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The best holidays are the ones where you can’t even think of the best bit! Holidays are a great opportunity to collect bits and bobs that you can use when scrapbooking. That said, sometimes I find myself collecting loads of things that I’d love to keep but have no idea how to lay them out or best present them.
As a scrapbooker, I find myself torn: should the project look beautiful or should it be sentimental? Which one is most important? This tutorial is packed full of tips and techniques that you can use when scrapbooking so that you can create something you love. In this project I have used my own holiday treasures, a few papercrafting essentials and some travel-themed embellishments. I decided to create a scrapbook frame which I will hang in my home, but this tutorial would easily work as a page in a scrapbook.
Start by gathering your holiday treasures; I found the best pieces were photographs, postcards, tickets, spare change in the country’s currency, and local maps (you can often find these for free in touristy areas). Look for things that are fairly flat, light, and a range of sizes. When you collect your items, know that there is no pressure to use everything. Instead, use the opportunity to think about which items are your favourite and which you could save for a future project.
2. I decided to use one of the maps I collected as my background. Cut the map to the same size as your background (this frame is 30 x 30cm). Attach with double-sided tape. I found this option the best as liquid glue runs the risk of bleeding through the paper; this could ruin the look of the map if it isn’t colourfast.
3. Play around with laying out some of your items on your background. Aim to decide which pieces you want to use, where you might set them out, and whether you’d like to trim any pieces down. As my frame has a mount, I decided to play around with the layout with the box frame assembled. This helped me to check that important bits weren’t covered by the mount.
4. There are a few different things you can do to display your items creatively:
Mount your photos on card which coordinates with your frame. I chose grey as it would work well with the colour scheme in my home.
Use a die-cutting machine to cut out parts of photos or postcards. I die-cut hearts from a postcard; this allowed me to show off the best bits whilst saving space and adding interest with different shapes. Alternatively if you don’t have a die-cutting machine you could also use heart shaped craft punches.
Create location pins from cardstock to draw attention to places on the map. To create a template, fold a piece of paper in half, and draw half of the pin against the paper’s crease. Cut out your pin and you will find it is perfectly symmetrical.
Adding your destination’s flag will help bring everything together and remind you of the country you visited. I made a heart-shaped flag out of card, but you could use felt, draw one yourself, or find a printed version to use.
5. Once you are happy with your layout, get everything stuck down. I used a combination of double-sided tape and foam squares. Using both ensured the finished project would have a bit of dimension, rather than being completely flat.
6. Complete the project by adding a title. I used wooden letters to spell out the city I visited. To make sure I had my title positioned exactly where I wanted, I stuck the letters to a thin strip of card using double-sided tape. This wouldn’t show on the finished project, but it would allow me to position the title in a central position. I then added small, travel-themed embellishments to spaces which ‘needed a little something’.
Scrapbooking and documenting special moments can take many forms, from super-simple layouts to mixed media masterpieces, and everything in between! However they are all predominantly made up of the same three components, a main image, a title and journaling.
Days can be spent perfecting the final layout, as I predominantly work on children’s projects they can’t be time consuming or particularly intricate as children like to achieve their finished piece sooner rather than later. Therefor for my layout I have gone for a less is more approach,documenting my son’s 6th birthday party.
1 Take a 12 x 12″ scrapbook and open at an empty left and right-hand page. Stain one of the pages using a tea bag, place the tea bag in a cup of warm water, then use a sponge to apply the water to the page. Leave to dry.
Top tip: Place a mat, or a piece of thick cardstock behind the page to avoid any of the water staining other pages in the scrapbook.
2. In a clean cup or pot, add some coffee granules and hot water, leave to cool, then use a medium-sized paint brush to apply some of the water to the tea stained page. Work into the page further using a sponge.
Top Tip: This is a great technique to use on any memorabilia or maps you have to give them a nice vintage look. For maps I would advise using less of the coffee stain so that text and images are still legible.
3. This is where you could spend days and days deciding what your going to put down on the page, there are so many lovely bits and pieces to choose from! I used the Pebbles paper to create backdrops – there are lots of great patterns to choose from in this pad! I drew cactus shapes on the back of the green patterned paper and cut out using a sharp pair of scissors; the red patterned paper within the sheet works brilliantly for creating the spiky cactus flowers.
