Paper-Piece Embellishments for Valentine's Day Scrapbook Pages
Design by Jennifer Perks
Jennifer created the fun paper-pieced mailbox on this scrapbook page to hold her hidden journaling. By attaching the mailbox flag with a brad and creating a mailbox door that opens, she gave the piecing an interactive quality.
Editor's Tip: Include mementos in scrapbook pages whenever possible. Jennifer made a simple pocket along the bottom of her scrapbook page from blue cardstock, giving her a home for her daughter's valentines.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue), Stampin' Up! (red, white). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Stickers: Making Memories. Rub-on: American Crafts. Brads, felt ribbon: Queen & Co. Punch: Target. Thread: Coats & Clark. Magnet: BasicGrey.
Turn to Handwritten Notes for Scrapbook Page Inspiration
Design by Kim Moreno
Kim preserved her son's Valentine's Day message of love by including it in a spot of honor on this scrapbook page. To further drive home the lovey theme, Kim created a large heart-shape mat for her photo, and edged it with hand-stitching and punched scallop-edge circles.
Editor's Tip: Scan and resize handwritten notes too big to scrapbook. If you have a love note penned by a child that you'd like to keep but that is either too big to include or is fading, use your computer scanner to capture it and resize or adjust setting and print out a copy.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Coredinations. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Rub-ons, pen: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (title), Heidi Swapp (hearts). Envelope: Bazzill Basics Paper. Floss: DMC. Punches: Fiskars (border), Martha Stewart Crafts (scalloped circles). Trimmer: Creative Memories.
Scrapbook Photos of Valentine's Day Crafts
Design by Amy Licht
Making homemade valentines is a fun tradition for Amy's family, so she made their heartfelt creations the subject of this playful scrapbook page. She took close-up photos of the valentines themselves as well as her son working on them and showing off a finished piece to include the entire creative process.
Editor's Tip: Get attention with your title. To draw attention to the word "puppy" in hers, Amy cut a large chipboard heart into three sections and covered the top and bottom with striped paper while attaching the title letters to a solid blue chunk in the center.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (brown) Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow, blue, red). Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: Tubby (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (pink letters), Making Memories (glitter blue letters, heart). Ribbon: KI Memories. Brads: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.
Use Clear Accents to Add Subtle Embellishments to Valentine Scrapbook Pages
Design by Linda Harrison
Linda used clear hearts and stars on this Valentine's Day scrapbook page to add to the love theme without distracting from the photos. She also used a stitching template to add tone-on-tone embroidery floss swirls to her layout.
Editor's Tip: Make hand-stitching easier by marking the holes you want to pierce before you begin stitching. It will help you make sure you love the shape and that the holes are evenly spaced for neat stitching.
SOURCES: Cardstock, stitching templates: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: Dream Street Papers. Font: Incognitype off the Internet. Rub-ons: Tinkering Ink. Chipboard accents: Chatterbox. Acrylic accent: Pageframe Designs (heart), Heidi Swapp (stars). Floss: DMC. Rhinestones: Me & My Big Ideas.
Give Valentine's Day Scrapbook Pages a New Twist with Nontraditional Colors
Design by Kim Crothers
Kim snapped photos of her kids with their Valentine's Day gift -- a stuffed alligator -- then paired the pics with bright elements on this digital scrapbook page. Heart-shape accents and patterned paper drive home the V-Day theme despite the unexpected bright yellow background.
Editor's Tip: Most digital scrapbook pages can easily be recreated as paper designs. Study a digital design's basic structure and substitute your favorite traditional scrapbooking supplies for the digital elements shown.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Broken 15 ("alligator"), Dirty Ego off the Internet (journaling). Digital elements: Girls kit (yellow paper, frames, heart buttons) by Graziela Mendes; Happy Love kit (heart paper, heart tag, heart doodles, scalloped edge) by Jackie Eckles; Candy Pop Acrylic Alphabet (candy letters) by Lisa Sisneros.
Use a Love Note as Journaling on Your Valentine's Day Scrapbook Page
Design by Sasha Farina
Sasha used a love note written to her husband as the journaling on this sophisticated scrapbook page. She printed the typed text on a subdued patterned paper, sliced it into strips, and attached the strips to the scrapbook page. Sasha used a few leftover strips of the same patterned paper and wove them vertically to connect the horizontal pieces.
Editor's Tip: Love a photo? Use it lots. Sasha used the same photo three times on this page, but she gave each copy a little twist by using one in color, one in black-and-white, and one with the color slightly faded back.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Problem Secretary off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-on: Maya Road. Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Stamp: Autumn Leaves. Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko.
