Fill In The Open Spaces
Design by Greta Hammond
Instead of cropping her large photo and losing most of the beach area, Greta placed her journaling in the open space. The same idea would work on a dark background by changing the type and color. The two smaller photos fit within the column of blue and complement the journaling in the larger photo.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Fonts: Papyrus (journaling), One Fell Swoop ("hesitation") off the Internet. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Chipboard: Heidi Swapp (letters), Fancy Pants Designs (shapes). Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Designs (words), Daisy D's Paper Co. (border). Stickers: Making Memories.
Acccent With Patterns
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
To draw attention to her photo collage, Leslie effectively used three papers that all share stripes. By running the strips vertically on her layout, the eye is drawn into the page, landing on the most important element -- the photo grouping.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas (orange), Scrapworks (tricolor), KI Memories (multihue). Fonts: Book Antiqua (title, journaling), Haettenschweiller (subtitle) off the Internet. Bottle cap: Li'l Davis Designs.
Blur Part of The Photos
Design by Rhonda Stark
A blurring filter applied in image-editing software gives the illusion of motion on Rhonda's tongue-in-cheek layout about her son's need for speed. Play around with filters to discover the different looks you can get.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 6.0. Digital elements: Book Bag Essentials Mega Kit (kraft paper, staple), Sweet Liberty Kit (blue papers), Snippet Essentials -- Felt Arrows (arrows) all from Digital Design Essentials; Negative Sleeve Elements (photo sleeve), Snap Frame Alphas ("not") from Designer Digitals.
Place at an Angle
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia placed her photographs at jaunty angles across her layout, breaking up a strongly horizontal page. The photos were all taken in similar locations, creating an almost panoramic effect.
SOURCES: Cardstock, string: Club Scrap. Patterned paper, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Die cut: K&Company. Foam stamps, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Spray ink: Ranger Industries. Spray paint: Krylon. Pen: Sakura of America. Snap: We R Memory Keepers. Rhinestone: Westrim Crafts.
Make Them Understated
Design by Rhonna Farrer
Acid colors and a personal touch of handwritten journaling (added using a graphics tablet) make Rhonna Farrer's layout unforgettable. Little photos can still have a big impact -- most of the space on this page is taken up by digital elements, but the focus is still on the pictures.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: Fleuries ("Paris") by My Fonts, Garamond ("the streets of"). Digital elements: Scrap A Faire Spring Frippery (pink, green papers), Parisian Paper Pack (overlay), Scalloped Paper Tool kit (mask), Bold Border Brushes (brushes), Borderlines (frame), Vintage Labels (label), Basic Brads & Felt Flowers (flower, center embellishments), Joined at the Hip (masking tape, stitches) from Two Peas in a Bucket; Itty Bitty Action (used on photo) from Jinky Art.
Distress Digital Elements
Design by Patricia Jacoulot
Vibrant shades of turquoise unite stunning photography with an eye-catching title in Patricia's layout. By using a gradient fill on the title letters and then lightly distressing them, she created an ethereal, cloudlike effect that suits the travel theme.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Font: Courier. Digital elements: Barely There Brushes-n-Stamps (title), Altered Embellies, Circles (felt circles) from Designer Digitals.
Design on a Grid
Design by Carrie Colbert Batt
Looking for a simple way to fit lots of photos on a layout? Use a grid system to bring order and unity to the page. This layout has a clean, uncluttered look to it, even though it holds 25 photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Stamps: FontWerks (letters), Technique Tuesday (circles). Acrylic accents, rub-ons: KI Memories.
Design Around Photos
Design by Erin Roe
Erin designed her layout around the strip of three photos, overlapping two photos with the wave elements and fitting the title and journaling in the leftover space.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (dark blue), BasicGrey (all other). Fonts: Palatino Linotype (journaling, "scared") off the Internet, Impact ("brave"). Sticker, beads, metal surfboard: Flair Designs. Acrylic paint: Plaid.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Converting her photos to black-and-white allowed Erin to use bold background papers and a variety of photos. Had she kept the pictures in color, they might have clashed with the background, so conversion was an easy solution.