4. All Cowboy-themed parties need a ‘Wanted’ poster, and the Amy Tangerine wooden stamps are perfect! I then added some Thicker stickers underneath, along with some more cacti.
As soon as spring arrives so do the plants, butterflies, birds and insects; why not get your children and grandchildren out and about exploring and discovering them?! Within my bird spotting book I’ve included a few examples of simple illustrations, but you can easily print out images from the internet if you’d prefer.
This spotting book can easily be recreated for recording plants, butterflies or even creepy crawlies! Why not add photographs and drawings taken on your day out and create a scrapbook page of your explorations to look back on in months/years to come.
Take an 8 x 8″ white scrapbook (it’s and ideal size for putting in bag for a day of exploring!), then select some of your favourite papers from the Willow Lane paper pad to include on the inside of the book.
2. Create a paper pocket for the inside back cover of the book, mine measured 15cm wide and 10cm high with an added border of 1.5cm on the bottom edge as well as the left and right-hand sides. Score along the border lines and gently fold.
3. Add double-sided tape to the border sections and then adhere the pocket to the inside back cover of your book.
Top tip: This pocket is ideal for housing found feathers and other mementos from your adventures.
4. Take some of the white card and draw different bird illustrations. I started off by using some a manuscript pen for the initial details and then coloured in using watercolours. Once dry, carefully cut around each of the birds and stick into your book.
Top Tip: Use watercolours to add further decoration to the page with tick boxes and a colourful border.
5. To decorate the cover of the book, take a sheet of the Willow Lane paper, a sheet of complimentary coloured paper, adhesive alphabet stickers and a selection of Tim Holtz botanical flower ephemera. Experiment with layering these to create an interesting cover for the front of the bird spotting book. Once happy with the arrangement adhere using double-sided tape – I also added a hand-drawn Blue Tit.
6. Your book is them complete – have fun spotting all of the amazing birds!
Creating a bullet journal is a great way of documenting, keeping track of and organising your time all at once in a simple system. The layouts within your journal can take many forms, from mood trackers, to weekly planners, the sky is the limit.
Scrapbooker and journaller, Daisy Martin demonstrates three simple layouts to try if you’re just getting started…
Project and how-to make instructions by Daisy Martin
Using the Reflection Tracer tool choose your design from the WeRJournalReflector Instagram account » and work out where you want the image to go on your blank page. Once you’re happy, using a pencil (or pen if you are confident with the placement & tracing technique) trace out the image onto your page.
Top Tip: Make sure your phone’s brightness is up enough for the image to show up clearly.
2. Using a brush pen write out the month just above the image you traced out. Below this use a fine liner pen to write out the monthly calendar. Be sure to leave enough space between each of the numbers so the calendar doesn’t look too cramped (If you need to you can always measure and sketch this out in pencil first).
3. Once you’re done writing everything out, use coloured pencils, washi tape and stickers to add some colour to the page.
Top tip: Drawing a block of colour along the top of your calendar over the days of the week helps to section the week days from the dates. The Journal Studio sticker book contains lots of decorative stickers, which work really well for this.
4. On the opposite page, use the Journal Guide tool to create a circle that’s split into 32 smaller sections (31 days won’t split evenly if you want each section to be roughly the same size). Add in the days of the month into the small sections, and title the tracker.
Top Tip: You don’t just have to use this as a mood tracker, you could track anything using this method, a habit you want to break/make, exercise etc.
5. Add a colour coded key above or below your circle tracker, and decorate the surrounding blank space with washi, stickers and drawings (using the Reflection Tracer).
Divide up your page into seven sections (use a ruler & pencil to measure & lightly mark this out). Using the Alphabet Magnetic Stencil, draw out the first letter of each weekday in these sections. Also using the small circle stencil on the Journal Guide, draw seven circles on each section to write the date in.
2. Using the Reflection Tracer, add some hand-drawn images around the double-page spread.
Top tip: Adding some images within your weekly layout is a great way to liven things up within your to-dos, just don’t fill up too much of the space as you still need to add the writing.
3. Once you’re done adding various images using the Reflection Tracer, add your to-dos into the weekly layout. The Journal Guide ruler has some handy check box stencils on them so you can get your check boxes looking neat and aligned.
