Scrapbook Layouts with Decorative Edges

Use scissors, border punches, die cuts, and more to create custom scrapbook layouts with decorative accents.

Cut Strips of Scalloped Paper for Easy Accents

Design by Jennifer Johner

Jennifer used small strips of scalloped-edge paper to create a whimsical scrapbook page border. This quick idea is a great way to use paper scraps too wonderful to throw out.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design (blue, yellow dot), KI Memories (all other). Laser-cut paper: KI Memories. Font: Wendy Medium off the Internet. Die cut: October Afternoon. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), KI Memories (epoxy letters), Love, Elsie (epoxy). Chipboard accents: Love, Elsie. Buttons: Making Memories, Sassafras Lass.

Mat Photos with Decorative-Edge Paper

Design by Janna Wilson

Janna cut a strip of die-cut paper (about a third of the sheet) to frame and anchor her photos on the scrapbook page. The bold paper creates a focal point, but doesn't overwhelm the rest of the design.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Hobby Lobby. Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (red die-cut), Scenic Route Paper Co. (circle), My Mind's Eye (stripe). Chipboard accents: Maya Road. Gems: Hero Arts (red), Kaiser Craft (gold). Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs (letters), Jenni Bowlin Studio (labels). Acrylic paint: Delta. Glitter: Melissa Frances. Twill: Autumn Leaves.

Get Multiple Solutions from One Border Punch

Design by Lisa Storms

Lisa used the same border punch to get two different looks. On the left-hand side of her page, she embellished her border with tiny epoxy stickers. On the right-hand side, she used her decorative edge as a pen guide to fashion an effortless doodled border.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (dark blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (light blue, white). Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: TypoSlab-Light off the Internet. Letter stickers, acrylic flower: Heidi Grace Designs. Chipboard accent: Cloud 9 Design. Epoxy stickers: Autumn Leaves (letters), Cloud 9 Design (circles). Pen: Sakura of America (white). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.

Combine Decorative-Edge Designs for a Custom Layout

Design by Christy Tomlinson

Christy layered scalloped circles and combined them with decorative borders for custom scrapbook page accents. Let decorative edges stand out by limiting other embellishments and using minimal patterned papers.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (stripe, floral), Making Memories (ledger). Stickers: Technique Tuesday (scalloped canvas), Making Memories (circle). Rub-ons: Luxe Design. Chipboard accents: Technique Tuesday (large flowers, stems), Chatterbox (small flower). Plastic heart: Heidi Grace Designs. Ribbon, rickrack, brad: Making Memories. Stamps: Autumn Leaves ("adored"), Carolee's Creations (star border), Hero Arts (script). Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap (black), Ranger Industries (red). Border punch: Fiskars.

Piece Together a Decorative-Edge Background

Design by Lisa Storms

Build a textured background from a variety of scalloped paper strips. Lisa trimmed the strips with the scalloped blade on her rotary cutter. She temporarily adhered the ends of the strips before machine-stitching around the page's perimeter.


SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers (green, dark blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (light blue). The Paper Co. (white). Patterned paper, rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs. Fonts: Soli (journaling), SandraOh (title) off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts ("fly," brackets), Cloud 9 Design (flower). Chipboard accents: BasicGrey (petals). Brad: Cloud 9 Design. Pen: Pioneer. Rotary cutter: Fiskars.

Trim a Border and Accents from a Single Laser-Cut Sheet

Design by Valerie Salmon

Valerie created a decorative and consistent scrapbook page using one sheet of laser-cut paper. She took apart the outer scalloped border of the laser-cut sheet and placed it around the border of her page. To embellish the rest of her layout, she cut large circles from what was left of the sheet.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, laser-cut paper, die cuts: K&Company. Font: Georgia. Die, die-cutting tool: QuicKutz. Stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Flowers, brads: Heidi Grace Designs. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.

Hand-Cut a Custom Scrapbook Layout Border

Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa

Renee hand-cut an intricate decorative-edge border on the right-hand side of her scrapbook layout. For interest she embroidered a large running stitch along the edges of her design.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Provo Craft. Patterned paper: KI Memories (blue-and-yellow flower, tiny tree accents), Pebbles, Inc. (polka dot, white-and-yellow flower). Font: Times New Roman. Circle transparencies: Little Yellow Bicycle. Die, die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Felt Leaves: Queen & Co. Floss: DMC Corp.

