Creating an Intricate Scrapbook Page Is Easier than You Think!

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We’re shining the spotlight on this beautiful scrapbook page featured in our January–February catalog. There are so many pretty little things happening throughout that add up to this final outcome. We’re breaking it down, technique by technique, and showing you how you, too, can use some of the same ideas and principles behind this page to create a layout of this caliber on your own and in your own style!

Start with the photo or group of photos you want to scrapbook and look for a common color, or color scheme, among them.

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In our case, the darling little girl in our picture is wearing a dress that matches our exclusive color Sundance. We picked the Sawyer paper collection, which features Sundance in its color palette, and picked from the collection’s set of coordinating products to create our page.

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(If there isn’t a paper collection that fits your particular color needs, turn to our Love of Color how-to book series. These books were designed to help make color choices with confidence by offering several color combination options for each of our exclusive colors!)

Once you’ve got your products selected, it’s a good idea to start with the base page.

White Daisy cardstock is a favorite base page choice because it complements both primary and secondary colors, and visually brightens and neutralizes any dark or busy patterns you may be using on your layout.

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Our next design choice was influenced by the sticker sheet and pattern papers we had picked out. Some of the elements in the sticker sheet and patterned papers looked like they had been painted with watercolor. We wanted to tie that watercolor paint scheme with the rest of the page, so an easy solution was to add splatters of actual watercolor paint to the base page.

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Before any of the other elements were attached, on our bare sheet of White Daisy cardstock, our artist picked up watercolor paint with the tip of a waterbrush and gently tapped the barrel of the brush on her index finger, above where she wanted the splatters to land. This splatter technique is a really fun way to add some “controlled chaos” to artwork. You get to choose the colors and the general placement of the splatters, but the results don’t feel so thought-out or rigid, providing a more artistic look to the overall aesthetic of your page.

A challenge you may be faced with is choosing from all of the beautiful, patterned papers and coordinating colored cardstock. When working with the Sawyer collection, we wanted to showcase them all! If you find yourself in this predicament, a great solution is to build a background using as many options as you can fit!

One approach is to pick a Cricut® or Thin Cuts shape and replicate it. You can also use strips of paper or replicate a pattern that inspires you—the possibilities are endless! We picked a diamond shape from our Artiste Cricut® collection (#M3BAC4) and cut a few from all of the patterns and solid color papers we wanted to incorporate into our design. If you take this approach for your own artwork, cut more of each shape than you think you will actually use. This way, you have extra to play around with as you decide on a pattern before attaching the final arrangement to your base page.

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*To replicate our design, use 21 diamond shapes, each 2⅞” tall and 2⅛” wide. The top and bottom rows are 1″ from the top and bottom of the page and the left column is 1⅝” from the left edge. Draw light pencil lines to use as guidelines in order to align your shapes just right. Remember to erase any remnants once your pieces are attached!

After completing the design in the center of the page, we felt like balancing it out with some sort of frame on the top and bottom edges. We turned to the Sawyer paper packet’s zip strips for inspiration. The zip strips are ½” accent papers along the top of our patterned papers that provide extra design options. We chose a multi-color pattern and then cut it in half to create two 12″ x ¼” strips of paper—perfect for using one at the top and one at the bottom. We paired those pieces with some Sundance cardstock to further accent the photo.

With this excellent foundation in place, we’re ready to move on to the foreground elements of the layout! When considering a title for your layout, consider whether any of the stamp sets, stickers, die-cuts, or pocket cards have a sentiment that fits what you are scrapbooking.

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We pulled the title for today’s page from the Sawyer coordinating sticker sheet. But before attaching it to the layout, we needed to determine our photo placement—the most important part of any layout!

Adding a photo mount with a coordinating cardstock color or patterned paper is a great way to make your photo stand out from the page. Because our background is pretty busy, we decided on a solid Harbour cardstock for our mat. (We matted our 3″ x 4″ photo on a 3¼” x 4¼”.) Not only is Harbour one of the Sawyer collection’s featured colors, but it is also a prominent color in the title stickers we chose. By choosing a photo mat in the same color as the title, we created a visual tie between the two.

After considering their placement, we attached our matted photo and title stickers to our prepared base page with 3-D foam tape. When you raise different elements of your layouts with foam tape the added dimension draws attention to those elements. In our example, we wanted the darling picture to be the focal point of the page, and a little bit of foam tape helped create this effect.

Once you’ve got your base page designed, titled, and mounted with photos, all that is left to do is to embellish and add journaling to your heart’s content. You can add as much or as little as is your style.

