Add Journaling to a Template Block
Design by Laina Lamb
Make photo placement easy by printing digital photo collages to use on traditional pages. Grouping photos in image-editing software to print on one page makes photo placement a snap. Print the collage at home or at a photo lab, then add it to a traditional scrapbook page and embellish.
Templates become even more versatile when you add journaling or a title to one of the template blocks. Prefer handwritten journaling? Leave a template block blank and add journaling to the collage after it's printed.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Rockwell. Ribbon: KI Memories (orange), May Arts (black), Wrights (rickrack). Rubber charm: American Traditional Design. Die-cutting tool: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 209. Software: Adobe Illustrator, Sure Cuts A Lot.
Steal an Idea from Another Page
Design by Tracy Schmitt
See a cool photo on another scrapbook page? Re-create it with your subject. Here, Tracy Schmitt used a pic of her child's legs as the focal image. Go ahead, write on your photos. Just be sure you're using a marker made for slick surfaces.
Take cues from your subject. The stitching around the stars is reminiscent of the stitching on a soccer ball.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories, Sassafras. Stickers: Creatology. Chipboard accent, marker: American Crafts. Floss: DMC Corp. Adhesive: All Night Media (on chipboard), Tombow, Rainbow Tape.
Come Full Circle
Design by Erin Clarkson
Hand-stitch a simple circle to call attention to a special part of your page.
To emphasize a subject in your photo, print the pic in color and crop tightly on your subject. Layer the color photo on top of a black-and-white copy of the original.
Attach a cardstock circle to your page with removable adhesive, then use it as a template to stitch around.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (dot, blue on blue star), Fancy Pants Designs (blue-and-white star), Sassafras (plaid star). Font: SP Chi-Town off the Internet. Rub-ons: Kaisercraft ("100 meter"), American Crafts (dashed lines), Making Memories (all other). Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Die cuts: October Afternoon. Floss: Making Memories.
Get an Easy Sporty Look
Design by Stephanie Howell
Showcase an individual player shot and a team shot on one page. Adhere two photos to a sheet of cardstock as shown, placing a strip of paper between them. Handwrite your journaling beneath the photos.
Accent the photos with border stickers. Add chipboard stars at both edges of the paper strip. Place your title down the middle of the paper strip.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (navy), Studio Calico (gray, yellow, ruler). Chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Stickers, ink, wood veneer: Studio Calico. Staples: Tim Holtz. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: Fiskars. Adhesive: American Crafts.
Are You Ready for Some Football?
Make a simple scrapbook page to share a sports memory. Round the top corners on one strip of patterned paper and the bottom corners of another, then adhere them to the page as shown. Add a photo and embossed green cardstock below the top strip.
Adhere a strip of patterned paper below the photo. Format and print your journaling, then place it between the middle and bottom paper strips. Finish your title with corrugated letters.
Punch two borders from cardstock and adhere them to the layout. Add a strip of patterned paper. Layer die cuts over a cardstock circle with distressed edges. For a finishing touch, add machine stitching, or skip this step to save time.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, corrugated letters, die cut: Jillibean Soup. Fonts: Dirty Headlines ("Are You") off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Punches: EK Success (corner rounder), Fiskars (border). Embossing template: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Software: Adobe Illustrator.
Turn Video into Snapshots
Design by Amy Licht
Too busy for still shots because you're shooting video of your kids as they dunk, dribble, and pass their way to victory? Amy nabbed these supporting images by pulling the action from her video using computer-screen captures. The quality of your captured still images will depend on the quality of your video settings. Be sure to set the video to the finest quality to get the best still image. But even the best-looking video can be grainy when it's captured on screen and blown up to 5x7'. Amy reserved the focal-point spot on her page for a still shot she took after she finished videotaping.
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. (stars), American Crafts (circles). Chipboard accents: Queen & Co. Ink: Ranger Industries. Photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives. Software: Windows Movie Maker.
Show a Photo Sequence
Design by Candi Gershon
Nothing says summer quite as much as baseball does, although Candi's son seemed to find practicing the sport less than thrilling. She captured her son's restlessness during baseball practice with a series of free-form candid shots. To keep her page from feeling heavy, Candi used a clear journaling block at the bottom of the page.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Digital elements: Designer Digitals (paper, staples, stitching, tag, tab), Jen Wilson (ribbon), Michelle Coleman (transparency, stitched vellum), Scrap Artist (overlay). Font: Linenstroke (journaling), Bluecake (title) off the Internet.
