In this blog post and video, we are going to create a basic scrapbooking layout using strips of paper and a 12″ Trimmer. In the video, we discuss ways to expand the design a bit further with additional elements.

Basic Scrapbooking Definitions

Layout: a one or two page scrapbook design.

Project Recipe: a layout idea with cutting guide that be adapted for use with any paper collection.

Cut Guide: a blueprint with measurements for cutting a piece of paper for a layout.

Cropping Photos: trimming a photo down from the original size.

Essential Scrapbooking Tools

Having a 12″ Trimmer is a must-have for scrapbooking. Here is a video how to use it. We also love the Creative Memories Border Maker System. Shopping links are the bottom of the post.

Beginning Scrapbook Handout

For this basic layout, you will need various strips of paper, two base papers, and a 12″ Trimmer. Refer to the printable handout and the video for all the details.

Class Recap

3 Tips Before You Begin

  1. This layout uses various strips of paper. You can choose three double-sided prints with coordinating sides or find six various strips that work together. You can also repeat papers if desired.
  2. This is a great layout to use up random leftover strips of paper. The lengths in the layout are just suggestions – use what you have. The lengths can vary.
  3. This layout shows two 4 x 6″ photos on each side. Rotate the layout 90-degrees to use vertical photos. Expand the amount of photos used by trimming photos down or adding peekaboo pockets. It also works well to trim three photos to 4 x 4″ and adhere them next to each other.

3 Ways to Add Additional Enhancement

  1. Add a large 4-1/4 x 12″ mat for framing the photos. This is recommended if you want to trim down photos and want a mat effect OR if you are planning to use peekaboo pockets.
  2. Use a border frame punch to punch two sides of a 4-1/4 x 12″ piece of coordinating cardstock. Layer behind the 10-3/4 x 3″ top layer.
  3. Using a decorative blade to add texture to any of the strips.
  4. Substitute a punched knock-out style border for 1″ strips. Usually a knock-out punch will need to be trimmed to 1-1/4″ wide for consistent border edges. Adjust other layers or spacing as needed to accommodate.
  5. Punch a chain-style border to layer on 1″ strips or overlapping two strips.
  6. Use border stickers or laser borders for any layer.

Below: Meggan showed an alternative layout she previously created using Halloween-themed papers and border stickers with the Bats & Stars Border Maker Cartridge. Her title is a combination of die cut letters and White Sans Serif ABC sticker letters.

Supplies Used in Class

Meggan: Back to School Collection, White Sans Serif ABC

Tessa: Shimmering Floral Paper Pack, Navy Cardstock, Songbirds Border Punch, Mosaic Diamond Border Maker Cartridge, Victorian Blade

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