Design by Kelly Noel
Craft a festive look by splattering different colors of spray ink on a white background. For a fun balloon trio, add buttons and baker's twine to punched circles.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: October Afternoon (polka dot), Studio Calico (all other). Font: Surrounding off the Internet. Stickers: Studio Calico (letters, label, red border), Sassafras (yellow border). Die cut: K&Company. Chipboard accent, baker's twine, ink: Studio Calico. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Ashley Gailey
If your layout features a large group of photos, visual cues like Ashley's arrows can help lead the eye around your spread. She matted her die-cut arrows so they wouldn't get lost when layered on other patterns and busy photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Decker (journaling) off the Internet, Arial (title). Die cuts: Scenic Route Paper Co. (arrows), Deluxe Designs (star). Stickers: 7Gypsies. Brads: American Crafts. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Rhonda Bonifay
Give birthday pages a fun twist with creative photos. Rhonda had her son hold up six fingers for a photo at his sixth birthday party. The large red "6" placed on the gray block balances the red side of the layout, and the striped strip coordinates with her son's sweater for a cohesive page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (red), KI Memories (blue, stripe). Font: Roselyn (off the Internet). Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Making Memories (words). Die cuts: KI Memories ("6"), Making Memories (stars). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. String: Scrapworks.
Design by Kim Moreno
For military kids, turning 10 means getting their first government ID. Kim created this page to record that special moment in her son's life.
Editor's Tip: Certain birthdays are associated with major life events, such as getting a driver's license at 16. Take a camera along to capture those moments.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper: Dream Street Papers, KI Memories. Font: Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold. Stickers: Melissa Frances. Rub-ons, tag: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Chipboard accents: Everlasting Keepsakes. Pin: Fancy Pants Designs. Brads: Creative Impressions. Ink: Storage Unit Inks and More. String: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success.
Three black-and-white photos of the birthday boy stand out against the funky elements on Karen's page. For teen style, she used notebook paper and doodled letters as main elements on the page.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. Fonts: Pea Katie Jo (journaling), Chunk Type (date) off the Internet. Digital elements: Single Recipe 2 (template, yarn, acrylic circles), Rough Guy kit (patterned paper, bow, staple) by Camila Designs, Chemistry 101 kit (notebook paper), Teastained Alpha (letters), Mixed Media kit (crow, compass), Vivifying kit (doodled dots) by Lynn-Marie Designs.
Design by Terri Davenport
Finding it hard to say much about a particular birthday? Just use quick captions with a few thoughts about the festivities. Layer images on top of each other to add interest to the page.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop. Fonts: Times New Roman (journaling), Impact ("C"). Digital elements: Hey Sunshine kit (yellow, cream papers) by Lynn Grieveson; Spot Dots No. 27 (red paper), Countable Seals and Birthday Blocks Brushes and Stamps, Numbered Pennants and Photo Clusters No. 30 by Katie Pertiet; Annelise Neutral Solids paper pack (kraft paper) by Maplebrook Studios; Loop da Loop Arrows No. 1 and Thin Strip Masks No. 2 by Anna Aspnes; DIY Party Pennant by Pattie Knox.
Design by Ann Costen
Take the guesswork out of designing a page with several photos by using a template. Change a couple of photos to black-and-white to make them stand out. Leave a strip for journaling on the bottom of your page to include memories of the day.
SOURCES: Font: Cambria. Digital elements: Notions Blue & Co paper kit (birds) by Jen Allyson; Daisy Jane paper (diagonal strips) by Carina Gardner; Rainbow Sherbet (yellow paper, dotted paper, yellow flower), July Alphabets by Crystal Wilkerson; Imaginations kit (red buttons) by Crystal Cronin-Barrow. Template: Celeste Smith.
Design by Shannon Zickel
In this playful scrapbook page Shannon pulled colors from the photos she took at her son's birthday party. By arranging the photos in a single line, Shannon left room for journaling and a bright title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (stripe), BoBunny Press (blue). Font: Watson (journaling) by Chatterbox. Chipboard letters: Cosmo Cricket. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Jen Jockisch
The star of this scrapbook page is the birthday cake. Jen draws attention to the main attraction by placing patterned paper, embellishments, and smaller photos around it.
Editor's Tip: Use other elements of the layout to outline your main image. They add decoration and draw your eye toward the center.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), KI Memories (green). Patterned paper: Love, Elsie (doodle), Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (tab), American Crafts (letters, numbers). Chipboard accents: Magistical Memories. Pen: American Crafts. Ribbon: Stemma. Photo corner: 3M.
Design by Lisa Storms
To emphasize the birthday gift theme of this scrapbook page, Lisa got creative with her patterned paper and fashioned a faux package with a few folds.
Editor's Tip: Find new ways to decorate your scrapbook page with patterned paper. In addition to the packagelike photo border, Lisa placed crinkled strips of other paper under the title to resemble gift wrapping.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scrapworks (stripe), BoBunny Press (green dot), KI Memories (blue dot). Vellum: Paperbilities. Font: Century Gothic. Rub-ons: Imagination Project. Label holder: Creative Imaginations. Brads: Making Memories.
