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Our 10 Favorite Techniques


Scrapbooking techniques may come and go, but we will always have our favorites. Here, we share 10 of our most-loved techniques that span from trendy to tried-and-true.

1. Painting

You don't have to be an artist to use paint on your layouts. Dana Smith applied paint to a transparency to achieve this fun look.


SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white, aqua), Prism Papers (orange). Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: Chalk by Two Peas in a Bucket. Foam stamps, paint: Making Memories. Transparency: 3M. Design: Dana Smith.

2. Using Fabric and Felt

Patricia Anderson's fondness for fabric and felt is evident on this layout. She combined felt flowers and letters with a fabric mesh background and a photo mat made of fabric paper.


SOURCES Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Decorative paper, brads: K&Company. Fonts: Anthology (numbers, ?Written?) off the Internet, Times New Roman (journaling). Ribbon: May Arts. Design: Patricia Anderson.

3. Beading

Erin Roe works beads into many of her layouts. Here, beadwork adds color and dimension in a way that complements her simple design.



SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Cloud Nine (orange), Bo-Bunny Press (green stripe). Font: Tasklist by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: American Crafts. Pen: Sakura of America. Beads, rub-ons, metal accent: Flair Designs. Circle tag, heart pin: Heidi Grace Designs. Design: Erin Roe.

4. Manipulating Text

In this digital era, it is easy to manipulate text on your layouts. Candi Gershon created the circle text on the computer, then used it in a digital layout. For step-by-step instructions on how to create circular text, download these pdfs:


SOURCES Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements. Cardstock, felt accents, stitching: Digital Design Essentials. Fonts: Century Gothic (circles), Pea Jenny Script (journaling, date) off the Internet. Design: Candi Gershon.

5. Stamping

Tracy Kyle finds that stamping can help solve almost any challenge on her pages.


Go big. After stamping the letters for her title, Tracy scanned them into her photo-editing program and resized them to a larger format. She then printed the letters and cut them out individually to create her title.

Be an original. On the cream patterned paper, Tracy stamped in various colors to create her own unique design. The result ties in all the other colors on her page perfectly.

SOURCES Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations (blue-and-cream script), 7Gypsies (black), Making Memories (folio). Rubber stamps: Autumn Leaves (title), Postmodern Design (diamonds), Hero Arts (dot circle), Savvy Stamps ("xoxo"). Ink: Tsukineko. Stickers: 7Gypsies (small label), Paper Source (large label). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp (shapes). Design: Tracy Kyle.

6. Stitching

A touch of stitching is always welcome on Rhonda Bonifay's pages. The decorative element at the bottom of her layout is hand-stitched.


SOURCES Patterned paper: KI Memories (yellow), Autumn Leaves (black, orange, circles), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green, stripe). Font: Worn Machine by Autumn Leaves. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Date stamp: Making Memories. Embroidery thread: DMC. Digital element: Two Peas in a Bucket. Design: Rhonda Bonifay.

7. Inking

As an artist, Erikia Ghumm often turns to inks and dyes to create her own papers and tags.



SOURCES Cardstock, decorative paper: Club Scrap. Stamps: Sacred Kitsch Studio (love heart, truth bird), Club Scrap (words), Inkadinkado (square collage), Hero Arts (Asian text). Ink, glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Mask: Heidi Swapp. Chipboard accents: We R Memory Keepers. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Flower: Prima. Design: Erikia Ghumm.

8. Hand-Cutting

Erica Hernandez is a master of the craft knife and rarely makes a layout without a hand-cut title and accents.


SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Teletype (title) off the Internet, Uncle Charles (journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Sticker: K&Company. Brads: SEI. Design: Erica Hernandez.

9. Dry-Embossing

Dry embossing can add a ton of fun texture to your pages. Lisa Storms embossed the color blocks and the title of her layout.


SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: TypoSlab off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts ("snow"), Chatterbox ("motion," "2005"), Making Memories (gem). Texture template, embossing tool: Fiskars. Design: Lisa Storms.

10. Adding Digital Brushes

Digital brushes bring loads of personality. Jen Lessinger used them on her background and tags.


Take a tone. Jen didn't have a patterned paper that worked well with her theme, so she placed brushes in a hue similar to her cardstock on a blank canvas in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and printed the document on the cardstock for a tone-on-tone look.

Do it yourself. Can't find the brush you're looking for? Make your own. Jen created a text brush that says "to infinity and beyond" to complement the rockets.


SOURCES Cardstock: DMD Industries. Font: Pastelaria off the Internet. Tags: Avery Dennison. Epoxy stickers: Autumn Leaves. Acrylic accent: KI Memories. Digital brushes: Two Peas in a Bucket. Design: Jen Lessinger.