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If you’re a regular on our blog, website, or other social media pages, you may have noticed that we like creating clusters of embellishments on our layouts. The trick to these is to use different sizes, shapes, colors, and materials when you do, and to allow the embellishments to touch and overlap each other and other parts of your layout, including your photos. In our page, you’ll see that we’ve clustered stickers and die-cuts, some mounted on 3-D foam tape for that added dimension mentioned earlier, and layered them on each other, some overlapping the photo. Clusters also create a focal point, because of all of the visual attention they require when you’re taking a layout in as a whole. Place these strategically throughout your artwork and see what a difference they can make.

This gorgeous scrapbook page certainly has a lot of intricate things going on throughout it, but, taken one at a time, they are not very difficult to understand and replicate for yourself, and when you put them altogether, the end result can be truly breathtaking!

For more ideas and artwork examples, flip through the pages of our catalogs. There is so much there to see and to get inspired from!

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Did you learn anything new from today’s walkthrough? Is there something on this scrapbook page that you noticed that perhaps we did not talk about? Leave us a comment below, we love hearing from you!


Recipe

12″ x 12″ Treasured Moments Page
X7277S Sawyer Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6054 Grape Cardstock, X6062 Harbour Cardstock, X6051 Sundance Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7277E Sawyer Die-cuts, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z5021 Wild Berry Loose Sequins, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Artiste Collection

Cricut® Shape:
Artiste
#M3BAC4

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More Magical

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Once upon a time, in the not-so-faraway kingdom of Close To My Heart, there were some talented fairies diligently working on paper and stamp designs sure to enchant anyone who set eyes on them. Like a fairy tale come to life, they brought back a beautiful paper packet once beloved by all. With a few color updates, the results were a More Magical paper packet, the My Acrylix® Dream stamp set, and a workshop kit to help preserve all of your magical adventures!

The More Magical Workshop kit includes the More Magical paper packet and a selection of other products, which you can use to create four coordinating two-page scrapbook layouts and eight cards! (Download instructions to turn these crafting products into beautiful artwork right on your Consultant’s website!)

But just like your fairy godmother’s best efforts, this magic won’t last forever. Get all of your More Magical products, suited for all-purpose crafting, before the spell ends on September 30! May your memories live happily ever after with this charming collection! 😀

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Come Sail Away: Using Thoughtful Details to Drift Back to Cherished Memories

Examining the intricate patterns on a seashell, feeling wet sand seep between your toes, hearing the laughter of family members as someone slips into the surf—these small, simple moments are what create lifetime memories. They are the sunshine that gives us hope amid life’s hurricanes.

The small and simple details are also what help a scrapbook page capture these small, simple moments from family escapades. Details help us slow down, examine the heartfelt artwork, and reminisce about cherished days past.

The page shown below is a wonderful example of this. It was created using our vintage Seaside paper packet, which serves as a foundation for the addition of many meaningful details.

Ocean Bliss

Notice the intricate chevron stitching on the Colonial White cardstock portion of the page. The pattern switches direction in the middle of the page and again at the bottom. The stitching gives texture to the page, and switching the direction of the pattern helps capture the eye even more.

Now, if you look closely, you’ll also notice the streaked finish on the “Beach Bum” and “Good Day Sunshine” stamps, which adds to the weathered feel of the Seaside paper packet. You can replicate this effect in your own artwork by sliding your stamp in a downward direction across an ink pad to create a streaked look. Then simply stamp the image as normal.

Embossing is another thoughtful detail you can add to your page. The gold embossing on the title pairs well with the golden tones in the Seaside paper packet and enhances the nautical theme by creating what looks like glittery sand.

You can see this same beautiful embossing on the card below made from the Seaside paper packet:

Hello Summer Card

The card really catches your eye with that gold embossing, doesn’t it? The gold sequins bring out the shimmer of the embossing even more, as does the lovely anchor charm from our Base & Bling line.

The use of Glacier thick twine adds an additional nautical feel to the card, creating the impression that this was the very rope that pulled the anchor up from sea.

The subtle seashell pattern on the Glacier cardstock ties everything together, making for a memorable card that will surely add sunshine to anyone’s day.

As you work on your crafts this summer, remember this—in life (and in crafting), it’s the small and simple things that matter most. So don’t forget to incorporate small and simple details into your artwork! After all, these are the details that will end up meaning the most when others look through your albums and receive your cards. Why? Because these are the details that really matter.

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Ocean Bliss Page
Reflections: Half & Half—Tags
E1029 My Acrylix® Marquee Uppercase, C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
½”, ¼”, and ⅛” <Heart1> (cut several, p. 26)
½” and ⅛” Shift+Layer <Heart1> (cut several, p. 26)

Artbooking
3 ½” Photo Mat 1 <AllStar> (cut 3, p. 83)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Hello Summer Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 27
C1595 My Acrylix® Hello Summer, C1594 My Acrylix® Treasured Friendship, X7192B Seaside Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2014 Base & Bling Journey Charms, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Thread

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