Adding Visual Interest to a Scrapbook Page

Have you ever sat staring at your scrapbook page, wondering what to do next?  Or thought to yourself that your page needed a little something extra, but couldn’t think of what that might be?  This happens to me all the time, so I decided to make a list to help me when that happens.

I originally posted the list on the Two Peas in a Bucket forum, and some very nice Peas added their ideas.  The list below is a compilation of both my ideas and the added ideas.

If you can think of anything I’ve missed, share it in a comment.  I’m sure everyone else will appreciate it!

*Put a thin strip with words on it horizontally across the page
*Add a die cut to the background,circle, 1/2 circle, bracket, 1/2 bracket, custom diecut shape (large snowflake, etc.)
*Put a little embellishment on journaling tag
*Add round metal tag
*Pocket
*Draw a line around the edge of the whole page
*Make a rosette from patterned paper
*Ruffle
*Ribbon tab
*Put a word strip on a photo
*Bow
*Curl or distress the edges of paper
*Ink edges
*Chalk
*Ribbon across whole page
*Ribbon tied around photo
*Ribbon around journaling block or envelope
*Put a line of three or more dots and add an embellishment at the end
*Paper piecing
*Pierce holes with paper piercer
*Cut a photo into a shape
*Add wavy border strip
*Use Coredinations cardstock and sand
*Put multiple pictures in shape
*Wrinkle the paper
*Put a tab over the edge of the page
*Add a timeline
*Add quote
*Add plastic pocket
*Journal in a spiral or wavy line
*Add stitching
*Buttons
*Ribbon
*Chipboard
*Brads
*Strips with words on them
*Tear paper
*Emboss paper or die cut
*Tags
*File tabs
*Use a scalloped edge
*Use pinking shear edge
*Add journaling block
*Use a word in a circle as an embellishment
*Put a design in a circle
*Staples
*Photo corners
*Use puff paint to make flourishes or other designs
*Glitter
*Pop-dots
*Date stamp
*Round corners
*String, twine, or other fibers
*Draw a line around the outside of a photo
*Use a die cut that is a shape, but has the middle cut out so the background paper shows through
*Put a frame around a diecut
*Monogram letter
*Put extra photos in a clear pocket
*Use large chipboard numbers for the date
*Journal around a photo
*Stamp on a photo
*Put a loose-leaf page edge on a piece of paper
*Use a scallop mat for the entire page
*Put a thin cardstock border around the whole page
*Stitch around the whole page
*Use versamark
*Heat emboss
*Put strips of paper behind a photo
*Pleat a strip of cardstock
*Use an arrow to point to something
*Make a numbered list
*Make a border from repeated die cut shapes (hearts, snowflakes, flowers, etc.)
*Pearls
*Mist
*Rhinestone
*Buttons
*Use the negative of a die cut
*Paint
*Put numbers on photos
*Rubber stamping
*Make a fringe
*Paper clips
*Fold-out book on page
*Photo collage
*Zig-zag or straight stitching
*Felt
*Stamp lines for journaling
*Put colored areas behind, or outline, some words in journaling
*Stickers
*Add brochures, map or other ephemera
*Have a half bracket shape or circle peek out from behind a photo or journaling
*Cut something out of pattern paper and use it as an embellishment
Stickles
*Punches, e.g. gather/overlap/layer/”bunch up” a lot of punched out leaves for a nice look.
*Tulle
*Cork
*Corrugated cardboard
*Add a banner
*Add a cool tag from clothing or a tea bag or etc.
*Crepe paper
*Machine stitch lace to the layout
*Rub-ons
*Stamp your own personalized phrase on a piece of “twill” ribbon
staples
*Use iridescent medium to add shimmer to a page
*Doodling
*Metal accents
*Wire and wire words
*Use die cuts as a mask and then mist
*Hidden journaling
*For photos with lots of people, take a piece of velum and trace the picture and then number the people and then have a list of who is who in the pic. This is a great example of hidden journaling do it where you can “flip” the pic up to see the traced picture.
*Make a wordle. (wordle.net)
*Punched circles lined up half under another paper to create the scalloped border
*Cut photo into the mosaic squares
*Use individual jewels to make shapes.

Online Scrapbooking Classes

Below is a list of links to websites that offer online scrapbooking classes.  Some of the websites offer a few free classes.