Use a Digital Collage Template to Create Your Valentine's Scrapbook Page Layout
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa snapped lots of photos of her son's first school Valentine's Day party, and she managed to fit many on her two-page layout by using a digital photo collage template to size and group the pictures. After printing her photo collage as two pieces, Melissa mounted it on a patterned-paper background and filled the empty spots in her collage with blocks of pink paper, journaling, and sticker and chipboard accents.
Editor's Tip: Make bright photos pop by using black mats or filling the space between shots in a photo collage with a dark color. Melissa completed her collage and flattened the image, then used the Magic Wand selection tool in Photoshop to select the white borders between photos and filled them with black.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Typo (date) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Century Gothic (journaling). Digital templates: Scrapbooks Etc.com Quick Collage #202, Scrapbooks Etc. Quick Collage #210. Chipboard heart: KI Memories. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (small), Reminisce (large).
Substitute Shapes for Words in a Valentine's Day Page Title
Design by Vicki Boutin
To make this scrapbook page about a Valentine's Day party a bit more playful, Vicki substituted a large chipboard heart for the second part of the word "sweetheart" in her title. Inking the heart in a color that pops off the patterned background and nesting smaller hearts inside the big one drives home the theme.
Editor's Tip: Getting the perfect shot of each person you want to include on a page can be tricky. If you're not lucky enough to have a single photo that showcases everyone like Vicki did, crop individual shots of your subjects the same size and mat them together to create a larger focal point.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: SEI ("XOX"), Scenic Route paper Co. (pink dot). Rub-ons: Scrapworks. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project. Ink: Tsukineko. Pens: Sakura of America. Brads: Queen & Co.
Look to Ads for Scrapbook Page Inspiration
Design by Amy Licht
Amy took her inspiration for this scrapbook page about her daughter decorating -- and eating -- Valentine's Day cookies from a magazine advertisement. To copy one of her favorite parts of the ad, she added large, hand-cut letters to each of her four photos, completing the title that starts in the corner of the page and creating a strong focal point.
Editor's Tip: Have fun with titles. There's no rule that says a scrapbook page title has to run horizontally across your page. Try curving yours around corners, running it vertically, or even wrapping a long title around the edge of a page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers, Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, letter stickers, rub-ons: American Crafts. Font: Fancy Free by Two Peas in a Bucket (journaling), Arial ("LOVE"). Gems: Michaels.
Combine Punched Shapes and Letters to Create a Cut Page Title
Design by Lisa Storms
For the title of this scrapbook page, Lisa transformed a basic punched hand shape into a symbol of love by folding down two of the fingers to say "I love you" in American Sign Language.
Editor's Tip: Love the look of stitching but don't want to spend the time? Look for products that let you re-create the look without the hassle of hauling out your sewing machine. Lisa used dimensional stickers that look like zigzag stitches to give this simple design texture and interest.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned Paper: Heidi Grace Designs. Vellum: WorldWin papers. Font: Soli off the Internet. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design. Acrylic accents: Cloud 9 Design (dots), Heidi Grace Designs (heart). Punches: Fiskars. Photo: Cameron Sadeghpour.
Create a Vellum Pocket for Valentines on Your Scrapbook Page
Design by Erin Roe
Erin snapped shots of her son Bryce at a Valentine's Day party with his playgroup to create this scrapbook page. She used racetrack loops to draw the attention to her photos and bookplates to house a small picture and the date.
Editor's Tip: Use vellum to create a pocket for your child's favorite valentines from his friends. When placed strategically across the page, they are easy to access and help your child recall fond memories.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, vellum: KI Memories. Fonts: Times New Roman by Microsoft (journaling), Giverny by Scraps Ahoy ("sweet and tasty"), Rickety by Two Peas in a Bucket ("2004"). Stickers: Karen Foster Design. Bookplates: Making Memories.
Use Stitching to Join Blocks of Patterned Paper
Design by Lisa Swift
Lisa used the zigzag setting on her sewing machine to stitch together blocks of patterned paper to make the background for this Valentine's Day scrapbook page. She complemented the look with a hand-stitched paper heart.
Editor's Tip: Make your journaling pop. Lisa printed her text on white cardstock that she cut into strips and then swiped a red ink pad along the edges. When adhered to the strong black background, the effect is striking.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (black), Making Memories (white). Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (black-and-white text), Bo-Bunny (red floral). Font: Emma Script off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Label maker, tape: Dymo. Charm: Paper Bliss by Westrim Crafts. Embroidery floss: DMC.