SOURCES: Cardstock, acrylic paint, rub-ons, brads, ribbon: Making Memories. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp. Pen: Sakura. Clip art: Barry's Clip Art.
Crop With Purpose
Design by Erin Roe
Erin trimmed her photos into bracketlike shapes, adding interest to her design. Although the photos were taken from a distance, the strategic cropping makes them seem more engaging.
SOURCES: Cardstock: KI Memories (orange), BasicGrey (white, black). Font: Woodring (journaling) off the Internet. Tissue paper: Paper Reflections. Stickers: K&Company (small), Bo-Bunny Press (large). Brads: SEI.
Cut It Out
Design by Kelli Crowe
Kelli gave a creative kick to a basic list of thoughts about a family trip by staggering handwritten quotes from her kids on a big exhaust-cloud shape. She emphasized tone with capital letters and color and then filled in blank spots with little illustrations. A trip to Legoland inspired her to make the little bodies to go with her kids' silhouetted heads.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Vellum: KI Memories. Pens: American Crafts, EK Success. Color pencils: Crayola.
Use Blurry Photos
Design by Elise Blaha
Elise created a fun mood with happy snapshots, an oversize title, and a bright color scheme. The larger photo on her layout is blurry, but she felt it best captured the spirit of their adventure, so she included it anyway. Pictures don't have to be perfect to tell a story. There's no need to shy away from a blurry photo if it truly expresses the moment.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow scalloped, blue), American Crafts (green), BasicGrey (brown scalloped). Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: Rebekah's Birthday off the Internet. Paint: Delta. Pen: American Crafts. Transparency: Hambly Screen Print.
Create a Photo Block
Design by Megan Boettcher
Megan balanced her large vertical photo with two block. Minimal embellishments keep the focus on the photos.smaller horizontal shots, creating a cohesive photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock, pattern paper, stickers: Arctic Frog
Make It Panoramic
Design by Candi Gershon
You don't need panoramic pictures to achieve this look. Enlarge standard shots and trim them to fit the page. Before you crop, make sure there aren't important details you want to keep at the top or bottom of the snapshots.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Pea Sue's Print off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project (orange flower), Deluxe Designs (arrow). Acrylic letters, ink: KI Memories. Flower: Making Memories.
Mix and Match
Design by Amy Licht
A collection of different-size photos captures the cheerful disposition of baby Amanda on her first trip to the beach. Although the shots were all taken at the same location, the different angles and sizes make them interesting.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (stripes), A2Z (green scroll). Font: Hurried Note by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: May Arts. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Wool felt: Artgirlz. Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz Revolution (bucket, starfish, sun, small flowers, leaves), Accu-Cut (larger pink, dark green, yellow flower, photo corners).
Choose Complementary Colors
Design by Carrie Colbert Batt
For this page Carrie chose blue to go with her photos. Although there were plenty of colors to choose from, the subtle element of blue in both pictures made it the perfect complement. The vertical block created by the two horizontal photos is balanced by a journaling block and framed with a patterned paper that nicely contains all of the elements.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: KI Memories (small dot), FontWerks (harlequin), Paper Fever (large circles). Stickers: SEI. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Rubber stamps: Make an Impression. Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp. Flowers: Making Memories. Brads: American Crafts.
Shoot Photo Details
Design by Angela Marvel
The right photos can help you remember the small details about a vacation, whether it's a beautiful shell you found on the beach or the stack of romance novels you read by the pool. Think about photographing images that convey the most about your vacation as Angela did to create this digital layout. If your camera has a macro setting, use that to get close to small objects and still stay in focus. You can purchase macro lenses or close-up filters for this task. If you're shooting high-resolution digital files or a slow-speed film with little grain, you'll also probably be able to crop photos later to zoom in on the details.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7. Digital elements: Shabby Princess. Fonts: Incognito (journaling, captions), Baso 02 (title) off the Internet.
Crop Into a Circle
Design by Rhonna Farrer
Rhonna cropped her water-theme photos into circles and accented them with transparent tags to create a sense of depth on her layout.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: Circus off the Internet. Digital elements: Boys Will Be Boys (brown, green paper), Parisian Alpha kit (swirls), Round & Round Brushes (brushes), Tag Teasers (transparent tags) all from Two Peas in a Bucket; Itty Bitty Actions (shadows) from Jinkyart.
Combine Large and Small
Design by Melissa Diekema
Melissa let a large photo take center stage on her layout but helped set the scene with a strip of smaller photos. A patterned-paper strip separates the two, creating the perfect gap for a title and journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rubber stamps, rub-ons: FontWerks. Ink: Tsukineko (watermark), Ranger Industries (black). Paper flower: Prima Marketing.
Fake the Doodles
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy faked a doodled look with hand-drawn-style rubber stamps. The stamps created fun accents for her Disney page and fit in well with her combination of color and black-and-white photos. She included one of her daughter's drawings to enhance the doodled effect.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (pink), Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, green). Rubber stamps: Hero Arts (hearts), FontWerks (letters). Rub-ons, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Pen: American Crafts. Metal-rim tag: EK Success.
Add Handwritten Journaling to a Digital Page
Design by Rhonna Farrer
With her computer drawing tablet, Rhonna added hand-drawn elements and writing to her digital page for a highly personal touch.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Digital elements: Black Eyed Pea kit (paper) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Designing with Digital book/CD (brushes). Tablet: Wacom.
Make it Fit
Design by Melissa Diekema
To fit nine photos onto one spread, Melissa first digitally mapped out her design in Microsoft Word. Two-page layouts traditionally run side by side, but if your photos fit better on stacked pages, they can still work nicely in your albums. With so many photos and color possibilities, Melissa kept it simple by skipping the patterned paper and using just cardstock. She played with a colorful set of stickers and stamped her journaling to match.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: American Crafts. Rubber stamps: FontWerks (journaling), Making Memories (date).
Keep it Casual
Design by Lindsay Teague
The wide ocean in Lindsay's focal photo gave her a spot to add tape strips and acrylic letters. She also overlapped additional pics to zoom in on her boyfriend. Stitching defines the edges on her two smaller photos, and the overlapped placement unites the grouping in a carefree manner.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents, rub-ons, acrylic letters, plastic letters, sequins, decorative tape, photo corner: Heidi Swapp. Pen: American Crafts. Label holder: Making Memories.
Angle Photos and Text
Design by Sarah Bowen
Angled photos can keep a layout from feeling stiff and boring. Sarah tilted individual letters in her title by using the Transform tool to make this eye-catching layout. She also scanned a map to use as a page embellishment.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Font: Adobe Caslon Pro by Adobe. Digital elements: Cherish Collection Biggie (green paper), Just the Basics Paper Biggie 1 (brown paper), Adore You Collection Biggie (red-and-cream paper), Scrollwork Transparency 2 (overlay), Art Journal Collection Biggie (alphabet) from Scrapgirls; Veronica Ponce (brushes) from Designing with Digital CD.
Find Your Balance
Design by Patricia Anderson
While looking through an old art book's chapter on balance, Patricia found a diagram that inspired her. The golden section dates to ancient Greece and represents perfect balance. It reminded her of a seashell, and she knew it would be the perfect way to lay out her beach photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Metal photo corners: K&Company. Acrylic paint: Delta. Decorative brads: Making Memories. Chipboard letters: Pressed Petals. Ribbon: May Arts.
Create Your Own Templates
Design by Melissa Inman
For Melissa, summer means taking lots of photos of everything from sporting events to relaxing in the pool. Finding the time to scrapbook all those shots was proving tricky -- until she began creating photo collages with digital templates. This solution allows her to still be creative with paper and embellishments but saves time when it comes to placing her photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Century Gothic. Rub-ons: BasicGrey. Photo printer, paper: Epson.
Seperate Your Photos
Design by Joy Bollinger
Joy packed a lot of photos into her design. She separated the larger photos from the supporting ones with a vertical title strip. By adding contact-sheet-size images alongside the title, she was able to include another seven photos on her page, bringing the total photo count to 12!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), WorldWin Papers (pink, blue). Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Apple Garamond ("Summer 2006"), Weather (sun dingbat) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (flowers), Royal & Langnickel (circle). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp ("summer". Transparency: Hammermill. Punch: EK Success.
