January 2011

8 posts.

Inspiration from the Gallery

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my favorite recent layouts from the gallery, so I thought I’d pop in today with a quick post sharing some eye candy and inspiration.

design by KellyBoran

I love the clean design and color combo on this family page.

design by dalex2

The bright colors on this layout really pop, and I love how the journaling frames the page. That’s a great way to include journaling and not take up a lot of space!

design by jentsuru

The photos on this page are priceless. I love the color combo and the overall design, especially the title treatment.

Don’t forget to post your pages to our gallery! We love to see your work, and it could be featured in our weekly scrapper spotlight posts on Facebook or in a blog post just like this one! And if you post in certain categories, you could end up in our Photo Faves!

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Guest Blog: Multiphoto Sketch

Please welcome back Valerie Salmon with another brand new sketch!

We’re back with a new sketch!

With the additional pictures we’ve taken during the holidays, multiple-photo sketches such as this one will come in handy when you are ready to create.

Although this sketch fits three smaller photos nicely, you can certainly add one or two more in place of the other blocks.  Or you can even put two 3×4″ vertical photo spaces together for a 4×6″ focal photo.  The options are endless.  Plus, don’t forget to rotate or flip the sketch.  The first example below is rotated counter-clockwise.

Here are three interpretations of the same sketch to give you some ideas to get you started.

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper, border: BasicGrey. Stickers: AdornIt–Carolee’s Creations. Chipboard accent: Li’l Davis Designs.  Punch:  EK Success (border), Fiskars (star).
Designer’s Notes:
My photos were vertical, so I simply rotated the sketch on its side to accommodate the pictures.  I also allowed some gaps in between the photos and the patterned paper blocks to show a more distinct separation.


Designed by Greta Hammond

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents, banner, stick pin, journaling blocks: Little Yellow Bicycle. Font: Calibri. Gems: Queen & Co. Sticker: Scenic Route Paper Co.

Designer’s Notes:
I had the perfect photos to fit into Val’s sketch so I followed her design pretty closely! The linear lines made a multi-photo page without feeling cramped but allowing bits for interest in the embellishments and title. Great design!


Designed by Lisa Storms

SOURCES Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Chipboard accents: My Little Shoebox. Punches: Fiskars.

Designer’s Notes:

For my main embellishment I wanted to create a miniature mustache stick, so instead of using an actual dowel, I inked a lollipop stick light brown to mimic wood.  For the decorative edge down the side, instead of punching a design I created my own border made up of mini mustaches.  When you first look at it, you just see a decorative border but if you look closely they are actually little mustaches made up of two ‘comma’ punches each.


See you next month with another sketch.   Happy scrapping!



Visit Valerie’s sketch blog, Got Sketch?, for 100+ sketches ideas and classes!

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Make a Mini Album

Even though the holiday season is over, I wanted to share this adorable mini album my younger brother received as a Christmas gift from his girlfriend’s mother. The design is so classic it could be used for any occasion!

The album designer, Jill Braue, took a chipboard circle mini album and covered it with patterned paper. On the front cover, she centered a photo of my brother and his girlfriend and trimmed it to fit the circle shape.

For the inside spreads, she created photo collages by arranging various size prints. To keep the look clean, she left a little space in between each photo, and cropped the edges of the photos to match the circle shape.

Throughout the album, she kept embellishments simple, using only a few stickers.

Here are the rest of the pages in the album.

I love the simple design, and how it keeps the focus on the photos. An album like this would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other or be a wonderful Mother’s or Father’s Day gift if you wanted to really plan ahead.

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Michelle’s December Daily: Weeks 4 & 5

Woo hoo! I finally finished my December Daily album last night. I’d wanted to finish it last weekend, but there were just too many photos. I think from Dec. 23-26 I took about 600 photos! When I originally created the foundation pages, I included pages for each day of the month, since I wasn’t sure when my family would be celebrating and wanted to be sure to document all of our celebrations. I think those extra days slowed me down a bit (and might have been a little too ambitious), but in the end, the extra week allowed me to include some important stories in the album.

Now that I am finished, here’s a look:

Dec. 21

I did some baking that day, so I printed small photos of my creations and added the recipes to the pockets.

Dec. 22

This page also had a pocket, so I added wrapping paper samples and a photo of a finished gift. We also got a lot of cards, so I added them to the book here.


During this week I had a lot to get done, so I included my to-do and shopping lists, just for fun.

Journaling on the original foundation page

Once the foundation page is turned

Dec. 23

This marked the start of four days of family celebrations, and I’d decided to do a photo collage of all of my favorites for each day, print it, and just punch holes to include it in the album. This is the first one, and I put the journaling on the small letterpress-printed card I’d made for the foundation of the album.

