Scrapbook layouts has become a major focus for this website – mainly because I enjoy designing so much. In recent years, I’ve almost exclusively created digital layouts using PSE on my computer. It makes it wonderfully easy to re-use everything, or adapt for new pages.
Below you’ll find a compilation of my articles about scrapbook layouts, how and why I created them, and examples of most. Just click the image for more information.
I like a simple layout idea, whether it’s my own or a scraplift from someone else. This one shows some spring flowers that have popped up now winter is past.
For this simple layout idea I used scrapbooking sketch 45. I used the star as a photo mask and changed the stroke (the fine line or ‘mat’ behind the photo) from grey to white. It looks better on the finished layout and helps the eye distinguish the small photograph from the large one.
Our new scrapbooking sketch has a light-hearted feel to it; think party, celebration and the like. Don’t you think it would be great for a circus theme layout?
I thought I’d show a page from my scrapbook calendar for 2011. My calendars are small and simple this year because I ran out of time. I got waaaay behind with sorting photos, so despite preparing digital templates for A4 and A5 calendars last summer, the job did not get finished. However, it does allow […]
Today’s scrapbook layout idea uses six cute photos, four papers, and three embellishments. Have you ever watched a toddler trying to put on a pair of spectacles? Upside down, miss the ears …
It’s been a cold couple of months so I decided to make this scrapbook layout to show some of our winter frost photos taken just the other day. Firstly, I used a template
Using another snippet from the digital scrapbooking paper we made with our recent scrapbooking sketch and we have a cute baby gift tag to add to a gift for the new baby.
Here is a card to welcome a new baby. I selected a section of the digital scrapbooking paper I made with our recent sketch.
In this month’s scrapbooking sketch we’ve continued with the mosaic layout style. We’ve gone for a fill-the-page look which leaves you free to decide where the title and journaling will go.
This scrapbooking layout is made with sketch 43 which was posted two weeks ago. I don’t know where the time has gone. Well, I do actually; I’ve been busy making Christmas gifts for the family.
The new scrapbooking sketch is a multi-photo layout. Use it with lots of Christmas photos; add interest with little bits of photos, patterned paper and embellishments.
This scrapbook layout shows our early snow fall this year. The photographs show the garden bench and were taken in the morning, late afternoon and around 9.30 in the evening. You can see the layer of snow growing from just a couple of inches to higher than the arm of the bench.
I came across this lovely photograph and immediately saw a scrapbook layout for Light of the World, Advent 2010, in my mind’s eye.
I love making calendars and have done so for many years. If you are a regular calendar maker, too, do you realize we have our family history scrapbooks already done? (Assuming you keep old calendars, of course!)
Our recent scrapbooking sketch 42 was the base for Isabella’s layout Rose Tinted. It’s a remake of a scrapbook layout started a while back but never quite finished. Maybe it was waiting for this sketch!
Our new scrapbooking sketch lets the focus rest on one photograph. It could also do double-duty as a cardmaking sketch. When it comes to adding your title and journaling, there are several options available to you.
Wedding cakes … would you like a slice? Oh, sorry, it’s only a scrapbook layout and not the real thing, lol! Rich fruit cake with marzipan and fondant icing. A beautifully moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing. Is your mouth watering? Boy, were they good!
Another layout idea with sketch 41 and this time the photo grid is a focal and not the whole page.
Aren’t the colors magnificent at this time of year? This sample layout, using our recent sketch 41, could only have been called ‘Autumn Glory’, don’t you think?
It’s surprising how many ideas you can get from one sketch. We’ve been working on sketch 41 and got 16 more to get you on your way. How many more can you come up with?
Here is our new scrapbooking sketch. It was inspired by a magazine advert. It’s a very short post today to give you the sketch.
This scrapbook layout is of a few random memories from a trip to the US a while back. The layout works despite the randomness of the photos because the same red color runs through each photo like a theme.
