Design by Janna Wilson
Use bright patterned tags for a background. Tie baker's twine to each tag and staple the twine to the edge of the layout. Bright colors make the twine an easy accent. Easily create pretty rosettes with cardstock scraps and gems. All you'll need is a 1" circle and a 3/4x12" strip of cardstock. Dampen the cardstock strip using a spray bottle or wet cloth to make the paper more flexible. To make the flowers, pleat the strip, forming a tight circle as you pleat. Continue until the flower reaches the desired size.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, pink, yellow), Recollections (white). Patterned paper: Bella Blvd (gray), Cosmo Cricket (yellow, pink, green). Rub-ons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Transparencies, calendar, journaling card: Cut & Create Designs by Janna Wilson. Gems: Jo-Ann Stores. Staples: Office Depot. Strings: The Twinery. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Christa Paustenbaugh
Focus on a special role and use journaling to explain how it affects your daily life, as Christa did on this page about being a military wife. Print your journaling on patterned paper and cut it into strips. Then group similar ideas on journaling blocks. Use a circle punch or another shaped punch to transform scrap paper into easy page accents. Layered buttons echo the circle motif and are held together by baker's twine.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey (yellow graph, green graph, gray stripe), Scenic Route Paper Co. (white graph), Studio Calico (yellow, numbers, wood grain, map, green). Font: Rough Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (small letters), Studio Calico (all other). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (letters), Heidi Swapp (heart). Ribbon: American Crafts. Buttons: Michaels Stores. Flower: Sassafras. Twine: Studio Calico.
Design by Michelle Lanning
Craft simple blooms by crumpling and layering patterned-paper circles. Accent the center of each flower with a die-cut accent or sticker, and ink the edges of each paper piece to add a vintage look. Baker's twine in an earthy brown and white looks natural bound around the bottom of the layout and hidden under a flower.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Lily Bee Design (small dot), October Afternoon (green dot, vegetables), SEI (cream). Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio (black mini letters), October Afternoon ("favorites," "the story," words). Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. Die cuts: October Afternoon. Baker's twine: Making Memories. Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts. Button: Jo-Ann Stores. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: American Crafts. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Leah Fung
Punch and combine simple shapes to make dimensional accents, as Leah did with the pinwheel flowers on this page. When folding punched designs, be sure to choose double-sided paper. Dress up your journaling block by punching a decorative edge on two sides. A small baker's twine bow takes the place of ribbon for a girly layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, buttons, flower accent, chandelier accents, bingo card, baker's twine: Making Memories. Font: Baroque Antique Script off the Internet. Gems: Prima Marketing, Inc. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: Creative Memories (circles), Fiskars (border), Stampin' Up! (tab).
Design by Jamie Waters
Jamie cut thin strips from patterned paper to make a colorful frame around her large photo. To add interest to her pint-size title, she trimmed the edges from some letters, making some into squares while leaving others as circles. Baker's twine supports a makeshift banner containing patterned paper and scalloped-edge photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: KI Memories. Patterned paper: KI Memories (calendar), My Mind's Eye (dots). Stickers: My Mind's Eye. Buttons: Doodlebug Design. Baker's twine: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Design by Leah Fung
Make a page sharing a favorite song, and pair it with photos that match the lyrics. Raid your stash of paper scraps before cutting into a whole sheet. For journaling, pick tone-on-tone patterned backgrounds that are subtle enough to allow for easy reading. The only accent on this page is the baker's twine, which creates a nice break against the patterned paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basic Papers. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (green, blue), Making Memories (red, taupe, kraft), Webster's Pages (cream). Fonts: Penmanship Print ("making"), Suzanne Quill ("banana") off the Internet, Arial (journaling), Bookman Old Style ("rainy days," "pancakes"). Baker's twine: Making Memories. Thread: Coats & Clark. Clip art: Microsoft. Punches: Fiskars (border, corner), Marvy Uchida (circle). Software: Scrapbook Factory Deluxe.
Design by Shannon Zickel
Add easy color to a neutral page. Even though this page contains a lot of white and black, Shannon incorporated Halloween color with bright buttons and baker's twine. A thin strip of patterned paper by the journaling plays up the monster scene depicted in the pictures.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (ledger), Jillibean Soup (grid). Stickers: American Crafts (green letters, numbers), Jillibean Soup (eye strip, black letters). Chipboard accents: Jillibean Soup. Die cuts: American Crafts (mummy), Jillibean Soup (ledger, date circle). Buttons: American Crafts, Fancy Pants Designs. Baker's twine: Jillibean Soup. Ink, pen, adhesive: American Crafts. Paint: Delta Enterprises.
Design by Stephanie Howell
Strips of patterned paper in pastel pinks and greens make a pretty girl layout. Flower and butterfly embellishments frame the pictures. For extra color, glue small bows from baker's twine to the butterflies.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (bubbles), Studio Calico (green, blue grid, stripe). Decorative paper, rub-ons, wood veneer, twine: Studio Calico. Stickers: American Crafts (blue letters), October Afternoon ("so"). Floral accents: BasicGrey. Pen: American Crafts. Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts (border), The Paper Studio (corner rounder).