Scrapbook Annual Valentine's Day Traditions
Design by Melanie Bauer
Melanie and her husband spend each Valentine's Day cooking a meal at home. For this scrapbook page, Melanie photographed the special meal and paired those photos with handwritten journaling.
Editor's Tip: Don't feel confined by traditional Valentine's Day color schemes. Though Melanie's striped paper has pink in it, she matched her page colors to her dark photos, using a sage green as the dominant hue.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Stickers, pen: American Crafts. Ink: Clearsnap. Tag: Autumn Leaves.
Use Image-Editing Software to Selectively Color a Photo
Design by Amy Licht
Amy altered these digital photos of her son delivering a special Valentine's Day gift to emphasize the flowers in the shots. She turned the images black-and-white, then selected the flower areas in each shot and applied a shade of pink that matched the cardstock and embellishments she planned to use.
Editor's Tip: Die-cut papers are all the rage but they're usually only available in 12x12" sheets. To adapt the larger design to her 8-1/2x11" page, Amy trimmed off two sides of the paper and used the pieces to frame the center part of her layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (stripe), Pebbles Inc. (brocade/dot), Making Memories (shaped). Rub-ons: Stampin' Up!. Brads: Doodlebug Design. Punches: EK Success.
Print Journaling Directly on Photos
Design by Traci Turchin
Traci used computer software to format her text in a heart shape and layered the text block over her image before printing the photo. The pink text draws attention and enabled Traci to make her photo large on the page without forcing her to skimp on her journaling.
Editor's Tip: Create your own page background using strips of patterned paper and cardstock. Traci cut strips of valentine-theme patterned paper and adhered them to a sheet of cardstock to create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for her photo.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, slides, acrylic accents: KI Memories. Font: Baskerville by Linotype. Stickers: American Crafts. Ribbon: Hobby Lobby. Leather flower: Making Memories. Software: Adobe Illustrator.
Mix Letter Styles for a Valentine's Day Scrapbook Page Title
Design by Melissa Kelley
Melissa combined different styles and types of letters to create the title on this scrapbook page, combining stickers and rub-ons from several lines. By transferring some of the rub-on letters to pieces of cardstock and giving the blocks decorative edges, she helped unite the different styles.
Editor's Tip: Balance both sides of a two-page layout. To counter the large photograph and title used on the left-hand page of the design, Melissa filled the opposite side with a collage of several colorful shots.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: FoofaLa (stripe), 7Gypsies (script). Stickers: Creative Imaginations (letters), EK Success (heart). Rub-ons: FoofaLa (brown), Heidi Swapp (black), KI Memories (tan). Ribbon: May Arts. Rickrack, lace: Michaels. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Showcase Your Kid's Moods on a Valentine's Day Page
Design by Heather Melzer
During a Valentine's Day photo shoot, Heather took many shots that hint at her daughter's playful personality. She added descriptor text to the photos in her image-editing software, then arranged them on two blank 12x12" canvases, added a journaling block, and printed, adding pattern and embellishments to the basic framework.
Editor's Tip: If you're interested in trying digital scrapbooking but still love playing with paper, try what we call "hybrid" scrapbooking. It's a combination of digital scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking and you can make it as involved or as simple as you like.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (word print), Chatterbox (swirl). Font: MBell off the Internet. Metal letters: American Crafts. Buttons: Junkitz. Felt flowers: Paper Source. Digital elements: Heather Ann Designs.
Make a List of Favorite Memories for a Valentine-Theme Scrapbook Page
Design by Jody Dent-Pruks
To accompany a favorite photo of her husband, Jody jotted down a list of all the reasons he's been her special valentine for more than 21 years. Making a list is a great way to record special memories and provide lots of detail without overwhelming a page with text.
Editor's Tip: For a sophisticated scrapbook page, keep the design simple. Jody paired this black-and-white photo with a love-theme patterned paper and simple red accents to keep the focus on his face and her message.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Times New Roman (journaling, "everyday"), Script ("Valentine") off the Internet. Ribbons: Making Memories. Buttons: Michaels.
Play with Decorative-Edge Paper for an Artistic Valentine's Day Scrapbook Page
Design by Valerie Salmon
Valerie created an interesting shape on this page featuring photos of her kids on Valentine's Day by slicing a sheet of shaped paper into two uneven pieces and attaching them to a solid sheet of cardstock in a new configuration. The uneven split allowed her to house a larger photo in the upper portion of the page and tuck a small shot and a bit of journaling near the bottom.
