Scrapbook Design Inspiration: Resources

Scrapbooking Design Inspiration: Where to find it. How to use it. A series of posts all about design inspiration!

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Where do you find scrapbook design inspiration? In this post, the beginning of a series that will be featured on Wednesdays, I’ll share some of the best resources that inspire my scrapbook pages.

Many of these you’ll expect, but I’m sure there’s a few places you probably haven’t mined for their scrappy goodness!

Warning. This post has a lot of links! I wanted to share as many of my favourite sources of design inspiration all in one place. Be prepared to be inspired!

TIP! Bookmark this page! Make it easy to refer back to this list of resources by bookmarking this page.


We’ll get the easy one out of the way first, just like when you take a test. Don’t worry! There’s no pop quiz at the end. ;)

I separate my Pinterest board into several different categories and I create new ones all of the time. I want my pin boards to reflect my current interests and I want them to useful! I don’t want to just pin something and forget about it.

Bonus: Pinterest Tip!

Most people I know aren’t doing this but it makes your boards so much easier to use. You can pin something into more than one category! You just have to pin it onto both boards. It’s a two step process, but in the end you will have that cool idea in a couple of categories if it applies to more than one.

How do you use this? Find a great idea for a Christmas page? Pin it to ‘Scrapbooking’ AND ‘Christmas’ pin boards, that way you’ll be more likely to come across it when you need it.

Here’s a few of my scrappy related pin boards:

  • Scrapbooking
  • Scrapbook Wonderland (all of these pins link back to cool things I’ve shared here!)
  • Scrapbook Organization
  • Scrapbooking Sketches
  • Scrapbooking Christmas
  • Art Journaling
  • Colour Palettes
  • Pictures To Take/Photography

Alice Boll from Scrapbook Wonderland on Pinterest

Email Lists

I sign up for email lists to get inspiration right in my inbox! Here’s a few websites that have emails I can’t wait for. Usually you sign up in a box in the column on the side to get the emails and often there’s a fantastic bonus for signing up too!

Layout A Day: Lain Ehmann has the best emails ever! She’s funny and is always sharing great tips in her emails!

Creative Scrappers: GREAT source of sketches!

Paperclipping: Noell Hyman packs a lot of actionable and useful tips into her emails.

I also have a few friends that share fabulous scrappy tips!

Melissa Shanhun of Digital Scrapbooking HQ: Great source of useful tips to learn digi techniques.

Kristie Sloan of Artful Adventures: Kristie is great at inspiring me to get messy!

Heather Dubarry of No Excuse Scrapbooking: I love Heather’s witty personality and ability to think outside the box!

Oh… and I share all kinds of scrappy goodness too! You can sign up for Scrapbook Wonderland emails here. I have a special gift for you too!


Are you still missing Simple Scrapbooks and Creating Keepsakes Magazine? I sure am! Luckily, in Canada we have The Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and it’s awesome! I’m pretty sure you don’t have to live in Canada to order it if you’re interested.

If you know of any other scrapbook magazines that are still in print please share them in the comments!


If you are looking for inspiration a scrapbooking forum is an excellent place to go! I was a sporadic poster at best on the Two Peas forums, they just had so many rules and I love to share good ideas. I’m LOVING the Paperclipping forum! Noell and Izzy understand that forums are a place for sharing ideas so there are not as many rules about linking. It is a great place to get your scrappy questions answered too!


As you know blogs are a great source of scrapbook design info.

Simple Stories: I love their products and their blog is full of useful ideas since I buy their stuff!

Jennifer Grace Creates: I love Jennifer’s style of scrapbooking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a page I didn’t LOVE!

Use It Scrapbooking: I love Kelli’s style of writing and the way she breaks down the scrapping process. (Confession: I’m on her email list too!)

Did you know? On the Scrapbook Wonderland blog there’s a tab just for DESIGN!

You can click the tab at the top of the page or this link: DESIGN

Non Scrappy Blogs

Yes, there’s good stuff that inspires my scrapbooking that is not ‘about’ scrapbooking! I find inspiration in so many things, you’ll be seeing more posts about them in this series.

To get you started looking for design inspiration in some non-scrappy blogs you’ll want to visit these two:

A Beautiful Mess: Elsie Flannigan (now Larson) was a big name in scrapbooking. Now she shares all kinds of creative ideas, I don’t even know how to describe it, except for, ‘so much fun’!

I Heart Organizing: Organizing and gorgeous design are what you’ll find here. Jen has one of the prettiest blogs I’ve seen! (Her organizer/planner is absolutely adorable too!)


The Scrap Gals podcast is fairly new and it is hilarious! Tiffany and Tracie are a couple of southern gals who love scrapping as much as I do! You can download them on iTunes or check out their site:

I love to listen to their podcast while I scrapbook. It’s like having friends over for a crop!

Inspiration is Everywhere

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing more in the Scrapbooking Design Inspiration series about using books, art, architecture and more, to inspire your scrapbook layouts. Don’t miss it!

What are your best scrapbook design inspiration resources? I’d love know! Share them in the comments below.

P.S. If you sign up for the Scrapbook Wonderland email list you’ll receive the blog posts once a week right in your inbox. Sign up here.

Let your creativity shine and get scrapping!

Alice Digital Signature 2013


Paper Doll Card and Gift in One

Make it Monday blog hop imageThe little girls are going to love this! The little girl in me sure does! Who doesn’t love a surprise? This birthday card will be a delight by being both a card and a gift.

Before we check out this adorable card I’d like to welcome you if you are hopping along the Make it Monday Blog Hop and have arrived from Kristie Sloan’s. I’m sure you were inspired by the interesting way she created a background with handwriting and a water soluble medium. If you missed it you can check it out on the Make it Monday HOP at Kristie I’ll share your next hop at the end of this post!

I love cards that have an element of interaction. I made this paper doll card for a Mommy and Me Workshop and the little girls loved it!

The mom’s thought it was great because it was a card AND a gift. It also brought back a lot of memories of playing with their own paper dolls as a child.

Paper Doll Birthday Card using embossing and washi tape. It has a SURPRISE to make it a gift too!

The card has a cute paper doll on the front. She is sitting on a sheet of embossed paper that has been lightly sanded. Before the paper was embossed a strip of washi tape was wrapped around it.

When you open the birthday card you will see the surprise! Inside there is a pocket that contains 3 outfits for the paper doll!

Paper Doll Card image 2

You need to be able to easily remove the paper doll from the front of the card. How can you do this?

To attach the paper doll to the front of the card I used two spots of velcro. Be sure to put the soft part of the velcro on the paper doll, so it is nicer to play with. ;)

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I hope the lucky recipient of this birthday card will have a lot of fun playing with her paper doll! :)

Paper Doll Card image 3

The paper doll was created using the Paper Doll stamp set (D1547) from Close to My Heart. If you are interested in this product, and you live in Canada, you can shop online at

Next stop on the hop! Alison from Alison Day Designs is sharing how to tie a current photo with an older story that didn’t have one, on her layout today. HOP to Alison Day Design.

I hope you’ll be inspired to create a fun and interactive birthday card. If you like this idea you might want to check out the Pull Me Surprise Card.

Let your creativity shine, and get scrapping!


Alice Digital Signature 2013








P.S. Want to see last week’s Make it Monday post? Click HERE.


Quote, Unquote Class with Stephanie Ackerman

Quote Unquote class with Stephanie AckermanMark your calendar! On November 3 you can take part in this free video class with Stephanie Ackerman, Quote, Unquote: Adding Words of Faith, Inspiration, and Love to Your Art.

Click here to view more details

What will the class be like? Full of brilliant ideas, inspiration and Ah-ha moments, that is what you get in a Stephanie Ackerman class.

I know this as I had the pleasure to meet Stephanie this summer in Phoenix, AZ.

Stephanie Ackerman and me

We made gorgeous HeART cards using fun and creative techniques.

Stephanie Ackerman heart card tutorial

I can’t wait to see what Stephanie will be presenting in this Free video class on Nov. 3.

Click here to learn more about Quote, Unquote.

Quote Unquote class with Stephanie Ackerman

What if you can’t make it on November 3rd?

Sign up! For a limited time there is a free replay! You’ll have a few days to watch the video for free. (After that you have to pay!) You can also re-watch it if you were there!

I’m so happy that I can share this amazing class with you. I hope you’ll be able to make it!


Alice Digital Signature 2013








P.S. Don’t forget to sign up even if you CAN’T be there on the third! You can watch the replay for a limited time.


Creative Title Lettering Technique {Heat Emboss}

No more boring titles!

This creative title lettering technique will make the title on your Halloween layout extra spooky.

But don’t feel that this technique is just for Halloween.

You can use this technique for other themes and pages too!

make it monday blog hop image 2If you are following the Make it Monday Blog Hop you’ve arrived from DigitalScrapbooking HQ where Melissa was also scrapbooking Halloween. I’ll share the next stop on the hop at the end of this post.

Let’s face it, scrapbook titles are a necessary part of the page, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and keep doing the same thing over and over again.

Do all of your titles have Thickers? Maybe die-cuts? Stickers? Stamps? Whatever your title of choice is I’ll bet you use it a LOT!

We ALL do it!

Let’s take your scrapbook titles and give them a bit of a facelift by jazzing them up with heat embossing.

Make creative scrapbook titles using heat embossing and more! Lots of good ideas!

Cool tricks used on this title include:

  • Heat embossing on the first letter
  • Using more than one size of  letters (a much larger first letter)
  • Using multiple colours
  • Staggering the letters instead of keeping them in a straight line
  • Wrapping waxy flax (a type of string) around the first letter
  • Adding a smaller word as part of the title (Happy)

Make creative scrapbook titles using heat embossing and more! Lots of good ideas!

4 Steps to Create the “H” in Halloween:

  1. Cut the “H” using a die cut machine. The “H” is 3.5″ tall and the rest of the letters are 1.5″ tall.
  2. Stamp a cobweb onto the “H” using a Versamark ink or a pigment ink.
  3. Apply black embossing powder and melt.
  4. Wrap the “H” with waxy flax string and hang a stamp embossed spider from the string.

Not sure about how to heat emboss or haven’t had a lot of success with it? Here’s a video I made that takes you through all of the steps and gives you my best practices and techniques so you’ll fall in love with heat embossing like I did!

I hope you’ll be inspired to get creative with your scrapbook titles! I’d LOVE to see an example of a creative title you’ve made. Please share them on the Scrapbook Wonderland Facebook Page.

On your next stop on the Make it Monday Blog Hop Jen Wright has a free pumpkin-themed template to make a quick and fun Halloween layout! HOP HERE.

If you are ready to fall in love with scrapbooking again and you want to make scrapbooks you love sign up for the Scrapbook Wonderland mailing list. Subscribe.

Let your creativity shine!


Alice Digital Signature 2013






Make it Monday Blog Hop:

Scrapping Wonders

Messtaken Identity

Clicky Chick Creates

Photos Kept Alive

Kristie Sloan

Digital Scrapbooking HQ

Scrapbook Wonderland: YOU ARE HERE!

Jen Wright


Pull Me Surprise Card

PULL me surprise card. This card is like magic! Pull the tab at the bottom and a piece pops up at the top too! PHOTO TUTORIAL on the site!If you are like me, you are going to love this technique for a fun and surprising card! I call it the PULL ME SURPRISE!

When you pull the tab at the bottom of the card not only does a hidden piece slide down but another piece pops out the top! Super-fun! :)

Let’s get started! (Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can come back and make this card again.)


  • 1 Piece of Cardstock: 5-1/2 x 12″
  • 2 Pieces of Cardstock: 3-1/4 x 4-5/8″
  • Plastic bag
  • Adhesive: Sticky strip or other strong adhesive
  • Materials to decorate your card
  • NOTE: All supplies used in this sample are from Close to My Heart.


Score the 12″ piece of cardstock three times creating 4 sections A-D. A. Just under 3-1/2″ B. 3-1/2″ C. Just over 3-1/2″ D. You will have a section left at the end of just over 1 inch. Did you find yourself asking, “What’s ‘just under’ 3-1/2 inches mean? I generally use about 1/8″ less, and more when making my score marks. Is that better? ;) pull me card image 1 Cut 3/4″ off top and bottom of section A, just to the fold/score mark. pull me card image 2 Use bone folder to crease fold lines. Cut a strip of plastic bag approximately 2-1/2 inches wide by 9″ long. pull me card image 3 Wrap the strip of plastic bag around section A and glue the plastic to itself. Be careful not to stick glue on anything other than the plastic! pull me card image 4 Trim off the excess plastic. pull me card image 5 Place more adhesive over top of the adhesive holding the plastic together. pull me card image 6 Attach one of the 3-1/4 x 4-5/8″ pieces of cardstock. Now you may be asking, “Why did you pick such a strange size? Do I really have to cut 5/8″? Are you evil? Lol! pull me card image 7 Of course I’m evil! Lol! Actually I’m NOT trying to be evil, it’s just the size needed to fit right! Here’s a quick refresher (cheat sheet) to give you a hand! pull me card image 8 pull me card image 9 Ok, now flip the card over and we are going to apply the adhesive in the same manner on the other side. pull me card image 10 Glue the other piece of 3-1/4 x 4-5/8 cardstock to the strip. pull me card image 11 Carefully test your mechanism. When you pull down on one of the strips the other should pop up! Don’t let your plastic fall off of Section A! If it moves… AWESOME! Move on to the next step. pull me card image 12 If it doesn’t move… uh oh! Try and figure out what’s going wrong. Did you attach the cardstock strips to the right places on the plastic? Did you get adhesive somewhere it’s not supposed to be? You can do this! Play with it and it will work. Now. Grab a punch. I like using a 3/4″ circle punch. Fold the card in half, placing Section B FACING Section C. pull me card image 13 Cut a half circle notch from the bottom of Sections B and C AT THE SAME TIME. If you want it to be as close to the center as possible, and you do, you can measure half way and put a small mark there. (Half of 3-1/2″ is 1-3/4″) pull me card image 14 pull me card image 15 pull me card image 16 Re-fold the card, and attach Section D to the outside of the card. If your Section D piece hangs over the notch, you can just trim it a bit shorter. (This is NOT a big deal and happens often!) pull me card image 17 pull me card image 18 I like to cover the front and back with some decorative paper. This will help to prevent people from trying to pry open Section D! It also helps if you write PULL on the tab at the bottom. :) Pull Me Surprise Card PHOTO TUTORIAL (Pull the tab at the bottom and a surprise pops out of the top too!) Enjoy your super-cool Pull Me Surprise! Card. Pull Me Surprise Card PHOTO TUTORIAL (Pull the tab at the bottom and a surprise pops out of the top too!) pull me card image 21   Pull Me Surprise Card PHOTO TUTORIAL (Pull the tab at the bottom and a surprise pops out of the top too!) If you create one of these I’d love to see it! Share your creation on the Scrapbook Wonderland Facebook page!

If you like creative ideas for scrapbooking you should check out this post:  HOW TO ADD VIDEO TO A SCRAPBOOK PAGE.

For more great tips, tricks and techniques to help you create scrapbooks you love sign up for the Scrapbook Wonderland email list HERE.

Let your creativity shine!

Alice Digital Signature 2013