Masterful Scrapbook Design | when you’ve got a passion for a hobby . . .
. . .you want to go deeper in, refining your skills, learning, talking and thinking about what you love. You need the company and advice of others with the same passion. Interviews and office hours support comprehensive e-books in each class. A new group of teachers takes on challenging assignments in each class — and we share their rich layout annotations with you.
Since September 2010 we’ve been producing Masterful Scrapbook Design, a series of classes that go in-depth on one focus topic with a variety of guest designers. Every class includes a comprehensive e-book with lots of layouts and ideas and instruction as well as video/audio interviews with all of the guest teachers. Here are the details on 34 of those classes — who taught and what we covered. Get all of these classes with a Get It Scrapped membership. Everything is downloadable for you to keep even if your membership expires.
You know the basics of color – schemes, emotional and cultural associations, mixing in gallon, quart, pint quantities. Now find out how to put that knowledge to work to make pages that pop, set tone, charm, tell your stories.
Study with: Kelly Noel, Dina Wakley, Lynn Grieveson, Lisa Dickinson, and Krista Sahlin.
Tension gets attention. When you set up a situation with tension, the viewer feels like something isn’t quite right, that something might happen that the viewer doesn’t want to miss.
Creating visual tension on your scrapbook pages will give them energy and interest.
Study tension with author, teacher and mixed media artist Dina Wakley, digital product designer and scrapbooker Anna Aspnes, Two Peas Garden Girl Corrie Jones, Jenni Bowlin Marketing Director Doris Sander, and Cocoa Daisy Marketing and Design Team Lead Emily Pitts.
Includes 300 page e-book, 10 live events during Sept/Oct 2013, and video/audio recordings of each live events.
Five teachers with an affinity for grid and blocked designs share the details of why they like grids and the many creative ways they use them. Paper scrapbookers Lisa Dickinson, Doris Sander, and Summer Fullerton along with digital scrapbookers Lynnette Penacho and Tiffany Tillman have ideas and examples to inspire all scrapbookers.
MSD-2013-07-GridsAndBlocks01Grids and blocks includes:
-Tiffany Tillman’s 3 techniques for making grids that don’t look like grids (they are the “Tuck and Cover,” the “Twist,” and the “Frame” but you really need her lesson to put them to work).
-Lynnette Penacho’s how-tos for Photoshop tools that make working with grids and blocks a snap.
-Ideas for beginning a scrapbook page with a blocked base from Doris Sander, Summer Fullerton and the rest of the team.
-Go-to techniques for filling the compartments of a grid and keeping things balanced and flowing.
-Inspiration for embellishing with grids and “putting a grid on the side.”
-5 ways for making hybrid-grid designs.
-Lisa Dickinson’s 4 favorite ways to loosen up a grid design.
-5 sketches and layered templates for Photoshop based on our guest teacher’s designs.
-10 hours of scrapbook talk (in video or audio) to get you inspired and enjoying giving your photos the backdrops that tell their stories well.
-Many more lessons and ideas to numerous to mention.
You learn to make scrapbook pages that go deeper than the surface details, beginning with journaling and titles that go beyond the obvious in both their content and rendering.
Paula Gilarde, Betsy Sammarco, Emily Pitts, Amber Ries, and Kim Watson show you how to work with all 5 senses, how to incorporate voice, explore character, and leverage motif, pattern, color and photo treatments to make enduring records of your life.Includes seminar with 60+ annotated layouts, 5 “style guides” and layered templates with sketches, 100+ pages of articles on the focus topic, 5 live and recorded interviews with guest teachers, and 4 live and recorded office hours sessions.
Guest teachers Lisa Dickinson, Leah Farquharson, Corrie Jones, Doris Sander, and Celeste Smith (along with Tami, Amy, and myself) have made pages that show you our “secret sauce” when it comes to finishing a page, and our approaches to getting polished and highly appealing looks through attention to dimension, layering, theme, customizing elements, using pattern and more.Includes seminar with 60+ annotated layouts, 5 “style guides” and layered templates with sketches, 100+ pages of articles on the focus topic, 5 live and recorded interviews with guest teachers, and 4 live and recorded office hours sessions (8+ hours of video and audio). Seminar is great for viewing on e-devices.
