Design by Lisa Storms
Lisa fit five images on her scrapbook page about a trip to the pumpkin patch by creatively cropping them to fit in a simple collage grid.
Editor's Tip: Put your scrapbook page title over a detail or background photo to draw attention and keep the design clean.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, letters, chipboard accents: Paper Salon.
Design by Candi Gershon
Dies and die-cutting tools did all the work for Candi's pumpkin patch scrapbooking layout. A script font die cut makes an easy title, and die-cut circles accent the page.
Editor's Tip: Create an easy, visually interesting page by designing in threes. Candi placed three circle embellishments in a visual triangle over three rows of photos and journaling.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (yellow circles). Font: Century Gothic by Agfa Monotype. Die cuts: QuicKutz (title), Sizzix (circle frames). Buttons: SEI (green), Autumn Leaves (yellow, orange). Rub-on: Carolee's Creations (date).
Design by Shannon Tidwell
Shannon brought drama to her pumpkin carving scrapbook page by combining black patterned paper with splashes of bright colors.
Editor's Tip: Add layered dimension to a scrapbook layout. Cut holes from your cardstock base, then attach each hole using adhesive foam, letting patterned paper shine through.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (green), Doodlebug Design (skulls), KI Memories (stripe, circles), Pebbles, Inc. (orange). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (white letters, border), Heidi Grace Designs (orange letters). Brads: Doodlebug Design. Marker: Sharpie. Shape-cutter: Coluzzle. Digital elements: Boo to You Word Art by Erica Hernandez.
Design by Linda Rodriguez
Linda's digital scrapbook page documents her daughter's visit to the pumpkin patch, introducing purple as an accent color in the faux buttons and digital brush floral image.
Editor's Tip: Not into digital scrapbooking? Use this page as inspiration for a traditional layout. Use a border punch to get the scalloped-edge look, and substitute rub-ons for the digital brushes.
SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9.0. Font: Arial Narrow. Digital elements: Urban Grunge paper pack (tan paper) by Dana Zarling, Fall Color kit (red paper, foliage brush, ribbon, brads, flowers, staples) by Lori Barnhurst and Michelle Coleman, Border Template (scalloped edge) by Katie Pertiet, Golden Bay kit ("pumpkin") by Lynn Grieveson, La-La-La Leo kit (cardboard button border) by Lauren Grier and Robin Carlton, Imperfect Circles (stitched circle) by Dani Mogstad, Vintage Dreams -- Retro kit ("little") by Lori Barnhurst, Date Stamps (date) by Amber Clegg.
Design by Kelly Goree
Kelly used basic scrapbooking supplies -- paper and a pen -- to highlight the most important elements on her layout. She left a large section of her design blank to put emphasis on her photo and journaling.
Editor's Tip: Add a sense of motion to scrapbook layouts while highlighting important elements. Kelly drew attention to the page's subject by placing a ring of paper around the pumpkin in her photo. She drew dots and used arrows to direct the eye through the design, ending at her journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: CherryArte. Chipboard letters, photo corners: Heidi Swapp. Label holder: BasicGrey. Stamp: Technique Tuesday. Ink: PSX. Pens: Zig Writer by EK Success (black), Uniball (white).
Design by Ruth Dealey
Ruth comfortably fit six photos in this made-in-minutes scrapbook design by cropping in on important details and cutting out the excess. Thin strips of patterned paper and rub-ons add interest to the page without taking away from the photos.
Editor's Tip: Use the rules of symmetry to make a flawless scrapbook layout. Ruth left space for her title above a large photo of pumpkins on the left-hand side of her design. She flip-flopped the right-hand side, substituting five photos into a space similar to the size of her large photo, then placed journaling below.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (stripe), Scenic Route Paper Co. (brown check). Stickers, chipboard accent: Scenic Route Paper Co. Rub-ons: BasicGrey. Paper trim: Bazzill Basics Paper (brown), Doodlebug Design (orange). Punch: EK Success. Software: Adobe Photoshop.
Design by Patricia Anderson
Patricia highlighted the faces of a multiple personality carved pumpkin using filmstrip frames. She cut the frames apart to adapt them to her design.
Editor's Tip: When scrapbooking a row of similar photos, place one photo higher or lower than the rest to make it stand out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Pebbles, Inc. (floral and dot), KI Memories (all other). Font: Century Gothic. Filmstrip: Little Yellow Bicycle. Felt leaves: Queen & Co. Brads: Making Memories.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin documented the various stages of her daughter's pumpkin carving in this scrapbook page. She backed her photos with pastel paper to let the pumpkins stand out, then converted busy photos to black-and-white to match her color scheme.
Editor's Tip: To create a quick page, place photos in a collage template. Erin used a collage template meant for a photo card to make this scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Carolee's Creations (green spiderweb, green "Happy Halloween," orange), Doodlebug Design (stripe). Fonts: SP Chi-Town (journaling) off the Internet, Impact ("title"). Metal accent: Making Memories. Ribbon: Michaels. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 306.
Design by Annemarie Mackin
Annemarie drew and cut out wavy strips of paper to frame her photo and add shape to her design. For easy scrapbooking, purchase a digital template, combine photos, journaling, and digital elements, and print out as one piece.
Editor's Tip: Keep embellishments simple when designing around a large graphic element. Annemarie used clear acrylic letters for her title and balanced the layout with three black swirls that enforce her wavy theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design (stripe), KI Memories (orange). Font: Watson by Chatterbox. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (black swirls), Chatterbox ("perfect"). Pen: Sharpie. Brads: Making Memories. Acrylic letters: Heidi Swapp.
Design by Kelly Noel
Color contrasts make Kelly's scrapbook page interesting. She backed her photos with dark cardstock, allowing the pumpkins to pop from the page. To make her journaling stand out, Kelly printed her text on white cardstock, cut it into strips, and individually placed the strips on her page.
Editor's Tip: Don't feel like you have to fill the entire page. Leaving the upper right-hand corner empty directs more attention to Kelly's photos in the lower left-hand corner.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Favorite Things by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: KI Memories (border), American Crafts (letters). Rub-on: Arctic Frog. Chipboard letters, silk flower: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: May Arts.
Design by Becky Olson
On this scrapbook layout, Becky's haphazard stitching mimics the messiness of pumpkin carving. A large arrow with sewn-on buttons points to photos showcasing her theme.
Editor's Tip: Find ways to make embellishing fun and functional. Becky's stitches add detail to her layout and adhere her photos and accents to the page. Stickers and brads have similar functions.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cut: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: Rickety (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Eyewitness (large type) by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard letters, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Embroidery floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Christine Macilvaine
Christine downsized photos taken of her daughter at the pumpkin patch over the years and converted them to black-and-white so they wouldn't distract from her main image.
Editor's Tip: Experiment with photo effects to see different ways you can call attention to your pictures. Christine gave her main image even more emphasis with a photo filter available in her image-editing software.
SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro. Fonts: Typo (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Rage Italic ("through the years"), Lucida Bright (journaling), Garmonde ("P") off the Internet.
Design by Candi Gershon
Let an oversize photo do the work for you. Candi filled two-thirds of her page with a pumpkin patch photo, then used the excess space for journaling.
Editor's Tip: Large photos can become overwhelming on scrapbook layouts. Be sure to balance the remaining space. A block of bold patterned paper gives weight to the left-hand side of Candi's page.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Font: Linestroke off the Internet. Digital elements: Forever Grateful kit (kraft and striped paper, stitched tag), Lucky Star kit (inked overlay, brads), Snippets: Felties Ribbon Collection 2 (ribbon) from Digital Design Essentials.
Design by Lisa McGarvey
Earthy green emerges as the primary color on Lisa's pumpkin page. Two-thirds of the page is green and gold, while the remaining third is accented with blue she stenciled with green circles. She blended both sides by layering various gold, blue, and green circles and accents.
