Design by Jen Lessinger
To make a few favorite photos stand out on a black-and-white collage, place color copies over the corresponding black-and-white print. Mount the color photos on adhesive foam to add dimension.
SOURCES: SOURCES: Cardstock: Wausau Paper (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (brown). Patterned paper: KI Memories. Stickers: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: American Crafts.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica arranged 15 patterned-paper squares to create the tile effect at the bottom of this festive birthday page. Smear black ink around each square to define the shapes. To give the design movement, Erica alternated the direction of each square's stripes.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: FontWerks. Chipboard: Making Memories. Brads: KI Memories.
Design by Lisa VanderVeen
Sometimes you have only one photo to tell your story, so you'll want to showcase it. Blow it up and make it the star using a shaped photo mat. For a bit of whimsy, machine-stitch hand-cut circles of coordinating scraps on the background of your layout. Make pleated paper ribbon by trimming a 1x12" strip of double-sided patterned paper. Fold it randomly and adhere the strip below the photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (green), My Mind's Eye (pink). Brads: BasicGrey, K&Company. Buttons: My Mind's Eye. Stickers: Sassafras. Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by LeAnne Schumacher
If you have tons of photos from a birthday celebration, pick just a few that tell the story. Layer them in the center of the page using creative overlapping and plenty of white space.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements. Fonts: Veggieburger off the Internet. Digital elements: Gator Crossing kit (thin ribbon, blue paper, tan paper, orange paper, blue patterned paper, green paper), Hinge Pack (screws), Countable Seal Brushes (#4 circle), Little Plastic Flowers No. 1, Vintage Photo Frames No. 19, Piece of Cake Epoxy Stickers, Ad Inspiration Journaler, Pinned Tabs No. 2, Template Inspiration 32011 (borders), Groceria Words (tag), Little Princess Kit (staple) by Katie Pertiet; DIY Chipboard Alphabet (chipboard letters), Whirligigs (pinwheel) by Pattie Knox; Birthday PNGs ("birthday") by Cathy Zielske; Glorious Days Kit (yellow) by Michelle Martin.
Design by Candi Gershon
A photo collage spread across Candi's two-page layout packs in the pictures and captures the magic of her daughter's birthday party. Embracing her daughter's Tinker Bell theme, Candi picked accents of a fairy and pixie dust to embellish her design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (pink, green), Sandylion Sticker Designs (blue). Font: SP You've Got Mail off the Internet. Stickers: Making Memories (title); Me and My Big Ideas (heart); Prima Marketing, Inc. (swirl); Sandylion Sticker Designs (Tinker Bell). Gems: Kaisercraft. Punch: EK Success. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Design by Smitha Katti
Instead of photos, use the party invitation or a favorite card (especially if you made it) to document a birthday. Smitha's daughter's first birthday was a very emotional occasion, so Smitha included lots of journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, ribbon: Scrapabilities. Decorative paper: Strathmore. Sticker: Me and My Big Ideas. Dimensional adhesive: Ranger Industries.
Design by Shannon Brouwer
Celebrate a birthday with a number of facts about the birthday girl that correspond with her age. This is a great way to capture anyone at any age and could be done annually for a memorable collection of pages.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design (dot), Making Memories (circles). Stickers: Making Memories (square letters), Jenni Bowlin Studio (circle letters). Ribbon: Michaels. Punches: Creative Memories (corner rounder), EK Success (corner rounder).
Design by Shannon Brouwer
Highlight a birthday tradition, such as donuts for breakfast or a favorite cake, by cutting your page into that shape. To make a donut like this one, use a circle cutter to cut holes from shaped paper. Finish with beads for sprinkles.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Martha Stewart Crafts. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Font: High Tide by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: American Crafts. Beads: Michaels. Corner rounder: Creative Memories. Circle cutter: Fiskars.
Design by Stephanie Howell
Birthday parties often yield tons of photos that are sometimes hard to fit into one design. Hide them in a folder attached to your layout; you can also insert the invitation inside. The folder cover then serves as a great mat for your star image.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Studio Calico (polka dot, doily, ledger), The Girls' Paperie (floral). Folder: Maya Road. Stickers: American Crafts (yellow letters), October Afternoon (circle letters). Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints. Trim: Crate Paper. Baker's twine: Divine Twine. Brad: The Girls' Paperie. Stamp: Studio Calico. Ink: Close to My Heart. Pen: American Crafts. Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Design by Jen Jockisch
Highlight one special moment at a birthday celebration, such as a baby's first cake. For a fun background, punch or die-cut circles from a sheet of cardstock, and then adhere pieces of misted cardstock behind the holes.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Studio Calico. Font: Serenade by Autumn Leaves. Die cuts: Fancy Pants Designs, Pink Paislee. Stickers: BasicGrey, American Crafts. Wood accent: Maya Road. Clip: Tim Holtz. Ribbon, brad: Crate Paper. Ink: Studio Calico. Punches: EK Success. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette.
