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Expert tips for photographing flowers >


tips & tricks



creative ideas to

Fabul us Fl wers

add flowers to SCRAPBOOKS for every occasion

Mix it up! Easy ways to CREATE

flower accents for scrapbooks! TIPS & TRICKS 2011

plus! Easy storage solutions

for flower supplies!

on our cover


SCRAPBOOKING TIPS & TRICKS: fabulous flowers 2011

Silly Girl by Joey Manwarren. Digital Supplies: Software: Adobe; Cardstock: ErinInk; Patterned paper and flowers: Berry Sweet Designs and Designs by Anita; Stitching: Anna Aspnes; Journaling spot: Katie Pertiet; Stamp: Wild Blueberry Ink; Fonts: CK Marissa and American Typewriter.


photo Š superstock

photographing flowers p. 67 storage solutions p. 27 create flower accents with bling p. 59, and fabric p. 32

30 Flowers for All Occasions

Fit any theme on your scrapbook layouts using flowers.

45 Quick and Easy Paper Flowers

Add flair to your scrapbook pages with fast handmade flowers.


55 Mixed Medium Garden

Cultivate a new breed of fanciful flowers for your layouts.

67 Scrapbooking with Flower Photos


17 solutions for taking and scrapbooking beautiful photos of flowers.

73 Fresh Floral Design Solutions

Enhance your layout by using these seven fresh floral solutions.


Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers 2011



In Every Issue 4


flowers for you



using flowers to create a scene


FAST PAGES 45-minute (or less!) pages


LATEST & GREATEST must-have scrapbooking products


STASH IT! storage solutions


BUDGET TIPS flowers made from everyday items


JOURNALING SOLUTIONS adding flowery language to your layouts



ISSUE INDEX your guide to this issue


10-MINUTE Tricks quick flower accents

quick-start guide

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A key to easy-reference icons found throughout the issue:

FRESH FACE Made by a designer never before published with us ONLINE CONTENT Downloads

and online extras

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Editor's Note Whether they’re found in patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, stamps, or chipboard, flowers are a favorite motif in scrapbooking. In fact, if you ask a scrapbooker what accent they reach for most often, chances are good that they’ll say “flowers!” Whenever we publish an article on using or creating flowers for scrapbook layouts in Creating Keepsakes magazine, readers tell us they want more. That’s why we dedicated this special issue to flowers, the motif that scrapbookers can’t seem to get enough of! Whether you like using floral patterned paper or flower accents or learning techniques to create your own blooms, this issue’s got more than 270 ideas to use your supplies creatively and beautifully. We hope you enjoy the bouquet of ideas in this issue to add a floral touch to your next layout!


JENNAFER MARTIN Editor-in-Chief Creating Keepsakes magazine


Flowers . . . are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.



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Stash It by Megan Hoeppner

Transform your scrapbooking room into a beautiful floral shop with our easy ideas for storing your flower accents. With decorative display options for flowers and floral trims, you can organize your entire blooming collection in ways that are both functional and stylish.

Floral Topiary by Kim Watson Create a striking topiary for your room using your flower collection. With this bright project, your flowers are at your fingertips whenever you’re ready to accent your pages. To create your own topiary, use small straight pins to attach your assortment of floral embellishments to a large foam ball. Once your ball is covered with flowers, insert a dowel for your stem, and put that stem in a colorful pot filled with something to keep your organized bloom upright, such as glass pebbles or rice.

Supplies by American Crafts, Bazzill Basics Paper, Fancy Pants Designs, Maya Road, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, and Other.


Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers 2011


Supplies BY Martha stewart crafts and Michaels

Cultivate a new breed of fanciful flowers for your layouts. Through the years, flowers have been carefully cultivated for just the right look and feel, which means we have thousands of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures to enjoy. The flower accents you use on your scrapbook layouts ought to be equally diverse—varied enough to help you tell the myriad of stories in your life. Part of growing a diverse garden of accents includes having fun making flowers using exciting combinations of materials. It’s so easy! Follow along with our designers as we cultivate new varieties of mixed medium flower accents. by Kim Jackson

Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers 2011


Cutie Pie by Piradee Talvanna. Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts and Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Lily Bee Design and Pink Paislee; Tags: Maya Road; Chipboard: Lily Bee Design; Brads: American Crafts; Stickers: Pink Paislee; Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints; Stamp: Technique Tuesday; Die and die-cutting machine: Sizzix; Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Adhesive: American Crafts and Beacon Adhesives; Other: Baker’s twine, cork, ink, and ribbon.

Cork Dahlias

1. Die-cut paper Draw inspiration from the full-bodied dahlia and use loads of different shapes and textures to create a puffed flower accent for your next layout about your fabulous furry friend. Lightweight cork is a wonderful option for adding texture without bulk! When creating a dahlia-inspired accent, think about how you can incorporate circle patterns to help create the illusion of a dahlia’s tubular petals. For example, create a base for your dahlia with a billowy scalloped circle, die cut from a polka-dot patterned paper like the one Piradee Talvanna chose. Next, continue your circular theme by selecting flower dies with round shapes—either the whole flower or simply the petals—to create 2. Die-cut cork your textured layers.

3. Die-cut transparency

4. Pearls

5. Organza

Tip Quickly create fluffy leaf clusters by looping ribbon strands and adhering the ends behind your flower.

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Fresh Floral Design Solutions SUPPLIES BY Die Cuts With a View AND MARTHA STEWART CRAFTS.

from seven fresh floral solutions to enhance your layout! Think you’re not a designer? Think again! You can create a welldesigned page in no time by implementing floral design elements on your layout. By incorporating floral embellishments, accents, borders, and backgrounds, you help determine your layout’s tone. You’ll preserve your memories by successfully sharing your story while captivating your viewers with your page. We’ve gathered seven design solutions to help you create your own pleasing pages using flowers as design elements. So what are you waiting for? Make your layout bloom!

by Amber Ellis

Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers 2011


#1 Draw Attention Using a Visual Triangle

Problem : The single floral accent seems

to be floating on the page, distracting the viewer’s attention from the photos, journaling, and other important page elements.


 AFTER Not So Ordinary by Deena Wuest. Digital Supplies: Software: Adobe; Cardstock: Michelle Martin; Patterned paper, buttons, flower, and ribbon: Andrea Victoria; Fonts: Avant Garde and Carpenter.

Solution : Add two more complementing flower accents and arrange all

the flowers in a triangle to draw the viewer’s eye around the page.

Why This Works : The eye naturally wants to connect to similar items on a page. You can draw your viewer’s eye to the heart of your story by placing elements in a triangle on your layout. Remember, when creating a visual triangle not all three elements need to be exactly the same—subtle differences create interest.


Bonus Tip: Leaving

white space on your layouts not only gives a place for the eye to rest, it also amplifies any design elements you add, making your flowers stand out.

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