Fishing Scrapbook Pages
Sand Your Cardstock
Design by Tracy Kyle
Give your page a feel for the fishing atmosphere with sandpaper. For a variegated look, Tracy lightly sanded colored cardstock to reveal the white core.
Editor's Tip: Tracy sanded the edges of her wavy stripes as well as the fish, tying the elements together. If you don't have sandpaper, a nail file will produce similar results.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Font: Century Gothic. Buttons: Doodlebug Design.
Play with Ink
Design by Cathy Blackstone
For her fishing page, Cathy crafted a sun from graph paper and embellished the page with rickrack "waves." Inking the sun and fish pieced shapes adds an artistic touch.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design (small circle), K&Company (large circle), Scenic Route Paper Co. (graph). Font: Broken Wing off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Rickrack: M&J Trimmings. Sequins: Tinsel Trading. Ink: Ranger Industries (alcohol ink, blending solution), ColorBox by Clearsnap (chalk ink). Paint: Delta.
Design in no Time
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin created a girly fishing page using hot pink accents inspired by her hot pink fishing rod. Chipboard letters covered with patterned paper form the title, and captions printed and trimmed into strips draw attention to the two large photos. A ribbon border, flower sticker, brads, and an arrow punched from bright yellow patterned paper complete the look.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Making Memories. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (green), Scenic Route Paper Co. (polka dot, green text). Fonts: Charyn (title) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Stickers: Fiskars (flower), Making Memories (words). Chipboard letters: American Crafts. Ribbon: May Arts.
Choose a Strong Focal Image
Design by Cathy Blackstone
Convey the essence of your story by choosing one large focal image and framing it with several smaller shots. Cathy had a number of photos from the day, but chose a photo with a smile and eye contact for maximum impact.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Dirt off the Internet. Rub-on: Carolee's Creations. Metal-rim tag: K&Company. Metal index tags, brad: 7Gypsies. Punches: EK Success.
Cover Chipboard Accents with Patterned Paper
Design by Lisa McGarvey
Change the look of raw chipboard pieces by covering them with your favorite patterned papers. Lisa covered curvy swirls in shades of blue and green to mimic waves.
Editor's Tips: A thin, even coating of liquid glue provides the best adhesion when attaching paper to a chipboard shape.
Medium-weight paper works best for covering chipboard shapes. When trimming the excess paper from the edges of the chipboard, heavy paper is more difficult to cut through and thin paper tends to snag.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey, Autumn Leaves, Cherry Arte, KI Memories, My Mind?s Eye. Rub-ons: K&Company. Chipboard accents: Fancy
Highlight Part of a Photo with a Frame
Design by Dana Smith
A painted wood frame is the perfect way to highlight a first fish, or the one that didn't get away. Even though the fish in Dana's main photo was small, she gave it big impact by placing a frame around it and embellishing the frame with rub-on words and tacks. Dana balanced the right-hand third of the page with a trio of photos placed in a vertical strip and a border of journaling that runs up the side of the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, wood frame, tag, ribbon, tacks, rub-ons: Chatterbox. Font: Jone?s Neighborhood by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Mustard Moon. Corner rounder: EK Success.
Use Large Layers
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi's simple fishing layout starts with three large layers of cardstock mounted on a background of fish-theme paper. She formatted her journaling to run vertically along the side of the top layer of cardstock, and added unmatted photos beside it, leaving space for three fish cutouts and an acrylic letter title. For an extra burst of color, Candi stapled four ribbon lengths to the bottom left-hand corner.
Editor's Tip: Paint the back of acrylic shapes to make them match your layout. Candi painted her letters green to coordinate with the patterned paper and to stand out against the blue cardstock.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scrapworks. Font: Century Gothic. Acrylic letters: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Carolee?s Creations (yellow), KI Memories (all other).
Add Dimension to Accents
Design by Jenn Bertsch
Rectangular photos arranged in a gridlike pattern make this geometric page structurally appealing. Jenn mixed dimensional adhesive with pigment powders to make a paint-like compound, and brushed the mixture onto the fish cutouts for a shimmering effect.
Editor's Tips: Use image-editing software to arrange patterns of all the embellishments you'd like to create on one sheet.
Print designs on the back of the photo paper and paint on the glossy side, which adds a bit of natural shine to the adhesive paint.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories. Stickers: American Crafts (title), Creative Imaginations (quotes). Pigment powder: Pearl Ex by Jacquard Products. Beads: Halcraft. Ribbon: BasicGrey. Dimensional adhesive: Diamond Glaze.
Try Typography Tricks
Design by Shannon Landen
To lead the eye from the main photo to the title, Shannon printed part of the words on the photo and continued the remainder of the words on colorful strips of paper tucked underneath the photo's edge. Large spots of red paint dotted onto opposite corners of the page tie into the color of the girl?s shirt in the photo.
Editor's Tip: Print several text samples using different fonts. Examine both the upper and lowercase letters for readability. Certain fonts, especially scripts, are difficult to decipher when capital letters run together.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Scrap Cursive (title) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Paint: Delta. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Create a Symmetrical Spread
Design by Shelley Laming
For this two-page layout, Shelley aligned four photos on a tan cardstock background and added a thin brown border around the grouping. Wood beads attached on opposite corners bring a bit of color to the neutral tones. Shelley added a sticker title to the bottom right-hand corner and handwrote her journaling around the title.
Editor's Tip: Tie pages together by adding a group of similar, yet simple embellishments to each page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Stickers: Creative Imaginations. Beads: Michaels.
Use Natural Elements to Make Accents
Design by Tracy Kyle
Natural elements bring a creative twist to a page. For page accents Tracy used crayons to rub leaf impressions onto vellum.
Editor's Tips: When rubbing leaves, lay the leaves facedown, so the raised leaf veins and stem are in contact with the paper. For a diffused look, flip the vellum rubbing over before attaching it to your page.
Experiment with different papers. Textured, patterned, and handmade papers each produce a different look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cuts: Scrapworks. Vellum: Autumn Leaves. Pen: Micron. Corner rounder: EK Success.
Create Dynamics with Dimension
Design by Anita Matejka
To create an interesting effect on her photo, Anita printed the image twice, printing the tag shape onto one of the images. She then cut the tags, inked the edges, and added decorative brads and mica flakes. Using adhesive foam to mount the tags, she finished her page with wood and metal accents.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. Handmade paper, hemp paper: Creative Imaginations. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Typewriter keys: Westrim Crafts. Wood accents: Lara's Crafts (tags), Walnut Hollow ("G"). Brads: Making Memories. Mica: USArtQuest. Envelope, tag: Designer's Library, Paint: Plaid. Adhesive: Therm O Web. Ink: Nick Bantok for Ranger Industries (brown), Tsukineko (black). Printer, photo paper: Epson.
Make it Masculine
Design by Suzanne Webb
Keeping the focus on her photos, Suzanne complemented the theme with woodsy, masculine earth tones. She grounded the page with torn textured paper and accented the arrangement with fish placed on opposite sides of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Lasting Impressions for Paper (dotted), Artistic Scrapper (textured). Fonts: Lighthouse (journaling), Blessings ("of my boys") by Two Peas in a Bucket. Foam stamps, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Stickers: K&Company. Ink: Ranger Industries.
Print a Digital Collage
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin's photo collage was simple to create using Adobe Photoshop CS. After printing the collage, she mounted it on brown cardstock and embellished it with polka-dot tape and ribbon for a whimsical touch. A journaling strip at the bottom completes the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Incognitype off the Internet. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design ("LBJ"), Making Memories ("Lake"). Chipboard accents, brads, staples, ribbon: Making Memories. Tape: Heidi Swapp.