Standard Classes:

Balzer Designs

Big Picture Classes

BoBunny (free classes and videos showing how to make projects using their products.)

Craftsy

Creative Passion Classes

Ella Publishing Spring Training

Emily Mayhem

Got Crafts / Valerie Salmon

Inspired to Scrap

Joanne Sharpe

Latrice Murphy

Masterful Scrapbook Design

My Creative Classroom

Nathalie’s Studio

Online Card Classes

Scrap Rack

Shimelle

Sketch Support / Scrapbook Generations / Allison Davis

Spotted Canary

Studio Calico

True Scrap

Two Peas in a Bucket 

Webinar Classes on Ustream:

Kathryn Scraps / The Scrap Beach

Paper Phenomenon

Prima Flower

Websites with Class-Like Tutorials

The Classroom / Ellen Hutson (Every blog post is a technique tutorial.  Awesome!)

Split Coast Stampers (No classes per se, but tons of tutorials.)

UK Scrappers (Not classes per se, but lots of educational information.)

Title Work–Ways to Add Visual Interest

I love titles that have a lot of visual interest, but sometimes as I’m working on my own layouts, I can’t think of what to do to make my title look more interesting.  To help with this problem, I made myself a list of ways to embellish titles.

The List:

*Mix 2 different sizes of the same font
*Mix fonts using one block font, one script font
*Mix capitals and lowercase letters
*Cut title out of patterned paper
*Replace an O or the dot of an i with a die cut or sticker
*Add stitching to letters
*Overlap letters
*Use two or more colors
*Put a background shape behind an area of the title
*Add glitter
*Add pop-dots
*Put the title in a word bubble
*Put the title at the top of a journaling block
*Put the title on one of the photo mats
*Put a square behind some of the letters
*Make some of the words in the title in a small font and put a strip behind them
*Put the title in a half circle and decorate the circle
*Put the letters on angles
*Cut the title out of the same paper as the background
*Put the title inside of a die cut shape
*Put a small circle behind one letter or more letters
*Layer one part of the title over another word in the title
*Use a photograph of a sign for the title
*Put a sticker/clipart/die cut between 2 words in the title
*Use a reverse cut-out of the letters (cut the letters out and then use the background for the title
*Outline letters with pen
*Put a shadow layer around the letters
*Sand or tear the edges of the letters
*Crunch the letters and then smooth them out
*Ink the edges of the letters
*Put a frame around one or more of the words
*Paint a brush stroke behind the title
*Put a border strip underneath (i.e. at the bottom) of the title (to support it)
*Use felt letters
*Use chipboard letters
*Use cork letters
*Use fabric letters

I originally put the list on the Two Peas in a Bucket forum and some kind Peas added some other ideas:
*Put a 1 with a round embellishment to make a D (could do the same for lowercase A)
*Put all or part of the title in brackets.
*Run your title up or down the side of your page.
*Form a title from pattern paper scraps cut into strips.
*Put only part of title on a photo, let the rest go onto the layout.
*Do a play on words. "Owl" always love you, "GlamEARous"
*Put part of the title on a ribbon, even a pleated one.
*Accent under the title with a row of punches, die cuts or other small embellishments.
Run strips of journaling between the decks (words) of the title.
*Use small letters on, under or near a big photo.
*Put letters on giant brads
*Make large chipboard letter for 1st letter. Wrap scrap fiber or embroidery floss around it for a different look
*Glue rhinestones, small flowers, or add charms to one or more letters.
*Punch one or more holes through letters, thread ribbon through and tie knot or bow.
*Stamp on the letters.
*Stamp/emboss with clear embossing
*Add Stickles

Free SVG – Wave Border

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Free SVG–Palm Tree

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palm tree die cut

Scrapbooking Sales & Events–August 27, 2012

I am temporarily suspending the daily sales listings.

Keep a look out this week for more free SVGs though!

Scrapbooking Sales & Events–August 26, 2012

New Sales:

Hobby Lobby – Free shipping on orders over $35 – today only; 40% off one item 

Simon Says Stamp – 20% off cutting and miscellaneous tools (coupon code BSCT) – ends August 31.

Scrapping Cottage – 15% – 25% off new Cottagecutz:  Victorian Garden and Hocus Pocus,

Scrapbook.com – 15% off Basic Grey.

