Design by Mary MacAskill
Use a number as inspiration for your page. Her daughter's age inspired Mary to cut the number from cardstock as the focus of the page. Three embossed butterflies reinforce her age. After cutting and embossing your accents, make them shine by misting them with spray ink and pop them up with adhesive foam for dimension.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, green), Die Cuts With A View (teal). Patterned paper: KI Memories (green), Making Memories (wood grain). Font: Baramond off the Internet. Sticker: October Afternoon. Ribbon, stickpin: Making Memories. Buttons: Cosmo Cricket. Ink: Tattered Angels. Punch: McGill, Inc. Embossing tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.
Design by Jen Lessinger
What you do every day says a lot about you. Document your daily routine by writing down everything that happened in one day and turning it into a scrapbook layout. Use clock faces as a visual representation of different moments of the day. Don't forget the photos--even if nothing out of the ordinary happens.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, navy, green, kraft), DMD (yellow). Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Specialty paper: Reminisce. Font: Asenine off the Internet. Gems: Westrim Crafts. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Ticket stickers forming the bottom border of this page echo the numbers found on the spinning wheel. These numbers highlight a fun day of playing games at a local restaurant. Smaller pictures of the festivities overlap other embellishments, and orange cardstock makes journaling stand out.
SOURCES: Font: Underwood Champion off the Internet. Stickers: SEI (tickets, dots), KI Memories ("And the winner is?," "Super Star"). Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard accent: Imagination Project. Ribbon: BasicGrey.
Design by Heidi Sonboul
The task of getting ready for the first day of school is full of memories. Highlight different activities by using a fun back-to-school checklist. The big number one in the corner draws attention to what grade your child is entering, and the letters and number add to the school theme.
SOURCES: Cardstock, chipboard accents, pen: American Crafts. Patterned paper: American Crafts (stripe), Jillibean Soup (red). Adhesive: Scotch.
Design by Erin Clarkson
The multiple photos in this layout make it the perfect fit for a Thanksgiving layout chronicling everyday blessings. Use numbers to label each picture, then add captions labeled with the corresponding numbers for quick journaling
SOURCES: Patterned paper: American Crafts (yellow), BasicGrey (purple), Fancy Pants Designs (blue-and-cream, green), The Girls' Paperie (numbers). Font: VT Portable Remington off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (letters), Imagination Project ("November"). Ribbon: Fancy Pants Designs. Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Software: Adobe Photoshop CS.
Design by Gigi Kennedy
A metallic sticker number adds simple shimmer to a scrapbook page highlighting a growing daughter. Keep the rest of the accents subtle, such as Gigi did with a single photo and basic patterned paper, to let the number shine.
SOURCES: Cardstock, ink: Stampin' Up!. Patterned paper: American Crafts (yellow dot, turquoise), Sassafras (white, floral, multicolor). Stickers: American Crafts (silver number), BasicGrey (brown letters), Jenni Bowlin Studio (label). Pen: American Crafts. Baker's twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Thread: Gutermann.
Design by Erin Clarkson
Tell the story with just a number and a few words of journaling. Erin documented her parents' 45-year anniversary with a simple page featuring black-and-white photos, patterned paper, and a number sticker. Make the sticker stand out by placing it in a punched circle.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (pink), Little Yellow Bicycle (green). Font: Gill Sans. Stickers: American Crafts (letters, "45"), BasicGrey ("it can't get better than this," pink circle), Fancy Pants Designs (blue stars). Die cut: BasicGrey. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Erin Roe
Even if numbers aren't the main focus of your page, they can still add to a theme. Small strips of numbered paper add color to this layout. An embossed number two on white paper subtly adds a title and showcases Baby's second day.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (black, white), Die Cuts With A View (metallic). Patterned paper: Chatterbox (light blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (numbers, green, white dots), SEI (black dots). Fonts: Engravers MT ("2"), Franklin Gothic Book (journaling). Stickers, rub-ons: Making Memories. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Jennifer Perks
Use a die-cutting tool or punch to cut multiple patterned-paper hearts. Adhere them to cardstock squares to create small journaling tags. Stitch the squares to a piece of cardstock on three sides to form pockets. Have you and your significant other handwrite 10 things you love about each other and place the notes in numbered pockets.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Vellum: Stampin' Up!. Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Transparency: Little Yellow Bicycle. Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling, tabs), Love Letter TW ("love") off the Internet, Bernard MT Condensed (numbers). Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Little Yellow Bicycle (phrase). Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Gems: Queen & Co. (pearls), Little Yellow Bicycle (rhinestone hearts). Punches: EK Success (small circle), Marvy Uchida (tab), Stampin' Up! (scallop edge). Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.
