Repeat a Shape in Your Design
Design by Jeri Hoag
The "fun" chipboard letters Jeri chose make a great title for this page because the shape is silly and mimics her son's Floam creation.
Editor's Tip: Use accents for cohesion. The star accents throughout this page help connect everything.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: KI Memories. Ink: Ranger Industries. Paint: Plaid.
Create a Collage Background
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Renee cut three photo-realistic papers into horizontal bands and mounted them on card stock before attaching the entire unit to straw-print paper. Strips of text-stamped transparency cover the seams. A fifth sheet of paper appears beneath the right-hand side of the photo and covers the stencil letter "A" in her title.
Editor's Tip: Turn to poetry for inspiration. Renee used the form of a name poem, in which the letters of a word become the first letter of each line, as an outline for her title.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Far & Away. Font: Century Gothic. Metal frame: Frost Creek. Photo turns: Making Memories. Stencils: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Limited Edition Rubber Stamps. Ink: Clearsnap.
Use Your Child's Artwork in Your Page
Design by Summer Fullerton
Summer's layout features three photos of her little artist (including a detail shot of her drawing hand) and the finished masterpiece. If the original won't work for your page, scan or photocopy your child's art.
Editor's Tip: Instead of hand-journaling, type and print your story. Black letters will pop against a colorful background and each line can be cut to fit your layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Reminisce (dark pink), KI Memories (letters, stripe), Flair Designs (blue dot). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-on: Autumn Leaves ("c"). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (letters), BasicGrey (arrow). Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Clip: Provo Craft.
Create a Bold Title
Design by Candi Gershon
Small, vertically stacked stickers in the bottom left-hand corner of Candi's page spell out the beginning of the page's title, but the bright, overlapping stamped letters are what really pack a punch.
Editor's Tip: Highlight your photos with bold paper. To create this layout, mat and place your largest photos first. Smaller, detail photos and journaling can fill in the gaps.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Stamp Act (highlighted words) off the Internet, Times New Roman (journaling, caption). Stickers: BasicGrey. Acrylic stamps: Technique Tuesday. Ink: Tsukineko.
Highlight an Angle in Your Layout
Design by Doris Sander
Doris stacked two landscape-format photos on top of each other to make one large photo block. Grouping photos gives the impact of one large photo. Angling the photo block and pairing it with the diagonally striped paper makes the layout more dynamic.
Editor's Tip: Group items for impact. Doris used three orange buttons to form a visual triangle and bring the focus to her photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Plastic letters: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Strano Designs. Flowers: Prima. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Use a Collage Template to Group Photos of Kid Art
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa selected a digital photo collage template for these pages, filling the template spaces with patterned paper and photos of her son's artwork. To create a more balanced design, she flipped the template on the right-hand scrapbook page, creating mirrored pages.
Editor's Tip: Strips of patterned paper accent the different blocks in the photo collage, creating artistic frames. Melissa matted the photo collages on plain black cardstock to let her son's work speak for itself.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Love, Elsie. Stickers: Bo-Bunny Press (letters); Love, Elsie (epoxy).
Showcase Your Child's Craft
Design by Amy Licht
This layout features Amy's daughter making valentines for her class, so the collection of hearts on the page seemed like a natural choice. Grouping the hearts in a circle prevents them from overwhelming the layout and provides a natural arc for the title to follow.
Editor's Tip: Add dimension with adhesive foam. Amy boosted the patterned-paper hearts in her design with adhesive foam. Small clusters of buttons also add a 3-D quality to the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Dagobert ("hearts") off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Buttons: Blumenthal. Fabric tab: Scrapworks.
Let Fabric Inspire You
Design by Kate Teague
Bold geometric prints are back in style, and Kate's layout embraces the trend. She worked digitally to create two rows of funky, rounded-corner squares. Kate repeated the pattern in the tone-on-tone paper at the base of her page.
Editor's Tip: Include sewing elements in your page. A digital button and string highlight the top left-hand corner of Kate's main photo. Stitches underline the title and separate the two paper backgrounds.
