Scrapbooking is a passion that all three of us have shared for a long time. It is something that has brought us together on countless occasions and strengthened our family bond. The idea for Kiwi Lane started in 2008 while we were scrapbooking together. We were complaining to each other that most of the samples that we found in magazines and online were for one-picture, one-page layouts and depended heavily on expensive embellishments to accomplish their look. It was this frustration that led us to develop a new style of scrapbooking that provided endless inspiration and simplified the scrapbooking process. We called this technique “Framing,” and it changed the way that we scrapbooked, allowing us to add as many pictures as we wanted and end up with a beautiful, balanced, professional layout every time.
Scrapbooking is an excellent way to preserve memories for future generations. Although typically scrapbooks are graphically focused (with pictures, ticket stubs, cards, or other memorabilia creating the bulk of the contents), consider enhancing your books with creative journaling. In this lesson, Susan shows you how to add journaling to your scrapbook. Your life and your memories are unique; ensure that those once in a lifetime moments truly are unforgettable with creative journaling.
If you scrapbook, chances are you have a pretty good stash of paper. Don’t let those resources go to waste—instead, learn how to make a paper kit. In this lesson from Kiwi Lane Designs, Susan shows you how to sort your paper by color and pattern, and how to assemble a kit that contains paper for a background, photo mats, borders, and accessories. Not only will making these paper kits save you money, you’ll also save time by utilizing and organizing the materials you already have.
Whether for Father’s Day, Christmas, or for no reason at all, gift cards make special days a whole lot easier. Personalize a card by getting one from a specific store you know your loved one shops at, or choose a card that lets them get whatever they want, wherever. Make your gift even more special by giving it in a custom gift card bag, wallet or pocket—the lucky recipient will value the gift inside, plus all of the hard work and creativity that went into making their package.
Want to take your scrapbooking to the next level? In this lesson, Kiwi Lane Designs teaches you how to take advantage of templates to experiment with your designs, then add coordinating embellishments to your scrapbook pages. Get trips on selecting coordinating patterns and shapes, using elements of the paper you have already, and cutting out tricky stencil shapes such as delicate floral patterns.
Want to get scrapbooking, but not sure how to get started? Kiwi Lane Designs shows you how to select which papers to use! Learn what to look for in a background sheet, how to make sure your patterns and colors won't clash, how many individual sheets to choose, and how to select your patterns for the photo matt, accessories, and frame for your photographs.
Do you have more cute photos than you have room on your scrapbook page? With a little help from Kiwi Lane Designs, that's not possible! Learn to layer multiple photos on sequential folding flaps in a method known as the waterfall technique. See how to cut and fold your paper, the adhere it to your scrapbook page, and you'll have cascading layers of photographs in your scrapbook!
You've chosen your paper, but now how do you start applying your scrapbook elements? Kiwi Lane Design teaches you the the cut, trace, replace method to design and adhere your layout! Get tips for cutting out tricky curved designs, learn how inking can hide a multitude of sins, hear the best methods for adhering your elements, and see how your accessories can tie together your scrapbook's color scheme.
Break out the craft supplies and gather around for some springtime fun for the whole family! Kiwi Lane Designs shows you how to sew happy easter chicks using felt, cotton, wire, and embroidery floss or baker's twine. Learn what patterns to use to trace out the chick's body, how to stitch together the pieces, when to stuff it with cotton, and how to attach wings, eyes, and legs.
Tired of scrapbook styles that only highlight one photo or require expensive decorations? Kiwi Lane Designs brings you a whole new style of scrapbooking based around framing your pages with matching paper borders. See how templates, borders, and layered paper can create a great, balanced look that leaves room for plenty of photographs. Framing with the smaller templates is also great for decorating cards or mini-albums.