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?

 

 

 

 

AllFreeChristmasCrafts Giveaway: Bazzill Basics Holiday Style and Timeless Paper Collections!

Bazzill Basics Holiday Style and Timeless Paper CollectionsIf you’re on the lookout for a collection of Christmas scrapbook paper, then boy do we have the right contest for you. We’re giving away not one but two collections of Christmas paper from Bazzill Basics Paper! Even better, we’re including bonus packs of two BRAND NEW paper collections! That totals FOUR collections of Christmas scrapbook paper for all of your wintry papercrafting needs.

Your next Christmas papercraft will preserve memories in style when you use the Bazzill Basics Holiday Style and Timeless Paper Collections! These two scrapbook paper packs contain over twenty sheets of coordinating winter paper patterns. Useful in Christmas scrapbooking, cardmaking, and even decorating, this sturdy cardstock is perfect for any and all of your Christmas papercrafting needs. If you find you need even more paper, not to worry! We are giving away one pack of Timeless, one pack of Holiday Style, plus BONUS brand new papers from Bazzill Basics! Enter to win here.

If you’re looking for a festive and fun Christmas paper collection, you will love the Bazzill Basics Holiday Style papers. This collection features papers in bright colors and cheerful patterns. As an additional bonus, the pack includes the Lickety Slip specialty paper borders, perfect for cardmaking or framing photos within a scrapbooking project. If you want to try a vintage look for your Christmas scrapbook this year, you will love the Bazzill Basics Timeless collection. The muted colors add a lovely sophistication to your papercrafting while also allowing attention to be drawn to your photos. Add style to your Christmas papercrafting with any of these wonderful collections.

AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com is giving away Bazzill Basics Holiday Style and Timeless Paper Collections, plus BONUS new paper packs, to one lucky winner. You could win!

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Contest ends September 24, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

Allfreeholidaycrafts.com Giveaway: School Days Scrapbook Collection

Scrapbooking is a cinch when you have this fabulous School Days Scrapbook Collection. Every color, pattern, and product that you need to complete your book is right here for you. With this School Days Scrapbook Collection, this school year is bound to be unforgettable. Your special moments throughout the school year should be collected in a scrapbook that is equally special.

This School Days Scrapbook Collection comes with three sheets of sensational stickers. The first sheet provides you with stickers to mark exceptional grades and accomplishments with phrases like “100% perfect!” and “Fantastic.” These stickers will have you celebrating every little success. The second sheet is filled with miscellaneous stickers such as an apple decoration and one with different colored numbers. Finally the third sheet is filled with words for you to make into sentences all about the fabulous school year. Stickers and school are a match made in heaven!

Also included in this School Days Scrapbook Collection are 16 journaling cards for writing down anything you find notable, 24 sheets of mini prints for your mini scrapbooking needs, and 22 sheets of double-sided patterned paper to set the beautiful backdrop for the pages of your scrapbook. Each pattern is colorful, unique, and academically awesome. With this School Days Scrapbook Collection, scrapbooking has never been so simple, so easy, and so very impressive.

AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away one School Days Scrapbook Collection to one lucky winner. You could win!

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Contest ends August 6, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!

AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com Giveaway: Down by the Shore Collection Pack

A Year of Paper Piecing 12 Sensational Season DesignsThe Down by the Shore Collection Pack is a bright, modern and colorful set of scrapbook paper that is perfect for commemorating all of your summer fun. The colorful and bold motifs included in the Down by the Shore Collection Pack are perfect for documenting family vacations, beach days, and water park fun. Included in this collection you will received 12 sheets of double-sided scrapbook papers, 1 full-sized sticker sheet, 1 tape sticker sheet, a label stickers sheet, 1 banner die cuts sheet, and red ad navy corrugate paper.  With such a large selection of materials to work with, the Down by the Shore Collection Pack will help you document the entire summer from June through August!

There is no better way to personalize your favorite family photos than by creating a seasonal scrapbook for them. From BBQ’s to beach days, this collection is perfect for summer scrapbooking. There are over 20 different patterned pages and endless combinations to choose from; it does not get much more personalized than that. Keep your memories from this summer intact with the Down by the Shore Collection Pack.


AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away one Down by the Shore Collection Pack to one lucky winner. You could win!

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Contest ends July 23, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

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!

