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Best of the Best - The 8 Most Popular Articles of 2012

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Over 100 new articles were added over the last 12 months here on About.com Scrapbooking. When added to the articles, videos, and tutorials from the past twelve years, you have a vast treasure trove of scrapbook page ideas, free patterns, scrapbook page sketches, and much, much more. This article lists the 8 most popular articles over the last year here on About.com Scrapbooking, making it easy for you to find each of them even if you may have missed them when they were originally published.

1. 12 Ways to Make Your Own Flowers

Rebecca Ludens
This article is actually a gathering of twelve articles that each teach you another way to make flowers for scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, and home decorating. Each of the twelve articles jumped into the top at one time or another throughout the year, but all together this compilation topped the charts over the last twelve months.

2. Free Fall Leaves Patterns

Rebecca Ludens
Free patterns are always popular here on About.com Scrapbooking, but this article continues to be a perennial stand-out. This gallery contains a scrapbook page idea, free scrapbook page sketch, free set of leaf patterns, and step by step instructions for making your own fall leaf scrapbook page.

3. Free Digital Scrapbooking Downloads

Sherrie Piegdon
Digital scrapbooking is definitely here to stay and this collection of Free Digital Scrapbooking Downloads is always one of the most popular sections here on About.com Scrapbooking each year.

4. Free Scrapbook Page Sketches

Rebecca Ludens
The number of Free Scrapbook Page Sketches that you can find on About.com Scrapbooking continues to grow each year and so does their popularity. This year, we created a new section on the site to hold all of the articles that have free scrapbook page sketches in them. This section quickly became one of the most popular areas on the site. If you are looking to be inspired to create your next scrapbook page, then the articles in this listing are definitely the place to start!

5. Free Paper Piecing Patterns

Rebecca Ludens
Paper piecing is a simple way to add inexpensive, custom embellishments to your scrapbook pages. Free paper piecing patterns have remained popular for over a decade and this year they continued to be some of your favorites. This area of About.com Scrapbooking is added to on a regular basis, allowing you to find the free patterns from many, many articles over the years all in one place. The vastness of this free collection makes it one of the most popular destinations on the site.

6. Printable Speech Bubble Patterns

Rebecca Ludens
Every once in a while, I am surprised by which articles, galleries, or sections are the most popular. This is one of those times. The Printable Speech Bubbles gallery contains free patterns for 7 different styles of speech bubbles that are perfect for scrapbook page journaling. They range from a simple, classic design to an exciting, comic book style pattern.

7. Printable Block Letters

Rebecca Ludens
Printable block letters are collections of alphabets, numbers, and symbols that can be printed on the back of cardstock or patterned paper. These letters are designed to be easy to cut out, allowing scrapbookers, card makers, and other paper crafters to make titles in a wide variety of sizes, patterns, and colors. There are several collections of printable letters on About.com Scrapbooking. This one is the largest and the most popular. Don't forget that you can also learn to make your own by reading the article Custom Printable Block Letters for Scrapbooking Using Word Art.

8. Cool Tools for Scrapbookers

Rebecca Ludens
Scrapbooking is more fun with cool tools and this year, we added many new Cool Tools articles to About.com Scrapbooking. This Cool Tools listing quickly rose to be one of the most popular articles on the site.

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