101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

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101+ Creative Ways To Use Your

Scrapbook Supplies

with Jennifer McGuire


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Editor’s Note If you’ve ever browsed or purchased scrapbook supplies and wondered how to use them creatively on your layouts, then this new Creating Keepsakes special issue has more than 219 answers for you. Columnist Jennifer McGuire and a team of creative contributors show you easy-to-follow techniques that’ll give you simple, creative ways to use those products to showcase your memories in style. Ideas include:

• creating cool sticker borders (see page 36),

• embossing on metal made easy (see page 101),

• terrific titles with brads (see page 96),

• glossy finishes using adhesives (see page 37),

• adding texture with quick ribbon tricks (see page 80),

• and more!

So whether you’ve been scrapbooking for years or are just thinking about starting, we hope you’ll find that this issue is one you enjoy now—and return to again and again for instruction and inspiration! Enjoy!

Jennafer Martin Editor-in-Chief Creating Keepsakes magazine



101+ Creative Ways to Use Your

Scrapbook Supplies Table of Contents Editor’s Note: Introduction: 1 Paper:

page 5 page 6

page 9

Add color to your layouts using your must-have supplies. 2 Stickers & Die Cuts:

page 31

Add flair to your pages using scraps and pre-printed pieces. 3 Chipboard:

page 53

Add dimension to your pages with chipboard. 4 Fabric & Ribbon:

page 75

Add soft texture to your pages using fabric, trim, and ribbon. 5 Hardware:

page 95

Add shine to your layouts with metal brads, tags, and more. 6 Adhesive:

page 115

Add unique textures to your layouts using adhesive. 4 Bonus Techniques:

page 138

Add texture, color, and dimension to your pages with these don’t-miss techniques. ON OUR COVER: My Little Man by Jennifer McGuire. Supplies: Cardstock: Hero Arts; Fabric and paint: Ranger Industries; Die-cutting machine and embossing folder: Ellison; Sanding tool: Advantus; Punches: EK Success and Stampin’ Up!; Font: American Typewriter; Adhesive and stickers: American Crafts.



1: PAPER Add color to your layouts using your must-have supplies. If you have nothing else in your scrapbooking supply closet, you know you can do what you love with only paper, transparencies, and cardstock. After all, where else would your photos and journaling go? But paper is more than just a background for your memories; paper can add excitement and flair to your scrapbook layouts. From plain cardstock or cardstock with embossed texture to simple patterns or bold splashes of color and imagery, paper can provide a unique way to create accents, add color, help you journal, and reinforce the theme of your pages. Here, you’ll find new, exciting ways to create fabulous looks for your pages using paper and supplies that you probably already have in your stash. Ready to learn more? Break out your papers, punches, and pens, and follow along.



make the ideas your own With all of the cool paper ideas in this chapter, you’ll have to go out and try them for yourself! To get started, combine a couple of ideas to add a little extra color and style to an otherwise simple page design. Here, Kim Jackson created both a faux scalloped edge (see page 11 for how to create this) and a stamped tissue paper background (see page 19 for how to create this) following Jennifer McGuire’s and Noel Culbertson’s examples. Jelly Beans by Kim Jackson. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Advantus, My Mind’s Eye, and Pebbles; Stickers: American Crafts; Rhinestones: My Mind’s Eye; Trim: Webster’s Pages; Spray ink: Tattered Angels; Marker and punch: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Alvin & Company; Adhesive: Henkel; Other: Tissue paper.

5 Tips for Using Paper 1 Mix patterns and colors. 2 Cut up your patterns, especially the large ones. 3 Cut your scraps into squares and rectangles—pieces you’ll actually use. 4 Pre-punch smaller scraps into pieces perfect for accents. 5 Add color and patterns using ink, chalk, powders, and paints.



Create a Simple Striped Background

Often, the easiest backgrounds to create make for the best pages. Here, Jennifer McGuire layered leftover strips of paper in colors that let her photos stand strong on her layout. Make your background even more interesting by crumpling some strips of paper and distressing the edges of others. What a great way to use your scraps! For hints and tricks on getting a pretty, crumpled look, turn to page 16. Lovin’ Life by Jennifer McGuire. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Anna Griffin, BoBunny Press, Doodlebug Design, KI Memories, and My Mind’s Eye; Punch: EK Success; Ink: Ranger Industries; Letter sticker and buttons: American Crafts; Other: Adhesive and string.

Adorn Your Layout with Rings Create colorful patterned rings for your scrapbook pages by first punching a small circle and then punching a large circle from the negative. Combine multiple patterned rings on your page to create a page with great energy—circles help the viewer’s eye move across the page. Bonus Tip: Make Jennifer’s look your own by using complementary colors for your rings and title. If the color combination feels too bold, choose softer shades and delicate patterns. Sunny by Jennifer McGuire. Supplies: Patterned paper: Advantus, Anna Griffin, Autumn Leaves, Doodlebug Design, Scenic Route, and Stampin’ Up!; Chipboard letters: Die Cuts with a View; Rhinestones: Hero Arts; Font: AL Highlight; Other: Adhesive.


