Design by Shannon Zickel
Sometimes manufacturers include tear-off strips along the bottom of patterned papers. Use them to make festive banners. Snip an inverted "v" shape from one end, adhere strips to the layout, and add twine or ribbon to complete. Crop your pictures to fit more on a one-page layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, die cuts (butterfly), stickers, buttons, ink, pens (white and black): American Crafts. Baker's twine: Jillibean Soup.
Design by Jill Cornell
With great photos of expressive subjects, like these animated twins, you want to include as many entertaining shots as possible. Selecting cardstock the same color as the photo background keeps the focus on the subjects. Use a zigzag punch and a variety of patterned papers to create a colorful chevron border. Ink defines the edges against the background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (gray). Patterned paper: Echo Park. Die cuts: Provo Craft Cricut (ovals). Stickers: American Crafts (pink alphabet, gray alphabet), BasicGrey (yellow alphabet), Echo Park (tiny alphabet). Ink: Maya Road mist (yellow, silver), Studio Calico mist (white), Tattered Angels mist (pink), Tsukineko (gray). Pens: American Crafts (white), EK Success (black). Punches: Fiskars (heart), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterflies, zigzag border). Other: white pearls by Melissa Frances.
Design by Christa Paustenbaugh
When creating a layout about an event, select photos that capture the entire story. This layout shows the egg decorating, an Easter egg hunt, and a beautiful family shot--encompassing all the day's events. Die cuts add springy accents to the pages.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Crate Paper (floral), Studio Calico (checked, doily, plaid, wood grain). Font: Book Antiqua (MS Word). Die cuts: Crate Paper (chipboard stickers), Jillibean Soup (corrugated tree). Stickers: Crate Paper (border stickers, "grass"), Jenni Bowlin Studio (black circle numbers), Making Memories (dotted puffy letters), SEI (clouds). Ink: Studio Calico. Paint: Orchard Press. Brads: American Crafts (pink), Crate Paper. Buttons: Crate Paper. Pearls: BasicGrey (blue), Prima Marketing, Inc. Twine: Studio Calico. Thread: Gutermann. Other: Tim Holtz (tiny attacher). Punches: Creative Memories (corner rounder), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterfly).
Design by Tanisha Long
Mixing several patterns adds liveliness to a layout. To prevent the patterns from overwhelming photos, stick to smaller patterns, and mat photos with a thin, white mat. Create a shaped border by die-cutting a shape several times, trim the die cuts in half, and then adhere in a straight line on the layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations, October Afternoon (chicks, grid, yellow). Die cuts: Cheery Lynn Designs. Stickers: Creative Imaginations. Brads: Making Memories. Ink: Clearsnap. Embossing template: Cheery Lynn Designs.
Design by Amy Licht
Amy layered die cuts to create easy homemade embellishments for her Easter scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: On Easter Sunday, stop and snap individual shots of your kids. Amy included one shot of each of her kids on this page, drawing the color scheme from their clothing.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (yellow), Collage Press (pink stripe), KI Memories (pink floral), Making Memories (green check), One Heart?One Mind (blue stripe), SEI (blue-and-white dot). Font: Renaissance by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Making Memories. Ribbon: American Crafts (gingham), KI Memories (black-and-white). Dies, die-cutting tool: AccuCut (flowers, butterflies), EK Success (scalloped circle).
Design by Lisa Dickinson
Lisa trimmed printed transparencies into ovals and backed them with patterned paper to create egg accents for her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Let elements hang off your scrapbook page. A slit in the page protector will allow you to safely display your creation.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, decorative paper, lettering template: KI Memories. Font: Highland Perk off the Internet. Stickers: KI Memories. Pen: American Crafts. Adhesive foam: Therm O Web.
Design by Davinie Fiero
Davinie placed three photos of an Easter egg hunt on a woven paper background reminiscent of an Easter basket.
Editor's Tip: Play up the most important word in your scrapbook page title by using a different color or size of letter, as Davinie did with the word "hunt."
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (blue), Staples (white.) Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: Pink Paislee (white), American Crafts (blue). Brad: SEI. Button: Autumn Leaves. Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by Valerie Salmon
To embellish her scrapbook page about an Easter egg hunt, Valerie paper-pieced seasonal designs and accented them with stamped images.
Editor's Tip: If you want a curved pattern on your Easter egg designs, turn to acrylic border stamps. Valerie gently bent acrylic stamps so the pattern curved to match her cardstock strips.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Pea Lacey off the Internet. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs. Stamps: Autumn Leaves (egg stripes, flower centers, small flower petals), Hero Arts (large flower petals), Office Max (date stamp), Technique Tuesday (vines). Ink: Ancient Page by Clearsnap. Brads: Making Memories. Gems: Heidi Swapp. Adhesive foam: Fiskars.
Design by Candi Gershon
Multicolor journaling brings out the hues in the vibrant Easter photos on Candi's scrapbook page. Sneak an extra Easter accent onto your scrapbook page as Candi did by applying a rub-on to the background and punching a corresponding hole in the journaling layer. Then attach the top layer to the background with adhesive foam to enhance the dimensional effect.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Me and My Big Ideas. Font: Century Gothic. Journaling boxes: Making Memories. Stickers: Making Memories (flowers), Adornit-Carolee's Creations (foam letters). Rub-on: Imaginisce. Ink: KI Memories. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Melodee Langworthy
For the white textured paper behind her scrapbook page title, Melodee scanned in her son's Easter sweater and printed the image. She added detail pictures of Easter to tell a complete story of the day. Print journaling directly onto the patterned-paper background.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Cezanne Regular (title) by P22, CAC Leslie (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: Li'l Davis Designs. Rub-ons: BasicGrey.
Design by Heather Melzer
Heather filled her Easter scrapbook page with photos of her daughter dyeing eggs.
Editor's Tip: Scale back the color of a detail photo so you can print text over it, as Heather did with her shot of the finished eggs.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Melissa Frances. Font: MBell off the Internet. Sticker: American Crafts.
Design by Rita Weiss
The simple design of this scrapbook page allowed Rita to include extensive journaling about Easter traditions. She put the focus on the picture of eggs by making all other photos black and white.
Editor's Tip: Let basic design principles be your guide when scrapping. Rita created a visual triangle with her flower accents.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Fonts: Carpenter ("traditions") off the Internet, Tahoma (journaling, "family"). Digital elements: ShabbyShoppe.
Design by Lisa Storms
A sheet of vellum tones down the patterned-paper background on Lisa's scrapbook page, keeping the focus on her Easter photos. She trimmed flowers from patterned paper and used the back of a die-cut sheet to add subtle spring accents.
SOURCES: Cardstock, vellum: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (pink), October Afternoon (teal, stripe). Decorative paper: KI Memories. Chipboard letters, buttons: BasicGrey. Paper crimper: Fiskars.
Design by Stephanie Klauck
Four shots of creatively dyed eggs receive equal attention on Stephanie's Easter scrapbook page. Because this Easter tradition is unconventional, Stephanie strayed from typical pastel colors. She opted for a spring green with bright accents.
Editor's Tip: Have a fun twist to traditional Easter activities? Make sure to capture the details. Stephanie took closeup photographs of the eggs to illustrate the story.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: SP You've Got Mail off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints. Die cut: Making Memories. Brads: Doodlebug Design. Photo turns: 7Gypsies.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon drew attention to her photos of an indoor egg hunt by clustering her journaling, title, and embellishments next to the photos and leaving the rest of her scrapbook page empty.
Editor's Tip: Outline acrylic accents with puffy markers. The color defines the edges of the embellishments, and the texture complements the smooth acrylic.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Stickers, metal accents: American Crafts (small "e," "a," "t"). Acrylic accents: Heidi Swapp. Brads: American Crafts. Pens: Sharpie. Markers: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Dana Smith
Dana couldn't find the right embellishments for her Easter scrapbook page, so she crafted her own flowers from ribbons and brads, then stitched stems directly onto the photos.
Editor's Tip: Make your own flowers by looping pieces of ribbon, adhering the loops in the center, and embellishing them with a button or brad.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Chatterbox. Font: Scrumptious by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letters: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts (polka dot), Making Memories (all others).
Design by Lisa Storms
To mimic the mess of dyeing Easter eggs, Lisa splattered watercolor paints on white cardstock.
Editor's Tip: Add memorabilia from your egg-dyeing experience. Lisa attached an egg dipper to her two-page scrapbook layout, tying a date tag to the wire rim.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Young Fresh Fellows off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts ("ggs"), Me and My Big Ideas ("04"). Rub-ons: Making Memories.
Design by Melanie Louette
A large journaling block of printed white text anchors Melanie's page about her son's favorite stuffed animal. Accent your title with an embellishment reminiscent of Easter. Melanie added a chipboard flower between her title words for a splash of color and a reminder of springtime.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue), KI Memories (white). Patterned paper: American Crafts (circles), SEI (yellow). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers, chipboard accent, ribbon: American Crafts.
Design by Erin Roe
Erin cropped three photos into circles for her Easter scrapbook page, then formatted her journaling to wrap around them. She included one larger picture to balance the heavy journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe, orange swirl), BasicGrey (distressed orange). Font: Red Dog by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("Easter"), American Crafts ("Bunny"), Creative Imaginations ("2004").
