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Hearts and Love Scrapbook Page Step by Step Instructions

Using Free Heart Patterns and Inspired by a Free Scrapbook Page Sketch

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Love themed scrapbook pages can focus on a special relationship with your special loved one; they can be all about a wedding; they can be about your children; or as shown here they can be about your beloved pet. However you chose to use them, hearts and love can be the perfect inspiration for fabulous scrapbook page. Below, you will find step by step instructions for making a scrapbook page that uses the Free Concentric Heart Patterns and also the Free Hearts and Love Scrapbook Sketch. These simple steps will show you how to turn these free designs into a three-dimensional work of art that can be displayed in a frame on your walls or be added to your family scrapbook album. Remember that you can click on any photo in the steps below to see it full-size and in more detail.

1. The Completed Scrapbook Page

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This simple scrapbook page features one special photo. The scrapbook page sketch for this page also includes a variation that shows a double-page spread. The double-page has room for an additional four full-size photos. The hearts on this layout give you a chance to play around with combinations of patterned papers on your scrapbook pages. The machine stitching technique on this scrapbook page allows the hearts to be folded up, away from the layout, giving you a fun, three dimensional design.

Supplies Used on This Scrapbook Page: Patterned papers from the Graphic 45 Secret Garden collection including the background paper called Seed Fairy. The other patterned papers are called Posy Patch, Sun Kissed, Pretty Primrose, and Coming Up Roses; sticker letters and numbers from the Graphic 45 Place in Time collection.

2. Getting Started

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To begin, print out the Free Heart Patterns on cardstock. For this layout, you will want to resize the pattern so that the largest heart is approximately 3 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Print the heart pattern on basic white cardstock to create tracing templates, or you can print the hearts directly on the back of your patterned cardstock. Choose the patterned cardstocks that you will be working with. By choosing papers all from one collection you can be sure that your designs will all work well together. Select 4-5 different patterned cardstock that will coordinate nicely with a 12x12 inch scrapbook page background. For the completed scrapbook page, I used a background page that had a neutral color scheme. The hearts coordinated with the off-white base of the background paper but had patterns in muted shades of brighter colors so that they would "pop" off the page both in color and in texture.

3. Trace and Cut Out Hearts in Three Sizes

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If you printed the hearts on basic white cardstock, cut them out to use for tracing templates. Trace the three different heart sizes on the back of your patterned cardstock. Twenty-two hearts were used on the sample layout shown above, including 11 small, 5 medium, and 6 large hearts. Use a mix of different patterned cardstocks with all three sizes to give yourself plenty of arrangement options for the next step.

4. Place the Hearts on Draw Lines

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Roughly place hearts on the background page without adhering them permanently in place. Use a ruler to measure the center of each column of hearts at the top and bottom to make sure that they are lined up accurately with each other. Draw a pencil line lightly down each column of hearts. Use a temporary adhesive or very small amounts of tape runner adhesive to temporarily hold the hearts in place until you have stitched them to the layout. Stack small hearts in the center of the medium and large hearts on approxmately half of the hearts on the page to add extra dimension.

5. Machine Stitch Through the Hearts

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Machine stitch through the columns of hearts. Be sure to read the article 5 Tips for Machine Stitching on Scrapbook Pages for important information that will make sewing on your pages quick and easy. Use a long stitch length and guide the cardstock evenly through your machine. The feed dogs on the sewing machine will not properly guide cardstock, so you will need to encourage it to go through smoothly. Follow the pencil lines from the last step to guide the stitching lines straight down the scrapbook page.

6. Fold Up the Sides of Each Heart

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Once you have stitched down each column of hearts, trim away any extra threads. Fold each cardstock heart up, away from the background paper, folding each half over towards the other half of the heart. The stitching will hold the center line of the hearts to the background paper and the sides of the heart should be free to lift off of the page. If you are going to place the page in a scrapbook album, you may want to use double-sided foam tape to keep the hearts lifted off the page.

7. Create a Slide Out Journaling Tab

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To begin making a slide out journaling tab for the Hearts and Love Scrapbook Page, print your journaling on patterned cardstock that coordinates with your layout. Make sure that the journaling tab will fit fully behind your focal point photograph. Create a pull tab for the journaling slide using a We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch following the instructions on the package, or you can use the Free Tab Patterns here on About.com Scrapbooking and cut out your own tabs. You can also follow the instructions in the Creating Tabs for Scrapbook Pages article.

8. Make a Frame with Double Sided Foam Tape for the Tab

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The slide-out journaling tab needs a frame to surround it on the scrapbook page. To create this simple "frame," decide where your journaling slide will fit behind your photo. Hold it in place and turn the photo upside down. Using double-sided foam tape, create a three-sided box around the journaling tab. This box will create a channel for the tab to slide in and out of. Set the journaling tab aside, peel the backing off of the foam tape and carefully turn the photo over and attach it to the scrapbook page. The double-sided foam tape will not only create a spot for the journaling tab but it will also give the photo the lift that it needs to fit in with the 3-D nature of this scrapbook page design. The foam tape used here, 3D-DOTS 1/8 inch Thick Foam Strips by EK Success, is extra thick and comes in 6 inch long strips that were perfect for this proect.

9. Adhere the Photo to the Page and Add a Title

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Once the photo is adhered with the foam tape, all you have to do is add a title to the page and slide the journaling tab into place. When you place this scrapbook page in a page protector, you will want to cut a slit for the tab, so that readers can pull it out to read the journaling.

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