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Back to School scrapbook ideas

Back to School scrapbook ideas // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

Excuse my giddiness, but I scrapbooked a back to school photo! Okay, he’s two. Okay, it’s not really school. But it was pretty close and he was beyond excited for the summer break to be finished and to go back to see friends and try his favourite things. It’s a session we attend together once a week at a local Montessori school, and through the summer, barely a day went by when I wasn’t asked ‘school open again? Or school still closed?’ He was very excited indeed, and the happiness in this big grin was very real.

Back to School scrapbook ideas // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

And I was a little extra giddy to have a back to school excuse to pull out the apple papers from Go Now Go and get to work on a school themed page. The ‘so’ in the title is taken from a larger word in the departure board patterned paper, which can be used as a full page or cut apart to make plenty of titles and sentiments.

Back to School scrapbook ideas // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

The apple embellishments came from a Martha Stewart apple punch – I knew there was a reason I was hanging on to that! I just punched the same shape from three different pieces of paper then cut the small pieces apart and glued them on top of the full red apple. The stamped leaves are from an autumn-themed set by Lora Bailora.

Of course back to school doesn’t have to be apples, and guest artist Jane Ratanapol has a second look to share with you today.

Back to School scrapbook ideas // scrapbook page by Jane Ratanapol

For this layout I used a lot of products from Shimelle’s Starshine collection. I find that this collection is versatile for many occasions – not just specific themes, and I love working with 12×12 paper pad and the cut apart sheets. I found arranging embellishments on my layout a challenge yet very relaxing. I chose this picture of my son’s preschool graduation because the color scheme goes together well with Shimelle’s Starshine products.

Back to School scrapbook ideas // scrapbook page by Jane Ratanapol

It’s not often that I get to use larger photos on my layouts, but this is one special layout, and a special occasion! I wanted to focus on his success and really tell the story of this big milestone in his life. I wanted to use a lot of embellishments that can tell story of the photo and I loved layering them. I didn’t really have a lot of space to journal but I think the photo and all the embellishments tell the story behind this photo very well.

Back to School scrapbook ideas // scrapbook page by Jane Ratanapol

We’d love to see what you’ve been making with back to school photos. Care to share in the comments?

Today’s Guest Artist: Jane Ratanapol loves crafting, hanging out with her three beautiful children (but they are a handful!), and a good cup of coffee. You can find more from Jane on Facebook.

Weekly Challenge :: Take Inspiration from a Travel Scrapbook Page

Weekly Challenge :: Take Inspiration from a Travel Scrapbook Page // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

Thanks so much for sharing all your painted pages last week! This week, we’re thinking all things travel and autumn, but don’t worry – there is room to take this challenge to any topic you’d like to scrapbook. We’re looking back at an older page and video and taking inspiration to make something new.

Every once in a while, I find it really interesting to look at how my process has changed over the years by reviewing old videos. (Not too much, mind you, because it is easy to just look at all the things I would do differently now and there’s no sense in that!) That’s the same desk I use now and I’m amazed at how much I managed to keep on the table. Today I’d be afraid it would all fall off and, with my luck, I’d smash a bottle of mist and paint everything in sight. Whoops!

Weekly Challenge :: Take Inspiration from a Travel Scrapbook Page // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

I made this page more than four years ago as a guest artist for Studio Calico, and it’s one I still really like. Yes, it has plenty of embellishment, but there’s also that big focal area across the middle of the page that lets the photos stand alone. And it’s an easy design to adapt to your chosen level of embellishment – just use more or less in that bottom right corner as suits your style! But you could also take inspiration from just one little detail and have a very different page design: pop tags into vellum pockets or string small embellishments on twine, or place your title on a stack of paper strips, perhaps.

This week, I challenge you this week to take inspiration from this page. There’s so much room to interpret this challenge that you might find you’re not even making a scrapbook page, but rather a card, planner layout, or gift tag! To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer May Flaum and guest artist Sandy Lewis.