Editor's Tip: Strong designs usually repeat elements to guide the viewer's eye through the page. See how Valerie repeated bits of patterned paper in the hearts and photo corner used on the larger image? It's an invisible triangle that helps keep the eye moving.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (stripe), Pebbles Inc. (brocade/dot), Making Memories (shaped). Font: Typist off the Internet. Rub-ons: Stampin' Up!. Brads: Doodlebug Design. Cutting tool: Coluzzle by Provo Craft. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Create Graphic Background Patterns for Valentine's Day Scrapbook Pages
Design by Erin Roe
Erin used her image-editing software to design a shape template for this curvy background, then transferred the design to the distressed-finish patterned paper and her photos and cut out the shapes by hand. She kept the photos separate from the journaling with a white border but let the title overlap both elements.
Editor's Tip: Let word-printed embellishments take the place of handwritten or typed text in your journaling. The little printed acrylic charms Erin used spice up otherwise standard journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Fonts: Times New Roman (journaling), Patriot (title) by Autumn Leaves. Brads, charms: Queen & Co. Paint: Making Memories. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Write Directly on Your Photos for a Playful Scrapbook Page
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon literally surrounded the subjects of her layout with a handwritten love letter by writing directly on one of the photos on this two-page valentine-theme layout. The neutral background of the wall behind her husband and son makes the perfect backdrop for her handwriting. A made-for-slick-surfaces pen made sure her thoughts wouldn't smudge.
Editor's Tip: Mix-and-match materials to create fun page titles. Shannon mixed rub-ons, stickers, and die cuts to make the colorful title that spans the two pages of her design. It's a great way to use up leftovers!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (multicolor), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green dot), KI Memories (orange stripe), Chatterbox (orange dot). Die cuts: KI Memories ("V"), BasicGrey (all other letters), Heidi Grace Designs (hearts). Acrylic hearts: Heidi Swapp. Pens, brads, rub-ons: American Crafts.
Use Scraps of Patterned Paper to Make Colorful Page Embellishments
Design by Amy Licht
Amy designed this layout to showcase pictures of her daughter making valentines for her class. She layered hearts cut from scraps of patterned paper by boosting them with adhesive foam.
Editor's Tip: Hand-cut words or letters to create custom titles. On this page, Amy paired colorful chipboard letters (spelling the word "crafts") with a word she cut from cardstock. Amy printed the word in reverse on the back of her cardstock and then cut out the phrase with a craft knife.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Dagobert ("hearts") off the Internet. Century Gothic (journaling). Buttons: Blumenthal. Fabric tab: Scrapworks.
Add Texture and Interest with Felt and Stitched Accents
Design by Jennifer Perks
To create this scrapbook page showcasing Valentine's Day photos from two years, Jennifer split her layout in half by pairing two similarly patterned papers, added her photos, then adhered bands of fuzzy red felt to the top and bottom. A simple whipstitch around the edges finishes off the handmade look.
Editor's Tip: Copy embellishment ideas you see on Valentine's Day products. Jennifer's design was inspired by some fun felt treat bags she found. The layered felt hearts and sequin details are replicas of the ones on the bags.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Stampin' Up!. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Making Memories. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design. Brads, jewels: Queen & Co. Sequins: Treehouse Studio (dark red), Wal-Mart (light red). Floss: DMC Corp. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punch, pinking shears: Fiskars.
Make a Border of Photos for Valentine Scrapbook Pages
Design by Pam Callaghan
Pam used black-and-white photos to create a border all the way around this valentine-theme scrapbook page. She used a trimmer to crop each photo into a 3x3" square, and then lined them up around the edges of the page to surround her computer-printed journaling and title in the center.
Editor's Tip: Make your own valentine-theme embellishments. Pam used a shape template to cut different-size hearts from paper and cardstock scraps. A few brads, ribbon bits, and paper flowers were used for finishing touches.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Die Cuts With A View. Font: P22 Da Vinci Forward (title) off the Internet, Garamond (journaling). Pens: EK Success (black), Uni-ball (white). Brads, ribbon: Making Memories. Flowers: Prima. Cutting template: Fiskars.
Make Your Own Heart-Filled Paper with Masking Techniques
Design by Janna Wilson
Janna layered different-size heart masks onto a sheet of white cardstock and then used multiple colors of ink and a stipple brush to create a fun background. She also used masks and black paint to create her title.
