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Create a Summer Timeline

On pages 18-19 in our August issue, we share a layout by Jennifer Perks that features an interactive timeline.

web101553657Here’s a sneak peek of the page.

Although an interactive timeline might seem complicated, it’s actually pretty simple! Here’s a quick how-to.

webIMG_21171. In your word-processing software, insert four text boxes 12″ wide and 2-1/2″ tall. Fill them with dates, dingbats, and journaling.

webIMG_21182. Print out your text boxes and cut them out. Add color to your dingbats using color pencils, watercolors, or markers.

webIMG_21193. Adhere the text box with journaling to the bottom of your page. Score and fold the top of the corresponding dingbat strip. Adhere it directly above the bottom text box.

web1015406374. Take a circle punch, flip it over so you can see the text throught he circle, and punch out the numbers on the top layer of the timeline to reveal the date underneath. With a pen, draw a  line between the digbats and punched tabs to creat the timeline. If your flap won’t lay flat, add a magnetic snap or two to help keep it closed.

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Make Your Own Rosettes

On the back page of our June issue, we featured these super simple gifts by Lisa Storms. The rosette-photo bottle toppers got a lot of oohs and aahs here in the office, so I wanted to share with you how you can make your own.

Remember this page from the April issue? The rosettes used on both the layout and the bottle tops are very similar!

1. Cut a 12″ strip of paper. (The width is dependent on the diameter of your lid, but Lisa used 1-1/4″ strips for lids that were 2-5/8″ in diameter.) Score every 1/4″ and accordion fold.

2. Adhere the ends together.

3. Push the center down into a rosette. Adhere the piece to a punched circle in order to keep it in place. Add another circle on top with plenty of adhesive, and top with a photo punched into a circle.

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Make a Watermelon Accent

One thing that always makes a scrapbook page stand out is an unexpected accent. On our June issue cover layout, Lisa Storms modified a technique used to create flower accents and transformed it into a yummy watermelon embellishment.

Here’s how to make it:

1. Punch or hand-cut a center circle from watermelon-colored cardstock.

2. Adhere the circle to a piece of the same cardstock, adhering only at center. Cut a slightly larger circle around it.

3. Adhere the layered circle accent to another piece of cardstock, placing the adhesive only in the center. Trim another slightly larger circle around it.

4. Repeat steps two and three for several layers.

5. Once you have the layered look you like, distress the edges of all the circles and add punched seeds in the center.

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Formatting Journaling into a Circle

In our April 2010 issue, on page 101, we show a layout by Polly Maly that includes journaling that fits perfectly in a circle. There are a couple different ways to get that look, depending on what software you have.

Adobe Photoshop:

webphotoshopstep11. Use your Ellipse tool to draw a circle the size you would like your text box to be.

webphotoshopstep22. Select your Text tool, click in the circle, and start typing.

(The beauty of Adobe Photoshop is that there is usually more than one way to do something. Do you know of another way to format journaling into a circle in Photoshop? Leave a comment and let us know!)

Microsoft Word:

webwordssGo into the Draw menu and select the Oval shape. Draw a shape the size of your journaling block. Depending on what your default settings are, you may need to double click on the circle and change the fill to transparent. Once you’ve formatted the circle, click on the Word document, and tab your cursor over until it is in the circle. Start typing. Press return and tab over to the circle when you need to move down to another line. Continue until you’ve filled the circle with text.

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