Design by Jamie Waters
Enlarge a favorite photo from a trip to use as the focal point for your page, then surround it with smaller photos to document other memorable moments. Layer photos and embellishments around the edge of a large photo to focus the eye.
Editor's Tip: Convert a photo to black-and-white to add variety.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations (ledger), K&Company (stripe). Die cuts: My Mind's Eye (scalloped border), KI Memories (journaling tag). Stickers: Martha Stewart Crafts (travel letters), October Afternoon (labels). Brads, pen: American Crafts.
Design by Erin Clarkson
In addition to scenic photos, snap pictures of family and friends as they enjoy their vacation. Pass around the camera so you can be in snapshots, too. Save time and photo paper by cropping and sizing your photos before printing them.
Editor's Tip: For a change of pace, add photo corners in a bright color instead of matting the photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper: Patterned paper: Bella Blvd. Stickers: Bella Blvd. ("fresh air" phrase, "good times," arrows, stars, cloud strip, photo corners, brown dotted label, brown letters), EK Success ("aug"). Making Memories ("09"). Rub-ons: American Crafts. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Candi Gershon
Group your title, journaling, and embellishments in the center of the page and surround them with a dozen photos showing the highlights of your trip. Make sure your camera is easily accessible for taking photos of road signs and landmarks along the way.
Editor's Tip: Using a word-processing program, fill a text box with color, select white for your font, and print.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Imaginisce. Font: Comic Sans. Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas (car), Imaginisce ("road trip," banner), Heidi Grace Designs (letters).
Design by Irma Gabbard
Even if your photos aren't perfect, they can enhance your scrapbook. Balance the photos with journaling that tells the story behind the trip. Print journaling directly on tags for an easy-to-read treatment. To get the look, print journaling first on printer paper. Use repositionable adhesive to temporarily adhere tags over the printed area, then run the sheet of paper through the printer again.
Editor's Tip: Scrapping a past vacation? Include the 4x6? photos you printed after the trip, rather than reprinting them in different sizes.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Font: Old Remington by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: 7Gypsies (quotes, words, phrase), Sandylion Sticker Designs (plane, camera, map). Chipboard accents: 7Gypsies. Tags: Avery Dennison. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Having trouble arranging multiple photos? Try a digital template to make it easy. Turn your title on its side to make room for a large treatment.
Editor's Tip: Choose colors from your photos to help select papers and accents for your page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: EK Success (Mickey Mouse), CherryArte (stripe). Font: Impact off the Internet. Stickers: EK Success. Brads: American Crafts. Punches: Stampin' Up!. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 112.
Design by Roxanne Jegodtka
Using a gridlike pattern, Roxanne fit three photos on a single page without making the design feel cluttered. She finished her crisp, travel-theme page with handwritten journaling and a sticker title.
Editor's Tip: Find travel-inspired stickers to pump up a scrapbook page. Photo and informational souvenir stickers add to Roxanne's vacation theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stickers: Paper House Productions. Pen: Close To My Heart.
Design by Karen Helmka
To make her Disney vacation scrapbook page exciting, Karen split her layout in half and devoted one side to an attention-grabbing title and journaling block and the other side to a large photo. She selected multicolor patterned paper to pull out bright colors in her photo, then grouped three small buttons in a Mickey Mouse shape to add interest.
Editor's Tip: Don't worry about a color scheme. All bright colors are fair game on Disney pages. Take advantage of the opportunity to use up scrapbooking supply leftovers.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: KI Memories. Die-cutting tools, dies: QuicKutz. Pen (black): Creative Memories.
Design by Tracy Miller
Tracy jotted down notes as she took photos of her family at Disney World. She collected small mementos to include on each vacation page. The only embellishments added were from her scrap pile.
Editor's Tip: Pack a small three-ring binder with page protectors to file and store flat mementos by day. Take a journal so you can faithfully record the day's events each night.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Arial. Chipboard accents, buttons: American Crafts.
Design by Cari Kirla
Cari used themed paper to showcase each Sesame Street character. She built her scrapbook page from strips of patterned paper. A cropped photo finishes each strip.
