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From kite-flying to gardening, remember all your favorite spring flings with these refreshing layout ideas.
Design by Cortney Ophoff
Buttons add texture and color as a layer on pieced accents. Adhere them to circle centers for flowers or off-kilter for fruits or nuts on tree branches. Use one simple photograph to keep from overwhelming the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (green), Cosmo Cricket (all other). Stickers, ribbon: Making Memories. Chipboard: Colorbök (frog), Cosmo Cricket (letters). Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Deanna Misner
Beautiful scenery and mild weather (in most cases) make spring the perfect time to snap family portraits outside. Keep embellishments to a minimum when combining multiple colors and patterns. Wood-grain letters add to the outdoorsy feel and provide a neutral tone in the midst of various colors.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Stickers: October Afternoon (flower, label, multicolor letters), Sassafras (wood-grain letters). Punches: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Grab the action when your family heads outdoors for fun and games. A strip of patterned paper provides an anchor for the title and photos, while slightly tilted photos add a playful feel to the layout. Small details, such as the button dotting the letter "i," add a cheerful note.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup (green flower, blue polka dot). Font: Rockstar Dingbats off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (date label, numbers, journaling tag, butterfly), Crate Paper (button), Jillibean Soup (pink letters). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (stars), Jillibean Soup (letters). Die cut: Jillibean Soup. Button: Fancy Pants Designs. Adhesive, crocheted accent: American Crafts.
Design by Kimberly Neddo
Any first in Baby's life is worthy of a scrapbook page, such as this girl's first time seeing spring flowers. A mix of posed and candid shots shows her excitement, while pastel colors and vintage designs give an eclectic feel to the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, metal flowers: Sassafras. Brads: BasicGrey. Stamps: Studio Calico. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko (black), ColorBox by Clearsnap (all other). Pen: Bic. Floss: Fila Broder. Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by Mary Jo Rhoda
Trim items from patterned paper to add playfulness to any page. The kite and clouds are fun touches for a page about a carefree family picnic.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, decorative paper, pens: American Crafts. Die cut: October Afternoon. Stickers: American Crafts (label, orange, tree, large letters), Cosmo Cricket (small letters). Buttons: Doodlebug Design. Ink: Clearsnap.
Design by Shelly Jaquet
Present a quick overview of seasonal events by trimming numerous photos into squares, then placing them in a grid shape to keep things simple. Journaling printed on tags works well to summarize what's happening in the pictures.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (script), Making Memories (cream ledger, text), My Mind's Eye (teal ledger), We R Memory Keepers (dot). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Sassafras. Die cuts: Sassafras. Chipboard accents: The Girls' Paperie. Baker's twine: Divine Twine. Punches: EK Success (corner rounder, circle), Stampin' Up! (ticket corner).
Design by Jennifer Johner
Jennifer captured this photo of her daughter playing in the puddles during a rain shower and used it as the basis for a digital layout. She mimicked the designs on her daughter's coat for the floral elements she drew throughout the layout. She created the artful text treatment with the Warp tool in Adobe Photoshop.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Font: Xtraflexidisc off the Internet. Digital elements: 8Zero (blue lines in border).
Design by Lisa Storms
Lisa didn't take many photos one spring, so she decided to create an overview layout of the season's activities. To make the flower accent, she covered a circle of cardstock with adhesive, swirled embroidery floss onto it, and then topped it with a concho. She printed labels directly on the photos to eliminate the need for a separate journaling box.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Chatterbox. Brads: Making Memories. Concho: Scrapworks. Punch: Marvy Uchida. Corner rounder: EK Success.
Design by Candi Gershon
For this gone-fishin' page, Candi trimmed three fish accents from the center of her 12x12" sheet of patterned paper before mounting her cardstock photo mats to the background. She painted the backs of her acrylic letters green for subtle coloration and stapled four ribbon lengths to the bottom left edge of the matted piece for texture.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scrapworks. Font: Century Gothic. Acrylic letters: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Carolee's Creations (yellow), KI Memories (all other).
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Spray dyes work well to create complex dyed designs on a playful kite page. Erikia used this method to make her background paper, photo corners, and stamped title. To create the title treatment, she sprayed blue and teal dyes onto negative block alphabet stamps. When the stamped title was dry, she outlined the letters with a black fine-tip pen.
SOURCES: Watercolor paper: Canson. Ink-jet photo paper: Epson. Font: Modern Type by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Marcella by Kay (on photo). Stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary (title). Dye: Ranger Industries. Pen: Staedtler. Fibers, compass: Club Scrap. Spiral clips: Scrapworks. Ribbons: May Arts. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Dana Smith
Dana used paper dyes to create an aged look on this spring-break layout. Rough up the paper before dyeing it to break surface fibers, allowing some areas to suck up more dye. Dana dyed her background cardstock to duplicate the clear blue-sky color in this spring break photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, tag, ribbon: Chatterbox. Ink: Ranger Industries. Metal molding, acrylic paint, rub-ons, dye, distressing kit, jump rings: Making Memories.