Get Good Action Shots
Design by Janna Wilson
It's easy to create a sporty layout without sports embellishments. Janna emphasized the roundness of the basketball by including several circle elements. A few freehand lines and doodles drawn on the edges of the pictures are a quick-and-easy addition to this basketball layout. Janna used her drawings to tie the four photos together, uniting the action-packed shots. When taking sports action photos, like the ones Janna used in this layout, practice using a wide aperture setting on your camera to keep your subject sharp and the background soft.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories (kraft), Hobby Lobby (black). Patterned paper, stickers: SEI. Font: Plastique off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Making Memories ("game"), Heidi Swapp ("got"). Rub-ons: Daisy D's Paper Co. (arrows with words), Jenni Bowlin Studio (all other). Photos: Susan Shisler.
Add Text to a Photo Collage
Design by Candi Gershon
Tackling, coaching, and a huddle all have their place in Candi's football layout. For ease in creating the collage look, Candi edited her photos digitally and typed captions directly onto the images before printing them. To balance the two-page layout, she mimicked the design off the first page on the second, flipping the placement of the photos, text, and patterned papers.
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.
Show Multiple Sports
Design by Tracy Kyle
Seasons of two sports are showcased in Tracy's soccer-and-hockey combo layout. Combining the two sports lets Tracy show off both of her kids' athletic abilities. To personalize the background for each of the sports, Tracy placed two 6x12" transparencies on the page. She included both action and candid shots on the page -- try taking candid shots during a time-out to increase your chances of capturing your kids' game faces.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Transparency: Creative Imaginations. Font: Century Gothic. Die cuts: Li'l Davis Designs (circle, star border), Melissa Frances (glitter star). Tabs: Making Memories. String: Martha Stewart.
Mat the Focal Photo
Design by Shannon Taylor
Shannon drew attention to the action shot in the center of the page with stitching and a bright red mat. She included three other pictures to set the scene. Take a few photos of equipment to include on your pages -- a dusty ball or mud-stained jersey speaks volumes about the season.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: A2Z Essentials (red), Artistic Scrapper (green). Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: American Crafts ("of lessons"), KI Memories ("one day"), Memories Complete. Ribbon: Offray. Wire: Artistic Wire.
Pull Color from Photos
Design by Melissa Inman
Inspired by the colors of her daughter's baseball glove and shirt, Melissa created this playful design. She kept the left page of the spread to one photo but packed three photos on the right side to balance it out. This page perfectly shows that layouts don't need to have tough or masculine color schemes to fit with a sporty theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scrapworks (stripe), SEI (flowers). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Imagination Project. Chipboard accent: KI Memories. Punches: EK Success.
Show 'Before and After' Photos
Design by Allyson Voller
Placing her photos between the spokes of her wheel gives Allyson's cycling page a happy-go-lucky feel. The "before and after" photos break out of the circle and direct your eye around the page. The journaling -- an entry from Allyson's daily training log -- incorporates a part of her training into the design.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, rubber stamps, ink, brads, punch: Stampin' Up!. Font: Batik off the Internet.
Accent with Photos
Design by Dana Smith
Here, extra photos serve as decorative accents that tell more of the story of the two teammates and brothers. Dana used a punch to crop several photos into small circles and enlarged her main image to fill the page for a strong statement. Before adhering anything, she positioned the big photo on cardstock and arranged the circle photos on top. Then Dana outlined the curved path created by the circles and used a craft knife to cut the large photo along the drawn lines.
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.
Use 4x6" Photos
Design by Jamie Harper
On this colorful soccer layout, Jamie shows how easy it is to create a clean design with lots of 4x6" photos, journaling, and embellishments. Her photos capture the excitement of the game, and although she used five action photos, the page doesn't seem busy.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (stars), CherryArte (all other). Die cuts: CherryArte. Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co.
Separate Your Photos
Design by Linda Soboleski
Linda's dynamic layout screams of summer. The splash of red decorative tape across the center nicely breaks up the page, while the stitched frame works to separate her images from the background. Linda used an arrow to draw attention to a single element in the photo. Arrows and other shapes are great for highlighting details in a layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: CherryArte. Chipboard accents, tape: Heidi Swapp. Brads, eyelets, photo turns: Queen & Co.
