Layer Shapes to add Movement
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy interrupted the straight lines of her paper strips and photos with circles cut from patterned paper to give her football-game scrapbook page dimension and energy.
Editor's Tip: Try different arrangements before you adhere everything. The way you layer things can change the focal point and the way your eye moves through the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Century Gothic. Label holders, brads: Making Memories. Circle cutter: Provo Craft.
Mirror Your Page Design for Balance
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi flipped and rotated the basic structure used on the left page of her scrapbook layout to create its match on the right.
Editor's Tip: To add interest to a mirrored design, vary photo sizes and embellishments while still sticking to the same general structure.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design (orange, black), Scenic Route Paper Co. (graph, arrows), Chatterbox (polka dot). Font: Memory (caption) by Chatterbox, Times New Roman (journaling). Rub-ons: FontWerks. Chipboard accents: KI Memories. Canvas accent: Li'l Davis Designs. Stencil: American Traditional Designs.
Mat Game Photos Filmstrip Style
Design by Kelly Purkey
Kelly sized and recolored her action shots to resemble an old game filmstrip for this football scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Photograph the equipment used during a game and make that the focal point of your design for a creative twist on the norm.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (star), BasicGrey (blue), American Crafts (green), Fibermark (brown). Rub-ons, stickers, pen: American Crafts. Plastic accents: Heidi Swapp.
Group Your Photos
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon used a digital photo collage template to group her shots and mount them as one unit on a playful polka-dot background.
Editor's Tip: Let your text decorate the page. A spunky title, strips of journaling, and shapes with text in them tell Shannon's story and decorate her football scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Die cuts: Making Memories. Stickers: Making Memories (circle), 7Gypsies (label), American Crafts (letters). Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Chipboard accent: Zsiage. Pen: American Crafts.
Group Items in the Center of the Page
Design by Marie Lottermoser
To keep her close-cropped photos from getting lost on her scrapbook page, Marie grouped and matted them as a unit along with her journaling.
Editor's Tip: Break out of the box. When you group multiple items to contain chaos, it's also nice to have a few elements that break the grid as Marie did with her stars and butterfly.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Martha Stewart Crafts. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (brown), My Mind's Eye (floral). Font: Love Letter TW by Dixie's Delights. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Tsukineko. Felt accents: Fancy Pants Designs. Tape: 7Gypsies.
Include Action Images from Video
Design by Amy Licht
To capture the action shots on this football scrapbook page, Amy used an editing program to convert video she had taken into still shots.
Editor's Tip: Pair action photos with a main image that really stands out. A casual portrait of Amy's boys is supported by the caught-in-the-moment shots.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI. Font: Renaissance by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: American Crafts (title, stars), Doodlebug Design (rickrack). Rub-ons: Daisy D's Paper Co. Ink: Ranger Industries. Photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives. Software: Windows Movie Maker.
Show off a Team Photo
Design by Kristi Baumgarten
Kristi cropped her photo into a long panoramic print to show off her son's entire football team as large as possible on this scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Don't be afraid to enlarge and crop. A so-so photo can really be improved with a little creative editing.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (multicolor stripe), Making Memories (brown stripe), 7Gypsies (harlequin). Font: Tainted off the Internet. Stickers: Arctic Frog (numbers, letters), Creative Imaginations (epoxy).
Highlight the Action in Photos with Embellishments
Design by Erin Roe
A dashed line and rings cut from cardstock helped Erin show the movement of the football and highlight the important parts of the photos on this scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Reinforce movement with text. Erin placed chipboard letters spelling out the last word of her title along the movement path.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Designs (brown, yellow), BasicGrey (blues). Vellum: WorldWin Papers. Fonts: P22 Cezanne ("simple") off the Internet, Abadi Condensed (journaling) by Monotype, Century Gothic ("a", "game of"). Templates, punches: Fiskars. Chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Scallop border: Cloud 9 Designs. Rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs.
Make a Collage
Design by Kelly Lautenbach
In a tribute to her favorite college football team, Kelly used her photos and embellishments to make this playful collage-style scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Use scraps and leftovers to help complete your collage. Mix and match stickers, die cuts, and bits of rub-ons to create a fun, arty look that also helps clean out your stash!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Heidi Swapp (journaling spots), American Crafts (letters, numbers), 7Gypsies (words), Making Memories (small tags), Who's There, Inc. (labels). Pen: Sharpie. Brads: SEI.
Include Game Scores and Schedules
Design by Kelly Goree
Kelly reproduced the team's game schedule to include on this football scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Include memorabilia from games to tell the story. Ticket stubs, programs, and other paper mementos can be used. Just give them a spritz of acid-neutralizing spray to make sure they're scrapbook safe or tuck them into acid-free pockets.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (orange), WorldWin Papers (blue), Archivers (kraft, white). Patterned paper: Zsiage. Font: Rockwell (journaling), Marcelle Script ("legends"), SF Collegiate (schedule) off the Internet. Stickers: SEI. Ink: Clearsnap.
Use Word Embellishments as Journaling
Design by Tracy Kyle
Rather than journaling on this football scrapbook page, Tracy used epoxy stickers with sports-theme phrases to express her thoughts.
Editor's Tip: Stumped for words? Try brainstorming a list of words that describe the action in your photos. They can stand alone as journaling or be used to inspire your prose.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, photo corners, nails: Chatterbox. Font: Gill Sans. Stickers: Making Memories. Conchos: Scrapworks. Index tab: Heidi Swapp. Printed twill: Creative Imaginations. Punch: EK Success.
Mix Color and Black-And-White Photos
Design by Amy Howe
Amy mixed color and black-and-white photos on this football scrapbook page, using color for the posed shots and black-and-white for the shots of action on the field.
Editor's Tip: House your title in the dead space in photos. You can fit more images on your page and it will help bring together all the pieces of your design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Corrugated cardstock: DMD, Inc. Font: Hootie ("2004," "champs") off the Internet, Scriptorium ("city") by Chatterbox, Old Remington (journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Letter stickers: Sticker Studio. Word accents: Li'l Davis Designs. Label maker, tape: Dymo.
Repeat Design Elements to Emphasize a Theme
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon used a star theme for this scrapbook page about her son's championship football season.
Editor's Tip: Repetition doesn't have to be boring. Shannon used several types of star embellishments to keep the motif interesting. She even used one large star as a home for more journaling!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green star), KI Memories (multicolor stripe), Bo-Bunny Press (yellow polka dot), Love, Elsie (grid). Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Die cuts: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("07" on left), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("07" on right, title). Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Pen: American Crafts.
Include Detail Photos
Design by Melanie Bauer
Melanie completed the memory of a special football game by capturing several aspects of the setting, including an image of the stadium sign.
Editor's Tip: Remember to take people-free photos at events. Details and surroundings can help tell a story and give you more design options when you sit down to scrap.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, tacks: Chatterbox. Stickers: Sticker Studio. Stamps: PSX.
Showcase a Special Photo
Design by Kelly Purkey
A single photo was all Kelly needed to tell the story of how much her friends still enjoy playing football.
Editor's Tip: Keep the focus on your photo by making it the star. Minimal embellishments, short, handwritten journaling, and neutral colors ensure that the image will stand out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (leaf), 7Gypsies (text). Stickers, rub-ons, pen, brads: American Crafts. Tickets: Jenni Bowlin Studio.