Editor's Tip: Keep portions of a page monochromatic to distinguish events. Cari finished each patterned paper strip with journaling and embellishments in the same color as each Sesame Street character.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: EK Success. Chipboard accents: Technique Tuesday. Ink: Stampin' Up!, Clearsnap. Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Kim Kesti
Kim captured the excitement of her vacation using only scenic photos that repeat elements of New York City. She matched her patterned paper, stamps, and embellishments to her photos of New York City cabs, giving her page the fast-paced movement typical of the city.
Editor's Tip: Use not-so-perfect photos to make perfect scrapbook pages. Kim's blurry photo of a New York City cab creates a sense of motion in her design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), Prism Papers (yellow). Patterned paper, license plate: Creative Imaginations. Font: Airstrip Four off the Internet. Date stamp, brads: Making Memories.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Embellish a Disney vacation scrapbook page with tiny souvenirs and memorabilia. Decorative Disney character paper clips attach accents to Tracy's memo-board-style page.
Editor's Tip: To create a memo board background, weave strips of cardstock, then clip photos and other mementos to the cardstock strips.
SOURCES: Font: Tiny Tadpole by Two Peas in a Bucket. Transparency: Creative Imaginations. Clips, circle cutter: EK Success.
Design by Amy Light
Amy made a quick and easy vacation scrapbook page with a digital photo collage. She framed the date in a label holder and attached flower die cuts with brads for extra interest. A sticker and chipboard letter title finishes the page.
Editor's Tip: Use photo collages to easily divide travel photos between two pages. Amy cut her photo collage template along a photo dividing line, then placed the pieces on either side of the two-page layout seam.
SOURCES: Cardstock, scalloped trim: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: American Crafts. Font: Century Gothic. Die cuts, ribbon: KI Memories. Stickers: Pink Paislee. Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper (brown), Making Memories (blue). Label holder: Fancy Pants Designs. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 405.
Design by Emily Spahn
To play up the Arctic feel of her Alaskan cruise, Emily paired a cool color scheme with fuzzy brown rickrack. Travel-theme accents round out the design.
Editor's Tip: Add interest to travel scrapbook pages with nontraditional accents. Emily incorporated spring-inspired floral-pattern paper and a flower embellishment into an otherwise winter-theme page.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (blue), KI Memories (red), Knock Knock (bon voyage). Die cut: My Mind?s Eye. Stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. (brown letters), Making Memories (hand, rectangular letters). Flower: Making Memories. Rickrack: American Crafts. Button: Craft Supply.
Design by Annette Pixley
Annette turned to song lyrics for her title and journaling, then added a creative photo to capture the essence of her family vacation. Arrow-pattern paper plays up the road trip theme.
Editor's Tip: When using quotes or song lyrics, credit the artist. Annette referenced Trace Adkins for this song in small handwriting under the lyric strips to avoid detracting from the rest of her page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Love, Elsie. Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (red), Scenic Route Paper Co. (black). Font: Boulder off the Internet. Die cut: Little Yellow Bicycle. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-on: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project (circle), BasicGrey (letters). Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Decorative tape: Heidi Swapp.
Design by Melissa Inman
Melissa selected bright, bold photos matted with white cardstock to document her family's road trip across the United States and their visit to the Route 66 museum. Neutral patterned paper and tiny green embellishments add interest without detracting from the photos.
Editor's Tip: Use iconic symbols to document a travel scrapbook page. Melissa's "Route 66" photo enhances her family road trip theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: EK Success. Die cuts, stickers: SEI. Ribbon: KI Memories. Chipboard button: Love, Elsie.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Erin used a digital photo collage template to create this bright and simple vacation scrapbook page. She dressed up plain chipboard letters by adhering cardstock to each one, then trimming the excess with a craft knife.
Editor's Tip: Add easy captions on photos to sub for journaling. Erin subtly dressed up some of her photos with descriptions in white text.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (solid green), Bazzill Basics Paper (red, aqua, orange, pink, white). Patterned paper: SEI. Fonts: SP Wonderful Wendy (white text on photos) off the Internet, Tahoma (journaling strips). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (teal letters), Making Memories (word strips). Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Designs. Chipboard accents, felt: American Crafts. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 110.
Design by Nancy Damiano
Nancy took more than 200 photos on her family's Disney vacation. She created a two-page layout to incorporate as many photos as possible while still leaving room for journaling.
