Memories Made #18 Scrapbooking Process Video: LOVE

Welcome to my weekly scrapbooking process tutorial series. If you've missed any of the videos, be sure to search my blog for "Memories Made" to find the other amazing projects and start-to-finish videos. Or you can subscribe to my Youtube channel HERE for all my videos. You don't want to miss out! 

This week's memory: My Daughter Turning 16

At 16 we don't have a lot of traditional birthday photos with balloons, and cake, and friends helping you open your presents. Instead we get a quick snapshot or two of the birthday teen. So I took one of my favorite photos from that day and journaled about how much I love her personality right now and that I wish her a bright future. If you don't have photos that are "theme-oriented," then feel free to document the event however you'd like. There isn't a single birthday product on this page, and that's ok. Isn't that freeing to know you can use whatever you want on layouts like this?

Here is the layout I created: 

This week's techniques: Creating a Tone-on-Tone Punched Paper Background

If you want to create a background with impact, then try the following technique. First select a paper for your main background. Then select a second paper for the background in a slightly lighter color. Subtle patterns work best for this technique. Use a die cut machine or a paper punch to create shapes for the background (you could also hand cut shapes). I used an EK Success triangle punch.

At this point, you have the option of adding some additional texture to the shapes with either machine stitching around some of them or you could rub the edges of some of them with stamping ink. Reassemble the pieces to create a puzzle-like background. It's not necessarily noticeable at first, but it makes for a really cool background.

Here are the close-up photos of the project. You can see some of the stitched triangles in the background:

You can watch the helpful, start-to-finish video tutorial HERE on my Youtube channel or below to learn how I used this technique for this layout: 

Below I've suggested the products you might consider when creating a similar layout (including the products used on this layout). Start by shopping your own stash for papers and embellishments that inspire you. Then look for a punch or die cut shape you could use for the background. If an item that I used to create this layout is out of stock, be sure to search for similar items by using words like "punch" or "yellow" to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Suggested Products (click the photos/text for product information or visit my blog to shop these products):


  1. I LOVE those big orange triangles and the bold red frame. Very awesome!

  2. Jen- I left a comment on your youtube channel. Question: Do you prefer comments to be left there or here on your blog?

    I didn't know if there is a preference or if it even matters.
    But wanted to make sure if it does matter. You are providing us scrappers with SO much AWESOME videos/blog posts this year. I enjoy Smiles ~ Janet

  3. I love this layout! I used your layout as inspiration for a couple of layouts I posted for your Tool School class. Thank you so much!


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