook page has an obvious focal point. By enlarging one shot and giving it a unique crop, it becomes a strong scene-setter.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, felt accent: Tinkering Ink. Die cuts: My Mind's Eye (transparency), Tinkering Ink (letters). Rub-ons: Li'l Davis Designs. Pen: Sakura of America.
Angle Scrapbook Page Elements to Create Energy
Design by Helen Naylor
To give her Halloween-theme scrapbook page a boost of energy, Helen overlapped her photos and journaling block at various angles.
Editor's tip: Border your photos and journaling with different color mats so they each stand out on the scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Honeybee by EK Success. Rubber stamp: Stamp Act. Buttons: Doodlebug Designs. Metal-rim tags: Making Memories. Corner rounder: EK Success.
Include Unexpected Details on Your Scrapbook Page
Design by Renelyn Fok
This quick scrapbook page consists of the most basic of supplies, but Renelyn kept it interesting with simple details such as the buttons in the title and the peek of pattern at the dog-eared corner.
Editor's tip: Use black-and-white and color photos throughout your layout -- the contrast with attract attention.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (floral, plaid), Karen Foster Design (speckled). Font: Annifont off the Internet. Stamps: Stampers Anonymous (alphabet), Hero Arts (date).
Creatively Alter Photos to Fit Your Scrapbook Page Theme
Design by Marla Kress
Marla sewed her son's Halloween costume and chose to use swatches of fabric from the actual costume to embellish her scrapbook page. She continued the "swatch" effect by layering cropped copies of her photo for a pieced-together look.
Editor's tip: Let your layout show your experience. Marla used a patterned paper with a stitched look, snips of stitching canvas, and straight pins to emphasize the sewing theme of her scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: EK Success (stitched background), Arctic Frog (green). Font: Dear Joe II ("Sewing for dummies") off the Internet, Textile ("Simplicity 4908") by Apple, Helvetica (journaling). Tags: Making Memories.
Use Stamps to Make Your own Scrapbook Page Background
Design by Allison Kimball
Repeating stamped motifs in tone-on-tone ink on solid cardstock created the subtle background on this scrapbook page about Allison's son and his too-small costume.
Editor's tip: Pair stamped text and sticker letters for a playful mismatched scrapbook page title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Times New Roman by Microsoft. Stamps: Close To My Heart (woven), River City Rubber Works (large letters), K&Company (small letters), Allison's own design (diamond). Stickers: Sticker Studio (alphabet), EK Success (rulers). Brads: All My Memories.
Mix and Match Letters for Scrapbook Page Titles
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon paired different style sticker and chipboard letters for the title on this scrapbook page about her reuse of a Halloween costume. The look is seamless since all the letters are all tones of the same color.
Editor's tip: Mixing letters from lots of sources is a great way to use up leftovers. If you don't have enough of a single color, consider changing their tint with markers, paints, or inks.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cuts: Heidi Grace. Stickers: Creative Imaginations (thick journaling strips), 7Gypsies (think journaling strip), American Crafts (letters). Chipboard: Heidi Swapp. Brads: American Crafts. Rub-ons: American Crafts ("02"), BasicGrey ("07").
Group Elements in the Center of Your Scrapbook Page
Design by Candi Gershon
By grouping her images in the center of her scrapbook page and creating a frame around them, Candi was able to fit in a large amount of journaling without detracting from the photos of her daughter in costume.
Editor's tip: When designing a highly structured scrapbook page like this one, it's nice to let one element break out of the box to keep from feeling too linear. Here it's Candi's layered stars.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Transparency: Magic Scraps. Font: Plain Jane from Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (title), Autumn Leaves (circles), Making Memories (small star), Deluxe Designs (large star).
Create Titles that Reinforce Your Scrapbook Page Theme
Design by Amy Licht
Amy replaced the "o" in her scrapbook page title with a hand-cut cardstock skull to play up the Halloween theme.
Editor's tip: Can't find just the right page embellishments? Design your own. Hand-cutting is a great way to get a custom look for pennies.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: American Typewriter (journaling, title), A Charming Font ("frightening fun"), Halloweenies (dingbat) off the Internet. Brad: Making Memories. Buttons: EK Success. Photo corners: Chatterbox.
Split Your Scrapbook Page in Half to Show Groups
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi split her digital scrapbook page design in half, dedicating each side to the costumes worn by her family.
Editor's tip: Unite scrapbook page sections to keep it cohesive. Candi used one mat around both of her images, a single strip of patterned paper behind them, and a large ampersand to connect the two sides of her digital scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements. Font: Evergreen (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Linenstroke (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials (cardstock, tabs, stitches), Shabby Princess (patterned paper), Atomic Cupcake (torn paper effect).
Take Both Close-Up and Full-Body Costume Photos
Design by Shaunte Wadley
Shaunte included a close-up and a full shot of her son's fire fighter costume on her scrapbook page to show his full look and his adorable face.
Editor's tip: Large photos eliminate the need for fussy embellishments. Pair oversize prints with simple, clean accents to keep the focus of your scrapbook page on the images.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories (white, black), Die Cuts with a View (red). Font: Veranda by Microsoft. Stickers: BasicGrey ("on"), American Crafts ("fire," "04"). Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas.