Meet Shimelle! London-based scrapbooker, Shimelle Laine created her first scrapbook while she was at university. She has now worked in the scrapbook business for more than a decade – designing products, editing books and magazines and leading workshops. Check out her blog at shimelle.com for lots more ideas, tutorial videos and online crafting classes.
How to Scrapbook – For a Child
I love pages with lots of patterned paper, but limiting the colours stops the pattern from overwhelming the images – it’s my way to scrapbook for a child.
Time to make : Around two hours
Skill level : Intermediate
You Will Need
- Cream card
- Letter stickers
- Adhesive runner
- Die cutting machine
How to Make
- Cut the patterned paper to size with two blocks of five and three-quarter inch square and one rectangle five and three-quarter inch by 11 and a half inches. Stick to the background, leaving a border. This makes the page sturdy and shows off the patterns you’ve chosen.
- Next, add your photos. I attached two four inch by six inch prints with an adhesive roller.
- Cut the cream card into small rectangles. I added brown ink to the edges to emphasise the layers. There’s no right or wrong about writing the story on your pages, but names and dates are the very basics. (For tips on writing stories, check out the True Stories class on my website).
- Now it’s time for embellishment! Letter stickers make it easy to do titles and captions – and die cut papers and wooden embellishments can be attached with double-sided tape. For the circle detail at the bottom of the page, I used the nested dies from Spell Binders to cut a circle from all the different papers on the page. I embossed the largest layer with a wood grain pattern using a Tim Holtz folder. The die cutting and embossing can be done with the same tool – I use the Sizzix Big Shot.
- Finally, I love adding stitches. It’s easier to sew through layers by punching the holes first.