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These scrapbook pages feature Fourth of July, beach, and summer themes.

Sea Shells Sea Shells

Katherine Brooks used shadow boxes and a number of photos cropped into small squares to document her family beach vacation. She made the shadow box by cutting pieces of foam-core board slightly smaller than her card stock, attaching the foam core to the back of both layouts. She used a craft knife to cut holes in the board where she wanted to display shells or additional photos.

Sources: Handmade Paper by Memory Lane. Rubber stamps by PSX (alphabet). Design by Katherine Brooks.

Summer Roses

When brainstorming ideas for a layout that would showcase her summer rose luncheon, Debby Schuh thought it would be fun to create a picture frame from paper. To make the frame, she glued together two sheets of patterned paper with wrong sides facing and lightly marked a large X in the center of one of the papers. After cutting along the lines with a craft knife, she cut out a 2-inch square where the cut lines intersected to minimize the bulk of the rolled frame.

She folded each panel back into a tube shape, flattened the outer edges, and inserted ribbon that extended past the tube ends. She placed double-stick tape on the back of each tube to hold it in position and then tied the ribbon ends together at the frame corners.

Sources: Patterned paper, journaling frame, and satin ribbon by Anna Griffin. Design by Debby Schuh.

Fourth of July

Faye Morrow Bell considers herself lucky to have a close-knit neighborhood that comes together each Fourth of July for a patriotic bike parade. Complete with flags, fire trucks, and freeze pops, a fun time is enjoyed by kids and parents alike.

When making this page, Faye called out several key words that came to her mind when recalling the festivities. She printed the words on white card stock, then tore out each one and mounted it on a small punched rectangle with scalloped edges. She also tore many of the overlapping background papers and added circular paper clips and punched stars for embellishments.

Sources: Patterned paper by Making Memories. Computer fonts are Typist (title and detail words) and Graverplate (journaling) downloaded off the Internet. Punches by EK Success (star) and Marvy Uchida (scalloped rectangle). Design by Faye Morrow Bell.

The Road to Sydney

Having the opportunity to live in Australia for a few years has presented itself with countless photographic opportunities for Stacy McFadden and her family. When they decided to take the "long way" to Sydney for a recent holiday, Stacy found herself with so many photos she wasn't sure how she could feature them all on one layout.

She found the solution when she discovered that her computer's printer could print a large index sheet of images. They were just the right size to make a mini "slide show" across the top and bottom of her pages. Between the rows of photos, Stacy mixed her handwritten journaling with words printed on bright pink card stock for added emphasis.

Sources: Patterned paper by SEI. Computer font is Rage Italic by Linotype. Design by Stacy McFadden


Using the squares and rectangles printed on the patterned paper as her guide, Nichol Magouirk made quick time of this easy-to-create spread. She placed the title lettering on top of the colored band on the first page and positioned the date vertically inside one of the segments below.

Because the paper was white below the multicolor band, Nichol added a thin green strip both above and below the three photos. She used the colored squares on the opposite page as photo mats, cropping her images to fit inside the squares. To label each of the photos with an action word, Nichol used clear-back stickers and placed them directly on the images in alternating directions.

Sources: Patterned paper and alphabet stickers by SEI. Design by Nichol Magouirk.


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