Cardstock-Only Scrapbook Pages

Use the most basic scrapbooking supply in your stash to create perfect layouts.

Add Pattern

Design by Jamie Waters

Digital elements and stamps make it easy to add custom patterns to solid cardstock. Print dingbats or digital elements on cardstock to create patterns. Experiment with different ink and cardstock colors to switch up the look.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green, orange, pink), Prism Papers (navy), Wausau Paper (teal). Sticker: Heidi Grace Designs. Rub-ons, button: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Rubber accent, digital elements: KI Memories. Stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko.

Paper-Piece Accents

Design by Kelli Crowe

Use the spectrum of cardstock colors available to cut out budget-friendly embellishments. Define the individual shapes of your paper piecings with a fine-tip pen or an ink pad. Add tiny adhesive pearls for eyes and wheels. Organize an eclectic mix of paper piecings in a grid design. Emphasize your photos by letting them fill more than one block in the grid.


SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD (dark blue, purple, lime green), Making Memories (light blue, light green), Prism Papers (orange, dark green, shimmer green, yellow), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (letters), Fiskars (black dots). Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts. Adhesive: All Night Media.

Hand-Cut a Background

Design by Erica Hernandez

Instead of purchasing laser-cut paper, make your own with simple geometric shapes. Print a title and digital elements on white cardstock so they'll appear in the hand-cut openings. Choose shapes that play up a theme, and add embellishments, such as the bumblebee sticker and "flight path" seen here.


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 kit by Paislee Press.

Create Texture

Design by Becky Novacek

Rough up your cardstock by crumpling strips and then smoothing them out for a rumpled border. Choose cardstock that doesn't already have a texture to make sure the wrinkles are visible. Tear strips or cut them with decorative-edge scissors to create bouncy ruffles, or rough up the edges with a distressing tool for a more casual look.


SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Chipboard accents: American Crafts. Gems: Melissa Frances. Punches, decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.

Add Dimension

Design by Melissa Deakin

Send cardstock to new heights by pairing tone-on-tone pieces with adhesive foam. To get this look, reverse-print numbers on cardstock, hand-cut, and flip them over. Bring subtle texture and shine to punched cardstock shapes with dollops of glitter glue, as on the butterflies in this layout.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Wausau Paper (turquoise), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Fonts: Futura (journaling, date), Clarendon (numbers). Paint: Ranger Industries. Punches: Fiskars (circles), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterflies). Die-cutting tool, embossing folder: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Adhesive: All Night Media. Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0.

Create Window Flaps

Design by Erin Roe

It was important to Erin to scrapbook her son's birth, but she wanted to keep some pictures private. Lift-up flaps allowed her to conceal those shots.


Grid it out. It's easy to position window flaps if you stick to a simple grid. Keep sizing in mind to fit photos and journaling underneath.

Gain easy access. Each window on Erin's layout has an embellishment overlapping the edge so it's easy to open.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Rockwell off the Internet. Acrylic letters: Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. (black), KI Memories (blue), Die Cuts with a View (red). Chipboard heart, staples: Making Memories.

Print Out Photos

Design by Lee Ann Russell

Get a textured look by printing your photo directly onto cardstock. Lee Anne converted her photo to black-and-white to heighten the effect.


Lighten up. When printing a photo, the lighter the color of the cardstock, the less muddy your image will appear.

Check your hardware. For a distinct print, adjust your printer settings. A photo printed on cardstock is not meant to be perfect, but a higher-quality setting will help with clarity.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (yellow), KI Memories (blue, green). Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers, brads: Making Memories. Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz. Punch: EK Success.

Stamp with Bleach

Design by Jen Lessinger

Graphic stamps and bleach from your laundry room can help you create a pattern all your own.


Keep it covered. Protect your area with plenty of towels or newsprint and use a spare bowl to hold the bleach.

Play around. Different colors of cardstock will bleach differently. Try a scrap first to preview the look.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green, orange), DMD, Inc. (white). Font: American Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers, brad: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Rubber stamp: Fontwerks (starburst). Foam stamp: Plaid (circles). Acrylic paint: Making Memories.

Weave It

Design by Tracy Kyle

Borrow a technique from your grade school days: Woven cardstock adds dimension without building bulk.


Type in strips. Tracy placed her journaling on a wide green strip. She planned where the weaving would overlap so her words wouldn't get cut off.

Embellish to get attention. At the spot where two strips cross, add a dimensional item, such as a button.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View. Font: Times New Roman. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard accents: Pressed Petals. Cat brad: Around the Block.

Add Dry Embossed Texture

Design by Lee Ann Russell

Add texture and interest to cardstock with embossing templates or found objects.


Shop for texture. Lee Anne used two different-textured templates to emboss her circles. The lightweight pieces are inexpensive and easy to store.

Go large or small. You can quickly add interest to an entire background or just pieces. How little or how much you emboss is up to you.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Tahoma off the Internet. Die cuts: KI Memories. Die-cutting tool, dies, embossing templates: QuicKutz. Punches: EK Success.

Sand To Reveal Highlights

Design by Tracy Kyle

Cardstock with just a surface layer of color can be sanded to reveal the white core for a softened look.


Bring it all together. Tracy sanded the edges of her wavy strips as well as the fish, helping to tie in the elements.

Improvise. If you don't have sandpaper, a nail file will give the same results.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View. Font: Century Gothic. Buttons: Doodlebug Design.

Fold For Effect

Design by Jen Lessinger

A folded background provides visual interest at little cost. Experiment with folding techniques to get the look you want.


Print first. Jen typed her title before folding the white cardstock to avoid any ink smudges or jams during printing.

Get distressed effects. When folding cardstock for a background, you can make the design more prominent by lightly sanding the creases.


SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD, Inc. (blue, white), Bazzill Basics Paper (green). Fonts: Trash ("over," journaling) off the Internet, Century Gothic ("&"). Rubber stamps: Magnetic Poetry. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Acrylic accent: KI Memories.

Hand-cut a Design

Design by Erin Roe

Inspired by the look of the fabric sling in her photo, Erin used a craft knife to cut a retro background.


Measure twice, cut once. Erin sketched her page design first, using a bowl as a template for the base of her green rays and then drawing the title to fit in a wave. A peace sign and various curvy shapes help fill out the page.

Look to clip art. Not confident with your drawing abilities? Try printing out shapes from your computer program or the Internet. Erin found her peace symbol online.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View. Font: Platform Shoes by Two Peas in a Bucket.

Wet, Shape and Stitch

Design by Jen Lessinger

Damp cardstock is easy to manipulate into a design. Using this technique, Jen created a stitched coil for her vacuum-loving page.


Think thin. The thinner your strips, the easier it is to form a shape. Jen kept hers 1/2" wide.

Loosen up. This technique is meant to look handmade; it's okay for it to be a bit primitive.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green, yellow), DMD, Inc. (white, black). Font: Df667 Chlorine off the Internet. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Conchos: Scrapworks.

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