Here is another scrapbook page design made with sketch 40. This time made as a 6 x 6 in layout and set it in a 12 x 12 in page. For this new layout, I ‘stretched’ …
This scrapbook page is made with sketch 40. The beauty of using a digital layout template is that you can drop the photo into it and you are finished – nothing else to do!
This month’s scrapbooking sketch has just one photo with faded or distressed edges. The layout would work equally well if you like to make greeting cards. Plus we have five 2-page combinations to give you the boost you need.
We’ve got a scrapbook layout with photos only. Ok, if you want to be pedantic, one word has sneaked in, too, lol! The sun was shining, the shadows were long, the light was just perfect, and Emily was on her way to visit with the ‘baas’ …
I’d been looking for some color inspiration and saw these gorgeous poppies at Leslie’s website and suddenly ‘saw’ a scrapbook layout with the photo as the focus.
We published sketch 39 yesterday and here we have a simple layout idea using it. The scrapbook page uses 4 photos overlapping each other and a few embellishments. The title would work well with chipboard letters.
Our scrapbooking sketch is late this month due to technical difficulties. However it is here at last and we hope it is useful to you. It’s a 4-photo layout idea on a layered background, with title, sub title and journaling block.
Scrapbooking does not have to be complicated! This simple scrapbook layout was a very quick one to showcase this beautiful photograph. The paper already had the border print at the top and bottom edges which makes a quick page really easy to do.
Another scraplift, this time using a Tami Potter pinwheel design. This layout is made with eight one-inch, four two-inch, one 4-inch, and four 3×5 inch photos. You will see the detail more clearly on the larger image.
This travel layout idea shows photographs taken on a visit to the Sandeman Sherry Bodega in Jerez, Spain. I love traveling. I love taking loads of photographs on my travels. However, as you can see, it can take me a long time to get around to doing anything with them! These ones were hidden deep in my external hard drive and I came upon them by accident the other day.
This is just to let you see the two recent scraplift layouts together. Isabella’s says, “At first I wasn’t convinced it would work. Having made them both I’m 99% fine with it, but there’s a little niggle at the back of my head and I can’t quite work out why.”
Today is a scraplift again. It is the companion page to yesterday’s scrapbook layout, Sugar and Spice. A scraplift is when you use the same or similar products as well as copying the layout.
Isabella’s scrap book layout Sugar and Spice is a scraplift from an idea she saw in an advertising leaflet from Pebbles Inc., a scrapbooking supplies company.
Here is a sample scrapbook layout idea with our recent sketch 38: Circles of Life. It is a multi-photo layout with seven photos in three sizes. Read on for more info about the layout, the products used, and some PSE tips.
Take our multi-photo scrapbook sketch and make it your own, not only with the products you use but with your own twist on style, meaning or play on words. Circles of Life allows you to add your touch to make a great scrapbooking layout.
This scrapbook page was a last-minute thought as I wondered if I should try another paper behind this photo. So as a quick test I used a quick digital scrapbooking trick and inverted the color of the background paper.
This scrapbook layout was a really quick, spur-of-the-moment one. I saw this photo by Sarah Barth and it immediately transported me to my childhood. Now isn’t that what scrapbooking is all about?
A travel scrapbook page with 30 photos and room for more? Is that possible and still be able to see the photographs? I thought if I forced myself to make a one-page layout it would make me choose the best and most representative photos from the huge number I’d taken.
I love to travel – whether it’s near or far. And this travel layout idea uses the free digital layout template download we offered recently. As well as changing the direction of the photographs, we decided to tear the edges of the cardstock.
A scrapbook wedding layout for a summer wedding – most young girls’ dream. And since it’s mid summer’s day what could be more appropriate? The jumping off point was sketch 37 but we digressed! Instead of surrounding the photograph
Our sample layout this month is ‘Bounce, Grandad, Bounce’, made with our recent scrapbooking sketch 37. Layout ideas always come a day or two after the scrapbooking sketch is posted, giving you free reign. However, if your creative juices still do not flow and you need a little help, here it is.
