Sam I Am
If you love to stamp, this is the layout for
you! A cream-colored cardstock is easily
transformed with the help of several
stamped images and the beautiful partnering
of ink pads and chalks. Nature, flourish,
and block print images were selected, as
their random imagery allows for unlimited
possibilities when designing a page or
other paper crafting projects.
Scrapbooking family outings and vacations is one of the many ways to
preserve special moments that everyone can share and enjoy.
Featured here are a variety of styles, techniques, and photos that are sure
to spark the imagination for creating your future destination layouts
A Touch of the South
Cliffs of Moher
Kinnoull Hill, Perth, Scotland
According to designer Becky Thackston, “even bad pictures are scrappable.” She
proves her point with the blurred photo on the layout featured here. At first glance, one
might ask, “What happened?” But once you read Becky’s journaling, you’ll agree that
one picture is definitely worth a thousand words!
||OMG It's a Bear
|Abraham & Alice
This layout takes full advantage of beautifully coordinated vintage
papers to enhance a treasured family photo. Typewriter key
stickers, a distressed bookplate, and a textured photo mat are
perfectly reproduced to mimic those used in the 1920s. Lightly
antiquing around outside edges with a copper ink pad adds a soft
patina and warms the overall black and white color scheme.
Whether commonplace or rare, routine or hardly ever, certain aspects of our daily lives can be just as precious and worthy of documentation as the grand, once-in-a-lifetime events. Still life layouts, like the collection featured here, offer small glimpses into our personal lives and
many times can reveal more about us than what meets the eye.
Cafe Au Lait
Chocolate Expresso Cookies
Every scrapbook layout, with or without pictures and regardless of theme, is a personal
memory preserved forever. For those of us fortunate enough to remember a special family
favorite cookbook or recipe, the pages featured here are sure to provide the inspiration for
preserving a small, but very personal part of a family’s history. Designer Lindi West takes
recipe pages to new heights with creative flair and a sense of humor. There’s no better way to pass
down and preserve those special culinary treats than to create your own family recipe album. So
stop lookin’ and start cookin’!
||Potato Chip Chicken
Vibrantly alive with autumnal colors, this stunning layout takes full
advantage of richly patterned papers and beautifully coordinated
embellishments. Black accents like the typewriter key alphabet tags
and beads employ the use of gold wire and mini safety pins to really
make this page pop.
by Two by Two by Four
What’s interesting about the photos in the layouts featured here is that three
of them show their subjects from the back, yet all three express the same
sentiment as the last photo brimming with smiling faces. The next time you
pick up the camera and get ready to “shoot,” try capturing the moment from a
different perspective. Remember…one picture is still worth a thousand words.
Seize the Moment
"It is very important to me to scrapbook about not only the big events, but also about
the little everyday things: the things that seem so natural and normal right now, but
may be forgotten too soon. My son’s love for stuffed animals and his attachment to
their tags is one of those things. When he’s all grown up, I’ll be able to look at this and
remember it clearly!” – Claude Campeau
Designer Di Hickman bought a Halloween costume on sale and
wasn’t quite sure which one of her pets was going to wear it for
some fright night fun. She tried it on her dog, River, knowing he really
wouldn’t mind trying it on for size…he’s just a hound for treats!
in the Clowns
It’s often been said that when someone falls off a horse, the best thing to do is to get right back in the saddle. The same can be said about overcoming other fears as well. Scrapbook pages are more than just showcases for our favorite photos. They can also be expressive and therapeutic outlets for everything imaginable that encompasses one’s life. For designer Kathleen Taylor, a bright red nose isn’t synonymous with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rather, this large proboscis
“wigs her out.” “Send in the Clowns” is an emotionally charged layout both in imagery and words to help designer Kathleen Taylor deal with her dread of clowns.
|In Love with Fall
Dry embossing (also known as relief embossing) is a fun technique that lets you create raised designs on paper. There are several methods to try. You will need a stylus and a hard stencil or template (brass or other metal). A light box is a very useful tool to have, but it is not completely
necessary, as you can substitute natural light and a window pane. Use tape to secure your stencil or template onto the light box or window pane, then put your paper on top. Use the stylus to gently outline and press the paper through the open areas of the design selected. TIP: Rub a piece of wax
paper over the paper to allow the stylus to glide more smoothly. Or, you can stamp an image onto paper and place directly onto a mouse pad. Gently outline around the outside of the image, and continue to press into the open areas until the design is completely raised.
and Survivor Book
We all have journeys that we go through in life. Some lessons we take for granted, while others we do not. Having cancer and living to tell about it is one lesson that people do not
take lightly. Keeping a scrapper’s journal will help you to remember what you were feeling on any given day and to reflect back on a very difficult time in your life and in the lives of those
around you. Recording those moments by creating this book will serve as a reminder of what you struggled through to get where you are today.
