It’s the accumulation of well-chosen and carefully crafted details that create a masterful scrapbook page. Check out 5 details on “Today I am Golden” by Marie-Pierre Capistran, and see if one or two of them can inspire your next page.
1. Start with a plain white canvas and pile it on!
Marie-Pierre says: “I have to admit that my layout finished way more loaded than how I thought it would. But I still think that my title gets the focus because of all that white space around it. The empty pulls the eye away from the business of the rest of the page.”
2. Opt for a title with a double meaning.
Marie says: “The words in my title are playing with the ‘golden’ theme of her golden birthday, but they also add a double meaning: she is golden and loved.”
3. Use a layered shelf to separate your primary page elements from supporting elements.
Marie says: “To separate the title and main photo from the smaller supportive photos, I layered 3 ribbons. One solid pink with some dark pink and glittery leaves motif, a transparent tule kind of ribbon. It was very wide so I folded it in 4, which gave it more consistency than a single layer would have had. And I topped all of these with a narrow gold ribbon that I glued in place forming circles.”
4. Use a series of photos to make the viewer feel like they’re there!
Marie-Pierre says: I took so many photos of this special event, but I chose these 4, and cropped them into squares and laid them out in a row, to develop the story a bit more.
5. Use tone-on-tone word strip journaling to guide the eye through your page’s design.
Marie-Pierre says: “I printed my journaling on white cardstock and cut it out into strips. I glued them loosely, creating small hills to give movement to the page.”
Today I’m Golden by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Letters: American Crafts; Gold Leaf: Houston Art and Frame; Stamps: Mama Elephant; Puffy Stickers: Stickers Nouvelles Images; Label: Pretty Little Studio; Ribbon: from stash.
Marie is a French-Canadian, mom of two little girls, married to her Swiss-German husband since 2000. As an expat family, they moved quite a bit, and they are now settled in Prague, Czech Republic. Marie is an artist at heart and has been crafting for many years. She enjoyed working with many different types of crafts including watercolor, paper cutting and calligraphy before she fell in love with memory keeping in 2008, which is now her biggest passion. Marie now has her own line of scrapbooking products manufactured by Pretty Little Studio. Marie has been on many design teams, has won many scrapbooking contests and has been teaching online. She is back on the Get it Scrapped design team for the 6th year. You can find her blog, on Facebook and on Instagram.
Sacsayhuaman by Deborah Wagner | Supplies: Scenic View by Fiddledeedee, Ethnic Patterns by Sunny Art Shop, Arizona by Digital Design Essentials, The Great Outdoors by Clever Monkey Graphics, Art Play Palette Explore by Anna Aspnes.
When your details and design are well-chosen and carefully crafted the result is a masterful scrapbook page. Check out five details on “Wild in Arizona” by Shanna Hystad, and see if one or two of them can inspire your next page.
1. Use a background that mimics the background in your photos.
Shanna did a wonderful job of selecting a background for her page that would make her photos look right at home.
Not only is the coloring a good fit for her desert scenes, the tone-on-tone pattern mimics the texture found in the backdrop of her photos.
2. Use a triangle crop to add interest and energy to your design.
Cropping our photos in a shape other than a square or rectangle is a quick way to add instant appeal to your page. It is fun and unexpected and the tringle shape that Shanna used here, also creates a sense of motion on the page.
3. Look for line inspiration in the world around you.
Shanna says: My inspiration came from a photo I took a few years ago in Austria at the top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The rooftop had a unique zigzag pattern that was absolutely breathtaking. When I looked at the photo it also looked like arrows that repeated, which is what I wanted to use on my layout which is about my daughter’s recent girls’ trip to Arizona.
4. Frame your photo with your journaling.
Shanna says: The challenging part here was deciding how to incorporate my journaling into the design, but I used my line inspiration and was able to find the perfect spot. Shanna then accented her journaling strips with chipboard chevron pieces.
