Design by Lisa Storms
Add sizzle to your beach page with a simple sun and corrugated cardboard "sand." Use a wavy border punch to make rays of sunshine. Punch the border on a strip of patterned paper, then make small snips on the straight edge so you can curve the strip as you adhere it. Use a piece of punched border to mask off an area on your chipboard letters, then color with ink, chalk, paint, or whatever you like.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Cloud 9 Design (orange, teal), Fancy Pants Designs (orange dot), Heidi Grace Designs (fish). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Li?l Davis Designs (title). Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: Sakura of America. Punches: Fiskars (wave border, teardrop).
Design by Robyn Werlich
Put your embossing tools to work on cardstock, felt, and even photos. Robyn embossed the empty space on her photo, then lightly sanded it to make the relief more apparent. She also embossed a dot pattern on both felt and cardstock to add subtle texture to her page. Keep colors in blues to emphasize the beach theme.
Editor's Tip: Make your photo pop on a busy page by converting it to black-and-white.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, purple, white), Stampin' Up! (olive). Patterned paper, ribbon, ink, pens: Stampin' Up!. Brads: American Crafts (large white), Making Memories (white button, purple). Paper trim: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stamps: Stampendous (music score), Technique Tuesday ("Memories," "Celebrate this life."). Punches: EK Success (tickets, hearts, photo corner), Fiskars (scalloped border). Embossing folders: QuicKutz. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette. Adhesive: Mod Podge.
Design by Jennifer Perks
You can add a little extra something to stickers by stitching directly over them, either by hand or using a machine. Mat a sticker with cardstock, then embellish around the edge with zigzag stitching. Or add stitching to a self-adhesive piece of chipboard, like the waves on this page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (purple, pink), Stampin? Up! (aqua, kraft). Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle. Stickers: American Crafts ("shells"), Little Yellow Bicycle ("seashells," "she," "official shell collector"), My Mind's Eye (border). Tag: Hero Arts. Baker's twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Pen: American Crafts. Punches: EK Success (circle), Stampin' Up! (photo corner). Adhesive: Tombow (dry), EK Success (foam).
Design by Lisa Dickinson
Pay attention to the small things: Snap photos of the details of your trip to the beach, such as footwear and a favorite beverage, to help you remember it.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accent, rub-ons: Lily Bee Design. Stickers: American Crafts. Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts. Shape cutter: Creative Memories.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi combined photos and strips of patterned paper to create a striped scrapbook page. Orange patterned paper brings out the blue ocean in her photos.
Editor's Tip: Have a standard-size photo you want to use for this design? Enlarge it and trim it to look panoramic, as Candi did here.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Pea Sue's Print off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project (orange flower), Deluxe Designs (arrow). Acrylic letters, ink: KI Memories. Flower: Making Memories.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin created a conversational scrapbook page with thought bubble journaling on personalized photos. She used letter stickers for her title, tracing around the edges with a black pen for extra detail.
Editor's Tip: Make custom word or thought bubbles. Erin formatted hers in image-editing software, then printed and trimmed. She adhered them with adhesive foam for dimension.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green dot), Making Memories (arrow). Font: Charyn off the Internet. Stickers: Chatterbox (title), Making Memories (words). Rub-ons: Making Memories (dots), 7Gypsies ("in a land?"). Adhesive: Plaid. Clip art: Microsoft.
Design by Pam Callaghan
Crafting a fish shape out of patterned paper was the perfect accent to house Pam's dominant photo and journaling from her family's vacation. Embellishments play up the beach theme, while the three photos on the bottom add more memories to the page.
Editor's Tip: When making specific shapes, make sure you have the proper cutting tools. A quality pair of scissors is a must for creating smooth edges, and a clear ruler comes in handy when determining where to place things in your shape.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (stripe, circular design, ledger), Making Memories (kraft). Font: Sedona off the Internet. Stickers: Creative Imaginations (flowers, circles), Doodlebug Design (letters). Jewels, chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs.
Design by Carrie Colbert
Not wanting to emphasize one photo, Carrie uniformly sized and cropped her scenic photos then positioned them in a grid format to give an overview of the sights they saw in Hawaii. Circular stamps and occasional semicircular punches break up the blocky design.
Editor's Tip: Use image-editing software to make a quick and easy collage. Group photos, then print as one sheet and place on a scrapbook 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 Dana Smith
Dana made this quick beach vacation page by layering summery patterned papers. She printed her journaling on a white sheet that doubles as a background for her photos.
Editor's Tip: Use tiny accents to pump up a scrapbook page. Dana added interest to her page with photo corners, punched cardstock circles, and metal letters.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Font: Task List by Two Peas in a Bucket. Twill: Scenic Route Paper Co. Metal letters, rub-ons, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Photo corners: Kolo. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Lisa Storms
To frame her beach photos, Lisa paired laser-cut trim with cardstock of the same color to create faux-embossed strips. She kept other embellishments simple to let her photos stand out.
