Design by Kim Crothers
Kim recorded first days of school and her emotions in this symmetrical scrapbook page. She converted her photos to black-and-white so they wouldn't compete with each other or the vibrant colors in her patterned paper and embellishments. Brackets cut from patterned paper frame the back-to-school photos.
Editor's Tip: Follow rules of symmetry to make a quick, clean design. Kim maintained balance in her page from top to bottom by centering her elements and keeping a consistent width in her photos, title, and journaling.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (circles, stripe, blue), Chatterbox (green). Chipboard letters: EK Success.
Design by Lisa Dorsey
Lisa created a collage scrapbook page with blocks of patterned paper and included a round journaling block to break up the angles. Alphabet embellishments enhance her back-to-school theme.
Editor's Tip: Create a mask from stickers. Lisa laid letter stickers over white patterned paper, then covered it all with a coat of acrylic paint and let it dry. She removed the stickers and outlined the shapes of each letter with a fine-tip marker. Extra stickers frame her photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (white circles, grid, blue), BoBunny Press (red). Die cut: Luxe Designs. Stickers: Creative Imaginations (grid letters, alphabet strips), American Crafts ("first day"). Felt accents: American Crafts. Buttons: Jo-Ann Stores. Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success (black), Sakura of America (green). Acrylic paint: Plaid.
Design by Erin Roe
Erin made this scrapbook page to commemorate the first day of school for a friend's son. She super-sized one shot and surrounded it with matted supporting photos, then hand-cut a title from a cursive font for interest. First-hand journaling and a teacher's note personalize the page.
Editor's Tip: Write a message to the subject of your scrapbook page. Erin had her friend jot down her thoughts, then scrapbooked them for her son to look back on.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Karen Foster Design. Patterned paper: Rusty Pickle. Font: Monder No. 20 ("school") off the Internet, Times (journaling), Century Gothic (teacher's note). Stickers: K&Company. Chipboard letters, paper clip: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon showcased fun back-to-school photos with bright colors and a cartoon-style title. She layered her photos, patterned paper, and journaling strip to pull her page elements together.
Editor's Tip: Slightly tilt a journaling strip to add interest to a scrapbook page without loading it down with embellishments.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (grid). Die cuts: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stickers: Doodlebug Design, American Crafts. Rub-ons, pen: American Crafts. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi's strip of photos showcases first-day-of-school fashion. She sewed buttons on with floss to further her theme. Filmstrip-style photos left ample room for journaling.
Editor's Tip: When using similar photos, find a way to make one distinct. Candi featured her middle photo by matting it with cardstock and attaching it with adhesive foam.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Sticker: Karen Foster Design. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Amy Howe
A vibrant color scheme and large photo make Amy's back-to-school scrapbook page perfect. She hand-cut part of her title and printed her journaling in a playful font to continue the style.
Editor's Tip: Use school supplies to pump up a scrapbook page. Amy incorporated bright patterned pencils and notebook paper into her design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Fonts: Bickley Script (script), 1942 Report (serif) off the Internet, Professor ("school") by Autumn Leaves. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Acrylic symbols: Doodlebug Design. Beads: Making Memories. Acrylic paint: Delta. Photo: Kathryn Gamble.
Design by Kelly Goree
Kelly created a simple collage of school photos, rounding the edges for a softer look. She left one block open for journaling and layered her title over the collage to give it presence.
Editor's Tip: Keep embellishments simple on a multiphoto page. Kelly dressed up plain cardstock with a line of small punches to create energy, then encased the date in a tiny label holder for extra interest.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View (blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Patterned paper: KI Memories. Chipboard: CherryArte (yellow letters), BasicGrey (brown letters), Heidi Swapp (label holder, heart). Brads: Queen & Co. Die, die-cutting tool: Sizzix. Acrylic paint: Plaid.
Design by Davinie Fiero
Davinie chose light pink and green to make this girly first-day-of-school scrapbook page. She split the design into two sections with a strip of circle and apple shapes. The left-hand side features a school photo, while the right-hand side holds her title and journaling.
