scrapbooking and beyond magazine

what's inside this issue


Good-bye Winter, Hello Spring
For many, the arrival of spring is met with cheers of welcome, and no more so than those of us living in cold, northern climates. Seeing the tips of colorful crocus and yellow-headed daffodils poking up through mounds of snow is truly an exhilarating sight. And what a delight it is to take a winter’s day walk to see tiny pink and white buds bravely sprouting from ice covered branches and pushing up from the still frozen earth. That’s when you smile and breathe a small sigh of relief, knowing that winter will soon give way to the glories of a new season.

spring makeover
Spring Makeover designed by Jane Davies

Spring Walk
Rounding the corners on these five photos and title rectangle creates an uncluttered and clean layout, while felt flower strips balance the journaling and add a nice punch of color.

The Spring Garden
Arranging photos in an overlapping fashion makes a unique statement on this simple, yet creative layout. Use Pop Dots to adhere some of the photos for added dimension.

England in Springtime
Lace cardstock provides plenty of ideas on how to cut and arrange your own garden of flowers. Whether you choose to cut away one entire area like the triangular border overlapping the photo, or select individual flower stems sprouting from under a band of color, you’re sure to be pleased with the results. Antiquing the edges with chalk ink offers endless possibilities for colorful arrangements. Using as many different brads as possible to embellish flower centers enhances the colors in the photo and adds a touch of whimsy.

Soccer Stars
Clean, simple, and just plain fun, these soccer layouts take full advantage of some super-action soccer photos, starring designer Tracy Burgos’ son and daughter. Son Joey’s page features three assorted sized photos and a journal block arranged in a neat rectangular fashion. Daughter Michaela shines on a two layout spread with four same size photos matted as one large photo across the two pages. Either way, all three pages capture the joy these two youngsters share for their game.

soccer stars

Cubs Teeball
A pink baseball helmet and mitt dress up a “girly-girl’s” blue uniform, but what do you do to keep all those sports photos from looking unfeminine? Designer Annette Pixley chose shades of red and pink to highlight her daughter’s baseball accessories, and softened the photos by cutting them into circles. Then, while rummaging in her scrap bin, she discovered color coordinated patterned papers and acrylic letters that she had never used. And as you can see, a blending of the girl and the sport is the lovely result.

All Stars
A photo taken of a favorite pair of shoes was the inspiration behind this fun layout. Designer Kimberly Kent let the funky designs on her daughter’s sneakers guide the color and embellishment selection. Says Kimberly, “My daughter wears these shoes everywhere! I just had to document them.”

solitary confinement

Solitary Confinement
My sweet dog with the cute little face can be rather naughty at times. In reality, she is pretty much incorrigible most of the time, but we love her and continue to try to teach her manners. It seems to be a never-ending battle. Roo loves to dig in the yard. She adores chewing on the sprinklers so that they no longer ‘sprinkle’ the lawn but instead form geysers, spraying water straight up into the air. Another favorite activity involves shredding newspapers into thousands of tiny little pieces. But Roo’s all-time favorite thing to do is to steal our possessions and then run out the back door, tearing all over the yard with them in her mouth. It’s great fun to be a puppy, you know! When she was younger, we would barricade Roo in the kitchen with baby gates at both entrances when we weren’t able to provide constant supervision. On one such occasion, I was able to photograph Roo as she attempted her prison break. Don’t be fooled by those sad little eyes. She is a hardened criminal that deserves to do her time.” – Patty Lennon

Cool Dudes
All for one and one for all! There’s no problem for a loyal friend squeezing in between these “cool dudes,” especially when you come equipped with your own pair of shades.

Cute as a Button
A felt frame and flower team up with flocked letters and a faux-lace card-stock to keep things as soft and cuddly as this warm-your-heart puppy.

A Passion for Pet Shop
I was really inspired to create this layout to document my daughter’s ongoing love for these toys. She has such a connection to her little pets. I took close-up photos of some of her favorites, and had her choose several to be photographed with her. She really enjoyed being involved in this layout about her passion.” – Annette Pixley

Top 5 Reasons I Love You
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning said it best in Sonnet 43, but designer Laura Solomon says it even better with her top five reasons. Isn’t Love Just Great?

Detail pens are a great way to express your individual style and personalize your layouts in unique ways. Drawing dots, dashes, scallops and other doodles allow you to create interesting accents that can really “pop” a page.