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

 

AllFreeHolidayCrafts Giveaway: Freedom Collection Pack

Freedom Collection PackThe Freedom Collection Pack is a fun and festive patriotic paper collection, perfect for documenting the summer months. This scrapbook paper line, from Bazzill Basics Paper, includes 22 scrapbook paper sheets, 2 patriotic sticker sets, 24 sheets of mini-prints, 16 journaling cards, and 24 sheets of coordinating cardstock! The sticker sheets include one pack of word art and a second sheet that includes a range of different patriotic designs. The Freedom collection is so extensive you will have more than enough variety to create the perfect scrapbook that will document your summer, and of course all of your Fourth of July fun!

The style of these patterns varies from bold colors and designs to light and fun patriotic patterns. The colors that are featured in this collection are different shades of America’s favorite colors: red, white, and blue. Each of the different paper packs all match perfectly, and the two sheets of stickers will make each page pop even more. The journaling cards that are included in the collection will also help add a more personal sentiment to each scrapbook page. The Freedom Collection Pack is perfect for any All-American crafter that loves to document family memories in a fun and creative way. The assortment of bold colors, and cheerful designs will allow you to create a bright, patriotic scrapbook that is the perfect way to document your Fourth of July festivities, and your entire summer. It is the ideal collection for patriotic paper crafters.


AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away one Freedom Collection Pack to one lucky winner. You could win!

Learn more and enter to win here.

Contest ends June 4, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

AllFreeHolidayCrafts Giveaway: Lucy’s Crabshack Collection Pack

Lucy's Crab Shack CollectionThe Lucy’s Crab Shack Collection Pack is a fun and summery selection of scrapbooking paper and supplies, perfect for paper crafters that are looking to document all of the fun that the summer season has to offer. This scrapbooking line, from Bazzill Basics Paper, includes two large sheets summer stickers that come in a pink, blue, and green color scheme. This collection also includes a selection of mini sheets, bright cardstock, and double-sided patterned paper that will give you a variety of colors and designs to work with. You can also add a personal note to your favorite scrapbook pages with one of the included journaling cards!

The Lucy’s Crab Shack Collection Pack includes 22 sheets of decorative paper, featuring bright patterns and colors signature of summer beach days. These 22 sheets include 2 sheets of all six different designs. As a bonus this collection pack comes with 24 additional mini prints that coordinate with the full-size sheets. The style of these patterns varies from bold statement pieces to fun and airy summer sheets. The colors all match perfectly, and each individual sheet can be accented with one of the matching stickers or journaling cards that are included in the collection.

This scrapbooking kit also contains 24 sheets of colored cardstock and 16 different journaling cards. Use these corresponding sheets to border or emphasis your photographs, and other scrapbooked mementos. The card stock sheets come in bold and bright colors, but also include a few neutral shades. One of the best parts of this package, are the journaling cards that come along with it. These cards feature fun pop-art and pattens that will add even more character to your scrapbook sheets. Plus, you can add your own personal memories next to each image or memento that you feature in the scrapbook. This varied assortment of bold designs, materials, and summer colors will help you create a bright, seasonal scrapbook that is the perfect way to document the most enjoyable season of the year.


AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away one Lucy’s Crab Shack Collection Pack to one lucky winner. You could win!

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Contest ends April 30, 2013. You can enter once daily, return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

Celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with Michaels

Scrapbooking has always been a passion of mine, so I naturally jumped at the opportunity to participate in the Michaels Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge in honor of National Scrapbooking Month. There’s nothing I love more than capturing and preserving memories through the use of colorful cardstock, stickers, stamps, and more. Whether you’re an expert scrapbooker or still learning the basics, you can always count on the Michaels Lookbook for ideas, inspiration, tips, and tricks.
Make-every-moment-countMy best friend is getting married in July, so I thought it would be nice to give her the gift of a wedding scrapbook to celebrate the special moments of her big day. Scrapbooks are always a wonderful homemade gift idea for friends and family because you know your gift will be treasured and cherished for years to come.  There’s no better way to reflect back on special moments of life than with a personalized scrapbook.

michaels-logoIt didn’t take long for my shopping cart to fill up with scrapbooking supplies at Michaels. Luckily, I had brainstormed a bit before heading to the store, so I was able to quickly find what I was looking for and managed not to get that overwhelmed. There were so many wonderful albums to choose from at Michaels, it was hard to pick the perfect one. I finally decided on the classic and timeless design of the Frame A Name scrapbook by K&Company in white. The rest of my purchase included:

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photo 4photo 2I can’t wait to get started on creating my best friend’s wedding scrapbook. It will be so hard to keep this a secret from her until July!  Check back soon for updates and pictures of the finished album!

