Design by Stephanie Howell
Stephanie wanted a girly and romantic layout to match her four daughters. She made her own pretty accents by combining doily-inspired die cuts with flower stickers and brads. Soft pinks and oranges offset the neutral background.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras (diagonal lines), Pink Paislee (gingham), October Afternoon (stars). Chipboard accents, pen: American Crafts. Die cuts: Maya Road (doilies), Pink Paislee (borders). Buttons: Pebbles, Inc. Pin: October Afternoon. Brads: The Girls? Paperie. Journaling card: K&Company. Tag: Studio Calico. Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Design by Robyn Werlich
A monochromatic patterned paper as a photo mat lends color and interest without distraction. Robyn used a picture of her with her kids, as well as individual shots to show off their personalities. She also stamped on the wood veneer buttons to add fun designs to the accents.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (orange), My Mind?s Eye (blue), Echo Park Paper Co. (all other). Font: Uncle Charles by Two Peas in a Bucket. Brad: Pebbles, Inc. Buttons: Papertry Ink (blue), Studio Calico (wood). Floss: We R Memory Keepers. Stamps: 7Gypsies (#3 circle), Pink Paislee (mini stars), Stampin? Up! (letters), Technique Tuesday ("remember this moment"). Ink: Stampin? Up! (orange), Tsukineko (green). Die-cutting tool: Silhouette.
Design by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Julie combined stenciled blocks with square photos for a quick page. She took silly pictures of her and her mother and used the center block for quick journaling about their time together.
Editor's Tip: Make a stencil using cardstock with a square punched from it. Spray ink over the stencil in two colors, then layer a paper doily on it, and spray a third color.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (pink floral), Prima Marketing, Inc. (multicolor floral, text), Sassafras (yellow). Chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc. Pens: Sakura of America. Mist: Studio Calico, Maya Road, Shimmerz Paints. Punches: Marvy Uchida (scalloped circles), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterflies, doily).
Design by Tracy Schmitt
Take snapshots of your daily life as a mother. Include pictures of chores, kids, and any hobbies you do to record all you accomplish in one day. Tracy hand-cut the house from patterned paper and dressed it up with stickers and journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (blue dot), October Afternoon (house, floral, dots). Stickers: American Crafts (foam letters), October Afternoon (red letters, camera circle, "Home Sweet Home,"). Pin: October Afternoon. Pens: Sharpie. Software: poladroid.net.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Write a letter to your child, as Erin did in this account of life as a single mom, and pair it with a favorite photo. Highlight key words by making them bold or a different color before printing them.
Editor's Tip: If you include a lot of text on your page, keep the rest of the design fairly simple.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Helvetica Neue Light (journaling), KellyP ("mom"), Pea Lauren Doodles (heart) off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (green letters), BasicGrey (all other). Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design ("the," "of being a single mom"). Floss: DMC Corp. Distressing tool: Making Memories.
Design by Christy Davis
Focus on a mother-daughter relationship with a photo and by journaling what makes the relationship so special. Here, the clever title is reinforced with chipboard birds embellished with patterned paper. Give a ribbon accent a ruffled effect by adhering folds into the ribbon.
SOURCES: Stickers, rub-ons: American Crafts. Ribbon: Michaels. Chipboard accents, buttons: GCD Studios. Gems: Heidi Swapp. Journaling card: Becky Higgins. Ink: Clearsnap. Pen: EK Success. Paint: Making Memories. Adhesive: Glue Dots International.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin chose a strip of black-and-white photos against a colorful background to draw attention to the pictures. She journaled about how thankful she is for her daughter and their special bond. Fun flower accents and a standout title fill blank space.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (orange), Echo Park Paper Co. (all other). Font: Incognitype off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Buttons: Studio Calico. Floss: We R Memory Keepers. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Design by Leah Fung
Leah showed her son's rivalry with his cousin to gain her attention. She made a photo strip with a series of pictures showing the tots' interactions and then included one large photo of her holding both of them. Leah balanced the patterned paper with kraft paper to keep the page from being too busy.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Crate Paper (cream), My Mind's Eye (green dot, yellow dot), Sassafras (stripes, border, frog). Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (butterfly, circle), Maya Road (heart), Jillibean Soup (letters). Floss: DMC Corp. Twine: Studio Calico. Gems: My Mind's Eye. Punches: Fiskars (border), Marvy Uchida (corner).