It’s a while since we’ve had a scrapbook sketch that lets one photo shine, but we have just that for you this month. We filled the space with the design, but you could decide to reduce all the elements and leave even more ‘white space’. As always with a sketch, it’s up to you what you do with it.
A scrapbook layout idea for 17 photos? Yep, count ’em! I think it’s pretty effective. Working with grids lets you get loads of photographs on one layout, and this is a little more unusual.
This scrapbook layout is the first of two layouts based around a recent visit to The Cocoa Bean Factory. The layouts are quite different and have not been created as a two-page spread. However,
While I was working on this scrapbook layout it morphed into the same style as my recent sketch 36! So I might as well log it as another variation. Its based on a remarkable photo of tulips from Isabel’s garden.
We have another layout idea with sketch 36. We also have some tips for digital and paper scrappers, alike, so that’s worth something, eh?
Just a quickie with one of the variations of sketch 36. We’ve still got three photos plus another enlarged as the background, but different positions this time.
A beautiful warm Spring day and some boats on a tranquil River Thames equal a great photo opportunity – just the ticket for this layout idea with sketch 36.
Multi-photo layouts can be practical: be more selective; work with a lot of photos from one event; give an overview; help make lighter albums. With all that in mind, our new scrapbook sketch has four photos.
Another scrapbook layout idea, this time we’ve used 9 photographs; 6 small, and then 3 slightly larger ones in a triple frame. Check it out.
We’ve made a baby scrapbook layout, but the design lends itself to many others subjects. For example change the flowers to tools or to mountain bikes, and you’ve a masculine layout!
OK, it’s not your traditional wedding rehearsal layout, but fun nonetheless, lol! We have suggestions for both digital and paper scrapbookers, and some ‘how to’ ideas.
Create a multiple-photo scrapbook page with our FREE digital layout template offered in honor of National Scrapbooking Day.
This layout idea uses a variation on scrapbook sketch 35. We’ve used just the left page and turned things around. You will see the original sketch at the link above, and the variation and the layout are below.
Another simple layout idea, this time showing four generations of first-child daughters. I wanted my layout to resemble a photograph frame.
A scraplift from a layout by Stefdesign. I saw some comments from her on the Two Peas’ forum this weekend, went to investigate her layouts, and loved what I saw.
This double-page digital scrapbook layout is made with sketch 35 and uses five photos to record some sweet moments during a recent visit from Isabella’s 14-month old grand daughter.
Our new sketch is a 2-page spread with 3 different sized photographs. Enjoy the ‘white space’ or use it to journal in. Or you could journal on the outside columns and follow the shapes, if you prefer.
For a totally different take on sketch 34 we have this lovely digital scrapbooking wedding layout from Isabella.
This scrapbooking layout idea is made with our recent sketch 34 and a super photograph by Scott Wadham capturing superb movement in the little girls’ hair and dresses.
A new scrapbooking sketch with just one photo this month. We seem to have had a lot of multiple-photo layout ideas recently. The template feels quite girly, but can be changed quickly and easily.
How often have you gone through the agony of deciding just how many of the dozens of photographs you took of an event will you include on the layout? Multiple photo layouts help a little, lol!
This multi-photo scrapbooking layout shows you how to use the same sketch design for both pages of a two-page spread – an idea that will not necessarily work with all sketches.
This is a multi-photo layout using our newly published scrapbooking sketch. A multi-photo layout is a great way to use photographs that are not quite perfect.
We have a new scrapbooking sketch again this month, along with some tips and suggestions on how to use it.
This baby scrapbook layout uses our sketch 32 and some very cute little characters from Erica Hite’s Bouncing Baby Girl scrapbook collection from ScrapGirls. Have a look and see if you agree.
Here is the new scrapbooking sketch idea and our first of the new year. A sketch or template is an idea to get you started on a new layout. Sometimes we just can’t think what to do and it can be a spur to our creativity.
