Design by Brenda Carpenter
Bright-color patterned paper matches the mood of a scrapbook page about a happy little girl. Brenda placed her photos inside a square with rounded corners, then matted the square to add interest. Hand-cut flowers from patterned paper made easy accents.
Editor's Tip: Use a piece of bright patterned paper as the base of your scrapbook page. Combine scrapbooking elements in the center and use the background as a fun frame.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts. Button: Doodlebug Design. Pen, corner rounder: EK Success.
Design by Laura Vegas
Laura created a busy layout full of photos, embellishments, and eye-catching papers to match the busy little girl her design features. A tidy square collage allowed Laura to dress up her borders with pretty patterned paper and circular accents.
Editor's Tip: Save time by printing a collage of pictures on one page from a single photo-editing file.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Die cuts, chipboard accents, plastic letters: Heidi Swapp. Rub-on: Three Bugs in a Rug. Brads: Making Memories (red), Bazzill Basics Paper (blue).
Design by Erin Clarkson
Flocked paper adds texture to Erin's scrapbook page background and accents. She hand-cut plain flowers from solid flocked papers, adorned them with fuzzy brad centers, and added stitched stems to create custom girl scrapbook page accents.
Editor's Tip: Want to create the look of flocking? Layer a stencil on top of a piece of cardstock and spray-paint with suede spray paint. Allow the paint to dry and remove the stencil.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads, floss: Making Memories. Flocked paper: Heidi Grace. Font: DenneyOne off the Internet. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Felt letters: American Crafts.
Design by Amy Howe
Amy used girly, handmade flower accents on this scrapbook page about her daughter. She drew and hand-cut flowers from patterned paper and transparencies, then placed a button in the center of a few for interest.
Editor's Tip: Get kids involved in the scrapbooking process. Handmade embellishments are perfect for kids' pages. Let children draw or cut out shapes to personalize a page about them.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, transparency: KI Memories. Font: 1942 Report off the Internet. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Buttons: Buttons Galore. Pen: EK Success.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Pretty pastels make up Erin's girly design about her daughter's favorite cowgirl hat.
Editor's Tip: Gain inspiration from anything. Erin got ideas for her layout from a pink-on-pink flowery pair of cowboy boots.
SOURCES: Cardstock, ribbon, floss: Making Memories. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (yellow polka dot), Cosmo Cricket ("remember me this way," blue paper). Fonts: SteveHandwriting (title), Arial (journaling). Stickers: Making Memories ("sweet," "fabulous," "sunshine," "no worries"), 7Gypsies ("silly," "goofy"), EK Success (arrows). Chipboard accents: Making Memories (flowers), Autumn Leaves (alphabet).
Design by Rebecca Cooper
Rebecca's simple, elegant design features a black-and-white photo of her daughter and subdued colors that let the image and journaling shine. She matted her photo with white cardstock.
Editor's Tip: Highlight important words in journaling. Rebecca didn't want to overpower her photo with a bold font color. Instead, she used a subtle color and made significant words larger.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Paper Adventures. Font: Century Gothic. Floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Wendy Bretz
Wendy's layout is a great example of how to use a single 4x6" photo on a 12x12" page. She contrasts the white space with strong patterns on punched circles and bold colors in the strips and title.
Editor's Tip: Raise embellishments with adhesive foam to give your layout depth. Wendy added adhesive foam behind punched circles to add interest to her scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Urban Lily. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Die-cutting tool, die: QuickKutz (quotation marks). Punch: EK Success.
Design by Caroline Ikeji
Caroline turned to chipboard and ribbon to create a flashy accent for this page about her friend. Pretty pinks and yellows combined with flower embellishments emphasize the girly theme. She painted lines in the upper-left-hand corner of her page to simulate journaling strips.
Editor's Tip: Use paint to accentuate journaling. Caroline dry-brushed paint in strips, let them dry, then added journaling on top with a fine-tip marker.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (yellow stripe, pink graph), Scenic Route Paper Co. (pink-and-orange stripe). Stickers: BasicGrey (letter), KI Memories (photo corners). Chipboard accents, staples: Making Memories. Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow), American Crafts (silver). Ribbon, flowers, pen: American Crafts. Buttons: Color It Co. Paint: Plaid. Digital element: File Folder Labels Element by Katie Pertiet.