Dish Up Scalloped Edges on a Scrapbok Page

Design by Janna Wilson

Decorative-edge accents are perfect for feminine scrapbook pages. Janna fashioned a circular border for her title using decorative-edge scissors (for the white paper) and punched pink patterned paper. A decorative-edge border along the bottom completes the page.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs (flowers, stripe, dots), Karen Russell (pink). Font: Dream Orphans off the Internet. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design. Flower accents: Heidi Swapp (dark pink), Heidi Grace Designs (glitter). Gems: The Beadery. Metal accent: Art Warehouse. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches, decorative-edge scissors:

Create Grid Blocks Trimmed with Scissors

Design by Erica Hernandez

Erica trimmed tiny rectangle pieces of patterned paper with decorative-edge scissors, then placed the pieces in a grid. The grid gives the scrapbook page a structured look, while the decorative edges add whimsy.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI. Fonts: PassionsConflict (script), P22 Typewriter ("seven"), URWGrotesk (journaling). Flower accents: Prima Marketing. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Scissors: Fiskars. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Digital element: Lemonade Accents by Holly McCaig.

Doodle Around Decorative Borders

Design by Lori Mar

Lori put a fun spin on decorative borders by doodling around the edges. The freehand drawing adds a whimsical, personalized touch to a scrapbook layout about her home.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (white graph), Anna Griffin (red diamond), American Crafts (yellow). Decorative paper: Creative Imaginations. Stickers: KI Memories. Chipboard accents: KI Memories (circles), Heidi Swapp (heart). Ribbon: 7Gypsies

Trim Fabric with Decorative-Edge Scissors

Design by Jen Jockisch

Jen added subtle detail to her blue plaid fabric by trimming two sides with decorative-edge scissors. She pulled a few threads to fray the multicolor print fabric, giving similar texture to the edges.


SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (teal). Patterned paper: BasicGrey (yellow), Scrap In Style TV (houndstooth, diamond). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Sticker: Heidi Swapp. Die cut: October Afternoon. Buttons, pen: American Crafts. Bow, photo corner, fabrics, rickrack: Scrap In Style TV.

Create Decorative Edges with a Border Punch

Design by Amy Licht

Border punches make it easy to add flair to your scrapbook layout edges. Amy punched a design of waves and bursts that enhance her beach-theme layout. Make your decorative edges pop by backing them with contrasting colors, as Amy did here with white cardstock.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (stripe), Anna Griffin (floral), Provo Craft (blue check). Fonts: Dartangnon ("splash") by ITC, Renaissance (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Cotton art tape: Imagination Project. Patch: EK Success. Brads: Happy Hammer (pink, green), Making Memories (dark, light blue). Border punch: Fiskars.

Use Decorative Edges in Multiple Ways on a Scrapbook Layout

Design by Valerie Salmon

Valerie's scrumptious scrapbook page has decorative edges galore! Tiny strips of scalloped paper are strewn across the page as cute decorative borders and accents. She backed her hand-cut cupcakes with scalloped cardstock circles, and even added decorative edges to a few of the cupcake piecings.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers (light blue, yellow), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs (cupcake row, light pink), Imaginisce (all other). Rub-ons, brads: Imaginisce. Chipboard accents: K&Company ("8"), Imaginisce (all other). Gems: K&Company. Felt trim: Creative Imaginations. Punches: EK Success, Fiskars, Marvy Uchida. Decorative scissors: Fiskars.

Make a Decorative Border with a Photo Collage Template

Design by Candi Gershon

Want a quick way to add decorative edges to a scrapbook layout? Use a photo collage template, as Candi did here. Download the file, add photos, and you're done!


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0. Fonts: An Unfortunate Event ("Moon"), EK Gumdrops ("Fest") by EK Success, CBX Memories ("West Palm Beach") by Chatterbox, Pea XOXO from Karen (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Quick Collage 409, Surfer Dude kit (orange cardstock, orange circle, orange striped paper), Bookbag Essentials kit (ledger paper, kraft paper), Bedazzle Moon Snippits (beaded moon) by Digital Design Essentials; Emma's sundress kit (stitching) by Michelle Coleman; Starlight Felt (star accents) by Pattie Knox for Designer Digitals.

Turn Scalloped Paper into a Piercing Template

Design by Shannon Zickel

Shannon used scalloped paper as a ready-made guide for paper piercing. (You could also create your own template with decorative scissors and cardstock.) To get the look, adhere decorative paper to your cardstock with repositionable adhesive. Pierce holes around the outside. Randomly punch different-size holes along the pierced design. For extra finesse, Shannon backed her punched and pierced design with patterned paper.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Letter stickers, pen, felt flowers, brads: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Hambly Studios. Epoxy stickers: Cloud 9 Design. Hole punch, paper piercer: Making Memories.