Editor's Tip: Make custom scrapbook embellishment templates. For her apple embellishments, Davinie found a pattern online and used it to make her own.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Collage Press (pink, ledger), Making Memories (green). Printed transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Font: Mom's Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Brads: BasicGrey. Floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Janna Wilson
Janna paired a black-and-white photo with a color snapshot for a sweet take on a first-day-of-school scrapbook page. She added flowers and flourishes to continue the theme.
Editor's Tip: For busy pages, keep journaling consistent. Janna printed and cut journaling strips in the same font, then scattered them through the page for a uniform but interesting look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Hobby Lobby. Patterned paper, die cut, ribbon: FoofaLa. Font: Vintage Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs ("1st"), Making Memories (flowers). Rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs. Chipboard: Heidi Swapp. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches, decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Candi Gershon
In this design, Candi scrapbooked photos of her son preparing for the first day of school. She left a large portion of the page open for journaling, which she wrote as a note to her son. Ruler paper, typewriter keys, and letter stickers create a school theme.
Editor's Tip: Add personalized embellishments to back-to-school pages. Candi incorporated her son's name tag into her scrapbook design.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design (gray), 7Gypsies (measuring tape). Font: Sunshine by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Karen Foster Design ("school"), Creative Imaginations ("of"). Typewriter tiles: Creative Imaginations. Label maker, tape: Dymo. Brad: Magic Scraps.
Design by Nicole Cholet
Nicole scrapbooked her son's first day of kindergarten with a large photo and checkmark journaling. She pulled colors from his uniform for a classic look.
Editor's Tip: Create a swiveling photo, hiding more journaling, by connecting a second layer with photo turns. Nicole disguised her extra journaling with a circle-cropped photo.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design (lined), Rusty Pickle (chalkboard). Stickers, photo turns, brads: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts. Photo corners: Maya Road. Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi made room for multiple photos and a large journaling strip in this digital scrapbook page. She scrapbooked posed and candid photos to tell her story.
Editor's Tip: When making digital scrapbook pages, purchase theme digital elements to tie the story together. Candi used school-related elements in the lower right-hand corner of her page.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. Fonts: Primer Print ("A+"), Marker Fine Point (journaling) downloaded off the Internet. Digital elements: Digital Design Essentials (black texture, stitching, staples), Julie Howard Design (lined background, stamps), Heather Ann Designs ("1st"), Kim Christensen (inked journaling black, "day" stamp).
Design by Shannon Freeman
Shannon photographed tiny details of the first day of school to scrapbook in this stacked two-page layout. She used an apple image to subtly add to her theme and draw the two pages together.
Editor's Tip: Use one page of a two-page layout for an oversize photo. Shannon filled one of her pages with a shot of her son's new school shoes, giving the design interesting detail.
SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9. Fonts: Pharmacy ("pre," "K," "4") downloaded off the Internet, Century Gothic (all other).
Design by Regina Casner
For this busy first-day-of-school page, Regina ditched the traditional fall color scheme and went with sweet summer colors. With photo turns to embellish and loud strips of patterned paper to accent, this back-to-school page screams energy.
Editor's Tip: Sand the edges of your photos or journaling strips to make them stand out against a bold, colorful background.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (floral), CherryArte (pink stripes). Die cuts, brads, label holder: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: 7Gypsies (letters), CherryArte (stars). Chipboard accents: Fancy Pants Designs (bracket), Heidi Swapp (letters). Ribbon: May Arts. Decorative tape, photo turns: 7Gypsies.
Design by Lisa Storms
Lisa filled her first-day-of-school scrapbook page with journaling and a large photo to keep focus on the importance of the day. Tiny theme embellishments and strips of patterned paper add interest.
Editor's Tip: Get embellishment inspiration from photos. Lisa mimicked her son's name tag, creating the title and subtitle from a paper frame with the printed words. She attached it with a safety pin.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories (ledger), KI Memories (all other). Vellum: Paperbilities. Fonts: Gill Sans (sans serif), Little Days (cursive), The Rifelman (journaling) downloaded off the Internet. Die cuts: KI Memories.