Editor's Tip: Let laser-cut trims overlap slightly in the margins for added interest without detracting from vacation photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Font: TypoSlab-Light off the Internet. Letter stickers: Heidi Grace Design. Chipboard accents: Heidi Grace Design (heart), Cloud 9 Design ("very fun," circle). Laser-cut trim: Queen & Co. (swirls), Maya Road (flowers). Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Denise Levy
Denise used a variety of patterned papers to highlight her family's fun trip to the beach. A sideways title gives the page an unexpected, whimsical touch.
Editor's Tip: Find ways to highlight small scrapbooking elements. Denise took her beach photos at creative angles and printed journaling on a scrap piece of notebook paper for interest.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (floral), Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue circles, red dot). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Making Memories (square word), American Crafts (black letters). Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Die-cutting tool: Making Memories.
Design by Rhonda Bonifay
Taking advantage of her surroundings, Rhonda used crisp blue water and sky as the background for her vacation photos. She scrapped a two-page layout to include more beach memories. Striped patterned paper and simple white flowers direct the eye to her photos.
Editor's Tip: If you have a single embellishment you want to repeat, save money by scanning it instead of buying multiple. Rhonda scanned a silk flower to accent her pages.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Rusty Pickle. Fonts: P22 Carpenter (script), Caecilla Roman (journaling) off the Internet.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Leslie highlighted a small collage of beach photos with vibrant, summer-inspired patterned paper. Horizontal stripes direct attention to the photos.
Editor's Tip: When using similar patterned paper, vary the design size. Leslie incorporated stripes in different widths to add excitement.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas (orange stripe), Scrapworks (tricolor), KI Memories (multihue). Fonts: Book Antiqua (journaling) by Microsoft, Haettenschweiller (subtitle) off the Internet. Bottle cap: Li'l Davis Designs.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy used minimal scrapbooking materials for a sweet and simple beach scrapbook page. She captured her family vacation with 11 photos, chipboard letters, and border made from cardstock. One large photo dominates the page, complemented by several smaller photos along the side.
Editor's Tip: Make photo strips to include multiple photos without cluttering a scrapbook page. Do it digitally by combining photos in image-editing software and printing as one sheet. Or, use a paper punch to ensure all crops are the same size.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Chipboard: BoBunny Press. Border strip: Doodlebug Design.
Design by Carrie Colbert
To make this vibrant scrapbook page, Carrie die-cut and layered beach photos and patterned paper. She comfortably fit 10 photos onto her layout, reserving one square for a small caption and one square for her date.
Editor's Tip: Store original images in a safe place, then get creative cropping the copies! Die-cut, punch, or hand-cut photos and see what you can make.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Mara-Mi (red), KI Memories (all other). Die cuts: KI Memories. Stickers: American Crafts. Clay accents: Li'l Davis Designs.
Design by Cathy Blackstone
Layers of paper, staples, and circles in masculine colors bring attention to Cathy's beach pictures. She used up border stickers by randomly layering them around her photos and patterned paper, creating a constructed look.
Editor's Tip: Overlap multiple scrapbooking elements with a large rub-on. Cathy's palm tree rub-on serves as a theme focal point.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (dots), Creative Imaginations (lines). Font: Slurry off the Internet. Die cut: My Mind's Eye. Stickers: Making Memories, KI Memories, Creative Imaginations. Rub-ons: Heidi Swapp. Chipboard: Scenic Route Paper Co. Brad: Creative Imaginations. Stamps: EK Success (sun), Making Memories (date).
Design by Shannon Zickel
Shannon embellished this vacation scrapbook page with leftovers and supplies from her stash. She doused a palm tree in brown paint to give it a new look and added rub-ons to plain acrylic accents. Patterned paper scraps make a vibrant flower, and the negative piece of a "j" chipboard letter personalizes the page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (flower). Chipboard accents: KI Memories (arrow), Li'l Davis Designs (title), Heidi Swapp ("j"). Sticker: Cloud 9 Design (palm tree). Rub-ons: American Crafts (letter, dotted circle), Heidi Swapp (ocean graphics). Acrylic circle: KI Memories. Wood flower: Li'l Davis Designs. Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp. Paper flower: Fancy Pants. "Cool" accent: Scrapworks. Brad, ribbon: American Crafts. Acrylic paint: Making Memories.
Design by Amy Lowe
Amy gave her vacation scrapbook page a classic look by converting her photos to black-and-white. She typed her journaling and title on the background cardstock and added subtle interest with two tiny black brads.
Editor's Tip: Have a lot of torn paper scraps? Don't throw them out! Use them to accent photos, as Amy did here. Her sea-green paper mimics ocean waves.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Times New Roman. Lyrics: Rebecca St. James.
Design by Patricia Anderson
Patricia scrapbooked her family vacation photos in a seashell shape made from patterned paper. Decorative brads, ornate photo corners, and chipboard letters add pizzazz to the two-page spread.
Editor's Tip: Look for inspiration in everyday things. Patricia's seashell shape was inspired by the swirly design on an old art book.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Font: Times New Roman. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Photo corners: K&Company. Brads: Making Memories. Chipboard letters: Pressed Petals. Ribbon: May Arts. Acrylic paint: Delta.