Create Custom Accents with Pinking Shears

Design by Lisa Storms

Lisa gave her chipboard pieces decorative flair with pinking shears. Draw freehand or use a template to draw a slightly smaller circle on the back of the accent you wish to embellish. With the inner tips of pinking shears touching the line at all times, cut around the drawn circle.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: SEI (red), KI Memories (green). Font: TypeSlab-Light off the Internet. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs ("th"), FoofaLa by Autumn Leaves ("of"). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (arrows), Making Memories (circle letters), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("4"). Punches, shears: Fiskars.

Tear Paper Edges to Create Decorative Accents

Design by Becky Novacek

Becky tore out a piece of notebook paper to use as a mat for her smaller photo and title. The torn edge of her journaling strip reinforces the rugged look, while a scalloped edge along the notebook paper's outside border softens the scrapbook page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Making Memories (notebook), Scenic Route Paper Co. (floral). Acrylic accent: Heidi Grace Designs. Paint: Making Memories. Pen: American Crafts.

Sew a Scalloped Border

Design by Lisa Truesdell

Lisa created the ultimate handmade decorative-edge border for this family scrapbook layout. She punched small circles, cut each one in half, and arranged them around the edges of her scrapbook page for a scalloped look. For extra interest, she stitched over the border edges.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green), Pink Paislee (white), Sassafras Lass (yellow, floral, stripe). Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs (large letters), Making Memories (small letters). Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Pen, brads: American Crafts. Sequins: Studio Calico. Photo: Becky Novacek.

Unify a Two-Page Layout with a Decorative Border

Design by Lisa Truesdell

A continuous decorative-edge border frames Lisa's entire two-page layout. The scalloped edge makes the border stand out, while the photo mat used for all three pictures further links the two pages and unifies the scrapbook design.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Making Memories. Die cut, stickers, rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs. Border punch: Fiskars.

Revamp Plain Scalloped Scrapbook Paper

Design by Rhonda Bonifay

Rhonda played up a solid-color scalloped paper by covering it with coordinating patterned paper, letting only the scallop peek out. She used scalloped patterned paper as a border on two sides of her photos for extra interest.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green flowers, white circles), 7Gypsies (red circles, red flowers), Creative Imaginations (lined). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Li'l Davis Designs (frame), Scenic Route Paper Co. (circles). Paint: Making Memories. Gloss: Ranger Industries

Stamp and Cut Out Decorative Borders

Design by Rachel Ludwig

Rachel created unexpected decorative edges from stamps. She stamped borders onto patterned paper, then cut around the stamped images and adhered the cutouts to her photos. To get an exact match, know the size of the border stamp before cropping your photos.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stamps: FontWerks. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: SEI. Rub-ons: K&Company. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.

Embellish a Scrapbook Layout with Scalloped Fabric

Design by Becky Novacek

Becky repurposed scalloped fabric to outline the large photo on the left-hand page of her layout. She mimicked the decorative-edge design on the right-hand page using a bordered patterned paper.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs (floral, cream stripe, cream dot), Making Memories (pink decorative edge), Webster's Pages (multicolor stripe). Stickers: K&Company (dark pink), Heidi Grace Designs (light pink). Brad: Making Memories. Stamp, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Ink: Tsukineko. Punch: Fiskars.

Hand-Cut a Fun Scrapbook Page Border

Design by Belinda Venables

Belinda hand-cut a custom border on her scrapbook layout. To give the border a whimsical, personalized feel, she doodled along the inside edge.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, rub-ons, brad: American Crafts. Font: Arial. Chipboard letters: BasicGrey. Ribbon: Webster's Pages. Pen: Uni-ball Signo. Die cuts: Elle's Studio (date), Yvette Adams (scalloped circle).

Unite a Two-Page Layout with a Central Decorative Element

Design by Nicole Samuels

Nicole bridged a two-page scrapbook layout by placing a special decorative border along the seam of both pages. She repeated the overlapping design in the lower left-hand corner of the two-page spread.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Rub-ons: Cosmo Cricket. Stamps: Creative Imaginations. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts.

Combine Decorative Border Styles on One Scrapbook Layout

Design by Erica Hernandez

Don't assume borders have to be the same on all sides. Erica complemented each side of her page with a different border style. Decorative-edge patterned paper gives shape to the page on the left-hand side, while bright white patterned paper balances the right-hand side.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Fonts: Inkster (title), Geo Sans Light (journaling) off the Internet. Sticker: Scenic Route Paper Co. Brad: Creative Imaginations.

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