Use a Clipping Mask
Design by Sande Krieger
Sande emphasized a stunning series of photos by grouping them in the middle of her page. She reshaped some pictures as circles by using a clipping mask. She used a mask again to fill her title with perfectly coordinated patterned paper.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Basic ("spring"), Outside the Box ("paradise") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Poor Richard ("cruising") off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("break," "on"). Digital elements: Holy Cow kit (striped paper), 2Seas (boats, pennant, ladder border), Split Pea (circles around photos), Borderlines (dots-and-stripes border) all from Two Peas in a Bucket; "Favorite things" circle, hearts: Sande's own design.
Set The Scene
Design by Kim Kesti
To convey the excitement of New York, Kim created a layout featuring three photos that showed the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. She kept her journaling simple, and the background paper repeating "New York City" reinforced the busy feel of her photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), Prism Papers (yellow). Patterned paper, license plate: Creative Imaginations. Font: Airstrip Four off the Internet. Date stamp, brads: Making Memories.
Combine Types of Photos
Design by Tracy Michelitch
Tracy paired group shots with photos that set the scene in her layout about meeting online friends in real life. Bright papers complement the hues in her photos, and the journaling and title placement balance the large photo block.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (orange), American Crafts (multicolor). Fonts: District Thin (journaling) off the Internet, Uncle Charles (caption) by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), 7Gypsies (words). Tag: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Metal star: Nunn Design.
Focus on Photos
Design by Summer Fullerton
Summer helped the photos stand out on the busy background by matting them on black or white cardstock and mixing the patterned paper with a solid color to tone it down. She reinforced the Mickey Mouse theme by arranging three clear buttons backed with black cardstock in the shape of the icon's head -- so clever!
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Sandylion Sticker Designs. Stickers: American Crafts (letter), Sandylion Sticker Designs (character, accent). Brads, pen: American Crafts.
Lose the Clutter
Design by Greta Hammond
Bright colors go hand in hand with summer, and Greta did a great job of pulling them out of her photos to use in her embellishments. The large bracket is an eye-catcher, and the soft addition of flowers feels right, even on a boy page. We especially love the grouping of photos, which allowed Greta to fit six priceless shots on her uncluttered design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (lime green), WorldWin Papers (teal blue). Patterned paper, rub-ons, chipboard accents: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Times New Roman. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Use a Template
Design by Jennifer Caputo
Digital templates that allow you to drag and drop photos into layouts are invaluable tools for creating quick, attractive pages. And take advantage of their versatility -- they can be manipulated for an entirely new look. Many templates are available for purchase, but you also can create and save your own. Sketches also present similar benefits as templates and easily (and cheaply!) translate for the nondigital scrapper.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: Journaling Hand off the Internet. Digital elements: Rainbow Zerbet (papers, flowers, ribbon, tag) from Sweet Shoppe Designs, Paint On Canvas Brushes and Stamps (title letters) from Designer Digitals, Stitch Essentials: Little Messies (stitching) from Gina Miller Designs, Jen Caputo's Concave Bend Action (bend effect) from Scrapbook Graphics.
Pack In The Photos
Design by Roxanne Jegodtka
Roxanne packed in some stunning shots of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge on her layout celebrating a trip to the bay area. She used a grid to seamlessly lay out her photos and added pieces of her own handwriting to personalize the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stickers: Paper House Productions. Pen: Close To My Heart.
Let Photos Inspire Embellishments
Design by Lori Bergmann
Lori created a grouping of 10 stunning shots from her trip to Versailles. To unite the page with the gilded elements in the photos, she created embellishments that fit. She painted her accents red, which is the traditional base coat under gold leaf decorations, before applying gold foil.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Warnock Pro off the Internet. Chipboard: Zsiage (letters). Rubber stamps: Stamp Camp (design on title, sun), Technique Tuesday (corner brackets in journaling box). Ink, paint: Ranger Industries. Varnish: Delta Creative. Punch: Marvy Uchida. Adhesive: Aleene's Tack-it Over & Over by Duncan Enterprises. Gold foil: Covered In Clay. Gold flower border: Paper Artsy. Clay, mold: Sculpey by Polyform.