25 Scrapbooking Hacks

We talked to the pros in our art studio and came up with a list of easy, yet very effective, tips and tricks to take your scrapbooking artwork from good to great! (A few of these tips were shared in previous blog posts, but a lot of them are new. We’ve put them all together for you to have as a resource in one great list!)

Ready to step up your scrapbooking game? Take a look!

1. Try attaching embellishments with mini staples. Mini staples can give your page a different feel without any extra work.

2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw in journaling lines. Write your journaling and then either erase the lines or go over them with a black journaling pen.

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3. To change up the look of your title, cut letters from patterned paper or even the background of extra photos using Block Alphabet Thin Cuts.

4. Place embellishments in odd numbers on your layouts. Odd numbers are visually more appealing.

5. Cut shimmer trim into smaller strips by lightly attaching it to your paper trimmer. This will keep it in place while you trim, giving you a nice straight cut. Plus, it pulls off easily when you’re done!

6. Stamp outline shapes on patterned paper. Then, you don’t have to color the shapes in yourself.

7. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the patterned paper from several paper collections to have more options for your layouts. We spy three different paper collections on this page. Can you find them all, too?

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8. Missing a photo for your layout? You can put wax paper under a Complement sticker that might go over a photo. This lets you finish assembling your layout and add the missing photo later.

9. Stamp words with alphabet stamp sets to create personalized backgrounds.

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10. Before you throw your paper scraps away, see if you have pieces that you can use to cut small shapes like circles, squares, or rectangles. Even these little pieces can be used for layering, backgrounds, or as journaling strips. You can even tear the edges to use as washi tape.

11. When adding paint splatters after your page is put together, make sure to mask the layout and photos with scratch paper.

12. Didn’t get your title perfectly straight? Use a small tool like a Cricut® spatula to gently move something already attached to your page.

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13. Bend up the edges of layers to add dimension. This could be a simple banner or photo mat, just to give an extra touch of depth.

14. When sewing on your layouts, avoid putting adhesive where you plan to sew. The adhesive will get stuck on the needle. Use adhesive to attach paper in the center and then sew the edges like we did below.

15. Experiment with a ⅛” photo mat on your layouts. This gives you slight definition around your photo without distracting from other elements on your page.

16. Trim Complements from the 6″ x 6″ sheet and lay them on your artwork to preview their placement before attaching them. It’s much easier to find the perfect spot and see how they will look on your page.

17. When layering several patterned papers, staple them together first, then cover with a photo. This will keep your layers arranged how you’d like them while you are gluing down your page. Here is an example. A small staple holds the three layers in place behind the photo.

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18. Before attaching your paper, embellishments, and photos, lay everything out on your page and snap a quick photo with your phone. This gives you something to reference as you attach each piece, making sure you get it exactly how you want it.

19. Use the smallest possible My Acrylix® block when stamping on a layout. A smaller block can help you avoid rocking your stamp back and forth and ending up with a wobbly image.

20. Mix patterned paper with small, medium, and large patterns. Here you can see how we used a tiny floral pattern combined with the medium-sized triangle pattern, and finally the large polka dots.

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21. Move the paper not the scissors when hand trimming embellishments, stamped images, and other shapes.

22. If a color feels too bright for a layout, use vellum to tone it down. We added a small strip of vellum, sewn over the Charcoal cardstock, to create a softer edge.

23. Hold on to extra Thin Cuts or Cricut® shapes to use for other projects. You never know when an extra tag, banner, or circle could come in handy while you’re crafting!

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24. Need a different color or patterned paper for your layout? Remember your pocket cards! Pocket cards from paper packets or from Picture My Life™ cards can be trimmed and used as accents or titles.

25. Use tweezers, a piercing tool, or even the tip of your micro-tip scissors to help you gently place small embellishments like bitty sparkles.

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Now it’s your turn! Do you have any tips or tricks that you use while you’re scrapbooking? Share in the comments.

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Mini Album Hacks: Part Two

Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #craftingEarlier this week, we gave you hacks for embracing our mini Everyday Life™ albums: Just like traditional scrapbooking, you can customize them any way you’d like!