Design by Sande Krieger
Let your child know how much you love him or her with a numbered list of the top reasons. Mixing number stickers with handwritten journaling adds interest to a page--and it's a great way to use leftover stickers. Hand-cut hearts from cardstock and patterned paper to create made-to-match accents.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (red), BasicGrey (blue). Patterned paper: 7Gypsies (black checkerboard), BasicGrey (notebook). Stickers: 7Gypsies (small phrases), BasicGrey (black letters), Cosmo Cricket (small red, blue) letters, Jillibean Soup (large red letters), Making Memories ("adore"), Pink Paislee (large bracket). Rub-ons: BasicGrey (French words), Making Memories ("love you with all my heart").
Design by Jill Cornell
Arrange small-scale coordinating patterns in a grid with photos and embellishments for a simple page structure. In one corner, highlight the age of a child on bright patterned paper with a stand-out number. Brackets add extra emphasis.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Jillibean Soup. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Stickers: October Afternoon (tab), SEI (epoxy), KI Memories (blue glitter, "6"), Jenni Bowlin Studio ("months"). Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Felt accent: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Ribbon: May Arts. Pearls: Melissa Frances. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Punches: Fiskars (border), Marvy Uchida (circle). Adhesive: Tombow.
Design by Laina Lamb
Arrange strips of patterned paper and cardstock to create a colorful background. A ribbon and a cloth ruler add texture to the page. The numbers on the ruler highlight how much Laina's teenager has grown and tie in to an appropriate school theme. It also works to break up the strips of paper.
Editor's Tip: Have a bright page? Change your picture to black-and-white to make it stand out.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Archiver's (cream, kraft), Bazzill Basics Paper (green, red). Patterned paper, letters, buttons, ribbon: Jillibean Soup. Font: Impacted off the Internet. Staples: Making Memories. Punches: EK Success (circle, corner rounder), Fiskars (border punch). Adhesive: 3M, Glue Dots International. Software: Adobe Illustrator.
Design by Sande Krieger
Add interest to a single-photo layout with stickers and rub-ons. Sande gave the page an emphasis on foreign travel by introducing numbers to highlight the address of the building shown in the picture.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Stickers: BasicGrey ("Berlin," "Stop," arrow, journaling strips, tabs), Cosmo Cricket ("XOXO"). Rub-ons: BasicGrey (French quote), 7Gypsies (all other). Pen: Sharpie. Adhesive: Fiskars.
Design by Erica Hernandez
Record Baby's first six months in a layout that lists developmental details and showcases a favorite photo from each month. Make numbered die cuts uniform by punching them in a scalloped circle. Back them with solid cardstock circles for a playful look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle. Specialty paper: Creative Imaginations. Font: Century Gothic. Punches: Marvy Uchida (circle), EK Success (scalloped circle).