Guest teachers Anna Aspnes, Lisa Dickinson, Amanda Jones, Krista Sahlin and Dina Wakley share top product and technique choices, photo treatments, approaches to journaling, layout, titlework and embellishing.
Get tips and ideas for your own pages and find out why these approaches are favored and what makes them great for scrapbook pages that record your stories.Includes seminar with 60+ annotated layouts, 5 “style guides” and layered templates with sketches, 100+ pages of articles on the focus topic, 5 live and recorded interviews with guest teachers, and 4 live and recorded office hours sessions (8+ hours of video/audio). Seminar is great for viewing on e-devices.
Guest teachers Summer Fullerton, Kelly Noel, Lynnette Penacho, Tiffany Tillman.
Understand our designers’ go-to compositions, including their approaches to white space, balance, and flow. See, also, how to push favorite designs for new looks. Consider a “photo-to-layout” process and the implications of color, foundations, and inspiration for layout design. Leverage all of this as you use your own favorite compositional approaches to tell your stories with photos and words. Includes 200+page e-book with 50+ annotated layouts and 4 video/audio interviews with guest teachers.
From Photo to Layout
The Scrapbooker’s Guide to Prime Real Estate
Making Room: for photos, journaling, and white space
True Colors: for meaning and pop
Step It Up: inspiration, challenges and new techniques
Guest teachers Betsy Sammarco, Jana Morton, Doris Sander, Pattie Knox
Choose the old photos you want to scrapbook and find the stories to go with them. Revisit your early days and those of your ancestors with story and design angles. Match product and composition to “the times” and find the connections that add meaning to those older photos you’ve waiting to get onto the page. Includes 200+page e-book with 50+ annotated layouts and 4 video/audio interviews with guest teachers.
Guest teachers Emily Pitts, Lisa Dickinson, Audrey Neal, Sara Gleason, Leah Farquharson
While “fashion” refers to the popular style at a certain place and time, “style” refers to the outward expression of YOUR attitude, personality, preferences and aesthetic tendencies.
Style is what makes your creations YOURS. Explore and understand your preferences, masteries, frustrations to create in your own style. If you’re interested in developing a distinctive style, we’ve got 7 activities to get you there. Includes 200+page e-book with 60+ annotated layouts and 5 video/audio interviews with guest teachers.
Guest teachers Doris Sander, Tiffany Tillman, Amber Ries, Kim Watson, Corrie Jones
Some trends you love and some leave you scratching your head. Designers for top digital and paper scrapbooking manufacturers show you their approach to watching and using trends. See how Tiffany Tillman, Kim Watson, Amber Ries, Doris Sander and Corrie Jones stay true to their own style and, at the same, leverage trends for fresh approaches to the page. Includes 200+page e-book with 60+ annotated layouts and 5 video/audio interviews with guest teachers.
Forecasting trends and spotting trends are two different things.
How to be a trendspotter.
Why trends arise at a particular time.
How trends manifest in scrapbooking.
Using trendy motifs, patterns, materials, technique, and color.
Making trends your own.
Keeping a timeless look while using trendy elements.
Guest teachers Tangie Baxter, Paula Gilarde, Julie Ann Shahin, DIna Wakley, Vicki Walters
This issue includes a 35+ page “seminar” with accompanying video, 7 focus lessons, and 5 video interviews with guest teachers. Art journaling techniques and mixed media supplies are making their way onto scrapbook pages. This seminar will show you the unique looks you can get by making backgrounds with stencils, ink, paint, mist, doodling, embossing and the digital equivalents. Add texture with collage, modeling paste, and lots of techniques as demonstrated by this month’s guest teachers. Use layers to add visual interest, incorporate meaningful images and motifs and reveal your personal style. Use text to convey meaning and get visual impact. Work with images from your photos and other sources using a variety of techniques.