Crafty Steals – Jenni Bowlin State Fair kit $12.99

Jenni Bowlin "State Fair" Kit

 

Molly’s Square – Dylusions Christmas Stamps – $16.28 each

Ongoing Sales:

Craftsy has their classes on sale for $14.99.

Stuff 4 Scrapbooking – $5 off coupon with no minimum purchase (code SAVEMONEY); 10% off with no minimum purchase (coupon code SaveTen); 25% off large selection of inks and stamps.

Scrapbook Pal – new Pink by Design stamp sets only $9.99

Maya Road Warehouse Sale –$175 of product for $44.95

Lettering Delights – Save 25% on purchases of $24 or more (coupon code Moreon24)

Treasure Box Designs – 40% off all cutting files

Scrapbook Express – 40% off one item – see website for details

Scrap Your Trip – 15% off select overlays; 15% off select papers (coupon code sytsale)

A Cherry on Top – Buy 2 wood stamps, get 1 free. See website for details about coupon and stamp sale – 20% off $100 purchase (coupon code AUGUST20); 15% off $125 purchase (AUGUST15); 12% off $70 purchase (AUGUST12); 10% off $40 purchase (AUGUST10) – Minimum required purchase does not include copic markers, digi products, gift certificates, discounts, S/H or taxes. This code may only be used once. May not be combined with other codes, may not be used on previous orders. Some exclusions may apply – valid through August 31.

Oh My Crafts – 25% off any order (coupon code THEEND) – expires August 26.

Crop Stop – 10% off purchase of $30 or more (coupon code FHR) – expires August 27.

Lori Whitlock – 30% off purchase (coupon code SCHOOL) – ends August 27.

Scrap-Mart – 40% off in-stock stamps – ends August 27; 40% off coupon code for August is DOGDAYS. See website for exclusions. – ends August 31.

Ella Publishing – 50% off “How to Scrapbook Your Personal Heritage” – $2.99 through August 27.

Expressions Vinyl – 10% off (coupon code SCHOOLISBACK) – expires August 28.

Accucraft – 40% off all holiday dies (coupon code FALL) – ends August 29.

My Scrap Chick – Bundles are on sale up to 50% off – ends August 29.

Fotobella – Prima Romance Novel and Welcome to Paris Bundles 30% off plus get free paper storage with bundle purchase; 11% off coordinating embellishments – ends August 30.

Create for Less – Dollar Sale – ends September 13.

AC Moore – home storage cubes $19.99 and school items are on sale until September 15.

Scrappin Doodles – Save 15% off all orders over $5 (coupon code AUGUST2012) – expires August 31.

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs – 50% off if you purchase $25 or more (coupon code sumluv) – expires August 31.

I Diecut – 25% off purchase (coupon code discount25)

Scrapbooking Alley – 20% off most scrapbook product every day.

Why I Love Scrapbooking

Why I Love Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking Sales & Events–August 25, 2012

Noteworthy:

Craftsy – Free class “Sewing Machine 911.”  This class helps you diagnose the problems you are having with your machine, such as uneven tension or jamming.

My Creative Classroom is offering “Focus on Photos” with Johanna Peterson. Begins September 5, 4 weeks, $25.

Cricut Craftroom – Shown below are the free files that are being offered this week.

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New Sales:

Craftsy has their classes on sale for $14.99.

Oh My Crafts – 25% off any order (coupon code THEEND) – expires August 26.

Scrap-Mart – 40% off in-stock stamps – ends August 27.

Scrapbook.com – 10% off journaling supplies

Scrapbook Steals – Lucky 8 Punches – $26.99 each

Scrap Ace – Inkadinkado Red Rubber Cling Stamp Bundle $18.99

Crafty Steals – Basic Grey Wander Collection $15.99

Basic Grey "Wander" Collection

 

Peachy Cheap – Fancy Pants two giant stamp sets $14.99

My Minds Eye Magnolia Rub-ons

 

Scrapbook Daily Deals – Pebbles Glitter Flower Brads $6.99

Pebbles Glitter Flower Brads

 

Flowers to Flourishes – My Mind’s Eye Decorative Brad Bundle $16.99

Molly’s Square – Dylusions stencils – Set of 4 – $15.96 or $20.96 depending on size

Ongoing Sales:

Stuff 4 Scrapbooking – $5 off coupon  with no minimum purchase (code SAVEMONEY); 10% off with no minimum purchase (coupon code SaveTen); 25% off large selection of inks and stamps.