This Christmas Dreaming layout uses free scrapbooking embellishments from ScrapGirls and Photoshop Elements.
Our sample layout using sketch 31 shows photos from three 21st birthday celebrations – all for the same lucky guy! The layout is placed inside a photo frame on a shelf that are all part of the digital scrapbooking kit.
Our latest multi photo scrapbooking sketch idea will help you catch up on your summer scrapbooking before the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas family holidays.
A variation on an earlier scrapbooking sketch, this simple and elegant two-page wedding layout uses 12 small photographs, 3 larger ones and some fun embellishments.
The layout uses Angie Briggs’ “Just Be” collection from Scrap Girls. This is our current favourite scrapbooking kit, because it’s fun, lively, and so versatile.
With autumn well and truly here now in the northern hemisphere, you could use this scrapbooking sketch to showcase the wonders of changing colours, or grateful harvests.
Sample layout using a scrapbooking sketch and Angie Briggs’ Just Be digital scrapbooking kit from Scrap Girls; a fun, bright, young scheme – not just for the young.
A new take on a ‘before and after’ scrapbooking page; Isabella makes another layout with scrapbooking sketch #27, this time using pre- and post-birth photographs.
Another scrapbooking sketch for the weekend from ScrapbookingGems.com. Ok, you don’t have to wait until the weekend to indulge your passion. Hit the button now!
Another in the series of scrapbook layouts. Hangin’ Out (in a Bloom) is a simple two-photograph layout with paper borders and with a minimum of embellishments.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Try this month’s scrapbooking sketch for your next layout. It’s a jigsaw just waiting for you to fit the pieces together.
Funny Faces scrapbooking layout from a circle scrapbooking sketch and made using predominantly Photoshop Elements shapes and effects.
Making a circle layout with scrapbooking sketch #27 was a new experience in many ways. I’ve experimented a little with PSE6, shapes and styles as I try to learn what can be done with digital scrapbooking.
Is it a scrapbooking sketch or your dinner plate? Or it could equally be a clock indicating the passage of time with it’s poignant regrets of missed opportunities or …
Tradition is important in all cultures. Scrapbooking YOUR traditions helps keep the message or the story alive.
A scrapbook layout using sketch 26, multiple photos and re-usable digital scrapbooking products. Find a whole matching set of free digital supplies that include …
There are many ways to interpret a scrapbooking sketch and it’s always exciting to see the various ideas people come up with. I often find myself saying, “Wow, I never thought of that!”
As summer approaches we have another wedding scrapbooking layout idea for you to scraplift or to make you own.
We’ve made a simple scrapbooking layout using one of our scrapbooking sketch ideas to display three wonderful photos of a new baby. (Aaaah!)
We have a simple scrapbooking sketch using three 4×6 photographs, so pick out your three best photos, or you three favorite photos, get your thinking caps on and see what you come up with.
Find ideas on making a scrapbooking layout from a sketch, and money saving tips for baby scrapbook embellishments into the bargain.
I find it exciting to start a new layout with a scrapbooking sketch. It always gets me off the mark more quickly than sitting with just a few photos and scrapbook supplies.
Using a sketch is a great boost to scrapbooking, but sometimes a sample layout will add that little extra needed to get you off your marks. Use this layout to help you with our scrapbooking sketch 23.
This is the last in our mini series based on some abstract paintings seen a few months back. The variations in the series are subtle; blocks of varying size and shape and order. We’ve chosen to give a sample for each as an individual sketch, but the subtlety may show better when using the series […]
Sometimes it helps to have a simple layout made with a scrapbooking sketch to get you off the starting blocks. We hope this idea helps inspire you. This sketch is similar to sketch 20 but the proportions and order of the layers are different. It’s these little differences that allow the sketches in this mini […]
The third in our scrapbooking sketch mini series gives plenty of scope for paper, digital and hybrid scrappers alike to make seasonal layouts, and the opportunity to highlight a special photograph.
When using a sketch, a sample layout will often help the creative juices flow. Some like this, but others prefer to work on their own. I am amazed at the variety that can come from one idea once you start.
The scrapbooking sketch this month is the second in our current mini series, which was inspired by some abstract paintings I saw recently. If you’re not familiar with using sketches you can read How to Use a Scrapbooking Sketch. A scrapbooking layout includes photo(s), pretty scrapbooking papers, your story, and a few embellishments. What they […]
An autumn layout idea using one of our scrapbooking sketches and a $10 gift certificate for the best layout with our sketch this month. Not a bad combination, eh?
With food and fuel prices rising we don’t have so much to spend on our scrapbooking. So show us how you use this scrapbooking sketch in either a digital or paper layout and win a digital kit worth $5.99.
Add a little twist on a sketch – our scrapbooking sketch #19 – and you come up with this.
Here is a sample multi photo layout. Some scrapbookers like a sample LO with a scrapbooking sketch and some like the freedom of not being influenced by another’s ideas.
This scrapbooking sketch will help you use up all those photographs you’ve taken over the summer months.
Why are we talking about scrapbooking a Spanish golf resort on a scrapbooking website? As scrapbooking enthusiasts we scrap everything, right? Including golf resorts? Well … ye-es, but …?
We have a great tip for you to use an imperfect photo in your next scrapbook page, plus it’s the season for scrapping those back to school layouts.
Can you make a layout with just three products? We did when using sketch #18 for a ScrapGirls challenge.
A new scrapbooking sketch from ScrapbookingGems.com. Use it as a springboard for your creativity. What will you make with it?
A layout using a scrapbooking sketch that allows you to zoom in on an aspect of your photographs for emphasis.
A sample layout made with this month’s scrapbooking sketch of a local beauty spot for us at ScrapbookingGems.com: peaceful and uncrowded.
Here’s a scrapbooking sketch to help get you started on your next layout. Each one has huge potential, and will look different from each person and each time you use it.
What do you do if your photographs are too small for a layout? Here’s one idea.
We have a scrapbooking sketch, a sample layout with this sketch, an added challenge, journaling tips and some wonderful product ideas.
Are you looking for graduation scrapbook layout ideas? We have some suitable for digital and paper scrapbookers alike, along with some quotes and suggestions.
A scrapbooking layout idea using a sketch by Genie Balfour. The remit was to tell us “some of the things you value that make your home your home”
Lots of circles in the scrapbooking sketch this month which is based on an ad seen in a shopping mall.
In honor of Mother’s Day we have a new digital scrapbook layout and some lessons learned in motherhood. It’s one of the more challenging stages of life, offering many opportunities for growth – and not just for the children!
How do you win when photographing children’s birthday parties for your annual birthday scrapbook layouts? We’ve great tips and layout ideas for you.
This digital scrapbooking layout remembers the hot summer of 2003. Find out what digital products were used.
Our scrapbooking sketch this month has three photographs and plenty of room for journaling. It’s based on an ad that caught my eye. I liked the clean lines and the white space, yet it still had room to tell your story.
A scrapbooking sketch gets the creative juices flowing so you get off to a quick start with each scrapbooking page you make. No more hours spent working out where your layout is going; you can see from the start.
ScrapGirls are generous with their freebies. This layout was made with items gathered over a few days, plus a couple of items from a great free pack at Creating Keepsakes.
This simple scrapbooking layout idea uses five photographs, some brads, a word fragment and journaling block. It includes text on the dark area of the large photo.
That’s it! As I said: simple! Read on for a few scrap booking tips.
A Christmas scrapbooking page with 11 photographs – double it up for a multiple photo layout across a 2-page spread with 22 photos. Did you know you could put that many photos in a layout?
A scrapbooking sketch is a jumping board for inspiration. Use this one for a very special photograph. Make a single scrapbooking page or a two-page layout with this month’s ideas.
