Design by Erin Clarkson
Highlight your favorite haunts by featuring their logos on a page about you. Brighten chipboard and paper accents by covering them with ink, then covering them with clear embossing powder. Spray ink on white or cream cardstock to coordinate colors with patterned paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Crate Paper (turquoise), Fancy Pants Designs (purple), Making Memories (green dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (pink dot). Font: Bebas off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Making Memories. Embossing powder: Stampendous!. Ink: Studio Calico. Flower: Making Memories. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Gillian Nelson
Lists are a fantastic way of journaling about yourself. Gillian picked a variety of topics and listed her favorites, her wishes, her dislikes, and her frustrations. Bits of pieces of her favorite paper and embellishments made the perfect accents for her all-about-me page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft), Scrapworks (blue). Patterned paper: American Crafts, Anna Griffin, October Afternoon, Sassafrass. Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Heidi Swapp (arrows), American Crafts (green and black letters), Kaisercraft (white letters). Chipboard: BasicGrey (heart), Maya Road (house), The Paper Studio ("g"). Brads: Making Memories. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: EK Success.
Design by Jen Lessinger
What you do every day says a lot about you. Document your daily routine by writing down everything that happened in one day and turning it into a scrapbook layout. Use clock faces as a visual representation of different moments of the day. Don't forget the photos -- even if nothing out of the ordinary happens.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, navy, green, kraft), DMD (yellow). Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Specialty paper: Reminisce. Font: Asenine off the Internet. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Linda Barber
Everyone takes on multiple roles in the course of a day, week, month. Together, they make us who we are. Make a list of all of your roles, then take photos that represent each hat you wear. Place the photos in a collage and list each special role you play.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, SC Amelie, Vargas off the Internet. Digital elements: Adorned kit (background paper, coffee stain) by Paislee Press, Herringbone overlay by Erica Hernandez, Bookbag Essentials (notebook paper) by Gina Cabera, Ultimate stitches by Lisa Whitney Designs.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Write about your favorite pastime and what it means to you. It's likely to inspire you to make more time for it while also creating a page that documents something you love. Infuse your personality into the shots by trying new angles and editing tricks.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Font: Century Gothic. Digital elements: Happy paper pack by Erica Hernandez, Cork alphabet by Jen Martakis.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin crafted a scrapbook page around advice she would give herself at different ages. She placed pictures from key ages in her life on a strip of colored cardstock. Then she added circles to hold numbers and journaled her advice next to each picture. A large picture of her now with simple white matting becomes the focus of the page.
SOURCES: Font: Arial Narrow. Stickers: 7Gypsies (phrase), Sandylion Sticker Designs (blue letters). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves ("at," "age"), Doodlebug Design (orange letters), Making Memories ("Back in Time"). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Punch: Marvy Uchida. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS.
Comparing your life at different stages allows you to highlight the contrasts as well as the similarities. Despite the passage of a decade, Lisa found a lot of common ground between her "then" and "now" selves.
Editor's Tip: Combine your own handwriting with computer-generated journaling. You may not love your handwriting, but future generations will treasure it!
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (phrase), October Afternoon (pinwheel, dot). Font: Helvetica. Die cuts: Creative Imaginations (tab), Jenni Bowlin Studio (ticket). Stickers: American Crafts (numbers), Jenni Bowlin Studio (border). Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints. Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Michelle Rubin
Use your birthday as an opportunity to reflect (in a fun way) on your life. List a number (in this case 39) of things that define you at this stage in your life. Include a recent photo of you. Leave the top of the photo free from glue when placing it on the page to create a pocket to store your list.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers: We R Memory Keepers. Font: Sketch Rockwell off the Internet. Scoring tool: Martha Stewart Crafts. Markers: Sharpie.
Design by Kristina Proffitt
There are many ways to define yourself, so jot down a few short descriptors. Kristina printed her words in color, accenting each with a brad. She paired the list with a tightly cropped black-and-white photo and added sass with a decorative font for her title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: K&Company. Fonts: Pure Imagination (descriptors), Journaling Dingbat (brackets), GG's Love Me ("so happy"), GG's Mix (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket, MA Sexy ("dare to dream") off the Internet.
Design by Robin Hoenstern
Ask yourself questions about where you are in life. Robin created this layout after looking through photos of herself and being surprised at how old she thought she looked. For a unique embellishment, she bracketed her age on a Bingo card.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (orange), Wausau Papers (yellow). Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (orange circles), Urban Lily (pink circles). Font: Variety Show by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas (swirly question marks), Office Max (large question mark). Rub-ons: KI Memories (title), Chatterbox (subtitle), Office Max (small question marks). Ribbon: May Arts. Rhinestone buckle: Michaels.
