Design by Emily Spahn
Highlight your child's standout features with a sparkling page devoted to one closeup photo. Create your own patterned background using a punch and scraps from coordinating papers. Emphasize shapes and add depth by inking the edges of your punched pieces.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (white ledger), American Crafts (all other). Brads: Making Memories. Foam accents: American Crafts. Punch: Fiskars. Ink: Stampin' Up!. Pen: EK Success. Photo: Barb Novak.
Design by Angie Lucas
When scrapbooking an adoption story, leave plenty of room for journaling. Include important details explaining what made your adoption experience unique, such as information about the birth mother, details of the journey to bring the baby home for the first time, or moments when the adoption finally felt real.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (pink), The Girls' Paperie (scalloped, green). Font: Univers 55 off the Internet. Chipboard accents, die cuts: The Girls' Paperie. Stickers: Making Memories (letters), October Afternoon (phrases), The Girls' Paperie (ruler). Ribbon: Making Memories. Photos: Angie Lucas (small), Elisha Snow (portrait).
Design by Kimberly Neddo
Any first in a baby's life is worthy of a scrapbook page. Be sure to have a camera and extra batteries on hand at all times so you'll have a better chance at capturing those all-important first moments, such as Kimberly's daughter touching spring flowers for the first time.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, metal flowers: Sassafras. Brads: BasicGrey. Stamps: Studio Calico. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko (black), ColorBox by Clearsnap (all other). Floss: Fila Broder. Pen: Bic. Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by Smitha Katti
Document the important bond between mother and child. Include many photos of different generations of mothers spending time with the baby. Add journaling about a mother's love.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (paisley, stripe), K&Company (swirls). Specialty paper: Strathmore. Chipboard accents, brads: Making Memories. Floss: DMC Corp. Pens: Marcy. Punches: EK Success. Decorative-edge scissors: Provo Craft. Photography: Nachiket Katti.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Instead of purchasing laser-cut paper, Erica got the same look by making her own with simple geometric shapes. Trace a pattern of your choice several times on cardstock and hand-cut the shapes with a craft knife. Use the negative space for your title and date, as Erica did here.
Editor's Tip: Use cutouts to add dimension to a scrapbook page. Erica mounted shapes to her page with adhesive foam. She continued to build on her layout by placing photos on top of her cutout shapes.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (yellow, purple), Bazzill Basics Paper (white). Font: Geosans Light. Sticker: BasicGrey. Punch: We R Memory Keepers. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Digital elements: Falling for You by Paislee Press.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica used multiple border punches to create a fun, feminine baby page. She punched the edges of her yellow photo mat, then inked the edges of her page using the punched negative strip as a mask.
Editor's Tip: Combine two punches to create a whimsical accent. Erica used a border punch on a strip of patterned paper, then used a star punch to give it extra interest.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (pink), Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow). Font: Tzaristane Normal off the Internet. Transparency: 3M. Brads: BasicGrey (blue, green), Making memories (star). Ink: Clearsnap. Punches: Tonix Studios.
Design by Shannon Tidwell
Shannon created this layout to showcase a fun, colorful hat given to her baby boy. To offset her colorful design, Shannon kept her title letters neutral but accented them with circles punched from patterned paper.
Editor's Tip: Creating a longer title is a great way to use up chipboard letters or alphabet stickers. Shannon's title repetition emphasizes her point, while also filling space at the top of her layout. Try transferring this idea to a Christmas page using "joy, joy, joy" or to a vacation page with "fun, fun, fun."
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (green), Fancy Pants Designs (all other). Chipboard letters, punches: EK Success. Stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Flowers: Tangerine Paper Frills by Doodlebug Design.
Design by Mary Macaskill
Mary's scrapbook layout records the way her baby pronounces certain words. She used yellow buttons, ribbon, and letter stickers to create a visual triangle on her page, and used the pink from her photos as inspiration for her background.
Editor's Tip: Keep your scrapbook page balanced. Mary offset a large journaling block with an equally large photo. Small photos below her journaling keep the page from looking too color-heavy on one side.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (pink), The Paper Co. (white), Little Yellow Bicycle (pink scallop). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (blue dot), Making Memories (multicolor dot). Font: Century Gothic. Vellum: The Paper Co. Stickers, ribbon: American Crafts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves, The Paper Studio.
Design by Becky Novacek
Becky played up a serene photo of her son with multiple stitched elements. To stitch on a layout, tack down embellishments with temporary adhesive, then machine-stitch over them. Avoid sewing where the temporary adhesive is so you don't gum up your needle.
Editor's Tip: Take stitching one step further by creating a textured ribbon border. Becky placed a ribbon strip on paper and pinned folds to form pleats. She machine-stitched down the center of the ribbon, removing the pins as she sewed.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves, Cloud 9 Design, Heidi Grace Designs. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs. Die cut: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Flower: Fancy Pants Designs. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Erica spiced up a layout about siblings with digital brushes. She printed two flourishes, cut them out, and attached them to the page with adhesive foam.
Editor's Tip: Try customizing brushes. Erica covered her brush (yellow) with digital paper using a mask to add pattern to the yellow flourish. In image-editing software, stamp the brush, position paper above the design, and select Group With Previous or Create Clipping Mask (depending on your software) to make the mask.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: An Unfortunate Event (title) off the Internet, Geo Sans Light (journaling). Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Tag: Creative Imaginations. Brads: American Crafts. Twine: EK Success. Stamp: Savvy Stamps. Paint: Ranger Industries. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Digital elements: Monkey Do (striped paper), Bare Branches (yellow paper) by Queen of Quirk; Peacock Blues (brush) by Anne Langpap.