Bliss designed by Cherryl Mezzetti

Working with multiple photos and figuring out where to place journaling can be challenging, but designer Lisa Pace came up with some creative ideas for both. After antiquing the edges of each photo, she arranged them in rows. Lisa adhered two photos flat, then added dimension by using foam squares to pop the remaining four. Notice how the first photo is elevated and faces inward to the right, while the last photo is flat and faces inward to the left. This simple placement keeps your attention focused and moves the eye around the page. Journaling is handwritten onto the studded flower stems and travels the length of the vine, providing a unique and creative addition to the page.


Samantha Walker's Holey Cardstock allows tremendous flexibility in creating unique layouts such as the one featured here. Designer Cheryl Mezzetti adds color by first duplicating white flower images in red, then alters a few leaves by slipping light green cardstock underneath the cutout areas. The result is a beautifully focused, yet lighthearted page.

Carpe Diem
Clear flower shapes offer many creative alternatives when searching for the perfect embellishment. The flowers on the layout shown here were painted different colors on one side, then outlined and glittered on the other. Designer Lisa Pace kept it simple and elected to use buttons to crown each center.

Deep in Thought
Inquisitive kids with inquisitive minds come up with the “darndest” questions. Sometimes what they ask makes you stop and wonder, “Where do they come up with this stuff?” Designer Lisa Pace recorded all of the unique questions her daughter asked and scrapped a page as lighthearted as some of the musings. Please note that there are no answers…does anyone know why glue doesn’t stick to the inside of a bottle, or why black lights are purple? Just those two questions alone would put anyone deep in thought!

I Love You
This stunning page took full advantage of one small detail in the photo – the reflection of the sun streaming through lace curtains and dancing across the subject's face. Designer Cheryl Mezzetti skillfully matched a similarly patterned and colored background patterned paper that beautifully captures the moment.


While the background for this layout may look like preprinted patterned paper, it’s not. Would you believe it started out as regular, run-of-the-mill white cardstock? The secret behind its transformation from plain to eye-catching is a simple technique using fabric dyes that’s fast and fun. Complete instructions for creating your own “to dye for” background papers are provided below.

Soon to be Blessed
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is a joyous and exciting time. After the nursery walls have been painted and the shower gifts all tucked away, take some creative time to make your own “welcome” page for the newcomer. It would make the perfect first page of baby's first scrapbook album.



Out-of-Order — NEW SERIES
Right Brain vs. Left Brain (Tapping into Creative Inspiration)

Designing with Pen Tablets
This article takes a look at Wacom pen tablets and the creative opportunities it affords for scrapbookers and crafters alike.

wacom tablet
The 4" x 6" Bamboo Fun tablet is perfect
for the digital scrapbooker or hobbyist

Using Embellishments Effectively
In fashion, it is often the added accessories (like shoes, handbags, and jewelry) that make or break an outfit. This is also true in scrapbook design. Embellishments such as ribbon, buttons, metals, and keepsakes are small details that add great personality to a layout. Designer Kellie Englehardt of Close to My Heart provides eight tips for using embellishments for effective design.

What's Life All About?

A Flourish for Every Season — NEW SERIES
Welcome to the first installment of A Flourish for Every Season. We begin our four-part series by selecting one major embellishment to represent each season, then show how four talented designers choose to design their pages around it. The spring season is a time for renewal, when early rains leave crystal drops of water on budding leaves and tiny blooms push from the darkened earth. Rhinestone flourishes ranging from clear to black were chosen to grace the following pages that welcome the arrival of this spring issue of Scrapbooking & Beyond.

This Much
This Much designed by Robbie Herring

Sweet & Sassy
Pretty in pink! Designer Niki Meiners created this layout as a way of saying good-bye to the teen years. Her journaling begins, “Spirited with a splash of sweetness is one way of describing the beautiful young woman you are becoming” and ends with “I hope you will always have that little spark in your eye—the one that makes you sassy.”

heartfelt photo frame

Heartfelt Photo Frame
A forever moment between mother and child is beautifully captured in this tender photo, then framed in the softest colors of a mother’s love.

Pretty Baby Album
Muted stripes and dainty flower spray patterned papers were used to showcase the photo of this pretty baby. Light antiquing around the edges and the careful placement of pale pink and “ash of roses” satin ribbon add an appealing softness to this lovely album.

Capture the Memories Albums
No pastel blue or “namby-pamby” prints for this little dude. Baby bears, chubby elephants, and wild things are more his style. He’s all boy, so you better get used to it!