Design by Lisa Dorsey
Document playtime with kids in a series of silly photos matted with a white border. Add bright buttons and a fun banner for childish accents.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind?s Eye. Punch: Stampin' Up!. Die cut: K&Company. Stickers. American Crafts (foam letters), October Afternoon (banners, "Laugh & Love"). Brad: My Mind's Eye.
Design by Joy Uzarraga
Joy bordered this happy family photo mounted on white cardstock with two strips of cheerful patterned paper and a collage packed with motherly love. A red bow ties it all together.
Editor's Tip: Reduce scrapbook page clutter by creating a title directly on a photo with rub-ons.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: Me and My Big Ideas. Die cuts: Cloud 9 Design. Rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs. Pen: American Crafts. Ribbon: May Arts.
Design by Vicki Boutin
A handmade flower garden adds a burst of color to this neutral scrapbook page that pays homage to motherhood. Vicki gave her paper piecings snappy details with stamps.
Editor's Tip: Mount a photo off-center and let the layout title and journaling follow the same angle.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Rubber stamps: Gel-A-Tins, FontWerks. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: Sakura of America. Marker: Sharpie.
Design by Mellette Berezoski
Mellette sprinkled some glitter on a family-friendly scrapbook page to give it a hint of sparkle. She painted the chipboard pieces a coordinating color to camouflage gaps in coverage, then sealed it with dimensional adhesive.
Editor's Tip: Mix handwritten and typed journaling on your scrapbook page for a dimensional, stylized look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (green dot), Basic Grey (floral). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project (letters), Autumn Leaves (buckle). Stickers: Imagination Project. Rub-ons: BasicGrey (vines), Autumn Leaves (flowers), Cherry Arte (labels). Crystal brads, flowers: Making Memories. Acrylic paint: Delta. Metal frame: Nunn Designs. Glitter glue. Ranger Industries. Dry glitter: Art Institute (orange), Sulyn Industries (lavender). Adhesive: JudiKins, Duncan Enterprises.
Design by Lisa Storms
Lisa's clever scrapbook layout pays tribute to her mom's role in her life. A two-tone title treatment puts "mom" in "moments," and a paper flower in the "o" adds character.
Editor's Tip: Use chipboard photo turns to draw attention to family photos -- they pull double duty as date labels.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, paper flower: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: TypoSlab off the Internet. Chipboard accents: We R Memory Keepers ("mom"), Heidi Grace Designs (all other). Border punch: Fiskars.
Design by Jennifer Perks
Jennifer saturated this mother-daughter scrapbook page with two shades of pink -- a cotton-candy background and baby-pink color blocks for journaling on the joys of parenthood. Buttons and floss add color contrast.
Editor's Tip: Think quart-pint-ounce proportions on a tri-color scrapbook layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard accents: Me and My Big Ideas. Buttons: Autumn Leaves (teal), Rusty Pickle (pink), My Mind's Eye (coral). Floss: DMC.
Design by Kelly Noel
It's not all baby pictures and booties -- becoming a mom is also a woman's rebirth as protector and parent. Kelly's image matches her reflections on these new roles.
Editor's Tip: Address journaling to the grown-up son or daughter your baby will become.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Stickers: KI Memories. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Pen: Sharpie.
Design by Shannon Zickel
White space rules Shannon's layout about her son's adoption. In fact, this scrapbook page was nearly a simple title and picture. Mom's handwritten letter embellishes the message of love.
