Design by Grace Tolman
Choose the best part of your birthday celebration, and capture it in a few photos and journaling to tell the tale. Here, the title stands out from a busy background with help from a strip of vellum.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design (pink stripe), American Crafts (all other). Vellum: The Paper Co. Stickers: American Crafts (blue letters), Jenni Bowlin Studio (black letters). Brads: American Crafts. Punch, decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Adhesive: Glue Arts.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
To pump up the energy of her patterned paper, Erikia sprayed it with a homemade mixture of re-inkers and water. She also color-coordinated her chipboard letters and tag by covering them with the same blue ink.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (magneta), Club Scrap (yellow). Patterned paper, chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Die cuts: Collage Press. Stamps: Great Impressions (dots), Provo Craft (date), Stamp Craft (letters). Ink, glitter, glue: Ranger Industries. Pen, ribbon, button: American Crafts. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Caroline Ikeji
At a friend's birthday party, Caroline zoomed in on the candle instead of her friend. She took another shot of the birthday boy in focus and included both versions, haphazardly overlapping the same-size photos for an artistic twist.
Editor's Tip: When you don't have enough space, divide a word in two. Splitting one word of your title, like the word "happy" in this scrapbook page, on two sticker labels totally works.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (blue, multicolor circles, orange stripe, pink-lined), American Crafts (brown), Sassafras Lass (orange number). Stickers: American Crafts (letters, numbers, asterisk), Knock Knock (labels). Pen, ribbon, rickrack: American Crafts. Stamp: KI Memories. Ink: Delta. Paint: Plaid.
Design by Sharyn Carlson
After four parties celebrating her husband's 26th birthday, Sharyn created this two-page layout highlighting favorite photos from the events. To highlight her husband's age, she trimmed two numbers from die-cut paper, painted them white, and placed them on top of the die-cut sheet.
SOURCES: Cardstock: BasicGrey. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (stripe), Paper Salon (polka dot). Die-cut paper: KI Memories. Font: Berlin Sans off the Internet. Stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Paint: Making Memories. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 103.
Design by Susan Weinroth
Scraps of colorful grosgrain ribbon dress up the bottom and right-hand edges of Susan's scrapbook page. Use up leftover letter stickers by picking same-color ones to finish a title.
Editor's Tip: Save space with typed journaling. When you have a lot to say (or list!) give yourself a break and type it. It will look tidier and you will be able to fit more words into the space.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Florida-TS off the Internet. Stickers, ribbon: American Crafts. Flowers, brads: Queen & Co.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy gathered ribbon scraps and an assortment of buttons and acrylic accents to create the candles on her pieced birthday cake. The shapes and sizes were similar, so she could easily mix and match them.
Editor's Tip: When creating a bold and colorful page, convert your photos to black-and-white. They'll coordinate with any color scheme you choose and still get the attention they deserve.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (green, orange, blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (red, brown). Shiny paper: Finermark. Stamp, ribbon, button: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard letters: Chatterbox. Brads: Autumn Leaves (brown, green, black), Imaginisce (blue), Karen Foster Design (flower), SEI (red). Jewel: Hero Arts. Twist tie: Pebbles Inc. Stitched strip, label: Li'l Davis Designs. Stickers: Autumn Leaves (green), K&Company (clear). Chenille stem: Westrim Crafts. Acrylic accent: KI Memories. Circle letter: Doodlebug Design. Circle cutter: Coluzzle.
Design by Candi Gershon
Nothing accompanies a picture of you blowing out your candles better than the well wishes of others. Scan the cards you receive, or type up the sentiments and print them to use on your scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Embellish your journaling with ribbon. Each little note on Candi's page received an extra punch from folded ribbon. To make your own, simply cut a 2" or 3" length of ribbon, fold it in half, and staple it to your scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Stickers: American Crafts (numbers), Making Memories ("birthday wishes"). Rubber stamps: Magnetic poetry ("th"). Chipboard circle: Bazzill Basics Paper. Brad: Karen Foster Design. Ribbon: KI Memories, American Crafts.
Design by Janna Wilson
Janna wrote her wishes, hopes, and dreams on strips of lined patterned paper. Cutting out each line allows you to arrange the strips in a free-form pattern.
Editor's Tip: Add girly accents. Sparkly stickers, flowers, gems, and ribbons embellish the flirty edge of her wavy-cut lined patterned paper.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (lined), SEI (black). Stickers, flower accents: Cloud 9 Designs. Chipboard letters: Junkitz. Rubber stamp: Michaels. Stamp ink: Stampin' Up!. Pen: EK Success. Acrylic flower: Heidi Grace. Gems: Junkitz. Rub-ons: 7Gypsies. Ribbon: Jo-Ann Stores. Thread: Coats & Clark.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia decorated this scrapbook page with a stamp she created from a thread spool. Almost any found object with a well-defined texture can be transformed into a stamp with moldable heat-set foam.
