Kids' Friends Scrapbook Pages

Showcase the importance of friendship in your scrapbook pages with these ideas for scrapbooking your kid's friends.

Make Your Image Stand Out

Design by Vicki Boutin

Vicki accented her group photo with stars, patterned paper, and symmetrical borders to draw your eye in. The solid-color background doesn't distract from the action in the middle.

Editor's Tip: A great group shot doesn't have to feature perfectly smiling mugs. Let personalities shine with candid pictures.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (letters), BasicGrey (stars). Stamps: Gel-A-Tins (brackets, journaling), Fiskars ("the"). Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: Sakura of America.

Include a Mini Album

Design by Polly Maly

Polly mounted a mini album on her scrapbook page to allow for more images of her son and his friends without creating clutter.

Editor's Tip: To unify the page, decorate your mini album to match your layout.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Courier New by Microsoft. Rubber stamps: Barnes & Noble ("hood"), All Night Media ("23," "s"), PSX (small caps). Foam stamps: Making Memories ("boys"), Duncan Enterprises (snowflake). Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Fabric photo corners, fabric label, leather frame, metal snowflake, brads: Making Memories. Paint: Plaid. Ribbon: Offray.

List Favorites to use as Journaling

Design by Candi Gershon

Candi framed photos of her son and his best friend with strips of cardstock. The journaling strips share fun facts, such as favorite games, colors, and things they like about each other.

Editor's Tip: If your kids are old enough, include their handwriting on your scrapbook page. Since her subjects weren't proficient writers yet, Candi used a fun handwriting font to detail their responses.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Bad Attitude ("favorites"), Fancy Free ("A few of their") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Times New Roman (questions) by Microsoft, Teenage Angst (answers) off the Internet. Rub-on type by Chatterbox ("wonderful") and Making Memories ("friends").

Make Your Borders Interesting

Design by Shannon Zickel

To give her photo border some dimensional decoration, Shannon punched various-size holes in the cardstock and backed it with patterned paper. The paper shows through some of the holes while brads and epoxy stickers cover other openings.

Editor's Tip: A simple page can gain interest from a special border treatment.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Letter stickers, pen, felt flowers, brads: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Hambly Studios. Epoxy stickers: Cloud 9 Design. Hole punch, paper piercer: Making Memories.

Journal Around a Shape

Design by Miley Johnson

Miley played up the circle-of-friends theme on this scrapbook page by writing her journaling on the outer ring of her design.

Editor's Tip: Journaling in or around shapes is a fun way to break out of the journaling block. Frame photos with text or journal on plain chipboard shapes for an out-of-the-ordinary look.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: K&Company (dots), We R Memory Keepers (plaid). Fonts: Tuxedo by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-on tape: Daisy D's Paper Co. Rings: Technique Tuesday. Stickers: American Crafts (small letters), KI Memories (felt). Glitter: Making Memories.

Scrapbook a Series of Candid Photos

Design by Helen Naylor

To capture the personalities of these wild and crazy boys, Helen included several shots of the friends goofing around.

Editor's Tip: Scuff the edges of photos with a sanding tool. It will expose some of the white photo paper and give them a well-loved look.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, die cuts, stickers: The Paper Loft. Ribbon: Lasting Impressions.

Pierce Holes in Your Paper

Design by Christy Tomlinson

To create subtle designs in her scrapbook page, Christy used a piercing tool to make flower-shape holes, then backed the page with another color.

Editor's Tip: Pencil in the design first or use a template to minimize punching goofs.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, trim: Scarlet Lime. Stickers: FontWerks. Chipboard letters, brads: Making Memories. Gems: My Mind's Eye.

Get Embellishment Ideas From Your Photos

Design by Amy Licht

Amy looked to her images for inspiration when designing her scrapbook page. She mimicked the floral print in the blue shirt in her embellishments, patterned paper, and borders.

Editor's Tip: Your photos are the best place to find color options -- for anything from your main scheme to accents. Using colors from your images will help unify the page and highlight your pictures.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (pink), Prism Papers (coral, teal). Fonts: Handwritten (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Libby Script (journaling) off the Internet. Rub-ons: SEI. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Paper flowers: Heidi Grace Designs. Brads: Making Memories.

Pick a Favorite Color Scheme

Design by Polly Maly

Polly combined bold orange with a softer blue and green to create this layout about her son and his friend.

Editor's Tip: When working with neutral-tone photos, you're free to use any color scheme you like. Pick one you're especially drawn to, or let your subject help make the choices for a page that really reflects his personality.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cuts: My Mind's Eye. Font: Century Gothic.

Enlarge a Standout Photo

Design by Shannon Zickel

Shannon let an oversize photo of her son and his friend steal the show by keeping the rest of her scrapbook page simple.

Editor's Tip: Create clusters of embellishments to minimize distractions. Shannon placed her ribbon and chipboard grouping between her image and journaling to create a fun, yet clean, look.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Acrylic heart, chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas. Ribbon, pens: American Crafts.

Pick Papers with Decorative Edges

Design by Amy Licht

To add flair to her page, Amy created her design on scallop-edge paper and mounted it on cardstock. She paired two colors of the same paper and matched the pattern for a nearly seamless look.

