1st Place Bake-Off
Apricot and Walnut cardstocks (which sounds good enough to eat)
provide a winning combination for designer Christi Spadoni's
First Place Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake recipe...absolutely yummy!
Every family has their own Christmas traditions. For the
Shimniok clan, it's setting out a plate for Santa on Christmas
Eve —not piled high with cookies as one might expect, but with
carrots for Santa's reindeer! Another tradition is creating a
scrapbook page from the letters to Santa...the note featured here
is absolutely priceless!
Home for the Holidays and Forever
The words "home for the holidays" usually mean a trip to see
family ("Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's
house we go..."), but for a puppy, it means a journey straight
into the arms of his new family —home for the holidays and
Instead of making a window card as the sheet was originally
intended, I turned the Free Download from Crafts U Print into
a scrapbook layout and gift tag. It was a fun challenge. I
used almost every inch of the sheet except for the small Happy
Birthday block which I'll save for another project.
You can, of course, print the Free Download Sheet as many
times as you want, which means you could have a row of windows
on your layout, make dozens of cards or tags —the possibilities
Fall Trees Turn into Christmas Trees
"I keep a spiral notebook to write down all the cute/funny
things my kids say. I also write a blog where most of my recent
stories end up. When there is a picture that I really like,
that doesn't have a specific story attached to it, I go and
find a story from the notebook. It's very handy because the
journaling is already done for me!"
Christmas is Peace
Wonderful things can happen on Christmas morning. For the Burgos
family, it was the arrival of a solitary red cloaked visitor
who seemed content to share the festivities perched on a snowy
branch outside their window, looking in. Before flying away,
he left behind a gift...a special holiday memory for all who
delighted in his unexpected and joyful visit.
Hello Little Me
The technique used here will only work on photos that
are printed using emulsion (ones printed from a photo lab,
not your home color printer). The combination of soaking the
photo in water and then distressing around the face of the
little girl shown here provides a fantasy effect of swirling
light, ice, and snow.
There is nothing more joyful for a snow lover than that
early morning phone call or radio announcement that informs
us that "school is closed due to inclement weather." The idea
of dressing in as many warm layers of outdoor clothing that
you own, racing up the BIGGEST hill with your sled in tow as
many times as your legs will allow, then ending the day inside
defrosting with a warm mug of hot cocoa and marshmallows sounds
like a day made in heaven! Enjoy recreating these layouts using
your favorite snowy day pictures and reminiscing about how
a wonderful surprise that day really was!
Delight in Life
For designer Liana Suwandi, the mother of twin girls,
delighting in life is twice the fun and twice the work! This
"calendar layout" captures all the family events enjoyed throughout
the year. Layouts of this nature serve two purposes: they save
precious time and are a great way to use up leftover scraps
of paper and odds-and-ends.
"I created this layout for an online challenge that
required participants to use at least eight photos on a layout.
With 98 photos on one page, I might have overdone it! I like
to use single-page multiphoto layouts like this one as the
opening page in my family albums."
New Year's Day
Designer Tammy Chafin took this photo of her daughter
Makayla just as snow began to fall. "It always feels fresh
and clean when the ground is covered in white, so I wanted
my journaling to reflect my thoughts on the fresh start a new
year brings," comments Tammy. BasicGrey's Archaic Collection
of patterned papers was the perfect choice for coordinating
the barn wood background in the photo with the mood of a cold,
Kissed by a Boy
"My very good friend Erin's son, Ethan, is only a
few weeks younger than my daughter, Kira. While on a play
date, I saw Ethan lean in to kiss Kira. No coaxing necessary;
he did it without any prompting! I quickly grabbed my camera,
hoping for the best. I was glad to see the picture turned out
so well! I hope they grow up to be great friends, just like
Rather than a thousand words, only two were used to
express what this one image conveys. "Finally home"...it just
doesn't get any better than that.
Mosaic is an ancient form of decoration using small pieces of
glass, tile, or pebbles pressed into a plaster or other ground
to create eye-catching works of art. Small paper scraps are
suitable replacements for traditional mosaic materials when
making a scrapbook page, but on the layout featured here, designer
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer takes an entirely different approach by
using UTEE Embossing Enamel and red dye to make her colorful
and surprisingly lightweight mosaic heart.
This high-styled grunge layout blends two rockin' photos
with richly colored and foil patterned papers, black flourish
rub-ons, and antiqued floral brads...a striking combination that
lives up to its journaling —"Life is an adventure, live it!"
I Ride the Bus
One never knows when or where the next photo opportunity
will present itself, so designer Julie Fei-Fan Balzer never
leaves home without her trusted camera. The images she captures
revolve around her daily routines and while out and about in
New York City. Get in the habit of having a camera handy, not
just for the special occasions, but to record the everyday
events that occur in your life.
