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Easy to Make Scrapbook Page using Punches and Scissors

Updated on February 13, 2012

With about twelve years of scrapbooking to do for my daughter I am trying to do fun and pleasing scrapbook pages with less fuss and complicated cuts and patterns. Using the punches purchased from my scrapbooking supply store and Creative Memories scrapbooking supplier, I was able to quickly punch out the small and large circles for the random pattern I used. I also used a corner punch by Fiskars; a great little item to have in your scrapbooking collections. This punch features 3 different corner punches and makes a typical square or oblong photo look very pretty.

I punched each photo then after I adhered the photos to the mats, I punched the corners of the mats to match the photo; it gave the finished photo & mat that special look I wanted. Punches are a great way to quickly dress-up a photo and mat. Brands such as Fiskars, Creative Memories and Stampin'Up! are available with a huge variety of punches.

Fiskars Corner Punch
Fiskars Corner Punch
Creative Memories Circle Punch
Creative Memories Circle Punch

Punches

The two punches that I used for this scrapbook layout work fast and accurately.

For the corners I simply slide the corner of the photo or the cardstock in as far as it will go; punch down and finished!

For the circles I simply lined up the small lines, featured on the top of the punch, on the cardstock where I wanted the circle to be punched.

Cardstock background 12x12
Cardstock background 12x12
Crop photos and corner punch
Crop photos and corner punch
Adhere photos to coordinating mat
Adhere photos to coordinating mat
Corner punch mats
Corner punch mats
Fiskars Punch: 3 variations
Fiskars Punch: 3 variations
Random round punched circles
Random round punched circles
Cut strips for journaling
Cut strips for journaling
Adhere photos to background cardstock
Adhere photos to background cardstock
Adhere journaling squares
Adhere journaling squares
Adhere punched circles
Adhere punched circles
Journal each photo
Journal each photo

Step by Step

My scrapbook page is 12" x 12". I used a plain piece of heavy weight cardstock for the base page.

Choose a patterned piece of 12"x12" cardstock and adhere it to the base cardstock. I use a cloth to wipe completely to make sure the entire surface is adhered.

I chose 6 photos of my daughter's birthday party and using my Cricut paper cutter, from the Cricut Essentials Kit, I cut each photo to size. Most of the photos are 3x3, 3x4 depending on the photo.

On the corner of each photo I used the Fiskars Corner Punch. With three different corner punches available I was able to give the photos different designs on the corners.

Choose a coordinating piece of cardstock and adhere the photos to it making sure to leave space in between so the cardstock edges show forming a mat for the photo. Try to place the photos in a straight line above and next to each other for cutting.

I used my Cricut paper cutter again, this time cutting out the photos with edges showing. Because the photos were lined up I was able to cut a straight line between the rows. I left about 1/4" of the cardstock mat showing.

Again using the Fiskars Corner Punch, I punched the corners of the mats, using the same corner for each photo's corner.

Using the circle punch from Creative Memories, I punched out a random number of both small and large circles from the coordinating cardstock; the same one I used for the photo mats.

Using the Cricut paper cutter I cut small squares and rectangles for journaling purposes. I cut each piece of plain cardstock to fit next to a photo.

Adhere the photos to the patterned cardstock background leaving room on the side of underneath for the journaling squares to be adhered.

Adhere the journaling squares to the right and some to the bottom of your scrapbook page.

Adhere the punched circles in a random patterned on your scrapbook page. Some can overlap photos or journaling squares.

Journal your scrapbook page; identifying the people or occasion depicted in the photos.




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