Do you start with a scrapbooking sketch or make a layout and then make the sketch for reference later? Which came first the chicken or the egg?
This simple, budget Christmas scrapbook page is made without buying any extra supplies. Yes, it’s a Christmas layout, but it could just as happily be a Valentine’s Day, birthday or anniversary scrapbook page – any occasion where you want to spend the money on gifts rather than scrapbooking!
An elegant scrapbooking sketch with two places for photos and four positions for words. Plenty of space for that special journaling?
Scrapbooking favorite toys is an obvious candidate for layouts for that is what scrapbooking is all about: memories and the things that are important to us.
Scrapbooking sketches are a great way to jumpstart your creativity. ScrapbookingGems adds a new template each month. See what you make of the new one.
A scrapbooking class is a great place to start scrapbooking, and a beginners’ class is pitched at just the right level to enthuse everyone. Read about one class of seniors who took the first steps to tell their story in scrapbook pages.
8 great tips for using tags on your scrapbooking layouts or on your cards, too. Simple yet quick techniques for great looks.
‘Forever Yours’ is a newbie’s take on scrapbooking sketch #9 celebrating a family engagement. A simple layout using paper products.
A scrapbooking sketch is a great springboard for getting layouts completed quickly. We offer a new one each month. What will you make with it?
Fast ideas for scrapbooking school photos with the Hot Off The Press Finished in a Flash School Kit.
Scrapbooking sketches make great jumping off points for your scrapbooking layouts. Free templates are available monthly.
A layout with no frills. Scrapbooking at its simplest. Check it out.
The new template in our scrapbooking sketches series.
Just how different can layouts be using the same sketch? I’m always surprised at the varying results you can get from the same template. Here’s another to compare.
From scrapbooking pets to cars, friend or children, take one scrapbooking sketch and two scrapbookers and you’ll get entirely different results.
Scrapbooking sketches are not like dressmaking patterns where you follow the instructions exactly to get the right fit. Here you have freedom …
Wedding photos for the scrapbooking album vary, but have you ever had one that made you seasick just looking at it? How would you deal with it?
Drag and drop digital scrapbooking made so simple your kids can help you (teenagers.) No excuse now for not getting all those photos into albums.
What is a scrapbooking template and just how do you use it? Read on to find out …
Traditional scrapbooking records memories, mementoes and special thoughts …
Using scrapbooking sketches is a great springboard for creating fantastic layouts. We offer free templates each month …
Newbies find out that scrapbooking is more than just sticking a few photographs on a piece of paper …
A template is a template and you can use these for paper layouts if you are not into digital scrapbooking.
‘The Big Day’ was made using Scrapbooking Gems’ layout #2 published in March.
What photos can you use to make a scrapbook? Surely not postcards? …
Scrapbook layout with three photos of different sizes.
Do you like to use the same sketch idea once only or do you challenge yourself to come up with a few scrapbook layouts for each? How quickly can your scrapping buds recognize the same sketch was used for different layouts? This one can be turned whichever way you want. Which will be the best […]
“Something wasn’t right on a recent scrapbook layout,” Ellie said. “Yes, the page was too busy, but there was something else I couldn’t quite put my finger on.” …
Scrapbook layout ideas sometimes come thick and fast. Other times we have scrapper’s block until …
Make great scrapbooking titles with alphabets that come in all shapes, sizes and colors – even no colors so you can match exactly with your layouts.
We all have people and things in our lives we value. I wouldn’t be me if it were not for the treasures and pains in my life. This scrapbooking sketch is reminiscent of bricks in a wall. What are the ‘treasures’ in your life, or what would you include in a layout about your foundations? […]
Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start with a scrapbook layout, especially if you’re a newbie. You have your photos and your scrapbook supplies. whether paper or digital products, but where do you go from there?
For beginner or old-hand alike, drawing a sketch of a layout idea can get you off the starting block, on your way to a scrapbook challenge, or even unblock scrappers block!