5. Use symmetry to counterbalance an interesting crop.
If you opt for a bold crop on your focal photo it may get tricky when it comes to adding additional photos. However, if you use the principle of symmetry to help you place those extra photos, the end result can be magical.
Wild in Arizona by Shanna Hystad | Supplies: Paper: Best Creation & Kaisercraft, Puffy Stickers: Crate Paper, Brads: Carta Bella, Flair: My Mind’s Eye, Tags: October Afternoon & Pink Paislee, Foam Letters: We R Memory Keepers & American Crafts
Hi, everyone! My name is Shanna Hystad. I live in Auburn, Washington, and have been married to my high school sweetheart for more than 30 years. We’re the proud parents of a 26-year-old daughter, who is often the subject of my scrapbook layouts. I’m obsessed with coffee, which could be why I chose to work as a manager at a large coffee company in Seattle. In my spare time, I’m a blogger and I love sharing my passions with others including scrapbook design, photography, and my search for farmhouse treasures.
The grid foundation is one of several layout configurations scrapbookers use again and again when making scrapbook page designs. Over the years we’ve shared a number of different ideas for using the grid design on your scrapbook pages.
On your next page, try a grid-based embellishing approach: embellish each block in your grid with embellishments of the same color. For example, on Lisa Dickinson’s page here, she’s got pink flowers and a banner on a pink square. Right next to that are green buttons and ribbon on a green square.
Using a grid structure is a great way to start a scrapbook page. The grid is inherently stable and makes a great foundation for establishing balance and organizing your elements. Grid foundations come in several configurations including 3×3, 4×4, odds and evens, little boxes, etc.
While using a grid structure for organizing your photos, title, journaling and embellishments can be a great way to start a page, that very same grid that holds your elements on one page, can also become the backdrop for your elements on another page.
Here Debbie defined a 4 by 4 grid of squares with stitching on “Thompson.” She filled three squares with patterned paper (to create a visual triangle), and then layered on her photo, title, journaling and embellishments in a cluster at the base of the grid. Click here to see more examples of this approach.
It’s the accumulation of well-chosen and carefully crafted details that create a masterful scrapbook page. Check out five details on “Be Their Safe Haven” by Cara Vincens, and see if one or two of them can inspire your next page.
1. Use a collage of several photos as if they were a single photo.
Cara says: “This page focuses on my intentions of being a better mother. I want to be present for cuddles and listening to stories and opinions, putting my phone down, having healthy home cooked meals and treats, as well as having the house, tidy, clean and organized.”
“I wanted to use a large variety of photos, but I didn’t want to sacrifice the room on the page.”
2. Use a fun mix of fonts and colors in your title.
Cara says: “Titles are one of my favorite parts of the scrapbooking process, I love to make my titles shine on the page, I love to mix fonts and colors and nestle and layer all the words together, layering them with stickers and embellishments.”
3. No room for journaling? Try journaling around the edge of the page.
Cara says: “Writing the journalling as a frame around the page is my go-to technique when space is tight.”
4. Sprinkle clusters of embellishments that are similar, yet not quite the same, throughout your page.
Cara says: “I also love to add deliberate sprinklings of small colorful items, in this case enamel dots and chipboard stars that are repeated throughout the page in varying shades and sizes.”
