Millie remembers the day well. She had just given birth to
her second child and was half awake when they moved her into a hospital
room to recover. The woman in the next bed, equally
wrung-out, smiled wearily and said, "Tell me honestly.
Do I look as bad as you do?" In a moment, they were
both laughing, and Millie's lifelong friendship with Bea was
born. Millie and Bea's forty years of loving friendship
deserve a special friendship scrapbook.
Their families used to spend summers together near Atlantic City, and
we found many beach photos of Millie and Bea. We chose a 1967
snapshot and a 2007 photo that show how they still love to laugh
together. We completed the timeline with a comical vintage
image of two young bathing beauties in their striped bathing dresses.
We dramatized the "then and now" theme of the page with a favorite
technique; creating backgrounds that reflect the images. For
the vintage half of the page, we created a simple pin-stripe design
that matched the vintage bathing dresses. On the other half, we sponged
and painted an oversized leopard-skin pattern, just like Millie and Bea
were sporting in 2007.
Background paper: white 12"
X 12", yellow 12" X 12".
Backing paper: pink, orange and white.
Trim paper: light blue, black.
Acrylic paint: brown and black.
Kitchen sponge, about 3/4" thick.
Small paint brush.
Journaling pen or word processor.
Glue stick or other non-acid paper adhesive.
Decorative edge scissors.
Paper cutter (optional).
Print the vintage image on matte photo
paper and trim it. Glue it to pink backing paper and trim
around it with decorative edge scissors, leaving a 1/4" border.
Glue the other photos to white and orange
backing papers and trim them, leaving 1/4" borders.
Cut photo-mount corner shapes out of black
18 1/2" strips of light blue paper. Glue them
diagonally, evenly-spaced, across the white
background paper, at least halfway across the page. Trim
off the excess strips around the outside with scissors or a
two rectangular pieces of sponge, about 1" X 1/2". Tear off
little bits of sponge on the long side of one and on the small end of
the other, to make the edges ragged. Sponge a random pattern
of small and large shapes with brown paint on a diagonal half of the
yellow paper, using the side and end of the two sponge pieces, to
imitate leopard skin. When the brown paint is dry, dab black
paint around the shapes with the paint brush. Let it dry.
Cut the yellow paper in half on the diagonal.
Glue it over the un-striped half of the white
Journal the who, what, when, where and why on
white paper and trim the pieces.
Arrange the elements on the page and glue them.
Glue the black photo-mount corners around the images.
Creating your own background patterns
with paper or paint is a great way to personalize your scrapbooking.
Look for a pattern within your photo and re-create it in an
enlarged version. Read our interview with the master of painted scrapbook pages, Melynda Van Zee.