Design by Kim Moreno
Kim cropped a digital photo collage into an oval and added a scalloped border to create a large Easter egg collage. Fill the collage with photos of individual family members dyeing eggs, but don't forget the group shot! Kim put a creative twist on the group photo by shooting her family's hands holding eggs.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations, Bazzill Basics Paper (turquoise). Patterned paper, brad: Imaginisce. Font: Cambria off the Internet. Stickers: Making Memories (date, small letters), K&Company ("eggs"). Chipboard accents: Magistical Memories. Eyelets: Creative Impressions. Ribbon: K&Company. Floss: DMC Corp. Stamp: Inkadinkado. Ink: Storage Units Ink & More. Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy combined through-the-years photos in a digital collage to create this scrapbook page about her daughter's growth from Easter to Easter. Break the page up with a big bow from bright ribbon and coordinating patterned paper.
Editor's Tip: Before printing your photo collage, label the year each photo was taken. If you forget, no sweat. Handwrite the dates, or use rub-ons, stickers, or stamps to get the look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (scalloped), Prism Papers (pink). Die-cut paper: KI Memories. Stickers: Pebbles, Inc. (letters), Autumn Leaves (label). Brads: Making Memories (flowers), K&Company (fabric).
Design by Kelly Goree
Kelly created a patterned-paper pinwheel to embellish her scrapbook page about her son's favorite gift from the Easter bunny. Fun stitching creates motion on the page.
Editor's Tip: Include a strip of in-the-moment photos from your Easter morning celebration.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Paperbilities. Brads, plastic flower: Queen & Co. Floss: DMC Corp. Stamps: Technique Tuesday. Ink: Ranger Industries.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon ran out of room for all of her words on the journaling tag, so she finished her story on a strip of cardstock and added it to the right-hand page.
Editor's Tip: Place photos at slight angles to give your page a playful feel.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cut: Fancy Pants Designs. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Making Memories (all others). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Fancy Pants Designs (circle). Felt accents: Heidi Swapp. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Nicole Samuels
Nicole chose one patterned paper in hues that matched her Easter photos to tie together her scrapbook page. For textured tone-on-tone Easter embellishments, cut egg-shape pieces of patterned paper and layer coordinating buttons on top.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Stickers: BasicGrey, Making Memories (small letter stickers.) Chipboard accent: Scenic Route Paper Co. Tag: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves, BasicGrey. Die, die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Stamps: Creative Imaginations. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Shannon Zickel
To tell the story of her family's Easter egg hunt, Shannon used plenty of photos and kept the journaling to a minimum. Give the page a fun feel by journaling at different angles and adding patterned paper cut in flower shapes.
Editor's Tip: Use multiple sizes for the photos on your scrapbook page. This will help guide the eye across a two-page scrapbook layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (wide stripe), Chatterbox (orange floral), KI Memories (all others). Die cuts: KI Memories. Stickers: American Crafts ("ready"), Chatterbox ("set"), KI Memories ("candy"). Chipboard letters, flowers: Making Memories.
Design by Mallette Berezoski
Mellette created this scrapbook page to record the importance of Easter for her family. It's easy to focus on eggs and bunnies, but if religion is part of your Easter celebration, scrap it. Mellette paired Easter photos with a letter to her kids about the meaning behind the holiday.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (floral), Scenic Route Paper Co. (yellow, green), Anna Griffin (pink). Decorative paper, flower accent: Making Memories. Fonts: Renaissance (quote) off the Internet, Georgia (journaling). Stickers: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Brads: Making Memories (large), Fancy Pants Designs (small). Photo turn: 7Gypsies. Ribbon: KI Memories. Dies, die-cutting tool: QuicKutz.
Design by Yukari Coxwell
Yukari let her photos dominate this Easter scrapbook page, tucking a tag with her journaling under one of the shots. Keep one photo black and white to draw attention to it.
Editor's Tip: It's easy to hide journaling if you'd prefer your words to be private. Yukari let just an edge peek out.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers: Daisy Hill. Font: Hultog off the Internet. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design. Ribbon: Offray. Brads: Making Memories.
Design by Andrea Friebus
Andrea cut small pieces of rickrack, adhered them to the page, then stitched bills and feet on the background paper to create duck embellishments.
Editor's Tip: Use more than one photo of a child with a favorite gift to emphasize the attachment, as Andrea did with her three photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Lucida Fax. Chipboard accents: Cloud 9 Design. Felt accents: American Crafts. Brad: Oriental Trading Co. Photo corner: Heidi Swapp. Floss: DMC Corp. Ink: Clearsnap.
Design by Kim Crothers
Kim created a grid of favorite photos and her title words for this digital scrapbook page. She used a digital heart-turned-bunny to accent her page and draw attention to her photos.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2. Font: FG Jasmine2 off the Internet. Digital elements: Chasing Rainbows kit (striped paper, green paper); Loveable kit (flower, bunny, stitches, all other paper) by Michelle Coleman; Free Spirit Alphabet (title) by C.D. Muckosky; ThinkInk Journaling Blocks (digital paint) by Kim Crothers.