5. Love bold colors and patterns. Try weaving black and white elements throughout your page for a touch of class.
Cara says: “Vibrant colors and patterns are a great way to add punch to your designs, but I also love black and white patterns and they appear quite often on my pages. I find they can easily bring a certain level of elegance and structure to any page. “
Be Their Safe Haven by Cara Vincens | Supplies: white cardstock – Bazzill; Papers:
Dear Lizzy for American Crafts – One Fine Day
October Afternoon – Carousel, Shimelle Glitter Girl for American Crafts – Work Hard
Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper – Jane; Letter Stickers:
Be – Hip Kit Club puffy alphas
Their – Hip Kit Club puffy alphas
Safe – Bella Blvd Fundamentals
Haven – American Crafts Thickers; Stickers:
PinkFresh Studios puffy stickers
Bella Blvd puffy stars
PaperHouse Productions Autumn Woods Epoxy Stickers; Die Cuts – Paige Evans for Pink Paislee – Turn the Page
Chipboard pieces – Paige Evans for Pink Paislee – Turn the Page
Enamel Dots – Echo park; Washi – Lovely Tape
Hi, I’m Cara, I’m a Canucklehead (Nova Scotia) living in Luxembourg with my tall, dark and hot hubby. He’s French and the reason I came here in the first place. Wouldn’t we all do anything for love? ;) Though, it’s not like he had to twist my rubber arm to come to this fairy tale land, we love Luxie! We have 6 children… nope, not a typo! And only one of those is a girl :D As you can imagine, she’s a spitfire.
As far as crafting goes, I’m a paper artist and I do a lot of paper crafts but I absolutely love planning and scrapbooking. I love every single moment of the scrapbooking process, from the stories (oh, how I love to tell a good story!) and the photos, to the design, techniques and product (who can resist all those gorgeous products!). I love bright, happy colours, lots of white and lots of white space and lots of layers and clusters! Planning is a relatively new obsession, but it combines my love of papercrafting with my need to be organized, it’s a match made in heaven! My first love was sewing, and I can usually incorporate it into my scrapbooks (and even my planners!). Sometimes however, my cheating heart strays… it’s usually as Carnaval approaches and all those fabulous costumes are tempting me. I get that itch to sew on fabric (gasp!)… and I cheat on Scrapbooking, but she always takes me back ;)
Are you lucky? Or do you believe in something other than luck? Telling stories about your experiences with and attitude about luck is a great springboard for scrapbook pages that reveal personality and character.
Click here for scrapbooking ideas for a few “lucky” stories.
Pom Poms have become trendy additions to clothes, jewelry, home decor, and party decorations. They add texture, shape, and color when they’re used. And whimsy, too! That makes them great additions to scrapbook page designs.
Read on for a look at how our creative team is using pom poms on their scrapbook pages.
The “piecework” design is one that’s a little like a pieced quilt, with blocks of various sizes holding key pieces and filling all or part of the canvas. It’s a great starting point when you’ve got a few photos of different sizes and orientations because you can place them and then build around.
Click here to see how our team members have used this technique in their own scrapbook pages.
Holidays and events can yield lots and lots of photos, which means it can be challenging to figure out how to organize those photos.
One option is to make holiday collection pages that show both the constants and the changes over the years.
Our team shows you their holiday collection pages here.
Lynnette Wilkins says, “Every Christmas Eve, we get new pajamas and document it with a photo in front of the tree. This started when we had kids, beginning in 2005 and has continued until now. The most recent photo is from 2017.”
“I tried to choose the single best photo from each Christmas Eve. This was tricky–especially as we had more kids–trying to get them all looking and smiling together! One year I didn’t get a photo of them all together, so I chose two photos in order to show all of them in their new jammies. They work well together because of the common theme, and because I placed them in chronological order to create a timeline of sorts, and you can easily see the growth of the family and of each child year to year.”
“Although it’s been a steady tradition, the thing that changes is the people. The kids grow, and the family grows as the years go by – although we are pretty sure we’re not adding any more siblings at this point! It’s so fun to see them change over time.”
Mistletoe & Holly: Elements, Mistletoe & Holly: Patterns and Backgrounds by Allison Pennington; Memory Pockets Monthly: Wonder collection by Allison Pennington, Paislee Press, Sahlin Studio, Mommyish, Sara Gleason, and Valorie Wibbens
“The pictures I’ve chosen are from 2014-15-16 and 2018. They highlight some of her special visits, like when the girls and her were getting to know each other when she just arrived, and when she came in replacement of the Tooth Fairy or when she visited us for the first time on Halloween. I’ve chosen pictures showing the girls reactions and facial expressions and showing the relationship being built between the girls and their elf.”
“It was very important for me to record that story this way because although I have told the story in snippets here and there over the years in my December Daily albums, to see all the pictures together on one page make it clear that our elf is not just an elf. She’s a very important part of our family tradition and our story!”
Elf on the shelf by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Die cuts: Simple Stories, Recollections, Heidi Swapp; Stickers: Pretty Little Studio, Crate Paper, American Crafts; Acrylic Shapes: Florilege Design, Stamps: Florilege Design; Flair Button: Pretty Little Studio; Enamel Dot: Florilege Design; Embossing folder: Florilege Design; Embossing Powder: Hero Arts; Others: Silhouette Cameo.
Karen Poirier-Brode says, This holiday story is about how we use mostly the same decor each Christmas, but like life, changes happen.”
“The photos above the ribbon bows are from 2015, but could easily be from earlier years, these photos were the simplest to find. The lower pictures are from this year. After more than 20 years the glass ornaments on the wreaths are broken or damaged, so new elements were added. Using a wreath design helps emphasize the story of the modifications to the wreaths. The angel Barbie collection has grown, so the addition of scrapbook storage in the dining room creates a new venue for these.”
“I chose the photos because they showed the same items from the past to present and I wanted to emphasize the idea that place and even people may change but the holiday celebration is a strong tradition and an anchor for our family.”
A Little Tweak to Tradition by Karen Poirier-Brode | Supplies: onelittlebird_lifeinpieces; lgrieveson_hester – flower; lgrieveson_fresh-festive – kit; Club Scrap – inked edges; lgrieveson_light_me_home – bird flair, paper strip; lgrieveson_mistral – twig, metal flower; OLB_Origin – blue button; DDE_Backyard_Splash – Brad_Green_GinaCabrera
Megan Blethen says, “I am a photographer as a side career and one of the things I love doing every year is a new family photo. We usually take it in November or December and then send out Christmas cards to extended family and friends. I always keep at least one of each card to put in our scrapbook albums.”
“I decided making a layout with the last 15 years of cards on it would be a great way to show off all of the cards. The years span 2004-2018. I haven’t included them in our scrapbooks like I had wanted to. This is also a fun way to see the change in all of us throughout the years. Because there are so many photos, I chose to highlight only one family photo on the page and then made a pocket sticking out of the top to put the other photos in. This way makes sure that the layout doesn’t become too crowded and busy.”
“My oldest turned 14 this year and has surpassed me in height by about 3 inches so it is fun, and also a little bittersweet, to look through all our family Christmas cards over the years and see how much all of our kids have changed and grown. Printing photos has always been important to me. I also love receiving Christmas cards so I definitely want to send them out for others. I want these photos to be in our scrapbooks for other generations to see them and know how important it is to take and share family photos. We are in an age where a lot of people don’t print pictures and just post them on social media. I think we will be sad about this later on down the road.”
Family Christmas Cards by Megan Blethen | Supplies: Patterned Papers ; Simple Stories Freezin’ Season ‘Snuggle Up’ & ‘Snowed In’, Crate Paper Merry Days ‘Frosty Days’ & ‘Greetings’ Vellum, Close to my Heart White Daisy cardstock; Embellishments; Off White Shipping tag, Merry Days Ephemera, Merry Days Puffy Stickers, Merry Days Chipboard, Merry Days Black Puffy Alphabet ‘Holly’, Spiegelmom Scraps Sequin Mix Snowy Fields
Debbie Hodge says “With ‘When in December’ I wanted to create a collage of the things we did year after year when my boys were still here at home and going to school. I settled on four categories: eat, give, gather and sing.”
“Each column shows shots of the particular category and the photos are taken from a wide range of years. I made this page almost five years ago. Now that my sons are older and my Dad has passed, I love looking back at how things were, and remembering all the good times. It encourages me to appreciate the moment I’m in and more more good times.”