SOURCES: Fonts: Times New Roman (journaling), Tahoma (title) by Microsoft. Digital elements: Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals (masking tape, stitching), Heather Ann Designs (button, string).
Make Your Own Shaker Box Pieces
Design by Rhonda Bonifay
To create custom shaker boxes, Rhonda attached transparencies across the open centers of chipboard flowers. She lined the back of the flowers with adhesive foam and then filled the area surrounded by the adhesive with small punched flowers. Finally, she removed the backing from the adhesive and carefully flipped and positioned it on her page.
Editor's Tip: The smallest punches work well for shakers, but you can vary the sizes to shake things up. Punching scrap paper is a great way to use up leftovers.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Notebook by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard accents: KI Memories (flowers, letters), Heidi Swapp ("&"). Rub-on: Scrapworks. Photo corners, decorative tape: Heidi Swapp. Punches: EK Success.
Dress Up Your Page with Scalloped Pieces
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki layered two scalloped pieces below her photos to double the impact. When layering scalloped pieces, distress or ink the edges to emphasize the shape.
Editor's Tip: Check out the great tools that can help you get scalloped edges. Decorative-edge scissors are great for trimming scallops. Shape templates work well, too. And if you have a rotary blade in your paper trimmer, you can often find decorative-edge blades that will let you cut fancy edges right into your layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Sandylion Sticker Designs. Die cut, chipboard accent: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. (title), Sandylion Sticker Designs (border). Gems: Gel-a-tins. Stamps: Gel-a-tins (stars), Sandylion Sticker Designs (journaling lines). Ink: Tsukineko. Pens: Sakura of America. Shape cutter, template: Fiskars.
Add Interest to a Special Element on Your Page
Design by Amy Licht
To draw attention to the word "puppy" in her title, Amy cut a large chipboard heart into three sections and covered the top and bottom with striped paper.
Editor's Tip: Take a few closeup photos of your child's craft before, during, and after the creative process to create a page like Amy's.
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.
Create a Bold Focal Photo
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica enlarged her favorite photo just a bit to make it stand out. When all the elements are similar in size, our eyes have difficulty picking up the details. In Erica's layout, her focal picture gets extra pop from adhesive foam.
Editor's Tip: Handwritten journaling adds an extra-personal touch to your page. Instead of a simple description, Erica used the page as an opportunity to write a thoughtful and candid letter to her children.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid), BasicGrey (stripe). Font: An Unfortunate Event off the Internet. Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (date), American Crafts (letters). Rub-ons: Hambly Studios.
Imitate Your Child's Drawings
Design by Abbie Selander
Abbie wanted to create a layout that captured the hours her children spend playing with sidewalk chalk. She doodled free-form circles around the pictures to imitate their drawings, then handwrote the date and details around the perimeter.
Editor's Tip: Bring back your coloring days. To make the title, Abbie traced letter stickers placed on the page, peeled them off, and colored the letters with pencils.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Watercolor pencils: Lakeland. Marker: Pilot.
Use Your Child's Words
Design by Yukari Coxwell
A twist on traditional journaling is to document a quote from your child. Yukari printed her journaling on a rectangle of white vellum and affixed it above the photo to visually connect the quote to her child.
Editor's Tip: For a quick scrapbook layout, stick to one or two papers. Cover the top two-thirds with one patterned paper and the bottom third with another pattern.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Westrim Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (dark blue). Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers, rickrack, brad: Doodlebug Design. Ribbon: Offray. Staples: Making Memories. Wood charm: Pebbles Inc. Label maker: Dymo.
Split Your Title to Balance Your Design
Design by Lisa Storms
Lisa positioned half of her page's title in the top left-hand quadrant of her layout and the other half in the bottom right-hand quadrant. Also, she placed some of her title in a round letter to add extra dimension.