“Marah Johnson's new line, appropriately named ‘Awareness,’ was used to create my Hope Purse and Survivor's Book. A portion of this paper will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer. While this collection was made to help support finding a cure for breast cancer, it
is really about the inner strength of all beings when faced with adversity. It is a collection to preserve the moments that make us who we are, whether it be sickness, loss of a loved one, depression, or health issues. We all have a story that is not a Kodak moment.” – Cheryl Mezzetti
“Changes” is a column that devotes itself to all types of women’s issues ranging from
daily trials, tribulations, and triumphs to illness, divorce, and loss. It is a place where
you can be free to express who you are, what you think, and how you feel…a place
where your voice will be heard and your images shared. Sometimes just one word
spoken or one image seen can be an important turning point for someone else.
Knowing that you’re not alone can make all the difference. We have pages reserved for
all of the women who have faced life’s changes with personal courage, enduring love,
and even a sense of humor…who have made a choice to somehow change their lives
or to better the lives of those they love.
Scrapbooking events in one’s life holds the power of healing, immortalizing, and
remembering both the joyful and painful changes that we all experience on this all-toobrief
journey in time. What a wondrous thing it is to behold, and how fortunate we are,
if preserving these memories through scrapbooking helps to move us, or perhaps
someone else, forward on life’s shared path.
If you would like to share your story with us, please send your submission to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line entitled “Changes.”
||Steps of Faith
Full-color likenesses and miniature portraits were once reserved solely for wealthy clients, making it difficult for ordinary people to acquire images of their family and loved ones. Both skilled and aspiring portrait artists turned to creating profile likenesses cut from black paper called “profile shades” or “shadows” to keep their businesses lucrative. These silhouettes, as they were later known, were quick, affordable, and extremely popular with ordinary people, allowing them inexpensive access to portraiture.
In the 19th century, artists styled silhouettes with more elaborate details, including full dress, collars, upswept and curled hairstyles, hats, and even jewelry into their cuttings.
Silhouettes can be accomplished in two ways. One method is to freehand cut a subject’s profile from black paper. The profile is then mounted onto a background and framed. The other way is to have the subject seated behind a length of white paper or thin sheeting. A lit candle is placed behind the sitter, casting the profile onto paper. A sketch is made, reduced in size, and then cut from black paper. The layouts featured here use an assortment of silhouette images ranging from simple to very detailed. To create the silhouettes, print out a profile from a photo or trace around the perimeter of desired
images. Place the traced image onto black cardstock and cut out, then mount onto your layout.
|See the Light:
People in Natural Light
When it comes to photographing people, a successful
shot often depends on lighting. Fortunately, it’s easy to capture
stunning images once you understand the basics of reading light.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately for scrapbookers, photos don’t always offer up information like “Try me on yellow paper.” In fact for some photos, selecting a background can be pretty challenging. From pictures with many colors to groups of photos taken at different times or events, there are a variety of reasons photos can be challenging to match with a background. Here are just a few examples of challenging photos and solutions from Hot Off The
Press designers Laura Nichols and LeNae Gerig.
The layouts featured here show how easily you can transform a
computerized sketch into a stunning layout using your Microsoft
Word program. The sketch shown here was created by designer
Liz Qualman. Designer friends Laura Solomon, Tessa Ann Watte,
and Susan Goetter were invited to share their interpretations of
Liz’s original design. As you can see, each layout follows the basic
pattern yet remains uniquely its own.
Are You My Mother?
|Blowing Bubbles Photo Frame
|As Time Goes By Photo Frame
There is a certain beauty in objects that
are old, worn, and more or less, have seen “better days.” Although peeling paint, chipped edges, and rusted areas give little evidence of their former glory, these are the very things that many of us find so appealing. Moseying around dusty attics and damp basements in search of discarded relics provides a sense of adventure,
and one never knows what will turn up. In the case of the albums featured here, it was an abandoned hinge, key, and an old photo. Perhaps the hinge and key worked hard each day protecting the kitchen larder, and the photo once graced the parlor mantel until each no longer served a useful purpose. Only the creative eye would recognize their former beauty and rescue
them from oblivion…how very wonderful.
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