Design by Greta Hammond
When Greta heard "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts for the first time, she immediately thought of her hopes for her daughter. She combined song lyrics with her own journaling, distinguishing the lyrics by putting them in italics.
Editor's Tip: Turn a title into a scrapbook page design element. Greta used extra-large type to play up the most important word on her page, then completed the title with words in a smaller font.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Imagination Project. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: EK Success. Brads: American Crafts. Die, die-cutting tool: QuicKutz.
Design by Jamie Waters
Jamie used a simple picture and bold accents to make this quick and easy scrapbook page of her daughter. To draw attention to the photo, she framed it with a large title and orange ribbon.
Editor's Tip: When scrapbooking one photo and minimal journaling, use a piece of patterned paper to fill empty space. Jamie used her floral patterned paper as a base for her journaling strips.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Paper Adventures. Patterned paper: Anna Griffin. Metal-rim tag: Avery Dennison. Photo turns: 7Gypsies. Brads: Lost Art Treasures for American Tag Co. Stamps: Junque ("chat," "non"), PSX (alphabet), Making Memories (foam). Paint, printed tag: Making Memories.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi created this scrapbook page to capture all the sweet things her little girl says. She contrasted the bright, modern photos of her daughter with old-fashioned cutouts from cards.
Editor's Tip: Use holiday elements in nonholiday pages. Candi's Santa Claus cutout and red-and-green color scheme are offset by three pictures of her daughter, which take center stage.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Font: Lollipops by EK Success. Chipboard accent: Making Memories. Brad: Heidi Grace Designs. Pen: American Crafts. Decorative tape: Cloud 9 Design. Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin placed a black-and-white photo of her daughter on a stark white background for a simple scrapbook page design. She sparsely filled in white space with pink, red, and blue rub-ons and stamps, then added pink journaling strips.
Editor's Tip: Make personalized stamps for scrapbook pages. Erin cut a flower out of foam and used the shape to stamp an image. She completed the look by cutting a circle out of patterned paper for the center.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads, photo turns, paint: Making Memories. Patterned paper: SEI. Rub-ons: Making Memories ("Love"), KI Memories (flowers, hearts), 7Gypsies (dots).
Design by Joy Bohon
Joy created a sweet, simple, and striking layout featuring a large photo of her daughter's first trip to the ocean. For a special accent, Joy selected a phrase-printed circular cutout and then spread glossy glue on top to make the embellishment shine. Before it dried, she pressed a watch crystal on top. A subtle blue background enhances the serene feel of the scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Need a quick and easy color scheme? Convert a photo to black-and-white, then choose your favorite color and use shades of that color for each embellishment. The result will be a clean-cut scrapbook page, like Joy's.
SOURCES: Font: Casablanca Antique off the Internet. Cutout: KI Memories. Watch crystal: Jest Charming Embellishments.
Design by Michele Woods
Michele captured her daughter on the Lake Michigan beach at sunset in this two-page scrapbook layout. She filled the design with an oversize photo, keeping her daughter the focus.
Editor's Tip: Don't fight bold colors in photos. Michele knew her daughter's red jacket would draw plenty of attention and didn't want to overdo it with red cardstock. Instead, she used neutrals and pulled green from the bucket.
SOURCES: Fonts: Riverside (title) off the Internet, Garamond (journaling). Metal faux studs: ScrapYard 329.
Design by Nikki Krueger
Nikki pulled her scrapbook page color scheme from the girly colors in her photo. By buffering the bold patterns on this page with a strip of white cardstock, Nikki combined a strong floral print and a colorful stripe effectively for a page that perfectly suits the photo.
Editor's Tip: If all your elements are linear, break them up with shapes. Nikki stamped text on the cardstock strip in colors pulled from the striped paper, then journaled in a circular text box to break up her design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (floral), Doodlebug Design (stripe). Font: Teenage Angst off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Stamps: PSX. Ink: Clearsnap.
Design by Renelyn Fok
Renelyn made this sweet and simple layout with three large photos that frame places for journaling and a title. She pulled background colors from her daughter's Halloween costume, while keeping one photo black-and-white for a great entry point.
Editor's Tip: Slightly overlap photos and journaling strips to keep the design grounded and pulled together.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (flora, plaid), Karen Foster Design (speckled). Font: Annifont off the Internet. Stamps: Stampers Anonymous (alphabet), Hero Arts (date).