4. Using colouring pencils, colour in the various elements on the page. The banners on this page spread were created using the Journal Guide tool, it doesn’t just create circle charts!
Top tip: Pencils can also come in handy when highlighting things, if you don’t have any felt tip highlighters to hand.
Choose which photos you’d like to journal, and get them printed off. Print off a few from the same day so you have some options when you’re creating the layout. Any leftover photos can be dated and then pop in a pocket at the front of the journal so they don’t go to waste (or used on another page spread if you have more to write about from that day!).
2. Play around with ephemera, washi tape and your photos to figure out where you want to place everything. Try not to over think things, look at the colours that are in each die cut/photo and try to place them with colours that work together.
3. Once you’re happy with where you want everything to go, start sticking them down. Washi tape is great when it comes to bordering off images and creating ‘shelves’ for different elements to be placed on.
Top tip: If you are sticking down ephemera onto photos use double-sided tape, as some glue may not work very well on photos.
4. Create a title for your page using the We R Memory keepers Alphabet Magnetic Stencils. You can create a word by putting multiple letters in the ruler at once, but if you want the letters closer together then you can do each letter one by one.
5. Add some colour to the title and any other hand-drawn images on the page using the coloured pencils. Creating a rainbow effect on the title helps to incorporate all of the colours you used on the layout.
6. Once you’re done sticking things down and colouring in, go back in with some smaller stickers and embellishments to fill in smaller gaps and make the layout flow together a little smoother. Lastly add your written journaling to the page.
Celebrate time spent with loved ones with this showstopping pull-tab scrapbook layout! The ingenious pull-tab mechanism is created from one strip of cleverly scored card, this then allows you to include a whopping fourteen photos within your layout, perfect for documenting days out, celebrations or mini breaks!
1. Cut a strip of cardstock 3″ wide x 12″ long. From one end score lines across its width at 2″, 2.5″, 3″, 3.5″, 4″, 4.5″ and 5″. Crease and fold along these seven lines.
2. Cut seven pieces of cardstock measuring 3 x 3″. Fold the long strip of cardstock along the 5″ crease and attach a 3″ square of cardstock to each segment, aligning the top edge to each crease. This will give you the seven ‘pages’. Double sided tape is perfect for this.
3. Decorate your pull-tab book with photos, die-cuts and stickers. It can be easier to do this before you attach it to your layout. Flip your decorated booklet over and attach a piece of double sided tape to the top edge of the long cardstock strip, this it the edge nearest to the 2” fold.
4. Cut a 1 x 5″ strip of cardstock ‘the strap’ and adhere it to the end where you’ve just put the double-sided tape in the previous step, making sure you have 1″ sticking out from either side. Place double-sided tape to the undersides of these two 1″ pieces, but only the outer ¾” portions. Position the closed book on your layout and adhere the outer tabs to the background with the long cardstock ‘pull-tab’ held underneath the ‘strap’.
5.This should be able to slide freely underneath the ‘strap’ when pulled, which is turn flips the booklet open at each page.
Use embossing powders to create a gorgeous, personalised front cover for your next scrapbook adventure! With the Versamark Brush Pen you’re able to create fluid brush marks that step outside the constraints of stamps and stamp pads. Follow the tutorial below to find out how it’s done!
Top tip! Before working with the scrapbook, untie the white ribbon and tape each length to the inside of the cover to keep it neatly out of the way.
1. Begin by planning the cover design by using tracing paper. With a pencil or the black brush pen, roughly draw a double circular pattern to sit at three places around the edges of the front cover. Also, plan and write in a brush lettering style the caption to sit centrally amongst the curved patterns.
2. Scribble over the lettering on the reverse side with a soft pencil. This is to prepare to transfer the caption onto the front cover.
4. Position the caption onto the front of the cover, and hold in place with a small piece of craft tape. Using the pencil, draw around the lettering to mark guide lines onto the cover.
5. Using the Versamark watermark brush pen, write the first word directly onto the cover. Sprinkle with silver embossing powder and shake off the access.
6. Repeat for the rest of the caption, taking one word at a time. With the brush remove any stray powder and heat to set. Work as quickly as possible so not to damage the cover itself.