Weekly Challenge :: Take Inspiration from a Travel Scrapbook Page // handmade card by May Flaum

When I was looking at the sketch I made from this scrapbook layout, I got to thinking it would translate beautifully into a card design. I didn’t have three little tags, so I went to my Shimelle die cut stash and found a few little things to cluster in a similar area. Using the big strip of white cardstock to hold my big sentiment? Perfect in lieu of photos!

Weekly Challenge :: Take Inspiration from a Travel Scrapbook Page // handmade card by May Flaum

All ready for fall and inspired to try more paper crafting cross inspiration where sketches are concerned, I’m really loving how this turned out!
- May

(By the way, don’t miss May’s beautiful autumn star project – it’s gorgeous!)

Weekly Challenge :: Take Inspiration from a Travel Scrapbook Page // scrapbook page by Sandy Lewis

My only grandson turned one on my twenty-fifth anniversary, and photos of him and his family are some of my main inspirations for scrapping. Having watched Shimelle and Glitter Girl scrap for the past however many years, I often scrap lift from the videos. I used many of her lines on this layout that I scraplifted and made my own, and they work so well together: Go Now Go Journey paper, Starshine Orion and Hubble papers, washi, tiny letter stickers and embellishments. I used a wood word and rubber faces from Freckled Fawn, and Versamark and Hero Arts white embossing powder, along with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and the Tim Holtz applicator.

weekly challenge: challenge title here // scrapbook page by Sandy Lewis

_My layout features my adorable grandson with his family at the beach for the very first time. I wanted to tell the story from the ‘I’m home every time I’m with you’ angle, rather than a vacation or travel topic. It seemed apt to work with the concept of ‘home’ with such a little one, as ‘vacation’ is a pretty complex topic for a baby. _
- Sandy


You have a week to complete the challenge and share your page – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative! By the way you don’t have to link to your page on a blog if that’s not your thing! You can simply upload a photo of your page when you click to add yours or you can link to any site, including Instagram, Facebook, and scrapbook page galleries. We’d love to see what you’re making, no matter where you prefer to share!

Today’s Guest Artist: Sandy Lewis loves family, scrapbooking, and Chihuahuas. You can find more from Sandy on Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog.

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

The seasons are a-changing. One of my intentions when designing Go Now Go was that it could be used for autumn adventures, even if they were close to home, as well as travels further afield. Today contributing designer Meghann Andrew shares how she put Go Now Go to work. She has a little trick up her sleeve for this week’s paint challenge too, so don’t forget to join in if you’re inspired!

Although we live in the height of suburbia, we try to get out in nature as much as possible. Sometimes with little ones, this just means a paved walk through the woods, like the occasion that I’m documenting today.

I started this layout by selecting a few patterned papers from the new Go Now Go collection. Since this layout records a walk in the woods, I couldn’t stay away from the beautiful woodgrain pattern, and I knew immediately that I wanted tocut the trees from the Park pattern to use as embellishments.

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

I was immediately drawn to the bright and cheerful scalloped edge strip on the Race patterned paper, but since the dark background behind the scallops seemed to heavy for the top of my layout, I cut each of the scallops from the background and topped this piece with a thin strip of the Pond woodgrain.

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Next, I detail cut my little trees, using the same colors that the children in my photo were wearing. I wanted to place them below my photo, but they seemed to just “float” on the page, so I decided to adhere them to another strip of white cardstock to give them a home. However, I wanted this piece of cardstock to stand out from my white background, so I decided to use the Shimelle woodgrain embossing folder to give it some texture.

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

At the bottom of my layout, I added another, wider strip of the Pond woodgrain patterned paper, along with the Botanical pink chevron and teal and green manufacturer’s strip from the Race paper. It was on this block of patterned paper that I decided to add my title, using two different types of Thickers.

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

After embossing, the woodgrain texture still wasn’t very apparent, so I used a stiff brush and gold acrylic paint to drybrush the raised grain on the paper. By applying just a tiny amount of paint, I still kept the white background and made the woodgrain stand out with a metallic sheen.

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Since I already had quite a few colors and patterns on my page, I decided to add a few die-cut white cardstock leaves around the page. I love the dimension of tone-on-tone shapes.

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Because my page was already well balanced, I only added the “go somewhere lovely” sticker to the bottom right corner, offsetting it with the date tab at the top left corner of my photo. I also added a few enamel dots around my leaves for good measure.

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

I love that our time outdoors has been documented in such a fun and colorful way on this layout!

Scrapbook a nature walk with Go Now Go // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Scrapbooking with Watercolours

Scrapbooking with Watercolours // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

Be honest with me: have you put some sort of paint on your desk this week yet? Acrylic paint, watercolour, a bottle of mist? Anything? Today we have two more ways to splash paint on your page, and we promise it isn’t really that scary at all!

Lately I’m using paint for lettering more and more. It’s something that started when I was working on The Scrapbook Process and it showed up in my Olympic album there in particular. Then it kept appearing while I worked on The 20 Project and I think it’s here to stay for a while now. I love that this feels like a full circle for me. I fell into scrapbooking because a group of us wanted to make a book about a particular event (without knowing that ‘scrapbooking’ was a word) and was given the project because I liked doodling words and writing things with pretty pens. I fell for the hobby when I picked up my first Lindsay Ostrom book of letters and doodles. In my early days of working with Creating Keepsakes and Paperkuts magazine, I was hand lettering so many of my page titles, and we often talked in the assignment process about how this was really catering for the part of the scrapbooking audience who weren’t able to spend constant cash on letter stickers and didn’t want to use lots of computer-generated lettering on their pages. But then handmade titles went a bit out of fashion in print and of course I fell in love with Thickers, so I didn’t really miss the lettering on my pages so much as I was having fun with something different. Now I’m not giving up my Thickers in the slightest, but I am just enjoying the freedom of mixing in painted titles that can be just the right size and colour for the space available. And while accepting your own handwriting is its own creative challenge, this isn’t a scary technique because I always paint the title on another sheet of paper and cut it out to put it on the page. I have zero worry that I will mess up the rest of the layout since I’m not working directly there and I can write the same word three or twenty times until I get one I really like. Not scary!

using watercolours on your scrapbook page // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

(By the way, I really hope you’ll embrace the fun of Go Now Go for things close to home as well as far away. I find it funny how many of the same phrases apply to life on the road or life at home with a toddler. It’s definitely down to perspective when we classify what’s an adventure!)

using watercolours on your scrapbook page // scrapbook page by Valerie Bishop

Now, if you do want paint on the background but you still want to veer far from the scary, guest artist Valerie Bishop is here to help! Her beautiful page was made by doing the painting first, so there’s no worry about spilling paint on your favourite pack of embellishments… provided you keep your desk relatively tidy. Though where is the fun in that?

using watercolours on your scrapbook page // scrapbook page by Valerie Bishop

I love using watercolors because I can create a background color that matches my photo if I can’t find any patterned paper that will match it! I used a heavy weight cardstock as my base of this layout to keep it from buckling from the watercolor. I simply estimated where I wanted my to photo to be on the layout and swiped some watercolor that I mixed to highlight the flower in my photo across my cardstock.

using watercolours on your scrapbook page // scrapbook page by Valerie Bishop

After it was dry, I used complementary colors of embellishments and papers to layer under my photo and around my page. I also used the watercolor paint to change the color of one of the arrow shapes and to edge a couple of the Shimelle die cut cardstock shapes the I used to embellish my layout.

I used embellishments and patterned papers from Shimelle’s first collection as well as items from American Crafts, Elle’s Studio, We R Memory Keepers, and Chickaniddy.

Today’s Guest Artist: Valerie Bishop loves making memories with her family, bicycling, and creating layouts about both activities. You can find more from Valerie on Instagram, Twitter, and her blog.

Stamping with Watercolours

Stamping with Watercolours // scrapbook page by Emma Callagher

With even more ideas for this week’s paint challenge, please welcome guest artist Emma Callagher, here to encourage you to get your stamps in on the painted action!