Editor's Tip: Disguise your seams. Here a length of ribbon that contains all the colors on the page hides the vertical line where the two papers meet.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Gin-X (flower), Cloud 9 Designs (stem, leaves), American Crafts (letters). Tag: Bo-Bunny Press. Stickers: K&Company (pink letters), Gartner Studios (flower center). Rub-ons: American Crafts. Ink: Clearsnap. Ribbon: May Arts. Rhinestones: Junkitz (pink flower, green and blue circles), Heidi Swapp (pink circle). Floss: DMC Corp.

Create a Block of Similar-Size Photos

Design by Melissa Inman

Melissa paired a group of small photos and accents matted together with a single oversize shot to capture all the action during her daughter's playdate.

Editor's Tip: Leave a bit of border between photos on your scrapbook page. Separating shots will keep them from blending together.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (grid, swirls, mod squares), Chatterbox (floral). Stickers: Designs by Reminisce (journaling block, white heart), Heidi Grace Designs (words). Chipboard word: Fancy Pants. Plastic flowers, brads: American Crafts.

Die-Cut Embellishments for a Perfect Match

Design by Tracy Kyle

Using her die-cutting tools, Tracy created chipboard flowers in the same colors as her cardstock blocks to use as embellishments on this scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Most die-cutting systems can cut multiple materials, including chipboard, fabric, foam, and metal. Play with your system to get perfect page accents every time!


SOURCES: Fonts: Ditzy (subtitle) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Century Gothic (title). Die-cutting tool, die: Sizzix. Chipboard: Die Cuts with a View.

Use Embellishments to Create Movement

Design by Candi Gershon

The floral accent on Candi's digital scrapbook page directs your eye from the images to the journaling so everything gets noticed.

Editor's Tip: Not a digital scrapbooker? No worries. Create your own decorations with pens, paint, or rub-ons.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5. Fonts: Lean (journaling, title) by Chatterbox, Arial (adjectives). Digital elements: Beautiful Me (papers, flower accent) by Mindy Terasawa; Messy Journaling (brush) and Revealing Overlays No. 1 (overlay) by Katie Pertiet; Vintage Alpha Essentials (number) by Digital Design Essentials; ScrapSimple Type Path (type treatment) by Scrap Girls.

Give Stickers an Updated Look

Design by Daniela Berkhout

Daniela lightly sanded her letter stickers to make them less dramatic on this simple scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Try different techniques, such as painting or dyeing, to alter your embellishments.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Stickers: Sonnets for Creative Imaginations. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko. Buttons: SEI.

Create Your Own Background Paper

Design by Jen Lessinger

Jen created the perfect backdrop for these friendly photos by pairing two simple digital brush shapes -- a circle and a star. After arranging them in a repeating pattern, she printed them out for a one-of-a-kind background.

Editor's Tip: Dingbats -- fonts made up of shapes rather than letters -- make great design elements. Use a word-processing program to print ones you love as backgrounds and page accents.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View (blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (white, orange). Fonts: Seeing Stars (star dingbat), Georgia (journaling). Chipboard accents, plastic letters: Heidi Swapp.

Crop Photos into Shape

Design by Nia Reddy

To create this playful scrapbook page about a childhood friend, Nia used a circle cutter to crop her shots into different-size circles.

Editor's Tip: Vary the sizes of your shapes to create hierarchy. The larger pieces attract attention while the smaller ones add decoration.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: NRN Designs. Fonts: Sweet Pea (title), Zurich (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Brads: SEI. Fabric flowers: Autumn Leaves. Paper flowers: Card Creations. Punch: Marvy Uchida.

Pick Page Accents that Match Your Message

Design by Olga Waywood-Joyce

Olga included an envelope, stamps, and a replicated postmark to showcase how these long-distance friends stay in contact.

Editor's Tip: Keep an eye out for items around your house that would make good embellishments on your next scrapbook page. It gives your page a homemade feel inexpensively.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), National Cardstock (blue). Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Fonts: Times New Roman (journaling) by Microsoft, Arial Narrow (postmark) by Agfa Monotype. Rubber stamp: Impress Rubber Stamps (open dot). Rub-on letters, acrylic paint, metal-rim tag: Making Memories. Brad: Lost Art Treasures for American Tag Co. Maple leaf charm: Two Peas in a Bucket. Plastic letters: Michaels.

Unite Items with a Color Scheme

Design by Melissa Inman

Melissa successfully mixed several patterned papers and buttons by sticking to a set color scheme -- aqua, lime green, and brown.

Editor's Tip: When using elements that are all the same colors, find ways to create contrast and draw attention. Try adding dimension and emphasis with embellishments, such as the buttons Melissa used.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (striped), KI Memories (circles), Fonts: Avenir (sans serif on transparency) by Adobe, Serenade (script on transparency) by Autumn Leaves, Typo (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Die cut: My Mind's Eye. Buttons: Making Memories.