7. Make a stencil from acetate to create the foiled curved patterns. Select four circle nesting dies with diameters roughly measuring 4 cm, 7.5 cm, 10.5 cm, and 14 cm. Position all the dies inside each other, equidistant, face down onto a sheet of acetate. Hold in place with craft tape.
8. Die cutting half way across the dies cutting semicircles only. With a craft knife, cut away the middle two rings to leave the centre intact, together with a middle section, and the outer area. Cut off the un-wanted outer area to leave a 3 cm border all round. The stencil is now ready to use, and keep hold of the two loose rings to replace back in when needed.
9. Use the stencil by first adding back in the larger ring, holding it in place with craft tape. Position the stencil onto the cover at the right hand corner, again holding in place with more craft tape. Stroke the Versamark watermark stamp pad directly over the stencil to add ink into the smaller curved section. Carefully remove the stencil, and sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Lightly brush away any stray powder, including some of the powder on the very edge of the cover. Heat to set.
10. Swap the stencil inserts over. Position it back in the same area to ink the larger curved pattern. Remove and sprinkle with copper powder this time. Brush away un-wanted powder as before and heat to set.
11. Repeat this process for the pattern in the top right hand corner, but use opposite colours. Hold the stencil down close to the ring binder to get a neat finish to the foiling.
12. Finish the design by repeating the foiling in the bottom right hand corner.
13. The cover may need a gentle wipe with a damp baby wipe to remove any fine dust.
Keep the art of snail mail truly alive with this fold and write stationery set! Never worry about not finding an envelope again; this stationery is both writing paper and an envelope in one! With a few careful scores and a handful of little snips, you can transform a simple piece of paper into a mail-able letter, guaranteed to bring your loved ones joy.
Better still, this stationery is fully customisable and can be decorated with your recipient in mind. If you find yourself with a huge stash of stickers and other fun embellishments, put them to good use in this project!
1. Take a piece of scrapbooking paper, cut to 8 x 12″. With the paper laying landscape, score at 1 inch and 7 inches. Then turn the paper so that it is laying portrait and score at 1 inch and 6 ½”. You could use a score board to do this, or you could measure and fold using a ruler. Using the image as a guide, cut away the shaded areas and trim the corners to create tabs.
Top Tip: Choosing paper that is pattered on one side and plain on the other will allow you to create something that looks beautiful, whilst still having a clear space to write your message!
2. Write your message on the blank side, leaving the tabs free. Once you have written your message, use double-sided tape on the tabs to seal your stationery. If you don’t have double-sided tape, you could use a glue stick instead.
Top Tip: Why not include photos, or other small, sentimental items with your snail mail?
3. Cut a strip of card for the recipient’s name and address and adhere it to the front of the envelope. If you’re sending your snail mail through the post, make sure you write the address clearly and leave space for a stamp! Embellish your snail mail with stickers, washi tapes and any other embellishments you might have.
Top Tip: So that you can send your snail mail as a first-class letter, make sure it is less than 0.5cm thick!
Adaptations: If you’re wary of writing on unlined paper, you could draw some faint lines in pencil to guide you. These can easily be rubbed out when you have written your message in pen. Or, you could create a line guide on the computer, print it out and use it to guide your writing. Simply paperclip the guide to the back of your stationery and hold if up against a lightbox or window so that the lines shine through.
Never made a mini album before or looking for a simple but handmade gift that’s a bit different? Then this folio with a base made from one full piece of A4 card may be just the thing! Fill with favourite photos and compliment a fun story with the gorgeous Whimsical collection from Paige Taylor Evans at Pink Paislee.
1. Start by cutting out and scoring your white card. You will need the following sizes –
a) One piece of A4 card – score at 2 inches, 2 ¼ inches, 7 ½ inches, 7 ¾ inches on the LONG side
b) 5 inches x 3 ½ inches. Score on the 5-inch side at ½ inch and at 4 ½ inches and on the 3 ½ inch side at ½ an inch
c) Take another piece of A4 card and cut across so you have two pieces at 4 ½ inches x 8 ¼ inch pieces (this is the width of an A4 sheet). Score at ½ and ¾ of an inch on both pieces.
d) Cut two pieces at 3 inches x 5 1/8 inches and score at ½ and ¾ inch on the 3-inch side on both pieces
e) Photo mats – I cut 1 x 4 ½ x 3 ¼ inches; 7 ½ x 3 ¼ inches; 3 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches; 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches; 4 ¾ x 7 inches which I scored at 3 ½ inches on the 7-inch side; 7 inches x 7 ¾ inches which I scored at 3 ½ inches on the 7 inch side.
