Scrapbooking Back to School Photos

Karis First Day of School
Designer: Susan Cobb

This fall, go back to school with fast and fabulous layouts. Designer Susan Cobb scrapped this adorable back-to-school picture using the very latest papers and cardstock stickers. And the best part? Depending on how fast you journal, this is a 20-minute layout!

(Check out the Back to School Photo Tips for Scrapbookers article in the August 2004 issue of Creative Paper Crafts online magazine!)


Paper Pizazz School Words Color Block
Paper Pizazz Yellow Lined Paper
Paper Pizazz Lime Canvas
Paper Pizazz Bright School Art Stickers
Paper Pizazz School Notebook ABCs
100 Gold Mini Brads

Susans Tip: Printed color-blocked papers are the best for fast and easy pages! This background paper comes printed with the words at the top and four squares below. All I need to do is add my photo, journaling and embellishments. I LOVE cardstock stickers, because theyre sturdy and can be altered with brads, chalk, inkeven sandpaper.

How to Make Susans Page:
Mat the photo: Mat photo first on lime paper, then yellow lined paper. Susan left a 1/2-wide yellow lined paper mat. She glued the photo to the center of the blue portion of the page, then added three gold brads along the left side.

Mix journaling and stickers: Look at the top of Susans photo mat to see how she mixed her own handwriting with the lime stickers to personalize the page. The number 3 on the right side of the photo mat leads the readers eye to the rest of her journaling, which is printed on lime paper and matted on yellow lined paper. SusansTip: To computer-journal on 12x12 paper, simply cut the paper down to 8 1/2x12 and run through your printer like usual.

Decorate the border: The color blocked squares at the bottom of the page are perfect for showcasing smaller photos or an array of sticker art. Susan mixed the Notebook ABCs with School Art Stickers, accenting some of the stickers with brads. In the bottom right corner, she layered the a notebook letter on top of the Report tag art sticker.

Susan Cobb is a scrapbook page designer for Hot Off The Press. She claims a special weakness for the new line of Back to School stickers and papers. See the complete line to discover why!