Ideas Album
Want to add more to your albums? Use journaling stamps to create more space for jotting down your ideas. Also, add pockets or envelopes to hold even more.

ideas album
Ideas Album designed by Tessa Bundy

Felted Flower Keepsake Box
Felt is a Latin word meaning “to beat,” and is considered to be one of the oldest textile fabrics, predating spinning, weaving, and knitting. For centuries, this nonwoven fabric has been used to make blankets, rugs, footwear, and clothing. Felt is created from wool or other animal fibers that are densely matted together by an agitation process requiring hot water and soap. Hot water causes the fibers to open, while the soap allows the fibers to slide easily over each other. Agitation by hand bonds the fibers together permanently. The introduction for the “felting needle” allowed artisans to create felt creations without the need for soap or water. The needles are comprised of downward barbs that entangle the wool fibers, allowing the user to create flat or sculptured felt works of art. Needle felting with wool roving is a fun technique with unlimited potential for making unique embellishments for scrapbook layouts, cards, ornaments, and other artistic projects.

Lovebirds Keepsake Box
This sweet little box is the perfect place to store tiny treasures and mementos. In keeping with a cozy, country style, small floral and dotted patterned papers were antiqued and then edged with faux stitched lines. A unique twist is the box lid, which employs embellished clear acrylic fragments that are arranged to simulate mosaic tiles. But the real surprise is inside the box – fully lined and boasting a buttoned flower and lovebirds. It’s really quite charming…

Birds in Paradise
This beautiful piece of artwork isn’t a watercolor, oil, or lithograph image. It’s actually a piece of scrapbook paper applied in an entirely different way. Framing what you have in your pile of stash is a creative way to finally use some of those leftover scraps of patterned paper we all seem to have on hand. Look for papers with large image subjects such as the bird featured here, then choose coordinating stripes or other subtle prints for matting purposes. Look for inexpensive frames on sale or keep an eye out for garage sale finds. It’s just plain fun and so economical!

The Barnyard

The Barnyard
Want to try something that’s uniquely different and just plain fun? Try making your own personal artwork by combining photo images and patterned papers. Designer Erikia Ghumm took this photo about 15 years ago, intending to do a little photo and paper experimenting, but she never got around to it. So the photo stayed put in her box of photos until she saw the Urban Prairie Collection by BasicGrey. She loved the intensity of the color and the patterns sparked her imagination, rescuing the old photo from obscurity. Says Erikia, “I love how surreal the patterned papers make the photo look. It’s like a landscape from a dream.”

Butterfly Frame
Instantly transform any plain frame into a stunning creation like the one featured here. Simply use a pair of scissors or craft knife to trim around the image selected. Place the image where desired and rub the wooden applicator over the surface. Remove the clear protective sheet, then lay color foil of choice over the image. Use your fingertips to rub over the foil. Gently peel foil back to reveal the altered design. It’s fun, fast, and, best of all, it’s easy!

Making Time for Romance
Romance endures even for those who have two busy careers, nine kids, and pets thrown into the mix! Taking a break from the craziness of life and spending quality time together is a good thing. Using soft, romantic colors and different textured embellishments might just remind you to take a quiet moment, pour a glass of wine, and snuggle up on a comfy sofa together (sans the kids and pet, of course).

Personality Profiles
Discovering what your personal scrapbook style reveals about you!Which Scrapbook Diva are YOU?

Exclusive Freebie
Join us in celebrating the arrival of spring with this cheerful, free digital kit from Polka Dot Potato ( For this issue, designers Yvonne Busdeker, Betty Jo Martin, Mulberry Lane, and Lucy Marino got together to create this selection with a vintage vibe. “This Is How Love Grows” contains 18 different patterned papers ranging in color from chocolate brown to green to robin’s egg blue, along with 36 embellishments (frames, tags, buttons, and flowers), and 4 mini-quick pages. Word art is also included, making it super easy to say it your way! Download your free kit today from

exclusive freebie


Sweet and simple, Kraft cardstock provides a neutral background, blending beautifully with the soft cocoa brown images and lettering on the patterned paper shown. A muted orange flower adds just the right amount of punch to this lovely baby layout.

Just Ducky
When I finally got my Canon Rebel Xti, I was taking pictures of anything and everything. That evening, my son Sean was playing in the bathtub. He loves putting his head under water and hearing the sounds muffled. On a whim, I took off my socks, stepped in the bathtub, and took a picture from up above. I absolutely loved the end result and decided to scrap that!” – Claude Campeau just ducky