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Paper Piece a Quilted Accent 1




Add a trendy homespun touch to your layouts with a quilted, paper-pieced accent, like the one Cindy Tobey created. Simple icons can take on a new life with this technique! To speed things up, Cindy recommends using a square-shaped punch to create uniform squares of patterned paper from your paper scraps. How to Create Your Own Quilted Butterfly 1 Print or sketch butterfly shape on paper. 2 Punch squares from patterned paper. 3 Layer squares over back of paper with butterfly shape. Hint: Use a light box. 4 Cut out butterfly shape. 5 Sew along paper edges using zigzag stitch. 6 Tape excess thread to back of butterfly.



Bonus Tip: If you have a die-cutting system, try using die-cut shapes with this technique; or print out a shape from your computer, like Cindy did. Quilted Butterfly by Cindy Tobey. Supplies: Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle; Pearls: Zva Creative; Adhesive: Tombow. Digital Supplies: Software: Adobe.



2: Stickers & Die Cuts Add flair to your pages using scraps and pre-printed pieces. No matter how long you’ve been scrapbooking, you probably have more than a few stickers and pre-printed die cuts in your stash. Or maybe you’re more of a do-it-yourself gal and are always ready with your trusty die-cutting machine. Either way, stickers and die cuts—homemade or store bought—are certainly scrapbooking essentials! From “plain Jane” journaling spots to intricately printed self-adhesive pieces, finding new and cool ways to use these pieces is at the top of every scrapbooker’s to-do list. We’re here today to help you do just that—use your die cuts and stickers in ways you never thought of. Whether it’s simply applying them to layouts in innovative ways or altering them with inks, bling, fabric, and more, you’re sure to find a fabulous new look for your old standbys. So grab your stash and let’s get started!



make the ideas your own The sticker and die-cut ideas in this chapter are perfect for adding a bit of flair to your layouts. To get started, take one of the themed ideas, like Cindy Tobey’s tree accent on page 33, and convert it to something that works well for your layout. Megan Hoeppner used Cindy’s idea to create a subtle, textured flower and a cute frame for her journaling. CK Scrap & Play by Megan Hoeppner. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Die cuts: Sassafras; Stickers: American Crafts, Bella Blvd, and Glitz Design; Journaling spot: Jillibean Soup; Stamps: Studio Calico; Ink: Ranger Industries; Spray ink: Maya Road; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Fabric, staples, and vintage map paper.

5 Tips for Using Stickers 1 Remember that you don’t need to adhere stickers directly to your layout—layer them with other accents. 2 If certain colors don’t work with your theme, you can replace those pieces with paper or fabric. 3 Get twice as much from your purchase by using the negatives too. 4 Stamp, paint, and ink your stickers to create custom looks. 5 Use the back side of the sticker for a fab silhouette.



Create Custom Patterned Paper

Layering die-cut shapes onto cardstock is about as basic as you can get, but the look is certainly anything but old school! Graphically repeating a single die-cut image all over your base paper to create a very cool tone-on-tone look is something you can do in less than half an hour. Just get out your die-cutting machine (or even a punch) to re-create this hip look on your layout. Try inking the edges of your die cuts to further enhance the look. Create by Jennifer McGuire. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Die-cutting machines: Ellison and Silhouette America; Dies: Stampin’ Up!; Ink and ink blending tool: Ranger Industries; Adhesive: American Crafts.

Create Patterns with Die-Cut Borders

One way to break free of any pre-conceived notions you may have about how to use your die cuts is to not “use” them on your layout. Trace them and toss them! You can create repeating waves like Cindy Tobey’s by simply tracing the edge of your die cut onto white cardstock with a clear gel pen, then adding color and depth with paint. The gel pen will resist the paint, leaving you with a clean white edge that’ll pop against the deep blue color. You can do this with any border to enhance the theme of your page! Kayaking with Daddy by Cindy Tobey. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Bella Blvd, Cosmo Cricket, Jillibean Soup, Pebbles, and We R Memory Keepers; Stickers: Bella Blvd and KI Memories; Chipboard: American Crafts, Colorbök, K&Company, and KI Memories; Paint: Making Memories; Pens: Sakura; Font: Verdana; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Tombow; Other: Embroidery floss.


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A die-cut cake is just a cake, but when you frost it with border stickers it becomes a delectable treat for your layout! How to Frost Your Own Die-Cut Cake 1 Adhere border stickers to die cut. 2 Trim sticker ends for exact fit. Cake by Sara Winnick. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Stickers: Doodlebug Design; Die-cutting machine: Silhouette America.

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Add Fabric to a Sticker Step up your sticker-based accents by replacing bits of the original design with fabric. How to Create Your Own Homespun Tree 1 Cut sticker from sticker sheet, leaving sticker backing in place. 2 Punch circles in sticker. 3 Peel off sticker backing, and adhere sticker to fabric. Trim.



To see this idea used on a layout, turn to page 51. Tree by Cindy Tobey. Supplies: Sticker: Little Yellow Bicycle; Punches: EK Success; Other: Fabric.




3: chipboard Add dimension to your pages with chipboard. Chipboard is, without a doubt, a heavy lifter in scrapbooking. We make books out of it, rely on it to add strength to our titles, and cover it with everything under the sun. (Okay, almost everything.) If you’ve never used chipboard before, look to this sturdy supply whenever you want to add dimension to your layouts—it comes in all shapes, sizes, and weights, and one of them is bound to be just right for your project. And if you’re just starting your scrapbooking journey, kick it off with a fun chipboard mini album! Now, whether you choose to leave your chipboard au naturale for a trendy kraft look or paint it and trim it out with ribbons, you’re sure to find a new idea that appeals to you in this chapter. Gather your frames, letters, and accents, gals. We’re playing with chipboard!



make the ideas your own You’ll love trying out all of the chipboard ideas presented in this chapter on your layouts. To get started, you can take Maggie Holmes’ inking idea from her “Home Sweet Home” accent (see page 65) and create an entire scene with two-tone chipboard. By painting her grungeboard accents yellow and spritzing them with purple ink, Kim Jackson created a completely different look than Maggie’s hip, cozy, retro piece using the same technique. Grammy’s Stickers by Kim Jackson. Supplies: Patterned paper: Advantus and BasicGrey; Chipboard: Advantus; Stickers: American Crafts and My Mind’s Eye; Paint: Making Memories; Spray ink: Tattered Angels; Marker and punch: Stampin’ Up!; Adhesive: Henkel.

Chipboard Cheat Sheet Use grungeboard if you are . . .

Use chipboard if you are . . .

Dry embossing Scoring Folding Punching

Debossing Embedding Peeling *

For everything else, go with your personal preference. * If you peel your chipboard first, you may be able to punch through it.



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Simple chipboard stars get the star treatment (pardon our pun) when you add silver brads to them. The stars Becky Olsen used draw on the star patterned paper she incorporated into her layout, creating a cohesive look, but you can step up any chipboard shape using this easy technique. You can even add rhinestone brads for a more feminine flair.


How to Create Your Own Polka-Dot Stars 1 Paint chipboard using acrylic paint. 2 Punch holes in chipboard using Crop-A-Dile. 3 Add brads to holes.


July 11th by Becky Olsen. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper and stickers: Pink Paislee; Chipboard: Maya Road; Brads: American Crafts; Paint: Ranger Industries; Punch: We R Memory Keepers; Pen: Sakura; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Tombow; Other: Thread.


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Create a Distressed Chipboard Accent Boy accents look fabulous when they’re lightly distressed (you know, for that rough–and– tumble look). It’s easy to achieve! Crumple shiny chipboard accents and then distress them using a sanding block to remove the sheen. Tap your distressed chipboard with an inkpad or sponge ink onto it for an even more intensely distressed look. All Boy by Jennifer McGuire. Supplies: Glossy chipboard: Cosmo Cricket; Cork paper: QuicKutz; Ink: Ranger Industries; Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design; Punches: EK Success and Stampin’ Up!; Adhesive: EK Success and Kokuyo; Other: Sanding block and string.

Add Embossed Texture to Chipboard Normally, it’s not easy to dry emboss chipboard; however, grungeboard is another story altogether. Thinner than chipboard but with roughly the same texture, you can bend it, fold it, crease it, and even dry emboss it. Add embossed texture by running your grungeboard through an embossing machine, then lightly ink the surface to enhance the embossed design. Home by Jennifer McGuire. Supplies: Chipboard: Advantus; Ink: Ranger Industries; Die-cutting machine and die: QuicKutz; Embossing plate: Stampin’ Up!; Rub-ons: American Crafts; Stamps: Hero Arts; Felt accent: Prima; Adhesive: Kokuyo; Other: String.

Wrap Chipboard in Twine Create a homespun accent by wrapping chipboard accents in twine. Be sure to secure the ends with dot adhesive to ensure that your accent doesn’t come unraveled. Then, adhere it to a tag, like Jennifer McGuire did, or add it straight to your layout. Use different colors of twine, baker’s twine, or embroidery floss to create just the right look for your layout. Family of 5 by Jennifer McGuire. Supplies: Chipboard: Advantus; Tag: Office Depot; Stamp: Stampers Anonymous; Ink: Ranger Industries; Twine: Papertrey Ink; Adhesive: EK Success.