Make a Photo Strip
Design by Greta Hammond
One large action photo is supported by three smaller shots on Greta's soccer-inspired page. The black background ties in with the text and photos and balances the colorful patterned papers. Greta spiced it up by extending a few of the design elements -- like the strip of three photos -- off the page, enhancing the feeling of movement already present in her design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers, brads: Making Memories.
Mimic a Film Strip with Sepia-Tone Photos
Design by Kelly Purkey
Are you ready for some football? Kelly captures the energy of the season with great action photos and a background paper that's textured like a football. She printed a series of pictures in a sepia tone that looks like an old game filmstrip.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (star), BasicGrey (blue), American Crafts (green), Fibermark (brown). Rub-ons, stickers, pen: American Crafts. Plastic accents: Heidi Swapp.
Make Your own Digital Accents
Design by Gina Cabrera
Gina combined effects from different computer programs to make this page about her sons and their ATVs. She designed the accents and patterned papers herself, so they perfectly match the effect she wanted on her page. Designing your own supplies not your style? Don't worry -- there are plenty of digital kits available online to download.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS, Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9. Fonts: Typewriter (journaling) by P22, Dirty Ego (title, date) off the Internet. Digital elements: Boys and Their Toys kit by Digital Design Essentials.
Include Real Medals on a Shadow-Box Page
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Renee Villalobos-Campa included the actual medals her son won at his wrestling tournament by creating a shadow-box page using foam-core board. She mounted her background paper to the board and cut out a square behind the hinged top photo to house one medal. The other was displayed on the front of the layout, hiding the seam between the enlarged photo and the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, transparency: Daisy D's Paper Co. Chipboard letters: Making Memories. Rubber stamps: All Night Media. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Ink: Clearsnap. Bards: Provo Craft.
Emphasize the Theme with Embellishments
Design by Diana Hudson
Before beginning cheerleading, Diana's daughter, Sydney, wouldn't allow her hair to be curled or even put into a ponytail. But the sport requires that all the girls' hairdos match (ribbons and all). When Diana found red and blue ribbons at her local crafts store, she couldn't resist using them in a cheerleading layout. She tied them with a strip of wire mesh and mounted photos of her cheering daughter on the rest of the mesh. She emphasized the large close-up of her daughter by including three smaller supporting shots that capture the excitement and energy of cheerleading.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red, tan), Canson (cream). Font: Berkley by ITC. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Die-cutting machine, dies: QuicKutz. Ribbon: Offray. Wire mesh, metal-rim tags, eyelets: Making Memories. Punch: Marvy Uchida.
Photograph all Aspects of the Game
Design by Melanie Bauer
Melanie Bauer and her husband had the opportunity to sit with the Missouri coaches' wives and players' families for a home game -- a mere four rows from the action. With such a close range for shooting, Melanie captured engaging pictures of the Missouri huddle, the cheerleaders, the band, and a player on the court. She tied her tickets to the page with ribbon and created a title from rub-on letters and stickers. A hand-drawn line through the title and at the top of the second page helps unite the design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Canson. Vellum, rub-ons: KI Memories. Stickers: American Crafts. Brad: Lasting Impressions for Paper. Ribbon: Me and My Big Ideas.
Group Your Photos
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon crammed four photos on an 8-1/2x11" page, capturing the playful spirits of the performers of the basketball routine at the talent show. She framed the photo grouping with strips of patterned paper and let the title overlap parts of the photos. With the action-packed photos, this layout really does "get your head in the game."
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Stickers: American Crafts (letters); Love, Elsie (epoxy). Rub-ons: Love, Elsie. Pen: American Crafts.
Choose Team Colors
Design by Katie Nugent
Katie used a large photo grouping to show off three small photos in her page about going to a Nebraska Cornhuskers football game. Red (the celebrated Nebraska color, but you could use one photo in the same space) dominates the page, with star accents helping to set off the photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard letters: Pressed Petals. Plastic stars: Heidi Swapp.
Align Elements on a Grid
Design by Leah Fung
Sports layouts don't have to be complicated to capture all the fun kids have while playing -- carefully align your elements to create a stunningly simple design. Leah used pink digital papers and journaling blocks to play off the tutu in the pictures. Creating most of her layout digitally allowed Leah greater precision in placing the elements and streamlined the look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Hank BT off the Internet. Photo turn, brad: Queen & Co. Punches: EK Success (small circle), Emagination Crafts (large circle). Software: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.