Brittany Hopkins

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Baby Booties

In our June issue, we included these adorable baby booties as the opener for our “Bundle of Joy” story.  Here’s a source list and step-by-step instructions so you can make your own!


1. Print the template onto cardstock. Cut and fold  it according to the manufacturers directions.

2. Die cut, emboss, and ink two flowers. (Julie used Spellbinders’ S5-050 Rose Creations #1 and #2  for each shoe.)

3. Using adhesive dots, adhere the larger flower to the side of the shoe and add a threaded button to the center.

4. Adhere the smaller flower to the front of each shoe and embellish them with pearls.

5. Adhere pom pom trim to the shoes.

6. Add crepe paper to the back to cover the seam.

7. Embellish the back of each shoe with a bow, and decorate the top of each shoe with pearls.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KaiserCraft (yellow), Melissa Frances (crepe paper). Buttons: Fancy Pearls: Creative Impressions. Die, die-cutting tool: Spellbinders. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Trim: Maya Road, MemrieMare Etsy shop. Template: KaiserCraft. Design: Julie Overby.

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Photo books are an easy way to create albums displaying favorite photos that can be quickly replicated—you just need to order more! Many online retailers offer photo book services, but today we thought we would highlight one of them: Mixbook.

Mixbook is an online photo book, card, and calendar maker that allows you to load photos into premade templates from Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and other services. (You can also start with a blank canvas and create your own designs.) Prices start at $6.99 for a 6×4″ softcover book and $39.99 for a 12×12″ hardcover book. Similar to other photo book sites, you create your book online, with no need to download software. And Mixbook has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re unhappy with your book in any way, they will make it right and replace it for free.

As a special offer for readers of Scrapbooks etc., Mixbook is offering a 20% discount.  To redeem the code, enter SCRAPMIX20 when you check out. The code expires on 12/31/11 and can be used once per customer.

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Brand New Quick Collages!

We have a very special announcement today—20 new Quick Collages!

Our free Quick Collage templates take the guesswork out of photo placement, and make it easy to quickly create photo collages for your scrapbook pages. We love the original square and rectangle templates, but thought it would be fun to offer new designs.

Without further ado, here they are!

Rectangle Photo Collage Templates

Square Photo Collage Templates

We hope you like them!

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DIY Flowers

Brighten up your pages and projects with these handmade flowers found on the opener of our “DIY Flowers” story in the April issue.

Scalloped Puffs

  1. Punch five scalloped circles from cardstock.
  2. Soak the circles in water for a few minutes.
  3. Remove the scalloped circles from the bowl and blot the excess water with a paper towel.
  4. Stack the five scalloped circles and stick a brad through the center.
  5. Beginning with the top layer, scrunch all the sides up together. Repeat with each layer until the flower is formed. Let it dry completely.

Fringed Flowers

  1. Cut a long strip of cardstock, and fringe-cut 2/3 of one side.
  2. Gently fold down the first few fringed pieces on one end and begin rolling strip with these folds inside.
  3. Once rolled, gently fold back all remaining fringes outward and add an adhesive dot at the end of the strip to secure.

Spiral Flowers

  1. With a pencil, lightly draw a 4″ circle and a spiral from the outside to the center of the circle. (Increase or decrease the size of the circle to change the size of the resulting flower.)
  2. Cut out the spiral using decorative-edge scissors.  Be sure the decorative edge faces the outside of the circle.
  3. Bend the tips of the decorative-edge down and roll into a spiral, beginning at the outer end of the spiral. Be sure to bend the tips toward the side with pencil marks (so they will be hidden on the back of the flower).  Let the flower relax and adhere at the center/end of the spiral to secure.

What’s your favorite paper flower to make?

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April Issue Preview


Coming soon to a newsstand or mailbox near you!

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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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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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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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Brittany’s December Daily: Weeks 1-2

So it’s the ninth day of December and the  fourteenth day of my December Daily. I guess it’s about time I shared some of it, right?

I’ve learned a couple things during this process so far. 1) Taking photos mostly at night in low-light situations and mostly with my point-and-shoot leads to a lot of photos that aren’t stellar. And 2) I need to get over it. What’s most important is that the photo captures the moment, records the memory.

As I enter my third week of doing December Daily, I’m trying to embrace that. I’m trying to let go of my quest for perfectly exposed and composed photos, and I’m going to stop wishing that I  had designed some of my base pages differently. Because this album? It’s me. It may not be the most creative, or the most inspiring to look at, but it’s recording my memories in a new way and I love it for that.

Opening Page: I decided to switch things up a little from my original plan and use this photo of my family in front of our tree for the first page. This photo captures what this season is all about for me: Family and fun holiday traditions.

Day One: The left-hand page has a photo from cutting down our Christmas tree, and then one of the decorated tree. I have several more photos that I just didn’t have room to include, so I’m thinking about printing all of those and putting them in an envelope or divided page protectors at the end of the album. The right-hand side has my journaling, handwritten on a die-cut from Little Yellow Bicycle.

Day Two: The front of this page features an ornament that my mom gave my fiance and I to celebrate our engagement. I journaled about the story in strips on the back of the page.

Days Three and Four: On the left-hand side, you can see the journaling strips from Day Two. For Days Three and Four, I used the envelopes on the right-hand side. When I designed the base, I stuck pieces of cardstock in each envelope. To tell the story of these days, I wrote my journaling on the front side of the cards, then added a single photo on the back.

Day Five: You can see my photos from Days Three and Four on the left. For Day Five, I included a photo of a fabric tree we made at work, and a strip with some handwritten journaling. Nice and simple.

Day Six: My fiance was sick on Day Six, so I spent most of the evening taking care of him and forgot to take a photo. I decided to include a journaling block explaining why there isn’t a photo. (The journaling block is a die cut from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Savor Collection—I just trimmed off the top and bottom to make it a bit more generic.

Days Seven and Eight: I have to admit, these pages aren’t finished yet. I have the journaling written, but the photos/ephemera I’m including aren’t printed or ready yet.

Day Nine: We went to my grandparents on Day Nine, so I had several photos I wanted to include. Since the divided page protector I had designed for the day wouldn’t work for a couple of the photos, I trimmed two pieces of patterned paper and adhered them together, added a photo to the front and back, and punched holes in the paper so I could attach it to the binder. On the first page, I included a photo of my extended family, and on the back and in the divided page protectors I included photos from a holiday event we went to that evening.

Day Ten: We spent most of the day either watching the Vikings game or in the car, and I just didn’t snap any photos that I felt captured the day. Instead, I decided to write about “5 reasons to be jolly” on December 5. Design-wise, it’s not my favorite page, but it was a good way for me to journal about memories from that day.

Days Eleven and Twelve: These are two of my favorite pages. I added a piece of green cardstock to the cardstock pieces I had placed in the envelopes for these two days, and included a mix of letter stickers and written journaling to tell the stories. On the back, I included a photo of a half-empty eggnog bottle for Day Eleven, and use sticker letters in the place of the photo that I forgot to take on Day Twelve.

My other goal for the rest of this project is just to take more photos. I’ll check back in next week and let you know how I do!

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