“Sink” Floating Text into Digital Pages by Tangie Baxter
Add Messy Art Journaling Techniques to Tags for Clean and Simple Pages by Paula Gilarde
3 Ways to Use Printables for Smash Books with Art Journaling Looks by Julie Ann Shahin
How to Succeed at Spray Ink without Really Trying by Dina Wakley
Make Original Digital Backgrounds with Papers and Blending Modes by Vicki Walters
Use Art Journaling Techniques to Get Words onto Your Scrapbook Pages by Amy Kingsford
7 Art Journaling Details to Try on Scrapbook Pages by Tami Taylor
Guest teachers Kelly Purkey, Jana Morton, Terri Davenport, Kim Watson, Sara Gleason
In this issue of Masterful Scrapbook Design we tackle scrapbooking photos that don’t present any specific event or immediately obvious story to record. The teaching team was challenged to make pages with the photos that we frequent shooters accumulate but don’t feel motivated to scrapbook. You’ll find approaches to making meaningful (and often fun) scrapbook pages with portraits, one-offs, 365ers of inanimate objects, and more here.
Jana Morton: No Excuse Needed for an Impromptu Photo Shoot
Kelly Purkey: Scrapbook Your Grown-Up Outings
Kim Watson: Use Everyday Photos to Ponder the Big Stuff
Sara Gleason: Capturing the Everyday with Details
Terri Davenport: 20 Ways to Journal About Banana Bread
Amy Kingsford: Telling 3 Stories with 1 Photo
Tami Taylor: 3 Tips and 10 Ideas for Writing “List” Journaling
Scrapbook page embellishment is about the joy of the detail.This month we luxuriate in these details that are as delightful to select and place as they are to see on the finished piece later. We begin this immersion in embellishing with a look at how embellishments help you tell your story and delight the viewer’s eye.
Embellish with Purpose
Strengthen Design with Embellishments
Get Creative with Embellishments
Building Embellishment Clusters by Amber Ries
Using Digital Brushes as Embellishments by Audrey Neal
Create Custom Clothing Tag Embellishments with your Computer by Betsy Sammarco
Using Vintage Items on Your Layouts by Doris Sander
Go-To Ideas for Artful Embellishments by Erin Bassett
Simple Unexpected Details Will Make Your Layout Artful by Tami Taylor
From paisleys to paw prints, you’ll find a huge variety of images on scrapbook papers and embellishments that you can use to support your page subject. Learn about motifs as fun decorations, as cues to your subject, and even as triggers for associations that can be used to deepen meaning.
Motif and Meaning
Motif and Design
Amber Ries: Using Symbolic Motifs to Express Complex Feelings
Vee Jennings: Repeated Motifs on Your Scrapbook Pages: 3 Tips for Quick Combinations
Melanie Grimes: Searching your digital supplies for the motifs that make your page
Cindy Liebel: Ideas for Scrapbooking with Punched and Die-Cut “Negatives”
Francine Clouden: Choosing and Using a Personal Motif
Amy Kingsford: Use Everyday Texture and Motifs on Page Backgrounds
Tami Taylor: Page Challenge: One Motif with Multiple Meanings
Guest teachers Kelly Purkey, Betsy Sammarco, Noell Hyman, Drista Sahlin, Celeste Smith
Every scrapbook page should have a primary area of interest (the focal point!) that acts as the point of entry into the layout. Understand and see why a focal point helps you tell your story and make a well-designed page. Learn how to make a focal point with eye-catching techniques that fall into the categories of Appeal, Contrast, and Structure.