Add a Layer of Hidden Photos

Design by Candi Gershon

Candi used adhesive fasteners to add an extra layer of photos to her scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Don't forget to decorate the inside of the photo flip. Candi took advantage of the extra space to include even more photos, but if you're short on images, spice it up with paper and no-bulk accents.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Paperfever (circles), BasicGrey (orange strip). Fonts: Hot Chocolate ("a good clean," labels) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Scratched ("shave"), Cleanliness (journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Photo flip-ups: Destination Stickers. Ribbon: Michaels. Word accent: Li'l Davis Designs.

Jazz it Up with Pattened Paper

Design by Alison Beachem

Patterned-paper strips stretching from top to bottom add color to this neutral background and make the scrapbook page pop.

Editor's Tip: Add extra flair and texture to paper strips with stitching and ribbon ties, as Alison did on this scrapbook page.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (lavender), K&Company (green), EK Success (blue). Font: Adorable by EK Success. Stickers: American Crafts. Ribbon: May Arts.

Give Your Images Strong Borders

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin added thin white borders to all her photos, then mounted them on a solid backdrop to make them really stand out.

Editor's Tip: If you print your photos at home, save a step and print your shots with a border.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Messenger by Autumn Leaves. Ribbon, tag, button, brads: Making Memories. Rub-ons: Making Memories (small black, green), Rusty Pickle (title). Flower: Target.

Turn Simple Shapes into Background Designs

Design by Sande Krieger

To create this energetic page background, Sande used a template to draw various-size circles on white cardstock, then colored in the circles with pens that match her color scheme.

Editor's Tip: Designing your own background gives you the freedom to set the tone of your page. For a pattern you can use over and over again, make the shapes in your word-processing or image-editing program and fill them in with color before printing.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: RS Font off the Internet. Stickers: 7Gypsies. Pens: Stampin' Up!. Chipboard accents: Li'l Davis Designs. Template: The C-Thru Ruler Co.

Design within a Shape

Design by Janna Wilson

Janna grouped her images and patterned paper and trimmed them to create a circular shape on this scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: For accuracy, use a template to check the size and position of your shape before you cut it out.


SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (green), Georgia Pacific (white). Patterned paper: Reminisce. Font: Times. Stickers: Adornit-Carolee's Creations. Gems: Junkitz. Flowers: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Offray. Software: Adobe Photoshop.

Downsize Additional Photos

Design by Mellette Berezoski

By making her supporting shots contact-sheet size, Mellette was able to include them without stealing the show from her main picture.

Editor's Tip: Small shots are a great way to showcase details. In small prints zoom in on the action to keep things from getting lost.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Die cut: Magic Scraps. Stickers: American Crafts. Photo corners: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Making Memories.

Combine Group and Individual Photos

Design by Candi Gershon

While a group photo sets the stage on Candi's scrapbook page, individual shots of each kid make their mugs memorable.

Editor's Tip: When dealing with this many photos, keep the rest of your page simple. Arranging the headshots in a grid at the bottom of the page helps balance the page.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Arctic Frog. Fonts: Cleanliness (journaling) and Songwriter (highlighted journaling) by Autumn Leaves, Fancy Free (date) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Button: Junkitz.

Add Subtle Color with Vellum

Design by Jamie Waters

Jamie attached pieces of translucent vellum to her scrapbook page to add some subtle color.

Editor's Tip: There are lots of ways to attach vellum. Jamie used stickers, stitching, brads, staples, ribbon, and a photo turn to hold the strips of vellum on her page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Vellum: KI Memories (wavy, white rectangles, green rectangles, stripe), America Crafts (small dots, large dots, circles), Autumn Leaves (quote). Stickers: KI Memories. Pen, ribbon: American Crafts. Photo turn: 7Gypsies. Paper clip: Doodlebug Design.

Convert Photos to Black-and-White

Design by Irma Gabbard

Converting these shots of her daughter and her friend to black-and-white allowed Irma the freedom to use any colors she wanted on this scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: Making images black-and-white is a great way to unify shots taken at different times. Do it yourself in your image-editing program, or ask your photo processor to do it for you!


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Pattered paper: KI Memories. Font: Hot Chocolate by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard accents, label holder, ribbon, rub-ons: Li'l Davis Designs. Brads: Doodlebug Design. Acrylic accent: KI Memories. Flowers: Savvy Stamps.

Print Directly on Your Photo

Design by Erin Clarkson

Erin used funky fonts to print labels and a title right on this fun photo of two friends at play.

Editor's Tip: You can get this look even if you don't feel comfortable digitally adding text to photos. Try using rub-on or sticker words, letters, and phrases.


SOURCES: Cardstock, chipboard accent: Making Memories. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Fonts: Arriere Garde ("these silly girls"), Broken ("crack"), Palatino Linotype (journaling) off the Internet, Tubby ("Goofball #1 ?") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Serenade ("Every single time ?") by Autumn Leaves.

Pair Patterns for a Patchwork Look

Design by Jana Millen

Jana created a woven look by mounting her matted photo atop a background of layered patterned papers and rickrack.

Editor's Tip: It's easy to get a perfect patchwork look by pairing patterns from the same paper line.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI. Font: Imagination by Two Peas in a Bucket. Epoxy stickers: Making Memories. Embroidery floss: DMC Corp. Rickrack: Wrights.

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