Scrapbook Pal – new Pink by Design stamp sets only $9.99

Maya Road Warehouse Sale –$175 of product for $44.95

Lettering Delights – Save 25% on purchases of $24 or more (coupon code Moreon24)

Treasure Box Designs – 40% off all cutting files

Scrapbook Express – 40% off one item – see website for details

Scrap Your Trip – 15% off select overlays; 15% off select papers (coupon code sytsale)

A Cherry on Top – Buy 2 wood stamps, get 1 free. See website for details about coupon and stamp sale – 20% off $100 purchase (coupon code AUGUST20); 15% off $125 purchase (AUGUST15); 12% off $70 purchase (AUGUST12); 10% off $40 purchase (AUGUST10) – Minimum required purchase does not include copic markers, digi products, gift certificates, discounts, S/H or taxes. This code may only be used once. May not be combined with other codes, may not be used on previous orders. Some exclusions may apply – valid through August 31.

Joann.com – DCWV stacks $9.99 – expires August 25; 40% off all paper stacks; 30% off stamps, stamp pads, inks; 30% off many other papercrafting items; free shipping with $50 purchase (coupon code VEV238); Fiskar’s Fuse $249

Simon Says Scrap – Extra 25% off Clearance category (coupon code DIS25 ); 20% off specialty papers (coupon code BSSP) – ends August 25.

Simon Says Stamp – Specialty papers 20% off (coupon code BSSP ) – ends August 25.

Hobby Lobby – 25% off Tim Holtz products; 30% off MyStik scrapbook adhesives; 40% off one item (look at Hobby Lobby website header for coupon) – expires August 25.

Crop Stop – 10% off purchase of $30 or more (coupon code FHR) – expires August 27.

Lori Whitlock – 30% off purchase (coupon code SCHOOL) – ends August 27.

Ella Publishing – 50% off “How to Scrapbook Your Personal Heritage” – $2.99 through August 27.

Expressions Vinyl – 10% off (coupon code SCHOOLISBACK) – expires August 28.

Accucraft – 40% off all holiday dies (coupon code FALL) – ends August 29.

My Scrap Chick – Bundles are on sale up to 50% off – ends August 29.

Fotobella – Prima Romance Novel and Welcome to Paris Bundles 30% off plus get free paper storage with bundle purchase; 11% off coordinating embellishments – ends August 30.

Create for Less – Dollar Sale – ends September 13.

AC Moore – home storage cubes $19.99 and school items are on sale until September 15.

Scrappin Doodles – Save 15% off all orders over $5 (coupon code AUGUST2012) – expires August 31.

Scrap-Mart – 40% off coupon code for August is DOGDAYS. See website for exclusions. – ends August 31.

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs – 50% off if you purchase $25 or more (coupon code sumluv) – expires August 31.

I Diecut – 25% off purchase (coupon code discount25)

Scrapbooking Alley – 20% off most scrapbook product every day.

Scrapbooking Sales–August 24, 2012

New Sales:

Fotobella – Prima Romance Novel and Welcome to Paris Bundles 30% off plus get free paper storage with bundle purchase; 11% off coordinating embellishments – ends August 30.

Romance Novel Paper and Sticker Bundle by Prima Flowers for Scrapbooks, Cards, & CraftingWelcome to Paris Paper and Sticker Bundle by Prima Flowers for Scrapbooks, Cards, & Craftingimage

Simon Says Scrap – Extra 25% off Clearance category (coupon code DIS25 ); 20% off specialty papers (coupon code BSSP) – ends August 25.

Stuff 4 Scrapbooking – $5 off coupon with no minimum purchase (code SAVEMONEY); 10% off with no minimum purchase (coupon code SaveTen); 25% off large selection of inks and stamps.

Joann.com – Select OTT Lights 65% off – today only; DCWV stacks $9.99 – expires August 25; 40% off all paper stacks; 30% off stamps, stamp pads, inks; 30% off many other papercrafting items; free shipping with $50 purchase (coupon code VEV238); Fiskar’s Fuse $249

Crop Stop – 10% off purchase of $30 or more (coupon code FHR) – expires August 27.