Editor's Tip: Pump up your stamped designs by cutting them out with decorative-edge scissors.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (pink, yellow, orange, check, floral), 7Gypsies (script). Karen Foster Design (lined). Printed transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Stickers: BasicGrey. Heat-set foam, ink, glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Pens: Staedtler (brown, green, orange), EK Success (lavender). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Distressing tool: Tonic Studios.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica used die-cut letters to spell out "celebrate" and turned to stickers, rub-ons, and type for other words and numbers. The result: A page with polish.
Editor's Tip: If you fall in love with a patterned paper, use it as your color inspiration for your entire layout. Shades of pink, light blue, apple green, and chocolate brown can all be found in the pretty paper Erica used at the top of her scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (lined), K&Company (floral), KI Memories (blue). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: K&Company (pink border). Eyelets, gems: Making Memories.
Design by Melanie Bauer
The right-hand side of the page is dominated by the title and Melanie's hand-written journaling. The left-hand side is very visual. Three clustered photos are decorated with handmade scallops made from painted chipboard circles.
Editor's Tip: Embellish your title. Melanie added a flower in between her title words, and accented the title piece with a swirled ribbon design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Delish Designs. Paint: Making Memories. Pen: American Crafts. Flower: Prima. Floss: DMC.
Design by Greta Hammond
This layout includes birthday photos from different years that were taken of Greta and her Aunt Shirley. For scrapbook pages with photos from different time periods, add the date directly to the digital copies of the photos before printing.
Editor's Tip: Create a focal point with your photos by making one larger than the others.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (blue, stripe, floral), Creative Imaginations (white, scalloped). Font: Times New Roman. Stickers, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents, flower: Fancy Pants Designs. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0.
Design by Debbie Hodge
Debbie marked a milestone birthday with a photo collage. Her meticulous journaling documents the details of the celebration.
Editor's Tip: When scrapbooking a special occasion, hang on to the party invitation. It will add sentimental value to the scrapbook page and provide ready-made journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: American Traditional Designs. Fonts: Parade (invitation), You are Loved ("turning"), Freebooter Script ("together"), Pea Olson (journaling) off the Internet. Chipboard accents: American Traditional Designs (rectangle, circle), Crate Paper ("60"). Photo turn: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Fancy Pants Designs. String: Martha Stewart Crafts. Digital element: Tia Bennett (stitching).
Design by Jen Lessinger
Jen loved the simple heart shape stitched on a quilt her mother made for her daughter. To translate the sweet design to a scrapbook page, she created two patchwork hearts and placed them on patterned paper. She accented the layout with black machine stitching, giving the page a quilted look.
Editor's Tip: Establish a color scheme. When mixing patterns and combining them with photos, choose a two- or three-hue color scheme.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (stripe, polka dot), Autumn Leaves (teal), KI Memories (green). Font: Georgia. Stamps: Hero Arts. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Chipboard accents: K&Company. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Software: Sure Cuts A Lot, Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Design by Greta Hammond
Greta used a neutral color palette to keep the focus on her photos. Old photos aren't always the best quality, so keep them small and group them together to highlight their best features.
Editor's Tip: Add a grunge digital frame to photos before printing them to give them a worn, casual feel.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Font: Arial. Rub-ons: BasicGrey (floral), Imagination Project (letters). Chipboard accents: Making Memories (tall letters), Heidi Swapp (small letters, numbers). Dies, die-cutting tool: QuicKutz. Ink: Ranger Industries. Paint: Americana. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Digital frame: Two Peas in a Bucket.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi used a trio of identical-size photos to line the bottom of her scrapbook page and accented the top right-hand corner with a photo of a friend. Candid photos are a great way to show guests' personalities.
Editor's Tip: Set a casual tone with your journaling. Don't focus too much on the "who, what, where, when, and why" of an event; instead, pretend you are talking to your very best friend.
SOURCES: Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials. Font: Scrap Casual off the Internet. Jeweled brads: Making Memories.
Design by Nikki Krueger
Nikki chose two photos of her father-in-law at his birthday party: one with him blowing out the candles and one just moments before. When placed next to each other, the photos feel almost like a film reel. She framed the party photos with cardstock in primary colors.