Design by Anna Armendariz
As this scrapbook page about a new skateboard proves, there's no such thing as having too many pictures on a layout.
Editor's Tip: If you include enough detail, it's easy to dedicate a scrapbook page to a single favorite birthday gift. Anna was sure to include all the parts -- from the helmet to the kneepads to the board itself.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Chatterbox. Patterned paper: FontWerks. Stickers: Mustard Moon (large letters), KI Memories (small letters), Li'l Davis Designs (numbers).
Design by Miley Johnson
By using photo corners and borders, Miley kept her images from getting lost in her lively scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Don't be afraid of a busy background. Just find ways to draw attention to your pictures. Miley's contrast of the black-and-white image against a vibrant background catches the eye, and the photo corners help to separate it from the rest of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, tack, photo corners: Chatterbox. Font: Songwriter by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Acrylic letters: Heidi Swapp. Metal letters: Making Memories.
Design by Heidi Sonboul
Heidi created plenty of space for her journaling by grouping her photos on one side of the page. That way she could document all the details of her son's fourth birthday.
Editor's Tip: Keep your scrapbook page balanced for visual appeal. Heidi included a larger image to offset the heavy block of journaling and four smaller photos to go with the four candles above the title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers, rub-ons: Die Cuts With A View. Metal tag: Making Memories. Date stamp: IPrint. Thread: Coats & Clark.
Design by Lisa Truesdel
Lisa paired strips of patterned paper with stars to add some spunk to her page. Repeating elements on both pages of the spread helps unite the two sides.
Editor's Tip: Accents like these also can be used to direct movement through a page. The lines created by the patterned paper form an easy path for your eye to follow.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (orange circles), Heidi Grace Designs (green dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (all other). Die cuts: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: American Crafts (numbers), 7Gypsies (label). Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (letters), American Crafts (stars). Stamps: Doodlebug Design. Ink: StazOn. Pen, brads: American Crafts: Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Valerie Salmon
To showcase her son's spunky personality, Valerie used vivid colors throughout her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Color choice is crucial. The hues you use to create your scrapbook page set the tone. Bright colors will give a more playful vibe than pastel shades.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: K&Company (dots), We R Memory Keepers (plaid). Font: Pea Haylie off the Internet. Rub-on tape: Daisy D's Paper Co. Rings: Technique Tuesday. Stickers: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Die cuts: The Paper Studio. Ribbon: May Arts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Stamp: Office Max. Ink: Clearsnap. Acrylic paint: Making Memories.
Design by Melissa Deakin
Subtle patterned paper and a single embellishment let the photo on this scrapbook page take center stage while childish motifs keep the design playful.
Editor's Tip: Match your title and journaling text to the tones in your patterned paper to keep the mood consistent.
SOURCES: Cardstock: The Paper Co. Patterned paper: Melissa Frances. Font: Caecilia Roman by Linotype Library. Paper flower: Savvy Stamps.
Design by Dana Smith
Dana's scrapbook page includes a photo taken at her son's first birthday party to show how much he has grown.
Editor's Tip: Layering the photo over a larger image makes for an easy comparison and doesn't take up additional space on the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, tack, rub-ons: Chatterbox. Font: Gimme Coffee by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Mustard Moon ("M"), Chatterbox ("Already"). Chipboard accents: Bazzill Basics Paper. Metal accent: Scrapworks. Ink: Ranger Industries.
Design by Shannon Freeman
Shannon cropped five photos from her son's fourth birthday into circles. Making them all the same size and placing them in a line helps balance the spread.
Editor's Tip: Add borders to draw more attention to your smaller photos. Shannon used black strokes around each of her images to help them pop off the scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Software: Micrografx Draw 6.0. Fonts: Century Gothic (journaling) by Agfa Monotype, Foster (title) by Microsoft, Slash HMK (subtitle), Dead Letter Office (background dingbats) off the Internet.
Design by Melanie Bauer
To keep her scrapbook page easy to follow as well as playful, Melanie built on a base of solid cardstock with fun patterned-paper strips on the right and left edges.
Editor's Tip: Let your pictures and text overlap different sections of your background to create flow and unify the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Wordsworth. Fonts: Coolvetica (quotation), CG Phoenix American (quote, author) off the Internet.
Design by Shannon Tidwell
The focus of Shannon's scrapbook page is a photo of her son's cake-covered hands. The close cropping easily draws your attention to the story this page is telling.
Editor's Tip: Don't be afraid to crop out a face to get in on the action. You can always pair a closeup with a full-body shot.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI (large circles), EK Success (turquoise dots). Patterned vellum: SEI. Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas, Doodlebug Design, Creative Imaginations, Wordsworth, EK Success. Leather frame, "boy" charm: EK Success. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.
Design by Allison Kimball
Allison created a background as playful as her subject by pairing different patterns and lots of word stickers. She kept the page from getting too busy by using patterns with the same blue tones.