Design by Jana Eubank
Couple fun outdoor photos with springlike accents to celebrate the season. Cut triangles from patterned paper and pop them up with adhesive foam. Use gems to connect the triangles and make a cute banner. Create a pull tab so journaling can be tucked away -- a particularly helpful hint if you aren't fond of your own handwriting or have a message you want to keep private.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (pink), The Paper Co. (cream). Patterned paper: Sassafras. Stickers: BasicGrey (border), Sassafras (flowers), We R Memory Keepers (leaves). Die cuts: Elle's Studio (circles, labels), Sassafras (flowers), We R Memory Keepers (leaves). Brads: BasicGrey. Buttons: Noel Mignon. Photo corner: Heidi Swapp. Metal accents: Making Memories. Envelope, tag: Melissa Francis. Transparency: My Mind's Eye. Gems: Darice. Pens: American Crafts. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Embossing tool: Provo Craft. Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares.
Design by Lori Bergmann
Lori made her own tulip-theme background paper for this spring-fresh layout. She enlarged a photo of tulips from her garden, reduced the opacity in her image-editing software, and printed the photo on matte paper. She sanded the surface, concentrating on the edges to create a soft look that allows the other photos to stand out.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company. Font: Ratatat by Provo Craft. Stamps: Purple Onion Designs. Ink: Tsukineko. Ribbon, eyelets: Making Memories. Photo corner: Boutique Trims. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica grouped five vertical photos to remember a day of kite flying. To dress up the sixth box in her grid, she created a cute kite piecing. She gave the page a playful sense of movement by tying ribbons to the kite tail and allowing it to wander through the photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (green dot). Autumn Leaves (orange floral, stripe). Font: Autumn (journaling) off the Internet. Stamp: Leisure Arts (date). Ink: Clearsnap. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Nailheads: Scrapworks. Ribbon: May Arts (blue), Michaels (polka dot, green/orange).
Design by Angelia Wigginton
Brighten up a favorite spring portrait with pastel patterned papers. Angelia framed the photo with a sweet scallop border cut from a patterned-paper sheet using a template. She added polka-dot and striped papers to complete the look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Font: Evergreen by Two Peas in a Bucket. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Amy Licht
Amy was pleased when her daughter tried some traditional Passover food. She picked up on the color of her daughter's shirt when choosing patterned papers for this layout. Then she tied in the circle theme further by trimming rings from cardstock and placing her title on top.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (rings), 7Gypsies (polka dot). Fonts: CAV Pinafore (journaling), Tangerine (title) off the Internet. Ribbon: Michaels. Acrylic circle: KI Memories.
Design by Leah Fung
Leah used texture medium to give her title and accent pieces the look of rough wood for this outdoors-inspired layout. To spread the medium, use a butter knife or your finger. While it's still wet, you can create patterns using simple tools such as a fork or a toothpick. Leah embedded white tacks in the wet medium to make it appear as if they'd been hammered into wood scraps.
SOURCES: Cardstock, acrylic paint, chipboard stencil, metal-rim tag, ribbon: Making Memories. Font: Arial (journaling), Times New Roman ("going on"). Stickers, tacks: Chatterbox. Texture gel medium: Liquitex. Plastic tags: Pebbles, Inc.
Design by Lisa Storms
Snap pictures of loved ones in their new spring duds this year. Lisa chose vibrant materials to create this colorful layout about her daughter and aunt. She trimmed the top and bottom edges of her journaling-box borders to points to break up the strong horizontal lines of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, pink). Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (dot, stripe), Autumn Leaves (floral). Fonts: Scriptorium ("aunt") by Chatterbox, Freebooter Script ("priceless"), Pharmacy ("Mary"), Typo Slab Serif (journaling) off the Internet. Journaling tags: Heidi Swapp. Pins: Heidi Grace Designs.
Design by Jeniece Higgins
Jeniece gave more meaning to a First Communion layout by recalling earlier times when her daughter wore white. A full-size picture of the current event faces two older snapshots highlighted with metal frames painted white and lightly sanded. She topped the layout with lace, ribbons, and beaded appliqués from her own wedding shoes and secured the ribbon title with corsage pins.
SOURCES: Cardstock, embossed paper: Provo Craft. Transparency: 3M. Font: Times New Roman. Metal frames: Artistic Expressions. Rub-ons, date stamp: Making Memories. Ink: Tsukineko. Paint: Plaid.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Spring is the perfect time to reflect on new beginnings. For this all-about-me page, Erikia made a custom background by using a vintage doily as a stencil for spraying green harlequin-pattern paper. She stamped the pink paper with floral and script designs and then used distress ink to create the layered look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Club Scrap (harlequin). Font: Old Remington by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Club Scrap (title), K&Company (ruler). Velvet leaf: Artchix Studio. Stamps: Making Memories (decorative), Hero Arts (script). Ink: Ranger Industries (distress, color wash). Spray paint: Martha Stewart Crafts. Acrylic paint: Making Memories.
