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7. February 2015

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What are your best scrapbooking tips?

Scrapbooking has been a favorite past time for women of all ages for many years and continues to attract quite a following. For those of you just starting out, here are some scrapbooking tips to help you save time and money with your scrapbooking projects.

Scrapbooking Tips #1

Organization is the key. Don’t waste your time looking for your supplies. It is best to set aside a certain area where you can keep all of your supplies together. Keep paper separated by color. Pens, scissors and embellishments should be kept in separate bins or drawers. Label as much as you can so you can get right to work when an idea strikes you.

Scrapbooking Tips #2

Don’t spend too much money on fancy pens and markers. A computer can create any font and color you want. Make use of it and print wording for your pages then cut and paste into the page.

Scrapbooking Tips #3

Always use acid-free glue, pens and markers. If you don’t your pictures will be ruined and you will have to start all over.

Scrapbooking Tips #4

Make copies of your pictures before you start your page. In case you make a mistake or change your mind you can have a back up picture. Plus you may want to keep a set of the pictures in their original condition.

Scrapbooking Tips #5

Create a mock layout before you adhere anything. Place everything where you think you want it to go and step away for a few minutes. Come back to your page and make sure things are where you want. There’s nothing worse than ruining embellishments and pictures by trying to peel them off the page to move them around.

Scrapbooking Tips #6

It is best to use one picture as inspiration for a page. Pick a certain color or object from the photo that may help as a jumping off point for the theme of the page.

Scrapbooking Tips #7

See what’s free on the internet before you spend a ton of money on stickers or embellishments. There are many sites that offer free clip art. Simply cut out the items out and paste them into your page.

Scrapbook Design School – The Rule of Odds

5. February 2015

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Scrapbooking, like all visual arts, is based on some basic design principles such as The Visual Triangle, Repetition, The Rule of Thirds, and the Rule of Odds. The Rule of Odds is based on the idea that our eye finds things arranged in odd numbers more natural and pleasing to the eye. This principle is used in all aspects of art such as floral design, painting, photography, graphic design, and even landscaping. (more…)

Top Ten Favorite Scrapbook Pages from CHA Summer 2010

31. January 2015

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Twice a year, scrapbook product manufacturers show off their latest and greatest designs to buyers at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show. These manufacturers hire some of the best scrapbook page designers in the industry to make sample layouts using their new papers, products, and embellishments. I have picked my ten favorite scrapbook pages from this summer’s show to share with you. Each of these layouts using the latest and greatest products that you will be seeing over the next few months at your favorite local scrapbook and craft stores. In this gallery, you can find ideas for baby scrapbook pages, back to school scrapbook layouts, summer vacation scrapbook pages, and more.


“Paradise” from Anna Griffin – Layouts from CHA
Products Used: Calisto papers and embellishments from Anna Griffin.

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“I Love Ice Cream” from BasicGrey
Page Tip: The pennant banner across the top of the page can be made using your favorite printed papers and a piece of cross stitch floss.
Products Used: Patterned papers from the Olivia line by BasicGrey, embellished by a chipboard sticker shape from the same line.

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“Bus Rider” from BoBunny
Products Used: Patterned papers from the Learning Curve line from BoBunny.

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“Softball Cutie” from Crate Paper
Products Used: Patterned papers, stickers, and embellishments from the School Spirit collection by Crate Paper.
Design Tip: Cutting a piece of paper into a half circle brings the focus to the center of the scrapbook page layout.

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“Girl Tea” from October Afternoon
Products Used: Patterned papers from The Thrift Store collection from October Afternoon.

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Scrapbook Page Layouts By Top Designers
Products Used: Patterned papers from the Surf’s Up line from Best Creation Inc.

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“Lil Darlin” from Graphic 45
Products Used: Patterned papers from the Steampunk Debutante Collection from Graphics 45.

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“Messy Cute” from Sassafras
Products Used: Patterned papers and felt embellishments from Sassafras.

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“Sienna” from Die Cuts With a View
Products Used: Patterned papers from The Mariposa Stacks by Die Cuts With a View.

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“Together at the Barn” from Fancy Pants Designs
Products Used: Patterned paper and embellishments from the Like Father, Like Son collection from Fancy Pants Designs.

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Flowers and Sprinkles Page Idea from Doodlebug Designs, Inc.

24. May 2014

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Sprinkles scrapbook page ideaLast summer, Doodlebug Designs, Inc. introduced Sprinkles, brightly colored, circular epoxy stickers. These stickers are showcased on this week’s new scrapbook page idea called “Beautiful.” This simple scrapbook page uses hand cut flowers and flower centers to highlight one special photo. The flowers are accented with the colorful Doodlebug Sprinkles to add texture, dimension, and fun to the scrapbook page idea.

"Make a Wish" Birthday Scrapbooking Idea from BasicGrey

24. May 2014

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BasicGrey Birthday PageBasicGrey designers always create beautiful scrapbook pages. This scrapbook page idea from Summer CHA, “Make a Wish” Birthday Scrapbook Page from BasicGrey is perfect for summertime birthday party pictures. The step by step instructions include links to other articles to help with you any of the techniques used on the scrapbook page which may be new to you.

5 Scrapbook Page Ideas for New Scrapbookers

24. May 2014

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Quick Page IdeaGetting started scrapbooking can be a bit overwhelming. This week’s new article, 5 Scrapbook Page Ideas for New Scrapbookers will help you get started on the right track. The article …

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"Keys to the Lighthouse" a Scrapbook Page Idea for Summertime

15. May 2014

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Graphic45 Lighthouse PageGet ready for summertime scrapbooking with this new idea from Graphic 45. In this week’s newest article, “Keys to the Lighthouse” Summertime Scrapbooking with Graphic 45, you will see how to turn vibrant patterned papers into your favorite scrapbook page layout. This 2 page spread features a lighthouse theme that is perfect for beach photos, summertime picnic pictures, and so much more.

Everyday Scrapbooking with Bella Blvd.

15. May 2014

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Everyday Moments Bella Blvd.Make a stylish page with exciting techniques by following the step by step instructions in this week’s newest article Everyday Moments Scrapbook Page Idea from Bella Blvd. Learn how to use Bella Blvd.’s Lucky Starz collection to make a machine stitched page background, a clipboard-looking journaling box, and distressed scalloped border.

"A Day at the Zoo" Collection of Free Animal Paper Piecing Patterns

15. May 2014

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Zoo Scrapbook PagePaper piecing allows you to create money-saving, custom designed embellishments for your scrapbook pages and greeting cards. This collection of Free Zoo Animal Paper Piecing Patterns is exactly what you need to make adorable monkeys, elephants, zebras, giraffes, and lions for paper crafting and even home decorating.

7 Scrapbook Techniques to Make Your Scrapbook Pages More Interesting

13. May 2014

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Are you tired of your current scrapbooking style or “tried and true” techniques? It could be that this burn-out has lead to a decrease in the amount of time you spend scrapbooking. This week’s new article 7 Scrapbooking Techniques to Challenge and Inspire You will help you make your scrapbook pages more visually interesting to both yourself and your readers now and in the future.