Oh My Crafts – Use coupon code SZC25 for 25% off any Sizzix Clearance Items (no minimum); Use coupon code AUG25 for 25% off any order over $35

A Cherry on Top – 15% off plus free shipping with $50 minimum order (coupon code FAMILY – minimum doesn’t include digi products or gift certificates); Buy 2 wood stamps, get 1 free. See website for details about coupon and stamp sale – 20% off $100 purchase (coupon code AUGUST20); 15% off $125 purchase (AUGUST15); 12% off $70 purchase (AUGUST12); 10% off $40 purchase (AUGUST10) – Minimum required purchase does not include copic markers, digi products, gift certificates, discounts, S/H or taxes. This code may only be used once. May not be combined with other codes, may not be used on previous orders. Some exclusions may apply – valid through August 31.

Scrapbook.com – 15% off ancestry-themed supplies – today only; 20 cent paper clearance

Scrap Your Trip – 15% off select overlays; 15% off select papers (coupon code sytsale)

Scrapbook Steals – Doodlebug Designs Crushed Velvet Flock $8.49

Scrap Ace – Lifestyle Crafts dies $24.99

Crafty Steals – Studio Calico Abroad Collection $17.99; Matching Mr. Huey’s  $8.99; Crate Paper Peppermint and Farmhouse 6×6 pads and collection kits also on sale.

Studio Calico Abroad CollectionStudio Calico Abroad Mr. Huey's MistPicture of Crate Paper "Peppermint" CollectionPicture of Crate Paper Farmhouse Collection kit

 

Peachy Cheap – Blue Finch See Me Sew Messenger Bag Kit $8.99

 My Minds Eye Magnolia Rub-ons

A Side of Peaches – See Me Sew Messenger Bag Kit $8.99

My Minds Eye Magnolia Rub-ons

My Craft Channel – Tangerine Tango Washi Tape $14.99

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Scrapbook Daily Deals – Glitz Large Stamp Sets $12.99

Glitz Large Stamp Sets

Flowers to Flourishes – ATG Refill Tape – 3 Boxes (6 rolls total) $19.99

Molly’s Square – 6 Distress Stains (2 of each color) $20.94

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Pick Your Plum – Nude Kraft Tags with Jute String $3.95

Scrappin Deals ‘N Steals – Endless Summer Kit $10

Ongoing Sales:

Scrapbook Pal – new Pink by Design stamp sets only $9.99

Maya Road Warehouse Sale –$175 of product for $44.95

Lettering Delights – Save 25% on purchases of $24 or more (coupon code Moreon24)

Treasure Box Designs – 40% off all cutting files

Scrapbook Express – 40% off one item – see website for details

My Scrap Chick – 50% off any purchase of $5 or more; Bundles are on sale up to 50% off – ends August 29.

Custom Crops – All books, magazines, and DVDs on sale. Adhesives and select Cricut cartridges also on sale. 10% off almost everything else. – ends August 24.

Simon Says Stamp – Specialty papers 20% off (coupon code BSSP ) – ends August 25.

Hobby Lobby – 25% off Tim Holtz products; 30% off MyStik scrapbook adhesives; 40% off one item (look at Hobby Lobby website header for coupon) – expires August 25.

Lori Whitlock – 30% off purchase (coupon code SCHOOL) – ends August 27.

Ella Publishing – 50% off “How to Scrapbook Your Personal Heritage” – $2.99 through August 27.

Expressions Vinyl – 10% off (coupon code SCHOOLISBACK) – expires August 28.

Accucraft – 40% off all holiday dies (coupon code FALL) – ends August 29.

Create for Less – Dollar Sale – ends September 13.

AC Moore – home storage cubes $19.99 and school items are on sale until September 15.

Scrappin Doodles – Save 15% off all orders over $5 (coupon code AUGUST2012) – expires August 31.

Scrap-Mart – 40% off coupon code for August is DOGDAYS. See website for exclusions. – ends August 31.

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs – 50% off if you purchase $25 or more (coupon code sumluv) – expires August 31.

I Diecut – 25% off purchase (coupon code discount25)

Scrapbooking Alley – 20% off most scrapbook product every day.