Busy Scrapper Techniques

Teaching Techniques: I love scrapbookingbut Im busy! Sound familiar? Heres help for teachers who want to attract new customers and serve busy scrappers: It is possible to create layouts quickly and easily, without sacrificing style. Here, designer Paris Dukes shares two original album pages made in under 30 minutes (thats right30 minutes!) and some great tips for guid layouts.

Computer journaling: Computer journaling gives access to a variety of fonts so you can print in a large type for headlines and small for text. It also gives you the ability to spell-check and use a thesaurus. You might even find you write more detail with computer journaling, since you can make sure its exactly what you want before you print it out. Can you get perfect journaling on smaller pieces of paper? Paris prints her journaling onto plain white paper, then traces the text onto the paper shes using for her page. Just hold the papers up to the window or over a light table and youll be able to trace really easily, she says.

Foam mounting tape: Paris secret shortcut to great lumpy layouts is foam mounting tape. This is one of the easiest ways to add dimension to your page, she says. I just cut out tags, alphabet tiles, journaling or cut-outs and attach them to my page with foam tape. The look is simple and effectiveand acid-free!

Patterned paper background: A patterned paper background gives instant depth, color and theme to a pageand saves you from having to create it yourself. To avoid having the paper pattern complete with your photos, remember to always mat your photos and other page elements on a coordinating solid paper before placing them on the patterned background.

Easy accessories: Ribbons and brads are two other time-saving options. Brads are faster and easier to use than eyelets. No hammer or setter needed! Paris comments. Theyre also perfect for attaching vellum without worrying about glue showing through. Ribbons are a top pick because their softness makes them a non-abrasive accent to pages, and the range of colors and textures gives lots of design options.

Spring Flowers
Paris Tip: I love the coordinating tags, envelope, border and paper in the Busy Scrappers Solution books. My pages come together so easily with them. All I added here was a bit of ribbon for the tags. And speaking of tags, a tag tucked into the envelope is a perfect place to put journaling.



  1. Use the floral paper as the background. Cut a 2 1/2x12 piece of vellum for the bottom of the page. Glue the floral cut-out border on top of the vellum to hide the seam. Attach the spring definition to the center of the border with foam tape. Glue the tags to each side of the definition. Cut out the matching artwork and layer it on the tags with foam tape. Tie two pieces of purple ribbon into knots and add to the top of each tag with a Zot.
  2. Mat photos with pink mesh paper, leaving about 1/8 border. Cut a 6x11 1/2 rectangle of remaining vellum. Add the photos to each side, leaving room in the center for the envelope. Glue the envelope together as directed. Wrap some ribbon around the envelope, securing the ends of the ribbon behind the envelope. Tie a knot in a piece of ribbon and add it to the front of the envelope as shown. Add the flowers word cut-out with foam tape.
  3. Add journaling to the large tag with a black pen. Tie a piece of purple ribbon into a knot and add to the top of the tag. Insert the tag into the envelope.

Japanese Gardens
Paris Tip: Dress up the slide mount artwork, tag and photos with some ribbon and brads. Use the word artwork to jazz up your journaling. Pop them up with foam tape to make them really stand out. Trace computer journaling onto the tag and onto green paper so you have more control for its placement on the page since you are using the word artwork with it.



  1. Use the collage paper for the background. Mat each 4x6 photo on ivory solid paper, leaving 1/8 border. Cut a 9 1/4x6 1/2 rectangle of green solid paper to make a large mat for the photos. Glue small pieces of ribbon between the two photos as shown and glue down. Add brads to the ribbons as shown, first poking a hole in the ribbon in order to make it easy to insert the brad.
  2. Cut a 9x3 1/4 piece of green paper for the journaling. Add the garden definition to the left side with foam tape. Trace your computer journaling onto the remaining green paper, leaving spaces for the word artwork. Add the words with foam tape and glue the journaling toward the bottom of the page as shown.
  3. Add pieces of folded ribbon to the top of each slide mount artwork and tag. Add a brad to each one as shown. Trace computer journaling onto the tag. Add to the right side of the page with foam tape as shown.