Editor's Tip: Don't be confused by supply terms. A mask is basically like a stencil. The difference is that stencils confine the area to be colored (you fill in a shape) while masks keep color off an area (you color the area around a shape).
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs. Masks: Heidi Swapp. Acrylic stamps: Technique Tuesday. Ink: Stampin' Up! (pink, red). Acrylic paint: Ranger Industries. Pens: Zig Writer by EK Success (black), Uni-ball Roller (white). Ribbon, trim, tag: Making Memories.
Make Use of Leftover Scraps to Make a Valentine's Day Page
Design by Miley Johnson
Miley made the most of her leftover supplies when she created this fun valentine-theme scrapbook page. She kept the negative sheet left after she'd used all the hearts on this sheet of chipboard accents and turned it into an eye-catching backdrop for a photo of her daughter. She allowed the patterned paper from the background to show through some spots, but she filled others with solid cardstock and an extra snapshot.
Editor's Tip: Scrapbook supply packaging can become low-cost page embellishments with a little creativity. Look for cute designs you can cut out from packaging inserts or labels to provide budget-friendly solutions.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Junkitz (script), Autumn Leaves (pink), EK Success (red ledger). Font: Chestnuts by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard: Imagination Project. Photo corners: Heidi Swapp. Label: The Paper Source. Pins: Heidi Grace. Brads: Making Memories.
Scrapbook Photos of Valentine's Day Gifts
Design by Cindy Liebel
Cindy created this scrapbook page about the mini rose bush her husband gave her for Valentine's Day. She combined a colorful photograph and a black background to create striking contrast.
Editor's Tip: Scared of messing up your page with a handwriting mistake? No worries. Simply write out your text on a separate sheet of cardstock and cut it into strips as Cindy did on this page. If you make a mistake, it's easy to replace just one strip and you won't mar your background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Letter stickers: Making Memories (patterned, black), American Crafts (white, red). Chipboard heart: Heidi Swapp. Tags: Making Memories. Brads: American Crafts (small red), Making Memories (large red).
Dress Up Chipboard Accents for Fun Valentine's Day Pages
Design by Rhonda Bonifay
To scrapbook this photo of a friend's daughter, Rhonda combined chipboard accents from several different sources and unified them by applying patterned papers, paint, and loose glitter to the raw pieces.
Editor's Tip: Decorative edges can break up an otherwise blocky design. The basic parts on this page are quite linear, but by using a mix of small and large scallops as well as the fun postage-stamp edge, Rhonda softened the look and made it more feminine.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (pink), WorldWin Paper (red). Patterned paper: BasicGrey (floral), BoBunny Press (pink dots), My Mind's Eye (blue dots), Making Memories (blue border). Font: Murray Bold off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Creative Imaginations (large flower), Making Memories (hearts), Melissa Francis (small flower). Journaling block: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Glitter: Doodlebug Design. Photo: Vicki Boutin.
Scrapbook Photos from Past Valentine's Day Celebrations
Design by Shaunte Wadley
For this photo-packed scrapbook page, Shaunte snapped a photo of each child in the same Valentine's Day costume when they were each in kindergarten. When she created the page, her fifth child had not yet reached kindergarten, so she saved space with a piece of notebook paper.
Editor's Tip: Remember to note the date photos where taken. Shaunte kept it simple by making cardstock tags with each child's name and the year the photo was taken.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (red, black). Patterned paper, cardstock, stickers, pinch tabs, large white brads, crystal brads, metal clip: Karen Foster Design. Font: Times New Roman (journaling). Thread: Coats and Clark.
Scrapbook Valentine's Day Treats
Design by Amy Peterman
Amy used pretty patterned paper, pink trim and red chipboard letters to showcase photos of the cupcakes she and her daughter made for Valentine's Day. Amy even included some unused cupcake wrappers, stamping frame and scroll designs on them and using them as page embellishments.
Editor's Tip: Mix black-and-white photos with color photos for a playful touch. Amy added a single color photo to the black-and-white photo strip on the left-hand page, then dressed it up with a crown and felt wings.
SOURCES: Cardstock: French Paper Company. Patterned paper, die-cuts, chipboard letters, stamps, felt accents, lace: Fancy Pants Designs. Rub-ons: KI Memories ("cutie"). Ink: Stampin' Up! (red), StazOn by Tsukineko (black). Paint: Making Memories (white). Pens: American Crafts (red), Sakura of America (white), Zig Writer by EK Success (black micro tip). Brads: All My Memories.