Dec. 24

I had a lot of journaling for this day, so I printed it out and added it to the foundation page, with a photo collage on the left (attached to the Dec. 23 photo collage).

Dec. 25

Another collage, and on the actual page, I added a photo of my dog, just because she’s cute!

Dec. 27

I didn’t have many stories to tell from this day, so I just added a small photo to the foundation page (which was actually an envelope) and tucked a journaling block into the envelope.

Dec. 28

This page was simple, with just a sample of the end-of-the-year collage I made for our New Year’s cards.

Dec. 29

This was a chance to add the workplace celebration (which actually took place each Wednesday in December) to the album. I was glad I decided to go through Dec. 31 so I could fit it in!

Dec. 31

Here I did another collage—this time with photos of a New Year’s party. I’m not including it here, but I also had some journaling reflecting on the past year and month—another reason I was thankful I didn’t stop at Dec. 25!

In looking back on the project, I was able to find some ways to make the process faster, such a letting go of my need to include all of my photos, and many of the photos I did include into the book unedited to save time. While that made me uncomfortable at first, I started appreciating the snapshot feel many of them had.

However, I have to admit, toward the end (at about midnight last night) of the project, I’d started to cut corners on my journaling, not always giving full details or reflecting on my emotions. I think the next time I do this, I’ll plan to focus more on the journaling.

Looking at the project today, I am so thankful for a complete record of the month. It was fun, and it made me so much more aware of the traditions and special details of the holiday season, instead of letting them be overwhelmed by all of the tasks that make up the month of December. Special thanks to Ali Edwards for inspiring us to do this project!

And in case you’d like to see the other posts on my album, here’s a recap:

First Day

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

So did you all complete your albums? Post them in our gallery and post a link in the comments.

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Craft It Forward in 2011!

Happy new year! Here at Scrapbooks etc. HQ, we are super excited about 2011. The new year marks the start of Craft It Forward, a monthly challenge in which we ask you to make a project (or 10 or 100) and give it to a charity of your choice.

Every month we’ll post a new project sheet on the Craft It Forward web site that you can download. Follow the directions, get inspired, and make whatever you like. Then share your projects with someone in your community. It’s that simple!

This month’s project is birthday cards. They’re fun and easy to make, and they’re a great way to use up your scraps. We’ve suggested giving them to kids in crisis, but you can pass them along to whomever you like. Use our design, create your own, or make something else. It’s up to you! We just want to encourage you to share your crafting skills with your community.

Once you’ve shared your projects with someone, come back to our site and tell us about the experience—and, of course, what you made. (So don’t forget to take photos!)

We’ll be doing this all year, so keep an eye out for future projects. Go ahead—Craft It Forward!

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Guest Post: Quick Calendars

Please welcome former creative team member Shannon Tidwell as our guest blogger this week!

Happy New Year!  Thank you so much for having me as a guest blogger!  In the December 2010 issue I had a easy to make calendar featured.  Today I want to share that calendar with you again and give you some easy instructions for it.  You’ll also find the print-ready mini calendar below.

To make your  own:

1.  First you’ll need to find a CD case to use.
2.  Cut a piece of cardstock to fit inside the cover insert.
3.  Print the mini calendars below and cut down to the same size.
4.  Stack the calendars together and use a Crop-a-Dile to punch through the whole stack on the left and right sides of the top.
5.  Attach the calendars to your background with mini brads.
6.  Now it’s time to embellish!  I cut flowers from KI Memories Posh Patterned Papers and added a little sparkle with a KI Memories Posh Gemstone Icon.
7.  To display the calendar you will need to carefully detach the CD case cover from the back, flip it around and attach it back.  Then it should stand up correctly to display your calendar.

(To download these calendars, right-click on the image and select Save Image.)

I hope your year is filled with creativity!
Shannon Tidwell

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Paper Wreaths

On the back page of our February issue, we shared a paper wreath created by Contributing Editor Leah Fung. The SBE staff was so inspired by her design, we decided to make our own! Here are some of the results. To see even more examples, click here.

Have you made any paper wreaths? We’d love to see them! Post a photo of your project in our gallery and leave a comment with a link below.

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Create Colorful Paper Accents

On page 118 of the February issue, we show a layout featuring a paper patchwork heart. It’s easy to make a similar accent.

1. Arrange several paper scraps on a piece of cardstock. You can either use adhesive to stick them down or stitch the edges, as Gigi Kennedy did on her layout. (If you decide to machine stitch, adhere the pieces first by placing a small amount of adhesive in the center of each piece, away from where you’ll be stitching so you don’t gum up the needle.)

2. Once all of your pieces are attached, trim the finished piece into your desired shape. Gigi created a heart for her layout, but a star or ball could be fun, too!

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