Design by Jennifer Perks
Dress up hand-cut cardstock and die cuts with a simple running stitch. To avoid tearing, place the cardstock on a computer mouse pad and poke holes using a paper piercer or needle before stitching. To create snowy hills, cut waves in cardstock and layer the pieces. Make the layers stand out by stitching along the top edges. Adhere the layers using foam tape. Stitch small seed beads along the edge of an accent, such as the moon on this layout, to give it a bit of sparkle.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (red dot), BasicGrey (stripe), Autumn Leaves (aqua star). Font: Dominican off the Internet. Stickers: BasicGrey (house), K&Company (borders). Chipboard accents: K&Company. Dies, die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Gems: Kaisercraft (red, gray, black pearls), Queen & Co. (all other). Magnetic snap: BasicGrey. Beads: Queen & Co. Glitter: Ranger Industries (glitter glue), Martha Stewart Crafts (fine). Pen: Pigma Micron. Floss: DMC Corp. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0.
Design by Vicki Boutin
Document the excitement of opening presents. Start with a pristine "before" shot of packages under the Christmas tree and end with an "after" shot. Colorful circles and chipboard numbers highlight the sequence of events. Crop images to fit more photos on your layout and to ensure a busy background doesn't detract from the story.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Bohemian Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: BasicGrey ("open"), October Afternoon (tag, quote). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Pink Paislee (numbers). Die cuts: Making Memories. Gems: Queen & Co. Stamps, ink: Hero Arts. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Nichol Magouirk
Capture the traditions that grow as naturally as your family does by combining a series of similar scenes from multiple years. Create a gingerbread house accent with goodies from your stash. Start with a paper or chipboard base, then get creative with ribbons, gems, punches, and other embellishments.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Patterned paper: American Crafts (tan), Echo Park (blue, brown, pink, red), October Afternoon (green, yellow). Font: Typenoksidi off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (black), Bella Blvd. (journaling, tab, scallop, "memories" circle), October Afternoon ("25"). Brads: American Crafts (gem), Doodlebug Design (peppermint), KI Memories (green, pink glitter), Making Memories (red glitter). Gems: Doodlebug Design, Hero Arts. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette America. Punches: EK Success. Digital elements: Picture This [Go Long] collage template by Kerri Bradford.
Design by Jen Lessinger
A supersize photo is the perfect background for Jen's tongue-in-cheek page about baking gingerbread cookies with her son. To play up the cookie theme, Jen made one of her die-cut shapes look like a cookie that had been partially eaten. She then cut her title out of glittered cardstock. The glitz gives the page sparkle without extra effort.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Decorative paper: Die Cuts With A View. Font: Century Gothic. Die-cutting tool: Cricut.
Design by Vicki Boutin
The left-hand side of this Christmas layout could easily have been a scrapbook page on its own, but adding holiday photo-session outtakes on the opposite page gave Vicki an opportunity to showcase other funny shots she took of her son.
Editor's Tip: Take advantage of the available space on a scrapbook page by running your title vertically. Vicki's title is large enough to be seen, but the placement doesn't take away from her photos or the story.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Chipboard coaster: Li'l Davis Designs. Rub-on: Scenic Route Paper Co. Pen: Sakura of America. Brads, photo turns: Queen & Co.
Design by Sheila Doherty
Sheila used a series of photos on this two-page layout to show off her daughter's unique way of unwrapping gifts. She lined up the photos along the bottom of the page and journaled in short sentences to match the step-by-step feel of her images.
Editor's Tip: Emphasize one image by changing the size and alignment. By enlarging her focal-point photo and having it break into the otherwise empty space at the top of the page, Sheila made sure it stood out while still keeping the timeline effect.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Fonts: Jane Austen off the Internet, Gill Sans. Rub-ons: 7Gypsies. Gems: Target. Tag: Making Memories. Heart accents, fabric letters: Heidi Swapp.
Design by Susan Cyrus
To create the large snowflakes on her scrapbook design about holiday baking, Susan first stamped snowflakes on a transparency using acrylic paint and a foam stamp. Then she cut out the shapes and stitched them to the pages using her sewing machine.
Editor's Tip: Highlight important words or phrases in your computer-printed journaling by changing fonts and ink colors. Here, Susan made the red text in her journaling pop by tracing over the letters with a clear dimensional glaze to give them a glossy look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Fonts: Dearest Swash ("reindeer") off the Internet, Cookie Dough (highlighted words) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Times (journaling). Die cut: KI Memories. Stickers: Scrappy Cat. Brads: Making Memories. Tiles: EK Success. Stamp: Plaid. Acrylic paint: Liquitex. Glaze: Diamond Glaze. Label maker: Dymo.
Design by Liana Suwandi
Liana used digital image-editing techniques to enhance the main photo on this two-page layout that features shots taken for her family holiday card. She used spot coloring to draw attention to the bright red Christmas ornament in the otherwise black-and-white photo.
Editor's Tip: Holiday photo shoots often result in funny outtakes. Put those not-quite-perfect shots to use on a scrapbook layout that features your favorites.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid, blue), SEI ("happy holidays"). Font: Caseconnected off the Internet. Sticker, rickrack: SEI. Rub-ons: BasicGrey (swirls), It Takes Two ("season's greetings"), K&Company ("McAnellys"), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("family"). Chipboard accents: Creative Imaginations ("m," "s"), Scenic Route Paper Co. (star). Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix. Brads: KI Memories (blue), Queen & Co. (red). Ribbon: KI Memories (red-and-white stripe), American Crafts (green-and-red stripe, dots). Flower: Queen & Co. (big), Prima (small). Stamp, photo anchor: 7Gypsies. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa used the same digital photo template on both pages of her two-page scrapbook layout, rotating the template to create the collage on the right-hand side. Sticking with the same template keeps the design neat, while rotating it allows for more flexibility in photo size and orientation.
Editor's Tip: Unite the pages of your spread with a title that spans both pages. Melissa used a marker to color a sticker title black (the original was brown) and placed it to cross the gutter, carefully slicing it with a craft knife where it needed to be split.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Arctic Frog (green), Pebbles, Inc. (red dot). Stickers: Pebbles, Inc. (title), American Crafts (journaling block). Chipboard accent: KI Memories.
Design by Shannon Taylor
To draw attention to the focal-point photo on this two-page design about taking Christmas card pictures, Shannon enlarged the image and allowed it to overlap both pages, making sure the gutter wasn't interfering with her son's face in the photo.
Editor's Tip: Give accent photos special treatment. Here, Shannon made sure the smaller photos on her layout would still get noticed by stamping a snowflake pattern on thin metal frames with acrylic paint.
SOURCES: Font: Trumpet by Chatterbox. Ribbon: Offray. Stamp: The Cottage Stamper. Fabric: Robin's Nest Designs. Metal letters, metal frames, charms, paint: Making Memories. Wood letters: Li'l Davis Designs. Square letters ("oliver"), jump rings: Junkitz. Steel clasps: 7Gypsies.
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa created a grid of her favorite Christmas-morning photos on this two-page layout by printing one large square snapshot for the left-hand page and arranging four small photos on the right-hand page to fill the same-size space. Rounding the corners of the photos with a punch softens the grid.
Editor's Tip: Make a plan for your page title. Melissa sized her photos into squares knowing she would have room between them to add small blocks of patterned paper and a large page title made of chipboard letters.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Urban Lily. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (burst), Gin-X for Imagination Project (script letters). Chipboard letters: Li'l Davis Designs. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Nely Fok
Minimal embellishments and a subtle color scheme put the focus of Nely's two-page layout on the photos of her daughter's Christmas morning activities. Building on a white background, Nely injected color with tiny splashes of Christmas red for a high-contrast design.