Michaels Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge

make-every-momentI was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the Michaels Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge, where I got to go on a mini shopping spree at Michaels Craft Store to stock up on the lastest and greatest scrapbook supplies. Scrapbooks are wonderful mediums to preserve memories in a fun and unique way. While pictures are lovely, they don’t always tell the full story; scrapbooks allow you to fill in the details with words, embellishments, and collages. So, you can imagine that I was thrilled to have the opportunity to document a very memorable trip to New York in a beautiful and descriptive way.

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I immediately went to my nearest Michaels store on a mission. I wanted my scrapbook to tell the full story of my adventure, past what mere photographs can convey. Before venturing to the store, I organized the photos that I wanted to feature and chose a “theme” for each page of my book. Sometimes, you’ll get inspired at the store, which is totally fine, and an important step in the creative process. However, if you go in with absolutely no idea or strategy, you might get overwhelmed. I knew I wanted to have a page on the Subway, because that’s a quintessential symbol of New York, and we had some great pictures taken there. I also was intent on finding the perfect embellishments and scrapbook paper to enhance the photographs of us rowing a boat in Central Park. With these ideas in mind, I began my search.

Michaels is arranged so conveniently that finding what I needed was simple. There are a few different aisles dedicated to scrapbooking, and I must admit that I thought I had been sent to heaven. Here is the aisle featuring ALL of the beautiful scrapbook paper:

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I then went on to the sticker aisle. This is my favorite section by far. There are the most adorable sticker sets I have ever seen. There are 3D stickers and themed embellishments. I bought this set because it was perfect for the boating page:

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I also thought these were adorable:

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Here’s a quick snapshot of only a sliver of this amazing section:

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I bought a few sticker letters to spell out fun phrases and write captions, and I found these fun foam letters in large and small:

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I wasn’t sure what kind of book I wanted, so while browsing, I decided that a neutral book would be best because I was ready to start from scratch. There are, however, some awesome themed books to inspire and inform. My book was on sale!

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Here are some other scrapbook essentials that I purchased to make my crafty process easier:

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Glue dots                                            Tape Runner (adhesive)

Also essential for scrapbooking are punches. You can get fancy shapes, but I just stick with circles of different sizes.

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Some other fun details I purchased:

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I can’t wait to get started on my project!

AllFreeHolidayCrafts Giveaway: Heritage Collection Pack

The Heritage line from Bazzill Basics Paper is a vintage classic scrapbooking line that will allow you to document your family’s genealogy in both a traditional and a contemporary manner. Using muted antique colors like champagne, taupe, brown, and charcoal grey, this line will give you a modern way to create a vintage feel for your next family scrapbook.

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The Heritage line focuses on antique script, musical note, and family tree motifs. One of the included prints is made up of an actual family tree chart that can be filled out to document the different generations of your family line. A second pattern you will find is covered in cursive script that gives the page an aged and rustic feel. Some of the other scrapbook pages included in the Heritage line gather their antique likeness from featuring black and white flowers, text, and paisley patterns in soft sepia tones.

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With the Heritage Collection Pack you will also get an assortment of other embellishments and patterned paper prints to make your family genealogy scrapbook complete. The Heritage line includes a selection of 20 sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper, which comes in colors like, white, natural, kraft, tin roof, and black walnut. This collection also includes 24 mini patterned paper prints that come in 6 different designs. Plus, you will also get a full sheet of family-oriented word art stickers. Some of the words featured on this full sheet of stickers are, mother, father, husband, wife, grand-daughter, son, family, affection, and laughter. Bring your family genealogy to life with the Heritage Collection Pack, it’s perfect for any paper crafting looking for a modern way to document their family history.

AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com is giving away a Heritage Collection Pack to one lucky winner. You Could win!

Learn more and enter to win here.

Contest ends April 16, 2013. You can enter once daily, so return often to improve your chances of winning!