Scrapbooking with Tutti Frutti: Here’s the Scoop!

Scrapbooking is a fun and creative way to preserve memories. Today we’re highlighting the techniques that we used in creating this delightful “Here’s the scoop!” page.

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This bright and fun, summer themed page came together with scraps of paper, stickers, and a shaker window that is easier to assemble than it might look. Let’s start by talking about the base page and build our way up from there.

Our base page is a 12″ x 12″ patterned paper from the Tutti Frutti collection. Layered on top of that patterned paper, creating a framed canvas for us to work on, is an 11″ x 11″ piece of Capri cardstock and a 10¾” x 10¾” piece of White Daisy cardstock. Both of these sheets are included in the Tutti Frutti coordinating cardstock.

Choosing the right colors and designs for a scrapbook page couldn’t be simpler than when you are working with one of our paper collections, where all of that coordinating work has already been done for you. Our patterned papers, cardstock, and embellishments are designed and paired together so you can focus on the more important part of scrapbooking—telling and preserving your story.

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The paper pieced background we built for this scrapbook page is a great way to use a lot of different colors and patterns together. It’s a great idea for any project where you just have too many favorite designs to choose from or you have scraps left over from other projects. All of the strips we used are different lengths, but they’ve all been made the same width (ours are ½” wide). When attaching the strips, we made a point of not lining up the breaks, much like a brick or tiled wall. Working with ½” wide strips also opens the option of incorporating zip strips into the design. (Zip strips are the ½” additional accent paper along the top of each sheet of patterned paper.)

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As you build a background like this one, add some visual movement by not completing all of the rows of paper strips along the top or bottom, and from opposite sides. Notice how we started the top rows along the right side of the page and the bottom rows along the left side of the page. As we scan the page from left to right (the way the eye naturally looks at these types of things), our eyes are drawn to the bottom left, guided to the journaling, and then to the photo.

Our eyes will naturally rest on the photo because it’s matted on a solid cardstock color, giving our brains a chance to take a break from the more active elements of the page.

The circle shaker window is one of those active elements on this page that helps draws attention to the photo. A shaker window was an easy way to include a layer of playfulness that our theme called for. And the truth is, with the right set of materials, shaker windows are not hard to make, at all!

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Here’s what you need:

Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts
Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate
Patterned paper or cardstock for the base and frame (we used Lemonade and Mint cardstock)
Filling of your choice (we used Tutti Frutti mini shapes and Silver loose sequins)

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Assembling a shaker window:

1.   Die cut a base and frame out of paper, using the shaker window dies.

2.   Carefully pull the circle foam tape off the backing sheet it comes on and attach it to the perimeter of your paper base.

3.   Add your choice of filling to the center of your base. Don’t add too much, so there is enough room for movement once the shaker is complete.

4.   Expose the adhesive on the top of the circle foam tape  and attach the circle acetate.

5.   Complete the window by adding the die cut frame, covering the foam tape.

6.   Attach the shaker window to your project!

While you may be channeling your inner artist to create scrapbook pages, remember that it doesn’t have to be difficult!  Just take one scoop of whimsy, one scoop of coordinating products, and you’ve got a recipe for enough creative fun to help you accomplish the most important part of all: preserving your memories!


Recipe:

12″ x 12″ Here’s the Scoop Page
X7281S Tutti Frutti Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7281C Tutti Frutti Coordinating Cardstock, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, X7281E Tutti Frutti Mini Shapes, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3801 Flamingo Shimmer Trim, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z4309 Circle Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z4310 Circle Shaker Window Foam + Acetate, Z3224 Small Round Waterbrush, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine

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Using a 12″ x 12″ Photo in Your Scrapbook

Using 12

We’re so glad you’re stopping by, today, because we’re putting a spin on the classic scrapbook page and you don’t want to miss it!

The idea is simple, yet ingenious! Rather than using paper as a base for all of your album pages, try mixing it up every once in a while, and use a photo! That’s right—a large, 12″ x 12″ photo!

Using 12

Getting one of these pages done could be is as easy as attaching a few complements and some journaling strips. Choose a photo that can be cropped to a square, if it isn’t already, and that has some open space for a few additions. The key is to use embellishments to support the story behind your photo, not to cover it up. Enhance your photo pages with Complements, titles, and accessories in colors and motifs already in your photos.

Using 12

For this, “On The Slopes,” page, we used our Cricut® machine to create the color coordinating title and several unique snowflakes. We even heat embossed a few additional snowflakes right on the photo! (To avoid damaging your photo if you’re heat embossing, remember to apply heat intermittently as you’re setting the image.) And if heat embossing is possible, then you can be certain that stamping with our Exclusive Inks™ on a photo is, too! “Just Chillin’” was stamped with our non-smearing and fast-drying Intense Black ink, just above the journaling. Whether you’re planning on heat embossing or stamping on your photos, a photo with a matte finish is your safest bet to get the best results. Even though a glossy photo could also work, the matte finish allows the ink to set easier, without possible sliding or pooling before it dries.

The last idea we want to talk about is journaling. Every good scrapbook page includes at least some journaling—from small details of who, what, where, and when, to a full and lengthy narrative of the events surrounding the image(s) on the page, and everything in between. These 12″ x 12″ photo-based scrapbook pages are no exception!

Using 12

You’ll notice that on our “Happy Day” page we used strips of paper for the journaling. You can do this typed, like in our example, or in your own handwriting. If you are hand writing your journaling, we suggest writing everything out first, then cutting it up into strips, and adhering your strips to the photo page last. (We all have to practice, sometimes! 🙂 )

Using 12

In our second example we have the words typed on the photo. There are several ways to accomplish this look. The easiest way is to add the type right in the photo with a photo editing program, like Photoshop®, before you print it. If you do not have a photo editing program but do have access to a printer with the capacity to print 12″ x 12″, you could create a file on a word processor program, like Microsoft® Word, and then print your journaling right onto your photo. Another option, if you don’t have a large-format printer, is to ask whomever prints your photos to add the type for you.

For those of you not sure where to print a photo this size, our friends at Persnickety Prints can help! Not only will they provide you with a high-quality photo, they are ready to do so at a discount, now and through the end of the month! Use the code CTMH2 when checking out and get 20% off your 12″ x 12″ prints (matte or gloss). (Visit Persnickety Prints, here.)

If you haven’t done so already, give this type of scrapbook page a try! And if you have, we’d love to hear what you’ve done! Please share what has and hasn’t worked for you with all of us in the comments, below.


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Happy Day Page
X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X5990 Carolina Cardstock, X6021 Sapphire Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X7242E Picture My Life™ Cards—I Heart Us, X7240C Something Fierce Complements, X7242C I Heart Us Complements, X7241C So Much Happy Complements, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z4305 Thin Cuts—Fancy Tags, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3326 Tombow® Permanent Adhesive, Z3502 Cricut® Flower Market Digital Collection

Cricut Shape:
Flower Market
1¾” shift + title <Daffodil> (p. 44, #MD72936)

12″ x 12″ On The Slopes Page
C1764 My Acrylix® Got Snow? Stamp Set, X5993 Sage Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z4248 Ranger™ Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder, Z4220 Anti-static Pouch, Z4252 Heat Tool, Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3326 Tombow® Permanent Adhesive, Z3502 Cricut® You Are Here Digital Collection

Cricut Shapes:
You Are Here
¾”, 1¼” shift + Icon-5 <V> (p. 34, #M27F834A)
1½”, 2″, 2¼” Icon-5 <v> (p. 34, #M27F834A)
2½” Title <v> (p. 34, #M27F810E)
2½” shift + title <V> (p. 34, #M27F810E)

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