"These photos of my daughter and her doll were the main
inspiration for this layout and I let them shine in this linear
design. I also gave the focal photo a little extra attention
with a red border to make it stand out from the rest. These
clear words and journaling pieces also come to life on this
neutral kraft background. And the journaling is tucked neatly
away on a shipping tag behind one of the photos."
Multi layerings of patterned papers pack a powerful punch of color and texture
on this stunning layout. Machine zigzag stitches, lace trims, and a rhinestone
butterfly all contribute to its overall appeal.
A Flourish for Every Season
This is the last installment of A Flourish for Every Season. The
series was created using one major embellishment to represent each
season, and shows how four talented designers choose to design
their pages around it. The layouts presented here feature cardstock
flourishes. Whether purchased precut or made using a die cut machine
of your choice, cardstock embellishments can add wonderful design
elements to your layout quite easily and can impact your layout
design in a big way. Take a look at the results as we welcome winter in this issue of
Scrapbooking & Beyond.
Adventures of Santa Claus
"Christmas is such a magical time! The pages of this mini album
capture the sights and sounds of the season. Have some fun
and ask your children what they think about the magic: 'Why
does Santa come down the Chimney?' or 'Why does Rudolph have
a red nose?' Capture the voices of children, parents, grandparents,
and friends as they share their favorite holiday thoughts and
memories. Enhance your pages by adding the family's favorite
carols. To hear the sounds that are on each page, go to www.sounds-easy.com."
Winter Memories Album
Richly colored patterned papers, graceful flourishes,
and striking embellishments set the tone for this memorable winter
Hansel & Gretel Album
A fairy tale of Germanic origin, Hansel and Gretel tells the story of two children
abandoned in the forest by their woodcutter father. Wandering about, trying
to find their way home, they discover a house made from gingerbread, candy,
and other sweets. This delightful house album pays homage to this Brothers
Grimm classic by sporting candy cane roofs, frosted peaks, and glittered embellishments.
The similarity doesn't end there, as both the album and the fairy tale have
happy endings. In the story, Hansel and Gretel find themselves rid of the wicked
witch who owns the confectionary cottage and wants to eat them for dinner,
while the children whose photos are featured in the house album discover lots
of toys and treats under their Christmas tree.
Snow Day Mini Album
A fun day building a snowman is captured on film and preserved
in this sweet little mini album. Crisp white accents add a
snowy spark to several shades of blue and green patterned papers.
Journaling is kept to a minimum, allowing the photos of happy
faces to speak for themselves.
Resin Filled Memory Charms
Simply beaded necklaces, plain silver chains, or silken
ribbons are beautifully accented with memory charms of your own
design. Treasured photos of loved ones, special vacation spots
or favorite motifs and images are encased forever in a domed
and jeweled setting. These small treasures destined to be worn
or attached to a keychain will be cherished for a lifetime and
make excellent holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.
Ruby & Pearl Photo Album
Fashioned from sumptuously colored patterned papers and
trimmed with ruby and pearl embellishments, this stunning photo
album would make the perfect gift to give your favorite jewelry
lover. Each page is beautifully arranged and exquisitely finished,
so all the intended recipient has to do is select and insert
their favorite photos as desired.
Personality Profiles —A fun look at what your favorite candy
flavor says about your scrapbook style!
We already know that crafting is good for us. Immersing ourselves
in a craft we are passionate about hones our creativity, inspires
and motivates us, and simply makes us feel happy...but, let's face
it —long hours sitting at the craft table can reek havoc on
our back and eyes. Next time you take your seat at a weekend
crop session or plan on finishing up all those scrapbook pages
at home, take into consideration a few precautionary tips.
For those of us who are grandmothers, you know how hard it is to keep "everything
even" among our grandchildren. You know what I mean...what we give to one,
we try to give to the other. Well, since I featured a layout of my granddaughter
Lily in the Summer issue of Scrapbooking & Beyond, and one of Cecelia,
in the Fall issue, it's now Amalia's turn to be featured in this issue.
At not quite two years old, Lily didn't really have much say about her
layout. Cecelia, who is nine years-old, had definite ideas about her page;
including the photo, the colors...well, just about everything. Six year-old
Amalia was blissfully happy with all of my choices, especially all those
"sparkies." Pure joy...
The image of a skull and crossbones has come to represent many things. Some
may immediately picture a flag hoisted high on the mast of a pirate ship,
while others visualize a medicine bottle with a warning label. A few might
think of a special military force and there will be those that know this
symbol has been long used to mark the entrances to Spanish cemeteries.
Today the skull and crossbones imagery is as popular as ever, and is being
used on everything from t-shirts to scrapbook paper and related embellishments.
A new palette of colors transforms the dull colors of old into bright
new ones: shocking pink (laced with black) for girls and electric blue
(complete with winged guitars) for boys. This new look packs a big punch
and a lot of fun into an image that is still highly appealing and appropriate
for all ages.