Editor's Tip: Ease the transitions between different patterns by covering seams with bands of paper or border stickers. It's a great way to direct the eye to the action.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (stripe, squares), Karen Foster Design (dot). Transparency: Karen Foster Design. Stickers: Pebbles, Inc. (balloons, bow), Karen Foster Design (words, gel sticker), Making Memories (words), American Crafts (black letters). Rub-ons: Making Memories ("Happy Birthday" on stripe), KI Memories ("st"). Mailbox number: Making Memories. Stamps: Educational Insights (letters), Office Max (date). Ink: Clearsnap, Tsukineko. Corner rounder: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Melanie Louette
By printing her journaling on a transparency, Melanie exposes the patterned paper underneath. This also helps the image stand out since it's not competing with a colored block of text.
Editor's Tip: Transparencies can be used for more than just text. Create your own doodle or design, print it, and use it in your layout to create a one-of-a-kind accent.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Melissa Frances. Font: Flea Market by Two Peas in a Bucket. Definition sticker, gift charm: Making Memories. Letter tiles: Paper Bliss Westrim Crafts. Label maker: Dymo. Adhesive dots: Hermafix.
Design by Lisa Storms
To fully capture the memories of her son's fourth birthday, Lisa added specific sayings from the day. Her son thought Thomas the Tank Engine was "Thomas the tank and chin," which was the inspiration for her title.
Editor's Tip: Keep a pen and paper handy during a birthday party. It will help you remember important things to include in your scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: The Scrapbook Wizard (plaid), Hot Off the Press (dots). Fonts: Book Antiqua (journaling) by Agfa Monotype, Attic ("&") by Three Island Press, Piano Recital ("the") and Rickety ("excitement") by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Mrs. Grossman's. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Becky Novacek
To add dimension and character to her scrapbook layout, Becky cut out the number 3 from a vintage license plate. She used the number in a variety of ways to highlight her son's age, including text, the number of circles, and the number of bows.
Editor's Tip: Using objects you find at home in your layouts makes your pages more personal and saves you money. Most found-object embellishments will not be acid-free, so keep them away from photos.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: 7Gypsies. Bottle cap: Design Originals. Metal charm, red ribbon: Making Memories. Label maker: Dymo. Stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary (lowercase letters), Making Memories (uppercase letters).
Design by Leah Fung
To keep things organized, Leah divided her page into three columns. That makes it very easy to follow the action and ensures that the story stands out.
Editor's Tip: To add energy to a clean-cut layout, make your images and text boxes different sizes.
SOURCES: Software: Nova Development Scrapbook Factory Deluxe. Fonts: Pharmacy (title) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Chipboard, wood accents: Li'l Davis Designs. Tacks: Chatterbox. Thread: Coats & Clark.
esign by Carrie Colbert Batt
Carrie turned a rectangular die cut into a pocket to store more photos. That way she could include more birthday images without cluttering a simple layout.
Editor's Tip: Pockets can be used for more than just additional snapshots. You can include ticket stubs, journaling, or any other memorabilia.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Rough Draft (title) off the Internet, Renaissance (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Die cuts: KI Memories. Fabric photo corners, stamps: Making Memories.
Design by Candi Gershon
It's easy to pack a scrapbook page full of photos when they all fall into a simple grid. After cropping each one into a square, Candi arranged them, leaving a thin space around each to keep them from blending into each other.
Editor's Tip: When using a grid in a two-page layout, be sure there is enough content on each side to create a balance. Candi used one larger photo and her journaling to offset the full-page grid of photos.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stitched tag, rivets, hemp, tacks: Chatterbox. Fonts: Bad Attitude ("Birthday Boy"), Dear Diary (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Artistic Scrapper ("3"), Chatterbox ("The").
Design by Leah LaMontagne
Leah mimicked the vertical aspect of her photos with her journaling and the strips of patterned paper beneath the title.
Editor's Tip: When you use repetitious elements in your scrapbook page, it's easy to make something stand out by creating contrast. Leah simply put her title on a horizontal strip of paper to stand out against the vertical ones.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (blue text strip), Colorbok (all other). Font: Abadi MT Condensed Light by Microsoft. Ribbon: Li'l Davis Designs. Mini tag: DMD. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Stewart Superior Corp.
Design by Anne Langpap
On this digital scrapbook page Anne created her own circle-shape embellishments to accent a single photo of the birthday boy with his sister.
Editor's Tip: Whether you scrapbook digitally or not, it's easy to create your own simple shape embellishments. Layer punched circles, squares, or other shapes to create pop for just pennies.
SOURCES: Software: Corel Paint Shop Pro X. Fonts: Marketing Script ("C," "!"), ParmaPetit-Italic ("5"), Dymo (date) off the Internet, Cluff (journaling) by Hallmark, Century Gothic ("elebrate," "turning"). Digital elements: Overjoyed paper pack (green floral paper, red stitched circles paper), Counting Stars paper pack (red polka-dot paper, star and dot brushes), Joined at the Hip kit (stitching), all from Two Peas in a Bucket. Yellow polka-dot paper, brads: Anne's own design.