Kids-at-Play Designs

Craft fun-loving layouts around your child's favorite toys, activities, and hobbies.

Lego Layout

Design by Laina Lamb

Use basic shapes as building blocks for a pieced accent. Laina attached small punched circles to larger squares of the same color to create the look of Lego toys. Foam adhesive gives the building blocks a dimensional look.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. Font: Rockwell. Stickers: American Crafts. Punch: EK Success. Software: Adobe Illustrator.

Little Artist Layout

Design by Mary MacAskill

Document a young artist's work by making a handprint part of your design. Make sure to include pictures of the messy details.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Adornit-Carolee's Creations (blue-and-white dot), Making Memories (scallop), My Mind's Eye (green dot). Font: Old Remington by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: KI Memories. Ribbon: Wal-Mart. Buttons: Chatterbox (floral), The Paper Studio (red). Stamps: Close To My Heart (letters), Fancy Pants Designs (flourish). Ink: Tsukineko. Pens: American Crafts (black pen), Close To My Heart (gray, blue markers). Adhesive: Therm O Web.

Sibling Moment Layout

Design by Kandis Smith

Highlight a fun moment between siblings. Back fabric with masking tape and run it through an embossing machine to create a subtle texture. To emphasize the pattern and depth of the impress, use fabric in a solid light color. Kandis cut around the fabric with decorative-edge scissors before stitching it to the page.

Editor's Tip: Choose solid cardstock for the rest of your page so bold patterns don't overshadow the embossed design.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Stickers: October Afternoon. Brads: American Crafts. Buttons: BasicGrey. Stamps: Hero Arts. Punches: EK Success. Embossing tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Muslin: Jo-Ann Stores.

Fly a Kite Layout

Design by Erin Clarkson

Take multiple shots of the same activity, as Erin did of her daughter flying a kite. Print them in different sizes and use different photo effects, such as a black-and-white filter, to boost interest in the collage. Add patterned paper and a fun title to convey motion.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design (stripe), Imaginisce (pink). Font: KellyP off the Internet. Stickers: Pink Paislee. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard accent: American Crafts. Thread: Making Memories. Punch: McGill, Inc. Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Sculpting Fun Layout

Design by Leah Fung

There's no easier way to fit multiple pictures on a page than arranging them in a photo booth-style strip. Place them on the side of the page to make room for larger images and journaling. Include closeups of the toys, as well as overall shots of the action, such as Leah did.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Fonts: Franklin Gothic Book (title, subtitle, label), Arial (journaling). Brad: Making Memories. Digital elements, software: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.

Summer Sprinkler Layout

Design by Lisa Dorsey

Don't wait for a vacation to pull out the camera. Snap the fun happening in the backyard every day. Keep snapping to make sure you get fun action shots.

Editor's Tip: Make a pinwheel from a 2" square of double-sided paper by slicing diagonal lines toward the center of the square (don't cut all the way to the center!). Pull the corners to the center of the square and use a brad to secure everything.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (blue geometric), My Mind's Eye (blue flower), October Afternoon (green gingham, strawberry, yellow polka dot), SEI (pinwheel). Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (turquoise letters), Webster's Pages (red letters). Chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle ("sunshine"). Journaling card: Echo Park Paper Co. Brads: American Crafts. Pen: Zig. Punches: Marvy Uchida (flowers), Stampin' Up! (scallop).


Playmobil Layout

Design by Erin Taylor

Give a great photo prime real estate by blowing it up to span your entire layout. Digital photo corners and label holders help add a traditional touch to the page. Create a link between your photo and background by layering an overlapping element that touched both, as Erin did here with her grouping of label holders.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4. Font: Georgia. Digital elements: Fly Boy (papers, airplane), For the Boys (journaling tag, word sticker, white tags), Digi Essentials No. 1 (stitching, staples), Digi Essentials No. 5 (photo turn, brads, label holders, title), Cardstock Essentials No. 1 (green paper), Date a Star ("February," "10"), Tweet (photo corners) by Karla Dudley Designs.

Tiny Toys Layout

Design by Laina Lamb

Create eye-catching designs every time by arranging your photos and embellishments in a grid. Start with your photos and place them on cardstock. Then fill empty spots with patterned paper, journaling, and stickers. Connect the first page to the second by extending photos or papers across the seam.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, green, orange), Die Cuts With A View (teal). Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. Font: Myriad off the Internet. Stickers: Bella Blvd (word labels), Sticko (blue type). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (yellow letters), Imagination Project (stars). Punch: EK Success. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Software: Adobe Illustrator.

