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Scrap your favorite summer memories into these sizzling pages dedicated to fun in the sun.
Focus on the a large photo by using a vertical layout. Purchased embellishments and a title tag topped off this quick and easy page.
Sources: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, sticker, tag: Me and My Big Ideas. Font: Footlight MT Light off the Internet. Ribbon: Offray. Punch: McGill Inc
To fit nine photos on a page, design the page to span vertically across the full spread. This easy alternative will allow you to fit more photos on a page but will still work nicely in your albums. Let the bright colors of the summertime photos shine by sticking with solid paper and stickers.
Sources: Cardstock, brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: American Crafts. Rubber stamps: Fontwerks (journaling), Making Memories (date).
To capture the atmosphere of a Fourth of July parade, use a decorative-edge ruler to trim patterned paper and card stock into waves.
Sources: Patterned paper, brads, fabric tabs: Scrapworks. Font: SBC Courtney¿s Journal off the Internet. Rubber stamps: MoBe' Stamps! Ink: Tsukineko. Wood letters, rub-ons: Li'l Davis Designs. Shaped ruler: Boxer Inc. Twill: Creek Bank Creations. Punches: Emagination Crafts.
Using a medium-tip black pen and watercolor pencils gives your page a whimsical summer look with handmade doodles.
Sources: Card stock: Prism Papers. Sticker: Provo Craft. Ink: Ink It Up! Pens: American Crafts (black); Marvy Uchida (pink). Watercolor pencils: Crayola.
Perfect for a mini album, this 8-x-8 page is a simple design to feature your summer memories. Simply layer paper and add photo corners. Embellish using punched card-stock circles, a metal-rim tag tied with twill, and epoxy sticker and metal letters.
Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Font: Task List by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons, album: Chatterbox. Twill: Scenic Route Paper Co. Metal frame: Artistic Expressions. Metal letters, rub-ons, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Photo corners: Kolo. Punch: Fiskars.
To create this photo collage, crop 4x6 photos to fill the page and top it off with a simple headline. Make sure to choose photos that are zoomed in to capture your little ones' cute faces.
Sources: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons, buttons: Making Memories. Photo corners: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: May Arts.
Designer Sharyn Toman was inspired by her favorite children's book for the title of this page. She paired rub-ons and stickers to create the out-of-the-ordinary headline.
Sources: Patterned paper, stickers: BasicGrey. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Pen: EK Success.
To create a dramatic effect, create a wavelike swirl to span the entire page. Construct the swirl using card stock. For an extra touch, use your sewing machine to stitch the swirl to the page. Place photos with and around the swirl to highlight it.
Sources: Card stock: 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.
To get this look, stamp star shapes onto card stock then also use the stamp as a pattern. Flip over the patterned paper, stamp the design on the back, and trim. To enhance ho-hum chipboard, sand the edges or apply paint or fun stamps.
Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: K&Company (stripe); Autumn Leaves (red floral). Foam stamps, rub-ons, decorative tape, chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Ink: PSX.
With a lot of ocean in the main photo, there was plenty of room to add tape strips and acrylic letters to the page, which adds color. Chipboard shapes cozy up to the edge to complete the casual look.
Sources: Card stock: 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.
Create a unique background by layering transparencies on a solid background. To create personalized accents, punch out printed words and attach them to epoxy stickers.
Sources: Patterned paper: KI Memories (tight stripes, words), Doodlebug Design (wide stripes). Transparency: K&Company. Fonts: Bookman Old Style (journaling); Impact (title). Epoxy stickers: Making Memories. Punch: Marvy Uchida (circle), EK Success (square).