Ways to Create Focal Points
Page Elements as Focal Points
Noell Hyman: 9 Elements that Attract the Eye and Compete for Attention
Kelly Purkey: Finding Focal Points in Inspiration Pieces
Krista Sahlin: Conveying page story with focal points
Betsy Sammarco: 4 Ways to Design with Photos to Create Focus
Celeste Smith: Use Page Borders to Strengthen Page Design
Amy Kingsford: 3 Ways to Draw the Eye to Text on the Page
Tami Taylor: Apply Photography Composition Techniques for Creating Focal Points to Your Scrapbook Pages
Guest teachers Dina Wakley, Emily Pitts, Lynette Penacho, Doris Sander, Anna Aspnes
This issue focuses on the scrapbook page canvas, beginning with the options you have for its base, moving onto the first layers and foundations you place upon on it, and delving into the many ways you can fill a canvas for striking looks.
Canvas Bases & First Layers
Filling the Canvas
Anna Aspnes: 3 Ways to Successfully Use Artsy Papers as Backgrounds
Dina Wakley: 5 Fun Ways to Use Paint and Ink as a Layout Foundation
Doris Sander: Go-to Designs and the Sketches in Your Mind
EmilyPitts: Creating Inked Backgrounds (video)
Lynnette Penacho: 5 Easy Ways to Use Shapes as Foundations For Your Layouts
Debbie Hodge: 4 Ideas for Starting Scrapbook Pages with a Pieced Base
Amy Kingsford: Building a Foundation that Sets the Mood for Your Page.
Tami Taylor: Quick Video on Using Shaped Base Layers
Guest teachers Jana Morton, May Flaum, Cindy Liebel, Michelle Clement, Peppermint Granberg
In this issue we are looking at adding texture and dimension to both digital and paper pages in this issue. Texture is a powerful art element because it can quickly evoke memories and emotions. Artists use both visual and physical textures to trigger your memories of previous texture experiences. Texture is tactile: it appeals to our sense of touch. It is an essential design element for visual artists, because it engages another sense in addition to sight. When you can incorporate texture on your pages, you draw your viewer in on another level.
Products and Techniques for Texture and Dimension
Texture, Dimension and Page Elements
Jana Morton: Lighting Up Your Layouts to Create Dimension
Cindy Liebel: Tone-on-Tone Layerering Creates an Embossed Effect
Michelle Clement: Layered Foundations Add Texture and Dimension
May Flaum: Three Ways to Add Texture or Dimension
Peppermint Granberg: Add Digital Dimension with the Dodge & Burn Tools
Amy Kingsford: Use Bulky Items Effectively to Create Instant Dimension in Your Paper and Digital Pages
Guest teachers Doris Sander, Paula Gilarde, Lynnette Penacho, Kelly Purkey
The times we are living in right now—from global politics and trade, to technology and styles—are especially remarkable. Scrapbook pages that weave in such references have a richness that endures and triggers long-forgotten memories decades later. This month, we take you more deeply into the topic. You come away with a wealth of starting points and approaches for making sure you’ve incorporated images, works, styles, memorabilia and more that capture “these times.”
Happenings Out There
Closer to Home
Kelly Purkey: Using Project Life Albums to Capture the Details of Current Times
Lynnette Penacho: Document Your Faves and Recording the Times
Paula Gilarde: Alternative Sources for Images
Doris Sander: Scrapbook Page Titles Inspired by Pop Culture
Debbie Hodge: Capture These Times with Street Photos
Tami Taylor: Time-stamping Layouts
Keandra Willis: Scrapbooking the Details of Everyday Life to Record the Times
Your comfort level with design principles and elements goes way up this month when you see how digital and paper scrapbookers Emily Pitts, Lisa Dickinson, Vivian Masket, Amy Mallory, and Kayleigh Wiles challenge themselves and end up with striking results.
Design principles are a great jumping off point for anyone who want to make original and well-designed pages. Not only do you learn how to work with “variations on a theme” you also get a handle on how attention to every little detail when it comes to design play yields great pages.