Editor's Tip: Convert your photos to black-and-white for a classic look that allows you to use any color scheme you like.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Renaissance ("Christmas") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Arial Black ("Keilah") by Agfa Monotype, Arrus (journaling) by Bitstream, Scriptina ("Joy") off the Internet. Ribbon charm: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray. Woven label: Me and My Big Ideas. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Ranger Industries.
Design by Melissa Inman
For the title on this scrapbook layout about visiting Santa, Melissa filled a block of red cardstock with whimsical rub-on letters that match the mood of her patterned paper and chipboard accents.
Editor's Tip: Allow space for journaling. To make room for her story, Melissa left one of the spots in her photo collage empty and printed her journaling on a block of cardstock slightly larger than the space. Then she attached it with adhesive foam and positioned it a bit off-kilter to overlap the images.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scrapworks. Font: Typo by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons: EK Success (letters), American Crafts (numbers). Chipboard flowers: KI Memories.
Design by Christina Traversa
To highlight one of the words in her scrapbook page title, Christina filled the open space in an "o" with a small black-and-white photo. She used another version of the photo cropped into a circle to accent the opposite page.
Editor's Tip: Repeat shapes in your two-page designs to keep the layout cohesive. Christina repeated the snowflake shape as well as the different round accents, such as the buttons, brads, and circular photo.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, chipboard: BasicGrey. Font: Susie's Hand off the Internet. Stickers: EK Success ("e"), Scrapworks ("n," "s"). Rub-ons: Making Memories (letters), K&Company (stitching). Buttons: SEI. Brads: Making Memories. Stamps: DJ Inkers. Ink: Stampin' Up!. Pen: American Crafts. Circle cutter: Coluzzle by Provo Craft. Circle punch: Family Treasures. Adhesives: Therm O Web. Software: Lasting Impressions Colored Impressions CD (snowflakes).
Design by Angela Marvel
On this two-page layout, Angela included a series of photos of her cousin unwrapping a much-admired purse, enlarging one photo to showcase her favorite part of the holiday season -- seeing those she loves so happy.
Editor's Tip: Create a timeline with your pictures. Timelines don't have to be for extended events. Unwrapping a gift takes only a few moments, but the range of emotions expressed makes it well worth capturing.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, stamp, twill, paper clip: Carolee's Creations. Ink: Memories. Pen: EK Success.
Design by Faye Morrow Bell
Faye created a focal point in the center of her two-page design by filling the space with a sheet of bold red cardstock and grouping her photos and a Christmas wreath embellishment on the red mat. She allowed her journaling block to overlap the red cardstock and ribbon border.
Editor's Tip: Look to your punches to create holiday-theme page accents. Faye used a simple punched leaf shape to create the Christmas wreath embellishment and title accent on her layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Texas Hero ("Christmas") by Agfa Monotype, Amphion (journaling) off the Internet. Ribbon: Offray. Punch: The Punch Bunch.
Design by Angela Marvel
Angela created a dramatic focal point on her design about her son's first visit to Santa by filling one of the scrapbook pages with an 8x10" photo. On the opposite page, she filled the same amount of space with two smaller photos, a title, and her journaling.
Editor's Tip: Carry an embellishment theme through both pages of your two-page scrapbook layout. Angela used the same small hearts to accent her date, title, and photo caption on this design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: SEI. Fonts: Feliz Tilting (title) off the Internet, Garamond (journaling).
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa used cardstock strips to frame the photo collages on this two-page scrapbook layout about a family holiday spent in Mexico. She used the same digital photo collage template on both pages, flipping it to add interest and allow for changes in photo orientation.
Editor's Tip: Use scraps of paper to fill photo collage spots. Melissa filled empty spaces in the collage template with holiday-theme papers and a journaling block that broke the borders of the collage.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Patterned paper: Love, Elsie. Stickers: American Crafts (journaling block, letters), Love, Elsie (all other).