Design by Guiseppa Gubler
Coordinated supplies packaged together help make choosing page elements a snap. Ensure that all the pieces stand out by inking the edges. To make your own pinwheels, accordion-fold a strip of paper, join the ends, and flatten it.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, chipboard accents, ribbon, gem: Teresa Collins. Font: Cambria. Die cut: Jenni Bowlin Studio (bracket box), Teresa Collins (red notebook paper). Ink: Ranger Industries. Adhesive: All Night Media.
Design by Candi Gershon
To make her birthday scrapbook page more playful, Candi mounted balloons made of patterned paper atop her solid background.
Editor's Tip: Keep scraps of patterned paper and make them into accents. Whether used as a border for a photo or cut into a shape, they're an easy and low-cost way to add interest to any scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, epoxy accents: American Traditional Designs. Fonts: Dreamboat ("5," "five") by Autumn Leaves, Century Gothic ("Gracie is"), Avant Garde (journaling).
Design by Katie Rose
The two large photos on this scrapbook page freeze the action only seconds apart. Set your camera for continuous shooting to get this look.
Editor's Tip: If your camera doesn't have a continuous shooting function, press the shutter release immediately after each shot to get a similar effect.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Prissy Frat Boy off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Die cut: Prima Marketing, Inc. Felt accents: Heidi Swapp. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Angelia Wigginton
By giving her layout a black backdrop, Angelia lets the bright colors in her design pop off the page.
Editor's Tip: Don't feel like you have to limit yourself within the smaller design. Let some elements spill out onto your background to bring the parts together. Angelia extended her journaling to create this effect.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs (green, yellow), KI Memories (black-and-white text print). Font: Typical Writer off the Internet. Stickers: 7Gypsies (black), Heidi Grace Designs(green border). Stamps: Hero Arts (flower, circle), Savvy Stamps ("happy birthday"). Rub-ons: Mustard Moon (title). Ribbon: May Arts. Chipboard, flower, rhinestones: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Making Memories. Clear embossing powder: Ranger Industries.
Design by Polly Maly
To construct these sweet lollipop-style flowers, first punch and die-cut leaves and circles. Then give the simple shapes a little sparkle by heat-embossing stamped floral designs.
Editor's Tip: Overlap photos and embellishments for a grounded look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stamps: Hero Arts. Embossing powder: Ranger Industries. Punches: EK Success. Die-cutting tool, dies: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Janna Wilson
By piling cardstock, photos, stamps, and buttons on top of each other, Janna made this colorful birthday page pop.
Editor's Tip: To give your scrapbook page some depth, layer your materials. This also can be helpful when trying to emphasize specific aspects of your design. Janna used adhesive foam and a bright mat to make sure her main photo stood out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (teal, periwinkle), Hobby Lobby (white). Patterned paper: Flair Designs. Stamps: Sassafras Lass. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap (orange), Stampin' Up! (lime, yellow), Adirondacks by Ranger industries (brown), VersaMark by Tsukineko. Paint: Making Memories. Pen: Signo Uni-ball. Stickers: BasicGrey. Buttons, gems: Junkitz.
Design by Amy Licht
Emphasize the change that comes with birthdays. Create a page with birthday pictures from multiple celebrations.
Editor's Tip: To give the page continuity, use similarly posed photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (green), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Patterned paper: American Crafts (dot), Doodlebug Design (stripe). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: KI Memories. Rub-ons: American Crafts. Paper border: Doodlebug Design.
Design by Melissa Ackerman
Take the guesswork out of photo placement. Arrange pictures in a single block.
Editor's Tip: Record the names of guests in the photos. While you may remember the names of everyone at the party now, you might not years later.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scribble Scrabble. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Queen & Co. Pen: Sakura of America.
Design by Jamie Waters
Don't worry about perfect photo placement. The photos on this layout are off-kilter, giving the birthday page a youthful, whimsical feel that suits the subject.
Editor's Tip: Create little captions for your photos to remember small details.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Prism Papers (orange). Patterned paper, chipboard accents, photo corners: KI Memories. Stickers: KI Memories (phrase), Making Memories (label).
Design by Sheri Reguly
Create a gatefold design (two flaps folding in to meet at the center) to contain journaling. To make the gatefold, cut a cardstock piece double the length you want the finished piece to be. Fold and score a line one-quarter of the way from each side, then embellish with paper or photos.
Editor's Tip: For extra interest, add a strip of patterned paper and a thin border to the journaling block.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas. Fonts: Fontleroy Brown ("four years old") off the Internet, Times New Roman (journaling), Arial ("4"). Die cuts: My Mind's Eye. Stickers: Chatterbox. Buttons: SEI. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Marvy Uchida (circles). Embossing folders, tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.
Design by Valerie Salmon
Create a sweet birthday layout with cupcake embellishments. Hand-cut cupcakes from patterned paper, mount them on cardstock circles, and top them with gem "cherries."
Editor's Tip: Help photos stand out against a busy layout. Crop in tightly on your subject and eliminate distracting backgrounds.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (light blue, yellow), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs (cupcake row, light pink), Imaginisce (all other). Rub-ons, brads: Imaginisce. Chipboard accents: K&Company (?8?), Imaginisce (all other). Gems: K&Company. Felt trim: Creative Imaginations. Punches: EK Success, Fiskars, Marvy Uchida. Decorative scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Janna Wilson
Scatter and layer photos on a round scalloped mat to create a circular design. Fill the open space with journaling and a large title.