Variations on a Theme
Every Little Detail
Vivian Masket: Designing Pages with Flow
Emily Pitts: Playing with Alignment of Text
Lisa Dickinson: 3 Tips for Effective Embellishment
This special issue of Masterful Scrapbook Design includes 8+ hours of video/audio conversations with 24 top scrapbook page designers. The interviews ask questions and get answers that give you the know-how and inspiration to use current techniques and products as you tell your stories on scrapbook pages.
The topics included are: hybrid scrapbooking, finding and evolving your style, composition, digital pages inspired by paper pages, pages with lots on them, favorite techniques for paper pages, clean and simple pages that wow, pages that reflect the times.
Guest teachers Vee Jennings, Lynnette Penacho, Celeste Smith, Keandra Willis
Whether you’re a speedy scrapbooker or one who puts things together at a slower tempo, there are times when you need to step up the pace up.
You’ll get details on how to speed things up in the areas of preparation, streamlining page elements, product choices, and process. And then . . . you get lots more “by the numbers.” Understand and use basic approaches that work for pages with 1, 2, 3, and 4 photos.
Vee Jennings: 6 Tips for Making 12″x12″ Scrapbook Pages Quickly
Lynnette Penacho: Fast Tips for Layering Patterned Paper
Keandra Willis: Assembly Line Approach to Scrapbooking
Celeste Smith: Digital Techniques for Sizing and Placing Photos on Paper and Digital Pages
Amy Kingsford: 5 Quick Ways to Add Charm to Your Pages
Amy Kingsford: Time to Open a Can of Creativity on Those Layouts?
Tami Taylor: Make Kits to Speed Up Scrapbooking
Tami Taylor: Five Tips for Quick Scrapbooking (Video)
It’s the rare scrapbook page that doesn’t feature a photo. We’re talking about the many aspects of taking photos, selecting the ones you’re putting on the page, cropping and editing photos, and all those design choices photos drive. We cover best tips for “getting the shot,” strategies for selecting the “keepers,” approaches to editing and cropping photos, and new ways of thinking about how to place your photos on the page.
Taking and Choosing Photos
Cropping, Editing and Designing with Photos
Karen Grunberg: 3 Approaches for Telling the Story with Photos
Dina Wakley: Creating Expressive Self-portraits
Jana Morton: 4 Ways to use Photo Repetitions on Your Scrapbook Pages
Katrina Kennedy: 5 Ways to Make Photo-Focused Scrapbook Pages
Tami Taylor: Using Photo Silhouettes
Amy Kingsford: Choosing the Right Photo Treatments for Your Pages
This module is all about using the scrapbook supplies you have in both creative and practical ways. The goal is to help you use your stash, try new things, and make scrapbook pages you love. We’ve got approaches, inspiration, interviews, and lessons that get you thinking about product and scrapbook pages in ways that get your bins, baskets, and digital folders emptier and your albums fuller.
Amy Mallory: The “Seven-layer” Dip into Your Stash
Emily Pitts: Taking Control of Your Stash
Kayleigh Wiles: How to Use Your Tiny Stash in a Big Way
Noell Hyman: The GRAM Method of Stash Busting
Amy Kingsford: Getting the Most From Basic Paper and Digital Scrapbooking Tools
Guest teachers Wilna Furstenberg, Cindy Liebel, Emily Pitts, Celeste Smith
Since antiquity, patterns have been incorporated into tiles, linens, rugs, wallpaper, dishes, upholstery, clothing and more. Oscar Wilde said, “The repetitions of patterns give us rest. The marvels of designs stir the imagination.” This month we’re looking at patterns in both big and small ways, learning how to choose, mix, and use them on our scrapbook pages.
Choosing patterned paper
Mixing patterned paper
Techniques for using patterned paper
Celeste Smith: How to make an easy quilt
Emily Pitts: The value of punching and cutting up patterned paper
Wilna Furstenberg: How to use patterned paper as an embellishment
Cindy Liebel: 6 tips for working with patterned paper
Amy Kingsford: Fixes for worries over patterned paper backgrounds
Guest teachers Anna Aspnes, Lisa Dickinson, Paula Gilarde, Celeste Smith
We’ve heard a lot about “finding inspiration” for your pages from store shelves, magazines, fashion, websites and many other resources. It’s time to get specific about just how we can show YOU resources and methods for finding, gathering, and specifically translating inspiration to the scrapbook page.