Editor's Tip: Choose bold accents for a sparce layout, such as these restrained touches of brown, blue, and red.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (ledger), BasicGrey (multicolor dots), Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue). Stickers, pen: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs (border), Creative Imaginations (circle). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Photo: Jake Zickel.
Design by Cindy Tobey
Cindy raided her stash for this quick scrapbook layer with clock details and flower embellishments trimmed from a printed 12X12" transparent overlay.
Editor's Tip: Punch holes through a black-and-white photo and weave ribbon through as a visual tie to a colorful page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, felt: Fancy Pants Designs. Transparencies: Heidi Swapp (clock), Fancy Pants Designs (flowers). Font: Century Schoolbook by Microsoft. Stickers: EK Success. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts. Metal slide, plastic heart: Making Memories. Ribbon: Fancy Pants Designs (blue), May Arts (pink). Pinking scissors: Gingher.
Design by Kelly Noel
A second sibling is a big step for a family, and proud mother Kelly skillfully unifies disparate patterns with coordinating paper. A colorful title brings this scrapbook page together.
Editor's Tip: Stretch your supply stash by cutting silhouettes from scraps of patterned paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: SP Wonderful Wendy off the Internet. Stickers, ribbon: American Crafts. Paint: Plaid.
Design by Brenda-Mae Teo
Brenda-Mae celebrates being a proud mom on Mother's Day in this action-packed scrapbook layout. She jazzed up the text cluster with stickers, labels, flowers, brads, chipboard accents, and ribbon.
Editor's Tip: Outlining photos with ribbon adds pop -- but highlighting just one edge makes a bold statement.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox (floral), Scenic Route Paper Co. (polka dots), Stickers: 7Gypsies (phrases), Making Memories (letters), Autumn Leaves (epoxy circles), KI Memories (label strip). Rub-ons: K&Company ("M"s, "Y"), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("o"). Brads, denim flower: Making Memories. Paper flowers: 7Gypsies. Label holder: Heidi Swapp. Chipboard accents: KI Memories. Ribbon: American Crafts, Autumn Leaves, Making Memories, May Arts.
Design by Denise Zavagno
For this scrapbook page about motherhood, Denise chose green-and-blue floral designs to balance a vintage sepia-tone photograph of her mother.
Editor's Tip: Use image-editing software to create vintage-font journaling or distressed or antiqued edges.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements3. Fonts: Dear Joe (journaling), Selfish (script) off the Internet. Times New Roman (title). Digital elements: Little Mai and Plantation paper packs by Iron Orchid Designs (papers); Essential Elements Pack kit by Iron Orchid Designs (tag, staple; Swirls brush kit by Rhonna Farre, Spring Embroidery brush set by Miss M.
Design by April Peterson
April's simple mommy-and-me scrapbook page features a bold image balanced by journaling on white cardstock. She completed the block with hand-cut hearts and white letter stickers before mounting them on patterned-paper layers.
Editor's Tip: Use a strip of ribbon to cover seams where patterned papers meet.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe, red), Chatterbox (orange), My Mind's Eye (blue). Font: European Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Memories Complete. Tag: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: May Arts. Corner Rounder: McGill Inc.
Design by Amber Ries
Proud mommy-to-be Amber showed the scale of her growing tummy by photographing it with objects including a little flower and a measuring tape.
Editor's Tip: Save supplies by digitally designing your layout with downloadable kits and brushes.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Digital elements: Scrapbook Bytes. Fonts: 18th Century (journaling); Dearest Swan (title) off the Internet.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Visual balance rules this elegant parenting page where all quadrants are mirrored evenly. The middle title is balanced by four identical buttons on each side.
Editor's Tip: On a scrapbook layout featuring both boys and girls, try gender-neutral colors such as chocolate brown or sage green.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scrapworks. Fonts: Bank Gothic (title) by Bitstream, Song Writer (journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: K&Company. Buttons: Making Memories.