Design by Christa Paustenbaugh
Focus on a special role and use journaling to explain how it affects your daily life, as Christa did on this page about being a military wife. Create subtitles or small bits of journaling with pint-size letter stickers. Use a circle punch or another shape punch to transform scrap paper into easy page accents. Cut your journaling into strips, then group similar ideas on journaling blocks.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (yellow graph, green graph, gray stripe), Scenic Route Paper Co. (white graph), Studio Calico (yellow, numbers, wood-grain, map, green). Font: Rough Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (small letters), Studio Calico (all other). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Heidi Swapp (heart). Ribbon: American Crafts. Buttons: Michaels. Flower: Sassafras. Twine: Studio Calico.
Design by Leah Fung
Scrapbooking a page that is all about you is an opportunity to share an important life lesson you recently learned. Choose favorite photos to support that lesson. Add labels or other text to your photos before printing by using image-editing software. Or use rub-ons to get a similar look on photos that are already printed. Use patterned paper and simple accents, such as buttons, to create clever elements, like this scale that shows the tipping of the balance in Leah's life.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories (ledger, yellow), October Afternoon (floral strawberry, brown dot). Fonts: Times New Roman (labels, circle), Arial (photo labels, journaling). Sticker, buttons: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: Creative Imaginations ("good"), Making Memories ("imbalance"). Punches: Creative Memories (circle), Fiskars (scalloped circle). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Thread: Coats & Clark. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.
Design by Zakirah Zakaria
List facts about yourself, including things you love, dreams you have, and anything else that defines who you are at this stage in your life. Arrange journaling and embellishments similarly on both sides of your page for a clean, symmetrical look. Make a favorite photo the central element of the page and surround it with journaling strips that share small details about your life.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Fonts: Orator Std (journaling), SF Kim (date) off the Internet. Digital elements: Everyday Play kit (borders, hearts, mouse, green flowers, mesh, blue gingham splats, orange date tab, "me facts"), Platinum Dreams kit (dark brown paper), My Stamp Stash No. 2 kit (black lace, flower, circle stamps) by Krystal Hartley, Made With Love kit (polka-dot paper) by Kasia Designs, Snow Day kit (light green journaling blocks) by Digital Design Essentials.
Design by Latrice Murphy
If you're the family photographer, finding a recent snapshot of yourself can be difficult. But taking a self-portrait couldn't be easier! Latrice snapped this pic using a car visor mirror, capturing part of her day-to-day routine. Include journaling that describes where you are in your life. Layer embellishments to add dimension, and boost the top layer with small pieces of adhesive foam. Trim accents, like this filmstrip or the phrase overlapping it, from patterned paper for subtle details that support your theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (black, orange, cream), Paper Reflections for DMD (kraft). Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents: BoBunny Press. Font: Mom's Typewriter off the Internet. Pearls: Mark Richards. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Barb Hogan
Remember to step out from behind the camera and create layouts about an easy topic -- yourself! Erin overlapped her picture with words to describe her life at the moment. She devoted a page to listing her daily habits and fun facts about herself to capture her feelings and characteristics. By layering papers and embellishments on top of each other, Erin demonstrated her busy life.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Stampin' Up!. Patterned paper: KI Memories (circles, stripe), SEI (floral). Fonts: Jack Frost by Two Peas in a Bucket, Head Surgery, 1942 Report, CAC Champaign, Bad Attitude, Genius on Crack, Antsy Pants, Problem Secretary, and Baby Kruffy off the Internet, Times New Roman. Ink: Ranger Industries. Brads, paper flowers: Making Memories. Eyelets: Doodlebug Design. Software: MGI Photo Suit.
Design by Celeste Smith
If you hate taking your own photo, crop in on part of your face to focus on different features. Celeste celebrated her job as a librarian by cropping her shushing finger. Selecting subdued colors and lots of blank space, Celeste keeps the attention on her words.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (script), Anna Griffin (paisley, plaid). Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: Chatterbox.
