10 Amazing Pages from Our Readers

by Joannie McBride

The number of truly amazing pages we received for our "Amazing Pages" call in the April 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes was overwhelming. We showcased 10 of them in the October 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes, but we wanted to share even more fabulous pages with you here online. There's even a free journaling spot download created by Pam Callaghan, whose page is highlighted in this online article. We're sure you'll be as inspired by the pages below as we were. Enjoy!

Beautiful Tulips by Annabelle Omalley. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper and KI Memories; Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves, Collage Press, Making Memories and Scenic Route; Die cuts: Making Memories; Chipboard: American Crafts and Autumn Leaves; Ribbon: May Arts; Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints; Tag: 7gypsies; Rub-ons: American Crafts; Twine: Pepperell; Buttons: BasicGrey; Rhinestones: Kaisercraft; Adhesive: Beacon and Zva Creative.

Ribbon Technique: For a decorative border pleat made from ribbon, adhere the trim to your page first with adhesive dots to keep it from moving and then secure it with staples.

Seaside Treasures by Annette Pixley. Supplies Patterned paper: Chatterbox (aqua), Crate Paper (black) and Little Yellow Bicycle (newsprint); Chipboard: Chatterbox (printed heart), Colorbök (photo corner), Maya Road (blue heart) and Scenic Route (circle); Stickers: American Crafts and Pink Paislee; Die cuts: Bazzill Basics Paper (black swirl) and Luxe Designs (journaling box); Pen: American Crafts; Adhesive: 3M.

Technique Tip: For added texture on your layout, rough up the edges of the page with a pair of scissors and raise some of your embellishments with dimensional adhesive.


Hero Boy Adventures by Charity Hassel. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Design, Making Memories and Sassafras; Letter stickers: Heidi Swapp for Advantus and Making Memories.

Design Technique: To create a grid that mimics a comic strip, simply trace squares onto white paper. Then cut out your subjects from photos and patterned paper and add the pieces to the white squares.


more amazing reader pages on page 2

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Great Work everyone, the layouts look great
Cool pages from everyone...congrats!
These are beautiful!
These pages are so beautiful. I think they all focus on the photos. The fun page details just indicate to me that you all really enjoy the process of scrapbooking and the creativity it allows. Everyone here has truly inspired me.
To each their own right?
What I love about scrapping is that you can do it any ol' way you choose. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that it is "art" for me. Which, in my book - yep, let those embellishments show off those awesome photos. That's why they make them. Thank you CK for keeping up with "current" times in scrapbooking! All the pages are fabulous!! Great work girls!
amazing pages were requested, and amazing pages were certainly featured! gorgeous work and thanks for sharing these!
everything is great!
I'm a mother of 5..love to scrap..and scrap alot..goals I set now are quick and fast pages..but I love LOOKING at as well as using the different technique..so KUDOS to all submissions!
awesome work!
I love all of these pages - they are amazing! The Stacy Cohen page is breath taking! Suzy
sorry, I didn't see that the rest of the winners were posted on the next pages. Congrats to you all as well! Nicely done!
I like em
I like each of these pages and while I'm not planning to create a comic page or a page that's quite as layered as the first, I do think they are well done and beautiful. Congrats to being chosen to the three above!
I personally feel that if your eye does not go directly and quickly to the photograph, the scrapbook page is cluttered and distracted. If your eye first goest to the embellishments or the font or the background - something is terribly off. Remember that we are making and recording history - not just decorating a page.
I'm Inspired
While I agree with everyone's comments, I appreciate seeing these layouts if only to glean ideas on how I can make use of my "budgeted" supplies and scraps. Wherever possible I make my own embellishments and the emphasis of my layouts are on the photos and journaling. Having said that, I'm also looking for a "wow" factor wherever I achieve it. Thanks to all the creators out there for their inspiration.
I disagree
I just feel that these pages are very creative and can be done with minimal product if you push your creativity. I use these pages as inspiration on how to push my scrapbooking to the next level. While the focus is the picture, we need to capture the moment and feeling behind the photo. Afterall isn't that the point of scrapbooking? Otherwise we are making a photoalbum. Kudos to all the pages, thanks for the creativity push!
i agree mommyof5 i hardly have time to scrapbook,and although these are nice pages, they are not something i would scraplift, or use for inspiration either, i like/need simple layouts with minimal product. especially because money is tight for most of us, we need to stretch our supplies and not use it all on one page! i am disappointed to.
Not to rain on parades here, but...
What ever happened to the photos being the focus? And who really has this much time and money to devote to one scrapbook page with (mostly) only one photo. I always thought Creating Keepsakes was meant to inspire. In my opinion most of these are too cluttered and too busy. I'm disappointed.
Congrats Everyone!
These pages are gorgeous!
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