Use Glitter to Dress Up Handmade Valentine Embellishments
Design by Vicki Boutin
For this simple page about the fun had at a Valentine's Day party, Vicki created her own low-cost page accents by layering hearts cut from two patterned papers and dressing them up with dots of glitter glue. A bit of adhesive foam between the layers gives the accent more depth.
Editor's Tip: Pair word and letter stickers found in your stash for an easy and inexpensive page title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Mustard Moon. Stickers: Three Bugs in a Rug. Glitter: Stix 2. Pen: Sakura of America. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Group Photos and Journaling for a Simple Valentine's Day Scrapbook Page
Design by Ali McLaughlin
Ali combined red-and-pink papers with heart accents to commemorate the Valentine's Day her family was snowed in. By grouping her photos and journaling and giving them a crisp white border, she kept the focus on the story and let the colorful patterns serve merely as accents.
Editor's Tip: Keep your layouts clean and simple to emphasize your holiday photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Bernard Condensed off the Internet. Chipboard hearts, foam letters: American Crafts.
Get Creative with Everyday Embellishments on Your Valentine's Day Scrapbook Pages
Design by Lisa Storms
For this tribute to her husband on Valentine's Day, Lisa got inventive with some nonvalentine-theme embellishments. She used a chipboard bracket and a piece of elastic cord to create Cupid's bow and made an arrow from a decorative stickpin and a triangular sliver of cardstock.
Editor's Tip: Create a sophisticated look with tone-on-tone papers. Subtly printed papers are a great way to inject pattern without overwhelming your photos. Lisa chose a bought heart-print paper for her background, but you could also make your own by stamping with inks just a shade darker than a same-color cardstock.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Design. Font: Verdana ("Valentine's Day"), Little Days ("giving in to"), TypoSlabserif-Light (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers, flowers, stickpin: Heidi Grace Designs. Chipboard accent: Heidi Swapp. Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Button: Autumn Leaves. Elastic cord: Jo-Ann Stores. Punches: Fiskars.
Scrapbook Your Valentine's Day Photos Outtakes
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi housed the extra photos from her Valentine's Day card photo shoot on this scrapbook page. She used a white piece of cardstock as a base and arranged her square photos in a grid, leaving spots open for longer shots of the kid's finished class treats and a journaling block.
Editor's Tip: Create a cohesive two-page design by repeating the structure of one page on its pair. Though she filled the spots on her pages in slightly different ways, Candi still used the same basic nine-square structure for both sides of the spread.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Patterned paper: Making Memories (ledger), Fancy Pants Designs (pink), My Mind's Eye (red). Font: Footlight MT Light off the Internet. Stickers: Carolee's Creations. Rub-on: Heidi Grace Designs. Die cuts: My Mind's Eye (green heart), Fancy Pants Designs (red and pink hearts), Cloud 9 Design (circle). Paper clips: Junkitz. Pin: Fancy Pants Designs. Ribbon: SEI.
Use Paper-Piecings to Enhance Valentine's Day Layouts
Design by Valerie Salmon
Valerie designed simple yet sophisticated paper piecings for this scrapbook page featuring photos of her children taken on Valentine's Day. Cutting the layers of the piecings from patterned paper gives them the look of a much more intricate piece without the hand-cutting hassle.
Editor's Tip: When working with busy patterns, less is usually more. Valerie used small amounts of the coordinating patterns she chose for her piecings and the single stripe behind her photo to keep the prints from overwhelming her subjects.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Stickers: BasicGrey (letters), Heidi Swapp (rhinestones). Stamp: Autumn Leaves. Ink: Ancient Page. Brads: Making Memories. Flowers: Prima Marketing.
Trim Page Journaling to Fit within a Large Heart Shape
Design by Lisa Storms
To create a graphic background for this page featuring photos of her mom with the kids on Valentine's Day, Lisa formatted her journaling in her word-processing program, printed it out on white cardstock, and then cut around the text in the shape of a heart. A second shape cut from pink cardstock peeks out from behind.
Editor's Tip: Sometimes a favorite song can express your feelings perfectly. The title on Lisa's page was inspired by a favorite song by James Taylor. Browse your iTunes playlist to find titles that match a page you're working on or even inspire one from the start!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Century Gothic (journaling), Liorah (title strips) by Bitstream, Zothique ("how") by Scriptorium. Stickers: Mrs. Grossman's ("sweet"), Doodlebug Design (date). Rub-ons: Making Memories.
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