Design by Barb DeShaw
To get a grasp on what you really look like, hand your camera over to a friend or family member to snap candid shots. Barb describes herself as overextended, and these photos show just how much she's connected to her cell phone. She typed journaling into a shape that mimics her title to bring consistency to the layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Paper Reflections. Patterned paper: Rusty Pickle. Font: Mom's Typewriter off the Internet. Stamps: Junque (title). Ink: Nicole, Inc. Embossing powder: Rubber Stampede. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Susan Weinroth
Including a baby photo is a natural for a page about different life stages. Susan wrote her journaling as though addressing the child in the photo, looking back on milestones that have shaped her. Add a touch of color to a longer journaling section with tiny flowers with brad middles.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas. Fonts: American Typewriter (journaling) off the Internet, Century Gothic (title). Ribbon, brads: American Crafts. Rhinestones: Westrim Crafts. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Melissa Chapman
Many things make you who you are, so select a few important ones and dedicate your layout to them. Melissa chose four descriptors and created a tag for each one to tuck behind a row of photos.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Rub-ons: Paper House Productions. Font: Satisfaction (descriptors), Avant Garde (journaling) off the Internet. Buttons: Hero Arts. Ribbon: Scraptivity. Brads: Creative Impressions (decorative), Making Memories (silver). Paper flower: Prima.
Design by Polly Maly
When she had her son, Cole, take her picture, Polly reflected on what Cole must have thought of her and contrasted it with how she sees herself. To let her main picture stand out, Polly went with a black-and-white color scheme, adding texture to the page with machine stitching and tone-on-tone accents.
SOURCES: Font: Times New Roman by Microsoft. Alphabet rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Stamp: Making Memories (date). Brads: Lasting Impressions. Twill: Designer's Library.
Design by Leah Fung
Leah was inspired by a photo of her and her son to reflect on the unexpected responsibilities she acquired when she became a mother. She drew from the pink in her sweater and the leaves in the background of the photo to create a soft color scheme that perfectly coordinates with her main photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock: The Paper Co.. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (dot, plaid), Making Memories (stripe). Fonts: Black Jack ("at my best") off the Internet, Arial (journaling, quote, "Feb 2006"). Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz. Button, paper flower: Making Memories. Staples: Office Depot. Index tab: Avery Dennison. Thread: Coats & Clark.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia salvaged hangtags from her favorite clothing brands and incorporated them into a layout about her love for shopping. The tags created a border punctuated with buttons, and Erikia even punched one to create a photo corner.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper: Club Scrap. Font: Highlight (journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Club Scrap ("I love"), Me and My Big Ideas ("shopping"). Rub-on, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Punch: EK Success. Floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi had a lot to think about when she turned 30, so she dedicated this simple layout to her journaling. Layering cardstock keeps the design clean and effective, and Candi dressed up the page with a green metal word stencil.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories (white, navy blue, stripe), Bazzill Basics Paper (green). Font: Garamond by Bitstream. Metal stencil: All My Memories. Brads: Karen Foster Design. Acrylic paint: Making Memories.
Design by Melanie Bauer
Lists are a great way to include loads of information about yourself in an organized way. Melanie added a strip of photos to balance the journaling and then paired typed labels with her own handwriting to give the layout a personal touch. A pink background with girly accents shows Melanie's personality.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (stripes, stars), Flair Designs (flower). Font: Caecilia Roman off the Internet. Ink: Clearsnap. Pen: American Crafts. Beads, stickers: Flair Designs.
Design by Nasilele Holland
Where and how you live says a lot about you. Document your current or past homes or your dream home. Nasilele loves living in New York, and she included her reasons for loving the city in her journaling and a file folder.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: The Jonah Sutherland Collection. Stamps: Post Modern Design (subway map, postal cancellation), PSX (letters). Ink: Tsukineko. Tags, mesh: Making Memories. File folder: Rusty Pickle. Ribbon: Offray (dots), Impress Rubber Stamps (stripe), Lin's Trimming (stitched). Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas. Wood letter: Walnut Hollow.
Design by Mindy Bush
Think about the things that make you happy, and incorporate them into a layout. Since her family kept reappearing in her list of favorites, Mindy added photos of her children below her journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Arctic Frog. Font: Fabienstem (title), Eras Light (journaling) off the Internet. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Design by Erin Sweeney
One thing that made Erin different from her family members was that she never needed glasses. But, after getting headaches from spending long hours on the computer, she finally gave in and got reading glasses. When documenting this first, her layout became a testament to the fact that she still has 20/20 vision. Combining a funny eye test chart with a picture of her wearing her new glasses, Erin poked fun at her eyesight.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, vellum, stickers: American Crafts. Fonts: Fragile (highlighted words) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Architect (journaling) off the Internet.
Design by Nasilele Holland
After becoming a mother and finishing her college career, Nasilele had many precious things to cherish in her life. She embellished her journaling with stickers and added a bottle cap for a dimensional feel. A picture covering half the page shows where Nasilele is in her life right now.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: KI Memories. Font: Futura off the Internet. Ribbon: Michaels. Metal-rim tag, paint, metal mesh: Making Memories. Bottle cap: Li'l Davis Designs.