Editor's Tip: Journal on creative-shape blocks to keep extensive text interesting. Nancy made her journaling blocks with die-cut shapes.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (stripe), BoBunny Press (dot), Jenni Bowlin Studio (blue). Laser-cut paper: KI Memories. Font: Batang off the Internet. Die cuts: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Stickers: Making Memories (title, date), EK Success (Mickey Mouse). Ribbon: Doodlebug Design. Gems: Me and My Big Ideas.
Design by Joy Uzarraga
Joy converted multiple photos to 2x3' to include more shots of her family's trip to Six Flags. She used vellum and patterned paper to create her Six Flags-theme design.
Editor's Tip: Trim vellum to meet many needs. To create the fun theme park logo, Joy snipped vellum into pennant shapes and united the two pages with a strip of square-pattern vellum pieces.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, vellum: American Crafts.
Design by Janet Ohlson
Janet designed this scrapbook page on a loose grid. She cropped photos to 1" squares to keep the page clean and used photo software to arrange them. She repeated phrases for a big impact.
Editor's Tip: When you have lots of pictures to display, shrink them into 1" squares and put them into a gridlike format using photo software. Fill leftover scrapbooking space with large text for big impact, as Janet did here.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Fonts: Georgia ("I miss it"), Verdana (journaling). Digital elements: Krafty Ledger (paper), Cabana White (paper), Watery Brush (paint stroke) by Katie Pertiet; Fanciful Felt Trim (felt accent), Star Bright Felt (star) by Pattie Knox; Tuckables (tab) by Kellie Mize; Little Explorer (paper) by Mindy Terasawa.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Tracy doodled on her design to create a childlike Disney vacation scrapbook page. She drew a decorative border freehand and even included her daughter's sketch.
Editor's Tip: Fake a doodled look with hand-drawn-style rubber stamps. Tracy stamped on doodles for the heart accents and title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (pink), Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, green). Rub-ons, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Metal-rim tag: EK Success. Stamps: Hero Arts (hearts), FontWerks (letters). Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Polly Maly
Polly used arrows made from a map to lead the eye around her scrapbook page. She included road trip photos in various sizes and themed journaling blocks for interest.
Editor's Tip: To create the road-sign journaling blocks, print your text and stamp the sign shape around it, then trim along the stamped edges.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard accents: Imagination Project. Stamp: Gel-a-tins.
Design by Summer Fullerton
Summer dedicated a two-page layout to one Disneyland event -- the teacups. She reinforced the Disney theme by arranging sets of three clear buttons backed with cardstock into Mickey Mouse shapes.
Editor's Tip: Creatively cut patterned paper to reinforce a theme. Summer's wavy, rounded paper design gives the feel of spinning on the teacups.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (title), Sandylion Sticker Designs (Disney). Font: Tasklist by Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Stickers: 7Gypsies. Embroidery floss: DMC Corp.
Design by Angelia Wigginton
Angelia numbered her scrapbook page travel photos to easily organize her design. She created a journaling block that lists descriptions for each photo. A single block filled with a simple title completes the look.
Editor's Tip: Add a strip of paper between rows of photos to break up a scrapbook page, as Angelia did here.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Evergreen by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons: Deja Views for The C-Thru Ruler Co. ("togetherness"), Creative Imaginations (all other). Chipboard title: Technique Tuesday.
Design by Candi Gershon
Candi let dramatic safari vacation photos take the lead on this scrapbook page. She designed her snapshots around a two-page layout, then added simple stamping and caption accents for subtle interest.
Editor's Tip: Put a fun spin on photo captions. Candi propped up thought and speaking bubbles with dimensional adhesive to add texture.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Stickers: Junkitz. Stamps: KI Memories. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko (dark blue), KI Memories (all other). Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia gave her vacation scrapbook page a free-form feel by skewing and overlapping elements. She used muted tones to match the colors in her photos. A rusted bottle cap and a flat rock complete the outdoorsy look.
Editor's Tip: Match your photos and paper by creating your own paper designs using stamps, acrylic paint, spray paint, and spray inks as Erikia did for this scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, string: Club Scrap. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Die cut: K&Company. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Snap: We R Memory Keepers. Rhinestone: Westrim Crafts. Stamps: Making Memories. Spray ink: Ranger Industries. Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Spray paint: Krylon. Pen: Sakura of America.