Stamping with Watercolours // scrapbook page by Emma Callagher

ome is where the heart is”, they say. Whoever they are, I totally agree. I think it’s important to remind yourself every now and then, that the most important things in life are not usually physical possessions but rather, the people you share your life with. For me, wherever my lovely mum is feels like home. Mums have that way about them don’t they? I love this photo of my mum. It was taken when I was about four or five and I love the flowers and the colours all around her.

To highlight this, I pulled out the small flower stamp from the Shimelle Starshine stamp set and stamped in Versamark ink so I could white heat emboss for a resist technique. I used Kuretake Gansai watercolours over the top so the flowers stood out and I thought the colours worked really well with the photo. I think stamping gives awesome texture to a layout. I then embellished the layout using word stickers from the Starshine collection as well as other elements from my stash including stickers from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection.

Stamping with Watercolours // scrapbook page by Emma Callagher

Today’s Guest Artist: Emma Callagher loves reading, crafting, and playing with paint. You can find more from Emma on Instagram, YouTube, and her blog.

Using Paint to Highlight a Photo

using paint to highlight a photo // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

Need more inspiration for this week’s paint challenge No problem! Contributing designer Gina Lideros shares her steps for using paint to highlight the photo on your next scrapbook page.

My routine every morning is to get up early and enjoy a nice cup of coffee before the rest of the house awakes. There is something about having that quiet time each day that sets the tone for the rest of the day. It’s kind of like a meditation of sorts to me, plus caffeine.  The best of both worlds!  I chose to document my morning routine for this week’s post.  

using paint to highlight a photo // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

To get started, I chose a favorite photo, a stencil from Heidi Swapp and Craft Smart Navy blue acrylic paint. I specifically chose a photo that had a lot of negative space. I placed my stencil over the left side of my photo.  I carefully applied my paint to the left side of the stencil, leaving the right side open.  By only painting one side of the diamond shape, my design became a chevron. After applying paint I was careful to lift my stencil up in slow motion (to not smear the design).  Next, I used a heat gun over my design to speed up the drying process.  

using paint to highlight a photo // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

While my photo was drying, I created my background for my layout.  I used the Half Hearted cut file from The Cut Shoppe to cut my background out of white cardstock paper.  I then chose a selection of favorite patterned papers from Shimelle’s True Stories and Starshine collections.  

using paint to highlight a photo // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

Lots of fun embellishments such as buttons, stickers, Thickers, and stickers helped finish up my page.  I even added some paint splatters and machine stitching for a more homemade feel.

Weekly Challenge :: Paint the Edge of the Page

weekly challenge: paint the edge of the page // scrapbook page by shimelle laine

I love colour on my scrapbook pages. So much. And usually I go to patterned papers for the start of all that colour, but then a page like this comes along and reminds me the colour can always start somewhere else, like paint:

weekly challenge: paint your scrapbook page // layout by corrie jones

It’s a page Corrie Jones shared here in an article about scrapbooking with paint absolutely ages ago, but it’s one that pops into my mind often and I always find something on that beautiful page to inspire me.

This week, I challenge you this week to paint your scrapbook page. If more specifics help you, paint the edge of your page. It’s an easy way to introduce paint of any kind without feeling you need to be Matisse or have special brushes or absolutely anything complicated. Watercolour, acrylic, or mist can all be painted on with either a brush or a sponge, and going around the edge can be bold or subtle depending on how much paint you use and what colour you pick. Everything else is completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Sheena Rowlands and guest artist Jeanna Cata.

weekly challenge: paint the edge of the page // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

I love it when a challenge gets me scrapping something I’d not got around to documenting up to now. When I saw the challenge was sport I was reminded of a visit my husband and I made to the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament a couple of years ago. This trip was made even more special as we used to live there many years ago and actually got married there too and we could see the church from the Tennis Club, which got us reminising together.

weekly challenge: paint the edge of the page // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