Editor's Tip: Add paper piecings. Bold red paper-pieced candles and a hand-cut title pop against the muted background.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Pebbles Inc. Fonts: Problem Secretary ("60"), Typical Typewriter (journaling) off the Internet. Die cuts: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary (large letters), Stampotique (date frame). Ink: Stampa Rosa (blue), Tsukineko (black).
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi arranged her scrapbook page to look like a gift, complete with tags and a card. Cute little ribbon bows in two shades of blue meet below the main photo. She also added handwritten elements, such as the birthday note on the white envelope.
Editor's Tip: To include words as a graphic element, use a preprinted transparency.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (oval), Making Memories (stripe). Transparency: Autumn Leaves. Stickers: SEI. Tags, ribbon: Making Memories. Clip: Provo Craft. Envelope: American Traditional Designs.
Design by Allison Kimball
To highlight the gift album she received for her 31st birthday, Allison machine-stitched coordinating feminine patterned papers. She used black letter stickers to label the mini booklet.
Editor's Tip: Embellish your page with fabric. Allison incorporated a quilting-edge technique by overlapping and stitching folded fabric triangles called prairie points.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (paisley, plaid), K&Company (stripe). Stickers: Chatterbox (small), Sonnets for Creative Imaginations (large). Lettering template ("31") by Scrap Pagerz. Brads, ribbon, rub-ons: Making Memories.
Design by Allison Kimball
Allison used a variety of green ribbons to bind the mini album and then tied the ends in knots for a casual, flirty look. Each page of the mini album has a spot for journaling wishes or stories.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (paisley, plaid,) K&Company (stripe). Stickers: Chatterbox (small), Sonnets for Creative Imaginations (large). Lettering template ("31") by Scrap Pagerz. Brads, ribbon, rub-ons: Making Memories.
Design by Colleen O'Toole
Colleen's favorite birthday gift was celebrating with her entire family for the first time in two years. She chose bold, rich colors for her scrapbook page to reflect the ambience of the restaurant where they gathered. A mix of dot-pattern papers from the same palette keeps it festive.
Editor's Tip: Add sophistication with white journaling in a black box. Thoughtful accents, such as black-and-white photo corners, can give your page a polished look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Own Design (black with large circles), KI Memories (stripes, swirls, small dots). Fonts: Weathered Fence (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket, 4990810 (title) off the Internet. Ribbon: Li'l Davis Designs. Photo corners, tag, silver brad, metal tile, flower: Making Memories. Button: American Crafts.
Design by Carrie Colbert Batt
Carrie celebrated a friend's birthday at a 1970s-theme party. She used retro-inspired patterned paper, accents, and rubber stamps to document the discolike festivities.
Editor's Tip: Play with angles when placing your photos. Choose one large photo as the focal point, then add plenty of small shots to capture guests. Setting photos slightly askew plays up the fun.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI. Font: Sixty Seven off the Internet. Alphabet stamp: Fontworks ("stayin' alive"), PSX ("oh oh"). Stickers: SEI ("Richele's," "flower," "livin' groovy"), American Crafts ("30th").
Design by Amy Smith
Amy uncovered a photo from her 25th birthday celebration that prompted her to reflect on the year that marked a quarter century of her life. She paired the photo with heartfelt reflections that were printed on a transparency and laid over muted patterned paper.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Editor off the Internet. Rubber stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary. Ink: Tsukineko. Tag, rub-on letters: Making Memories. Metal charm: Marcella by Kay for Target.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica created a special scrapbook page to celebrate her close relationship with her brother's girlfriend, Jen. She converted her photo to black-and-white and paired it with journaling about attending Jen's birthday celebration.
Editor's Tip: Save time by using rub-ons instead of machine or hand stitching. Erica added stitched accents above the photo, along the bottom right-hand corner, and in the caption.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (pink, green, yellow, blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (black, white). Font: P22 Garamouche off the Internet. Stickers, clasps: K & Company. Die cuts: Scrapworks. Rubber stamps: FontWerks. Ink: Clearsnap. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves ("24"), K&Company (straight stitches), My Mind's Eye (zigzag stitches).
Design by Susan Cyrus
Susan chose only four photos for her scrapbook page, but each tells a different part of the story. Take detail photos of an event to include on a layout. Combining these shots with others will chronicle the whole story. Add journaling captions on the side.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company (large dots), Creative Imaginations (yellow), Adornit-Carolee's Creations (blue), Chatterbox (floral). Font: Arial Narrow. Stickers: EK Success. Stamps: Carolee's Creations. Ink: Ranger Industries. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Design by Katie Nugent
Katie's scrapbook page features only one photo, but the patterned paper, journaling, and die-cut accents add a dynamic touch.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (floral), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green). Font: Watson by Chatterbox. Acrylic circle: KI Memories.