Design by Johanna Peterson
This layout screams carefree summer day. Bright pinks and greens echo the watermelon in these pictures. Crocheted flowers and fun banners are sweet accents. Add to the whimsical nature with a Bingo card and movie ticket.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (green, gingham, red dot), Making Memories (black dot). Font: Georgia. Bingo card: October Afternoon. Pins: Fancy Pants Designs. Spray ink: Clearsnap. Baker's twine: Martha Stewart Crafts. Crochet thread: Jo-Ann Stores. Die-cutting tool: QuicKutz. Scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Laina Lamb
Laina spotlighted her son and husband spending time together. To put emphasis on those precious hours, she used a numbered ribbon as an embellishment. Circle accents evoke a clock motif.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Archiver's (kraft), Bazzill Basics Paper (brown, green, red). Patterned paper, ribbon, corrugated letters, buttons, die cut: Jillibean Soup. Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Designs. Brads: Making Memories. Punch: EK Success (circles, photo corner), Marvy Uchida (scalloped circle). Adhesive: 3M, Glue Dots International.
Design by Marie Taylor
Use a favorite photo to help document month-to-month changes in a little one. A cute snapshot nicely caps off a list of milestones and everyday moments. Make your list the same number of months or years your child has been around.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop. Digital elements: Neutral Stock kit, Road Trip Elements kit (car embellishment), Every Day Celebrations kit (stitches) by AUDacious Designs; Just the Backs kit (patterned paper) by Betsy Tuma.
Design by Lisa Dickinson
Numbers can add a modern feel to any page. Use it just as you would any other patterned paper, such as Lisa did in this layout. Although her layout has nothing to do with numbers, the rounded numbers echo the border of circle shapes and add coordinating color to the layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Studio Calico (green stars, yellow numbers), Making Memories (black, houndstooth, dot patterns). Font: Rockwell. Die cuts: Sassafras. Stickers: American Crafts. Buttons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Twine: Bazzill Basics Paper. Circle cutter: Creative Memories.
Design by Sheri Reguly
Not all Halloween pages have to be designed in traditional holiday colors. Pull inspiration for your pages from the colors and costumes in your photos. A non-Halloween color scheme of pink, gray, orange, and yellow gives a distinct '50s look. Highlight the date of the event with a calendar background.
Editor's Tip: Make supporting photos stand out and lend a retro theme by converting them to black-and-white while leaving your focal photos in color.
SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (pink dot, green), Echo Park Paper Co. (stripe, journaling block), KI Memories (calendar page). Font: Courier New. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Hero Arts (pumpkin), My Mind's Eye (spider border). Gems: Kaisercraft. Punches: EK Success (border), Fiskars (stars). Adhesive: EK Success. Die-cutting tool: Silhouette America.
Design by Robyn Werlich
Make a number stand out on a busy page by placing it in the upper left-hand corner, so it's the first thing the eye sees. Bright colors and a patterned-paper background make it a focus. Small embellishments, such as mini paper flowers, highlight the number without becoming overwhelming.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, ribbon, buttons, gems: Stampin' Up!. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Die cuts: Papertrey Ink (doily), Silhouette ("9"), Sizzix (letters, flowers). Brads: American Crafts (pink, yellow, silver, white), Making Memories (blue). Metal-rim tag: Making Memories (large), American Crafts (small). Staple: Tim Holtz. Stamps: Technique Tuesday ("celebrate," definition, "remember this moment"), Hero Arts (small definition), Stampin' Up! (dot, flower), My Mind's Eye (doilies, days of the week). Ink: Stampin' Up! (brown ink), VersaMark Ink (clear). Embossing powder: American Crafts (yellow, blue), Stampin' Up! (clear). Punches: EK Success (circles, border), Stampin' Up! (flower).
Design by Stephanie Howell
If you'd like a more elegant look to your page, spell out your numbers with letter stickers. Stephanie took the "and a half" literally by cutting her journaling card in half, so it looks like pieces run off the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Hobby Lobby. Patterned paper: Making Memories (letters), My Mind's Eye (floral). Stickers: American Crafts. Punch: EK Success. Die cuts, buttons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Decorative tape: American Crafts. Photography: Ker-Fox Photography.