Design by Shannon Freeman
Shannon creatively overlapped her scrapbooking elements in the center of her page. Layered detail photos give the page extra interest and create one large element out of separate pieces. White photo mats and a white curved title give the accents a uniform feel.
Editor's Tip: Print journaling on photos. Shannon kept her journaling part of the large, layered element by printing it in white on a dark portion of her photo. If your photo is brighter, print the text on journaling strips and layer over the photo.
SOURCES: Software: Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006. Fonts: All Used Up (title) by DaFont, Clarendon ("I") downloaded off the Internet, Red Velvet Cake ("kindergarten") by Two Peas in a Bucket, Charyn (journaling) by Font Garden, Century Gothic ("st," "day of"). Digital elements: Flea Market Chic kit (paper) by Shabby Princess, Celebrate kit (straight stitching) by Shabby Princess, Frosty Fun kit (zigzag stitching, inking) by Digital Design Elements, Seasons & Holidays CD (twill) by Digital Scrapbook Memories.
Design by Angelia Wigginton
Angelia used a handmade dress as scrapbook page inspiration. She used a soft blue palette, then added tiny flower embellishments for interest. Layered circles make the photos stand out.
Editor's Tip: Layer circles of patterned paper underneath vellum, as Angelia did here, to provide a sense of depth. She aligned part of the title with the circles to complete the circular frame. If you need a guideline, trace a circle in pencil.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Tintintubalation off the Internet. Vellum: Hot Off the Press. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (black letters), Making Memories ("k"). Brads, paper flowers: Making Memories. Wood flower: Li'l Davis Designs. Photo corners: Canson.
Design by Irma Gabbard
Using a school-theme scrapbook kit, Irma created a sweet page about her first day of kindergarten. Vintage-style patterned papers create a perfect reminiscent look. She pumped up the page design with stickers, a die-cut tag, and an eye-catching ampersand.
Editor's Tip: Use an unexpected pop of color. Irma backed her school photo with blue patterned paper to make it stand out from the rest of the design. She continued the technique by printing part of her title, "me," on blue patterned paper as well.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Scrapbook kit: Classroom page kit by Daisy D's Paper Co. Font: American Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Brads: Lasting Impressions. Punch: EK Success.
Design by Tina Barriscale
Tina captured the rewarding moments of her child's first day of school by going with a simple design. She let the photos be the focal point of the page, while smaller accents add details to the overall look. Curved paper gives movement to the design.
Editor's Tip: Use a variety of shots in a filmstrip style like Tina did to draw attention to part of the scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Milan60 off the Internet. Rub-ons, stickers: Li'l Davis Designs.
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Stickers identify elements and provide additional information on Renee's school scrapbook page. She rounded the corners of her photos for interest and made her journaling stand out with yellow lined paper.
Editor's Tip: Paint stickers in your stash to suit your scrapbook page design, as Renee did here.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Stickers: American Crafts (circles and large "K"), Karen Foster Design (numbers). Acrylic paint: Folk Art
Design by Anita Matejka
Anita custom-made patterned paper for her school scrapbook page. A single photo and large title emphasize the theme.
Editor's Tip: Use low-tack tape and watercolor paints to create your own striped paper. Lay strips of tape on light colored paper, then paint between each strip.
SOURCES: Watercolor paper: Strathmore. Font: Book Antiqua by Monotype Imaging. Sticker: American Crafts. Chipboard letters: Making Memories ("1," "day"), Heidi Swapp ("school"). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (date), Making Memories (white). Ribbon: Michaels. Brad: Creative Imaginations. Photo clip: Scrappy's.
Design by Jodi Sanford
Jodi dressed up her school scrapbook page with theme paper piecings. Simple crayon piecings sub for letters in her title, and a backpack shaker box serves as a shining embellishment.
Editor's Tip: Add depth to a scrapbook page with a handmade shaker box. Jodi filled her backpack with tiny paper crayons.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Chipboard letters, rub-ons: Making Memories. Stamps: Making Memories (date), Hero Arts (letters). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko.