3 Best Ways to Celebrate National Scrapbook Day

Did you know that National Scrapbook Day has been a tradition since 1994? Celebrated on the first Saturday of May, National Scrapbook Day is a marvelous crafty holiday that celebrates memory keeping all over the country!

The challenge thus presents itself: what are the best ways to celebrate National Scrapbook Day? We at AllFreePaperCrafts are here to inspire you with creative crafty ideas!

 

3 Best Ways to Celebrate National Scrapbook Day 2014

National Scrapbook Day

 1. Shop for Scrapbook Supplies

Shop for Scrapbook Paper

Nothing quite says “Scrapbooker Camaraderie” like unloading all of your recently acquired cash on all different kinds of paper. Our friends over at CutRateCrafts have a variety of paper craft products for your scrapbooking needs.

 

2. Throw a Crop Party!

Springtime Baking Cup Banner

 B.Y.O.S. – Bring Your Own Supplies. You just went shopping; now it’s time to crop! Motivate and inspire your fellow scrapbooking buddies to crop ’til you drop! Decorate with some of these project ideas:

 

3. Make Scrapbooks!

Now is the best time to get out of that scrapbooking rut. If you’ve found yourself creating almost identical layouts over, and over, and over, try something new! Get inspired to make a new layout with any of the ideas below, and find embellishment ideas below as well!

 

Scrapbook Layouts

A vintage find, this collection of layouts was shared by Creating Keepsakes back in May of 2011!

Grab the full PDF here.

Scrapbook Layouts from Creating KeepsakesMeanwhile, check out these scrapbook layouts found on AllFreePaperCrafts:

Scrapbook Layouts

. . . . and more!

 

Embellishments

You can’t create a perfect layout without some perfect embellishments, and we have an abundance of ideas at AllFreePaperCrafts in our collection How to Scrapbook and Craft with Embellishments: 13 Simple Paper Crafts:

How to Scrapbook and Craft with Embellishments: 13 Simple Paper Crafts

 

Last but not least, for National Scrapbook Day 2014 you must WIN PRIZES!

Simply answer the following question in the comments below for the opportunity to win a scrapbooking prize!

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  •     Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

 

 

What are your favorite events to commemorate?

 

 

Memory Making 101: Scrapbook Page Ideas and Giveaway

When my sister graduated from high school, my aunt gave her a scrapbook. It didn’t look like much at first glance. The cover was plain green and it only had a few photos on it. Inside, though, that book was bursting with handpicked photos, captions, and adorable embellishments. My aunt spent four years learning how to make a scrapbook, collecting decorative pages, stickers, and stamps along the way. Fifteen years ago, scrapbooking didn’t have as much of an online presence as it does today, so my aunt designed the cover, page layouts, and embellishments herself. If online resources like FaveCrafts and AllFreePaperCrafts had been available then, she might not have spent hours struggling to put it all together.

ScTropical Memories Scrapbook Coverrapbook Cover Ideas

Even if you don’t copy one of these templates exactly, these scrapbook cover ideas can make putting together a memory book so much easier. If you’re just learning how to make a scrapbook, take advantage of free printable designs and patterns for covers and layouts. You can make your scrapbook look like it was made by a professional without actually paying one.

We have great cover ideas at FaveCrafts, and one of my personal favorites is this Tropical Memories Scrapbook Cover. I can’t help it; when it’s snowing outside, all I want to think about is the beach. This cover is especially fun because it incorporates several different media, including paint and glass, to achieve its summery look. AllFreePaperCrafts has some wonderful scrap book cover ideas, too, whether you want your scrapbook to be classy and chic or cute and whimsical.

 

DIY Scrapbook EmbellishmentsBlooming Scrapbook Flowers

My sister’s scrapbook was absolutely amazing and perfectly suited to her hobbies and interests. Because she spent a lot of her time at music department rehearsals, concerts, and other events, my aunt dotted the pages with notes, instruments, and marching band shakos.

Scrapbooking has become even more popular, so you can find embellishments to fit almost any theme. If you can’t find what you need in a store, there are tons of ways to make DIY scrapbook embellishments for only a few dollars. Take these Blooming Scrapbook Flowers, for instance. All you need is paper and a thumbtack to make one of these beautiful blooms.

 

Budding Stars Scrapbook LayoutScrapbook Layout Ideas

I’d occasionally flip through the pages of my sister’s scrapbook, wondering what the layouts for my book would look like. “Here’s where she’ll put the newspaper clipping from the play I’ll star in,” I’d think. “This would be the perfect layout for my Junior Prom photo with my super cute boyfriend!”

I finally made it through high school–without auditioning for a single play OR attending Junior Prom–and at my graduation party I could hardly wait to open my aunt’s present. I opened her gift box to find a hoodie from my college-to-be. It was a sweet gift; it just wasn’t the gift.

My aunt was so worn out from putting together layouts for the first scrapbook to even consider making one for me. Luckily, I can make my own cute pages with the help of scrapbook layout ideas like this Budding Stars Scrapbook Layout. Pink is my favorite color, so if I had starred in a play, this is definitely the page I would’ve chosen for that newspaper clipping.

 

Timbergrove Scrapbook Set

BONUS! We’re giving away one Timbergrove Scrapbook Set, a fabulous kit filled with coordinated paper and stickers. It also has some helpful tips on how to make memorable scrapbook pages and greeting cards. Check out our giveaway page to enter. You have until February 11 to enter to win this fabulous scrapbook set, so try your luck today!

 

 

 

Have you ever been absolutely positive that you were going to get a certain gift? What did you get instead?

 

 

 

 

Our First Free eBook! Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

AllFreePaperCrafts.com is excited to introduce our very first eBook! Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers is a beautiful compilation of some of our most popular paper craft projects. From card making ideas to scrapbook layouts to DIY paper flowers, these gorgeous paper crafts are excellent ways to treasure memories, send greetings, and embellish your projects.

Included in this free eBook: Card Making Ideas

Handmade cards are the best way to send greetings to your loved ones. Anyone can purchase a simple card at the store, but if you make your own cards, the sentiment carry a greater weight. No one will want to throw away these cards when they receive them in the mail or at a family gathering! Create cards for literally any occasion with any of these beautiful card making tutorials.

   
   

  1. Elegant Tiled Greeting Card
  2. Air Brushed Silhouette Card
  3. Fancy Folds Card
  4. Sunset Over the Lake Card
  5. Get Well Colorful Maple Card
  6. Doily Embellishment
  7. Ribbon Embellishment
  8. 3D Butterfly Birthday Card

Included in this free eBook: Scrapbook Layouts

Treasure your memories with gorgeous scrapbooking ideas! These scrapbook layouts are perfect for preserving cherished events in a detailed and beautiful way. Use flowers, butterflies, and feathers to make inspiring and unique layouts. These beautiful scrapbooking ideas will impress everyone who views your latest albums!

  1. Floral Scrapbook Layout
  2. Butterfly Scrapbook Layout
  3. Light As a Feather Scrapbook Layout
  4. Full of Flowers Scrapbook Layout

 

Included in this free eBook: DIY Paper Flowers

Flowers are one of the most popular paper craft embellishments. You can add DIY paper flowers to literally any of your paper craft projects. Make dimensional flowers to embellish your cards, scrapbook layouts, and even home decor projects. You will be amazed at the many ways you can make various paper flowers.


 

  1. Blushing Folded Paper Rose
  2. Quilled Paper Flowers
  3. Impressive Tissue Paper Flowers
  4. Popping Red Poppy Flower
  5. 3D Sunny Sunflower
  6. Really Whimsical Paper Flowers

 

Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers

Download your copy of Gorgeous Paper Crafts: 18 Card Making Ideas, Scrapbook Layouts, and DIY Paper Flowers today!

 

 

 

 

 

When do you do most of your paper crafting?

 

 

 

Paper Crafting at CKC-Chicago!

Hey Paper Crafters! On October 4, 2013, I was fortunate enough to attend Creating Keepsakes’ Scrapbooking Convention in Chicago! I took four classes, and I learned so much about mixed media, stamping, scrapbooking, and card making!

Mixed Medium Mash-Up with Creating Keepsakes

Mixed Medium Mash-Up

This class was easily one of my favorites. Our instructor explained that mixed media art is any paper craft using materials other than paper and stickers. I absolutely loved working with a variety of media in order to create an incredibly dynamic scrapbook layout. The materials we used included Faber-Castelle Gelatos, water color pencils, spray mist (which terrifies many paper crafters but it’s actually quite fun to use!), molding paste, stencils, water, dress patterns, canvas, marker, paper tags, string, and more! My favorite embellishment to add was the molding paste. We spread a layer over an intricate stencil, and this gave the scrapbook layout a great texture and unique embellishment!

Stamp It 3 Ways with Paper Crafts Magazine

Stamp it 3 Ways

This class was a great introduction to stamping. We received a great little collection of fall cling stamps to play with, and with this set we learned three different stamping techniques. For example, have you ever used the BACK of a cling stamp instead of the front? We took different leaves and used the back of the stamp to fill in the color. Then we used brown ink on the correct side of the stamp to give it the leafy outline. I love how mine turned out.

Amazing 12×12 Album Class with S.E.I.

Amazing 12x12 Album

In this class, all of the students were given a full album kit and embellishment pack to create an entire scrapbook album. We learned many innovative ways to arrange our layouts to maximize space. A technique we practiced on many of the pages was scrapbooking outside of the liner. We would adhere photo pockets, envelopes, mini books, and more to the outside of our scrapbook pages to create dynamic layouts that were aesthetically pleasing. There really are endless possibilities when it comes to scrapbooking and scrapbook layouts!

Dynamic Dimensional Cards with Stamplistic

Dynamic Dimensional Cards

This class was easily one of the most popular. It was hosted by Stamplistic, and their booth at the vendor fair was by far the most crowded! Stamplistic specializes in 3D embellishments, and their techniques are unique and eye-catching! They take a regular stamped image and transform it into a 3D embellishment perfect for any card or scrapbook page. We turned a flat image of a pink flower into a dimensional, colorful, and sparkling DIY card.

 

Which of these paper crafting classes would you like best?

 

 

Make Your Own Party Decor with New eBook from Fiskars!

Fiskars Fuse new_mini_leftFiskars has teamed up with FaveCrafts to bring you an eBook filled to the brim with quick and easy projects that can all be made with the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System!  From beautiful handmade cards to party decor that looks professionally made, the 25 easy and fun projects that you’ll find in the Fuse Creativity System Project Guide: Fun Party Themes, Ideas for Handmade Cards, and More Paper Crafts from Fiskars eBook will motivate and inspire you to create all your own party supplies, decorations, and invitations!

 

Handmade Card Designs

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In a day and age when email and ecards have taken over the way we communicate to one another, it’s sometimes easy to forget how nice it is to receive a card in the mail, and not just any card…a handmade one! If you’re looking for ideas for handmade cards and a fun and clever way to send someone you love a little greeting or two, look no further than the handmade card designs in the Fuse Creativity System Project Guide. Great for any and every occasion, the cards in this eBook are easy and fun to make with the help of your Fuse system. Create beautiful letterpressed designs, create custom cutouts, and create cards that come to life when they’re opened, like this Butterfly Card. Made using the Butterfly Design Set, this 3D style card is suitable for almost any occasion.

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DIY Party Decorations

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Weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays are easy to celebrate and decorate for with the help of the Fuse Creativity System Project Guide. Filled with great ideas on how to throw the perfect themed party, and complete with instructions on how to make everything from the invitation to the decorations, this free eBook is a great go-to guide for the hostess with the mostess!

Kids of all ages will simply adore this Owl Themed Party Décor. Great for birthdays and graduation parties, fun party themes like this make entertaining easy and fun. Use your Fiskars Fuse to create these DIY paper decorations, cards, and more…and watch your party quickly come to life! Whoooo’s the best party planner around? You are now, thanks to your Fiskars Fuse Creativity System and the free printable paper crafts in this eBook!

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Home Decor

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The Fuse is also a great tool for cutting other items, such as craft foam and wood veneer. This Chalkboard Calendar is a great project for busy families. With parents and kids going in a million different direction, this large erasable calendar is a great way to keep track of everyone’s schedule. You could also use this calendar to help organize a work team, a study group, or keep track of your college courses and work schedules.

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So whether you’re looking for clever ideas for handmade cards, simple scrapbook layouts, DIY paper decorations, how to make paper decorations for your home, or just some clever and creative ways to give a little glitz and glam to your gift wrap, the projects you’ll find in the Fuse Creativity System Project Guide: Fun Party Themes, Idea for Handmade Cards, and More Paper Crafts from Fiskars eBook are great for all your crafting needs. Let the Fiskars Fuse to do the work for you and help you create a variety of paper crafts and decorations that will look professional and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Start Summer with This Lovely Scrapbook Layout

 

This project is brought to you by Latrice Murphy for Any Occasion.

It’s finally spring and I have been in the mood to get some of my current photos down on paper. Today I have a bright and cheery layout to share with you using a new collection from Little Yellow Bicycle call Poppy.

For this layout, I decided I would use lots of the patterned papers and the die cut flower stickers along with the Naturals collection of hearts. I layered florals on the bottom with my journaling. Alongside the photo, I added large banners and clustered florals.

I added stitching here and there to give the layout a finished feel. I also raised a few of the flowers with 3D squares to give it more dimension. The clear cuts are my favorite pieces. I love that you can layer them and still see what’s behind. I used a couple of the flourishes on this page. This collection is one of my favorites for sure.

AllFreeHolidayCrafts Giveaway: The Good Life Collection Pack

The Good Life Collection PackThe Good Life Collection Pack is fun and colorful set of scrapbook paper that is just perfect for the summer season. The bright and bold motifs included in this collection just scream sunshine, laughter, and family fun. Included in this collection you will received 12 sheets of double-sided scrapbook papers, 1 full-sized sticker sheet, 1 paper tape sticker sheet, and a sheet filled with banner die cuts. With such a large selection of materials to work with, The Good Life Collection Pack will be enough to document your entire summer!

Add a personal touch to your favorite family photos by creating a fun and festive scrapbook dedicated to all of your summer plans, BBQ’s, and family vacations. With over 20 different backdrops to choose from and an endless combination of decorating options, your scrapbook will be personalized specifically to your style. Express your creativity and have a wonderful memento of your summer season to show for it with The Good Life Collection Pack.


AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away two Good Life Collection Packs to two lucky winners. You could win!

Learn more and enter to win here.

Contest ends June 18, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

DIY Wedding Scrapbook: Michaels Scrapbook Blogger Challenge

Make-every-moment-countJust as I expected, it was an absolute blast to create my best friend’s wedding scrapbook in honor of National Scrapbooking Month. Thanks to Michaels, I was able to make a memorable gift that will be treasured for years to come.

A few days ago, I shared my vision for a DIY wedding scrapbook that I was making for the Make Every Moment Count Michaels Blogger Challenge. Below, you’ll find the finished result! I can’t wait to give it to my friend once she’s officially a Mrs 🙂

Because the wedding is not actually until July, the scrapbook is technically still a work-in-progress. The “groundwork” for the pages have all been created, and the photos will add the perfect finishing touches to complete the project.

Scrapbook-1The cover of the scrapbook was a no-brainer. Because of the type of album I chose, there was not much wiggle-room to add any additional decorative details. I actually prefer this classic and timeless look for this particular project. Sometimes, less is more.

The Frame A Name scrapbook by K&Company came with letter stickers, which I used to spell out the bride-to-be’s future last name in the front display window across the bottom. For the top display window, I chose a photo from the couple’s engagement party. I did not stress too much about finding the “perfect picture” for this because it’s not permanent, which is nice. The photo is simply taped on a piece of paper that’s easy to pull out and change on a whim.

One of the most common questions that newly-engaged brides get asked is “how did he propose?” Lucky for me, my friend’s proposal was a cute story – he popped the question on the side of the road because her car (a red VW bug) broke down while they were road-tripping to University of Madison-Wisconsin for the weekend.

19I wanted to be sure to include this moment in her wedding scrapbook, as I feel it’s an important part of their love story. I chose to use red and white (University of Wisconsin’s school colors) for the theme of this page, since that’s where they were headed when he proposed. I also included a picture that they snapped moments after she said yes. The Creative Chaos Snapshot Frames by Recollections came in especially handy for this; I think it perfectly captures the spontaneity of the moment. I used a black Sharpie pen to scribble a description and date, just as you would on a real Polaroid.

Scrapbook-3The rest of the scrapbook is dedicated to the actual wedding ceremony, which is still a few months away. Because I don’t have pictures yet to include, I decorated the pages to fit with her wedding’s theme and colors. Being as it is a beach wedding in Florida, this was fun to do with the help of decorative stickers by Jolee’s Boutique, K&Company, and The Paper House. I also used Creative Chaos Bright Frames to map out where photos will be placed.

Instead of having all the pages be plain white, I also alternated some pages with Bazzill® Basics Cardstock in Atlantic and Arroyo. Her wedding colors are coral and aqua, so I thought these colors fit perfectly with her special day’s theme.

This page is all about the reception. Again, I used cute stickers by K&Company and the Creative Chaos Bright Frames to plan out the page’s layout. Cute stickers that say “Tossing the Bouquet” and “Cutting the Cake” are the perfect set-up for showing off key moments from the reception. Recollections Bling on a Roll was also used to add a decorative detail along the edges of both these pages. This is definitely my new favorite product at Michaels because it’s a clean and easy way to add a touch of sparkle without the mess of typical glitter.

Thanks again to Michaels for giving me this opportunity to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with you. I could not have created this wonderful album without you! Check out the Michaels lookbook here for more crafty ideas and inspiration. Plus, find even more free scrapbooking projects and tutorials from our friends at FaveCrafts.

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What’s your favorite Michaels product to use for your scrapbooking projects?

The Big Apple: Michaels Scrapbook Blogger Challenge

Make-every-moment-countScrapbooking is such a rush, and while it takes time and effort, it’s totally worth it. The constant, flowing ideas are always surprising, satisfying, and lead to the most wonderful results. I’m referring to the creative process, which starts with a plan, but is ever-changing based upon inspiration and opportunity. I’m excited to share with you my results of the Make Every Moment Count Michaels Blogger Challenge:

Make Every Moment Count
This is, obviously, the cover, which began as a blank slate. Throughout the scrapbooking process, I decided to add song lyrics as captions on each page. This way there was a fun puzzle-like description, which is only clear to the giver and the recipient. I did the cover last, which I would definitely recommend. Once the rest of the book was complete, it dawned on me to use the song “These are a few of my favorite things” to title the documented adventure.

Materials:

  • Ribbon
  • Photograph
  • Assorted scrapbook paper
  • Printed phrases on white computer paper
  • Tape runner

The instructions are really self explanatory. I simply backed each sentence with a larger rectangle of patterned scrapbook paper. To adhere both the ribbon and the paper, I used the tape runner from Michaels.

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Below you’ll see all of the pages. I decided to make each feature two pages to allow for larger details and more photographs. You’ll see that each page has a different method for spelling out song lyrics. I thought it was really fun to come up with these various methods.


Above you’ll see the adorable boat from the sticker set I purchased. To cut out the letters, I used a machine that I bought at Michaels years ago. I’m sure they have something similar now. It’s almost like a printer; it’s incredible. There was no exact science for making  the photos appear as though they were from a film strip; just a lot of rearranging and cutting until it was perfect.

I love how fun this page is with the different patterns of scrapbook paper. Michaels has such a wonderful selection. I also used the fun foam letters to embellish this party page.

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This is one of my favorite pages. I edited the photographs so they would be black and white. It’s simple to do this with any photo editing program on the compter. I then printed out the phrase in a font that, to me, resembled graffiti. I cut the edges haphazardly and then used chalk to scuff it up a bit. I wanted to portray the rough vibe of the New York subway.

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I thought that featuring one photograph in a line of many was the perfect opportunity to use the circle punches. I again used the film strip idea, but with a stand-out photo. I punched out a large circle, a smaller one, and then cut the photograph into an even smaller circle. This created a nice framing feature that draws the eye.

I had so much fun documenting this amazing vacation. Thank you Michaels for the opportunity to capture these memories in a crafty and vibrant way! Hopefully you can pull some inspiration from these scrapbook layouts I created.

If you could scrapbook one event in your life which would it be?

Love This Moment Scrapbook Layout: National Craft Month Project & Giveaway

We’re on day 27 of our month long celebration of National Craft Month, and we’re happy to share another giveaway and craft tutorial with you! Don’t forget that you can visit our blog every day to enter to win a different prize of the day, there are 4 more chances left to win, so what are you waiting for? Find the contest rules and enter below.


To celebrate day 27 of National Craft Month, our friends from Little Yellow Bicycle have a brand-new project to share with you, a Love This Moment Scrapbook Layout. Whether you’re scrapbooking for a birthday, graduation, or other celebration, the Love This Moment Scrapbook Layout is a great one to incorporate into your scrapbook. Get ready to document some of your fondest memories with one of the most adorable layouts that we have seen!

 

Love This Moment Scrapbook Layout

Love This Moment

When you’re ready to start scrapbooking, we have the full project available for you. The Love This Moment Scrapbook Layout also has plenty of room for journaling, so you can jot down a few of your favorite moments too!

The Ultimate Craft Guide: 25 Free Craft Projects for Every Crafter Free eBook

 

This pattern is included in our free eBook, The Ultimate Craft Guide: 25 Free Craft Projects for Every Crafter. Celebrate National Craft Month with us by crafting the great projects in this free downloadable eBook written just for you!


 

 
ENTER TO WIN TODAY’S PRIZE

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Today’s prize is a selection of Naturals, Cling Stamps, Albums, and latest paper collection from Little Yellow Bicycle. In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

* Like the FaveCrafts Facebook page here, AND

* Like the Little Yellow Bicycle Facebook page here, AND

*Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

Have you ever scrapbooked? What would you make with this paper?

 


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  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • You must “like” both the FaveCrafts and the Little Yellow Bicycle Facebook pag to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until tonight, March 27th, 2013 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

SUPER BONUS – WIN $1000 Gift Card!

Win Michaels $1000 Gift Card

Don’t miss your chance to stock up your craft stash and win a $1000 Michael’s gift card. You can enter each day to win this amazing $1000 Shopping Spree at Michaels. You have 4 more days to enjoy National Craft Month, so take some time out of your day to come to the FaveCrafts blog each day to hear about the latest prize.

Good Luck!