Editor's Tip: Show your little artist's process with photos of him or her creating art and with the finished masterpiece.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: K&Company. Fonts: Gill Sans ("d"), Century Gothic ("o") Arial ("t," journaling), Tahoma ("connect the") by Microsoft, Thin Dime ("s") off the Internet.
Commemorate an Event
Design by Alecia Thelin
To play off her son's 100th day of school celebration, Alecia let the coloring in her son's fun hat inspire her page's color scheme. The journaling block in the bottom right-hand corner documents the basics: name, date, and place.
Editor's Tip: Embrace the imperfections in your page. Alecia wanted her page to have an art-class feel, so she hand-cut the oversize title and stapled journaling blocks throughout the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, font, stamps, ink, transparency, staples: Stampin' Up!.
Add a Dash of Glitter to Your Page
Design by Alison Chabe
Glitter highlights the details in the art by Alison's daughter. Using a glue pen, draw over specific details in a photo, such as the artwork in this layout, and cover the adhesive with glitter to make the details pop out of the image. To get the best coverage, work quickly and sprinkle the glitter before the glue has a chance to dry.
Editor's Tip: When accenting highly detailed or busy portions of a photo, keep other colors and patterns to a minimum. Repeating the color of your glitter elsewhere on the page will also direct the eye around the layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Stickers, metal lattice: Memories Complete. Rub-ons: Jo-Ann Scrap Essentials. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Brads: Karen Foster Design. Shaker bubble: Pebbles Inc. Concho: Scrapworks. Glitter: Plaid Enterprises. Adhesive: Zig Glue Pen by EK Success.
Frame Photo Collages with Scalloped Stickers
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa used two copies of the same digital photo collage template on this page, flipping the template to change the look on the two sides. She filled 11 of the 16 blocks with photos, leaving five free for the title, journaling, and other embellishments.
Editor's Tip: Frame the pages of a collage with multicolor scalloped stickers and accent the layout with clusters of rubber buttons. Word stickers fill in empty spaces, maximizing all the real estate on this two-page layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (pink), KI Memories (orange). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Sandylion Sticker Designs. Buttons: KI Memories.
Make Your Own Custom Tags
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Large tags are a relaxed way to frame photos. Make your own by cutting pieces of cardstock slightly larger than the photos and leaving one edge long for folding. A stitched line creates a border along the tag edges, and inking further defines them. A punched circle, large eyelet, and leather cording finish the tag.
Editor's Tip: Let large chipboard letters overlap the photos in your page to make a title that stands out. For a creative touch, Renee's title uses all uppercase letters for the first word, and all lowercase for the second word.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Daisy D's Paper Co. (blue, stripe), Chatterbox (swirls). Textured paper: Provo Craft. Chipboard letters: Making Memories. Brads: Junkitz. Chalk ink, powder: Clearsnap. Acrylic paint: Americana. Die-cutting tool, die: Sizzix.
Cluster Elements on Your Page for Weight
Design by Cathy Blackstone
Arranging journaling blocks and accents in small groups helps Cathy balance the trio of photos in this layout.
Editor's Tip: Incorporate stitching into your design. Red zigzag stitching on the bottom of the page and free-form stitching on the handmade accents add a fun scribbled feeling to the layout.
SOURCES: Font: Frappachino by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rubber stamp: Hero Arts. Embossing powder: Stampendous.
Show Many Angles
Design by Carrie Owens
When featuring several photos in one layout, increase interest by varying the angles from which they were shot. Carrie's layout features shots of her son with his grandmother and detail shots of their hands, faces, and project.
Editor's Tip: Combine secondary colors (made by mixing two primary colors) for a cohesive color scheme. Include green, orange, and purple on a neutral-tone layout, or go bold and create a layout using only secondary colors, like this sage green, violet, and orange page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Pen: EK Success.
Create an Art Collage on Your Page
Design by Ursula Page
To incorporate a variety of artwork on one page, scan your child's papers and reduce them to just a few inches. Arrange the small images in a free-form pattern to mimic a bulletin board or refrigerator door.
Editor's Tip: Focus on one photograph. Sometimes, a single, closeup portrait and simple title say it all, eliminating the need for journaling or excessive photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Li'l Davis Designs ("preschool"), Creative Imaginations ("masterpieces").
Pay Attention to Size in Your Design
Design by Erin Clarkson
Including a variety of different size elements in your layout tells your eye where to look first, second, and so-on. In Erin's page, we are drawn to the large photo first, then the trio of smaller accent photos, and finally the strip journaling.
Editor's Tip: Express the mood of your page through the look of the letters in your title and journaling. The thin, loopy font used for the title on Erin's page mimics the delicate, creative nature of her little artist.
SOURCES: Cardstock, paper flower, paper dye, ribbon, rub-ons: Making Memories. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Quirky by Two Peas in a Bucket.
Be Strategic with Your Photo Grouping
Design by Tina Barriscale
Tina placed a trio of her favorite photos side-by-side below the title of her page. The similar composition of the photos makes them a logical grouping. A long set of small ones are arranged along the page bottom.
Editor's Tip: Add dimension to your page. Tina printed her journaling onto a piece of cardstock that had white circle punches adhered on top.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Milan60 off the Internet. Rub-ons, stickers: Li'l Davis Designs.
Create a Quick Page by Sticking with Consistent Sizes
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
The five photos and journaling/caption spot in Renee's layout are all the same size. Computer-printed journaling allows you to fit many words in a small space. The caption was created using stickers, stamps, and a handmade accent.
Editor's Tip: Place your title in the middle of your page. To mimic Renee's page, use a wave template to cut wide waves, one slightly larger than the other. Adhere in the middle of the page and machine-stitch around the edges.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Provo Craft. Font: Garamond by Bitstream. Stickers: Arctic Frog ("Renaissance"), American Crafts ("our," "man"). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon: Offray. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Die-cutting tool, circle die: Sizzix.
Focus on Your Kids' Creativity
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa's children had fun making art with paint and popsicle sticks, so it only makes sense to include a few on the scrapbook page. They create perfect corners for the photo collage.
Editor's Tip: Take help from the store when you can. White alphabet stickers and colorful plastic letters make creating this title a piece of cake. Overlapping the letters means you won't need to obsess over perfect spacing.
SOURCES: Stickers: Arctic Frog (small), Making Memories (large). Plastic letters: Heidi Swapp.
Take a Risk and Try Something New
Design by Renee Foss
Renee decided to move out of her comfort zone by combining several colors and different types of ribbon in her layout about her son's experiment with paint. Her experiment was a success because the layout still allows the photos to be the star attraction.
Editor's Tip: Instead of hand-journaling, type and print your story. In Renee's page, simple black type on white paper is mounted on pink paper and highlighted with a cluster of ribbon ties.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned and solid paper, buttons: SEI. Font: Good Dog Plain off the Internet. Rub-ons: Chatterbox ("is subjective"), SEI ("happy"). Metal tag: Pebbles Inc. Mailbox letters, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts, Making Memories. Rubber stamps: Paper Candy. Ink: Tsukineko.
Decorate Your Page with Stitching
Design by Polly Maly
To duplicate Polly's page, use a wave template to cut wide waves from patterned paper. Create slightly larger lavender waves for behind the patterned waves. Adhere in the bottom third of the page and machine-stitch around the edges of the design.
Editor's Tip: Embellish your page with found objects, memorabilia, children's artwork, or other artifacts.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Font: Times New Roman.
Establish a Color Scheme to Accompany Your Photo
Design by Kristin Baxter
One of the best ways to choose a color scheme is to turn to your main photo or your child's artwork. Kristin applied a neutral brown and tan background to her page, and then inked red and blue horizontal strips for the bottom of her layout.
Editor's Tip: Try rub-ons for your title. To create a dramatic title treatment, Kristin used rub-ons in muted hues that complemented her photograph.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Evening Stroll by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts (large), Creative Imaginations (small). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Ink: Ranger Industries.