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What Paper Should I Use For My Next Layout?

What Paper Should I Use For My Next Layout?

When you are creating a scrapbook layout, it's important to purchase the right materials. You need to take into account what size and thickness of paper you want for your book. Do you want a photo-safe paper or a non-photo safe? Should you use cardstock or linen? The type of photographs that will be used in the album should also be considered when making this decision.

Let's walk through a few of these decisions together.

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Printing Photos for Your Next Scrapbook Layout

Printing Photos for Your Next Scrapbook Layout

Printing photos at home can be a tedious process, but it doesn't have to be! Here are some tips on how to print photos for scrapbooking.

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5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Scrapbook

5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Scrapbook

Scrapbooking is the perfect activity for anyone who wants to chronicle their life, but it can also be a highly personal act of self-expression. Planning your scrapbook lays out the "rules" you set for yourself and how you plan to keep them. Planning helps you focus on what matters most to you when making your scrapbook pages. Planning beforehand will help ensure that all your hard work will flow together seamlessly once your project is underway!

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How to Make an Accordion Flip Scrapbooking Album

How to Make an Accordion Flip Scrapbooking Album

I’m going to show you how to make an accordion flip scrapbooking album from start to finish. 

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Europe Travel Album Part 1

Europe Travel Album Part 1

Sometimes less really is more! I decided to change it up this week by using a 4.5"x6.5" photo album using Craftastic Cabin's May 2021 Scrapbooking Subscription Box products. 


May's subscription box was loaded with inspiration. The box has everything from Journal tidbits, decorative brads, gems, chipboard stickers, and so much more. All of the items used were included in May’s subscription box. 


Let’s dive in!


Page 1

On the first page above, I used a 4x6 photo with the Simple Stories Safe Travels collection kit double-sided paper. The tag I embellished with a decorative brad from the included Simple Stories Brad sheet. Finishing it off with a luggage sticker and “Let’s Go” sticker from the Element sheet.


Page 2 

For the 2nd page, I trimmed down my 4x6 photo to 4x5 using the same patterned paper behind it. Washi tape from the box along the side, with blue gems from the kit on top. I added the tag from the Journal bits which I layered with a white piece and 2 decorative brads from the Simple Stories Brad sheet.


Page 3


For page 3, I cut down the 4x6 photo to 3.5 x 4 in order to focus on my daughter and not so much of the extra van space. More room for embellishments! 

I used the background taxi paper, a tag that I die-cut myself with a decorative brad on top. The large circle came from the Journal tidbits and the car came from the chipboard stickers.


Page 4


For Page 4, I had to trim down the photo from 4x6 to 4x5 ¼. I used polka dot washi tape from the box. Two of the chipboard stickers, the luggage, and the globe.


Page 5

For Page 5, I started with the airplane background paper. The photo had to be cut down from 4x6 to 4x5. I used a flower and airplane chipboard sticker from the journal tidbits. One brad from the collection. The tag and “Take me away with you” are from the journal tidbits.


Challenging yourself with different-sized paper is a gratifying! It forces us to create in a new way and to simplify yet show such a grand story! See you next week as I continue creating this album! Comment below on your favorite page or design! Do you prefer to work on 12x12 albums or smaller ones? I would love to hear from you! 

~ Barbara


May 19th, 2021 Facebook Live creating above album pages


Smile it’s contagious!

Smile it’s contagious!

Smile its contagious!


Yes it is! I had so many great smiles to work with for my Easter dinner scrapbooking layout and my daughter’s Spring photo scrapbooking layout.


Nothing screams Spring time more to me than dying eggs with my girls for an egg hunt! Along with the beautiful colors my girls would choose to dye the eggs, Easter dinner with family is just as bright. The days are getting longer, we get to enjoy lovely warm breezes and best of all, it’s time to pull out the floral dresses!


Photoplay’s Fern & Willard paper kit, included in Craftastic Cabin's April 2021 Scrapbooking Subscription Box was perfect to create the scrapbooking layouts for my photos. But being able to use all the photos I wanted was a different story! Isn't that the hardest part sometimes? 



For my first layout, Smile (it’s contagious) ⬆️ shown above, I started with the 12”x12” flower paper shown below ⬇️, which was included Photoplay’s Fern & Willard page kit. 


On top of the flower paper, I layered the green floral print, also in the kit, shown below ⬇️, and I cut it down to 11”x11”.



For my title, I cutout “Smile (it’s contagious)" from the pattern paper below, included in the page kit and centered on top of the page.  



I bordered each side of the page by cutting six squares from the quilted pattern paper shown below ⬇️. 


I then added Eyelet Outlet Yellow and Green Paper Flowers, included in Craftastic Cabin's April 2021 Scrapbooking Subscription Box. Each flower was embellished with Eyelet Outlet’s Spring Brads. The middle squares were embellished with stickers from the element sticker sheet included in the Photoplay’s Fern & Willard page kit.


And for the final touches, I off centered a circle sticker on the 5x7 photo and a small butterfly, also from the element sticker sheet.



Then I added my journaling details. And just like that my first scrapbooking layout is complete!


The second layout, “Smile”, shown above ⬆️, is a tribute to my beautiful daughter, Amber, who passed away a year after this photo was taken. Her little smile gets me every time. The thing I love the most about scrapbooking is preserving those precious memories and turning them into forever keepsakes.

To begin, I chose the yellow gingham pattern paper



included Photo Fern & Willard page kit as my base.

Then I cut the sky pattern paper (also in the page kit) down to 5”x12” and adhered that off centered on the left side. ⬇️



I then covered the seam with a piece of 1”x12” green floral pattern leftover from my first layout.



I centered my 5”x7” photo and embellished the corner with a tag, Fern the frog, and heart stickers from the included element sticker sheet.



I placed my title “Smile” ⬇️ on the top right of the page with a butterfly right below it, both also from the element sticker sheet. 




I bordered the center with butterflies from the included Fern & Willard Stamp Set, watercolored then added Eyelet Outlet’s red & blue jewels to the wings.



I added a few journaling details and — another ✅ scrapbooking layout done!


Let's turn our favorite life moments into forever gifts for our future generations. Handmade is from the heart.


To see the video of me creating the above layouts, see my Facebook live below.  Even after a few technical difficulties, we didn’t let that hold us back from spending time with all of you and creating these designs! You can catch my lives every Wednesday at 3pm EST on our @CraftasticCabinFL Facebook page.


Until next week…show us what you made by tagging us on social media or emailing us. I would love to hear from you!


~ Barbara



A chance to win a June 2021 Scrapbooking Subscription Box!

A chance to win a June 2021 Scrapbooking Subscription Box!

Enter to win a FREE SUBSCRIPTION BOX!  ALL entries must be entered by 11:59pm EST June 4th, 2021.

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The Do's and Don't's of Scrapbooking

The Do's and Don't's of Scrapbooking

The Do's and Don't's of Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a fantastic way to capture your memories from everything including; birthdays, dates, movies, concerts, vacations, friendships, and anything that brings you the emotions and happiness of a time in life you want to treasure. While you encapsulate your remembrances and souvenirs, there are some details that you may find helpful. Take a look at the Do's and Do NOTS below to ensure the pleasure your scrapbooking brings. 


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*Do Choose and Edit

Think of every layout as a complete story you want to express. Choose your photos, paper, and embellishments around your theme. While selecting photos, try to choose a small bunch that shares your sentiments and gives a visual narrative.

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*Do Select Materials Carefully

You can assume that scrapbooking paper is acid-free, but always check the package to make sure you know what you're getting. More acidic papers and certain other embellishments may ruin your scrapbook album over time. Also, you might consider using copies, by scanning or color-copying your photos, newspaper clippings, or other items that you don't want to risk losing. If you use glitter or other articles with sharpness, try an alternative such as, glitter glue where sharp edges won't harm your cherished memories.

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*Do Use Storytelling Words

Remember you are trying to revisit a memory or share your favorite moments. When you add your own words to enhance the story, you add to the personal touch your scrapbook creates. Plus, a few specific words may trigger some fun details that make your reminiscence even more warm and uplifting.


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*Don't Use All Your Photos

The love of documenting trips or events with photographs is a very common and encouraged hobby, and taking a vast amount is inspiring. When it comes to your scrapbook, keep the number limited so your project is not congested and your theme lost. In other words, feel free to take a thousand pictures but do not use them all in your scrapbook.


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*Don't Use Rubber Cement

Rubber cement has a high amount of acid and will destroy your work. When using adhesives, it is vitally important to find non-acidic types that are also easy to use. One popular item is a clear, adhering dot that allows you to secure embellishments on your page. Acid-free glue sticks and various sizes of square, foam adhesives are other good choices.

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*Don't Be Critical of Your Creations

When it comes to designing there is no limit and there is no wrong way to create your layouts and pages. If your masterpiece is not to your liking, don't worry. You can either start over or save the page for another event. While there may be a few things to be cautious of, there are no rules for creativity.


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The most important part of any scrap project is to enjoy yourself and have fun!

6 Steps to Organizing your Scrapbooking Supplies

6 Steps to Organizing your Scrapbooking Supplies

If уоu are looking for еxреrt guіdаnсе on getting уоur ѕсrарrооm оr ѕсrарbооkіng world functional, hеrе’ѕ 6 Steps to Organizing Your Scrapbooking Supplies.  Learn how to keep уоur саrdѕtосk, embellishments, аlbumѕ, tооlѕ, реnѕ, еtс. іntо clear organization. It helps you to сrеаtе a ѕрасе that’s reflective оf уоur style. 

No matter how big or ѕmаll your ѕсrарѕрасе іѕ, уоu’ll bе іnѕріrеd аnd gо away with great іdеаѕ from this blog. 

1) Sorting 

You’ll рrоbаblу need a lаrgе flооr space іf уоu hаvе a hugе соllесtіоn оf scrapbooking ѕuррlіеѕ. To see еvеrуthіng at a glance, spread thеm аll оut оn thе flооr or large surface. Sоrt ассоrdіng to categories lіkе рареrѕ, brads, еуеlеtѕ, tаgѕ, stickers, рunсh art, еtс. 

If уоu dеѕіrе, уоu саn аlѕо sort your categories into sub-categories. Hоw аbоut ѕоrtіng your paper stacks into dіffеrеnt fаmіlіеѕ оf соlоrѕ? Or уоur hundrеdѕ оf еуеlеtѕ into vаrіоuѕ colors? Yоur brads іntо different shapes? You can also make a purge pile. YES I SAID PURGE! I feels sacrilegious to even think of parting with any of our supplies. We will get more into that in step 2.

Sort ассоrdіng to whаt уоu think WORKS. BEST. FOR. YOU. There are no rules, no need to trend, impress, or duplicate a system. This is all about creating a system that works for YOU! 

2) Recycling 

Bе a lіttlе hаrd-hеаrtеd аnd gеt rіd оf thоѕе ѕuррlіеѕ thаt уоu dоn’t nееd, оnсе and fоr аll. Sоmеtіmеѕ it’s kinda tоugh for уоu to lооk at thоѕе yesteryear stickers аnd соnvіnсе yourself thаt you’ll use it ѕоmеdау. And if you are anything like me, you bought the same embellishments unintentionally. That just tells you how much you love "it". Thе thing іѕ, you probably dоn’t nееd it аnd іt’ѕ tаkіng uр рrесіоuѕ ѕрасе. 

Clearing аwау those іtеmѕ уоu don’t nееd wіll mаkе rооm for your new ѕuррlіеѕ. You officially have permission to get rid of the old and purchase some new!!! Way mоrе fun! 

Furthermore, уоur оld ѕuррlіеѕ саn hаvе a chance аt a nеw lеаѕе оn lіfе as аnоthеr ѕсrарbооkеr’ѕ treasure. Gеt a bоx аnd fill it uр with іtеmѕ thаt уоu wanna donate оr give аwау. Tip: оrgаnіzе a swap with уоur friends оr сrорріng buddies. Doesn’t it mаkе you feel gооd when you саn gіvе аwау ѕоmеthіng thаt оthеrѕ mіght lоvе?  

3) Cоntаіnеrіzіng 

Now it’s thе time to pour уоur ѕuррlіеѕ into their homes that уоu’vе сhоѕеn fоr thеm. Grab some cute and FUNctional storage supplies. Be thrifty too. Make your space inviting for YOU. If buying new storage supplies makes you happy, DO IT. If repurposing pasta jars and shoeboxes makes you happy, DO IT. Just make sure the goal is FUNctional. Are you visualizing hоw рrеttу thе various соntаіnеrѕ аrе fіllіng uр with your supplies? Dо уоu fееl your sense оf ѕаtіѕfасtіоn growing? 

4) Lаbеlіng 

Prіnt оr nеаtlу hаndwrіtе lаbеlѕ fоr уоur соntаіnеrѕ, drаwеrѕ, ѕhеlvеѕ, еtс. With your ѕuррlіеѕ in thеіr hоmеѕ аnd labels роіntіng оut thеіr exact lосаtіоnѕ to уоu, ѕеаrсhіng fоr уоur ѕuррlіеѕ іѕ nоw a breeze. DO NOT...and I repeat...DO NOT convince yourself that you'll remember where something is. As the ole' saying goes, out of sight - out of mind. Put a label on EVERYTHING. You will thank yourself later!  

5) Allocating 

You have sorted, purged, organized, labeled everything...Now it's time to set uр a permanent ѕрасе for уоur ѕсrарbооk time. Do everything possible to get away from the dining room table and/or the coffee table. Maybe you can make space in a closet, a corner in your home оr if уоu’rе lucky еnоugh, a whole rооm to уоurѕеlf. Whаtеvеr thе ѕрасе, dеѕіgnаtе it аѕ YOUR ѕсrарbооkіng corner. Once you have a permanent place picked out, іt’ѕ the tіmе to соnѕіdеr where and how to house all those supplies you've organized. 

Onе соnѕіdеrаtіоn іѕ hоw оftеn dо уоu uѕе certain ѕuррlіеѕ? Plan on placing frequently-used items сlоѕе to whеrе you wоrk аnd figure thоѕе ѕеldоm-uѕеd іtеmѕ in storage containers you will access less frequently. Example would be placing scissors, adhesive, pens, paper trimmer on your work surface and put away stickers, dies, eyelets, brads, etc. in storage containers.

6) Mаіntаіnіng 

You just completed ѕuсh an іmроrtаnt and big tаѕk оf ѕсrарbооkіng organization! Gіvе yourself a pat on уоur shoulder, a personal hug, or a thumbs up in the mirror! Nоw thаt you’re dоnе, thе lаѕt thing you want to do іѕ to mess it аll uр аgаіn. 

To аvоіd thіѕ, ѕреnd 5-10 mіnutеѕ after еасh ѕсrарbооkіng ѕеѕѕіоn to рut bасk each іtеm to іtѕ place. Do this even if you are starting a new project immediately after finishing another one. This will help you stay organized, keep your space structured, and you will probably find yourself more easily inspired while you create because you don't have such a mess!

I hope you found this blog helpful. We love interacting and hearing from our customers. Comment below the most helpful tip you have read or what stage of the organization process you are currently undergoing. TTFN!

Perfectly Adhering Scrapbook Titles

Perfectly Adhering Scrapbook Titles

Have you ever glued down letters or a title on your scrapbook layout and realized after everything was adhered, somehow the spacing was off? You measured and maybe even laid out all the pieces ahead of time and then after permanently gluing down all your letters, somehow for some unforeseen reason...everything was out of place. How could this happen?? You were so careful! And after all the hours you put into designing your beautiful scrapbook layout you were not going to their risk removing the letters for fear that they could either tear your paper or leave behind adhesive that you couldn't remove. 

Here is a way to perfectly adhere your Scrapbook Titles on your scrapbook layouts. This technique can used for any small series of scrapbook diecuts or scrapbook embellishments that require spacing.

1. Cut out your letters for your Scrapbook Title

The first thing you want to do is cut out your scrapbook title letters using your desired method. It doesn't matter if you choose to use a scrapbook die cut machine or just good ole' fashion tracing and cutting with scissors. Tip: Apply an adhesive sheet to the paper BEFORE cutting your letters. This will turn each piece into a sticker for easier application to your scrapbook layout or on your shadow mats, if you choose apply those.

2. Mat your letters (this is optional)

If you prefer to mat your diecut letters, this is the time you're going to want to do it. A mat is a shadow outline of the each letter. Tip: Apply an adhesive sheet to the paper BEFORE cutting your mats. This will turn each piece into a sticker for easier application to your scrapbook layout.

3. Line up all your letters

Now it's time to line up all your scrapbooking diecut letters just like you want them on your scrapbook layout, BUT DON'T ADHERE THEM ON LAYOUT YET. Once you have them just the way you want em', use a piece of washi tape and place the tape on TOP of all the letters. You will then be able to move all the letters as a word all at once. If your spacing is off, the letters are crooked, or you need to adjust them, you can now do it BEFORE APPLYING to your scrapbooking layout. If you don't have washi tape, you could try a piece of painters tape...though I haven't tested this method. If you do use painters tape, comment at the end of this blog and let us know if it worked.

4. Place your Scrapbooking Title on your layout

Now for the grand finale! If you used an adhesive sheet, you can now take the backing off of the letters while still attached to the washi tape. If you didn't use an adhesive sheet, you could use a glue pen to apply adhesive to each letter. Once you have your adhesive exposed, hold your washi tape by the ends and determine where your placement on your scrapbooking layout. Once you have determined your placement, go ahead and adhere the title on your layout. And wallah - you have a perfectly placed and adhered scrapbook title!!