Super Hero Layout

Design by Cheri Thieleke

Create a dynamic look by blending multiple papers. Cheri layered a yellow starburst pattern over red dotted paper to achieve the superpower-looking paper shown in her layout. Make the toy the focus of the picture by blurring your child in the background.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Font: Bottled Fart off the Internet. Digital elements: Action Hero Collection Biggie by Amanda McGee.

Garden Snake Layout

Design by Roxanne Jegodtka

When you have a series of pictures to fit on a page, maximize space by stacking wallet-size photos. By enlarging one of her photos, Roxanne created a focal point for this multiphoto page. Because her subject is facing to the left, his eyes draw attention to the small shots.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Transparency: Staples. Pens: Staedtler Lumocolor (black, red), Close To My Heart (journaling).

Playful Swing Layout

Design by Amy Licht

An Old Navy gift card inspired the cheerful color palette and semicircle motif, and it also won a spot on Amy's layout. A clever title becomes even more adorable with a few creative touches. Here, Amy cut out simple symbols from cardstock to represent "play," "pause," "grow," and "repeat."


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Fonts: Handwritten (title), GGs Love Me (flower dingbat) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Century Gothic (journaling). Wood letter: Li'l Davis Designs. Metal accents: K&Company. Brad: Making Memories. Ribbon: Michaels.

Stamped Outdoor Play Layout

Design by Nikki Krueger

Nikki stamped her journaling for a blocky, pieced-together look. The hand-cut flower complements the photo, and she tied it in with the journaling by inking the edges. To punch up a chipboard title, Nikki wove one word through a label holder and cut away the overlapped areas of the letters so they could lie flat.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft, red), Chatterbox (green). Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary ("Ritter," date), PSX (journaling). Ink: Tsukineko. Circle template: Berol.

Time to Play Layout

Design by Carrie Colbert Batt

Carrie accented an in-progress cartwheel with diagonal strips. To quickly lay out the design, she used adhesive-backed ribbon. By placing a block of cardstock in the center of the design, Carrie needed to use only scraps of ribbon.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, stickers: KI Memories. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: Scrapworks. Ink: Ranger Industries. Ribbon: Die Cuts With A View (solids), American Crafts (pinks), Scrapworks (greens). Epoxy accents: Autumn Leaves. Ink: Ranger Industries.

To Be a Child Layout

Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa

Using a pinecone, Renee created her own stamp to accent an outdoorsy layout. A supersize photo cut into a flower shape continues the nature theme.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (pink), Junkitz (yellow). Fonts: Dot (journaling), Typewriter ("child," "everything," "soul") by Provo Craft. Rhinestones: Provo Craft. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix. Ink: Clearsnap. Acrylic paint: Krylon. Pen: Staedtler.

Antsy Layout

Design by Stacy Yoder

As a quick idea for using scrap ribbon, Stacy created her title with a few pretty pieces. Glue and staples attach each piece. She also wrapped the metal rim of a tag in ribbon to frame the tiny ant in the picture.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI. Font: Mead Bold off the Internet. Ribbon: May Arts. Metal-rim tags, staples: Making Memories. Stencil letter: Autumn Leaves.

Garden Adventures Layout

Design by Erin Roe

The muted shades of the flowers didn't match the intensity of the blooms in her photos, so Erin gave them a boost with chalk. To make her page look as though it was being unzipped to reveal the flowers inside, she positioned black tabs on either side of a painted black curve.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Die-cut alphabet tabs: Autumn Leaves. Metal letter charms, brads, paper flowers: Making Memories. Chalks: EK Success. Paint: Winsor & Newton.

Silly Outtakes Layout

Design by Susan Cyrus

Instead of deleting the goofy shots of kids at play, Susan kept them for a layout that truly captures the spirit of the day. She added a whimsical touch to the patterned paper by adding buttons to the flower centers.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scrappy Cat. Font: MVB Emmascript (journaling) by Adobe. Buttons: Dress It Up for Jesse James & Co. Metal phrase, paper tag, flowers, label holder: Making Memories.

Graphic Stamped Layout

Design by Jennifer Bertsch

To get the full impression of the leaf for her layout, Jennifer positioned the inked leaf on the paper, placed the paper and leaf in a book, and then stood on the book. She used two different fern branches as stamps and gave each impression its own color and space.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, buttons, ribbon, hinge: Making Memories. Font: Modern Type by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Tag: Li'l Davis Designs. Metal accent: 7Gypsies. Ink: Ranger Industries.

Bird Feeder Layout

Design by Patricia Anderson

Chipboard letters gave Patricia the perfect spots for her birdseed. After attaching double-stick tape to the backs of the letters, she pressed the birdseed into place on the front. She used a purchased circular frame to hold even more seed on this bird-theme layout.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Cadence ("bird feeder") by Autumn Leaves, Times New Roman (journaling). Chipboard accents: Rusty Pickle. Frame: Pebbles, Inc. Ribbon: May Arts. Acrylic paint, flowers: Making Memories.

Teamwork Layout

Design by Kimber McGray

Kimber had three 4x6" photos, so she cropped and matted one to make it a focal point. She tilted it slightly to draw attention to the boys' perfect rock pile. The black stitches on the red swirl dress up an otherwise white corner. Kimber also gave the patterned-paper block a finished edge by stitching around the sides.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers. Die cut: Deluxe Cuts (swirl). Stickers: Scrapworks ("team"), Creative Imaginations ("work").

Backyard Play Layout

Design by Angela Wigginton

To subdue the bright red polka dots so the letter "M" would pop, Angela layered the paper with vellum before framing. She jazzed up her list journaling with buttons that mark separate thoughts. All the pieces of her project were made using a coordinating page kit for quick preparation.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Paper, buttons, metal letter: Making Memories. Font: Chestnuts by Two Peas in a Bucket.

Goofy Kids Layout

Design by Candi Gershon

Candi included several shots of her kids with different facial expressions. The kid theme prompted her to keep the colors light and airy, letting the photos carry most of the color.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Around the Block. Stickers: Chatterbox. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon: American Crafts. Color pencils: Create Like Crazy!.

Green Thumb Layout

Design by Leah Fung

To match the floral theme, Leah printed a copyright-free flower photo onto ink-jet iron-on transfer paper. She then applied the transfer to a swatch of cross-stitch fabric for plenty of texture. A bow finishes off the page, but a shiny staple keeps the look from becoming too girlish.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Black Jack ("Spring") off the Internet, Copperplate Gothic ("Garden," quote), Arial (journaling). Ribbon: Li'l Davis Designs. Transfer paper: Hewlett-Packard. Corner rounder: Creative Memories. Flower photo: Microsoft Office Online. Software: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.

Pansy Planting Layout

Design by Nikki Krueger

You can easily cut bold designs from paper and use them to embellish your page, as Nikki did here. The bold pansies match her daughter's raincoat perfectly. Nikki chose a tone-on-tone brown paper with a small print to avoid overwhelming the page.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI (brown floral), Deluxe Designs (large flowers), Far and Away (lavender). Font: Quirky by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stamps: Stampotique Originals ("pansy").

Rustic Outdoor Play Layout

Design by Nicole Gartland

To make her flowers, Nicole drew a simple five-petal design onto scraps of color cardstock. She moistened the flower and shaped it so the petals overlap. She also aged a plain piece of tin by applying random brushstrokes of paint.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Leisure Arts (blue), Carolee's Creations (painted). Stencil: Wordsworth. Wire, brads: Making Memories. Tin sign: Provo Craft. Beads: Westrim Crafts. Ink: Clearsnap. Paint: Plaid. Chalks: Deluxe Designs.

Baby Laughter Layout

Design by Jessica Sprague

Jessica used digital brushes to give her computer-generated layout a weathered feel. A few brushes applied to the corners were all she needed. She used the Eyedropper tool in her image-editing software to coordinate her two patterned papers.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop. Fonts: Aquiline (title), Roman Script (script) off the Internet, Georgia (journaling) by Microsoft. Digital elements: Designer Digitals (paper, botanical brush, chart stamp brush, corner rounder brush), Two Peas in a Bucket (botanical brush, swirl brush), Rebel Heart (grunge brush), Misprinted Type (grunge brush).

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