Today we’re really putting the “mini” in “mini albums” with our adorable, baby-sized Instalife™ albums. With bitty pockets for photos, matching pocket cards, and photo overlays with foil designs, these albums come together in a flash but have the same beautiful details as traditional scrapbooking.

Again, we want to address some of the common concerns about scrappin’ on a smaller scale. These mini albums are so much fun, and we know you’ll fall in love with them as soon as you try them out!

Oh, and did we mention our Instalife™ mini album bundles are 30% this month? All the more reason to try something you’ve never tried before!

Okay, let’s talk Instalife!

I’m not sure what I would use this small of an album for…

  • Brag Books: Grandparents love to show off pictures of their grandkids to friends and new acquaintances—it’s just what they do! Give them one of these mini albums, which fit in purses and briefcases, and they can easily slide pictures of their grandkids into the cute mini-sized pockets—no cutting required! You could even get them one of each bundle so they can put all the granddaughters in the pink album and all the grandsons in the blue!
  • Senior Pictures Album: After your graduate gets their senior pictures taken and their invitations are sent out, put the leftover photos in one of these mini albums!
  • Teacher Gift: Create a mini album for the teachers in your life. From karate and swim to school and violin, these teachers will love a personalized album with pictures of their students.
  • Children’s Book: Make a simple children’s book!

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You can even preserve your children’s memories at the same time by adding photos of important things in their lives to their book: their favorite stuffed animal, the house they were born in, the family dog, etc.

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Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

I don’t know how to get pictures this tiny!

Persnickety Prints is here to help!

What kind of photos work best for an album this small? If I put our family photos in there, we’ll look like ants! 

Think close-ups: Headshots work great, as well as close-ups of hands, toes, etc.

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Easy, cute mini albums for preserving your memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #instalife #minialbum #pocketscrapbooking #crafting

How do I journal on these cards? I write a lot!

We know you want to write down important details about your photos, so we purposely design some of the cards to be for journaling.

If you want to get really creative, you can try printing your journaling onto paper or vellum and attaching it to your cards, or even printing directly onto the cards, like we did here!

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One last tip for working with this collection: Be sure you remove the protective film from your overlays. They come with this film to protect them from getting scratches, but it’s meant to be peeled off before you use it. Use our piercing tool to get under the film and then peel it off—you’ll be amazed to see how clear the overlay is! One and done!

Have more questions about our Instalife™ bundles? Tell us in the comments below! Our Art Studio is sure to be able to answer all your questions! 🙂

Recipe

Instalife™ Mini Album
CC1197 Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle, CC1198 Blush Mini Album Bundle

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The Triangle Rule

Remember how your math teacher said you’d use math every day for the rest of your life? Well, as a scrapbooker, you definitely do! You measure, you count, and if you try out today’s tip, you’ll apply your math skills even more!

It’s time to take a trip back to geometry class, because we’re going to talk about what we call the triangle rule. In a nutshell, here it is: After you finish a pattern and you’re ready to add some accents, arrange them so they form a triangle.

If you follow our Instagram account, you may remember how we showed the triangle rule on a single scrapbook page.

When creating a layout, you do the exact same thing, but rather than creating a triangle on each single page, you create a triangle across the two pages.

Here’s a layout featuring our Magical paper packet. Can you spot the triangle? 🙂

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Here it is!

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See how the deer, oars, and punched circles create a triangle? The little flags above the three circles also help form that corner of the triangle.

The triangle rule is great because it helps you balance your pages by giving you guidance for where to place your embellishment clusters, while also leaving you lots of different options to play with. If all of your layouts were perfectly symmetrical, they’d look nice, but there wouldn’t be much room for creativity. By creating triangles, which can be all sorts of different sizes and dimensions, you are still creating a layout that’s pleasing to the eye, but you get a lot more variety!

We hope this makes adding accents to your scrapbook pages a little bit easier. Try the triangle rule out for yourself, and tell us what you think in the comments below!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Camping Layout

C1611 My Acrylix® Campfire Lifestyle, X7209B Magical Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2870 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Pacifica Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2818 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7209C Magical Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z1999 1″ Circle Punch, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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