Celeste Smith: Layered titles – three easy ways to add some zing
Paula Gilarde: Ad inspiration
Anna Aspnes: Everyday inspiration – shapes and colors
Lisa Dickinson: One inspiration – three layouts
Debbie Hodge: 5 things I learned about inspiration this month
Amy Kingsford & Tami Taylor: Three takes on one inspiration piece
A good title connects your photos to their story. We’re going to talk about the wide variety of approaches you can take for coming up with and designing your scrapbook page titles. From low-key and descriptive titles to elaborate word-plays filling half the page, we’ll give you ideas and help you get quicker and more skilled at designing titles you’ll love. Seminar, annotated layouts, focus lessons and 4 video/audio interviews.
Guest teachers Dina Wakley, Karen Grunberg, Paula Gilarde, Lain Ehmann
Whether you want to get a short record of thoughts and facts down or write a longer recount, we’re sharing ideas, how-tos, and resources that will help you do this well. We explore both the composition and content of journaling as well as ways to incorporate it into overall page design. Seminar, annotated layouts, focus lessons and 4 video/audio interviews.
Getting Journaling on the Page
Karen Grunberg: Try Sharing the Ordinary
Paula Gilarde: Short, but Meaningful
Debbie Hodge: Lots of photos–and journaling, too!
Debbie Hodge: Use journaling strips to rock your page design
Guest teachers Anna Aspnes, Cindy Liebel, Amber Ries, Sharyn Tormanen
This is a huge topic and the seminar that goes with it is huge! We show you how to approach scrapbooking your events with analysis and creativity. Understand the kinds of events you scrapbook and the many aspects of any event. What’s more use cropping and design techniques to make multi-photo one -and two-page layouts that tell your story well and look great. Webinars, annotated layouts, album projects by each guest designer and 9 videos for getting your photos in order make this a big bundle.
Aspects of Events
Anna Aspnes: Quick Cohesive Pages
Cindy Liebel: Make a Giant Impact with a Mini-Album
Amber Ries: 10 Tips for Your December Daily Album
Sharyn Tormanen: Any Month is Worth Documenting
Debbie Hodge: 5 Double Page Sketches and Templates
Our study of embellishing/using details on scrapbook pages kicks off with a survey course including the role embellishments should plan on a page, specific ways to add charm and design interest as well as strengthen the design of your pages. Four in-depth interviews with guest teachers as well as articles and 100+ annotated layouts make this a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for anyone who want to ramp up their embellishing skills or even just have more fun making awesome pages.
What Details Can Do
Doris Sander: Tips for tiny details
Debbie Hodge: How to study your favorite scrapbook pages by others
Kayleigh Wiles: Challenge yourself to build a ‘shelf’
Debbie Hodge: More about building shelves
Tania Willis: How to add stitching detail
Jenni Bowlin: Easy Tips for Clustering Embellishments
Guest teachers Lisa Dickinson, Amber Ries, Dina Wakley
This is an in-depth and rich exploration of “layering-it-on!” We cover reasons to layer–what layers do for a scrapbook page–as well as how to go about layering, including the kinds of materials that are available and the ways in which you can explore and express meaning with your choices. In the interviews you’ll get new ideas and insights from paper and digital scrapbookers — and the interesting thing about this is that the ideas translate wonderfully between mediums. Articles and even a spray-ink video as well as 100+ annotated layouts will provide ideas and inspiration for all.
Are you ready to truly get a handle on color — on what role it plays in memory keeping, on how it triggers emotional and cultural associations, and on how a smart use of design principles with your understanding of color can help you make awesome pages? Check out the seminar, interviews, challenges and annotated layouts to become more masterful at color.