When In December by Debbie Hodge | Supplies: Pretty Planks by Amy Wolff; Glitter Styles by Just Jaimee; Woodlets, Pocket Fillers 3 by Valerie Wibbens; Blitzen Bits by Lynne-Marie; Santa Claus is Coming by Little Butterfly WIngs; Hello December, Vintage Christmas by Laurie Ann; Stitched by Anna Brown by Anna Aspnes; Anna Clara, Raleway fonts
Debbie Hodge says, “This is a compilation of photos from 8 different Thanksgiving celebrations spanning 10 years. Since we don’t live near family, we’ve celebrated at different spots over the years. We’ve hosted, we’ve often gone to the home of dear friends, and we’ve traveled to upstate New York.”
“I grabbed two or three photos each from several Thanksgivings and grouped them in clusters along with glitter alphas spelling out the year each cluster shows. Most of the groupings are a series of three landscape-oriented photos–but then two of the groupings are just a little different for variety. The title starts at upper left and finishes at bottom right of the second page to help guide the eye.”
Thanksgiving is a Moveable Feast by Debbie Hodge | Supplies: Grateful Edition by Little Butterfly Wings; Scissored Scalloped Mask, Thankful Heart by Anna Aspnes; Family Almanac by Sara Gleason; Woodgrain and Glitter Styles by Just Jaimee; Chunk Five, Bohemian Typewriter, Pastiche Brush fonts.
Great artists create around recurring subjects again and again. Georgia O’Keefe painted flowers, barren landscapes and close-up still lifes.
Annie Leibovitz is a photographer who takes intimate portraits.
And Jane Austen wrote about love and marriage, examining the role women her society at her time.
What’s your recurring theme? What subject do you love scrapbooking?
Your assignment is to make a page featuring your favorite subject (children, travel, YOU, pets, events, etc.) but this time approach it in creative way that others can apply to their own pages.
Our creative team shares their favorite subjects and current scrapbooking approaches.
A Creative Approach to Scrapbooking Events:
Zoom in on a single aspect of an annual event that remains constant.
Devra Hunt loves capturing family events in her scrapbook pages.
Devra says, “Every year on his birthday we buy our son a dozen balloons. Each year we do this, he realizes more and more it’s a special day for him.”
“I love to scrapbook my children. I used to scrapbook the things they did as they were growing up, such as going to the park, visiting the zoo, or playing with their friends. Now that they are older, there are fewer of these opportunities. I try to capture unique pieces of their personality through feelings and emotions.”
“Here I’m showing the pure joy these balloons bring my son year after year. The look on his face hasn’t changed. I could share his joy in other ways, but his smile and reaction is genuine. I love to look at his beautiful smile knowing that is truly how he feels.”
Birthday Balloons by Devra Hunt | Supplies: Paper, stickers, die cuts, alphas-Crate paper/American Crafts, wood pieces-Studio Calico, Pen and adhesive-EK Success
A Creative Approach to Scrapbooking Travel
Don’t forget to capture the sights and experiences that take place in your own backyard!
Amy Kingsford‘s scrapbook pages are mostly about her family’s travels these days.
Amy says, “Most of the photos and stories I scrapbook go into our family vacation album, however, on this page, I rounded up some of the beautiful scenery and landmarks that we have had the privilege of living right next to and told the story of how my family has lived in Utah dating back five generations.”
“I find I’m always so inspired to scrapbook our travels because we are seeing and experiencing so many new things. But enjoyed showcasing the wonders of our home state in this page and finding the beauty and appreciation for the sights we pass by every day!”
My Promised Land by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Sahin Designs: Joyful Noise and Get It Scrapped: Story+Design: Origins.
A Creative Approach to Scrapbooking Everyday Life
Take a “photos-of-the-month” approach to scrapbooking everyday life.
Marcia Fortunato has been making “photo-of-the-month” pages for the past five years.
She says, “On one random day each month I send a text to my family members asking them to send me a photo from that day, which I then scrapbook. This photo-of-the-month project has been going on for almost five years now, and these have become some of my favorite pages to create and my family’s favorite scrapbooks.”