Design by Cindy Chen
Cindy gathered several photos of a springtime photo shoot with her son and created this soft seasonal layout. She smeared brown ink on the white photo edges and formed her title with alphabet rub-ons. She used a soft strip of ribbon to join the two segments of patterned papers on her layout. Silk flowers and ornate photo corners add finishing touches.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (green words, stripes), Li'l Davis Designs (definition). Font: Rub This! off the Internet. Rub-ons: Li'l Davis Designs. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc. Buckle: Maya Road. Ribbon: Midori. Photo corners: Magic Scraps. Ink: Ranger Industries.
Design by Sarah Klemish
Document a spring activity with a cluster of photos telling the story of a fun day. Choose photos in different sizes to add interest. Simple color choices and oversize accents capture the colors from the pictures and draw the eyes in.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (turquoise), Tinkering Ink (yellow), Making Memories (green). Font: Bell Gothic off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard accents: Doodlebug Design (letters), Technique Tuesday (circles). Felt accent: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Thread: Jo-Ann Stores.
Design by Lisa Truesdell
Sometimes all you need is the perfect paper to spark an idea for a page. Here, the subject's penchant for jumping in puddles is perfectly paired with rainbow paper. Splatter the background with spray ink in a tone-on-tone color to simulate a rain-stained effect.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (geometric), Crate Paper for Studio Calico (rainbow, diamond, yellow dot), My Mind's Eye (hexagon), Studio Calico (green and blue dot, ledger). Stickers: Crate Paper for Studio Calico. Buttons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Gems: My Mind's Eye. Trim, pin: Maya Road. Staples: Tim Holtz. Stamp: Studio Calico. Ink: Tsukineko. Mist: Maya Road (iridescent pearl), Studio Calico (blue). Embossing powder: American Crafts. Pen: Staedtler. Punches: Fiskars (clouds), EK Success (scallop border). Die-cutting tool: Making Memories. Adhesive foam: American Crafts.
Design by Nicole Eshelman
A bright, sunny background sets the tone for this cheerful page. To make "spring" stand out as the main word in the title, Nicole used tone-on-tone letters for the first word and placed them vertically. Butterflies from laser-cut paper add fun accents.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (clouds), Doodlebug Design (dot). Font: Calibri. Laser-cut paper: KI Memories. Stickers: American Crafts (pink bracket, "welcoming"), KI Memories ("spring"). Button: Autumn Leaves (blue), KI Memories (white).
Design by Sheri Reguly
To polish plain die cuts, Sheri dressed up her butterfly and flowers with faux gems and pearls. Focus attention on one large color picture in the center of the page. The smaller black-and-white pics play supporting roles on each side.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey, October Afternoon. Fonts: Fling, Susie's Hand off the Internet. Rub-ons: BasicGrey. Envelope: Hero Arts. Paper trim: Bazzill Basics Paper. Flower: Making Memories. Buttons: My Mind's Eye. Gems: Hero Arts, Me and My Big Ideas, My Mind's Eye. Pearls: Kaisercraft. Dies: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft (flower), Sizzix (butterfly). Die-cutting tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.
Design by Stephanie Howell
Stephanie created a flowery, feminine spring layout with floral paper, velvet ribbon, and cute flower accents. A series of pictures is highlighted by felt flowers and creative journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzil Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), BasicGrey (flower), October Afternoon (labels). Chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Felt flowers: American Crafts. Ribbon: May Arts. Gems: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Ink: Clearsnap. Pens/pencils: American Crafts. Punches: EK Success.
Design by Vivian Masket
A picture of the Seder plate provides the color scheme for this Passover page. Handwritten journaling and a hand-drawn border add a warm, homey touch to the clean, simple page. Mix black-and-white and color photos, then add brightly colored embellishments to draw attention to the black-and-white images. Repeat shapes to add continuity to a page, as Vivian did here with a simple star shape.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Echo Park. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Echo Park (stars). Pens: Sakura of America. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Remember to chronicle your spring break adventures even if you don't head for the beach. Make your own chipboardlike elements by stacking several layers of the same shape punched from cardstock and patterned paper, as with the stars on this page. Ink the edges of your photos to define them. Be sure to use ink that works well on slick surfaces (like one that's solvent-based).
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (dot, green stripe), Jillibean Soup (multistripe), Creative Imaginations (ledger), Crate Paper (grid). Stickers: American Crafts (numbers), Jillibean Soup (green letter), October Afternoon (labels). Chipboard accents: Jillibean Soup. Epoxy accent: KI Memories. Rub-ons, pen, ink, adhesive: American Crafts. Punches: EK Success (star).