Editor's Tip: While it's best to stick to three colors, you can introduce small amounts of a coordinating accent color. The orange in Lisa's photos serves as her accent color.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (blue dot), Autumn Leaves (green), Paper Salon (green diamond), BasicGrey (beige), 7Gypsies (text). Die cuts: BasicGrey ("f"), Sassafrass (blue/gold star), Scenic Route Paper Co. (circle). Stickers: Creative Cafe (word strips), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("so happy together"). Rub-on: Creative Imaginations. Chipboard accent: Fancy Pants Designs. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Pen: American Crafts. Rubber accents: KI Memories. Dots mask: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Making Memories (star, stripe) , Bazzill Basics Paper (dot).
Design by Sarah Klemish
Sarah created an oversize corner accent of scalloped paper to highlight this scrapbook page about the pumpkin her son picked.
Editor's Tip: Let elements break beyond page boundaries. This corner element extends beyond the standard page size. Sarah accommodated it in her album by slitting the edge of the page protector and allowing it to stick out slightly.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cut, stickers: BasicGrey. Font: Bell Gothic off the Internet.
Design by Jennifer Perks
By layering two colors of identically laser-cut sheets slightly askew, Jennifer made the most of her ornate paper highlighting her pocket-size pumpkin. The bottom paper serves as a drop shadow, producing depth.
Editor's Tip: When layering intricately cut papers, play up their complex patterns by choosing high-contrast colors, like Jennifer did with bold orange and white.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories. Patterned paper: Bo Bunny Press (brown dot, blue dot), Chatterbox (floral, stripe). Laser-cut paper: KI Memories. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Die cut, ribbon: Making Memories. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Brad, pearls: Kaisercraft. Thread: Coats & Clark.
Design by Amanda Johnston
Amanda divided her scrapbook page into four equal-size quadrants to create a clean and simple structure for photos taken at a pumpkin patch.
Editor's Tip: Organized doesn't have to mean boring. Amanda spiced up her grid with scalloped paper, then let her pictures slightly overlap sections to add interest.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (polka dot), Making Memories (ledger). Stickers: Creative Imaginations (border), SEI (letters). Pen: Sharpie. Rub-ons: Karen Foster Design.
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki created this quick and easy scrapbook page by grouping seven photos and a journaling block into a grid. She mimicked the structured style by placing two rows of punched circles behind her photo block.
Editor's Tip: To ensure grid photos are the same size, use a square punch to crop them instead of hand-cutting.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Die cut: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stickers: October Afternoon (orange), Doodlebug Design (black). Brads: Queen & Co. Stamp: Hero Arts. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Sakura of America. Foil transfer, adhesive: Stix 2 Anything.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Leslie used her sewing machine to stitch around her pumpkin patch photos and computer-printed text blocks, adding a handmade quality to the page.
Editor's Tip: Test before stitching on your page. Run a few test strips of cardstock through your machine to be sure you're happy with the look before you tackle stitching on your nearly finished scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Mustard Moon (gray), Pebbles, Inc. (wood grain). Font: Yo-Yo (journaling), Weathervane (title) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Metal bars: 7Gypsies. Buttons, black floss: Making Memories.
Design by Heather Melzer
Heather made elements of her scrapbook page pop by using chalk to edge her title, accent certain words in her journaling, and highlight the pumpkins in her black-and-white photos.
Editor's Tip: To color photos like Heather did, print your photos on matte-finish paper so the chalk will stick. And don't worry about messing up; chalk can be easily erased with a white crafts eraser, so chalk away!
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox (dotted), Autumn Leaves (lined). Font: Mbell off the Internet. Pen: EK Success. Chalk: Craf-T Products. Brad: Making Memories.
Design by Janna Wilson
Janna used many small techniques to add big texture to this scrapbook page. She slightly tore the edges of the green patterned paper, stitched around the edges of her page and white circle, and embellished with a felt accent.
Editor's Tip: Want the appearance of stitching without the work? Try rub-ons that look like stitches.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Hobby Lobby. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: Chatterbox. Flower: Junkitz.
Design by Vicki Boutin
Six fall photos staggered along the right side of Vicki's layout create a border for her dominant photo. She accented her photos with embellishments, rub-ons, and scraps of patterned paper to add punch to the solid background.
Editor's Tip: Overlap elements of a makeshift border to make it look like one piece, as Vicki did here.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-on letters, chipboard: Scenic Route Paper Co. Brads: Making Memories. Buttons, pen: Sakura of America.