“The challenge with this type of repetitive project is to maintain a measure of unity but also have enough variety to keep it interesting to create as well as to look through. It can be also be challenging to accommodate so many photos on my layout, especially as our family has grown from nine at the start to now twelve.”
“To deal with these challenges, I’ve needed to get a bit creative at times. This year I settled on a two-page grid format each month which gave me enough space to work with and made my process much faster. I use approximately the same photo layout but vary the papers to fit the month and season. I also vary the way that my photos are labeled, sometimes with a caption below each photo, sometimes with speech bubbles, sometimes with a list of the comments that have arrived with the photos and referring back to each person’s picture, but always in some way identifying whose picture is whose.”
“When scrapbooking a recurring project like this, my suggestion is to start with something that remains the same each time then tweak it as needed or desired. I start with the same template, but this could also be something like a consistent background, title/font, or way of journaling. This will not only help to speed up the creation process but will also lend continuity and unity to the final product.”
November 2018 by Marcia Fortunato | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy; Title: Cocoa Daisy; Other letters: Ali Edwards; Embellishments: Cocoa Daisy, Ali Edwards; Stamps: Amy Tangerine (American Crafts), Ali Edwards; Ink: Studio Calico; Pens: LePen by Marvy, Sharpie.
A Creative Approach to Scrapbooking Your Children
Don’t shy away from capturing their differences or challenges.
She says, “This layout is about the challenges that my son has overcome in his various activities–in the case of this layout, PT and gymnastics. It is a record of how far he has come and how much he is accomplishing.”
“I do a lot of pages about my son since his birth and my scrapbook pages about him are not necessarily ordinary stories that a mom might tell about her child, but rather they are stories of his accomplishments as an Autistic individual. They are a record of how important it is for him to be who he is and that despite his Autism, he gets to do things like any other kid. So I love to talk about this in my personal pages.”
We Can Do This by Jana Oliveira | Supplies: Lynn Grieveson: turn it around kit;2worlds: alcohol ink styles, acrylic brushes, words and bits 2
A Creative Approach to Scrapbooking You
Try looking back into your past for interesting stories to tell.
She says, “This page is about a Christmas story contest I won when I was little. One of my favorite subjects to scrapbook about is my childhood. I love to dig into my box of ephemera and reminisce about the time when I was little. Especially now that I have young kids, it’s a fun perspective to have.”
“For this page I used a newspaper clipping. I love that it tells the story of the contest, that it shows the story I wrote and that there’s also a photo of the winners, including myself. I had to add very little details to my layout.”
“If you want to scrapbook stories of your past, I’d highly recommend starting from an ephemera. If you don’t have any, maybe other family members have some. You can ask around. You could take photo of the ephemera to add it to your layout.”
Concours by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Paper: Pretty Little Studio, October Afternoon; Die cuts: Pretty Little Studio; Stickers: Pretty Little Studio; Flair button: Pretty Little Studio; Washi Tape: from my stash.
Hashtags started out as a tagging system to help users search and find content on social media. These search terms are created by placing the # sign in front of a word or phrase.
Hashtags have evolved in a way that has us using them in text messages and everyday speech, despite the fact that their tag functionality doesn’t live outside of the platforms they were created for.
Here are a few ideas for using hashtags on the scrapbook:
to add context
to convey a feeling or theme with a single word or phrase
for the sake of brevity or in an effort to save on space
to be humorous
to add stream of consciousness and random thoughts to your page without further explanation
See how our creative team put hashtags on their pages.
Marcia Fortunato says, “This layout is about a University of Minnesota football game that I attended recently with my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter – her very first football game!”
“Fans at the game were encouraged to post photos from the game on social media using the hashtag #gophergameday. After the game I posted a few of my favorites on Instagram, so that became a natural title for my page. I also included two more hashtags at the end of my journaling to quickly highlight the Gopher’s win and our support for the team. By having them at the beginning and end of my title and journaling, they were able to stand out from the rest of the text.”