Design by Amy Licht
Amy paired smooth-surface brads with love-theme rub-ons to add punch to her blue, green, and black layout. Rub-ons work best on large, flat brads.
Editor's Tip: Use circular rub-on designs that fit snugly on round brads. Apply after brads are attached to the scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI (stripe), Anna Griffin (floral). Fonts: Uncle Charles (journaling) by Autumn Leaves, Arial (title). Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper (black, white, pink heart), Karen Foster Design (medium size pink, blue, green), Making Memories (small red). Jewels: EK Success. Rickrack: Doodlebug Design. Rub-ons: Making Memories, KI Memories, Autumn Leaves, Melissa Frances, Fancy Pants Designs, Heidi Swapp.
Design by Ashley Calder
Ashley's scrapbook layout about waiting for her new baby documents the wistful moments with hand-drawn flowers and poetic journaling.
Editor's Tip: Freehand drawing on your scrapbook layout provides personalized art. Practice first on scrap paper.
SOURCES: Decorative paper: FiberMark. Rub-ons: 7Gypsies (postage), Heidi Swapp (flower), Scrapworks (letters), Rubber stamp: MaVinci's Reliquary. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: Sarkua of America. Watercolor: Pentel. Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp (orange), 7Gypsies (text). Tags: Avery Dennison (shipping), Chatterbox (wood), K&Company (die cut). Ribbon: Wrights (wide green), American Crafts (yellow dot), The Ribbon Jar (pink velvet). Flower: Serendipity Designs. Clip: K&Company.
Design by Kristina Proffitt
Kristina's play-on-words title sets the tone for a simple scrapbook page about the physical changes of pregnancy.
Editor's Tip: Photograph a profile of your pregnant belly -- if you're not comfortable baring your bump, wear a form-fitting shirt.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Acoustic Light off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts ("worth," "weight,"), KI Memories ("the"). Chipboard accent: Heidi Swapp (large heart). Punch: Impress Rubber Stamps (small hearts). Ribbon: American Crafts.
Design by Mellette Berezoski
Mellette combined many patterned papers into one scrapbook layout by using a unifying color scheme. Stitched accents, embellishments, and foam-back elements bring texture and dimension to this scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Arrange journaling on strips to help it stand out on a busy page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Engravers MT (number), Cipher (journaling) off the Internet. Ink: Ranger Industries. Scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Rhonna Farrer
To embellish a sepia-tone family photo that honors special mother-daughter relationships, Rhonna used digital brushes to clip pieces of pretty digital patterned papers.
Editor's Tip: To ensure scrapbook-layout details don't get lost, choose a subtle patterned paper or cardstock as a printing surface.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories. Sticker paper: Avery Dennison. Font: C Dans l'air off the Internet. Pen: American Crafts. Glitter: Stickles. Ticket: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Digital elements: Pretty Woods Paper Pack (paper) by Jennifer Pebbles; Vintage Labels kit (labels); Basic Black & White Gift Wrap kit (orange damask); Swirled Frames (frames); Fashion Patisserie Brush Set (brushes) by Rhonna Farrer.
Design by Ali McLaughlin
A colorful felt flower border contrasts with this black-and-white mother-daughter photo. Printing the journaling on light pink paper adds a subtle girly twist.
Editor's Tip: Add a thin, brightly colored border to a scrapbook page with a white background for extra pop.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: arial. Rub-on, chipboard accents, brads, buttons, felt flowers: American Crafts.
Design by Lisa Storms
Photos of Lisa playing dress up games with her kids inspired a scrapbook page about her main role of mother. She riffed on the theme with a hand-cut hat tied a title letter.
Editor's Tip: A simple strip of patterned paper can link two pages together.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Scriptorium ("many," "a") by Chatterbox, Century Gothic (journaling). Acrylic paint, metal phrase: Making Memories. Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz.