Design by Lisa Storms
Every scrapbook layout doesn't have to be about people. If your favorite part of spring is flowers, document them. Enhance the garden theme by tracing a plant marker tag onto cardstock, then cut one for each letter of the title before placing it into a "dirt" strip.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (text), Heidi Grace Designs (floral), Little Yellow Bicycle (dot), My Mind's Eye (raindrops). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: My Mind's Eye. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey (yellow/blue butterflies), K&Company (letters), Little Yellow Bicycle (pink butterfly). Die cuts: Little Yellow Bicycle (circle frame), My Mind's Eye (white butterfly). Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Shannon Brouwer
Shannon used torn, distressed edges to add character to paper shapes. Make a scene from the shapes and plop your pictures in the middle to draw the eyes in. If you're not comfortable tearing freehand, use a punch or circle cutter to cut the patterned paper and then tear along the edges. You can curl or distress the edges by rubbing a nail file over them.
SOURCES: Cardstock: BasicGrey. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green, pink), My Little Shoebox (blue dot), Sassafras (sun rays), Scenic Route Paper Co. (yellow). Stickers: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: American Crafts. Floss: DMC Corp. Beads: Maya Road. Felt: Fancy Pants Designs. Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper, BasicGrey. Ink: Clearsnap.
Design by Lisa Dorsey
A cute title and minimal journaling tell the story for this quick page about the small bounty of berries. When combining multiple paper patterns, vary the sizes of the patterns.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: October Afternoon (dot, green plaid, small flowers), My Mind's Eye (pink plaid), TPC Studios (hot pink floral). Font: Berling Antiqua off the Internet. Stickers: Jillibean Soup (letters), Creative Charms (strawberries). Rickrack: Wrights. Floss: DMC Corp. Circle cutter: Creative Memories.
Design by Becky Novacek
Change the color of lace, ribbon, and trim with spray ink. This layout adds fun color to flower trim. To get uniform color, spray the trim until it is saturated with ink. Remember, it may take several hours to dry. For a whimsical border, mask every other flower before spraying.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (pink), Jenni Bowlin Studio (orange star, blue dot), KI Memories (stripe), October Afternoon (cream floral, text), Sassafras (geometric, pink floral, pink dot, letters). Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (orange label), October Afternoon (letters). Ink: Maya Road. Punch, decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Take advantage of spring's beauty by incorporating lush foliage in an outdoor photo shoot. Dana coordinated her paper and accents with the bouquet of purple blooms showcased in her pictures. When taking backyard shots, zoom in close on your subject and at the right angle to let the grass become the background.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: SEI (stripe, polka dot), Autumn Leaves (floral). Fonts: Fancy Free ("Bloom"), Flower Pot ("Sweet Lauren" journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rickrack: Maya Road.
Design by Melissa Diekema
To draw full attention to these stunning photos of her spring garden, Melissa kept her embellishments to a minimum with just a metal tag and a purple flower accent. She used a simple block of journaling across the bottom of the page and stamped a one-line caption across the top. A length of knotted green ribbon ties the look together.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Avante off the Internet. Metal-rim tag: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray. Paper flower: Prima Marketing, Inc. Stamps: Making Memories (date), FontWerks (letters, circle). Ink: Ranger Industries.
Design by Polly Maly
Polly used a circle cutter and scraps of patterned paper to create the colorful background for this 8-1/2x11" page. To continue the circle theme, she applied sticker letters in a circle for the title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: SEI (stripe, polka dot), Autumn Leaves (floral). Font: Century Gothic off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (title).
Design by Melissa Diekema
A neutral background invites Melissa's photos to take center stage in this garden-inspired layout. Splashes of color used in her title, the stamped border, and journaling add to the springlike feel of the layout. Melissa took a minimalist approach to embellishing, using only a real seed packet and coordinating ribbons hooked to safety pins to finish the design.
SOURCES: Font: Georgia. Ribbon: Garden Gate Designs (green), Offray (orange). Pins: Making Memories. Stamps: Making Memories ("Garden," date), Purple Onion Designs ("Planting Cat's," "Beans," "Carrots"), FontWerks ("Squash," "Peas").
Design by Erikia Ghumm
This 8x8" layout is part of a 20-page album Erikia completed featuring her garden. She trimmed the butterfly and flower out of a busy photo and attached them to this soft-focus shot instead. To create a one-of-a-kind background, she stamped acrylic paint with a wine cork and sprayed the design with dye.
SOURCES: Cardstock, stickers: Club Scrap. Ribbon: Offray. Brad: Limited Editions. Velvet leaves: Artchix Studio. Metal foil: Amaco. Stamps, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Ink: Ranger Industries (background), Archival (date). Color pencil: Sanford. Punch: Emagination Crafts. Glitter glue: Ranger Industries.
Design by Patricia Anderson
Spring is the perfect time to create layouts that focus on growth. Patricia combined in-progress photos of the planting stage with a later shot of the flowers in bloom. She made her own text-filled background paper and included a large initial in her title for emphasis on this garden page. Trimming one of her background papers along the wavy design softens the transition between papers.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (blue curves), BasicGrey (green). Fonts: Lassigue D'mato (background) by T-26, Heber (title, date) by Chatterbox, Times New Roman (journaling). Stickers: K&Company. Tag: BasicGrey. Eyelets, chipboard shapes, photo corners: Making Memories. Paint: DecoArt.
Design by Betsy Veldman
Highlight a new bloom with a spring layout. Chipboard letters spelling out the season add pastel color. Overlapping floral papers and a floral rub-on keep to the theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, brads, ribbon: Die Cuts With A View. Font: Times. Chipboard letters: KI Memories. Rub-on: Scenic Route Paper Co. Iron-on: SEI. Digital elements: Rhonna Farrer for Two Peas in a Bucket (swirls), Katie Pertiet for Designer Digitals (sanded frame).
Design by Katherine Teague
When you have stunning floral photography, let it take center stage in your layout. Katherine created a digital photomontage of favorite images from her mother's garden and added white text to visually link the pictures. She filled the remaining space next to her journaling block with a simple floral die cut and a punched circle.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Hannibal Lector ("Grandma's") off the Internet, Century Gothic (quote), Times New Roman ("garden," journaling). Die cut: Deluxe Designs. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Amy Licht
Large chipboard letters seem to sprout off a page when you embellish them with floral accents. Inspired by the tiny blooms in her photos, Amy chose a clever title and coordinating mini paper flowers and patterned paper. To adhere patterned paper to chipboard letters, trace the letters onto the paper and hand-cut them before adhering.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (polka dot), KI Memories (stripe). Font: Flea Market by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Creative Imaginations ("pusher"), Doodlebug Design ("05"). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon: May Arts. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc.
Design by Janna Wilson
The simple quote on the page inspired Janna's layout. She created a circular digital photo collage in Photoshop and stitched around the edges to add texture to the layout. To complement the large round montage and draw attention to the bright floral photo backgrounds, she layered large pink and white silk daisies and secured them with a brad.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (green), Georgia Pacific (white). Patterned paper: Reminisce. Font: Times. Stickers: Carolee's Creations. Gems: Junkitz. Flowers: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Offray. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Design by Margie Scherschligt
Fill the gaps in imperfectly spaced journaling with penned designs to hide your goofs. The little hand-drawn flowers Margie blended with her handwritten journaling and title also repeat the floral elements she included with her sticky fabric shapes.
SOURCES: Solid paper: American Crafts. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Pen: EK Success. Fabric flowers: Autumn Leaves. Brads: Making Memories.
Design by Janna Wilson
In Janna's layout the romantic page topic is instantly apparent through the title and main photo. She continued the "he loves me, he loves me not" theme in the handwritten journaling around the main flower. The details of each photo, however, are chronicled discreetly around the other flower petals.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (green dot). Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas. Pen: EK Success. Acrylic paint: Delta. Ribbon: May Arts. Other: textbook pages.
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Renee used silk flowers purchased in the brides' section of a crafts store to create the frame around this photo. She chose cardstock embossed with a floral design as her foundation for this sophisticated page and topped each flower with a bead to complete the look.
SOURCES: Embossed cardstock: SEI. Handmade papers: Provo Craft. Font Mechanical Fun ("beautiful," "sophie") off the Internet, Red Dog (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Square Coluzzle template: Provo Craft.
Design by Jennifer Perks
Jennifer punched four circles and added a border of beads to make a stylish scalloped edge. She overlapped chic acrylic flowers at the edges of the photo and the patterned paper to help visually tie the border to the rest of the design. For a final touch, she linked her black-and-white photos with pink flower-shaped jump rings.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green, white), KI Memories (pink), Making Memories (aqua). Vellum: The Paper Company. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard: Scenic Route Paper Co. Beads, brads, jump rings, flowers: Queen & Co.
Design by Dana Smith
Break up a straightforward grid design with floral accents. Dana used several different flower punches to create blooms and scattered them across both pages. She topped the centers with buttons. To give a chipboard title floral flair, trace the letters on patterned paper, hand-cut them, and adhere them to the letters.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: BasicGrey. Rub-ons: Rusty Pickle. Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Brads: SEI. Punches: McGill Inc.
Design by Sara Winnick
Create your own floral pattern on a sheet of cardstock with decorative stamps. Sara kept the mood light with doodlelike flowers. Try stamping with multiple ink colors and overlapping your designs for your own unique look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View. Stickers: American Crafts (brackets), Doodlebug Design (letters), Heidi Grace (number). Stamps: FontWerks. Ink: Tsukineko (dark brown), Fiber Scraps (light brown).
Design by Sara-Jane Bunting
Sara-Jane mimicked her stepdaughter's hair tie with a white paper flower. The simple addition to the page draws attention to the two overlapping flowers. She typed reverse text in a journaling box to fill the extra third of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Fonts: Tasklist ("you make it?") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Old Remington ("stepmother") by Autumn Leaves, Gill Sans MT (journaling) off the Internet. Brad: Making Memories. Ribbon, silk flower: Hobby Lobby.
Design by Candi Gershon
To create a one-of-a-kind photo bouquet, cluster painted chipboard flowers with machine-stitched stems. Candi used five flowers to represent the five points about the little girl's personality. Stitch buttons to flower centers and a ribbon bow to give dimension to the layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: K&Company. Fonts: Cezanne ("Hannah") by P22, Uncle Charles (all other) by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project (flowers), Heidi Swapp ("5"). Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Buttons: Junkitz. Ribbon: Making Memories. Photo: Shelley Reynolds.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Small brads aren't large enough to actually hold the rubber charms used here, but Leslie faked the look with a bit of strong adhesive. She repeated the bright colors, floral designs, and fabric texture found in her main photo for a well-rounded look. Try clustering embellishments to prevent them from taking over the page design.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (stripe). Fabric paper: Me and My Big Ideas (background). Font: Broken (title) by Autumn Leaves, Notebook (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Charms: Around the Block. Brads: American Tag Co. Paper flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc. Circle punch: Marvy Uchida.
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Renee turned die-cut flowers and letters into templates to create the hand-stitched accents on this page. Working on a piercing pad or mouse pad, use a paper piercer to poke small holes in the background cardstock along the outline of the cut design. Follow the pierced holes with a needle and thread, varying the stitching pattern to get different looks.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, textured paper: Provo Craft. Font: Trubble (black journaling) off the Internet, PC Alphabet Soup (white journaling) by Provo Craft. Dies, die-cutting tool: Sizzix (alphabet, flowers). Stickers: American Crafts. Ink: Clearsnap. Buttons, brads, snaps: Junkitz. Photo corners: Daisy D's Paper Co. Floss: DMC.
Design by Carrie Colbert Batt
This layout has a clean, uncluttered look to it, even though it holds 25 photos. To present an overview of her trip to Hawaii -- including all the greenery and scenery -- Carrie cropped each photo to the same shape and size for a well-structured page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Stamps: FontWerks (letters), Technique Tuesday (circles). Acrylic accents, rub-ons: KI Memories.
Design by Jeri Hoag
Floral accents are perfect for wedding photos, especially those showing bridal bouquets. Jeri matted the elements of her page with a large flower cutout. Trim a simple flower shape from a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper and machine-stitch it to the center of a sheet of brown cardstock. Jeri went 3-D by adding silk flowers enhanced with decorative brads.
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 Marketing, Inc.
Design by Janna Wilson
To create a pocket effect, Janna assembled a grouping of paper flowers, floral brads, rub-ons, and gems to separate her two patterned papers. This makes it seem as if the lined paper is peeking out from behind the black-and-white sheet.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (lined) SEI (black). Stickers, flower accents: Cloud 9 Designs. Chipboard letters: Junkitz. Rubber stamp: Michaels. Stamp ink: Stampin' Up!. Pen: EK Success. Acrylic flower: Heidi Grace. Gems: Junkitz. Rub-ons: 7Gypsies. Ribbon: Jo-Ann Stores. Thread: Coats and Clark.
Design by Amber Baley
Amber anchored the bottom of her layout with an enlarged, sanded photo and placed her focal photo as the dominant vertical element. She designed a mosaic collage of photos and then separated the two portions of the page with a strip of label-maker journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Label maker: Dymo. Foam stamps, brads: Making Memories. Acrylic paint: Delta.
Design by Gina Van Kyfte
Remember a favorite floral gift by creating a layout you can keep forever. Gina used an 8x12" enlargement of her son holding a Mother's Day gift he made in class and included a strip of ruler paper to fit the school-project theme. The journaling tells the story behind the gift and reflects on her son's sweet nature.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Colors by Design (stitched floral), Rusty Pickle (ruler). Font: Times New Roman. Letter tiles: Paper Bliss for Westrim Crafts. Alphabet beads and metal alphabet: Jo-Ann Stores. Folio closures: Memories Made Easy from Colorbök. Acrylic paint: Making Memories.