Scrapbook How-to: Make Your Own Flag Accents

Create a rollercoaster background for your layout by creating your journaling in a rolling wave shape, using either a photo-editing or word-processing program. Print the wavy shape on cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ by 12″ (most ink jet printers will accommodate longer paper). Mat the wavy shape with black cardstock on the top and striped patterned paper on the bottom. Finish the look with black paper carts made from hand-cut rectangles and punched circles.

Laina Lamb finished off her One Amazing Day layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel with a multi-color flag title. She cut each flag from a different color of pattern paper.

One Amazing Day layout by Laina Lamb for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel

One Amazing Day layout by Laina Lamb for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel

Create the look:

Step 1: Cut bamboo skewers to size. Tie crepe paper to tops.

Step 1: Cut bamboo skewers to size. Tie crepe paper to tops.

Step 2: Adhere patterned paper flag to skewer.

Step 2: Adhere patterned paper flag to skewer.

Step 3: Adhere title letters to flag, and adhere flags to layout using foam squares.

Step 3: Adhere title letters to flag, and adhere flags to layout using foam squares.

Laina also create these flag images in PDF, PNG, DXF, and SVG formats for you to use on your summer layouts.

Download a PDF of these flags to use on your scrapbook page

Download a PNG of these flags to use on your digital layout

Download a DXF or download a SVG of these flags to use with your digital die-cutting machine

 

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Free Downloads: Journaling Cards to Print

Journaling cards can be used in a variety of ways including as accents, titles, and to record journaling on layouts or to create quick photo pocket scrapbook pages. These free downloads can be printed as is or resized and enhanced (in photo editing software). Happy scrapbooking!

Download JPG version
Download PDF version

Download JPG version
Download PDF version

Download JPG version
Download PDF version

Download JPG version
Download PNG version

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Make a Synthetic Flower

These bright, cheerful peonies are easier to make than you might think and are the perfect way to give your page a textile touch. Cluster together with sweet scallops and other fabric like lace trim to draw the eye toward a focal point on your layout or balance out a heavy title on the opposite page. Stacy Cohen created a cluster of flowers on her You Had Me at Meow layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies.

You Had Me at Meow by Stacy Cohen

You Had Me at Meow by Stacy Cohen from 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

Create the look:

Step 1: Hand cut or punch petal shapes using synthetic fabric. Note: For a fuller flower add more layers.

Step 1: Hand cut or punch petal shapes using synthetic fabric. Note: For a fuller flower add more layers.

Step 2: Briefly hold petals near flame to singe and curl edges. Note: Always use extreme caution when working with fire; some fabrics are more flammable than others.

Step 2: Briefly hold petals near flame to singe and curl edges. Note: Always use extreme caution when working with fire; some fabrics are more flammable than others.

Step 3: Layer petals and embellish with a button.

Step 3: Layer petals and embellish with a button.

 

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Make It Today: 4th of July Layout

July in the United States starts off with a bang of fireworks in honor of Independence Day. Whether you’re gathered with family and friends for America’s birthday, enjoying a parade, hosting a BBQ, you’ll want to remember these times forever.

Take a look at Amy Peterman’s The 4th layout she created for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations. She points out that when you’re scrapbooking Independence Day, anthems can powerfully express pride for your country. Play off that connection between song and spirit: use sheet music to incorporate a tune’s title or lyrics and bring the holiday’s emotions to life on your patriotic layout.

The 4th by Amy Peterman for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

The 4th by Amy Peterman for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

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Scrapbook How-To: Hand Stitch a Mini Album

Hand stitch the binding of a folded mini album to hold the pages in tightly and emphasize the handcrafted nature of your project. This type of binding is perfect for small albums that you want to dress up with ribbon, leather, or metallic cording, or another specialty fiber. This is also a good option for mini albums that include more pages than will comfortably go through your sewing machine. Vary the size of the holes to fit the ribbon by using hole-punching tools or a paper piercer.

Stacy Cohen made the Sisters mini album for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques to showcase her cute daughters relationship. She chose ribbon that matched the girlish look of her mini album, tying it in a big bow to finish the look.

Sisters Mini Album by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Sisters Mini Album by Stacy Cohen for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Create the look:

Step 1: Cute cardstock and transparency sheets to 6" x 12"; fold in half.

Step 1: Cut cardstock and transparency sheets to 6″ x 12″; fold in half.

Tip: Spritz the cardstock behind the transparency with spray ink to add extra color to your mini album cover.

Step 2: Punch holes through middle seam, approximately 1/2" apart, making sure your pages are perfectly lined up before punching holes to avoid uneven binding.

Step 2: Punch holes through middle seam, approximately 1/2″ apart, making sure your pages are perfectly lined up before punching holes to avoid uneven binding.

Step 3: Thread a long piece of ribbon through holes. Tie a tight bow. Trim ends.

Step 3: Thread a long piece of ribbon through holes. Tie a tight bow. Trim ends.

Tip: Tie the ribbon tightly so the pages don’t move around.

Close up of finished binding.

Close up of finished binding.

 

 

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