Design by Sarah Klemish
Sarah highlighted an adorable picture of her son and cat with fun strips of patterned paper. She added a sticker title and bright accents. She kept her journaling small and on white paper to keep the focus on the photo.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, chipboard accent: Echo Park. Font: AL Uncle Charlie by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: American Crafts (title letters), Echo Park ("Hello" tab, yellow star). Brad: My Mind's Eye.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi created a grungy boy-theme layout to show her son's relationship with their cat. For a custom background, pull out your paints and brushes. Brush paint onto a textured specialty paper, then press it onto your page to create a hip look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (navy, red), Donna Salazar (art paper), My Mind's Eye (light red). Specialty paper: The Paper Studio. Font: Pea Sue's Print off the Internet. Stickers: Adornit'Carolee's Creations. Paint: Liquitex.
Design by Jen Perks
Have your child help journal. Jen had her daughter write her feelings about their pet on a small piece of paper and included pictures of the two of them together to show a special bond. She shared her own journaling on a small note card that slides behind a photo to give a different perspective.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Queen & Co. (plaid), BasicGrey (floral), Sassafras (heart). Font: Love Letter TW off the Internet. Stickers: Sandylion Sticker Designs (small letters), SEI ("&"). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Charms: Karen Foster Design (heart), 7Gypsies (key). Brads, gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Floss: DMC Corp. Paint: FolkArt by Plaid. Pens: American Crafts. Punches: Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge), Marvy Uchida (tab). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Angelia Wigginton
Break up a series of similar photos by layering the design with other interesting elements, such as patterned papers and fun embellishments. For these four shots of her children with their cat, Angelia singled one out as the star and made the other three smaller. She added three patterned papers, silk flowers, strips of journaling, and a title made from glitter chipboard letters.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Pea Lacy off the Internet. Die-cut: My Mind's Eye (bracket), Paper Source (circle), Hambly (silver shape). Stickers: Arctic Frog. Chipboard letters: Autumn Leaves. Journaling bits: Hambly. Flowers: Petaloo.
Design by Amy Goldstein
Using a square grid design is a fun contrast to a series of circles, three of which contain photographs. Amy also placed additional journaling on the largest photo. When designing on a grid, try using your computer or a pencil to sketch the grid first. You can then use the lines as a guide to perfectly align your elements on the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper co. (polka dot), Junkitz (all other). Fonts: Serifa BT (journaling), Scriptina ("W" on photo) off the Internet. Chipboard letters, plastic letters, mask: Heidi Swapp. Acrylic accents: KI Memories ("memories," "m"). Jelly accent: Provo Craft (flower). Striped button, flower: Doodlebug Design. Brads: Karen Foster Design. Rub-ons, sign: Making Memories.
Design by Katie Nugent
A bottle cap punctuates Katie's soda pop-inspired title, explaining the reasoning behind her kitty's name. Mixing patterns and solids keeps the page interesting; solid circles help tone down the busy background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Times New roman (title), Arial (journaling). Ink: Clearsnap. Ribbon: Making Memories. Bottle cap: Li'l Davis Designs. Punch: EK Success.
To play up her cat's stunning eyes, Katy decided to repeat their shape all over the page. She started by printing journaling in a large circle. Instead of cutting the photos into circles (and losing some of the best parts of the image), she created circle borders that she could stick her photos through.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons, stickers, die cuts: KI Memories. Font: Chatter by Two Peas in a Bucket. Metal letter: Making Memories. Circle cutter: Fiskars.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
If you're in the mood for an artsy technique, try an image transfer. Packing tape as a transfer medium is interesting because the dark parts of the image will adhere to the tape and the white portions will not. As you can see on Erikia's layout, this technique really shines when you can place the transferred image over patterned paper and allow bits of it to show through -- as she did with the script paper.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scrappy Cat Creations (orange, white), Club Scrap (teal), K&Company (script). Die cut, die-cutting tool: Sizzix. Rubber stamp: Provo Craft. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: EK Success. Chipboard letters: We R Memory Keepers. Metal-rim tag: Making Memories. Brad: SEI.
When journaling is an important element of the layout, give it the room it deserves. Here, nearly half the design is dedicated to the story of Katy's cat. To keep the text-heavy page from looking busy, Katy kept other designs to a minimum, with just one large image and a text-heavy page from looking busy, Katy kept other designs to a minimum, with just one image and a large title treatment.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Sailboat by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Mrs. Grossman's (orange), KI Memories (black), BasicGrey (blue). Label holders: Making Memories. Buttons: Junkitz.
Design by Erin Terrell
When you have only one image for a page, give it more visual interest by using pattern and embellishments. Erin loved this shot of her terrified cat but didn't have other images that complemented it. Instead, she made it the focal point by placing it on a busy pattern that let the simple image pop off the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads, sticker: Making Memories. Font: Quirky by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons: Making Memories (green, gray), Doodlebug Design (black). Ink: Stewart Superior.
Design by Amber Ries
Dare to dabble in computer-generated scrapbooking with this simple design. Amber combined elements in soft, distressed colors to record the memory of her daughter's love affair with a favorite cat.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Jane Austen (title), Pea Johanna (journaling), and 1942 Report ("Live, Love, Laugh") off the Internet. Digital elements: Streetwear Kits by Tracy Ann Robinson.
Design by Jennifer Johner
Jennifer took advantage of the custom shapes available in her photo-editing software to make a digital mosaic of photos and papers. Her papers and photos are one layer, and the custom heart shape is a layer below it. The best part? No paper scraps to pick up!
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Fonts: Secret Pal (journaling), Graphic Hearts (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Digital elements: Renewal (green paper with flowers), Spice It Up (brown paper with cream), Free Love (green paper with brown hearts), Peachy Keen (blue paper with white circles), Sassy (green paper with black dots, blue paper with white dots).
Design by Patricia Anderson
When working with older, predigital photos that haven't been improved in image-editing software, keep your paper selection and design simple. To keep the focus on her photos, Patricia selected a neutral background and just a few colors that complement the photos. A classic polka-dot pattern is a smart choice for an older photo.
SOURCES: Fonts: Cadence (title) by Autumn Leaves, Arial (journaling). Die cuts: Deluxe Cuts. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Plastic letters: Heidi Swapp.