Design by Erin Roe
Erin used crafting leftovers to create this everyday baby page. She pieced together a rainbow from patterned-paper strips. A green scalloped strip, trimmed from patterned paper and highlighted with Stickles, anchors Erin's photos.
Editor's Tip: Make quick scrapbook page accents from scraps. Erin layered die-cut circles to soften the lines and angles in her design.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Die Cuts With A View (light blue), Sandylion Sticker Designs (all other). Font: Helvetica Light. Die cuts: Providence by Scenic Route Paper Co. Brads: Making Memories. Glitter: Stickles by Ranger Industries.
Design by Lydia Jackson
Lydia used a digital photo collage to capture multiple baby photos. She split the large photo block on the left-hand side into two columns to make room for journaling and another photo in the middle. To add to the color scheme, she changed the black frames to white using her image-editing software.
Editor's Tip: Pump up bland square collages with digital brushes. Lydia framed her collage with a wispy swirl border, drawing attention to her photos and deemphasizing the harsh square shape.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Scrap Sally. Patterned paper: Provo Craft (dot), Three Bugs in a Rug (lined, auto). Font: Tekton Pro off the Internet. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey (letters), Making Memories (bracket). Stamp: Daisy Bucket Designs. Ink: Tsukineko. Digital elements: Free New Year kit (swirls) by Rhonna Farrer, Martha Free kit (paper) by Erica Hernandez. Digital template: ScrapbooksEtc.com Quick Collage 110.
Design by Kelly Noel
Kelly created a playful scrapbook page to show off her baby's spunky personality by adding all sorts of embellishments. She scrapbooked her photos in a thin rectangle and chose circular accents to break up the structure. Large chipboard letters add pizzazz.
Editor's Tip: To offset a narrow shape, run another element perpendicular to it. Kelly ran a strip of bold patterned paper along the bottom of her page to add interest.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: SP You've Got Mail off the Internet. Rub-ons, buttons: American Crafts. Ribbon: Strano Designs.
Design by Laura Vegas
Laura grouped her photos in image-editing software, then printed them on one sheet to make a filmstrip. For the title she created two tags -- one from patterned paper and one from cardstock -- and embellished them with chipboard letters. Girly flower shapes complete the look.
Editor's Tip: Die-cut, punch, or hand-cut patterned paper into shapes for interest. Laura placed cardstock behind die-cut negatives to add a pop of color.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard letters, brads, flowers, metal rim, buttons, trim: Making Memories. Font: Prissy Frat Boy off the Internet. Clip: Target.
Design by Sarah Joseph
Sarah captured a peaceful moment between her husband and their baby. Handwritten journaling adds a personal touch to the scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Use an everyday photo to scrapbook feelings about a relationship. Sarah's black-and-white photo reflects her thoughts and emotions about her family.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: American Crafts ("butterflies"), 7Gypsies (date sticker). Rub-ons: American Crafts ("gives me"), BasicGrey (swirl), Fancy Pants Designs (butterflies). Ribbon: American Crafts. Pens: EK Success, Sharpie.
Design by Abbie Selander
Abbie showcased her children's artistic endeavors by using their techniques to create her everyday page. She doodled free-form circles around photos to imitate their drawings. Vibrant colors give the page an energetic and young look.
Editor's Tip: Use ordinary scrapbooking supplies as stencils. For her title Abbie placed letter stickers on the page, traced them, peeled them off, and colored in the letters.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Making Memories. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Watercolor pencils: Lakeland. Marker: Pilot.
Design by Rachel Bell
Rachel incorporated food labels into a scrapbook page about her daughter's everyday enjoyment of dinner. One dominant photo and two smaller ones capture the essence of her title: "Dinner and a Show."
Editor's Tip: Get inspired by old photos found stashed away in boxes. The discovery of these photos prompted Rachel to start scrapbooking memories of her children.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Font: Century Gothic off the Internet.
Design by Ashley Gailey
Using four patterned papers on her page, Ashley created a whimsical look for a day of outdoor fun. White becomes an accent color for her chipboard title and accents.
Editor's Tip: To continue a white accent theme, print journaling on strips of white cardstock, then mount the journaling strips above the patterned strip to make them stand out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Gill Sans MT. Chipboard accents: Polar Bear Press
Design by Jamie Waters
Jamie turned photos from a simple day in the park into large distinctive accents. She varied the photo angles and combined distant and closeup shots.
Editor's Tip: Keep large photos from overwhelming a scrapbook page. Jamie let a patterned paper and a flower embellishment overlap her photos to ground them.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (floral), KI Memories (orange), BasicGrey (flowers), Doodlebug Design (white letters), Heidi Grace Designs (journaling block), Sandylion Sticker Designs (blue letters). Chipboard accents: Heidi Grace Designs. Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Gems: Heidi Swapp. Brads: Making Memories.
Design by Joanna Bolick
Joanna brought focus to an everyday moment with bold pinks and reds. The green vine peeking out from behind the photos and underneath the stamped title provides contrast and enhances her scrapbook page theme.
Editor's Tip: When stamping over a darker background or several scrapbooking elements, make the stamped image as opaque as possible. Joanna used a thick paint for the "sweet" part of her title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Melissa Frances (green), Me and My Big Ideas (multicolor), Making Memories (dot). Font: Typewriter off the Inernet. Die cut: BasicGrey. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-on: Love, Elsie. Paint: DecoArt. Punch: Fiskars.