Back to School with a Cut File & Pocket Cards

It’s time to be inspired by the Creative Design Team! This month, we are showing you a variety of projects with a Back to School theme. We are so excited to share all the designs with you, and teach a few new techniques you can use on your own creations.


At this stage of my life, I do not have many Back to School themed projects. My kids are grown and almost all gone, so this month’s video collab project was a challenge.

Thank goodness I have a daughter who enjoys posting photos of her milestones. I loved this photo of her and am so proud of all her accomplishments these past five years.

My inspiration for this page came from a PageMaps Sketch and a Cut File design on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. When I saw that adorable little backpack created by Paige Evans, I knew that I needed to use it on this page.

I love how Erica Thompson used the backpack image with patterned paper and chose to dig through my scrap stash of mix-ins and seasonal patterns.

To create the backpack, I uploaded the cut file into Cricut Design Space and used the Contour Tool to create the various patterned images. At the end of my video, I have a quick tutorial showing you how to use Contour on your SVG images.

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The pattern papers I chose for the backpack match the designs in the As You Grow collection. The papers and pocket cards in this collection appear to be baby-themed, but they matched my photo, well, so I chose to use them.

I really liked how versatile this collection is. All the patterns, florals, and images can be used for so many projects that are not baby-related. On my page, the background gingham paper, the charcoal woodgrain, and the plaid paper are all from that As You Grow paper pack.

I also added a few pocket cards to the page to create the look of patterned paper. Pocket cards are great for photo mats and allow you to expand your product collection when you are on a budget. I use them for card fronts, photo mats, scrapbook page strips, journaling, and so much more.

All of the elements on this page came together beautifully. The flowers, the die cuts, and the charming backpack complement the photo so well and allowed me to share the story of our daughter’s first day of school.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you enjoy all the projects in this month’s Creative Design Team video collab.

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Stamping Tips for a Fishing Scrapbook Layout

Welcome to another Creative Design Team video collab! This month, we are sharing tips, tricks, and techniques you can use when stamping on your scrapbook layouts. Make sure you set aside time to watch all of the videos in the series. You are going to be inspired!

Stamping on layouts is something I don’t do as often I should, so this month’s assignment challenged me. I think it’s the perfectionist in me. I worry about making a mistake if I stamp on the layout, or that the stamped images will look like child’s drawings, or that I won’t be able to pull it all together into a cohesive layout.

If you have struggled with the same fears, then you are going to enjoy this month’s video collaboration. Not only did I stretch myself and fight a few fears, I have also learned so much from my friends. With some stamps in hand, the Wander collection, and a how-to book at my side, this is the layout I came up with.

The fishing photos are from a reservoir in Colorado where the rocks and beaches are a beautiful earthy deep red. Those peacock and paprika colors in the background paper from the Wander collection matched the photos so well.

The paper I chose had rolling hills at the base, but they didn’t quite match up. I assume that most people wouldn’t use two of these Wander papers side-by-side, but I wanted the illusion of hills rolling across my pages, so I made it work. The hills make the perfect backdrop for my title.

The page was inspired by a design in the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 book. My crafting brain hasn’t been working this year, so I’ve been using idea books as a jumping-off point when creating scrapbook layouts.

Not only was I inspired by the bold title, but I also wanted to replicate a stamped border along the left side of the page. This is a simple way to use stamped images on a layout without worry. If I stamped a square incorrectly, I just needed to stamp another square.

I used White Pigment ink to stamp the images giving them a chalk-like look. Pigment ink takes time to dry, so make sure you are careful to not to smear the images and set them aside for a few hours before assembling the border.

On the border, I stamped images from the Take a Hike and Wander Scrapbooking stamp sets. I also used icons from these two collections to create some matching die cuts for my page. To see how I made and re-made the border, you can view the process in my video.

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Using stamps to create personalized die cuts is a great way to make sure they match the elements on your page. You can’t always find the perfect sticker or die-cut in your collection, but you can shade a stamped image in any color you want to match your layout.

I used Peacock, Toffee, and Espresso ink pads to watercolor the backpack, I stamped the Boot Print in Espresso, and the Compass was stamped with layers of Toffee, Espresso, Peacock, and Black. All of these colors match other elements on the layout, and I was able to use my inks to personalize them to fit my design. Pairing them with stickers and other elements in a collection, gives your layout an overall cohesive look.

I also used stamps on my title. The Topographical Map image was used to create a pattern on the letters of the “Flatiron” title. This is another simple way to use your stamps on a layout. You can stamp images onto die-cut letters, foam letters, or sticker letters to give them a whole new look.

Adding stamped images to your layouts doesn’t have to be daunting or unnerving. Just do what I did and start a little at a time. Use a few images as die-cuts, create some patterns on your letters, or make a unique border. I hope that today’s project inspired you to use stamps on your next layout. If you have any questions about today’s project, feel free to comment below.

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Add More Photos With Interactive Layouts

In April, our daughter had photos taken by Charlotte Sophia and sent the album link to me. There were over SEVENTY stunning photos, and I could not decide how to scrapbook the photos. Do I create a mini-album or make multiple pages? Do I just pick my top ten then frame a few?

Now I know that you have all faced a dilemma just like this. As I was trying to decide what to make, I was inspired by a layout in the Magic How-To book and I was determined to create a layout with interactive pages.

Can you believe that I was able to place twenty-two photos on this layout? This was achieved through the use of flip-flaps. Now if you have never heard of flip-flaps, you are going to want to run over to my website as soon as you learn about them.

These wonderful little inventions allow you to add more photos, journaling, and memorabilia to your scrapbook layouts AND they come in multiple sizes and orientations. When designing this layout, I had planned to use some 3″ Flip-Flaps to create a mini-book, an 8×12 Flap on the left side, and retro-fit a 6×12 Flip Flap on the right. Unfortunately, like most of my ideas, it didn’t go as planned.

As you watch the video, you will see the little mistakes that I made and how I fixed them.

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My goal was to create a clean, simple layout using a large number of photos. I didn’t want it to feel jumbled or be too much for the eye to handle. How do you think I did?

On the left side of the layout, I retrofit an 8.5×11 page protector to fit my page to create the interactive flap. I added two focal point photos on the front with a few floral elements and pattern papers. This is the page you see first, so I wanted to keep it clean and match the theme of the photos.

On the back, I added some more photos with a few pocket cards. I love using pocket cards on my layouts. On this page, I cut one down for a sentiment and used three others as photo mats. In the video, I share how I cut the pocket cards so that I could use the rest on the other side of the layout.

It is important to remember to create visual triangles and repeat patterns and colors throughout your interactive layouts. As I was planning these pages, I wanted to create flow and a cohesive feel.

I added floral images on every page, duplicated patterns and colors, and created visual triangles with stickers and pocket cards.

On the right side of the layout, I added a large floral sticker with kraft-colored leaves. On all of the pages, you will see these floral images repeated on both the open and closed flaps of the layout.

I added even more photos to this layout by creating a little book with three-inch flip flaps. It opens up to reveal some beautiful images of my daughter and her fiancΓ©.

As I was planning these pages, I wanted to make sure that I had room for journaling. I decided to create little pockets behind the smaller photos with tags inside. On each of the tags are facebook posts that they wrote to each other talking about how much they care for one another.


Twenty-two photos on one scrapbook layout, and it turned out beautifully!

I want to thank Charlotte Sophia once again for such beautiful photos. I hope that this page does them justice. If you have any questions about the video tutorial or the layout, please feel free to comment below.

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