Design by Amy Licht
Amy selected leftover buttons, stickers, and die-cut letters in fall colors to embellish this scrapbook page. Pumpkin, lion, and leaf die-cuts add character to the design and complement her photos.
Editor's Tip: For design elements that stand out, group small embellishments. Amy's rows of buttons draw attention to a smaller photo, and die cuts and stickers border the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Font: American Typewriter (journaling) off the Internet. Stickers: KI Memories (orange "p," orange "t," blue "l"), Making Memories (orange "l"), American Crafts (all other). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Buttons: Blumenthal (orange), Michaels (mini), Autumn Leaves (all other). Gems: EK Success. Floral trim: Doodlebug Design. String: DMC Corp. Die-cutting tools, dies: QuicKutz.
Design by Pam Callaghan
A grid of cleverly trimmed and pieced photos creates the base of Pam's fall scrapbook page. She rounded two corners of the grid to soften the page and create a sense of movement. Two grid blocks filled with a title and journaling complete the page.
Editor's Tip: Don't feel tied down to an exact grid format. Pam combined two blocks in the lower right-hand corner to include a larger photo. Small embellishments overlap the gird and background cardstock to break up the boxy look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Font: Informa 0111 BT (title) off the Internet, Typo (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Die cut: Daisy D's Paper Co. Sticker: KI Memories. Chipboard accents: KI Memories (letters), CherryArte (stem). Brad: Making Memories. Flowers: Prima. Button: Autumn Leaves. Circle cutter: Fiskars.
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
For this texture-rich fall scrapbook page, Renee die-cut two large leaves and covered them with monochromatic buttons. A trio of sticker styles makes up her title, while patterned paper and a vintage-style journaling block add punch to the background.
Editor's Tip: Play up special embellishments. After adhering the die-cut leaves to her page, Renee hand-stitched around the edges to add definition against a busy background. Buttons in different shapes, sizes, and shades add interest to the die cuts.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Journaling card: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Stickers: American Crafts ("autumn"), BasicGrey ("2005," "in"), Doodlebug Design ("Illinois"). Buttons: Autumn Leaves (on leaves), Junkitz (along photo). Floss: DMC Corp. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix.
Design by Amy Licht
For this fall-theme scrapbook page, Amy paired seasonal photos with an autumn-inspired graphic element. To make the bottom portion of her layout, she layered patterned papers, then added leaves hand-cut from patterned paper. Adhesive foam backs the leaves and makes them stand out against the navy background.
Editor's Tip: If you have a decorative-edge paper you love but it doesn't match your fall color palette, follow Amy's lead and trace a portion of the shape onto cardstock for a do-it-yourself version.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (stripe, dot), Adornit-Carolee's Creations (leaves). Font: Michaels off the Internet. Die cut: Imagination Project. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard letters: Chatterbox. Brads: Happy Hammer (green), Jo-Ann Stores (blue). Ribbon: American Crafts. Label holder: Jo-Ann Stores.
Design by Jennifer Perks
To create subtle dimension on her page, Jennifer lightly traced circles on her cardstock background and then hand-stitched monochromatic sequins around the penciled shapes.
Editor's Tip: When your background is strong, keep the other elements clean and simple. Jennifer grouped her photos in a collage and limited her palette to a few autumnal hues.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Lainie Day (title) off the Internet, Futura (journaling). Puffy paint: Duncan Enterprises. Glaze: Aleene's for Duncan Enterprises. Glitter: Provo Craft. Thread: Coats & Clark. Sequins: Cartwright's Sequins.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Leslie used a variety of shapes to pump up her fall scrapbook page design. She layered squares and rectangles of patterned paper to create her background, then added photos cropped in various shapes and sizes. Felt circle, star, and flower buttons complete the look.
Editor's Tip: Keep order and balance on a busy scrapbook page by clustering accents throughout the design, as Leslie did here. She positioned her title below the collage to keep it from competing with the photos and patterned paper.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Pink Paislee (green lace), SEI (all other). Font: Nueva Std off the Internet. Felt shapes: Making Memories. Stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Circle punches: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Donna Jannuzzi
For quick inspiration, Donna scraplifted this page. She tilted the original design to suit her horizontal photo, then added fall-inspired embellishments to boost her theme. An inked and crumpled paper strip serves as faux ribbon, and vertical chipboard plant stems break up the horizontal design.
Editor's Tip: Refer to our page sketches or photo collage templates for quick and easy inspiration. This page was inspired by both!
SOURCES: Cardstock: ANW/Crestwood. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green), Jenni Bowlin Studio (lined), SEI (orange floral, stripe). Stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents, brads: BasicGrey. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pens: American Crafts, Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by Jennifer Perks
Jennifer made custom accents mimicking fall leaves for this scrapbook page. She used acrylic paint and a single stamp to embellish die cuts, fabric, and cardstock. She finished the look by stitching around the edges of her patterned paper and along the bottom half of her page.
Editor's Tip: Use one stamp in many different ways, as Jennifer did here, to get the most out of one investment. She varied the look of her stamp by using the whole design or stamping with only part of the design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Stampin' Up!. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Splendid 66 off the Internet. Stickers: Martha Stewart Crafts. Die cuts: Provo Craft. Brads: Fancy Pants Designs. Thread: Coats & Clark. Floss: DMC Corp. Stamps: Autumn Leaves (swirl), Technique Tuesday ("fall"). Acrylic paint: DecoArt (red), Delta (orange), Plaid (gold). Punches: EK Success. Fabric stiffener: Beacon.
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Renee created a graphically rich, fall-theme page to remember one day out of the whole season. She used circle transparencies as inspiration for her treetop, cutting pattered paper to back the circles. Tiny trees trimmed from patterned paper accent her journaling.
Editor's Tip: Add detail to special embellishments. Renee embroidered her tree trunk for extra interest.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: KI Memories (multicolor stripe), Pebbles, Inc. (all other). Transparency: Little Yellow Bicycle. Font: Times New Roman. Die-cuts: Queen & Co. Floss: DMC Corp. Die, die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Jill Godon
Jill took the guesswork out of matching patterned paper by selecting a premixed option from the store. She placed her photos in a collage for easy designing.
Editor's Tip: Make faux paper strips. What appear to be strips of patterned paper on Jill's page are actually a single sheet. Jill made them look like individual strips by stitching between each pattern. Stitch rub-ons or stamps can save time.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Pape., Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Century Gothic (journaling), SP Purkage ("discovering"), ArborisFolium (leaf accent, watermark) off the Internet. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Embroidery floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Kelli Crowe
To create the unique scrapbook page embellishments for this layout, Kelli first drew leaf shapes on cardstock and cut them out. Then she applied a coat of decoupage medium to the leaf shapes, adhered bits of torn paper to them, and trimmed around the perimeters.
Editor's Tip: Take scraps from your paper stash for this technique. Simply group similar colors to make each leaf and create veins and stems with brown shades.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves, BasicGrey, KI Memories, Scenic Route Paper Co., DMD, Imagination Project, Wild Asparagus. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Thread: Designs for the Needle. Decoupage medium: Mod Podge by Plaid. Ink: Memories. Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success.
Design by Amy Licht
Amy grouped several of her favorite fall photos in her image-editing software and printed the collage as one long strip, making this page quick to put together. She framed her photos with patterned paper strips and right-justified her journaling to add interest.
Editor's Tip: Consider using this design for several scrapbook pages in an album. You can print your collages on one sheet of photo paper to save supplies.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Another Typewriter (journaling), Walzer ("snapshots") off the Internet. Stickers: Li'l Davis Designs. Rub-on: Autumn Leaves. Brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: Queen & Co. Label holder: K&Company.
Design by Tracy Kyle
To create the woven design for this page, Tracy cut wide and narrow strips from a variety of autumn-color papers and combined them with seasonal photos. She incorporated her journaling into the design by printing it on a transparency and layering it over a photo.
Editor's Tip: Utilize photos as embellishments. Tracy included panoramic fall photos as part of the woven background. If your camera doesn't have a panoramic setting, you can get the same look by printing oversized photo and cropping the height.
SOURCES: Transparency: 3M. Font: Old Remington by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Making Memories (title), Autumn Leaves (date).
Design by Janna Wilson
Janna made this scrapbook page to document her favorite things about fall. A large photo sets the color palette, and glitter accents add unexpected sparkle. She stitched around the entire layout to create unity.
Editor's Tip: Scrapbook multiple things without multiple photos. Janna scrapbooked one great pumpkin patch shot, then listed the rest of her fall memories.
SOURCES: Cardstock: The Paper Company (kraft), Prism Papers (cream). Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas (stripe), Michaels (cream, kraft). Chipboard accents: Me and My Big Ideas. Journaling block: October Afternoon. Felt: FeltPro. Thread: Coats & Clark. Stamps: Paper Salon. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: Martha Stewart. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Photograph: Amy Licht.
Design by Janna Wilson
Janna cut large leaf shapes from a piece of patterned paper and layered them atop other coordinating prints for a simple autumnal scrapbook page embellishment.
Editor's Tip: Machine-stitch parts of your page to add more texture. Janna used a zigzag stitch on one of her background layers and simple straight stitches to attach the leaves.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, epoxy stickers: KI Memories. Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success.
Design by Robyn Werlich
Robyn added digital frames to two 2.5x3.25" photos and printed all the elements together as one unit to add style without extra bulk on her hybrid scrapbook page. She adhered the digital frame with adhesive foam, allowing her to slip a tag with extra journaling out of sight.
Editor's Tip: Keep digital elements from falling flat. Robyn stapled her design to a brown piece of patterned paper, then layered her title over the element for dimension.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Lasting Impressions (green dot, solid), Making Memories (notebook), K&Company (red damask), Creative Imaginations (orange floral), BoBunny Press (yellow dot). Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Chipboard letters: Making Memories ("f," "A"), K&Company (red "L"), Heidi Swapp (brown "L"). Brads: Making Memories (yellow, green, blue heart), Imaginisce (blue corduroy), Heidi Swapp (orange), American Crafts (red). Paint, tag: Making Memories. Marker: Stampin' Up!.
Design by Jeri Hoag
Jeri hand-cut a large, simple flower from patterned paper to make a bold statement on her fall scrapbook page. She machine-stitched the flower to the center of the cardstock and placed the photo on the left-hand side for interest. Rub-on letters and stickers form the title.
Editor's Tip: Use small embellishments to pump up a scrapbook page. Jeri let her flower cutout and photo take center stage, using flower embellishments in matching colors to add texture.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scrapworks. Font: Raspberry (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Times New Roman ("author unknown"). Stickers, rub-ons, brads: Making Memories. Silk flowers: Prima.
Design by Karla Dudley
Karla created an earthy version of a fall-theme layout using neutral colors, hand-cut leaves, a punched border, and rub-on flourishes. She used image-editing software to soften the text across her photo giving it subtle interest without overwhelming the picture.
Editor's Tip: Create custom patterned paper with a transparency and cardstock. To get her wood-grain background, Karla placed a sheet of manila cardstock behind a printed transparency, allowing the soft backdrop to coordinate with leaves and botanical paper.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Martha Stewart Crafts (dot), Provo Craft (all other). Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Font: Arno Pro by Adobe. Rub-ons: American Crafts (letters), October Afternoon (flourishes). Chipboard letters: BasicGrey. Journaling tag: Collage Press. Paint, brads: Making Memories. Paper trim: Magic Mesh. Photo corners: Michaels.
Design by Lisa Storms
To balance her column of fall photos, Lisa created a grid of corner-punched squares accented with smaller leaf punches.
Editor's Tip: To emphasize the shape of punched squares, ink the edges of each block before attaching it to the scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Times New Roman. Tags: Deja Views for The C-Thru Ruler Co. Stickers: SEI. Rub-ons: KI Memories. Brads: Doodlebug Design. Embroidery floss: DMC Corp. Punch: Fiskars (corners), EK Success (leaf).
Design by Michelle Livingston
To play up this beautiful autumn scenic photograph, Michelle printed it as an 8x10" and matted it on two shades of yellow cardstock.
Editor's Tip: Keep embellishments to a minimum when you fill your page with one large, colorful image. Michelle created a tab with a cardstock strip and embellished the page with metal brads.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Font: Times New Roman. Brads, rub-on: Making Memories. Ink: Ranger Industries.
Design by Amy Licht
Amy created an everyday scrapbook page about her daughter highlighting fall photos. Glitter stickers add shine and contrast the subtle autumn tones.
Editor's Tip: Allow ample drying time before placing the stickers on your layout to avoid smudges. Keep your stickers on the backing while applying glitter in case you go outside the lines.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Flair Designs (brown), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green). Font: An Unfortunate Event off the Internet. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design ("Enjoy," "life"), Making Memories ("a"), Chatterbox (photo corner). Gems: Chatterbox (yellow), Junkitz (red). Glitter glue: Stickles by Ranger Industries.
Design by Melissa Diekema
Melissa created a simple scrapbook page using her word-processing program to format a journaling block that's roughly the same size as each of her photos. She then connected the text to her stamped title with rub-on dots.
Editor's Tip: The easiest way to line up letter stamps for straight titles is to use a ruler and pencil to draw a light, straight line. Simply erase when you've stamped your letters, but leave time for the ink to dry to avoid smears.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Century Gothic. Stamps, rub-ons: FontWerks. Ink: Stampin' Up!.
Design by Robyn Werlich
Robyn stamped with puffy paint to create the effect of wet paint. She added dots and circles to the center of each stamped flower for extra interest.
Editor's Tip: Apply a thick coat of puffy paint to a stamp to create a clear edge to the image when you press down. Then highlight with another color for depth.
SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (pink), K&Company (stripe). Rub-ons: American Craft. Brads: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Stampin' Up! (flower), Autumn Leaves (flourish). Puffy paint: Duncan Enterprises. Punch: EK Success. Embossing tool: Cuttlebug by ProvoCraft.
Design by Melanie Louette
Using her boxy quote block and the colors of the leaves in her photo as inspiration, Melanie cut strips of patterned paper and stacked them at the bottom of her scrapbook page to make a bold border.
Editor's Tip: Vary your vantage point for interesting photos. To snap these shots that were taken seconds apart, Melanie stood directly over her sons as they played in the leaves. She left her favorite one in color to emphasize the quote, "Live a colorful life."
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), Chatterbox (green, black). Patterned paper: Chatterbox (stripe), KI Memories (orange floral, quote block). Font: Times New Roman. Die cut: KI Memories. Stickers: BasicGrey ("b," "n"), Doodlebug Design: ("&"). Ribbon: May Arts.
Design by Kim Jacobs
To pack her layout with fall photos, Kim cropped six supporting shots into 1-7/8" squares and lined them up across the bottom of her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Work with your patterned paper. Using a sheet of paper with a printed block pattern as her base, Kim spelled out "autumn" with letter stickers and placed the strip at the top of the scrapbook page to balance the photo strip at the bottom.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI. Fonts: ITC Blackadder (italic text) by Adobe, Garamound (quote) by Microsoft, Papyrus (author's name) by ITC. Stickers: Creative Imaginations. Die cut: Creative Memories. Charm: Charming Pages.
Design by Lori Bergmann
Lori created a square motif on her fall-theme scrapbook page. Her large photo serves as the focal point, while smaller cutout squares and stamped journaling frame the outer border of the page and describe the feelings of the adventure.
Editor's Tip: Make your own rubber stamp. After sizing and printing out an ornamental block design onto plain paper, Lori transferred the motif to a rubber block and carved the design to make a custom rubber stamp.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. Clip-art software: Zedcor (ornament image). Stamp-making kit: Speedball. Stamps: River City Rubber Works (title), Making Memories (uppercase words in journaling). Ink: Clearsnap (black), Ranger Industries (title and journaling). Embossing powder: PSX. Square punches: Emagination Crafts. Fibers: EK Success. Adhesive dots: Glue Dots International.
Design by Katherine C. Nugent
Classic fall colors and simple embellishments allow Katherine's photos to stand out on her scrapbook page. By overlapping her title and journaling strips, and adding buttons with ribbons, her page has the dimension it needs.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have the correct color stickers handy, layer white letters over the desired color instead, as Katherine did here.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (leaf), Scenic Route Paper Co. (orange). Fonts: Brushfire (script) by Chatterbox, Century Gothic. Stickers: American Crafts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Kelly Rawlings
Kelly mixed vintage-style elements, a leftover paint chip, and tiny index-print photos on this fall scrapbook page that documents a trip with her son to the apple orchard.
Editor's Tip: Alter elements to meet your needs. Kelly sanded the paint-chip sample to remove the original paint names and to age the edges so they matched her vintage vibe. With a fine-tip marker, she handwrote new labels to match the apple varieties.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: The C-Thru Ruler Co. (harlequin, floral), Scenic Route Paper Co. (stripe). Fabric letters: Making Memories. Tag: The C-Thru Ruler Co. Sticker: SEI ("A"). Dimensional paint: Plaid. Paint chip: Sherwin-Williams.
Design by Judith Mara
Judith positioned her photos, title, and journaling in the lower left-hand corner of her page and let her large tree background be the strong point of her page. She made tiny stitches in the middle of the page to create the illusion of movement.
Editor's Tip: Top off patterned paper with embellishments for pop-off-the-page fun. Judith chose flowers, brads, and bird stickers for a three-dimensional look on her page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: ScrapMode. Font: Jack Extra Condensed off the Internet. Stickers: Creative Imaginations. Flowers, brads: Prima. Floss: DMC Corp. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Design by Karen Helmka
Karen used earthy embellishments to frame in this scrapbook page featuring autumn landscape snapshots. She clustered flower and leaf accents around the tag to bring attention to her journaling without taking the focus away from the photos.
Editor's Tip: Hand-cut scalloped borders from patterned paper as Karen did here. Look for paper with a large repeating pattern to create interesting borders.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Imaginesce. Sticker: K&Company. Chipboard accents: Jo-Ann Stores (tab), Heidi Swapp (title). Brads: Jo-Ann Stores. Ribon: Imaginesce. Flowers: Prima. Tag: Avery Dennison. Jewel: Heidi Swapp. Stamp: Autumn Leaves. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Creative Memories.