Scrapbook How-to: Create Snipped Blooms

Need some playful blossoms? Scatter these cuties across your page! The simple design makes these blooms a snap to make en masse for a summertime layout. Notice how Davinie Fiero’s flowers are positioned on a busy background and they still stand out on her My Butterfly layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers. Achieve a similar effect by choosing patterned paper with bold colors to contrast a pale background and muted paper strips. Then, for a bit of extra dimension, layer snipped blossoms and bend their petals upward.

My Butterfly by Davinie Fiero from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers

My Butterfly by Davinie Fiero from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers

Create the look:

Step 1: Punch two circles from patterned papers.

Step 1: Punch two circles from patterned papers.

Step 2: Snip the circles to create petals.

Step 2: Snip the circles to create petals.

Step 3: Layer circles. Adhere threaded button to flower's center. Fluff petals.

Step 3: Layer circles. Adhere threaded button to flower’s center. Fluff petals.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create a Faux Ribbon Pleat

Love the look of pleats but don’t want to spend that much time? You can get this same look on your layout. First, you will need to cut squares from cardstock, about 2″ x 2″. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and ink around the edges of your squares and adhere them to your border strip. For a decorative trim, use a favorite punch or feel free to leave it as it is. Complete the look with a strip of ribbon.

Joannie McBride used this technique to create her Water Fun Border Strip for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques. This fun border strip is a quick and easy way to dress up a scrapbook page.

Water Fun Border Strip by Joannie McBride

Water Fun Border Strip by Joannie McBride

Create the look:

Step 1: Ink all four edges of each square.

Step 1: Ink all four edges of each square.

Step 2: Punch along one side of each square.

Step 2: Punch along one side of each square.

Step 3: Adhere squares to border strip at different heights and overlapping.

Step 3: Adhere squares to border strip at different heights and overlapping.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create Hot Glue Masks

Hot glue is much more than an adhesive. It can be a fun tool in your mixed media kit. Like Kim Watson did on her Live for Today layout in Mixed Media, Vol. 2, you can create custom masks using hot glue or simply draw a dimensional accent directly on your cardstock.

Live for Today by Kim Watson from Mixed Media, Vol. 2

Live for Today by Kim Watson from Mixed Media, Vol. 2

Create the look:

Step 1: Coat craft mat or parchment paper with non-stick baking spray.

Step 1: Coat craft mat or parchment paper with non-stick baking spray.

Step 2: Draw or trace motif using hot glue gun and let cool.

Step 2: Draw or trace motif using hot glue gun and let cool.

Step 3: Once cool, peel off design and set on layout. Mist lightly using spray ink. Remove to reveal image.

Step 3: Once cool, peel off design and set on layout. Mist lightly using spray ink. Remove to reveal image.

 

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Scrapbook 10-Minute Tricks: Clear Stamps

See the true creative potential in your clear stamps. From bending them to cutting them, these quick tricks will have you seeing your clear stamps in a whole new light! Maggie Holmes used three creative stamping ideas on her Pretty Princess Dress layout found in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink.

Pretty Princess Dress by Maggie Holmes from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink

Pretty Princess Dress by Maggie Holmes from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink

Stamp a Scene

Save time by stamping several images at once. Clear stamp blocks come in various sizes, so you simply have to select a larger block to build your scene.

Cloud closeup

Cloud closeup

Clouds arranged on acrylic block

Clouds arranged on acrylic block

Bend and Shape Your Stamps

Clear stamps are flexible, making it easy for you to bend an image to create an entirely different design. Fold a banner into a circle to create a sun, or go with a square for a funky photo frame.

Sun closeup

Sun closeup

Curve stamps for a new design

Curve stamps for a new design

Remove What You Don’t Need

Rather than taking time to mask, simple cut away the part of your clear stamp you don’t need. Don’t worry; you can piece the stamp back together on your acrylic block when you want the image in its original form.

Journaling closeup

Journaling closeup

Remove portions of stamps

Remove portions of stamps

 

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Sketch Download for Eight Photos

Do you have lots of photos to fit on your layout? This sketch from Becky Higgins has spots for eight photos. Becky created her The Loves of My Life layout using the sketch. Notice how she curved her title along the half circle at the top of the layout and stretched her journaling across the bottom of the layout. You could also use taller photos to fill the rectangle areas, but Instagram photos or close-ups are perfect for these spots.

The Loves of My Life layout by Becky Higgins from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

The Loves of My Life layout by Becky Higgins from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

Linda Harrison took a slightly different approach on her The Order of Things layout while still keeping to the basics of the sketch. She enlarged a photo and used it for the accent at the top of the layout and stretched her title across the top of the pages. Also, she divided her journaling into small pieces that she included on each rectangle with the corresponding photo.

The Order of Things layout by Linda Harrison from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

The Order of Things layout by Linda Harrison from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

Sketch:

Sketch 10 from Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

Sketch 10 from Creative Sketches, Vol. 2


Download this sketch to use when scrapbooking your stack of photos.

Both of these layouts are from Creative Sketches, vol. 2. Additional layout sketches and ideas are available in Creative Sketches, vol. 1.

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