Scrapbook How-to: Create a shadow box with layers

When you want your favorite photos to be the delectable main course of your layout, create a shadow box to frame them by layering cardstock, as Stacy Cohen did on her Fairy Grace layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture. Add more texture and create an antique, yet timeless, feel by inking and distressing the edges of each layer. Use this technique on a heritage layout or leave the edges clean for a more contemporary, urban look.

Fairy Grace by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture

Fairy Grace by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture

Create the look:

Close up showing inking and distressing

Close up showing inking and distressing

Stacy used cardstock in varying shades of green with subtle patterns that add to the layout’s texture. Play with cardstock in different shades, patterns, and textures until you get just the look you want.

Multiple layers separated with foam tape

Multiple layers separated with foam tape

Foam squares adhesive raises the edges of each frame for a 3-D effect.

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Chonology-Inspired Scrapbooking

Do you love making lists for your day and crossing items off as they’re completed? When things are in order, is everything right with the world? If so, then there’s a good chance you enjoy chronological scrapbooking and you document your memories as they come along and in a logical order.

Chronology can be a little tricky to show on a single layout, most likely if you’re this type of scrapper, you have albums of layouts organized by month or year. However, the idea of this layout is to take things one week, or maybe one day, at a time. Jing-Jing Nickel documented the weekly growth of her garden on her Winter Melon layout in The Scrapbooker’s Handbook.

Winter Melon by Jing-Jing Nickel from The Scrapbooker's Handbook

Winter Melon by Jing-Jing Nickel from The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Here’s a closer look at the first two weeks:

The first two weeks

The first two weeks

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create Polaroid Inspired Frames

If you like the look of vintage Polaroid frames, you’ll love how easy these handmade look-a-likes are to create using supplies you probably have on hand. Kim Watson created her Polaroid style frames for her Taylor Made layout in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza.

Tailor Made scrapbook page by Kim Watson

Tailor Made by Kim Watson from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Create the look:

Step 1: Cut your photos into 3" x 3" squares.

Step 1: Cut your photos into 3″ x 3″ squares.

Step 2: Adhere your photo to 3 5/8" x 4" white cardstock block.

Step 2: Adhere your photos to 3 5/8″ x 4″ white cardstock blocks.

Step 3: Use ink to age or distress the edges of your cardstock.

Step 3: Use ink to age or distress the edges of your cardstock.

Step 4: Add journaling using a pen, rub-ons, or even stickers.

Step 4: Add journaling using a pen, rub-ons, or even stickers.

 

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Scrapbook Layouts with Six Photos Using this Sketch

Focus on the joy of scrapbooking by using a sketch to determine placement of photos, title, journaling, and more. Sherri Winstead used the sketch below to create her The Path layout for Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking. She varied things slightly by placing the three vertical photos side by side instead of letting the mat show in between. She also angled her title slightly.

The Path by Sherri Winstead from Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking

The Path by Sherri Winstead from Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking

You can make a scrapbook page using six or more photos with this same sketch.

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Make sure you download the sketch to use later. (Once image opens in a new window, right-mouse click and choose Save Image As.)

 

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Free Craft Daily Preview Weekend!

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Do you love learning and trying new things? Craft Daily is an amazing resource with video classes for tons of crafts like card making, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, and more. These classes are taught by industry experts and share projects you can make as you watch or later. Plus, they include tips such as maximizing supplies, technique suggestions, and more.

The real reason for this blog post is to let you know that this weekend (September 4 through 7th) is a Free Preview Weekend. That means you can enjoy any of the videos for FREE! There are over 350 videos to choose from and more are being added daily. Several of those videos are by Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking editors (Susan R. Opel and Stacy Croninger).

To participate in the Free Preview Weekend, fill out the subscription form – it’s that easy! You are asked for your credit card, but it is not charged until after the free trial period. You can cancel at any time during the trial period and you will not be charged. Make sure to use the code CDPREVIEW when you fill out the subscription form.

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Craft Daily web site where you sign up for Free Preview Weekend

Also, you can see a preview of each video, like this one for Paper Crafting with Simple Sentiments. That way you can get an idea of what you are signing up for. Regardless, I highly recommend trying this out – you can always cancel and not be charged.

Note: If you select the option to Preview a video, you must click on Subscribe to all videos to enter the code for the free weekend.

Enjoy your weekend of learning!

 

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