Editorss Tip: To guide the eye, add accents such as photo corners and swirls to the layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: Renaissance by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard accents: Creative Imaginations (photo corners), Heidi Grace Designs (hearts, letters, swirl). Die cut: Heidi Swapp. Punches, decorative-edge scissors, circle cutter, embossing plates: Fiskars.
Design by Belinda Venables
Create a birthday party feel with a doodled border and colorful accents.
Editor's Tip: To fit multiple birthday photos and embellishments on an 8-1/2x11-inch page, print photos in small sizes. Many photo kiosks now offer small prints.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, rub-ons, brad: American Crafts. Font: Arial. Chipboard letters: BasicGrey. Die cuts: Elle's Studio (date), Yvette Adams (scalloped circle). Ribbon: Webster's Pages. Pen: Uni-ball Signo.
Design by Amy Licht
Scrapbook pages capture memories we don't want to forget, so Amy included some of her 4-year-old birthday girl's favorite things.
Editor's Tip: Don't overthink journaling. When you're stumped for ideas, brainstorm a quick list of things you know or love about your subject. It's an easy way to get the juices flowing!
SOURCES: Cardstock, chipboard letters, stickers, tags: Party Pieces page kit by Stampin' Up!. Fonts: Uncle Charles (journaling) by Autumn Leaves, Blackjack ("today") off the Internet. Chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Brad: Happy Hammer. Ribbon: Scrapworks.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy used a large picture of the birthday girl on her scrapbook page to instantly catch your eye and emphasize her theme.
Editor's Tip: Balance size with texture and interest. Tracy included two smaller pictures, journaling, torn strips of fabric, and other design elements to balance the layout.
SOURCES: Font: Old Remington by Autumn Leaves. Epoxy letters: K&Company. Fabric label: Me and My Big Ideas. Stitched leather strip: Li'l Davis Designs. Photo corner, brad: Making Memories. Metal flower: All My Memories. Metal frame brad (under epoxy "i"): Pebbles Inc. T-pin: Westrim Crafts. Stencils, rub-on letters: Autumn Leaves. Square punch: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Since much of her 9x9" page is devoted to her two photos, Erin grouped her small embellishments to grab attention and keep the page from getting too cluttered.
Editor's Tip: When working with photos already rich with color and pattern, a little embellishing goes a long way. Grouping can keep the viewer's eye from bouncing around the page and draw attention to what matters.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Arial. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design (title letters), 7Gypsies ("1997"). Stickers: 7Gypsies ("established"), Making Memories (all other). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp ("10"), KI Memories (arrow). Tag: Autumn Leaves.
Cesign by Robyn Werlich
Robyn showcased a sweet photo she snapped the morning of her daughter's birthday on this shabby-chic scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Soft pastels don't have to be boring. Robyn infused her scrapbook page with texture by dry-embossing basic cardstock and using glittered accents.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, vellum: Making Memories. Embossed paper: Doodlebug Design. Fonts: American Typewriter Condensed (journaling), Bordeaux ("birthday"), Buffet Script ("girl") off the Internet. Die cuts: Cricut by Provo Craft ("5"), QuicKutz ("M," diamond embossing). Pen: Signo Uni-ball. Brads: Doodlebug Design (pink), Making Memories (flower), Autumn Leaves (gem). Flowers: Heidi Swapp (pink), Making Memories (denim, sheer), Imaginisce (crochet). Thread: Coats & Clark.
Design by Jen Lessinger
Capture all the birthday fun by including photos of all party attendees. Place photos in strips to maximize space.
Editor's Tip: Frame photo strips with patterned paper to add a splash of color and texture to a photo-heavy page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Avant Garde Md BT off the Internet. Stickers: BasicGrey (flowers), Doodlebug Design (letters). Chipboard accents: BasicGrey (oval), Scenic Route Paper Co. (pink letters).
Design by Miley Johnson
Miley used the negative space left once she'd punched out the die cut from this oversize chipboard sheet to house colorful buttons on this playful scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Get more mileage out of your supplies by using both the positive and negative parts of punched and die-cut designs.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (stripe), Making Memories (dot). Stickers: American Crafts (letters, numbers), Making Memories ("B"), Heidi Swapp (journaling block). Coasterboard: Technique Tuesday. Chipboard accents: Heidi Grace Designs. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Rhinestones: Doodlebug Design.
Design by Brandi Barnes
Brandi lined two edges of this digital scrapbook page with candid shots taken at her daughter's birthday party.
Editor's Tip: Take photos when people aren't posing to tell the true story of the day's events. Candid shots make great supporting images for more posed photos.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements. Fonts: Rage Italic ("Ariel," journaling), Willing Race ("pajama party"), Typewriter (date) off the Internet. Digital elements: Quick Fill Page, Art of Play kit (paper tear), In Bloom kit (aqua paper), Doodled Frames set (flower sticker) by Heather Melzer.