2. Folding the papers on the score lines as shown and glue the four rounded edge pieces to the back middle of the book between the middle two score lines on the A4 piece (at 2 ¼ and 7 ½ inches), the two longer to the left and right and the two shorter top and bottom.
The interior of the mini album decorated:
3. Take the 5 x 3 ½” piece and mitre the corners and fold the flaps backwards to form a pocket. Glue to the inside right-hand flap of your base folio.
The interior of the mini album decorated:
4. Your base folio is now complete – time to decorate! To make the closure cut three lengths of embroidery thread – about 2 ½ feet of each colour should do. Tie them together with knots at regular intervals and towards one end include three of the butterfly charms. Glue underneath your backing paper as in the photo.
5. Decorate the rest of the book – be as creative as you like!
Top Tip: Why not cut your own Polaroid-style frames to enhance your layered embellishments? Use up scraps of blank card – quick and easy and very versatile!
6. Photo mats: I made two types, one folded like cards and one plain. Decorate with your photos and layered embellishment clusters as shown. I used my large 2” circle punch to make an aperture in the front of each of the folded mats.
Use a box frame to create an extra special gift of a scrapbook page with the American Crafts Pink Paislee Whimsical collection. Use rub-ons to add interest to photos and paper-cuts and folds to add texture and definition to your project.
1. Start by cutting out your star shapes from the geometric papers (I cut 15 for the size of my wreath circle).
2. Carefully cut lines from the edge of the star to almost the centre – then carefully fold each “petal” in half. You finish with a sort of pinwheel shape.
3. Choose your background paper – I choose stars to match my star flowers. Next. take an ordinary side plate and draw around it to form the wreath shape – I then popped a spot of wet glue on to the back of each of the star flower petals and stuck them around the circle to form my wreath.
4. Take a sheet of the butterfly paper and cut out lots of the butterflies and intertwine them with the star flowers making sure to lift the butterfly wings up first. Add in a few fussy-cut flowers from the paper collection and secure an enamel dot into the centre of each flower.
5. Create the main title on the page, using the same side plate used to create the wreath, carefully laying the plate upside down over the wreath and sticking the letters around the outside in an arc.
6. To complete the layout, use some of the rub-ons on your photo to add interest – I added the photo to the layout before adding the rub-ons by raising it above the wreath with foam pads.
7. Lastly I framed my photo, adding some washi tape around the edges to make sure there were no gaps.
Mini album’s are ideal if you like to chop and change your scrapbooking style and work with different papercraft collections. Your mini album can be any shape or size you like, which makes them perfect for documenting weekend adventures, last-minute getaways and special moments.
Make sure all the pages in your album stay put with pretty Japanese binding, using the super-handy We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide, choose your thread and pattern then follow the included guide!
To prepare the black peg board that sits on the front cover, cut a black cardstock rectangle then score down the whole length at 1/8th increments using a scoreboard.
2. Use the We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board to create a frame to fit around the edge of the prepared rectangle, fix in place with glue.
3. Attach the mini foam letters ensuring to space them out evenly, fix some 3d foam pads to the reverse side to create a bit of height when added to the front cover.
4. Chose which Japanese binding you would like to do and use the binding guide to pierce holes into one edge of all the pages, this works best to pierce 3 or 4 pages at once.
5. Use a variety of stickers, paperclips, enamel dots, patterned paper and plain cardstock to decorate each page including the front cover.
Top Tip: Ensure you leave approximately 1” undecorated along the edge you mean to bind.
6. For the binding, thread the needle with a long length of the twine included in the binding guide.
7. Start sewing from inside the middle pages, bring the needle up through the second hole from the top leaving the tail end inside the pages.
8. Use the supplied booklet to help with the sewing. Ensure to finish at the same hole you started with and finish back inside the pages, tie a double knot to secure and cut the tail ends off with scissors.