#GOPHERGAMEDAY by Marcia Fortunato | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Little Butterfly Wings and Valorie Wibbens, both for Cocoa Daisy, Scrapbook Customs; Title letters: Cocoa Daisy; Journal card: Ali Edwards; Embellishments: Ali Edwards, Cocoa Daisy, Carta Bella; Camera Stamp: Ali Edwards; Pen: LePen (Marvy Uchida); Ink: Color Box.
Ronnie Crowley says, “The World Cup is always a big event in our house, and this year with the England team playing well we got drawn in even more! I used the hashtag to record the words from the Football Song that has become an English Football anthem and was being used widely in social media. This was the first time since 1966 that the English team had gone so far in the competition! I chose to make the hashtag the focal point of the page to convey how important the hashtag became during the team runs in the tournament! Maybe we will win next time!”
#itscominghome by Ronnie Crowley | Supplies: Anna Aspnes – Art Play Autumn Reverie; A Pennington – Follow; Storytellers; Iam what IamAngie Kovacs – Believe; Etc by Danayle Designs – This or That; Traci Stroud – Love Me Tender
Iris Fox says, “This page is the story about how the way we spend time as a family now that my daughters are teen/tween has evolved from when they were little. I’ve assembled a compilation of photos of us at theaters, concerts, and breakfasts over the past couple of years.”
“The use of hashtags is appropriate to this story because I’ve actually created/used this hashtag in my social media posts of us out together. Also, since my daughters have grown up in the social media age, hashtags are used often in our casual conversations.”
“The use of this hashtag, #FOXFAMFUN, conveys succinctly both the subject of the story – when our little clan of four go on outings together – and the fun nature of the activities.”
“My main use of the hashtag is as a title, boldly spelled with black foam thickers that stand out against the mostly white cardstock background and the white polaroid frames. The rest of the text on the page includes typed captions on the polaroids and handwritten journaling. Both of these are much smaller in scale, and while they might lead the eye around the page, the larger title commands attention. To reinforce the significance of hashtags as a design element, I’ve bordered the layout on the top and bottom with torn black and white hashtag text paper.”
#FOXFAMFUN by Iris Fox | Supplies: Cardstock: Paper Accents; Patterned Paper: Pebbles; Vellum: Core’dinations; Cut file: Instax Frames by The Crafty Pocket; Cut-apart squares: Pebbles; Journaling Card: Project Life by Becky Higgins; Flair: Feed Your Craft, The Crafty Pocket; Chipboard: Simple Stories, Project Life by Becky Higgins; Wood Veneer: Elle’s Studio, Studio Calico; Puffy Stickers: Evalicious, Gossamer Blue, Lora Bailora; Sticker: Pinkfresh Studio; Brad: October Afternoon; Stamp: Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft; Alphas: Thickers by American Crafts; Pebbles, Felicity Jane; Ink: Liquid Watercolor by Avery Elle (cherry, celery, sea glass).
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but as scrapbookers, we are often saddled with the sometimes difficult task of choosing the RIGHT WORDS to tell our scrapbook page stories.
This is particularly difficult when it comes to using portraits and snapshots of the people in our lives on the scrapbook page. Many of us snap photo after photo of our loved ones, sometimes for no other reason than to capture the moment, but when it comes time to scrapbook these photos we often struggle with the story behind them.
Here are ways of deepening your stories about them:
Consider behavior: Ask yourself, “What is my subject doing in the photo?” Then go a step further and connect this obvious action to your subject’s character or personality, by answering “Why is my subject doing this?”
Look at the details in your photos: What is your subject wearing? Where are they at? What item or people do they have with them? Now consider what side stories you can tell using this information.
Use your subject’s voice: Think back to what your subject was saying at the time of the photo or think about what your subject would say about the photo if they were looking at it now.
Megan Blethen says, “For my layout I am focusing on my oldest son, Jonas. This layout is all about how my son adores our dog, but the feelings aren’t always mutual.”