As my photos from the day aren’t that great I’ve printed them small and incorporated four into this grid design. To emphasise the tennis feel I’ve stitched white lines through the grid and dry brushed a white paint border around the edge. All my supplies are from the Go Now Go and Starshine ranges and they coordinate together beautifully.
- Sheena

weekly challenge: paint the edge of the page // scrapbook page by Jeanna Cata

weekly challenge: paint the edge of the page // scrapbook page by Jeanna Cata

I’m always up for a challenge, and with this week’s project I explored new techniques and stepped a bit out of my comfort zone. I’m only just now exploring mixed media, so had some acrylic paint on hand; however, I hadn’t ever considered painting the edges of my page with it. The thought was a bit terrifying once I realized that I only had one page of Pathfinder from Shimelle’s Starshine line on hand. Eek!

weekly challenge: challenge title here // scrapbook page by Jeanna Cata

Since I decided to record our trip to Lincoln to watch Nebraska football play last fall, I wanted to stick to a very specific color palette and I’m grateful that the various American Craft lines, those of Shimelle and Amy Tangerine, included so much red, white and black, and that they were complimentary. Of course, the final project wasn’t what I had first envisioned, but I like how it turned out. My story can be found on the backside.
- Jeanna


You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!

I’ll see you tomorrow to share how I took on this challenge!

Today’s Guest Artist: Jeanna Cata loves to travel, read, and laugh. You can find more from Jeanna on Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog.

Weekly Challenge :: Embellish with leaf motifs

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs @ shimelle.com

It wouldn’t be September without a leaf challenge, right? Southern hemisphere friends, please tell me you can take some leafy inspiration for springtime and use an entirely different colour scheme than we are up here, okay? Leaves, leaves aplenty!

This week I challenge you this week to scrapbook with leaves. It is that simple! Use a leaf-printed paper or stamp some leaves or punch them or put some stickers to work, or all of the above. Leaves it is, and everything else is completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! You might find this tutorial or this video from the archives inspiring for this challenge too, but to get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Leigh Ann Odynski and guest artist Ingunn Mankiewicz.

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

This week’s challenge is such a great starting point to tell the story of a morning nature walk along the ocean. To enhance the organic feel of the layout, I chose to punch a couple different leaf shapes from lots of different patterns. You can create an ombre look by punching lighter tints to darker shades of the same color. Layer and glue them to a simple hand cut leaf shape, then stitch around each one. Have fun punching away, and see how many different patterns you can use! (I used patterns from True Stories, Starshine, and the new Go Now Go collections.)

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Decide how to position your leaf shapes without adhesive first, then glue smaller single leaves around the page. I then machine stitched around the page in a loose circle about five times.

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Now add your ombre leaves, and some new Go Now Go puffy Heart Stickers and enamel shapes.

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

I think the stitched wonky circles continue the organic lines in the photos, and the punched leaves. I added three photos from this peaceful walk along the shore, and attached them according to the colors in each photo.

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Now you can simply add your journaling and title, and your favorite Go Now Go stickers and enamel shapes to fill in any empty spots around the circle! I really love these challenges, as they always get me thinking more about the story I want to share and how to connect it with the supplies!

Thank you for stopping by today, and I can’t wait to see what you create for this leaf motif challenge!
- Leigh Ann

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Ingunn Mankiewicz

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Ingunn Mankiewicz

One of the things I remember most vividly from this hike was how amazingly delicious the huckleberries were, and I keep going on about them in my journaling. Unfortunately I somehow failed to get a photo of those tasty little trailside snacks, so I wanted to at least honor them in embellishment form.

weekly challenge: embellish with leaf motifs // scrapbook page by Ingunn Mankiewicz

I had limited space due to squeezing in as many photos and words as possible, but I opened up a little half circle for them in the main photo. I cut out a couple of leaves and colored them with two shades of green ink (while congratulating myself, an incorrigible clean & simple scrapbooker, on my extreme artsiness) and used enamel dots as berries. I used the same inks for my title background to repeat the pop of green color.
- Ingunn


You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!

I’ll see you tomorrow to share how I took on this challenge!

Today’s Guest Artist: Ingunn Markiewicz loves hiking, scrapbooking, and eating plants (not just huckleberries). You can find more from Ingunn on Instagram and her blog.