Design by Lisa Dickinson
Lisa centered a piece of patterned paper on a sheet of cardstock and machine-stitched around it. Keep the page simple by highlighting only two photos with patterned matting. Bursts of color appear with button clusters tied on with baker's twine.
SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (pink), Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, yellow). Patterned paper: BasicGrey (white circles), Cosmo Cricket (butterflies, gingham). Stickers, pen: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Martha Stewart Crafts. Thread, twine: Coats & Clark. Spray ink: Maya Road. Punch: Fiskars.
Design by Danielle Flanders
Create a retro blast-from-the-past layout featuring a favorite family recipe or family memorabilia. Bright pink, yellow, and turquoise make a black-and-white photo stand out. Create a pocket from punched paper and stick the recipe in it for easy access. Wrap the pocket in baker's twine to emphasize the colors.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, decorative paper, rub-ons: Melissa Frances. Font: Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Punches: Fiskars.
Design by Michelle Rubin
Punched triangles look like a pennant when strung together with baker's twine for a page accent. Adhere each of the pennants so it stays in place. Choose patterned paper that matches that solid cardstock for interest but still keeps the focus on the pictures.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket. Stickers: American Crafts (letters), Little Yellow Bicycle (border). Flower: Studio Calico. Punches: Marvy Uchida (triangle), EK Success (border).
Design by Janna Wilson
Make a scrappy back-to-school layout for your teen. Place dimensional stickers on the edge of your page, and trim any overhang so the edges line up. Layered patterned paper with stitched edges ties the colors together. Place a flower with a button center overlapping some pictures to draw attention to the accents. Use baker's twine to hold the button in place.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stamps: Teresa Collins. Stickers, felt accents, button: Little Yellow Bicycle. Rub-ons: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Twine: The Twinery. Thread: Coats & Clark. Ink: Martha Stewart Crafts (colors), VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampendous. Adhesive: Glossy Accents by Ranger Industries.
Design by Laina Lamb
Tell the story with a two-page spread showcasing an important race from start to finish. Pull the eye across the pages with a long horizontal title and a blocked photo placement. A banner made with baker's twine mimics the line crossed at the finish of the race. Add mementos, like the award ribbon, to make the layout even more special.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, brads, metal accent: American Crafts. Font: Josefin Sans Std Light off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (stars), BasicGrey (letters). Chipboard accents: American Crafts (pennants), BasicGrey (letters), Maya Road (letters). Twine: Divine Twine. Spray ink: Tattered Angels. Punches: Fiskars. Embossing folder: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Die-cutting tool: Sizzix. Adhesive: 3M. Software: Adobe Illustrator.
Design by Nancy Damiano
Make the most of 4x6" photos by arranging them across a two-page spread. Take photos throughout the event, then line up your photos in order so they tell a story. Include closeups as well as scenery shots. Use open spaces for accents, journaling, and the title. Layer embellishments on top of journaling labels and other accents for a one-of-a-kind look. Nancy wrapped one of her journaling tags with baker's twine and added a spooky pumpkin pin for a fun Halloween accent.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Font: Mom's Typewriter off the Internet. Laser-cut paper, die cuts: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Stickers: Pink Paislee. Chipboard accents: American Crafts (black letters, brackets), My Mind's Eye (stars, arrow), Jolee's Boutique (fence). Ribbon: Recollections by Michaels. Twine: Jillibean Soup. Brads, metal accents: American Crafts. Star pins: Making Memories.
Design by Kim Moreno
On a busy page, keep accents from getting lost by adding a pop of color. Corrugated cardboard shapes on the ribbon would be hard to see without the baker's twine bows. If you're going big with embellishments, keep the background paper neutral, such as Kim did here.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Core'dinations. Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents, die cuts, ribbon, stickpin, baker?s twine: Jillibean Soup. Pen: American Crafts. Adhesive: Therm O Web.
Design by Gigi Kennedy
Adhere three strips of patterned paper slightly off-center on a sheet of cardstock. Hand-stitch a border of baker's twine around the edge of the page for a fun sports-theme embellishment. Layer three photos overlapping the paper strips and add handwritten journaling for a simple layout.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (red dot), October Afternoon (floral), Kaisercraft (yellow). Stickers: October Afternoon. Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Zig.
Design by Mary Rogers
Kids' tastes and styles change quickly. Consider including shots of stores or scans of clothing tags showing what's cool at the moment. Back-to-school shopping is the perfect opportunity to take stock of current trends and to document a yearly ritual. Balance a selection of color photos with a single large black-and-white photo for a striking effect. Surround the photos with baker's twine frames to highlight each picture and add hip accents.
SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0. Fonts: Old Type ("Back to School"), Honey Script ("shopping"), 2Peas Notebook (journaling) off the Internet. Digital elements: Around the Way No. 1 template (page template), Itty Bitty Dates No. 9 (date tag) by Biograffiti; Photogenic Patterned Paper (paper) by Paislee Press; Stitched by Anna Overlay by Anna Aspnes; In a Word Epoxy ("boy," "girl") by Pattie Knox.