“I portrayed this in my journaling, explaining the behavior of both Jonas and my dog. Jonas has a big heart for Max, but he will always be my dog. Someone on the outside of our family might think the story is a little mean, but it really isn’t. Jonas loves Max, but Max is more of an adult lover. He has attached himself to me and that is that. The story I really wanted to focus on was how much Jonas LOVES this dog without fail.”
These 2 Together by Megan Blethen
Jana Oliveira says, “The character I am focusing on in this page is my son.”
“Here I’ve used a picture that may seem very ordinary with a common activity that kids this age normally do: kicking balls. So you might not realize that there is a backstory.”
“The act of kicking a ball, as ordinary as it might seem, for my son it has been a long road just to be able to do that and not just that, but that he wanted to continue to kick the ball around with his daddy. Ut took us one year of physical therapy for him to be able to have his coordination in place for this moment.”
“I’m really happy that I found a way to document something ordinary in an extraordinary way.”
This Makes Me Happy by Jana Oliveira | Supplies: Jopke Designs: most impostand ; 2worlds: artsy goods 2
Nicole Mackin says, “This layout is focusing on my daughter Mallory. The focus of this layout is not obvious by looking at the photo. It looks like a regular mother/daughter selfie. However, this photo was taken right after I picked her up from a Christian summer camp and her joy was so transparent on her face.”
“While I wish I had a photo of her in front of the camp sign for context, I did not, so I used this photo and themed embellishments to provide the context for her joy. I feel that the photo combined with the story and the embellishment choices work together to show what I wanted to convey about her experience at this camp.”
Believe by Nicole Mackin | Supplies: Love by Nicole Mackin// Patterned Papers: Bo Bunny; Tags: Bo Bunny; Vellum Paper: Bo Bunny; Jewels: Bo Bonny; Stickers: Bella Blvd.
Stefanie Semple says, “The character I am focusing on in my page is my daughter. This was her last normal school day. There is just the final assembly, Matric Dance and exams to come, and she will be leaving home for University residence. I am dreading the empty nest. I described her actions, her character, her behavior as well as what she is wearing and what high school has been like for her.”
“I started my journaling with the who, what, where and why and then took a deeper look at emotions and character and the details that I want to remember, things that were significant at the moment when the photo was taken, but will hardly be remembered in a few years’ time, simply because they were so ordinary. I love the resulting page, the snarky photo and the heartfelt details behind it.”
Last Day by Stefanie Semple | Supplies: Amanda Yi Designs and Meagan’s Creations: This Week Monday, Amber Labau: My tribe (Kraft paper)
Christy Strickler says, “It isn’t unusual for me to snap a photo of us in a restaurant. Normally, I would just use them in a pocket page spread for the month. This time, I chose to document how my son has different food tastes from both my husband and myself. I like that it tells a deeper story than I usually would.”
Different Tastes by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned paper: Echo Park, We R Memory Keepers; Letters: American Crafts, Pinkfresh Studio; Flair: Studio Calic;Tape: We R Memory Keepers; Flowers: Recollections; Other: Enamel Dots
Lynnette Wilkins says, “This page is about my 11 year old son. This isn’t the best photo – there were cars in the foreground, one of the kids was mostly hidden behind another one, and they were slightly out of focus and in motion. But I did like that it captured them interacting with each other, and it made me think about my son in relation to his friends.”
“I decided to make this page about how important my son’s friends are to him, how he is an extrovert and finds a lot of happiness being with other people and groups. I think this photo does a good job of illustrating the story – the smile on my son’s face, the way he’s interacting with his friends, and how that is an important part of his life. Rendering the photo in black and white gives it a bit more weight and brings the focus to the faces and interactions in the photo.”
This Makes Me Happy by Lynnette Wilkins | Supplies: 2018 July Storyteller – The Collection by Just Jaimee; Snapshots part one: the stories collab kit by The Lilypad designers