Design by Janna Wilson
For a sweet and simple scrapbook page, Janna used a scrapbooking kit full of autumn-theme pieces. She kept her photos small, allowing more room for patterned paper , journaling, and mini embellishments.
Editor's Tip: For a softer look to a scrapbook page, round the edges of your papers and photos as Janna did here; it adds a touch of whimsy to her pumpkin page.
SOURCES: Scrapbook kit: KI Memories. Chipboard accents: Chatterbox. Buttons: Autumn Leaves (red), Junkitz (orange, green). Stamp: Autumn Leaves. Ink: Ranger Industries.
Design by Erin Roe
Erin arranged her photos, journaling, and title in a carefully blocked scrapbook page, leaving space between each piece to let the dark background color show through and showcase photos of her son's first visit to a pumpkin patch.
Editor's Tip: Overlap some embellishments to add areas of interest and unite the pieces. Erin let die-cut tabs and ovals break her grid on this scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cuts: KI Memories. Font: Sandra Oh off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design.
Design by Cathy Blackstone
A large pumpkin paper piecing made from ovals stands as the showpiece to Cathy?s pumpkin patch page. She used tags to house her photos for added dimension, while tiny journaling strips express the favorites of the day.
Editor's Tip: To give the pumpkin its textured look, Cathy snipped and distressed the edges of each layer with sandpaper; you also can use a nail file. She then machine-stitched around each oval giving the page dimension.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stamps: Hero Arts (letters), Making Memories (date). Tags: Creative Imaginations. Brads: Doodlebug Design. Photo corner: Heidi Swapp.
Design by Sarah Hodgkinson
A pair of photos complements the storylike journaling on Sarah's layout about her son's trip to the pumpkin patch. The large photo, taken at an angle, captures the pirate regalia and adds to the whimsical feel of the page.
Editor's Tip: Check out your kitchen drawers for tools. Sarah used a garlic press to distress the cardstock strip on the bottom of her layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Font: Another Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints. Stamps: Hampton Art. Ink: Tsukineko. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Pen: EK Success.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy cropped her photos of a day spent at the pumpkin patch into same-size squares and then filled the remaining spaces on her scrapbook page with rub-on designs and a title and journaling block.
Editor's Tip: Accent parts of your grid by increasing their size. Tracy made her title/journaling block larger than the other spaces in the gird and mounted it with adhesive foam to let it overlap the surrounding spaces.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras. Pen: American Crafts. Rub-ons: KI Memories (letters), Autumn Leaves (faux stitched designs).
Design by Amber Crosby
Amber overlapped various cardstock and patterned paper to create an interesting background for this scrapbook page about her son's first visit to a pumpkin patch.
Editor's Tip: Find ways to make your layers work together. Amber used a cardstock backing for the first letter in the words of her title and placed words in the negative space of another layer.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Handmade paper: The Jennifer Collection. Font: Chocolate by Two Peas in a Bucket. Alphabet stickers: Doodlebug Design (serif), My Mind's Eye (bold sans serif). Mini brads: Impress. Stamps: PSK (alphabet), ScrapYard 329. Punches: The Punch Bunch (circles), Family Treasures (square), EK Success (leaf). Chalk pencil: Cretacolor.
Design by Erica Hernandez
To emphasize her scrapbook page theme, Erica adjusted a detail photo of pumpkins at the patch and printed a screened version onto cardstock, sanding it to give a more faded appearance.
Editor's Tip: Don't feel like your image has to cover the entire background. Erica covered half of hers with white and color cardstock so the background isn't too overwhelming.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Hannibal Lector ("fall") off the Internet, Century Gothic ("tradition") by Agfa Monotype. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Rachel Ludwig
Rachel positioned her pumpkin patch photos so they flow from one page to the other, creating an easy-to-follow design.
Editor's Tip: The key to a successful two-page layout is creating a unified design. You can do this by repeating elements, mirroring photo arrangements, and treating both pages as a single canvas.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (dot ), KI Memories (green). Font: Tahoma off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts.